Solar http://powerelectronics.com/taxonomy/term/7411/more en Solar Microinverters and Power Optimizers Shift Tactics to Sell More Solar AC and Smart Modules, IHS Markit Says http://powerelectronics.com/alternative-energy/solar-microinverters-and-power-optimizers-shift-tactics-sell-more-solar-ac-and-sm <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The business model of microinverter and power optimizer suppliers is set to shift from standalone units to integrated systems, according to new analysis released by IHS Markit.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/alternative-energy/solar-microinverters-and-power-optimizers-shift-tactics-sell-more-solar-ac-and-sm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/alternative-energy/solar-microinverters-and-power-optimizers-shift-tactics-sell-more-solar-ac-and-sm#comments Alternative Energy Industry Solar Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:55:00 +0000 60951 at http://powerelectronics.com IHS Markit Names Leaders in PV Module Supplier Scorecard 2016 http://powerelectronics.com/solar/ihs-markit-names-leaders-pv-module-supplier-scorecard-2016 <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>In a new scorecard reviewing the solar photovoltaic module sector, Trina Solar, SunPower, First Solar, Hanwha Q-cells and Jinko Solar were all identified as this year's industry leaders.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/solar/ihs-markit-names-leaders-pv-module-supplier-scorecard-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/solar/ihs-markit-names-leaders-pv-module-supplier-scorecard-2016#comments Alternative Energy Industry Energy Solar Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:30:00 +0000 60151 at http://powerelectronics.com Global Wind Operations and Maintenance Market Set for Strong Growth to $17 Billion by 2020 http://powerelectronics.com/alternative-energy/global-wind-operations-and-maintenance-market-set-strong-growth-17-billion-2020 <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The global wind operations and maintenance is estimated to increase from $10 billion in 2015 to $17 billion by 2020.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/alternative-energy/global-wind-operations-and-maintenance-market-set-strong-growth-17-billion-2020" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/alternative-energy/global-wind-operations-and-maintenance-market-set-strong-growth-17-billion-2020#comments Alternative Energy Industry Energy Solar Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:35:00 +0000 60021 at http://powerelectronics.com SolarWorld Debuts 1,500-volt Solar Panel http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solarworld-debuts-1500-volt-solar-panel <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>SolarWorld announced that it will release a 1,500-volt solar panel to enable installers to increase lengths of solar-panel strings by up to 50 percent.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solarworld-debuts-1500-volt-solar-panel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solarworld-debuts-1500-volt-solar-panel#comments Products Alternative Energy Industry Energy Solar Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:05:00 +0000 59831 at http://powerelectronics.com Solar Industry Set for New Overcapacity and Shake-Out Cycle http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-industry-set-new-overcapacity-and-shake-out-cycle <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>IHS Technology says that solar PV installations in China in the third quarter of 2016 will fall by 80 percent, triggering a sharp global slowdown in global demand and an oversupply, particularly solar modules.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-industry-set-new-overcapacity-and-shake-out-cycle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-industry-set-new-overcapacity-and-shake-out-cycle#comments Industry Inverters Solar Tue, 12 Jul 2016 19:15:00 +0000 59131 at http://powerelectronics.com Image courtesy of Thinkstock Photovoltaic Tracker Market Jumped Over Last Year http://powerelectronics.com/solar/photovoltaic-tracker-market-jumped-over-last-year <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The photovoltaic tracker market in North America increased by 135 percent year over year to reach 5.5 gigawatt shipments in 2015.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/solar/photovoltaic-tracker-market-jumped-over-last-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/solar/photovoltaic-tracker-market-jumped-over-last-year#comments Industry Energy Solar Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:50:00 +0000 58561 at http://powerelectronics.com Solar Cells as Light as a Soap Bubble http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-cells-light-soap-bubble <div class="field-byline"> Massachusetts Institute of Technology </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Researchers at MIT have demonstrated the thinnest, lightest solar cells ever produced. Solar cells so thin, flexible, and lightweight that they could be placed on almost any material or surface, including your hat, shirt, or smartphone.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-cells-light-soap-bubble" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-cells-light-soap-bubble#comments Alternative Energy Energy Solar Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:40:00 +0000 55811 at http://powerelectronics.com <p>While the solar cell in this demonstration device is not especially efficient, because of its low weight, its power-to-weight ratio is among the highest ever achieved. (Image courtesy of MIT).</p> Solar System Efficiency: Maximum Power Point Tracking is Key http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-system-efficiency-maximum-power-point-tracking-key <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Maximum PV panel system efficiency is a major goal in today’s solar panel installations. Even a 0.1% efficiency improvement provides valuable payback over the long life of a solar installation. </div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-system-efficiency-maximum-power-point-tracking-key" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/solar/solar-system-efficiency-maximum-power-point-tracking-key#comments Alternative Energy Energy Power Electronics Systems Solar Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:55:00 +0000 52181 at http://powerelectronics.com Storage Advance May Boost Solar Thermal Energy Potential http://powerelectronics.com/solar/storage-advance-may-boost-solar-thermal-energy-potential <div class="field-byline"> David Stauth, Oregon State University, News and Research Communications </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Engineers at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., have identified a new approach for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy, to reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/solar/storage-advance-may-boost-solar-thermal-energy-potential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/solar/storage-advance-may-boost-solar-thermal-energy-potential#comments Batteries Energy Solar Thermal Management Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:30:00 +0000 51601 at http://powerelectronics.com IBM Research Solar Camera Watches for and Predicts Solar Energy http://powerelectronics.com/solar/ibm-research-solar-camera-watches-and-predicts-solar-energy <div class="field-byline"> Senior Technical Staff Member Theodore Van Kessel; Research Staff Member Xiaoyan Shao; Research Staff Member Siyuan Lu; and IBM Research&#039;s Physical Analytics team </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>In the World Solar Challenge in Australia, the University of Michigan’s solar-powered race car used IBM hardware and software that employs cognitive computing to predict solar radiation in order to maximize solar panel power output and optimize the car’s speed.</div> <p><a href="http://powerelectronics.com/solar/ibm-research-solar-camera-watches-and-predicts-solar-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://powerelectronics.com/solar/ibm-research-solar-camera-watches-and-predicts-solar-energy#comments Automotive Energy Power Management Solar Mon, 09 Nov 2015 18:15:00 +0000 51361 at http://powerelectronics.com