Friday, 28 April 2017

Five Solar Celebrities Who Practice What They Preach

We all know that fossil fuels will end soon. We also know that we need to use renewable energy to get power in the coming future. We are giving you some interesting facts about celebrities who practice what they preach about renewable energy.
First celebrity in this list is, Cate Blanchett. She is an Australian actress and a theater director. She uses solar energy to power her house in Australia and her theater company named Sydney Theatre Company also uses solar energy to reduce utility expenses. 
Cate Blanchett
Next celebrity is Julia Louis-Dreyfus she got a 4-star review in the climate reality offices. This actress renewed her 2-story oldBungalow with rooftop solar panels and provide electricity to a local company if no one is in the home. 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Edward Norton who is the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity and works on the BP Solar Neighbors Program is also a great supporter of solar energy and renewable resources.
Edward Norton
The next celebrity is not a person but a band. This band named as Maroon 5. They are promoting renewable energy sources like solar energy and they each time perform in a roadshow they will try to make it green. 
Maroon 5

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Pollution cuts solar yield by 25% - Times of India

Do to the air pollution in India it can reduce the solar yield by 25%. India is getting ready to accept the new renewable energy technologies for power generation but the air pollution creates the problem. In a recent study, it is found that dust and the particulate matter may be the reducing solar yield in Northern states by 17% - 25% annually. Half of this reduction is due to the dust on the photovoltaic solar panels. And the other half is due to solar dimming. The study recommends creating clean air which will help to provide more power using solar energy. Currently, India is on a mission to have 1000GW power generation at the end of 2022. So mere cleaning of solar panels will not give this results. We need to reduce the air pollution and that will give way to sunlight to enter the Earth. 
Air pollution decreases solar yield

A 2016 study from Baghdad, for instance, found an 18.74% decline in efficiency for solar modules left uncleaned for a month. Another 2014 paper from Colorado, USA found that 4.1% light transmission was lost for every g/m2 of dust accumulated on the photovoltaic plate. But all these results air pollution is neglected. For a city like Delhi, there will be both the dust particles and air pollution to control the solar yield. So before starting renewable energy mission, we need to clean our air. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

This new graphene-based electrode could boost solar storage

sword fern used as an idea generator for researchers
The surface of Fern leaf magnified 400 times
to see the self-replicating veins
A dedicated team from RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia developed an electrode which can store more solar energy. They have done an amazing research to solve the problem of solar energy storage. They found this cool stuff from a North American plant named the Western sword fern. In this plant, the leaves stores the energy with densely crammed veins. 

"Our electrode is based on these fractal shapes - which are self-replicating, like the mini structures within snowflakes - and we've used this naturally-efficient design to improve solar energy storage at a nano level." said nanoengineer Min Gu. To make highly conductive electrode the scientists used lasers so that the Graphene can be manipulated. Which results in nano atoms of carbon which conducts more electricity. The researchers are planning to build the nano chip which can at a time harvest energy and store it properly. 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

EDF Energy teams up with renewables giant to offer free solar panels

free solar panels

EDF Energy plans to team up with UK's largest solar power provider to offer free solar panels. Sunplug is led by a former Goldman Sachs Banker James Brooks and aims to offer a solar power and battery system at no upfront cost. 
The Sunplug allows the customers to collect solar energy in the day and they can use the power by paying a certain cost. In this system, customers don't need to pay for the solar panel and installation charges are also avoided. The package provided by Sunplug contains solar panels and a 3.3-kilowatt battery. The users can connect with an online system to know their energy consumption.

