Category Archives: renewable-energy
GoSol: solar can also cook, bake and steam!
Solar electricity is an unstoppable force all over the world. Both in large scale solar farms and for the home-owner. But the energy from the sun can be used in many more creative ways. From drying your clothers, or drying … Continue reading
Solar Energy for home owners by the Rocky Mountain Institute
Solar energy doesn’t only come in the form of solar panels. From shading to skylights or drying clothes, there are a multiple of applications that take advantage of solar energy. Below is a great info-graphic by the rocky mountain … Continue reading
Best solar panel direction – Can West beat South?
When initially planning a solar panel installation for your house, your first thought might be: “is my roof right for solar panels?”. Like most people, you probably consider south-facing solar panels to be the best for generating energy. In fact, … Continue reading
New world record on solar panel efficiency
A few months ago we blogged about the rapid decline of solar panel prices in the last 35 years. Recently, a new world record has been achieved in solar cells efficiency, so we wanted to share the good news with you. The … Continue reading
Investing in solar according to Massachussets
Here is a great explainer video from the Massachussets Government. Watch them explain residential solar panels from the point of view of homeowners, installers, DOER and MassCEC.
interview: Alan South from Solarcentury
At Ecobuild 2013, we had the opportunity to talk to various members of Solarcentury, the UK’s most experienced solar energy company and a beacon of innovation. Among them Alan South who has over 20 years technical and leadership experience in … Continue reading
Solar photovoltaic price free falling
This picture illustrates the dramatic fall of solar photovoltaic prices in the last 35 years. Around the time when I was born, 34 years ago, a 3kW system for a home would have cost about £79,000. Today the same system … Continue reading
New Zealand on its way to 90% renewables
When flying to New Zealand’s capital Wellington, two major aspects regarding domestic renewables in this country become immediately apparent. First of all, New Zealand possess a huge potential of wind power. This will become evident during the plane’s approach when … Continue reading
which solar panels?
Here’s a nice video by the guys at which.co.uk showing an installation using roof hooks bolted to the roof. Professional roofers on a simple roof can get the job done in just a day.
making electricity out of sand: a short history of solar PV technology
To wrap up the series on solar PV, here’s a rundown of the science, brought to you by Alvaro. See this article if you’re looking for a practical introduction to solar PV. In 1839, at age 19, a French physicist … Continue reading