7 Terms to avoid if you need to discuss renewables

Do you find yourself discussing about Renewable Generation Technologies often?

This post can help you avoid incorrect expressions!

You might well agree that renewables are changing rapidly. Technology has not only become more competitive, but has also solved many issues or challenges that simply are not applicable today.

So, the language we use for evolving technology has to evolve too, right?

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1. Expensive

There certainly are some expensive renewable technologies, and certainly expensive renewable projects.

But in general, Sigue leyendo

Publication: PV on water channels. Avoiding evaporation through power generation

We recently got published the following article on Elsevier’s Solar Energy:

Solar Energy  Water canal use for the implementation and efficiency optimization of photovoltaic facilities: Tajo-Segura transfer scenario

Solar Energy, Volume 126 , March 2016, Pages 168-194 A. Colmenar-Santos, Ángel Buendía, Carlos de Palacio, David Borge-Diez


(Note: The article can be accessed for free for a short time!)

FI 2014:  3.469

You might want to have a look at the results… Sigue leyendo

Surprising inventions: Sun and Wind Captors

I have decided to create a category in my blog devoted to “breakthrough” inventions that are due to revolutionize the energy landscape…

Every once in a while we get to read about products or systems that are unbelievable, and sometimes feel like a joke. My recommendation is to avoid prejudices and have an open mind for innovation. You don’t want to discard progress without a proper analysis!

Having said that, let’s have a look at this system; CSV: “Captors of Sun and Wind”, consisting in 2 solar panels, hanging on a vertical post with a balancing system…

Source: http://www.captadoresdesolyvientos.com/

Source: youtube

You must admit the system is kind of hypnotizing…With the typical slow balancing movement that generates sooo much power 😉

To analyze this kind of system we can consider the following: Sigue leyendo

100% Renewables. First stop: Islands. Hierro Declaration.

The island of El Hierro, in the Canary Islands, is set to become the first Ithaca, where the 100% renewables goal will be a reality thanks to the Gorona del Viento project.

The government has created a Declaration, open for everyone to subscribe and support:

“Declaration of el Hierro”

It is an interesting initiative to promote the concept, involve everyone and is a nice marketing for the island in terms of tech and eco-tourism.

Other islands are following. And the change is coming fast, as renewables are already beyond diesel parity.