Renewable energy is defined as “energy derived from resources that are regenerative or for all practical purposes can not be depleted.” Renewable energy, also called alternative energy, is generally thought of as an alternative to conventional energy usually supplied by the combustion of fossil fuel such as oil, coal or natural gas. The prime source of renewable energy is solar radiation, i.e. sunlight. The Earth-Atmosphere system receives approximately 5.4 x 10^24 joules per year in the solar radiation cycle (Sorensen, 2004). The solar irradiance at the top of the atmosphere is on average 1366 watts/meter-squared.
While combined heat & power (CHP) may not be appropriate for integration into all microgrids, it definitely does have its place in a lot of them.
CHP systems output heat (or cooling), as well as electricity, primarily as a topping cycle. “The prime mover is typically a reciprocating engine or a turbine,”
By Lori Lovely
Although every situation is unique, and it’s difficult to generalize, Barry Worthington, executive director of the US Energy Association (USEA) in Washington, DC, says progress in renewable energy over the last 10 years has been phenomenal as systems become more efficient. Nevertheless, use of renewable energy for onsite power generation
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 25, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $300 million to help hundreds of small businesses across the country save money on their energy costs by adopting renewable sources or implementing more efficient energy options.
Albuquerque, NM – September 6, 2016 – Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group (Sharp) announces the installation of its SmartStorage® system at Roadrunner® Food Bank in a project with its channel ally and Albuquerque-based, Affordable Solar Installation, Inc. (ASI). This installation, which signals Sharp’s entry into the New
TEMPE, Ariz./ISTANBUL, Turkey, August 11, 2016 – First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that it has booked 160 Megawatts (MW)DC of photovoltaic (PV) module sales in Turkey in the first half of 2016. The orders were placed by Basariarge Enerji A.S. and Zorlu Enerji.
Zorlu Enerji, a subsidiary of Zorlu
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Michael Sterner, Regensburg University, “Realizing Our Clean Energy Future” A holistic view of energy storage and its role on the grid decarbonising transport and building energy.
Professor Dr.-Ing. Michael Sterner is a leading professor of energy storage and renewable energy systems at the Technical University in Regensburg, Germany.
MUNICH, Germany, June 20, 2016 – First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) will showcase its game-changing new Series 5 thin film photovoltaic (PV) module at Intersolar 2016. This will mark the first time that the module, which features a form factor that is similar to a conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) panel,
TEMPE, Ariz., February 23, 2016 – First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced it has established yet another world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) research cell conversion efficiency, achieving 22.1 percent efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center (TAC) PV Lab. The achievement confirms that First