The University of Newcastle in Australia has unveiled a 200m2 rooftop solar array made from innovative flexible and printed solar cells that could further revolutionise the global use and manufacturing industry of renewables. According to Professor John Mathews of Macquarie University in Australia, this could be a giant step forward for solar cells. Transparent and flexible enough to coat buildings, vehicles and consumer goods, these third-generation organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells are easy to make in large quantities with standard printing equipment, and are based on abundant and cheap materials. The team behind the cells believes the low-cost technology is on the brink of commercialisation and will use the demonstration array to validate calculations that scaling it up to cover buildings over a square kilometre would generate 10MW at a cost of €6.19 million.
Energy Post 24th Sept 2018 read more »
Roadnight Taylor says demand for large-scale solar is set for a revival – with developers returning to the market after three years of impasse – and landowners should act now to secure rental agreements. Hugh Taylor, chief executive, said: “In 2015, the Government announced the end of the Feed-in-Tariff and Renewable Obligation incentives, which killed the solar market. “Since then, the renewables industry has been waiting for a time when the cost of solar technology has reduced sufficiently to make further schemes worthwhile.” Solar costs have since reduced by 20-30 per cent a year, at the same time as wholesale energy prices have soared by nearly 60 per cent – which means developers are back in the market.
Darlington & Stockton Times 29th Sept 2018 read more »