Posts tagged as Solar

Using smart storage to enhance rooftop solar performance

  Rooftop , or own generation, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, are being installed by many commercial and industrial users, including mines, with the aim of reducing energy costs and increasing security of supply. What many users don’t realise is that the load profile results in unused energy which may be utilised to gain further advantages […]

Coal meets solar at hybrid energy workshop

  Two unlikely sectors in the electrical power generation sector, fossil fuel fired power generation and solar thermal systems, previously regarded as being diametrically opposed elements in the power field came together at the “Hybrid solar/fossil energy workshop” organised by the Fossil Fuel Foundation and SolarPaces on 20 and 21 August 2014 at the Glenhove […]

Solar flares return

  Although over the past few months solar activity has been very low, with at one stage no visible sunspots, we could still be in for some surprises. On 24 August 2014  the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare.  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of […]

Video: UJ’s Ilanga II solar race car launched

  The University of Johannesburg’s Solar Team launched its Ilanga II solar race car on 5 August in anticipation of the biennial Sasol Solar Challenge. The eight-day challenge (27 September to 4 October 2014), starts in Johannesburg, passes through Port Elizabeth and finishes in Cape Town. South African universities and other local solar teams will compete […]

Renewable energy training courses available

  Solar Con offers a two-day training course focusing on practical aspects of PV installations. This course is accredited by ECSA and awards CPD points. Day 1: Solar and wind energy for professionals. In addition to the past syllabus, the new interactive off-grid technology which is connected to the grid via intelligent transfer switch. Day 2: Grid connected […]

Falling electricity demand makes solar uptake more noticeable

  The long-held belief that electricity consumption would continue to grow is being challenged in a number of mature economies in the past few years. Since WWII, electricity demand growth has persistently fallen relative to growth rate of GDP in nearly all mature economies. Fig. 1 illustrates the negative growth in electricity use in the […]

Solar PV leads distributed power industry

  The distributed power generation market is set to undergo substantial expansion over the coming years, with its contribution to the global installed power capacity more than doubling from 190 GW in 2013 to approximately 389 GW by 2019, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. Having achieved approximately 92 GW of installed power capacity up […]

Optimised ground-mounted PV installation delivers 8,1 MW

  Solar Frontier has announced that it will work with New Energy for the World (NEW) on an 8,1 MW solar power plant in Banwell, UK. Solar Frontier will provide a complete and optimised package of components, including black CIS solar modules, cabling and inverters. The modules used for this project are expected to deliver […]