Collecting solar power from outer space for delivery and distribution down to Earth is a topic that was already previously discussed many times. This time however, more than just speculation and idea gathering, an actual proposal is now being presented that might just catapult the idea into an actual project.
Solar energy is becoming more widespread and is catching ground in covering the global energy needs and, consequently, in each of our lives. There is, however, a number of truths about the energy from the sun more or less known, things that – why not? – could be good reasons for choosing this alternative.
Among the 100,000 or so U.S. drivers with plug-in electric cars, it’s widely noted that a lot of them charge their cars using photovoltaic solar arrays.
Microinverters are not a new concept. Since the earliest days of the PV industry, solar engineers and entrepreneurs have sought to create grid-compatible AC power direct from a solar panel. Some of the first commercial microinverters appeared in the mid-1990s, including the SunSine AC Module developed by Ascension Technologies. In fact, one of the first ACPV systems, delivered to the U.S. Pentagon in 1994, is still functioning today.
New Hampshire, USA — Key technical components of a solar PV system go through the rigors of testing, evaluation, and certification — but what about when they're all assembled and running as a full PV plant? VDE and Fraunhofer ISE think they've found a new way to ensure the performance, reliability — and "technical bankability" — of solar PV plants with a new system-level certification spanning quality, safety, and performance of the plant as a whole and its components.