Monthly Archives: February 2016

This spherical refrigerator by Dutch designer Floris Schoonderbeek is buried underground, keeping food cool without using electricity. Schoonderbeek’s Ground-fridge for Dutch brand Weltevree is based on traditional root cellars – spaces dug into the earth to preserve food and drink. The fridge has a round base encircled by wooden shelves and reached by an integrated staircase, creating a slightly phallic […]

ErP Directive Reminder: The transition period that has been in place since 26th September 2015 for the Ecodesign of Energy-related Products Directive, will be coming to an end. What does this mean for Samsung Heat Pump Installers in UK? Samsung units are on the MCS list, so feel free to install them without worry! From March […]

Germany’s support program for solar-plus-storage systems, which offers a rebate on the devices, has been officially re-launched as expected by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. The scheme, administered through the national development bank KfW, was due to expire at the end of 2015. It offered around US$635 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity […]

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT no less, actually offers access for free to a number of previously taught courses on various topics including several that related to the solar or clean energy industry. The program is called MIT Open Course Ware (OCW). OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent […]

German Researchers Use Apple Waste in High-Power Sodium-Ion Batteries. Researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing an active material produced from waste apples, and another material of layered oxides, which could reduce the costs of future carbon-based sodium-ion batteries for energy storage systems. Organic waste for energy storage systems According to KIT […]

The Netherlands made headlines with the first installation of a solar road. There were those who doubted its’ success, but the results have exceeded expectations. The Solar Road is a great success. The first Solar Road is working better than expected The Solar Road made its debut near Amsterdam in November 2014 and in its first six […]

Many consumers spent the last two decades swapping out their old incandescent light bulbs for CFLs in the name of greater efficiency. The spiral tubes used less energy, saved money, lasted longer—and people hated them. Now CFLs, or compact fluorescent lamps, are slowly disappearing from stores. Home retailer IKEA stopped selling them in all its […]

In celebration of selling 10,000,000 power optimizers world wide, SolarEdge are offering installers a chance to win $10,000* as a thank you. SolarEdge are shipping 10 power optimizers, signed by the company’s founders, that are each worth a $10,000 cash prize for the recipients. The prize-winning power optimizers may be in your order. Win $10000 with […]

5.02.2016: Danish energy operator Energinet.dk has begun accepting applications for PV incentives on Feb. 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted by May 31, 2016, through Energinet’s web portal and will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. Energinet.dk aims to allocate 56.3 MW of PV capacity through the bidding process. FITs will range from of 0.88 […]

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re considering solar panels. Many folks confess they aren’t sure where to start. The first question to answer is whether you’re a good candidate. We put together a flow chart to help you. Check it out: Now that you’ve seen the chart, here come the caveats. Whether the investment pencils out for […]