Solar park concept resurfaces in ministerial determination

  The concept of a large solar park, accommodating a substantial solar energy generating capacity was first mooted in 2009, when a proposal to construct a 5 GW solar park in the Upington area was made by the minister of energy. The project has been overshadowed by the success of the REIPPPP, which ran independently […]

The need for feasibility studies in small hydroelectric plant design

  Africa continues to deploy small hydroelectric power facilities throughout the region to ensure reliable, affordable clean energy and utilise available water sources. Continued deployment will largely be dependent on bankable projects that begin at the feasibility stage of project development. According to a 2012 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), Africa has the […]

Photovoltaic power for Alcatraz

  A commercial-scale micro-grid system was designed and built on Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, US, as a solution to high diesel fuel costs, pollution in the San Francisco bay area, and high carbon emissions. When a ship’s anchor ruptured the underwater power lines which linked the island to San Francisco in 1950, Alcatraz turned to […]

Researchers develop new material for efficient and sustainable organic solar cells

  A team of researchers from Friedrich Alexander University (FAU), Nuremberg, led by photovoltaics researcher and materials scientist Prof. Dr. Christoph Brabec have achieved an important milestone in the quest to develop efficient solar technology as an alternative to fossil fuels. Together with colleagues from Imperial College London and the King Abdullah University of Science […]