Solar power

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.

The International Energy Agency projected in 2014 that under its "high renewables" scenario, by 2050, solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power would contribute about 16 and 11 percent, respectively, of the worldwide electricity consumption, and solar would be the world's largest source of electricity. Most solar installations would be in China and India.

Photovoltaics were initially solely used as a source of electricity for small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to remote homes powered by an off-grid rooftop PV system. As the cost of solar electricity has fallen, the number of grid-connected solar PV systems has grown into the millions and utility-scale solar power stations with hundreds of megawatts are being built. Solar PV is rapidly becoming an inexpensive, low-carbon technology to harness renewable energy from the Sun.

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“The UAE has played a major role in enabling me to develop innovative technologies”

Gulf News 02 Dec 2020
The second major highlight of my journey was the formation of Infusion Power and Infusion Solar Energy Systems through which we have successfully raised capital to fund our development and manufacturing through our reseller Greenfox in the UAE ... energy harvested from solar power....

Electricity access is declining in sub-Saharan Africa but solar offers a way forward, says IEA chief

The Independent 24 Nov 2020
Electricity access has fallen for the first time in seven years in sub-Saharan Africa, but a boost to solar power could offer a way forward, says the chief of the International Energy Agency (IEA) ... “Sub-Saharan Africa has the richest potential for solar energy,” he said....

The solar energy market will grow if innovative business models are developed

Mail Guardian South Africa 20 Nov 2020
Southern Africa has the sun exposure, available land area and declining prices of components that mean the area is well positioned to sustainably address the region’s power challenges through solar ... There are 17.1-million households in South Africa and 84.7% of these receive their power supply from Eskom....

Ford SA opts for the sun, creating one of the world’s largest solar carports

Business Day 15 Nov 2020
Ford Southern Africa plans to install more than 31,000 solar panels at its ......

Developing Nations Could Lose Out in Race for Coronavirus Vaccine

Beijing News 11 Nov 2020
LONDON - A coronavirus vaccine that has proved 90% effective after early trials has raised hopes that the global pandemic can be brought under control in the coming months ... Then there is the problem of power ... "It's a lack of electricity ... UNICEF spent $85 million in 2019 on refrigeration equipment, mostly solar-powered refrigerators in Africa and Asia....

Global Concentrated Solar Power Market Report 2020 -

The Oklahoman 10 Nov 2020
The "Analyzing the Global Market for Concentrated Solar Power 2020" report has been added to's offering. This report analyzes the Global Market for Concentrated Solar Power 2020 ... We move on to introduce the concept of concentrated solar power (CSP) ... Solar Power & Climate Change ... Concentrated Solar Power in South Africa....

Nigeria could benefit from African Trade Insurance Agency boost on critical energy gap

Business Day Online 09 Nov 2020
This is if the government that should drive the process, rises up to the needs of the citizens, whose power supply has been abysmal and major challenge for businesses in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. Malawi has just accessed a $67 million Nkhotakota Solar Power Plant, ......

Tunisian start-up 3D prints solar-powered bionic hands

Taipei Times 07 Nov 2020
A Tunisian start-up is developing a 3D-printed bionic hand, hoping the affordable and solar-powered prosthetic will help amputees and other disabled people across Africa ... It can also be solar-powered via a photovoltaic charger for use in regions without a reliable electricity supply....

Why has the cost of renewable energy fallen so much?

RTE 06 Nov 2020
In many countries such as India, China, Spain, Finland, Sweden and the United States, the price of electricity from solar panels and onshore wind is now cheaper than from new coal power plants ... The resultant scientific knowledge was sufficient for Siemens to powering Europe by building a solar farm in Northern Africa in the 1930s....

Resurgent South Africa joins Saudi Arabia on road to economic reform

Arab News 06 Nov 2020
About 11,800 megawatts of new power generation capacity is expected to be brought on line in South Africa from 2022, more than half of which will come from renewable sources ... It is the lead shareholder in the 50 megawatt Bokpoort concentrated solar power plant commissioned in 2016....

Tunisian startup develops 3D-printed, solar-powered bionic hands

Straits Times 04 Nov 2020
SOUSSE, TUNISIA (AFP) - A Tunisian startup is developing a 3D-printed bionic hand, hoping that the affordable and solar-powered prosthetic will help amputees and other disabled people across Africa ... "So we decided to design a hand." ... "It was like positive revenge," he told Agence France-Presse. "I wanted to prove I could do it ... More on this topic. �....

Tunisian startup prints solar-powered bionic hands

China Daily 04 Nov 2020
SOUSSE, Tunisia-A Tunisian startup is developing a 3D-printed bionic hand, hoping the affordable and solar-powered prosthetic will help amputees and other disabled people across Africa....

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