Integrating renewable energy sources into smart grids

There is global momentum to diversify electricity generation sources for economic, environmental and security reasons. Distributed generation (DG) enables more companies to enter the electricity market stimulating competition, encourages the development of renewable energy (RE) and limits the impact of events such as cyber attacks. However, conventional electricity distribution networks are poorly matched to the […]

Safe, robust, repeatable and reliable solar energy 

Using innovative technology, the latest fixed-string voltage innovation in photovoltaic (PV) solar systems introduces a significant advantage over commonly deployed traditional string inverters.  Before we look at the advantages offered, allow me to explain what is meant by a “fixed-string voltage”. By using a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) electronic device at each PV module, […]

Considerations for the next generation of concentrating solar power systems

Unlike PV systems, concentrating solar power (CSP) technology captures and stores the sun’s energy in the form of heat, using materials which are low cost and materially stable for decades. This allows CSP with thermal energy storage (TES) to deliver renewable energy while providing important capacity, reliability and stability attributes to the grid, thereby enabling […]