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While the global solar power installed capacity was recorded as 940 gigawatts at the end of 2021, it rose to “terawatt” level as of May.
According to the “Solar Energy Global Market Outlook” report prepared by SolarPower Europe and announced at the Intersolar Europe Solar Energy Conference and Fair, 200 gigawatts of capacity will be added to the global solar energy installed power rose to “terawatt” level as of May.

Despite the disruptions in the supply chain due to the Covid-19 outbreak, investments in solar energy continued unabated in the last 3 years.

As a new era is entered in the global solar energy market, with the critical threshold being crossed, the said capacity is expected to reach 2.3 terawatts by 2025. In 2012, exceeding 100 gigawatts in solar installed power was considered the critical threshold.

The “age of terawat” has begun in the sun

SolarPower Europe President Aristotelis Chantavas, in his evaluation of the report, stated that the “terawat age” has been entered in the sun and that the 2 terawatt capacity threshold will be reached within 3 years.

Stating that solar energy is the fastest growing and developing resource globally, Chantavas said:

“In 2021, 302 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity has been installed. 168 gigawatts of this is solar energy. The whole world has seen that solar energy is successful in combating climate change and is important in terms of enabling countries to be independent in energy. Solar energy gives us a little bit of energy in today’s world of extraordinary energy prices. It will provide relief.”

SolarPower Europe CEO Walburga Hemetsberger also informed that this year’s 39 gigawatts of additional capacity would replace 4.57 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas in the European solar market.

GEM’s website covers all grid-scale solar and wind power plants around the world, while providing data on more than 18,000 operations and planned wind power projects in 144 countries, as well as about 8,000 operations and planned solar projects in 148 countries.

According to the data published by GEM, Turkey ranks 12th among the countries with the most wind power plants with a capacity of 10 MW and above in operation, while it ranks 16th among countries with a solar energy capacity of 20 MW and above.

The Global Wind Power Tracker (GWPT) lists 13,263 wind farms in operation producing 681.4 GW of electricity in 144 countries, and 5,235 potential projects that will generate an additional 882.0 GW of electricity. The countries with the most wind project capacity in operation are:

  • China (261.2 GW)
  • USA (127.3 GW)
  • Germany (39.6 GW)
  • Spain (26.8 GW)
  • India (23.7 GW)

The Global Solar Power Tracker (GSPT) lists 5,190 solar projects in operations generating 298.7 GW in 148 countries, and an additional 3,551 potential projects to generate 474.9 GW. Grid-scale solar accounts for about 65 percent of total global solar capacity, with the remaining 35 percent being residential and commercial facilities. The countries with the largest solar project capacity in operation are:

  • China (103.3 GW)
  • USA (43.4 GW)
  • India (29.0 GW)
  • Vietnam (11.3 GW)
  • Mexico (10.5 GW)

    Ingrid Behrsin, Project Manager for GEM’s Global Wind Energy Tracker, said: “Capturing the full scope of solar and wind farms established worldwide is critical to measuring progress towards the energy transition. With open-access project-level data like this, we are now in a much stronger position to monitor how countries are performing against their self-specified renewable energy targets.” she says.

A new study has uncovered a new way of applying advanced artificial intelligence to cool buildings using renewable energy.

From the Oman Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Dr. The research study, led by Maryam Zuhair Al Lawati, is published in the journal Scientific Insights. The research discovered an innovative way to apply advanced artificial intelligence techniques and adapt them to cooling buildings in Oman.

According to the Times of Oman report, the technique uses renewable environmental energies through an intelligent system that integrates these technologies through a specific mechanism. The system, designed by artificial intelligence, estimates the volume and amount of cooling required for the building in summer and winter, and the control system operates the heating system according to the building’s needs, according to the estimates.

Dr. Maryam stated that the idea for the research arose because of the importance of utilizing the renewable energies available in Oman. The research also aims to solve the persistent and persistent problem of refrigeration and air conditioning buildings. According to the studies carried out within the scope of the research, the solar energy used to cool the buildings runs the thermal air conditioner that provides energy to cool the building. Heat is reduced by transferring energy to the ground and utilizing land and geothermal energy.

