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Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • How to maintain your Solar PV

    As we’ve mentioned numerous times before, here on the Waxman Energy blog, Solar PV is an extremely cost effective way to generate your own power source which sees a sound return on investment. With more and more of us turning to this alternative form of energy it’s easy to forget that, just like any other appliance, Solar PV needs looking after every now and then.

    Being an external device, your panels have a high resilience to changing climates and weather because that’s essentially how they work, but to keep them working as efficiently as possible, some simple maintenance tips should be followed.
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  • Plans proposed for European on-site mobile PV recycling.

    As renewable energy becomes ever more popular through Government incentives and the growing concern for the planet, as do the increased number of Solar PV panels that are installed.

    Unfortunately these renewable energy technologies will not last as long as the energy sources that power them and have a shelf –life that deems them unusable after so long. With Solar PV there are many systems in place, like PV Cycle, that help companies and domestic users alike to dispose of their modules, once they have reached the end of their life cycle.
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  • Inflatable solar energy chimney planned by record breaking engineer Per Lindstrand

    Renowned for his work in ballooning with Virgin founder, Richard Branston, Per Lindstrand is hoping to develop a 1km-high inflatable chimney that can capture the suns energy.

    The idea, which is over 100 years old, is based on a solar updraft tower that Lindstrand is heading up to commercialise.

    The tower that relies on rising air heated by the sun, to drive turbines, could be a revolutionary alternative to photovoltaic generation. It could be an easier and more accessible method to maintain hard to reach power lines or solar panels.
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  • £33 billion saving predicted from on-site energy generation by 2030

    From 2010 to 2030, the on-site energy generated by businesses across the UK is predicted to save £33 billion in energy costs, as energy consultancy Utilyx report.

    With the growing nature of on-site generation it is reported that it will contribute 14% of the UK’s energy needs by 2030. What’s more, it’s solar energy that is set to lead this growth as well as heat and power and energy from waste contributing to £20 billion in savings by 2030.

    Money isn’t the only thing that UK businesses will be saving with their on-site energy installations, as the research discloses that about 350 million tonnes of CO2 emissions are predicted to be evaded too.

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  • UK set to be Europe’s leading Solar PV market in 2014

    European research has shown that the UK is to become the largest solar market, for the first time, within the first 3 months of 2014.

    NPD Solarbuzz, who carried out the data, suggest that this predicted rise in demand is down to feed-in tariffs and the need to finish larger projects before cuts in the Renewable Obligation Certificate take place after March.

    Although this accolade will be short lived, with Germany predicted to regain the top ranking later in 2014, NPD Solarbuzz expect that the UK, Germany, Italy and France will help to stabilise European solar demand, that has previously been lacking.
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  • International Science team develop new method for increased efficiency of Solar Cells.

    The team of Scientists, lead by researchers from York and St Andrews Universities, have developed a new approach that helps trap highly efficient broad-band light in thin films that have more light captured within. This maximises absorption and electricity generation.

    Reported in Nature Communications, the new method builds on research into a class of materials called ‘quasi-crystals’ which provide advantages through their light capturing properties . To solve the problem of their rigid properties, which make it difficult to tailor for particular applications, the researchers have created a new structure called ‘quasi-random’.

    Combining the rich special features of the ‘quasi-crystal’ and the high level of control gained by periodic structures, means that renewable energy generation can be even more efficient. Emiliano Martins developed the idea of the quasi-random structure with Dr Thomas F Krauss, an Anniversary Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of York.
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