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Bengal's tea companies to instal solar plants in estates

KOLKATA: Tea companies including Goodricke and McLeod Russel are gearing up to set up solar plants in the unused land in their estates as West Bengal has joined the list of states that have done away with the 5% value-added tax on solar photovoltaic cells and other solar equipment. The removal of VAT is expected to bring down the cost of solar generation on a par with that of thermal power generation or even less. Goodricke Group's managing director and chief executive AN Singh said the company...

Solar-powered water taxi under construction in PEI

A couple of entrepreneurs in North Rustico are working on a solar-powered water taxi to be launched in time for P.E.I.'s tourism season. Steve Arnold and Peter Ixks are converting an existing vessel to solar electricity a first for P.E.I. 'P.E.I. needs some systems like a solar transport system.'  Peter Ixks "It involves tearing out the old diesel motor which is smelly and big and noisy and heavy, and putting in a very sleek, electric motor," explained Arnold from inside a warehouse with t...

KSA Signs for Middle East's Largest Solar Energy Factory

On Tuesday, The Royal Commission signed a contract with the Saudi group Al-Afandi Solar,in Yanbu West Saudi Arabia , for founding the largest ,across the Middle East, commercial complementary factory responsible for silicon panels and Solar cells manufacture in Saudi Arabia. The contract was signed with Dr. Alaa Nassif, Chief Executive of the Royal Commission in Yanbu, and Board Director of Al-Afandi Solar group, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Afandi. Moreover, the factory is expected to fill in a substantial ...

Western Australia's rooftop solar now state's 'biggest power station'

Western Australia's rooftop solar now state's 'biggest power station' 06. January 2016 Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends By:  Ian Clover Immense popularity of residential solar in Western Australia essentially forms the states largest power generating unit, according to research by Curtin University.

New efficiency record set with dual-junction solar cell

The newly certified record conversion efficiency of 29.8 percent was set using a top cell made of gallium indium phosphide developed by NREL, and a bottom cell made of crystalline silicon developed by CSEM using silicon heterojunction technology. The two cells were made separately and then stacked by NREL. The record was published in 'Solar cell efficiency tables.' "It's a record within this mechanically stacked category," said David Young, a senior researcher at NREL. "The performance of the du...

Challenging efficiency records of solar hydrogen production

US researchers have raised questions over how the photoelectrochemical community, including themselves, tests the efficiency of solar-to-hydrogen devices.1Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production is a promising source of sustainable energy but for this to be commercially viable, it needs to be more efficient. However, true like-to-like comparison between numbers reported around the world is nearly impossible. Without consistent techniques, we may be basing our future on inaccurate numbers.Now, H...

India Needs to Make Silicon for Solar Power: Expert

India has set an ambitious target of generating 100,000MW of solar energy by 2022 but does not have the technology to process sand into silicon, forcing its import in huge quantities, a top scientist said."As silicon is not produced in the country, we are totally import-dependent for it. Though we have plenty of sand as raw material, we don't have the technology to process it into silicon wafers for solar cells or panels," former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Srikumar Banerjee told IANS in a...

Qatari utilities announce solar joint venture

Qatari utilities announce solar joint venture 06. January 2016 Global PV markets, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends By:  Ian Clover Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Electricity and Water Company sign MoU to develop solar power generation capacity in the tiny oil-rich Middle East kingdom.

India, Russia Sign Agreement For Solar Power Development

India, Russia Sign Agreement For Solar Power Development January 5th, 2016 by Saurabh Mahapatra  Russia has become the latest company to join hands with India to help the latter achieve its massive solar power targets. The Solar Energy Corporation of India SECI and Russian Energy Agency REA have recently signed a memorandum of understanding MoU to set up large scale solar photovoltaic PV projects in India between 2016 to 2022. Under the terms of the agreement, initially a 500 MW pilot sol...