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How Efficient Will Solar PV Be In The Future? 10-Year Predictions For The Industry

August 15th, 2017 | by Ricky Dunbar

If you were to walk into a solar store and purchase some of their best-selling PV panels, it is likely that their solar irradiance-to-electricity conversion efficiency would be around 17%. This is the typical efficiency (Fraunhofer ISE Photovoltaics Report, 2017) of the top-selling PV product, a multi-crystalline silicon panel. This means that for a typical panel, 17% of all incident solar energy is converted directly to usable electricity. This is quite impressive for a device that has no moving parts and can generate power at the location where the electricity is required (no transmission losses). It is no wonder that PV is already one of the cheapest power technologies available

REC Solar Begins Production Of Innovative High-Output TwinPeak 2 Solar Panels

May 13th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

REC Solar has become one of the largest manufacturers of solar panels in the world, and became Europe's largest solar panel brand a few years ago. The Norway-founded company has recently started manufacturing its TwinPeak 2 multi-crystalline solar panels, rated at 350 watts peak power — a world record for a production solar panel. The TwinPeak 2 weighs 48.5 pounds — 10 pounds less than a comparable 72 cell unit

Breakthrough Renewable Energy Forecasting Coming To US Grid By 2015

May 10th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is adding to its already impressive list of renewable energy innovations with a new two-year plan to develop custom forecasting systems for wind and solar generation. NCAR scientists and engineers will develop technology to predict sudden changes in wind speed, enable wind farm operators to curtail turbines before potentially damaging icy conditions, and predict the amount of energy generated by small-scale solar panel installations

Solar Energy Forecasts Could Boost Industry Outlook

February 28th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Intermittency may be the Achilles Heel of solar energy. Since the Sun doesn’t always shine and utility-scale energy storage isn’t available yet, grid operators have to rely on dispatchable generation like natural gas or when clouds cover up solar farms. But that may be about to change in a big way

Solar Thermal Panels, Practical but Not Yet Popular – A Solar Overview

October 3rd, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind

Solar thermal panels save more and save more where it counts. The sun's energy is diffuse. It is always first collected and then concentrated. Solar thermal panel systems concentrate the energy in thermal storage systems. PV panel systems do this electricaly but not always with storage.

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