Category Archives: Applications

Agrivoltaics to Prove Mutually Beneficial Across Food, Water, Energy Nexus

A paper published in Nature Sustainability presents the first field-data assessment of outcomes of a multi-year study of agrivoltaics in dryland regions led by UA geographer Greg Barron-Gafford. Building resilience in renewable energy and food production is a fundamental challenge in today’s changing world, especially in regions susceptible to heat and drought. Agrivoltaics, the co-locating of agriculture and solar photovoltaic

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Agrophotovoltaics – Resource Efficient Land Use (APV-RESOLA)

Over the past two years, the dual use of land for the harvesting of solar electricity and agriculture has been tested in the joint project “Agrophotovoltaics – Resource Efficient Land Use (APV-RESOLA).” On one-third of a hectare arable land near Lake Constance in Germany, photovoltaic modules with a total power output of 194 kilowatt are installed on a five meter

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Turning buildings into energy producers

EPFL has become the coordinator of Be-Smart, an EU research project that aims to step up the deployment of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and cut their costs by 75% between now and 2030. The project was launched in response to EU regulations that require new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by 2020. Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL has become

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Ubiquitous Energy Demonstrates First Large-Area Window Façades Incorporating Truly Transparent Solar Technology

Ubiquitous Energy, the leader in transparent solar technology, has produced the first demonstration commercial window façades using over 1 square meter of the company’s truly transparent solar technology, ClearView Power™. The fiberglass-framed ClearView Power™ window units demonstrate the transparent photovoltaic technology’s aesthetic beauty, high transparency, and color neutrality. “These window demonstrations are the result of many years of development and

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NREL Details Great Potential for Floating PV Systems

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers estimate that installing floating solar photovoltaics on the more than 24,000 man-made U.S. reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of the nation’s annual electricity production. Their findings, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, reveal for the first time the potential for floating PV to produce electricity in the United States. While the United

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Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record; NASA selects Alta Devices for International Space Station Test

NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the International Space Station in order to evaluate Alta’s technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats. Alta Devices also recently announced a new efficiency record of 29.1% for its single junction solar cell, as certified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab, marking the seventh consecutive time, dating back to 2010, that Alta Devices

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Sunseap to build one of the world’s first and largest sea water floating solar systems

Sunseap Group, Southeast Asia’s leading sustainable energy provider, is developing one of the world’s largest offshore floating photovoltaic (OFPV) systems to be located north of Woodlands Waterfront Park, along the Straits of Johor. Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the 5 MegaWatt-peak (MWp) floating solar system will generate about 6,388 MWh of renewable energy annually, once completed. This

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