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Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Floating solar energy installations are on the rise. With Norway’s extensive experience and history from the maritime, offshore and energy industries, the country is well equipped to lead technological development in this solar floating segment. Solar Floating Energy Energy consultancy giant DNV GL has given its seal of approval to an innovative large-scale solar floating energy 'membrame' being developed by Norway’s Ocean Sun, as the design heads for its first full-scale installation as part of a project on a hydropower in Albania. Smart Blue Innovation Being engineered for operations in coastal waters and on man-made reservoirs. The Ocean Sun system uses modified silicon PV modules mounted on a flexible hydro-elastic floating membrane thus creating a solar energy producing 'powerhouse'. Recommended:  Green Energy: The WaveRoller Sustainable Clean Ocean Power DNV GL’s so-called 'conformity statement' – which verifies the design methodology of the solar floating energy structure and ensures it complies with various standards and recommended practices, including in this case for Norwegian aquaculture – clears the way for a technology qualification process involving review of the Open Sun concept’s solar energy production, PV cells, electrical system and membrane. Solar Floating Energy: 5 Systems The Norwegian outfit has already built five systems, the oldest of which nearly three ago, of a range of sizes totalling 300kW, but the 2MW project at the Banja Dam, operated by compatriot utility Statkraft, is by far the biggest and will help further accelerate one of the world’s fastest-emerging renewables sectors. {youtube}                Largest Floating Solar Power Plants in The World! The Countries' Supersized Floating Solar Farms Hydropower operators have large plans to invest in solar floating energy solar solutions in their man-made reservoirs and hook it up to their already existing grid connections, but they need to be sure that the solar floating structure is sustainable, durable and safe. This verification by DNV GL is a vital first step in demonstrating Ocean Sun’s readiness for deploying robust floating solar solutions. Recommended:  Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite Blue Innovations: DNV GL DNV GL is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. The company currently has about 14,500 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100 countries, and provides services for several industries including maritime, renewable energy, oil & gas, electrification, food & beverage and healthcare. It was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field,  Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany). DNV GL is the world's largest classification society, providing services for 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units (MOUs) amounting to 265.4 million gt, which represents a global market share of 21%. It is also the largest technical consultancy and supervisory to the global renewable energy (particularly wind, wave, tidal and solar) and oil and gas industry, 65% of the world's offshore pipelines are designed and installed to DNV GL's technical standards. Solar Energy Developing and expanding solar floating power opens tremendous new opportunities in providing the world with sufficient renewable blue energy. The conformity statement is the first of its kind and was issued following a thorough verification process which sets the standard for the expansion of floating solar globally and opens opportunities to scale up solar energy production around the world. A World Bank report on floating solar concluded the potential of the technology even under conservative assumptions to be 400GW. With coastal and open-sea build-out, the market would be enormous. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Though floating solar remains an emerging technology, in-land arrays are being seen as an increasingly attractive option for large-scale PV deployment on reservoirs and alongside hydropower facilities, especially where land is limited. The largest such project currently is a 150MW development in Anhui, China, but, as Recharge has reported, that is soon set to be overshadowed by massive developments elsewhere in the world, including a 1GW plant in India and an sprawling 2.9GW complex off South Korea . The world largest floating solar array outside China is the  BayWa’s 27.4MW Bomhofsplas project in the Netherlands. Photo by: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH. Having completed three floating PV projects with 25 MW cumulative capacity in the Netherlands, BayWa is now constructing the 27.4 MW Bomhofsplas Floating Solar Farm in the country  Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Floating solar energy installations are on the rise. With Norway’s extensive experience and history from the maritime, offshore and energy industries, the country is well equipped to lead technological development in this solar floating segment. Solar Floating Energy Energy consultancy giant DNV GL has given its seal of approval to an innovative large-scale solar floating energy 'membrame' being developed by Norway’s Ocean Sun, as the design heads for its first full-scale installation as part of a project on a hydropower in Albania. Smart Blue Innovation Being engineered for operations in coastal waters and on man-made reservoirs. The Ocean Sun system uses modified silicon PV modules mounted on a flexible hydro-elastic floating membrane thus creating a solar energy producing 'powerhouse'. Recommended:  Green Energy: The WaveRoller Sustainable Clean Ocean Power DNV GL’s so-called 'conformity statement' – which verifies the design methodology of the solar floating energy structure and ensures it complies with various standards and recommended practices, including in this case for Norwegian aquaculture – clears