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Floating solar PV plants on hydropower reservoirs could produce 10,600 TWh of potential power a year globally, NREL finds

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to an analysis by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Floating solar photovoltaics (FPV) is an emerging, and increasingly viable, application of photovoltaics (PV) in which systems are sited directly on waterbodies.

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PV researchers envision 10 TW by 2030 and up to 70 TW by 2050

Leading international PV researchers, gathered by the Global Alliance for Solar Energy Research Institutes (GA-SERI) to discuss the challenges for and arising from the deployment of PV and how to meet the global climate goals, have produced an article published on 31 May 2019 in Science entitled “Terawatt-scale photovoltaics: Transform global energy – Improving costs and scale reflect looming opportunities” describing the key points of the future developments. Read more

CESA joins NREL’s research project to integrate solar power into the grid nationwide in the U.S.

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid.

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Valuing resilience can make PV and energy storage systems economical, report says

Findings presented in a new paper by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Group (CEG) show that more integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage projects could make economic sense if the value of avoiding power outages is taken into account in project economics.

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NREL Develops Switchable Solar Window

Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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