Both heat and electricity can be generated from the sun's radiation. Photovoltaic modules on rooftops or in open spaces use semi-conductors such as silicone to convert sunlight into electrical energy. Solar collectors with circulating liquids are used to obtain heat for heating buildings and water as well as for cooling buildings. It is also possible to generate electricity, process heat and cooling by concentrating and amplifying the sun's rays. The sunlight is concentrated via reflectors and converted into steam with which a generator or a heat and cooling machine is operated.
Upper Franconian Municipality Wunsiedel Reaches Climate Goals Early Thanks to Wind, Bioenergy and Co.
Bavarian town of Wunsiedel honored as "Energy Municipality of the Month” by the Renewable Energies Agency. Read more »
According to a new report released today by IRENA, Germany is on track to realising its 2030 renewable energy targets. Read more »
The German population wants more renewable energies: A representative survey shows strong support for further expansion
Berlin, 10 September 2015. The transition to renewable energy enjoys continued strong support among the German population. According to a representative survey from TNS Emnid commissioned by the Renewable Energies Agency (AEE), 93 percent of those polled considered the continued expansion of... Read more »
164 countries worldwide have now adopted renewable energy targets. Read more »
PV is already competitive against retail electricity in the commercial sector of major European markets
The study "PV Grid Parity Monitor”, shows that photovoltaic grid parity is an economic reality in the commercial segment in Germany, Italy, and Spain. Read more »
One of the world’s biggest off-grid PV system has gone into operation in Afghanistan. The 1 MW solar project brings reliable and sustainable energy to 2,500 homes, businesses and government buildings in the Bamyan province. SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) delivered 118 Sunny Island inverters to... Read more »