Proof of Concept: Ultra-thin, insulated concrete roof with embedded PV

Once again, the incredibly brilliant minds at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zurich) have announced innovative processes and materials for a better built environment. Phys.org has the story: Researchers from ETH Zurich have built a prototype of an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof using innovative digital design and fabrication methods. The tested novel formwork system will be … Continue reading Proof of Concept: Ultra-thin, insulated concrete roof with embedded PV

Salt and antifreeze may be key to longer term solar energy storage at massive scale

Bloomberg's Mark Bergen reports: Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze. The research lab, which hatched Google's driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located … Continue reading Salt and antifreeze may be key to longer term solar energy storage at massive scale

Without constant monitoring, solar PV efficiency remains limited

Solar panels leveraging photovoltaic (PV) technology to convert sunlight into electricity are notoriously inefficient. According to research by the International Energy Agency, one way to improve PV efficiency is through the implementation of Statistical Performance Monitoring combined with some advanced machine-learning. In their report, the researchers identified 4 different methodologies for improving solar panel efficiency, … Continue reading Without constant monitoring, solar PV efficiency remains limited

Tesla will not be alone in the solar PV roofing tile market

Apple's success as a company under Steve Jobs' leadership was rarely about being first to market. Rather, Apple's most successful products so far (Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch) were challengers in existing product categories (personal computing, MP3 players, smartphones, tablets, wearables). Apple's entry into established categories was disruptive and ultimately successful due to superior … Continue reading Tesla will not be alone in the solar PV roofing tile market

Breaking down the pricing (and potential risks) of Tesla’s new solar roof system

Inhabitat's Kristine Lofgren reports that the order form and website for Tesla's new solar roofing system is now live. In a previous article, Inhabitat had the following to say: The seamless look of the new technology is thanks to “integrated front skirts and no visible mounting hardware” according to Tesla’s website. Electrek said these features come … Continue reading Breaking down the pricing (and potential risks) of Tesla’s new solar roof system