The US Energy Department has announced nearly $4 million in funding for projects with a goal of setting data standards to assist the nation’s solar industry.
Currently, the solar sector in the USA relies on fragmented datasets released by various state energy departments and a limited number of private organizations in relation to project origination, grid integration, operations, and retirement.
Researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have developed a perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell that has smashed the world record for conversion efficiency.
Scientists from PolyU’s Department of Electronic and Information Engineering used the novel solar material to create a hybrid solar cell with an efficiency of 25.5 percent – the highest level ever recorded.
Mozambique has one of Africa’s lowest electrification rates. The national grid reached just 23% of the population in 2012. Around 68% of Mozambicans live in widely dispersed rural areas making extending access to electricity difficult. The national grid infrastructure is extremely limited and increasingly struggling to cope with rising demand.
Around 80% of the country’s residents rely on biomass
Renewable energy is finally a reality in South Africa’s electricity mix. The government’s renewable energy programme has procured 92 solar, wind, hydro and biomass projects. Some of these are already feeding into the national grid. Others meanwhile are in various stages of development.
Community renewables are not unique to South Africa. It is the country’s policies and frameworks that are