Solar panels being installed at Cranfield University

They will produce one million kWh of electricity per year – enough to power 300 UK houses annually

Bas Lansdorp’s ‘crazy idea’ to produce solar panel parts on Mars

  The head of Mars One is aiming high with the hope of eventually producing parts of solar panels on the second smallest planet. Bas Lansdorp is the man behind the project that aims to establish a permanent habitable settlement on Mars, with the first mission set for 2032. He told ELN while the long […]

Trump slaps tax on foreign solar panels

The US Government has confirmed it will be imposing tariffs on imported solar panels. The announcement marks Donald Trump’s first major trade action of 2018 and is part of his “America First” policy. A tariff of 30% will be applied to imported solar panels, most of which come from China. It will fall to 25% […]

New £1m funding for self-cleaning solar coating tech

Funding worth £1 million has been provided to commercialise self-cleaning coating to optimise the energy production of solar panels. Opus Materials Technologies is using the grant from Innovate UK to measure and monitor the impact of extreme weather conditions on the performance of its novel coating by conducting field trials. It is working with Above […]

Plans for 96MW energy recovery facility in London

Plans for a new energy recovery facility in London which can generate up to 96MW of low carbon electricity have been unveiled. Cory Riverside Energy’s waste-to-energy plant in Belvedere, South East London will process around 650,000 tonnes of residual waste a year, expected to save 130,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. It will complement the existing […]

Swiss start-up shakes up solar sector

  ELN News Editor Priyanka Shrestha visits Swiss start-up Flisom’s production facility in Niederhasli where it is manufacturing flexible and customisable solar panels. Watch to find out more about the innovative technology.

New flexible and customisable solar modules unveiled

  A highly flexible, thin and light solar panel has officially been launched in Switzerland. Flisom’s new technology is said to be 98% thinner and lighter than traditional solar panels currently available on the market. The jet black modules are rollable and customizable and can be used in the roofs and facades of buildings as […]

UK tax break for home solar panels and battery storage installations

Householders could receive a significant price cut when installing “qualifying” solar panels with battery storage technologies. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) told ELN a single indivisible supply and installation of solar panels with a battery in residential accommodation would be charged a 5% VAT rate – “on the understanding the battery is linked to the […]

IKEA offers energy storage batteries to householders

IKEA has announced plans to start selling energy storage batteries to householders. The home furnishings giant has teamed up with Solarcentury to launch the Solar Battery Storage solution to help homeowners make savings on their electricity bills. The battery storage system is designed to work alongside its existing solar panels, which allows consumers to store […]

Neighbour endorsements best sales tool for solar arrays?

Would you install a solar array because you’ve seen one on your neighbour’s roofs? New research from the London School of Economics (LSE) found households, businesses and farms are more likely to install solar panels if others in the neighbourhood have done so. It suggests neighbour endorsements spur installation as it decreases concerns of solar […]