Aug 16, 2018

Silfab Solar and DSM partner for 300MW solar production line

Solar
Olivia Minnock
2 min
Canadian photovoltaic (PV) panel maker Silfab Solar has partnered with Dutch materials firm DSM to develop a new production line...

Canadian photovoltaic (PV) panel maker Silfab Solar has partnered with Dutch materials firm DSM to develop a new production line.

The companies will work to produce back-contact solar modules with a new production line located in the US and Canada, which will have a capacity of 300MW.

Production is to take place at Silfab’s facilities in Toronto and the US, with DSM providing conductive backsheets. The two production lines will be launched in early 2019 and are expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. This is part of a strategic alliance between the two companies which was announced earlier this week.

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Paolo Maccario, COO at Silfab, stated: “When you combine DSM’s innovative technology and material science capabilities with Silfab’s proven designs, we are able to realise a nearly 30% increase in output over conventional modules.

“Today’s announcement represents our ongoing investment to deliver the most advanced and cost-effective solar module technology to the US residential market.”

Pascal de Sain, Vice President, DSM Advanced Solar, added: “We are very excited by our Silfab partnership. Silfab and DSM are a powerful combination. As North America’s leading and most innovative producer of affordable PV solar modules, and the PV industry’s leading material science-based player, respectively, we look forward to driving adoption of the next generation of PV solar modules in the United States.”

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

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energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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