RusHydro Inaugurates New 640 MW Unit, Two More to Follow
JSC RusHydro, Russia’s biggest power-generating company, has announced that a brand new 640 MW hydropower unit has been commissioned at its Sayano-Shushenskaya hydropower plant, in addition to the other 8 hydropower units that is in operation at the site. With the additional unit, the combined production capacity is now 5,120 MW. The company is planning to add two more units within the year to further increase the total capacity to 6,400 MW.
Researchers Discover Method to Reduce Solar Panel Glare
Scientists at the Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) have developed a multi-layer anti-reflection (AR) coating for glass surfaces, which reduces glare from PV panels while at the same time improve their efficiency. The AR design, reduces reflection by more than 70 percent across the wavelength range accepted by PV panels. The coatings are deposited using magnetron sputtering, a technology already used by glass manufacturers for other types of coatings. The materials are scratch resistant and very durable and would be effective for the full 25-year warranty offered by PV manufacturers.
Hybrid Energy Transfer System Mimics Photosynthesis
Researchers from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete, have developed a new hybrid energy transfer method that mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis. Using mirrors to trap photons in a confined environment where two different organic molecules reside, the scientists found that it is possible to create a new quantum state that forms a new half-light half-matter particle called polariton, which is responsible for the efficient transfer of energy from one material to another. The study is published in the journal Nature Materials.
Luxemburg, Cyprus Have Europe’s Cleanest Water, Says Survey
Bathers in search of Europe’s cleanest waters for swimming may want to consider landlocked Luxemburg, sandwiched between Germany, Belgium and France. Luxemburg’s 11 bathing sites, which include beaches, lakes and rivers have all been deemed to have excellent water quality in 2013. The 998 –square-mile nation, along with Cyprus, are the only European Union members to be given 100 percent records. Waters in Malta, Romania and Slovenia were deemed to have the least quality. The European Environmental Agency’s water ratings, however, did not include litter and pollution – just levels of two types of bacteria that indicate contamination from sewage which causes vomiting and diarrhea.