Dr. Maryam explained that the study findings show that Oman’s buildings rely entirely on electrical energy to cool 100 percent, while the study proved that when solar-based thermal energy is introduced, electrical energy use can be reduced from 100 percent to 23.6 percent per year. The research also showed that the role of geothermal energy is small compared to the percentage of solar energy use, while it was stated that solar energy should be used efficiently in this area.

The giant boat named MS Turanor PlanetSolar, manufactured by the Swiss company PlanetSolar uses renewable energy. It also has the distinction of being the largest solar-powered boat.

The Planet Solar boat, built under the leadership of the University of Geneva, has two separate missions. One of them is to instill environmental awareness by using only solar energy. The second is to undertake ocean research by making a world tour.
3 scientists from the University of Geneva have been trying for a long time to make the Planet Solar boat reach its goals. Scientists travel around the world with the Planet Solar boat to examine the great heat exchange currents created by the currents in the oceans in the atmosphere. The boat, which is fully solar-powered, can reach a speed of 10 km per hour.


The solar panels of Planet Solar, which are 31 meters long and 15 meters wide, cover an area of ​​516 square meters. The electricity obtained from these panels can produce a maximum of 127 horsepower. The engine of the boat, whose panels work with an efficiency of 18.8 percent, consumes an average of 20 KW power per hour. This power indicates that a maximum of 60 passengers can be carried on the boat. Source: Solar powered Planet Solar explores the ocean

Continuing on the route it started from Spain on the highways of Europe, a custom-built caravan called Stella Vita traveled about 2000 kilometers.

There is an important feature that distinguishes Stella Vita, which means “star of life” in Italian, from other caravans. This trailer never took a break to store gas, hydrogen, or electricity. Because Stella Vita gets the fuel it needs from the solar panels on it.

Developed by 22 students at the Netherlands’ Eindhoven University of Technology, “Stella Vita” is defined as a “self-sufficient house on wheels”. Because inside this trailer, there are all the accessories and rooms that should be in a house, such as a kitchen, bathroom, toilet, double bed, and sofa.

A young team named Solar Team Eindhoven 2021 designed the trailer, which was developed with financial assistance from sponsors. The vehicle, whose testing phase was completed in July, received the necessary permits in September to be able to drive in Europe.

Tijn Ter Horst, 21, one of the young members of the team that brought the project to life, said: “Our aim is to inspire the public and the world vehicle market for a “more sustainable life”. We wanted to show people and companies that life is already possible without harming nature.” says.

Solar panels, wind turbines, hydrogen mechanisms, hydroelectric power plants, and systems that generate electrical energy from sea currents and waves…

While the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) started in Scotland, the solar panels developed in France and reached the stage of mass production are at the point of breaking new ground in sustainable energy.

Manufactured by Maxeon Solar Technologies, these panels are thinner than a pencil and half the weight of other rooftop solar panels. Thanks to this technology, commercial businesses and houses that cannot be installed with solar panels on their roofs due to excessive weight will be able to benefit from sustainable energy by using solar energy.

Solar panels are the easiest and least expensive to install among other sustainable energy systems. For this reason, many homes and businesses prefer electricity generation via solar panels instead of other systems.

Thanks to the electricity obtained from solar panels, 75 million barrels of oil and 35 million tons of carbon dioxide gas per year are prevented from entering the atmosphere.

Currently, there are very thin solar panels on the market that can be portable or attached to the wall of houses, but this new product produced by French Maxeon has a high electricity generation capacity in a minimum area and is the thinnest solar panel in the world in its field.

Many solar panels on the market currently produced cannot be installed on the roofs of factories, warehouses, workplaces, and some houses, which have very heavy and wide roofs. These thin panels produced by Maxeon are capable of starting a new era in the field of generating electricity from solar energy.

