US provides $130m for research into solar energy technologies

It is supporting 67 research projects across 30 states that reduce the cost of solar, increase US manufacturing competitiveness and improve the reliability of the electric grid

Connected Energy wins first order for its next generation second-life energy storage system

Second life battery pioneer, Connected Energy will be installing the first of its new generation of optimised energy storage systems as part of Suffolk County Council’s latest project, The Hold.

Solar project with thermal hydro storage lands in Australia

Melbourne based start-up RayGen has secured AUD$3 million to facilitate a research study into the technology

Solar firm Naked Energy secures £5.25m from investors

The Virtu technology is said to deliver a peak efficiency of 80%, converting 20% of the sun’s energy to electricity and 60% as heat

India’s ‘first’ mobile solar testing lab launched

A mobile testing laboratory for solar PV modules claimed to be the first in India has been launched. Mahindra Susten’s solution can be used by solar asset developers during the engineering, procurement and construction stages as well as operations and maintenance (O&M) operators at the location of their own plants. The firm believes the lab would […]

Let there be light! Gloucester Cathedral goes solar

Gloucester Cathedral is currently installing up to 200 solar panels on its roof. The renewable upgrade to the Grade I listed building will cost £100,000 and is expected to cut its energy use by 25%, saving enough power to make 2,000 cups of tea every day of the year. The panels, which the cathedral says will be invisible from […]

Turning green light blue will boost solar

Scientists may be able to boost the efficiency of solar panels by converting green light to blue. According to research from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, this involves a complicated scientific process called upconversion in which low energy green light photons are manipulated and fused together, creating blue light photons. Blue light […]

UK solar sets new power generation record

The UK solar industry has set a new record in electricity generation. Solar production peaked last month at 23.9% of power demand – a new record for the country, according to the Solar Trade Association (STA). The UK now produces almost 12GW of solar energy, enough to power the equivalent of 3.8 million homes, it […]

Solar recycling market ‘could be worth $15bn by 2050’

Recycling old solar panels can result in significant business opportunities. That’s according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which states decommissioned solar panels can be recycled to unlock a wealth of raw materials and valuable components. Its report estimates solar panel waste, comprised mostly of glass, could total 78 million tonnes globally by 2050. The […]

UK’s solar capacity ‘to exceed 10GW by 2016’

The total solar capacity installed in the UK is forecast to exceed 10GW by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Finlay Colville, Head of Market Intelligence at Solar Media said: “The UK is currently the most vibrant market for solar installations in Europe. “This is due to the attractive investment returns from Renewable […]