the way for a technology qualification process involving review of the Open Sun concept’s solar energy production, PV cells, electrical system and membrane. Solar Floating Energy: 5 Systems The Norwegian outfit has already built five systems, the oldest of which nearly three ago, of a range of sizes totalling 300kW, but the 2MW project at the Banja Dam, operated by compatriot utility Statkraft, is by far the biggest and will help further accelerate one of the world’s fastest-emerging renewables sectors. {youtube}                Largest Floating Solar Power Plants in The World! The Countries' Supersized Floating Solar Farms Hydropower operators have large plans to invest in solar floating energy solar solutions in their man-made reservoirs and hook it up to their already existing grid connections, but they need to be sure that the solar floating structure is sustainable, durable and safe. This verification by DNV GL is a vital first step in demonstrating Ocean Sun’s readiness for deploying robust floating solar solutions. Recommended:  Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite Blue Innovations: DNV GL DNV GL is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. The company currently has about 14,500 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100 countries, and provides services for several industries including maritime, renewable energy, oil & gas, electrification, food & beverage and healthcare. It was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field,  Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany). DNV GL is the world's largest classification society, providing services for 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units (MOUs) amounting to 265.4 million gt, which represents a global market share of 21%. It is also the largest technical consultancy and supervisory to the global renewable energy (particularly wind, wave, tidal and solar) and oil and gas industry, 65% of the world's offshore pipelines are designed and installed to DNV GL's technical standards. Solar Energy Developing and expanding solar floating power opens tremendous new opportunities in providing the world with sufficient renewable blue energy. The conformity statement is the first of its kind and was issued following a thorough verification process which sets the standard for the expansion of floating solar globally and opens opportunities to scale up solar energy production around the world. A World Bank report on floating solar concluded the potential of the technology even under conservative assumptions to be 400GW. With coastal and open-sea build-out, the market would be enormous. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Though floating solar remains an emerging technology, in-land arrays are being seen as an increasingly attractive option for large-scale PV deployment on reservoirs and alongside hydropower facilities, especially where land is limited. The largest such project currently is a 150MW development in Anhui, China, but, as Recharge has reported, that is soon set to be overshadowed by massive developments elsewhere in the world, including a 1GW plant in India and an sprawling 2.9GW complex off South Korea . The world largest floating solar array outside China is the  BayWa’s 27.4MW Bomhofsplas project in the Netherlands. Photo by: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH. Having completed three floating PV projects with 25 MW cumulative capacity in the Netherlands, BayWa is now constructing the 27.4 MW Bomhofsplas Floating Solar Farm in the country  Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Completely off-grid? A project in Marocco combines hemp and solar to make an innovative eco-building. There is a team of various organizations who completed the construction of a pioneering eco-building in Morocco. The construction is made of hemp with a high-tech solar energy system. You will not be needing electricity for this residence. Sustainable Eco Home: Competion The residence is built as a single-family home to be a participant in the 'Solar Decathlon', organised by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco's Centre de recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles. This competition takes place every two years and challenges students to create solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was on the African continent, in Ben Guerir, Marocco. Eco Home: Advanced ‘spaceship’ The residence looks like a spaceship. Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder, was the leader of the project. The challenge was to make a hemp composite with the use of vegetable bio-resins, where technical or synthetic components are avoided, according to Brümmer. The building is circular and has 24 exterior panels. This will give interior comfort because of the optimal damping and thermal phase shift and through the osmosis of the components in the hemp concrete formula. {youtube}                                                         Hemp houses could be greener, fire-resistant Hemp Meets High-tech The SUNIMPLANT was built for around $120,000, a lot cheaper than most of the buildings in the competition. The residence of 90 square meters has the following additional features: A double layer. It is made of a mixture of earth, hemp, pozzolan and lime. These products are all produced locally. The exterior is spherical and aerodynamic. It has 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels, sponsored by DAS-Energy. There are curve bio-composite panels. They are made from hemp wool, which improves the performance of the photovoltaic panels by covering their backs against the weather extremes of the semi-arid area of Ben Guerir, where temperatures hit 42°-46°C (107°- 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September. High-quality glass from the French glass manufacturer Saint Gobain. Recommended:  A Tiny House Shaped As The Lunar-Lander: Australia Recommended:  Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Sustainable Eco Home: International Cooperation Unfortunately, they were dealing with funding restrictions. Otherwise, they could have delivered more exceptional performance, according to Brümmer. The original plans for the construction were to install hemp-clay boards and internal dividing walls and floors. Adrar Nouh participated in the architectural design, designed the hemp materials and contributed to the construction of the building. Other contributors to the SUNIMPLANT project were the Moroccan National School of Architecture and the National School of Applied Sciences, both located in Tetouan, Morocco, and the German Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your off grid house?