10.09.2018 Solar, wind power could increase rainfall in the Sahara. If wind farms contribute to more rainfall, due to the fact that higher surface roughness strengthens low-level convergence, solar plants cause more precipitation.The researchers concluded that installations of wind and solar farms with current conversion efficiencies, if carefully planned, may trigger more precipitation in the Sahara Desert.
11.09.2018 Flower-shaped solar panel now sold in the U.S. It's 40% more efficient in energy production than traditional solar panels. When the sun rises in the morning, the SmartFlower automatically unfolds and begins producing energy by setting its petals at a ninety-degree angle. The flower goes “back to sleep” into a folding position at night or whenever high winds make it unsafe to operate.
12.10.2018 The Hungarian solar market is on track to see record growth this year, with up to 400 MW of new capacity expected, according to president of the Hungarian Photovoltaic Industry Association
13.10.2018 As urban air pollution affects the passage of daylight, photovoltaic panels lose efficiency finds study. In the worst cities air pollution could affect the viability of solar energy. It also means money – Los Angeles’ expanding solar electricity sector could be losing about $6m to $9ma year by 2020.
14.10.2018 Gambia moves forward with first large-scale PV project with the help of World Bank. The solar plant may have a capacity of up to 20 MW, and could be linked with a storage system. By the way, only around 35% of Gambia's two million people have access to electricity.
15.10.2018 China's largest manufacturer of solar photovoltaic launches first PV home kit in India. The kit includes all the required solar rooftop components, includes modules, inverter, grid box and mounting system, and comes with a 25-year module performance warranty.
16.10.2018 As part of its new "Starbucks Greener Stores" initiative, the coffee retailer plans to have 10,000 environmentally friendly stores worldwide by 2025.
“We know that designing and building green stores is not only responsible, it is cost effective as well”.
Starbucks expects to save $50 million in utility costs over the next 10 years as the plan evolves.
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