Posts tagged as PV

The sun powers soccer club’s arena in Norway

Odds Ballklubb, a soccer club in Skien, Norway, wants to be the greenest soccer club in Europe. Its Skagerak Arena has deployed the latest power technology to integrate renewables in the urban community by using microgrids and energy storage capabilities. The entire rooftop of the Skagerak Arena is covered with 5700 m2 of solar panels, […]

Choice of PV backsheet material affects module life

DuPont Photovoltaic and Advanced Materials’ (DuPont’s) 2019 Global Field Reliability Study shows that the choice of backsheet material used on PV modules can result in significant degradation and negatively impact solar module performance. The report lays out failures with PET, polyamide and PVDF backsheets and issues with glass-on-glass modules. The report also highlights trends in […]

Africa’s energy landscape transitions to base load-capable renewables

The advent of renewables, new storage technologies present Africa’s utilities with an opportunity to increase capacity and efficiency while re-kindling their appeal to investors.  There has been a clear and rapid evolution in Africa’s energy and energy infrastructure landscape over the last decade. While much of this new technology has challenged the traditional dominance and […]

Leading in renewable energy finance

Even a brief search of the headlines of newspapers around the world will leave one in no doubt that the threat posed by climate change has morphed from being solely a focus of climate activists to one of global concern. The climate emergency is now being recognised at board level, so contributing towards meeting the […]

Technology could help South Africans turn sunshine into income

As Eskom struggles with excessive debt, its ability to extend grid-power to rural communities remains limited. However, the country could take advantage of the power utility’s challenge by increasing the use of modern technology to turn sunshine into income for residents and businesses in these rural areas. The way energy is produced and distributed is […]

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, […]

Lightning protection provided for large poultry farm’s solar installation

Lightning and surge protection specialist Dehn Africa was recently involved in an extensive project to provide and protect rooftop solar power to one of South Africa’s largest poultry farms, Chubby Chick, in Potchefstroom. All parties involved worked closely together from design to commissioning, ensuring the installation was comprehensively protected from lightning effects during its lifetime. […]

SA ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies, minister tells conference

South Africa is ready to embrace modern electricity generating technologies to improve security of supply and increase access to electricity to all its citizens.  In his keynote address at the opening of the 2019 Africa Utility Week and Powergen Africa 2019 in Cape Town, Jeff Radebe, the minister of energy, said the conference offered a […]