Why do we need lighter solar panels?

The energy spent in houses and apartments, which are the living spaces of people, causes 28 percent of global warming in the world. In addition, solar panels cannot be installed on the roofs of at least 40 percent of commercial buildings due to their weight.

Lightweight solar panels are especially important in terms of being applied to commercial buildings such as factories, warehouses, and workplaces. These new solar panels do not use metal frames and heavy glass surfaces. In addition, the adhesive system that does not require a shelf is another factor that reduces the weight considerably.

When all these are combined, a system that weighs 6 kilograms per square meter and is approximately 60 percent lighter than normal solar panels emerges.

According to research by Maxeon Solar Technologies, only the European market has at least one year of the unoccupied market with lightweight roof systems waiting for solar panels to be installed.

The spokesperson of the company said in a statement that the new design they developed is largely advantageous due to the supply chain, distribution, and rapid assembly.

“This new technology solar panels weight, volume, production and shipping costs are very low. Especially large companies and small business owners can reach their zero-emission targets much faster thanks to these panels.

Maxeon solar panels are manufactured at its headquarters in Porcelette, France, on the Luxembourg-Germany border, and willfully enter the European Union market in 2022.

Turlock Irrigation District (TID) in Turlock, California, is preparing the country’s first pilot project to cover a section of the water utility’s existing canals with solar panels. Project Nexus is a multi-use solar project that will evaluate water evaporation reduction through mid-day shade and wind mitigation, as well as improved water quality and decreased canal maintenance due to reduced vegetative growth.

TID, the Department of Water Resources (DWR), Solar AquaGrid, and the University of California, Merced collaborate on Project Nexus, a public-private-academic alliance. Project Nexus is set to commence ground this autumn, with completion projected in 2024 at numerous locations within the TID service zone in California’s Central Valley. To cut expenses and promote the region’s sustainable agricultural history, the project will utilise existing TID infrastructure on already-disturbed land. Energy storage will also be implemented to see how storage facilities might help the local electric system when solar power isn’t as good due to cloud cover. The state of California is funding the $20 million project.

TID’s board president, Michael Frantz, remarked, “In our 135-year history, we’ve always sought new initiatives that benefit TID water and electricity consumers.” “While there will always be reasons to say ‘no,’ as California’s first public irrigation district, we aren’t hesitant to forge ahead with experimental projects that have the potential to accomplish our water and energy sustainability goals.”

Project Nexus is considered as a model that might be reproduced elsewhere in California to assist the state meet its water and energy goals. Project Nexus was inspired by an idea given in a recent the University of California research published in the journal Nature Sustainability in March.

According to the UC research, covering all of California’s approximately 4,000 miles of canals might save 63 billion gallons of water each year, enough to irrigate 50,000 acres of agriculture or supply the residential water demands of more than 2 million people. The 13 GW of solar electricity generated annually by the solar panels would be nearly one-sixth of the state’s existing installed capacity, according to the research.

Solar AquaGrid, a Bay Area development business, has been hired by Turlock Irrigation District to serve as project developers and program managers for TID and Project Nexus. Since the beginning of the project, the two agencies have worked together. After commissioning the UC Merced Study in 2015, Solar AquaGrid conceived the concept and has enabled collaboration among the many partners to bring Project Nexus to fruition.

“In an age of growing drought, research and common sense tell us that it’s time to put a stop to evaporation,” said Jordan Harris, CEO of Solar AquaGrid. “We’re pleased to work with the Turlock Irrigation District, the Department of Water Resources, and UC Merced to establish this first-in-the-nation pilot project and bring essential innovation to the Central Valley.” When compared to ground-mounted solar systems, placing solar panels over open canals can result in considerable water, energy, and cost savings, as well as increased efficiency due to an exponential shading/cooling effect. Now is your moment to put all you’ve learned to the test.”

Two-layer sun-powered chargers gather light from the two sides and move to follow the sun’s position. Produce in excess of 33% of the energy contrasted with standard structures.

