Construction of Collinsville solar power station could start this year

Construction of Collinsville solar power station could start this year

If a deal is made to sell the electricity, a $100 million solar power station could be under construction this year in North Queensland's Collinsville. Independent power producer Ratch Australia has plans to construct the station on a coal power station they bought in 2011 that is no longer used. Anthony Yeates, the business development executive general manager of Ratch Australia stated that they had been short-listed in Ergon Energy tender process and if that failed they had other possible clients for an off-take agreement. "The bulk of the development activities are all completed, so it's a fairly advanced project...

World’s Biggest Floating Solar Plant Being Built In Japan

World’s Biggest Floating Solar Plant Being Built In Japan

Kyocera Corp. have developed a clever means of creating and operating solar power plants without a huge loss of precious landscape- floating the solar panels on the water. The Japanese multinational electronics and ceramics manufacturer is not the first to come up with this idea. France based company introduced the idea in 2006, and the year after that a wine producer, Far Niente, opened a small floating solar plant on a pond that was designed to reduce energy costs and maintain valuable vine acreage. Just last year, water giant United Utilities installed the biggest floating solar plant in Europe, constructed on a reservoir...

Plant Lamps Power Peru

Plant Lamps Power Peru

Soil nutrients is powering plant lamps in Peru, bringing electricity to remote areas in an environmentally-friendly way. Areas of the globe that do not have access to electricity grids face everyday challenges that many take for granted, such as having lights. Kerosene is often turned to in order to provide light, however this results in smoke and fumes that are both harmful to people and the earth. Residents of a remote native community in Peru, Nuevo Saposoa, have been picked to receive 'plant lamps'. The experimental plant lamps provide bright LED lighting for two hours a day, with little power...

Polysilicon Helps Solar Boom Continue

Polysilicon Helps Solar Boom Continue

The key component of solar cells, Polysilicon, has dropped to record low prices and isn't expected to rise any time soon. Polysilicon is form of silicon that is hyper pure, and the second most abundant element on earth. Silicon based Solar PV modules use polysilicon as an initial building block in manufacturing. According to data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, there is such a huge supply of polysilicon that suppliers all over the world are losing money at spot prices. In the past year, prices are down 31 per cent, reaching just $14.76 per kilogram this month. Manufacturers of polysilicon...

Introducing the Solar Sunflower

Introducing the Solar Sunflower

Airlight Energy has created the Solar Sunflower, which utilises different types of solar power in one and is four times better than standard solar setups. Solar power can be generated in two forms- photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal energy. Solar photovoltaic captures the sun's rays and converts it straight into energy, however solar thermal energy absorbs the heat from the sun via liquid to use as hot water or steam. The creation of the Solar Sunflower The head of research at Swiss company Airlight Energy, Gianluca Ambrosetti, wanted to know what would happen if he combined these two types into...

Australia Selected For First Powerwall Deliveries

Australia Selected For First Powerwall Deliveries

The first markets for the Tesla Powerwall have been named, and Australia is one of them, with deliveries expected in 2015. This highly anticipated and much sought after residential battery storage system has been described by Tesla CEO Elon Musk as changing the “entire energy infrastructure of the world”. The system is aimed to shift the worlds focus from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and to create a cleaner energy ecosystem. Telsa recently announced that the 7kWh home energy storage units would be launched in Australia alongside North America as well as DACH in Europe. The Powerwall’s will be distributed...

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