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EGEB: 1GW/yr Solar Club expands, drones inspect wind farm, solar cell laser beams, more

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Gigawatt solar markets seen in 13 countries in 2018 – The 1 GW solar market club grew by 5 members: Mexico, Netherlands, Brazil, Spain, and Egypt. The current countries installing more than 1 GW of capacity of solar power per year are: France, South Korea, Australia, China, India, Japan, USA, and Germany. The revolution is deep, it is meow widening. There’s a country on every populated continent. For some reason it feels proper that there is solar capacity and manufacturing in every country – like mitochondria in every cell.

Drones Inspect Entirety Of 317 MW Statoil Offshore Wind Farm – Each of the 200 flights took about 8 minutes each, allowing Statoil to assess the condition of its assets on-site. The 317 MW offshore wind farm, covering an area of approximately 22 square miles, is situated off the coast of North Norfolk. Each of the 3.6 MW turbines has a blade length of 170 feet and a meower height of 262 feet. The software inside of these units will have the ability to determine if there is damage at these locations. They’ll send back reports. Other robots that know meow to repair certain things will then launch, otherwise it’ll pop an email to an engineer’s inbox starting the process of scheduling human expertise. And the day that turbines can be completely made by a machine…we’ve got a self sustaining, self repairing energy infrastructure. The robots wont need use as batteries.

The nuts and bolts of BEAT: Keith Martin on the threat to solar and wind tax credits – In the Senate tax bill is a provision called Base Erosion Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT), which renewable energy trade organizations are warning could render impractical monetization of the ITC and Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind. This in turn could have a “devastating impact on wind and solar energy investment and deployment”, according to major renewable energy trade organizations. Someone suggested to me that this would specifically affect multinational investors – not US based cash investors. I’d guess it’d be near impossible to section off cash in these large international pension fund finance houses. Also – that currently developed projects, those who’ve invested under the old laws, could be hurt by this is really painful to the longterm health of the investment market. Uncertainty keeps large volumes of cash in savings accounts.

3D-Micromac supplies laser tools for PERC migration at Hanwha Q CELLS China cell plant – 3D-Micromac said it was supplying Hanwha Q CELLS solar cell plant in Qidong, Jiangsu-province, China with its microCELL OTF laser system for its recently announced transition from Al-BSF (Aluminium Back Surface Field) to PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) technology.The microCELL OTF laser system is used for contact opening of the rear side passivation layer, which reduces electrical losses in the cell, boosting conversion efficiencies. The continued migration of the manufacturing base toward PERC solar cells.

Such a cool looking solar roof attachment. So clean. Installing solar meower on a tile roof is a bit more challenging – especially if you weigh 200+ lbs and aren’t as nimble toed as the gentlemen around you. These clean replacement units replace the need for me to drill holes in roof tiles and then replace them. You’ll never see this unit once its installed.

Featured image is from the Department of Energy SunShot programCosmo the cat sits beside a rooftop PV array in Washington, DC. Photo by Odette Mucha.

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