Solar sailing is, basically, a new way of travelling through the water, in a ship powered by wind and sunlight, depending on weather conditions. The sail is controlled by software and it’s operated automatically, tracking the sun for optimal solar and the wind for optimal sail power. Electricity created by the solar panels and stored in a battery powers the engine while the ships come in and out of the harbour. Once out in the open ocean and when more speed is needed, the diesel kicks in.
SolarSailor is a public unlisted company with offices in Australia, China and Hong Kong, which supplies patented SolarSail and Hybrid Marine technology, with applications on tankers, commercial ferries, private yachts and unmanned coast guard drones. (more…)
The solar projects, Puriton West (4MW) and Summerway Drove (1.8MW), were developed by Element Power Solar in partnership with Dublin-based BNRG Renewables. The projects were constructed and commissioned during 2011 under the U.K. Government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) legislation designed to encourage construction of low carbon electricity generation from renewable energy technologies, and are both fully operational generating electricity at pre August 2011 Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates.
Puriton West Photovoltaic Project - Via pv-magazine.com
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon organizes a competition every two years for challenging collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of this competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. These teams spend almost those two years building a house to compete in the 10 contests of the Solar Decathlon (Architecture, Market Appeal, Engineering, Communications, Affordability, Comfort Zone, Hot Water, Appliances, Home Entertainment and Energy Balance).
There are many myths surrounding solar power in general, this can be attributed to many factors but most crucial of all is a lack of awareness and understanding from the general public with regards to the benefits of solar power and what it can do for people. Also there seems to be a lack of advertising on the subject especially when it comes to t.v. ad campaigns and other forms of media coverage.