18 February 2016 2016 05:45 PM GMT

Rooftop Solar Revolution? Giga Solar Announces Successful Test Results

Giga Solar® high-efficiency crystalline-silicon, lightweight photovoltaic (PV) modules have successfully completed a series of environmental and mechanical stress tests at the CFV Solar Test Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This work was part of the Boston-based Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems’ Plug-and-Play PV Project, funded by the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.  This Project aims to develop a suite of technologies that make the process of buying, installing, and connecting rooftop solar energy systems faster, easier, safer, and less expensive. Giga Solar’s high-efficiency, crystalline-silicon, lightweight modules enable innovative, low-cost rooftop mounting methods. Because Giga Solar’s modules are glass-free and frameless, they can be flush-mounted directly onto the roof, avoiding the need for racking hardware, eliminating roof penetrations, and shortening the installation time. These benefits all contribute to lowering the cost of solar electricity.

“We were extremely pleased with the results, which show negligible power loss after these accelerated stress tests,” said Tom Hood, CEO and Founder of Giga Solar. “It demonstrates that our innovative PV modules can withstand the very tough conditions that modules experience on rooftops. Giga Solar’s modules weigh 60% less than traditional crystalline silicon modules, so in addition to the benefits of simpler and lower cost mounting, our reduced module weight decreases transportation costs and improves ease of handling,” Hood added.

Testing was performed in two categories – environmental and mechanical. The environmental tests were a modified subset of the IEC-61215 protocol, a PV module performance standard used by the solar industry worldwide. Environmental testing included hail impact + 50 thermal cycles, 1000 hours of damp heat exposure and 500 thermal cycles. The mechanical tests, including various bending and localized pressure tests, were custom designed by Fraunhofer CSE to simulate the forces a lightweight module would encounter during transportation and installation.

Giga Solar FPC, Inc. CA, USA, is dedicated to the development and commercialization of high-powered, rugged and ultra lightweight photovoltaic modules and mounting systems. Giga Solar FPC, Inc. was created with the simple premise that solar PV products should be more affordable and accessible to people everywhere.

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Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, according to the report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests, corporate demand will continue to increase as companies seek to reduce electricity bills, hedge against future price spikes and address sustainability concerns.

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Wind: China Maintains Emerging Markets Top Spot Following 19.7GW Build Boom

Wind industry intelligence service A Word About Wind has launched its Emerging Markets Attractiveness Index report for 2018, which provides insight and analysis into the most attractive emerging markets for wind companies. The index, now in its second year, ranks the top 30 emerging markets that investors should consider when investing in wind in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. The list considers factors including political and economic stability for investors, alongside the growth of electricity demand and potential for wind growth, in order to rank the countries by overall potential. As with last year’s report, China tops the list and the ongoing trade war with the US shows no sign of slowing China’s formidable growth.

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Largest Offshore Wind Farm In US Gets Go Ahead: New York Makes Bold Commitment

The vote comes two weeks after Governor Cuomo announced an unprecedented commitment to developing up to 2.4GW of offshore wind by 2030 in his regional State of the State address on Long Island. This target, which is enough power generation for 1.25 million homes, is the largest commitment to offshore wind energy in U.S. history, bringing this valuable resource to New Yorkers on a scale unmatched in the United States. The 90 Megawatt Offshore Wind Farm, 30 Miles Off the Coast of Long Island Will Create Jobs and Power 50,000 Long Island Homes with clean, resilient and affordable Energy.

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Battery Boom: Wind And Solar Can Generate Half Of Worldwide Electricity By 2050

Coal is to shrink to just 11% of global electricity generation by mid-century, from 38% now, as costs shift heavily in favour of wind, solar and batteries. Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 due to reductions in cost. “Cheap battery storage means that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.”

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