US to Become World’s Largest Market for Grid-Connected Energy Storage

The US is projected to take over South Korea as the world’s largest market for grid-connected energy storage this year. That’s according to new research, which suggests solar combined with battery storage as well as peaking capacity requirements are driving increased procurement. Deployments of grid-connected energy storage in the US …

Could a New Solar Technology Prove as Groovy as It Sounds?

Could a new solar technology prove as groovy as it sounds? A team of researchers from the University of Sheffield have worked with energy technology firm Power Roll to create an innovative new solar-cell design they say can push up efficiency and drive down manufacturing costs. Together they have developed …

Solar Panel Demand ‘Pushing Up Price of Silver’

Rising demand for solar panels is pushing up the price of silver around the world. That’s the verdict from a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Kent, which warns this could lead to the cost of producing solar panels soaring. They say around 20 grams of silver …

Dresden Tram Railyard Gets 1,000-Panel Solar Upgrade

SOLARWATT has equipped a tram railyard in Dresden, Germany, with 1,000 solar panels. The clean energy infrastructure is being installed on the roof of public transport operator Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe’s (DVB) new Trachenberge railyard buildings and will offer a total output of 300kW. The two new rail ports have been built …

Saudi Arabia to Build 2.6GW Solar Plant near Mecca

Saudi Arabia has signed a deal for a 2.6GW solar farm to be built in the Makkah Region. The facility, which will be located near the holy city of Mecca, will supply electricity to Al Faisaliah city and the western parts of the country at times of peak demand, increasing …

Thailand’s Renewable Future Looks Sunny with Floating Solar Plans

Thailand has unveiled plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farm. Bloomberg reports the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is looking to build floating solar farms with a combined capacity of more than 2.7GW – the biggest will be a 325MW plant at Sirikit Dam, which is …

Swiss Solar Roofs Could Produce 83% of All Power Demand

Solar panels installed on every roof across Switzerland could produce 83% of the nation’s entire electricity demand. That’s the calculation made by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, which worked out potential generation by combining maps from Swisstopo with weather data from Swiss Meteo. It worked out a countrywide rollout …