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Completely off-grid? A project in Marocco combines hemp and solar to make an innovative eco-building. There is a team of various organizations who completed the construction of a pioneering eco-building in Morocco. The construction is made of hemp with a high-tech solar energy system. You will not be needing electricity for this residence. Sustainable Eco Home: Competion The residence is built as a single-family home to be a participant in the 'Solar Decathlon', organised by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco's Centre de recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles. This competition takes place every two years and challenges students to create solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was on the African continent, in Ben Guerir, Marocco. Eco Home: Advanced ‘spaceship’ The residence looks like a spaceship. Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder, was the leader of the project. The challenge was to make a hemp composite with the use of vegetable bio-resins, where technical or synthetic components are avoided, according to Brümmer. The building is circular and has 24 exterior panels. This will give interior comfort because of the optimal damping and thermal phase shift and through the osmosis of the components in the hemp concrete formula. {youtube}                                                         Hemp houses could be greener, fire-resistant Hemp Meets High-tech The SUNIMPLANT was built for around $120,000, a lot cheaper than most of the buildings in the competition. The residence of 90 square meters has the following additional features: A double layer. It is made of a mixture of earth, hemp, pozzolan and lime. These products are all produced locally. The exterior is spherical and aerodynamic. It has 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels, sponsored by DAS-Energy. There are curve bio-composite panels. They are made from hemp wool, which improves the performance of the photovoltaic panels by covering their backs against the weather extremes of the semi-arid area of Ben Guerir, where temperatures hit 42°-46°C (107°- 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September. High-quality glass from the French glass manufacturer Saint Gobain. Recommended:  A Tiny House Shaped As The Lunar-Lander: Australia Recommended:  Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Sustainable Eco Home: International Cooperation Unfortunately, they were dealing with funding restrictions. Otherwise, they could have delivered more exceptional performance, according to Brümmer. The original plans for the construction were to install hemp-clay boards and internal dividing walls and floors. Adrar Nouh participated in the architectural design, designed the hemp materials and contributed to the construction of the building. Other contributors to the SUNIMPLANT project were the Moroccan National School of Architecture and the National School of Applied Sciences, both located in Tetouan, Morocco, and the German Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your off grid house?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Solar Heat: Play Between Mirrors And A Tower
Capturing sunlight is becoming quite a valuable business. Farmers have dedicated large parts of their land to solar panels instead of cows or crops. Harnessing and selling solar energy is decidedly better, not only from a sustainability point of view, but also considering the payback.   Tower Generating Massive Amounts Of Solar Energy As there is only so many surface area that solar panels, their generators and batteries can be placed on, it was a matter of time before some wise person invented a way of minimising the actual square footage required for the maximum amount of solar panels. Insert a magnificent new invention, straight out of any sci-fi movie: the solar tower. Solar towers Seville, Spain The solar tower, more commonly known as a solar power tower, encompasses the strength of solar energy in one tower structure to generate massive amounts of electricity. It also involves the use of movable mirrors, or heliostats, which are laid out in a field to gather sunlight and re-direct those beams towards the tower - soaking up all the precious rays. Effectively, the solar tower collects the solar energy generated by all those movable mirrors placed around it. These mirrors do not require a lot of space, making it highly effective. They are computer-controlled, tracking the position of the sun on two axes. Over the course of the day, it gets the light just right and tilts the mirror the exact right way to aim it at a receiver at the top of the tower.   From Water Towers To Liquid Salt Towers The earliest versions of the tower used the heat from those rays to warm up water. The steam resulting from this process powered a turbine, resulting in electricity. In later versions of the tower, the water was replaced by liquid salts. It was found that the heat capacity of those salts is higher than that of water. This increases efficiency and allows for storage, which means that power can even be generated on cloudy days.   