Blog from Jane Marsh: Why We Need a Greener Power Grid More Than a Resilient One

Major weather events and aging grid infrastructure have led many to call for a resilient grid that can stand up to the elements. However, prioritizing resilience may be the wrong approach — instead, grid officials should consider how sustainability could future-proof the grid and protect it from future crises. Climate change and extreme weather are … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: Why We Need a Greener Power Grid More Than a Resilient One

There is an opportunity to design emerging technologies with the circular economy in mind from the start

Matthew Davies, Associate Professor at Swansea University writes on The Conversation website about the need to recycle parts from solar panels and other emerging technologies in order to avoid unnecessary waste.   Solar panels: we need to recycle parts of them to use again and avoid a mountain of waste Billions of solar panels globally will … Continue reading There is an opportunity to design emerging technologies with the circular economy in mind from the start

Blog from Jane Marsh: New Materials Could Make Solar Production Less of a Liability

The solar industry experienced its highest sale and production rates in 2020. As manufacturers produce more panels, environmentalists evaluate the sustainability of their material use and development practices. They also work on expanding society’s access to emission-less energy by increasing its efficiency. Solar manufacturers can expand their products’ uses by creating reliable and long-lasting panels. … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: New Materials Could Make Solar Production Less of a Liability

There is an urgent need to increase the energy efficiency of data centres and reduce their environmental impact

Alessandro Bruschini, Infrastructure Manager from Aruba wrote on the Techerati website on the urgent need to improve the energy performance of data centres and offers three solutions.   Why going ‘green‘ is crucial to all data centre operations Three solutions that offer a ‘green’ route towards energy efficiency improvements It’s been said many times over, … Continue reading There is an urgent need to increase the energy efficiency of data centres and reduce their environmental impact

The exponential drop in the cost of solar, storage and power electronics is accelerating the energy transition already underway

Doug Arent and Adam Warren from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory discuss in the January 2021 Issue on the Financier Worldwide website the opportunities available to invest in clean energy technologies because of their dramatic cost reductions in the past decade.   Financing clean energy: unprecedented momentum and opportunity Clean energy technologies, particularly solar photovoltaics … Continue reading The exponential drop in the cost of solar, storage and power electronics is accelerating the energy transition already underway

Seeking solar panels with less environmental impact

Although solar panels are a source of renewable energy, making them has an environmental impact. A research team found that a new type of solar panel made from two layers of a mineral called perovskite requires a smaller total energy input and results in fewer carbon emissions. Donna Lu explains in an article on the … Continue reading Seeking solar panels with less environmental impact

Solar PV and onshore wind now considered cheapest technologies in areas that count for 2/3 of the world’s population

The cost improvements in renewable energy technologies in recent years is staggering and now the cheapest energy options in most of the world according to new research. Giles Parkinson explains in an article on the Renew Economy website.   Solar, wind and battery storage now cheapest energy options just about everywhere Further cost reductions in … Continue reading Solar PV and onshore wind now considered cheapest technologies in areas that count for 2/3 of the world’s population

Novel method for new generation of cheaper solar cells

A Polish physicist has come forward with a new way to produce cheaper solar cells. Olga Malinkiewicz has developed a novel inkjet processing method for perovskites -- a new generation of cheaper solar cells -- that makes it possible to produce solar panels under lower temperatures, thus sharply reducing costs. The news agency AFP wrote … Continue reading Novel method for new generation of cheaper solar cells

Come On! Print your own solar panels?

Someone has to think the unthinkable. Who ever thought of printing your own solar panels? Paul Dastoor, Professor, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Newcastle explains that it has just happened.  It may still be in the trial stage but the potential seems enormous. Professor Dastoor explains in an article on … Continue reading Come On! Print your own solar panels?

Australia finds that more rooftop solar PV adopted by middle class households

Australia now has the highest penetration of residential rooftop PV of any country in the world. Adam McHugh, Honorary Research Associate at Murdoch University explains in an article on The Conversation website that new research suggests that the households most likely to join in the solar spree are those that are affluent enough to afford … Continue reading Australia finds that more rooftop solar PV adopted by middle class households