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Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...PV. It allows us to integrate PV in ways that weren’t possible before, such as in flexible materials, and deploy it faster in lighter-weight, larger-area modules.” So there you have it, solar power on the fly - charge your devices easily while hiking or camping, or just walking down the street wearing your swanky sol...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...PV solar systems far more accessible to homeowners). The premise behind this philosophy is that in times when hot water is not needed, a panel isn’t left stagnant and offering no value. If your solar installation was PV instead of thermal, solar radiation would always be absorbed for one use or another; to power othe...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...PVC Coal and UV water filtration Automated moisture control Automated ventilation of hydrogen emissions from PV system batteries Durable: A more sustainable and durable building will last longer, so its embodied energy is stretched over a longer period of time, effectively making it ...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...PV efficiencies, panel materials and battery technology. So far, there have been several encouraging green building trends of 2020 that caught our attention, notably an increase in PV solar panels on homes. The implications of what Azelio is doing could be quite significant, and in order to explain that properly requ...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...PV powered air to water heatpump to put heat into the radiant floor heating in the slab foundation. Heating water with PV instead of thermal solar panels: It may seem counterintuitive at first, but there is strong case supporting the use of PV panels for heating water over thermal solar systems in Net Zero Energy h...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...PV solar panels work on cloudy days as well, but less effectively. Government incentives are sometimes available, but that seems prone to change with little notice. Investigate that before you make any decisions. Cons: PV panels cost more than solar thermal panels, grants and incentives can provide so...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...PV systems is really what will determine the value and payback period; but system prices, product quality and warranties keep making PV solar panel systems more enticing and competitive. A solar contractor will have those answers for you. Being at the mercy of fluctuating electricity rates can be eliminated by a PV s...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...PV) as they are technically called - generate an electric current by catching light particles from the sun called photons. These photons then knock free the electrons in the panels’ solar cells and produce an electric current. This current is transferred to wires that lead to an inverter. The inverter converts this ene...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...PV panels. Solar trackers follow the sun’s path across the sky and can track the daily changes in incidence. A general rule for capturing direct solar energy when not using a tracker, is to tilt the panel up from the earth as follows: Dec. 21 - latitude (assume 45°) plus 20° to 35° Feb. 21 & Nov. 21 - latitude ...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...PV solar panels. US states and Canadian provinces will have varying levels of green energy that is fed into the grid from renewable sources, so depending on where you live, some people are automatically using renewable energy. For those in regions with a mix of dirtier fuel sources feeding the grid, there are alterna...

Tesla Solar Roof shingles
Solar photovoltaic

The Tesla Solar Roof: we love the hype, but we'd like to see some actual facts.

...PV) has been around for over a decade. It's a great idea on paper, but because each shingle has to be connected individually it's quite a headache to install, so hopefully Tesla has something new to offer and isn't just repackaging old technology that never got far beyond being just a gimmick. If there is something n...