Monday, 17 April 2017

On free fall, solar power tariff drops to Rs 3.15/unit - Times of India

solar power tariff reduced in india

Solar power price in India started is reduced. Currently, the solar power tariff is 3.15/unit. It is because of the works of Modi Government to reduce the fuel importing by 10 percent in 2030. Indian government wishes to provide clean affordable power to all citizens. Solar tariffs are sunk to 3 per unit quoted by the Gurgaon-based company in an auction conducted by solar Energy Corporation India.
On free fall, solar power tariff drops to Rs 3.15/unit 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

This solar-powered device harvests water from dry air - CNET

A Scientist from Berkeley University discovered an innovative device which can produce water from dry air. The machine can produce water from dry air utilizing the solar power. This professor invented a solar powered device which can suck water from the dry air and store it for further usages. The device uses metal organic frame works to produce water from dry air. The main components of metal organic frame works are made up of metal ions in minerals and organic units. The metal ions and organic are linked together and work like a frame work. Only the air need 30% humidity to produce enough water from the dry air. Main attraction is that the device works with Solar power.

A small, solar-powered device that pulls fresh water from the air? Scientists at MIT and UC Berkeley have created a prototype that does just that and it only requires 20-30 percent humidity to work.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Harvesting Both Rain Water And Solar Power, Ulta Chaata Could Be The Ultimate Green Product

harvest water and solar power
 The company named ThinkPhi is a startup company from Mumbai. They created a new product named 'Ulta Chaata' which looks like an inverted umbrella. On the upper side they set a solar panel and below that rainwater is harvested. ThinkPhi is started from 2015 by Samit and Priya Choski. They make sustainable green products. This 'Ulta Chaata' covers 25 square meter area. The solar panels provide power to light up LED's and also for mobile charging. In an advanced model, they pass solar power to the grid. 

Know more about ThinkPhi and Ulta Chaata from the below link.

India's solar power capacity crosses 12 GW

India's solar power capacity crosses 12 GW

Once again India increased her solar power capacity to 5525 MW which gives a total solar power capacity of 12 GW. This report was submitted by Piyush Goyal the New & Renewable Energy minister of India. India has plans to add 5000 MW of rooftop solar and 10000 MW from large-scale solar power projects in the current financial year. India wishes to create a 40 percent increase in renewable energy sources at the end of 2030. This will happen with the help of transfer of technology and low-cost international finance. 

India's solar power capacity crosses 12 GW 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Electric Ireland moves into residential solar market

electric island offers solar panels

Electric Ireland is a company which produces Photovoltaic solar panels. For the first time, they offer photovoltaic solar panels for Irish residentials. This package includes six panels and a custom mobile app which shows your power savings. Also, you can use the excess power to heat water.
The panels cost  €5,000 to fit and an extra charge €500 for a diverter if customers want to use the excess power to heat water rather than return it to the grid. 

Friday, 7 April 2017

Rooftop solar enjoys second boom as fossil fuel scare campaign backfires

Rooftop Solar Enjoys Second Bloom

The Green Energy Marketing is on the track. That's why rooftop solar enjoys the second boom as fossil fuel scare campaign backfires. The rooftop solar panels gain better recognition due to the fuel scare campaign. Even though last year's solar assessment report shows that there are not much solar panel installations. But March 2017 has a great rate of solar panel installation. Also, the STC rebate was less than the other years. This report also suggests that in the future it will gain more customers than the current year. 
Solar systems with batteries also inviting more customers to this field. The option of batteries and solar powered machines like motorcars still need to get a crowd pulling. In the coming days, we can hope that will happen.
Check more details about this in the below page.

Rooftop solar enjoys the second boom as fossil fuel scare campaign backfires: Renew Economy

India's solar energy capacity expanded by record 5,525 MW

solar panels india

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) of India's new report suggests that India's solar energy capacity expanded by 5.525 MW in 2016-2017. This report also proves that India doubled the solar energy capacity from the previous year 2015-2016. The cumulative target in this regard is 17000MW by the end of 2016-2017.

In the ranking of cumulative solar capacity currently, Andhra Pradesh is leading. For the last 3 years, Rajasthan was in the leading position. Due to the low tariff, solar energy consumption will start to increase in the following years.