Solar Photovoltaic’s or solar PV is the correct term for converting light into electricity, but let’s stay with solar. This is not to be confused with solar hot water (SHW) or solar-thermal which is technology that simply heats water.
Solar systems come in all shapes and sizes to meet different requirements. There are many technology types including:
- crystalline based modules which is most common
- thin film solar that generates in ambient light so it does not require direct sunlight
- nano based, dye sensitised, multi-junction concentrator cells, quantum dot and related organic technology which are in the research labs and in development
Solar continues to be developed and is defined as a “disruptive technology” As such this characteristic can upset other generation technologies and models given the speed of development and efficiency gains.More info
Building Integrated PV (BIPV) is an elegant solution where the building material is the generating plant/asset using glass, roofing tiles and walls. More info
Wind turbines can be installed where a robust wind resource exists. More info
There is no international consensus on the definition of small hydro. “Small “ hydro can be between 10 and 30 MW. Small hydro can be further divided into mini hydro (defined as < 500kW and micro hydro <100kW). Small hydro is typically used in remote areas and requires a stable flow of river resource. Both require testing and analysis by an experienced hydro SEANZ designer/installer member, who can advise you.More info...