Keeping the lights on: seven energy storage technologies to brighten our future

The big problem for renewables is that they do not produce energy when the grid needs it. Big seasonal and daily fluctuations make wind and solar an erratic resource that, at times, can produce more energy than the grid can use. But if that energy can be stored, it need not go to waste. In … Read more

Top 10 electric vehicle myths busted

Globally, electric vehicle (EV) uptake is booming, thanks to the huge progress in EV innovation, range and affordability in recent years. In Australia the revolution is also underway, but slower to take hold. While EV technology and infrastructure is now at a point where mass uptake is possible, myths around EVs still persist and muddy … Read more

Solar Panel Warranties: What You Need to Know

What is a solar panel warranty? A solar panel has two warranties: a performance and equipment guarantee. A solar panel’s performance warranty will typically guarantee 90% production at 10 years and 80% at 25 years. An equipment warranty will typically guarantee 10-12 years without failing. SunPower offers the best warranties. A solar panel’s product warranty insurance covers the integrity of … Read more

30MW Tanzania solar project wins Access Power’s US$7 million ACF competition

Winners will also be able to leverage Access Power’s financial and technical knowledge and the company’s network, as well as the US$7 million. Source: Access Power A 30MW solar PV project in Tanzania is one of the winners of Access Power’s US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF). All three winners were announced at this year’s … Read more

Taiwan to increase PV project size cap in Q3

Credit; Tom Kenning Taiwan’s Energy Bureau is expected to approve an increase of the cap on individual solar project sizes from 500kW to 2MW by the end of Q3 this year. The policy change was announced by lawmakers months ago, but the industry has been waiting patiently for official approval, having originally expected the approval … Read more

Indian power minister challenges Munich to 100% renewables race with world’s oldest city

India’s energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal issued the spontaneous challenge at Intersolar Europe in Munich. Image: © Solar Promotion GmbH India’s energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal has challenged Germany and the city of Munich to a race with the ancient holy city of Varanasi to become the first large metropolis in the world … Read more

Backed by Narayana Murthy, students of RV College of Engineering build solar-powered car

It was a self-study seminar on solar-powered systems that inspired a few like minded students of Bengaluru’s R V College of Engineering to initiate the building of what they hoped would be an advanced solar car. In September 2013, the RVCE Solar Car Team was started with this express goal. RVCE Solar Car Team The … Read more