Air Pollution Casts Shadow Over Solar Energy Production

Duke engineering professor Michael Bergin (left) stands with Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar colleague Chinmay Ghoroi (right) next to that university’s extremely dusty solar panel array.

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust.

According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations: China, India and the Arabian Peninsula.

The study appears online June 23 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

Off-Grid Solar Charging Keeps College Students Connected

Solar Charging – Anywhere

Dotted around college campuses throughout the U.S. are students sitting at outdoor tables that include a solar panel canopy. While doing classwork, they can access the internet, recharge their phones and computers and socialize with other students.

These are attractive, extremely durable tables, forged from structural steel with a sleek architectural look. Placed in highly trafficked areas without access to electrical outlets, they make a bold, green statement about a campus or a corporate facility. The tables fit well into the work and lifestyle choices of people who like to get out of the classroom or office and work outside, in natural light and good weather.

Renogy Rethinks Mobile Energy with the Phoenix – an All-in-One Solar Powered Generator Briefcase

Renogy, a leading expert in renewable, non-traditional energy, unveils the Phoenix, a personal solar energy solution that transforms the power of the sun into easy-to-use dependable energy. The Phoenix is designed for mobile, off-grid applications and is ideal for emergencies. A compact, quiet and efficient portable solar generator, the Phoenix is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Phoenix is a compact, lightweight back-up system that combines two highly efficient Renogy 10 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels and can expand up to 120 watts with additional PVs (Photovoltaics). The Phoenix can be charged three ways – the sun, standard home/office 120v outlet or an automobile 12v lighter outlet. Also, with the included replaceable 16Ah Li-ion(NMC) battery, the capability of limitless power is possible. The unit comes with a built-in sturdy and comfortable handle for easy portability and a high-quality LCD panel that shows remaining power and output usage.

Interview with Steven Saxton, Founder and Lead Developer, EverGreenCoin

1. EverGreenCoin (as described on your  facebook page) is an X15 algorithm PoW / PoS hybrid crypto currency. Are there many other coins that use this configuration? Why did you choose this particular hybrid?

EverGreenCoin (EGC) was literally designed from the ground up to be environmentally friendly. There are other coins that are X15 PoW / PoS hybrids, but few have the same structure of a foundation being funded by a small portion (2%) of the miners work and none have the same intent and exact same distribution and hence, coin supply.

X15 was used because at the time of creation it was not invaded by ASICs.ASICs are machines designed specifically for PoW mining that consume as much electricity as possible in an attempt to gain a disproportionately large amount of the distribution of coins. X15 ASICs are now readily available but fortunately were not before EverGreenCoin’s PoW phase had ended. Had the EverGreenCoin’s PoW phase lasted just a few weeks longer, people would have been able to mine EverGreenCoin with ASICs and that enormous consumption of electricity was avoided in EverGreenCoin’s name.

Why Go Solar – The Benefits of Installing a Residential Solar Panel System

There are plenty of incentives for households to get excited about. You can acquire free energy from the sun’s rays. You can save on significant utility bills. More and more people are finding this idea appealing. The NREL, or National Renewable Energy Labs has stated that there are now 45 times more households that have solar panels installed in them.

The proliferation of solar panels could be due to a number of reasons. Incentives such as getting tax credit worth around 30 percent of total solar panel installation costs are one. Excellent financing plans that eliminate the burden of startup installation costs on solar panels could be another. Last but not the least, the production of solar panels have been soaring over the past few years, thanks to countries such as China. So, how does one harness the sun’s power to provide electricity? What are the benefits of getting a residential solar system?

Solar Power in India is Cheaper Than the Grid for the First Time

Solar power in India is cheaper than the grid for the first time and companies like Simpa and Orb are first on the ground in these new markets.

Simpa, founded by development economics PhD and former director of Microsoft Network Strategy Paul Needham, is adding 1,500 new customers in rural India each month and accelerating. They’ve created a lease-to-own model that makes it affordable and viable to a rural market that never existed before. They’ve already created over a Gigawatt-hour of clean power — enough to power over 120,000 people in over 25,000 Indian homes and small businesses.

Orb, headed by Damian Miller, is taking the approach from the small business level. In 2016, the company doubled its output and provided small and medium-sized businesses in a hundred small cities with inexpensive and green solar power, and in 2017 it is opening a new solar panel factory in Bangalore.

For more info see news release below and please visit Simpa Networks and Orb Energy.

The History of Solar Energy

Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist