Solar and Wave Technology Combine Forces
Marine Solar Cells (MSC), a new solar panel design from Phil Pauley, boasts the ability to generate energy from both the sun and waves. The offshore solar installation of these solar-wave units would increase efficiency of the solar panels due to the reflections of sunlight beaming off the water, enabling the panels to capture 20 percent more solar power.
Each device acts as a subsea battery or power plant and can be placed nearly anywhere off-shore by attaching the units to underwater mooring.
A web of energy generators capture offshore storage, using floating photovoltaics and the natural buoyancy displacement of the units in a marine environment.
"These hybrid marine generators would be an effective way of capturing more energy per square metre," Pauley told the press. "The design means they could be largely constructed from recycled materials too."
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Minimal maintenance will be required for the units, which can be made from recycled materials. The initial and ongoing financial equipment are expected to be at a fraction of a cost of traditional solar farms or wave power designs.
The technology is still under development, but holds great commercial potential. The company expects to install hundreds of low-cost solar-wave units soon, generating thousands of new jobs and a whole new industry with worldwide implications.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.