Researchers propose a new innovation that could turn building windows into solar PV systems, GRID Alternatives brings solar power to tribal communities in the United States, and new figures predict that global wind capacity will reach 500 GW by the end of the year. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.
Quantum-Dot Coating Could Pull Solar Energy from Your Windows
One of the biggest obstacles for solar power in big cities is that many buildings do not have ample roof space for solar panels. However, they do have a lot of window space, which plays a big part in an alternative solution proposed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Researchers from the lab recently reported in Nature Energy that using a thin film of quantum dots on glass windows could help achieve acceptable efficiency in window photovoltaic systems at low cost.
After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015’s Record-Setting Growth
Critics called 2015 a “banner year” for energy storage. Now after a year of unprecedented growth, energy storage could be poised to best that performance, according to Navigant Research’s third quarter energy storage tracker. Navigant projections show the North American storage market reaching just above 300 MW by year end. A total of 221 MW (161 MWh) of energy storage was deployed in 2015 compared with 65 MW (86 MWh) in 2014, according to the Energy Storage Association.
GRID Alternatives Installing 92 Solar PV Installations On Tribal Lands
The nonprofit solar energy system installer GRID Alternatives has begun installation of 92 new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on tribal lands in the United States — to be spread across six different communities in Montana, California, and South Dakota — according to recent reports. The new solar PV installations are being developed partly with cost-shared grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to the individual tribes. The grants are part of an initiative announced by the DOE back in March to deploy renewables and energy efficiency measures across 24 different tribal communities in the United States.
Global Wind Energy Capacity Reaches 456 GW, Set to Hit 500 GW by Year-End
Global wind energy capacity reached 456 GW at the half-year mark of 2016, and is set to hit 500 GW by the end of the year, according to new figures. The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) released its half-year report, revealing that 21 GW of new wind installations were completed during the first half of the year, bringing the global cumulative total up to 456 GW. Further, the WWEA predict that global wind capacity will reach 500 GW by the end of the year.