There are two kinds of solar power plants: photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP). PV works by capturing sunlight on modules (panels) covered with one or two layers of a semi conducting material, usually silicon, and converting it into electricity.
Electricity experts have met in Côte d’Ivoire to study the use of low voltage direct current (LVDC) to increase access to electricity in rural areas. IEC ambassador Vimal Mahendru was among the IEC experts sharing their experience and technical insights.
A question that I am frequently asked is how well turbines can withstand hurricane force winds. The short answer is that International Standards help to ensure that turbines are built to withstand external conditions that may occur over the expected life of the project.
According to the UNHCR, 2.6 million refugees have been living in camps for over five years. While the distress of their predicament cannot be understated, several low-cost technologies are helping them find some level of comfort and solace.
According to a new report by IRENA, off-grid renewable energy has had spectacular growth in the past decade. Capacity has tripled since 2008 and the number of people in rural communities served by off-grid renewable energy now reaches up to 133 million people.
It is vitally important that equipment manufactured for the renewable energy sector adheres to strict International Standards. This is much easier to ensure when there is a strong and independent system in place for testing and certification.
According to the Off-Grid Solar (OGS) Market Trends Report published by Lighting Global, the off-grid solar (OGS) sector provided electricity access to an estimated 360 million people worldwide in 2017.
A new report underlines the benefits of hydrogen for energy storage. The UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) suggests that hydrogen stored in Britain’s gas grid could be more effective for making use of excess renewable power than batteries.