Most sunlight-based chargers presented all around the planet are fixed in a solitary state without the ability to adjust to where the sun is upward. Rather than controlling how the power in this way created can be stretched out in elective ways, ongoing examination has zeroed in on how these structures can be made more viable.

Scientists at the Singapore Solar Energy Research Institute (SERIS) control sunlight-based chargers that can change over sunshine into energy from different sides. The non-sun-confronting side of the sheets can moreover utilize the light thought to be with regards to the ground to give power.

Similarly, they inspected another advancement that utilizes NASA’s overall environment information to change the sheets so they are in the best condition to get the most sun over the course of the day.

Carlos Rodríguez-Gallegos and his gathering at SERIS have seen that by consolidating data from two-sided sheets and sun-based following developments, energy creation can be extended by 35%. Notwithstanding the power gains accomplished, it can likewise diminish the power cost regularly by 16%.
“Increasingly more proof is zeroing in on bifacial and follow-on development to be solid, and we’re seeing this event increasingly more in the field,” says Rodriguez-Gallegos in the survey circulated in Joule. “Taking everything into account propels take time and time should show whether the advantages we’ve seen are persuading enough for installers to do the switch.”

“Increasingly more proof is zeroing in on bifacial and follow-on developments to be solid, and we’re seeing this inexorably being embraced in the field,” says Rodriguez-Gallegos in the audit appropriated in Joule. “Taking everything into account, changes take time and time should show whether the advantages we see are appealing enough for installers to do the switch.”

What befalls the old solar panels?

wapping the large numbers of existing frameworks previously introduced to this more savvy option could have unseen side-effects on the climate. After sunlight-based chargers are discarded they discharge dangerous synthetic compounds and there aren’t numerous significant parts to rescue which would support reusing.

The Electric Power Research Institute noted in 2016 that the drawn-out capacity of old sunlight-based chargers was presumably the most ideal choice for managing this waste at the present time until proficient reusing advancements opened up.

IFRI-SOL the Tunisian photovoltaic panels producer with a production capacity of 200 MW and soon 400 MW has finalized the delivery of the 16 MW for a solar power plant in Turkey (Izmir) and it is also preparing to finalize the participation as a panel manufacturer in other plants solar in the same country.

To develop better its strategies, Ifrisol will participate as exhibitor in the most interesting fair in this country which is Solarex Istanbul between 05/04/2018 and 07/04/2018 and presents its current projects including the opening of a factory in Turkey intended for partners who prefer to buy the Ifrisol panel locally with a capacity of 100Mw; decision made by the CEO Mohamed ZROUGA

Now with significant production capacity and product diversification and also the integration of the new PERC technology IFRI-SOL will become a major player in the global renewable energy market.

Turkey’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Berat Albayrak has announced that two tenders for new large-scale wind and solar projects will be held by the end of next summer.

According to a press release from the ministry, the announcement was made on the occasion of the Turkish Energy and Mining Forum in Istanbul.

Albayrak also said that the tender for solar, which is expected to assign another 1 GW of capacity, may also include the deployment of storage, without providing further details. As for the wind power tender, Albayrak said it will assign 1 GW of capacity.

The tenders will be held in the frame of the Renewable Energy Resources Area Project (YEKA), which was initially started for wind power and included solar since last year.

The vast majority of Turkey’s installed power is represented by unlicensed PV installations with a capacity of up to 1 MW. All of the plants included in this category are below 1 MW, or are segmented into 1 MW sub-units.

In the first solar auction held by the Turkish government last year, South Korea’s Hanwha Q Cells and local Turkish firm, Kalyon Enerji were awarded the contract to build 1 GW of solar in Konya, in the south-western edge of the Central Anatolian Plateau, at a price of $0.0699 per kWh.

The tender’s awarded contract included the construction of a 500 MW vertically integrated solar module factory, which Hanwha Q Cells and Kalyon Enerji inaugurated in December.