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LEARN | Sustainable Energy for Industry

Navigating the World of Sustainability for a Better Future The breakout of novel coronavirus in March 2020 has impacted almost all sectors of our society, be it healthcare, educational, or industrial. Steadily, every country is awakening to the importance of a clean, healthy, and sustainable future. In this article, we will bring under purview why it is imperative for industries to switch to sustainable energy. First, let us begin by understanding the meaning of sustainable energy, also known as renewable energy, and how it can contribute to creating a cleaner and eco-friendly future.   What…
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LEARN | Understanding Solar Irradiance pt 2

In this NEW series, we introduce you to solar irradiance. In the first instalment, we touched on what affects irradiance, how it is measured and the types of irradiance. In this article, the second and final instalment in the series, we give an overview of solar potential maps and applications of solar irradiance. Solar irradiance is a very important quantity that is studied extensively especially in the design of solar technologies. Understanding and measuring solar irradiance has important implications, such as the heating and cooling loads of buildings, the prediction of energy generation…
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LEARN | Understanding Solar Irradiance pt 1

Solar irradiance is a very important quantity that is studied extensively especially in the design of solar technologies. Understanding and measuring solar irradiance has important implications, such as the heating and cooling loads of buildings, the prediction of energy generation from solar power plants, and weather forecasting. In this NEW series, we introduce you to solar irradiance. In the first instalment, we touch on what affects irradiance, how it is measured and the types of irradiance. The second article in the series delves into solar potential mapping and applications of solar irradiance.…
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LEARN | The Importance of Solar System Design pt 2

In our NEW series, we unpack the importance of solar system design, and what it involves. In part one, we looked at Mechanical Design, outlining the key design attributes, and their relationships with performance modelling calculations. In part two, we give you a basic understanding of the electrical portion of solar system design… Understanding Electrical Design The electrical design of the array determines the electrical behaviour of the array: the powers and voltages that the system will be running at. This can have a major impact on the system's energy production. 1. String Size and Voltage…
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LEARN | The Importance of Solar System Design pt 1

Did you know that the efficiency (energy yield) of a solar system is largely affected by the design of the system? The component choice will drive the behaviour of the module(s) and inverter(s). The orientation of the modules will drive the sun angles at each hour of the year, and therefore the total energy yield of the array. And the electrical design (module stringing, conductor sizes, etc.) will determine the system voltages, which impact wire losses and inverter efficiency. In our NEW series, we unpack the importance of solar system design, and what it involves. In part one, we look at Mechanical…
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