So, in a nutshell, the tower functions as a hub that receives and transforms solar energy. Coupled with the capacity of some kind of battery or other energy storing device, this means that a solar tower can produce energy 24/7. It effectively created a way of overcoming one of the major problems associated with solar energy - its lack of continuity when the sun stops shining. {youtube}                                           Heliostat - The Solar Power Of The Future | How Cities Work | Spark Cleaner Than Most Alternatives This is not the only advantage of solar towers. Compared to other forms of generating energy, including the polluting coal plants or natural gas solutions, solar towers are very clean. They do not result in any air pollution, water pollution, nor do they create any greenhouse gases. Not directly, anyway - the production and installation of a solar tower does result in some pollution, but its operation is much cleaner than its alternatives. Recommended:  Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy Toxic, Water Intensive And Bird And Insect Killing There are also downsides. First, there are some pretty toxic materials used in the construction of the tower - most notably photovoltaic cells. Second, the clearing of land to make space for the tower and its mirrors does result in the loss of habitat for animals and plants.   Third, they require quite a bit of water for its operation, which could be problematic for those living around it if it happens to be scarce. Fourth, creating energy through solar towers ranks at the top of the list of bird- and insect unfriendly methods. If a bird or insect flies through the beam transmitted to the tower, it will be burned and killed.   Recommended:  Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S. Mohave Desert As The Playground Despite these disadvantages, there have already been quite a few of those big boys installed around the world. The very first one was built in the Mohave Desert, in an area used as a playground for this innovation - as it also housed the second and third, each slightly more efficient and better than its predecessor. At this time, there are a grand total of 54 solar towers operating around the world. The majority of those are located in China, Spain, South Africa and the United States, with the remainder in Morocco, India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. China has announced a dozen more, that will become operational in the next decade or so. Quite a few countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa are building or planning as well. Not a coincidence: the ideal location for solar towers is one that is flat, dry, and not too windy. There must be some water supplies nearby, while rain or snow are to be avoided at all costs. A large number of sun hours and minimal cloud cover are desirable as well. In essence, this describes a desert or desert-like area, which explains the above mentioned locations. Great Alternative For Solar Fields The solar tower is a great alternative for ‘regular’ solar panel fields, with its generation of continuous and clean energy. The downsides can be mitigated, except for one - the pretty stringent environment requirements. Although it is good to see that the countries that are lucky enough to possess areas suitable for this use are making good use of it. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Capturing sunlight is becoming quite a valuable business. Farmers have dedicated large parts of their land to solar panels instead of cows or crops. Harnessing and selling solar energy is decidedly better, not only from a sustainability point of view, but also considering the payback.   Tower Generating Massive Amounts Of Solar Energy As there is only so many surface area that solar panels, their generators and batteries can be placed on, it was a matter of time before some wise person invented a way of minimising the actual square footage required for the maximum amount of solar panels. Insert a magnificent new invention, straight out of any sci-fi movie: the solar tower. Solar towers Seville, Spain The solar tower, more commonly known as a solar power tower, encompasses the strength of solar energy in one tower structure to generate massive amounts of electricity. It also involves the use of movable mirrors, or heliostats, which are laid out in a field to gather sunlight and re-direct those beams towards the tower - soaking up all the precious rays. Effectively, the solar tower collects the solar energy generated by all those movable mirrors placed around it. These mirrors do not require a lot of space, making it highly effective. They are computer-controlled, tracking the position of the sun on two axes. Over the course of the day, it gets the light just right and tilts the mirror the exact right way to aim it at a receiver at the top of the tower.   From Water Towers To Liquid Salt Towers The earliest versions of the tower used the heat from those rays to warm up water. The steam resulting from this process powered a turbine, resulting in electricity. In later versions of the tower, the water was replaced by liquid salts. It was found that the heat capacity of those salts is higher than that of water. This increases efficiency and allows for storage, which means that power can even be generated on cloudy days.   