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How Clouds Affect Solar

While solar panels generate the most electricity on clear days with abundant sunshine (not surprisingly), they continue to work when the weather turns cloudy. On a cloudy day, typical solar panels can produce 10-25% of their rated capacity. The exact amount will vary depending on the density of the clouds, and may also vary by


FUTUREWATCH: Artificial Clouds

Two years from now and the city of Sochi in Russia will be hosting the Winter Olympics, 2014. During the event you might witness the marvel of artificial clouds, designed by Asadov Architecture Studio. It was originally conceptualized for the Aerostatic Architecture Competition in 2010, and now may see the light as modular clouds floating


How Molecules Can Fight Global Warming

Scientists have successfully identified the molecules which naturally clean earth’s atmosphere, making it pollution free. These newly discovered molecules will convert pollutants into aerosol drops that will eventually lead to the formation of clouds. Named after German Chemist Rudolf Criegee, who first hypothesized about this molecule in 1950s, the Criegee intermediates oxidize pollutants like nitrogen

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The Effects of Clouds on Solar (via NREL)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL, recently published extensive data on the effect of cloud cover on solar power installations. NREL is one of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science, and is the only federal laboratory fully vested in the research, development, commercialization


Measuring the Effects of Clouds on PV Panels

As photovoltaic (PV) systems continue to grow in size, they’re better able to withstand the negative effects of cloud-cover, suggests newresearch from the Sandia National Laboratories. The lab recently said that it has developed a new method of monitoring how cloud cover affects large PV systems with a photodiode sensor network. “What we’re really trying