Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are seeking to increase the efficiency of solar cells by helping them take advantage of more of the sun’s rays.
MIT scientists are testing solar cells with a layer of carbon nanotubes that “make it possible to take advantage of wavelengths of light that ordinarily go to waste,” according to a statement yesterday from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based university.
A new kind of battery designed by Harvard University scientists and engineers could unlock the potential of renewable energy sources like wind and solar.
There’s good news for homeowners looking for more efficient and economical ways to heat and cool their home. The next generation in geothermal technology has arrived. These systems are designed to leverage underground thermal energy to provide ultra efficient heating and cooling of a home.
Solar trade body the European Photovoltaics Industry Association has welcomed a draft resolution by two European Parliament committees backing a 2030 EU renewable energy target.
The committees on industry, research and energy, and environment, public health and food safety, today called on the European Council to agree a legally binding 2030 target for renewable energy in the EU.
Four million solar panels covering land the size of 3,400 football pitches should be built on government land and property including schools and prisons, a minister will announce.
Greg Barker, the energy minister, is expected to in the New Year disclose plans for one gigawatt of electricity generated by solar panels on the “government estate”.
2013 proved to be another tumultuous year for the solar industry in the UK, despite early optimism that the UK solar market had finally managed to secure a steady policy framework with sensible degressions, the EU anti-dumping investigation threw all this into disarray.
Government figures suggest British solar industry past major landmark last week, as installers work towards delivering one million roofs by 2015
The solar power industry appears to have installed its 500,000th set of solar panels in the UK in recent days, in a move that marks a major milestone for the burgeoning sector.
Cloudy Britain is becoming Europe’s hottest market in which to build solar parks.
Cheaper equipment costs and steady subsidies are attracting developers of large-scale, ground-mounted projects from nations like Germany and Spain that pioneered solar power on the Continent.
Large-scale solar PhotoVoltaic installations in the UK grew by an incredible 600% during 2013, driving the UK to a record 1.45GW of new solar PV capacity added.
Ground-mounted installations accounted for over 90% of new large-scale solar PV added in the UK in 2013.
The UK was ranked in sixth place globally for large-scale solar PV, and is one of just six countries that had, or approached, a GW-level large-scale solar market during 2013.
Ofgem has confirmed the feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV technology beginning July 1, 2013. The rates have been reduced by 3.5%, as reported by
The new FiT rates as of 1 July, 2013, are:
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Ofgem has confirmed the feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for solar photovoltaic technology beginning February 1, 2013. The rates will remain the same, as reported by Solar Power Portal last month, following disappointing levels of installs across all capacity bands.
The new FiT rates, as of 1 February, 2013, will be as follows:
According to Government’s latest Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices report, the UK has generated a record amount of renewable energy during the first quarter (3 months) of 2012. More than 11% of Britain's electricity generation was attributed to output from solar, wind and renewable heat sources during this period.
The report, which was published yesterday, outlined that output from all renewable sources reached 11.08TWh during the quarter, which is a 39% increase in comparison to the same period of 2010. The updated figures for 2011 also confirm that last year renewable energy output rose 33% to a record 34,410GWh.
"Today's statistics show a clear increase on the first quarter of last year across all renewables - with rises in wind, hydro, solar and bioenergy generation," explained Energy Minister Charles Hendry.
Providing a boost for both the UK economy and the solar industry, a Midlands-based company has today revealed plans to build a 30MW solar photovoltaics manufacturing plant in the UK.
Sunsolar was granted a huge £5 million Government fund backed by Sandwell Council and the Regional Growth Fund, which will be added to a £5 million company investment.
The tariff for a domestic solar PV installation will now fall to 16p/kWh, down from 21p, and will be set to steadily decrease on a three month basis by 3.5 percent thereafter. These digressions are expected to be delayed if the market slows down.
A brand new, revolutionary outdoor gym that harnesses the power generated by those exercising and turns it into electricity has been unveiled in Hull.
The gym uses the power generated by the outdoor cardio equipment and converts it into useable electricity. The renewable energy generated is used to power lighting for the gym, extending the usable hours of the facility.