So, in a nutshell, the tower functions as a hub that receives and transforms solar energy. Coupled with the capacity of some kind of battery or other energy storing device, this means that a solar tower can produce energy 24/7. It effectively created a way of overcoming one of the major problems associated with solar energy - its lack of continuity when the sun stops shining. {youtube}                                           Heliostat - The Solar Power Of The Future | How Cities Work | Spark Cleaner Than Most Alternatives This is not the only advantage of solar towers. Compared to other forms of generating energy, including the polluting coal plants or natural gas solutions, solar towers are very clean. They do not result in any air pollution, water pollution, nor do they create any greenhouse gases. Not directly, anyway - the production and installation of a solar tower does result in some pollution, but its operation is much cleaner than its alternatives. Recommended:  Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy Toxic, Water Intensive And Bird And Insect Killing There are also downsides. First, there are some pretty toxic materials used in the construction of the tower - most notably photovoltaic cells. Second, the clearing of land to make space for the tower and its mirrors does result in the loss of habitat for animals and plants.   Third, they require quite a bit of water for its operation, which could be problematic for those living around it if it happens to be scarce. Fourth, creating energy through solar towers ranks at the top of the list of bird- and insect unfriendly methods. If a bird or insect flies through the beam transmitted to the tower, it will be burned and killed.   Recommended:  Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S. Mohave Desert As The Playground Despite these disadvantages, there have already been quite a few of those big boys installed around the world. The very first one was built in the Mohave Desert, in an area used as a playground for this innovation - as it also housed the second and third, each slightly more efficient and better than its predecessor. At this time, there are a grand total of 54 solar towers operating around the world. The majority of those are located in China, Spain, South Africa and the United States, with the remainder in Morocco, India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. China has announced a dozen more, that will become operational in the next decade or so. Quite a few countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa are building or planning as well. Not a coincidence: the ideal location for solar towers is one that is flat, dry, and not too windy. There must be some water supplies nearby, while rain or snow are to be avoided at all costs. A large number of sun hours and minimal cloud cover are desirable as well. In essence, this describes a desert or desert-like area, which explains the above mentioned locations. Great Alternative For Solar Fields The solar tower is a great alternative for ‘regular’ solar panel fields, with its generation of continuous and clean energy. The downsides can be mitigated, except for one - the pretty stringent environment requirements. Although it is good to see that the countries that are lucky enough to possess areas suitable for this use are making good use of it. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Solar Heat: Play Between Mirrors And A Tower
Solar Heat: Play Between Mirrors And A Tower
Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel Can Be Stored 18 Years
It works like a rechargeable battery, which is charged by the sun.  A major discovery in the field of solar fuel could make it possible to store solar energy for years to come. It is hard to believe that we are still using fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.  Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel: Sunlight In A Bottle? We have a sun bombing our planet daily with abundant, clean, renewable energy. However, fossil fuels do have an often overlooked advantage over solar energy, which has long prevented solar energy from really popping up: they are fuel.  Solar energy, for all its benefits, does not come in the form of fuel, which essentially means it cannot be stored easily. Solar energy? What is it exactly? Solar energy, radiation from the Sun capable of producing heat, causing chemical reactions, or generating electricity. The total amount of solar energy incident on Earth is vastly in excess of the world's current and anticipated energy requirements This could now all change, following a breakthrough in the development of a fuel that can capture and save the sun's energy. Scientists say that this fuel can store that energy for up to 18 years, reports NBC. Recommended:  Sun And Wind? Energy Generated From Temperature Fluctuations Call it 'sunlight in a bottle'. Researchers in Sweden have detected a specialised liquid that operates like a rechargeable battery. The sunlight shines on the device, and the fluid absorbs it. At a later stage, that energy can be released as heat by merely adding a catalyst. This remarkable discovery could be how we power our homes by 2030. {youtube}                                               Storing the Sun's Energy in Liquid Could Change Solar Forever                                               Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel Can Be Stored 18 Years Solar Energy: How To Get Sunlight In And Heat Out? "A solar thermal fuel is like a rechargeable battery, but instead of electricity, you put sunlight in and get heat out, triggered on demand," explained Jeffrey Grossman, who is in charge of the MIT lab working on the project.  It is incredibly easy. The liquid consists of a molecule of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that reacts to the presence of sunlight by shifting its atomic bonds. The particle, fundamentally, transforms the molecule into a cage that "captures" the energy of the sun. Surprisingly enough, this energy content is retained even after the liquid itself has cooled to room temperature. Recommended:  Solar And Battery-Based Generator: Electricity Anywhere To release the energy, pass the liquid over a cobalt-containing catalyst, returning the molecules to their original form. As a result: energy from sunlight comes from the cage as heat. "And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase which is greater than we dared to hope for," says Kasper Moth-Poulsen, one of the team members. How does the sun interact with the earth? The sun, earth, and moon are held together by gravity, and they interact in lots of ways. The moon orbits the earth because of the pull of the earth. And the earth orbits the sun because of the pull of the sun. Because of the way they move relative to each other, we see phases and eclipses Fuel Can Be Stored 18 Years: A Rechargeable Device That Does Not Lose Capacity Early results have shown that once the liquid has passed by the catalyst, it heats up with 113 degrees Fahrenheit. But researchers believe that with the right mixes they can elevate the output to 230 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Noted today, the system can double the power capacity of Tesla's reputed Powerwall batteries. This has drawn the attention of countless investors.  