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DTACL systems can improve solar energy efficiency

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There is a widespread opinion among the energy experts from all around the world how there is an enormous potential of solar energy. But in order for solar energy to fulfill its potential and become dominant source of global energy supply it will need to significantly improve its efficiency.

Traditional solar panel systems have limited effectiveness, as they are only capable of functioning while the angle of the sun to the earth is just right to maximize the amount of harnessed energy.

The recent research from the University of Kansas studied the possible solutions to boost the performance of solar panels. The starting premise of this research was the fact that movable light shelves and the ones with curved surfaces can diffuse sunlight with greater efficiency than traditional fixed, flat systems.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 13:46 Read more...

Quick Guide To Efficient Home Heating

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One way of saving energy is to use it as efficiently as possible. Renewable energy and energy efficiency usually go hand to hand when discussing potential solutions to save energy in your home.

Choosing the right heating option saves energy but it also keeps more money in your pockets. Many households in temperate climates spend significant part of their energy budget on keeping their homes warm.

The starting point of each efficient home heating system should be keeping your home well insulated and air-sealed as possible. You should use top quality central heating radiators and make necessary steps to prevent heat from escaping with proper sealing and insulation.

Things have changed significantly in the last two decades or so, meaning that today you can use heating systems powered by renewable energy such as geothermal heating systems or solar heating systems.

Why use renewable energy powered heating systems instead of the traditional ones? I will explain this by using geothermal heating systems as an example.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 13:50 Read more...

Why More Businesses are Going Sustainable, and What You Can Do to Follow Their Example

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Today’s business is much different than it was even 10-years ago. Employees can be a little more mobile, suits aren’t as boxy, and an entire business can be run through a smartphone. There’s been another shift, however. Businesses today have become a lot more sustainable.

Businesses across Australia have made a decision to be more eco-friendly - to not leave as large of a carbon footprint as they did before. Some have certainly been told to try AGL solar for solar power, while others have been given advice on how to make their office more carbon neutral.

Having a more sustainable business is an excellent shift in the right direction - and one that you can very easily make too.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 05:43 Read more...

Ocean wind power has enormous potential

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The fact that ocean winds are more frequent and lot more powerful than those on land is a common fact. However, there are plenty of work ahead before we start harvesting this tremendous ocean wind power potential.

The researchers have calculated that wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory harvest more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. The main reason why wind power production in the deep waters of the open ocean is in its infancy of commercialization is because of high construction costs.

Lowering down the construction costs is the key ingredient of future ocean wind power commercialization. In order to achieve this science needs to come up with the low-cost technologies that could be applicable to open oceans.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:27 Read more...

Solution to reliable solar systems lies in algorithms?

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The current solar power systems are designed in a way that doesn't allow you to power your home during an outage. This is in order to comply with several safety standards. What this basically means is that devices that control your solar panels are powered down during an outage.

The current standards thus make it impossible for homeowners to draw on power generated by their own renewable energy resources. This significantly decreases the reliability of solar power systems.

The scientists at the University of California San Diego believe they have found the way to solve this issue. Their solution is to develop algorithms that would allow homes to use and share power from their renewable energy sources during outages by strategically disconnecting these devices, called solar inverters, from the grid.

Researchers believe that by using these algorithms they could improve reliability of solar power systems by 25-35 percent.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:46 Read more...

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