Solar Energy

New IBM Research App Shines a Light on Solar Energy for Africa

More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live off the energy grid and 80 percent of Africa is un-electrified, according to the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). Similar to how Africa has leapt over telephone lines directly to mobile phones and are jumping over physical money to digital, the continent also has […]

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Measuring the Sun

Analyzing cloud and car movement for a perfect solar forecast  The 3,000 km World Solar Challenge route runs north to south through the Australian outback, from Darwin to Adelaide. That means the critical component in the race – the sun – will slowly arc over the cars’ panels from left to right. The sun’s position, […]

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Staring at the Sun

IBM Research solar camera watches for, predicts solar energy The best solar panel only converts about 20 percent of the sun’s rays hitting its surface into usable electricity. On a perfect day at sea level, that panel could generate approximately 200 watts of electricity per square meter. Introduce clouds, shade from trees, or dust in […]

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Bringing Solar Electricity and Heat to Remote Locations

Airlight Energy, a Swiss-based supplier of solar power technology has partnered with IBM Research to bring affordable solar technology to the market by 2017. The system can concentrate the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and convert 80 percent of it into useful energy to generate 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20 kilowatts of heat on […]

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