Even better, researchers have tested the liquid through as many as 125 cycles. The particle has shown almost no degradation. In short, it is a rechargeable battery that continues to take charge without losing much capacity over many applications. Recommended:  Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel: What Is It Being Used For? How much energy hits the earth from the sun? In a single hour, the amount of power from the sun that strikes the Earth is more than the entire world consumes in an year. To put that in numbers: Each hour 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun hits the Earth. That's 430 with 18 zeroes after it! The technology is intended to be applied for domestic heating systems, like powering a building's water heater, dishwasher, dryer, etc. Since the energy comes in the form of fuel, it can be stored and used even when the sun is not shining. It should also be possible to transport energy through pipes or trucks.  If everything goes as planned - and it seems to be going much better than expected so far - researchers estimate that the technology could be available for commercial use within ten years. Given the rapidly escalating climate change crisis, this could not happen fast enough. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Fast, Versatile Energy Storage Solution, UK Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about energy storage? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
It works like a rechargeable battery, which is charged by the sun.  A major discovery in the field of solar fuel could make it possible to store solar energy for years to come. It is hard to believe that we are still using fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.  Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel: Sunlight In A Bottle? We have a sun bombing our planet daily with abundant, clean, renewable energy. However, fossil fuels do have an often overlooked advantage over solar energy, which has long prevented solar energy from really popping up: they are fuel.  Solar energy, for all its benefits, does not come in the form of fuel, which essentially means it cannot be stored easily. Solar energy? What is it exactly? Solar energy, radiation from the Sun capable of producing heat, causing chemical reactions, or generating electricity. The total amount of solar energy incident on Earth is vastly in excess of the world's current and anticipated energy requirements This could now all change, following a breakthrough in the development of a fuel that can capture and save the sun's energy. Scientists say that this fuel can store that energy for up to 18 years, reports NBC. Recommended:  Sun And Wind? Energy Generated From Temperature Fluctuations Call it 'sunlight in a bottle'. Researchers in Sweden have detected a specialised liquid that operates like a rechargeable battery. The sunlight shines on the device, and the fluid absorbs it. At a later stage, that energy can be released as heat by merely adding a catalyst. This remarkable discovery could be how we power our homes by 2030. {youtube}                                               Storing the Sun's Energy in Liquid Could Change Solar Forever                                               Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel Can Be Stored 18 Years Solar Energy: How To Get Sunlight In And Heat Out? "A solar thermal fuel is like a rechargeable battery, but instead of electricity, you put sunlight in and get heat out, triggered on demand," explained Jeffrey Grossman, who is in charge of the MIT lab working on the project.  It is incredibly easy. The liquid consists of a molecule of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that reacts to the presence of sunlight by shifting its atomic bonds. The particle, fundamentally, transforms the molecule into a cage that "captures" the energy of the sun. Surprisingly enough, this energy content is retained even after the liquid itself has cooled to room temperature. Recommended:  Solar And Battery-Based Generator: Electricity Anywhere To release the energy, pass the liquid over a cobalt-containing catalyst, returning the molecules to their original form. As a result: energy from sunlight comes from the cage as heat. "And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase which is greater than we dared to hope for," says Kasper Moth-Poulsen, one of the team members. How does the sun interact with the earth? The sun, earth, and moon are held together by gravity, and they interact in lots of ways. The moon orbits the earth because of the pull of the earth. And the earth orbits the sun because of the pull of the sun. Because of the way they move relative to each other, we see phases and eclipses Fuel Can Be Stored 18 Years: A Rechargeable Device That Does Not Lose Capacity Early results have shown that once the liquid has passed by the catalyst, it heats up with 113 degrees Fahrenheit. But researchers believe that with the right mixes they can elevate the output to 230 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Noted today, the system can double the power capacity of Tesla's reputed Powerwall batteries. This has drawn the attention of countless investors.  