MS Tûranor PlanetSolar was the first boat to circumnavigate the world powered exclusively using solar energy. This initial version of the solar boat is a 31-meter three-hull catamaran. Its deck has over 500 square meters of 18.8% efficient solar panels rated 93 kW. Panels charge 648 series and parallel connected lithium-ion batteries that produce 388 V and 2910 Ah. The batteries power two 10kW (maximum), 1000 rpm permanent magnet synchronous motors.
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....More
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....More
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....More
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....More