New smart meters remotely adjust solar generation

E.ON is one of the first companies in Germany to control solar systems using smart meters. The energy supplier has developed a control box that can prevent grid congestion by flexibly controlling how much power the solar panels generate. Control boxes and smart meters can be used to reduce and increase output from a remote […]

Flexible solar panels get ready to roll out

A Swiss solar firm has developed a thin, lightweight and rollable photovoltaic panel. Flisom’s new technology offers a 20 times higher power to weight ratio than standard silicon solar panels and can achieve world record conversion efficiencies of 20.4% in a Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) cell. The company, headquartered in Zurich, has spent over a […]

Solar industry should target China and India

The global solar industry should target China and India as the two countries are the most promising high growth solar PV markets. That’s according to a new report, which suggests global policy changes and collapse in prices have brought the industry to a point from which it needs to transform and thrive in a cost-conscious […]

World surpasses 100GW of solar capacity in 2012

Solar power broke the 100GW threshold in 2012, with more than 30GW connected to the electricity grid last year. According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the world’s total solar PV electricity capacity was a little more than 101GW at the end of last year, equivalent to energy produced by 16 coal power plants […]

Concern over DECC’s ‘slow growth’ plans for solar

The renewables industry has welcomed the Government’s new support levels for solar but said it doesn’t understand its rationale for “slow growth”. The news comes as DECC announced subsidies for solar energy yesterday, higher than what it initially proposed but said the levels of support are “intended to encourage slow but steady deployment”. Mike Landy, […]

Former World War II airfield home to UK’s largest solar farm

A former World War II airfield in Leicestershire will soon be home to what is believed will end up as the UK’s largest solar farm. Lark Energy secured planning permission last week for the 32MW farm at Wymeswold Airfield, with building expected to begin at the end of the month. The £35 million project will […]

King’s Cross powered by solar

One of London’s major railway station has upped its green credentials and today switched on its new solar system. Covering more than 2,300 square meters, King’s Cross station claims the solar panels are combined into 1,392 custom-made glass units, making it one of the UK’s largest and most complex building-integrated solar system. The 240 kilowatt-peak […]

UK renewable energy to equal thermal by 2025

Renewable energy capacity in the UK could match that of the thermal sector by 2025. That’s according to GlobalData’s latest report, which predicts the installed capacity of renewable energy could reach 79GW by 2025, just 2GW less than the predicted thermal installed capacity. It claims the renewables industry is set to quickly grow from the […]

DECC’s new consultation to provide certainty

DECC has today released its consultation on the level of support for solar and biomass in an effort to provide certainty for investors. The new rates are set under the Renewables Obligation (RO), which are subsidies given to companies for the amount of renewable electricity they generate. The consultation proposes that large-scale solar installations should […]

Spinach helps boosts solar efficiency

You would associate spinach with Popeye the Sailor Man but it seems the vegetable can now work wonders for solar energy too. US scientists at Vanderbilt University discovered that combining spinach with silicon, which is the material used in solar cells, produced 2.5 times more electrical current than existing solar cells. They used the photosynthetic […]