Even better, researchers have tested the liquid through as many as 125 cycles. The particle has shown almost no degradation. In short, it is a rechargeable battery that continues to take charge without losing much capacity over many applications. Recommended:  Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel: What Is It Being Used For? How much energy hits the earth from the sun? In a single hour, the amount of power from the sun that strikes the Earth is more than the entire world consumes in an year. To put that in numbers: Each hour 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun hits the Earth. That's 430 with 18 zeroes after it! The technology is intended to be applied for domestic heating systems, like powering a building's water heater, dishwasher, dryer, etc. Since the energy comes in the form of fuel, it can be stored and used even when the sun is not shining. It should also be possible to transport energy through pipes or trucks.  If everything goes as planned - and it seems to be going much better than expected so far - researchers estimate that the technology could be available for commercial use within ten years. Given the rapidly escalating climate change crisis, this could not happen fast enough. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Fast, Versatile Energy Storage Solution, UK Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about energy storage? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel Can Be Stored 18 Years
Solar Energy Turned Into Liquid Fuel Can Be Stored 18 Years
Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy
In an amazing achievement akin to adding solar panels to your body, a Northeast sea slug sucks raw materials from algae to provide its lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to a study by Rutgers University-New Brunswick and other scientists. Photo by: Karen N. Pelletreau. The sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, steals millions of green-colored plastids, which are like tiny solar panels, from algae.  Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Search For Perpetual Green Energy "It's a remarkable feat because it's highly unusual for an animal to behave like a plant and survive solely on photosynthesis," said Debashish Bhattacharya, senior author of the study and distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers-New Brunswick. "The broader implication is in the field of artificial photosynthesis. That is, if we can figure out how the slug maintains stolen, isolated plastids to fix carbon without the plant nucleus, then maybe we can also harness isolated plastids for eternity as green machines to create bioproducts or energy. The existing paradigm is that to make green energy, we need the plant or alga to run the photosynthetic organelle, but the slug shows us that this does not have to be the case." Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth The sea slug Elysia chlorotica, a mollusk that can grow to more than 2 inches long, has been found in the intertidal zone between Nova Scotia, Canada, and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, as well as in Florida. Juvenile sea slugs eat the nontoxic brown alga Vaucheria litorea and become photosynthetic - or solar-powered - after stealing millions of algal plastids, which are like tiny solar panels, and storing them in their gut lining, according to the study published online in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution. What does a sea slug do? The sea slug is a herbivorous animals and feeds on plankton and decaying matter on the ocean floor, along with grazing on the rocks and coral reefs for algae. By munching on the decomposing plant matter on the ocean floor, the sea slug is of great benefit to every marine environment where the sea inhabits. Photo by: Karen N. Pelletreau. This microscopic image shows stolen algal plastids (in green) and lipids from algae (in yellow) inside the sea slug's digestive system.  Photosynthesis is when algae and plants use sunlight to create chemical energy (sugars) from carbon dioxide and water. The brown alga's plastids are photosynthetic organelles (like the organs in animals and people) with chlorophyll, a green pigment that absorbs light. Recommended:  Algae-Based Bioreactor Swallows CO2 Faster Than Trees! How? This particular alga is an ideal food source because it does not have walls between adjoining cells in its body and is essentially a long tube loaded with nuclei and plastids, Bhattacharya said. "When the sea slug makes a hole in the outer cell wall, it can suck out the cell contents and gather all of the algal plastids at once," he said. What is the lifespan of a sea slug? Most species seem to live for about one year, although the tropical Sea Hare Dolabella auricularia can live for six years in an aquarium and the Antarctic cephalaspidean Philine gibba can live for up to four and a half years in nature. Based on studies of other sea slugs, some scientists have argued that they steal and store plastids as food to be digested during hard times, like camels that store fat in their humps, Bhattacharya said. This study showed that's not the case for solar-powered Elysia chlorotica.                                              Sea slug Elysia chlorotica by Mary S. Tyler and Mary E. Rumpho                                    Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Search For Perpetual Green Energy "It has this remarkable ability to steal these algal plastids, stop feeding and survive off the photosynthesis from the algae for the next six to eight months," he said. The team of Rutgers and other scientists used RNA sequencing (gene expression) to test their solar energy supply hypothesis. The data show that the slug responds actively to the stolen plastids by protecting them from digestion and turning on animal genes to utilize the algal photosynthetic products. Their findings mirror those found in corals that maintain dinoflagellates (also algae) - as intact cells and not stolen plastids - in symbiotic relationships. Do slugs bite? Believe it or not, slugs have the ability to bite. They have approximately 27,000 teeth! Whereas Elysia chlorotica stores plastids, the algal nuclei that are also sucked in don't survive, and scientists still don't know how the sea slug maintains the plastids and photosynthesis for months without the nuclei that are normally needed to control their function, Bhattacharya said. Cover photo: Ariana Dimitris. Elysia clarki Before you go! Recommended:  Energy Miracle Algae. 10.000 Barrels A Day, Less CO2: 2025 Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about 'green energy'? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
