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Pushing the boundaries of solar-powered cars

Pushing the boundaries of solar-powered cars
Harnessing the power of solar is a hot topic for the engineering industry, with vast potential to use this power source in new technologies. Here, Marcus Schneck, CEO of norelem, discusses how standard components have their part to play in this exciting challenge.
23rd January 2020

Integrated photovoltaics: power coming from the facade

Integrated photovoltaics: power coming from the facade
Next generation solar cells are conquering the building industry. In the future, not only roofs but also facades are to convert sunlight into electricity. LOPEC, the International Exhibition and Conference for the Printed Electronics Industry taking place in Munich, Germany, from March 24th to 26th, 2020, will provide information about the current state of the art, practical examples and promising applications.
27th November 2019

Solar technology contracts activity rises 14% in 2019

Solar technology contracts activity rises 14% in 2019
North America solar technology contracts in Q2 2019 saw 84 contracts announced, marking a rise of 14% over the last four-quarter average of 74, according to GlobalData’s power industry contracts database.
22nd November 2019


Increased radius enhances solar cells

Increased radius enhances solar cells
Midsummer has developed its solar cells by increasing the radius of the rounded cell from 90 to 100mm. This reduces the unused area of the module from eight to just two percent, thus increasing the power (W) by six percent per area without increasing production costs.
21st November 2019

Solar cars – it’s just the beginning

Solar cars – it’s just the beginning
Solar vehicle bodywork has just progressed from curiosity to key enabling technology. The new 180-page IDTechEx report, ‘Solar Cars, Buses, Trucks, Trains 2020-2030’ explains why and forecasts the next ten years with solar cars set to reach $15bn by 2030, which will just be the beginning. The focus is mainly road vehicles - solar already provides significant car traction power. 
7th November 2019

Supporting students in the World Solar Challenge 2019

Supporting students in the World Solar Challenge 2019
norelem supported three universities who took the top ten places in the World Solar Challenge 2019. Regarded as one of the toughest solar races in the world, the challenge is a biennial solar-powered car race across the Australian outback that ran between 13th to 20th October.
4th November 2019

Demand for solar plant maintenance set to double

Demand for solar plant maintenance set to double
With Wood Mackenzie revealing that the annual cost of operating and maintaining solar energy plants is set to double in the next five years, global energy recruitment expert, Samuel Knight International, has warned that there’s simply not enough workers ready to deliver this.
4th November 2019

Soft-switching gate driver slashes solar inverter costs

Soft-switching gate driver slashes solar inverter costs
Pre-Switch has announced that its soft-switching IGBT and silicon carbide gate driver architecture, including the Pre-Drive3 controller board, powered by the Pre-Flex FPGA, and RPG gate driver board, can reduce the cost of solar inverters. The two-stage architecture delivers the same switching loss performance as a five-level design, resulting in reduced cost, control complexity and BOM count. 
30th October 2019

Silicon carbide FET devices for global racing challenge

Silicon carbide FET devices for global racing challenge
A Dutch solar car team from University of Twente and Saxion Hogeschool has selected silicon carbide (SiC) devices from UnitedSiC ahead of a major solar racing challenge in October. UnitedSiC provided product samples of their FAST Series of SiC FETs to Solar Team Twente, which they selected on the basis of superior performance.
4th October 2019

The 100th solar energy system in Nigeria

The 100th solar energy system in Nigeria
The West African solar energy company Daystar Power has installed the 100th solar power system since the company was founded in 2017. With the implementation of the solar energy system at a branch of Unity Bank in Bauchi, Nigeria, Daystar Power successfully installed its 100th solar power system since the companies’ foundation in 2017.
25th September 2019


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