In an amazing achievement akin to adding solar panels to your body, a Northeast sea slug sucks raw materials from algae to provide its lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to a study by Rutgers University-New Brunswick and other scientists. Photo by: Karen N. Pelletreau. The sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, steals millions of green-colored plastids, which are like tiny solar panels, from algae.  Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Search For Perpetual Green Energy "It's a remarkable feat because it's highly unusual for an animal to behave like a plant and survive solely on photosynthesis," said Debashish Bhattacharya, senior author of the study and distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers-New Brunswick. "The broader implication is in the field of artificial photosynthesis. That is, if we can figure out how the slug maintains stolen, isolated plastids to fix carbon without the plant nucleus, then maybe we can also harness isolated plastids for eternity as green machines to create bioproducts or energy. The existing paradigm is that to make green energy, we need the plant or alga to run the photosynthetic organelle, but the slug shows us that this does not have to be the case." Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth The sea slug Elysia chlorotica, a mollusk that can grow to more than 2 inches long, has been found in the intertidal zone between Nova Scotia, Canada, and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, as well as in Florida. Juvenile sea slugs eat the nontoxic brown alga Vaucheria litorea and become photosynthetic - or solar-powered - after stealing millions of algal plastids, which are like tiny solar panels, and storing them in their gut lining, according to the study published online in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution. What does a sea slug do? The sea slug is a herbivorous animals and feeds on plankton and decaying matter on the ocean floor, along with grazing on the rocks and coral reefs for algae. By munching on the decomposing plant matter on the ocean floor, the sea slug is of great benefit to every marine environment where the sea inhabits. Photo by: Karen N. Pelletreau. This microscopic image shows stolen algal plastids (in green) and lipids from algae (in yellow) inside the sea slug's digestive system.  Photosynthesis is when algae and plants use sunlight to create chemical energy (sugars) from carbon dioxide and water. The brown alga's plastids are photosynthetic organelles (like the organs in animals and people) with chlorophyll, a green pigment that absorbs light. Recommended:  Algae-Based Bioreactor Swallows CO2 Faster Than Trees! How? This particular alga is an ideal food source because it does not have walls between adjoining cells in its body and is essentially a long tube loaded with nuclei and plastids, Bhattacharya said. "When the sea slug makes a hole in the outer cell wall, it can suck out the cell contents and gather all of the algal plastids at once," he said. What is the lifespan of a sea slug? Most species seem to live for about one year, although the tropical Sea Hare Dolabella auricularia can live for six years in an aquarium and the Antarctic cephalaspidean Philine gibba can live for up to four and a half years in nature. Based on studies of other sea slugs, some scientists have argued that they steal and store plastids as food to be digested during hard times, like camels that store fat in their humps, Bhattacharya said. This study showed that's not the case for solar-powered Elysia chlorotica.                                              Sea slug Elysia chlorotica by Mary S. Tyler and Mary E. Rumpho                                    Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Search For Perpetual Green Energy "It has this remarkable ability to steal these algal plastids, stop feeding and survive off the photosynthesis from the algae for the next six to eight months," he said. The team of Rutgers and other scientists used RNA sequencing (gene expression) to test their solar energy supply hypothesis. The data show that the slug responds actively to the stolen plastids by protecting them from digestion and turning on animal genes to utilize the algal photosynthetic products. Their findings mirror those found in corals that maintain dinoflagellates (also algae) - as intact cells and not stolen plastids - in symbiotic relationships. Do slugs bite? Believe it or not, slugs have the ability to bite. They have approximately 27,000 teeth! Whereas Elysia chlorotica stores plastids, the algal nuclei that are also sucked in don't survive, and scientists still don't know how the sea slug maintains the plastids and photosynthesis for months without the nuclei that are normally needed to control their function, Bhattacharya said. Cover photo: Ariana Dimitris. Elysia clarki Before you go! Recommended:  Energy Miracle Algae. 10.000 Barrels A Day, Less CO2: 2025 Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about 'green energy'? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy
Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy
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