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  1. The Terschelling Photovoltaic and Wind Energy Project
  2. Photovoltaic System Supplies Power to a Large Exhibit at a Museum
  3. Photovoltaic Plant with Grid Connection at Nordic Latitudes (60° North)
  4. Grid-connected 50 kWp Photovoltaic System with Development of Interconnection  Protection
  5. Stand-alone Wind/Solar System in Odoorneveen
  6. 100 kW Concentrating Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant Installed in Texas Energy Park
  7. Pure Energy - Selling Renewable Energy to Customers Through the Electricity Grid
  8. Experience with Solar-powered Telecommunication Installations in Australia
  9. EPA Rallies Utilities to Prove Environmental Benefits of Photovoltaics
  10. House Using Solar Energy (Active, Passive and Photovoltaics) and Featuring Resource Conservation
  11. Photovoltaics for Supporting the Electricity Grid
  12. Passive and Active Solar, Photovoltaics and Wind Energy Demonstrated in a Showcase House
  13. Photovoltaic Lighting of Retail Facilities
  14. A Portable Water Pumping System Powered by Solar Energy
  15. Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems Connected to a Local Electricity Distribution Line
  16. Photovoltaic Modules Incorporated into a Motorway Sound Barrier
  17. Navajo Hogans Blend Passive Solar with Culturally Relevant Architecture
  18. Ten Dwellings with Grid-connected Photovoltaic Systems in Heerhugowaard
  19. A Photovoltaic Power Station in a Central Business District
  20. Electric Vehicle Demonstration Includes Photovoltaic-powered Battery Charging Station
  21. A Ready-for-disaster Filling Station with a Photovoltaic Power Generation System
  22. Photovoltaic Panels Replace Building Panels to Produce Electricity for the Grid
  23. Atlanta Solar Demonstration Home Draws on 30 Energy-related Technologies
  24. Photovoltaic Power for London Harbour Marker Buoys
  25. Wyoming Water Pumping Project Demonstrates Cost-effective Photovoltaic Electricity
  26. Zero-energy House with Photovoltaics in Woubrugge
  27. Solar for Schools Program Benefits Students, Utilities, Donors and Companies
  28. Ecolonia: Energy and Environmentally-aware Housing Including the Use of Solar Panels
  29. Modular Photovoltaic Roof Tiles for a Multi-family House
  30. Public Takes Note of Photovoltaic-powered Christmas Tree
  31. Demonstration of a PV System with AC Modules
  32. Photovoltaics Provide Supplementary Electricity Supply to a Convention Centre
  33. A Zero Energy House in Zandvoort
  34. The UK's Largest Integrated Photovoltaic Roof at the Centre for Alternative Technology
  35. Volume Economies at Work in Utility Photovoltaics Project
  36. Photovoltaic Powered Lighting for a Parking Lot
  37. Sun-Tracking Grid-connected Photovoltaic Array
  38. Photovoltaics Power Navigational Towers
  39. Transportable Photovoltaic Power Supply System for Remote Communities
  40. Wind/Photovoltaic Hybrid System Provides Power for Water Purification in an  Industrial Waste  System
  41. Solar House with Fully Integrated Photovoltaic Roof in Oxford
  42. Solar Powered Cathodic Protection Systems in Kenya
  43. Philippine and American Companies Collaborate on Rural Photovoltaic Electrification
  44. Desalinisation by Membrane Distillation Uses Solar Energy
  45. Large Grid-connected Photovoltaic Home Electrification Project Helps to Reduce Costs
  46. Photovoltaic Power for Rail Signalling
  47. Cyclists' Ferry Powered by Photovoltaics in the Netherland
  48. Photovoltaic Power System for an Airport Site
  49. Austin Housing Community Wired for Photovoltaics
  50. Farm Power from Efficient Anaerobic Digestion of Animal Wastes with Photovoltaic Supplement
  51. Youth Hostel Uses Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Modules
  52. Himalayan Villagers Enjoy Television for the First Time with a Photovoltaics Demonstration
  53. Solar One - Australia's First Residential Grid-interactive Photovoltaic System
  54. Architecturally Integrated Grid Connected Photovoltaic Facade on a University Building
  55. Photovoltaic Power for Small Islands by Okinawa Electric Power in Miyakojima
  56. Solar Home Uses Phase Change Walls
  57. Australian Residential Solar Electricity Generation Using Photovoltaic Tiles on  Rooftops
  58. Photovoltaics and Wind Turbines Power Off-shore Pilot Training Monitoring Systems for  the US Navy
  59. Honduran Rural Electrification Project Demonstrates Photovoltaic Systems with Full Cost Recovery
  60. Grid-interactive Renewable Energy Electricity Supply System
  61. Largest Photovoltaic Application in a US National Park Saves $100,000/year in Fuel Costs
  62. Photovoltaic Integrated Roof on a Commercial Building
  63. Vietnam Women's Union Promotes Sustainable Development with Photovoltaic Systems in Remote Areas
  64. Hybrid Photovoltaic and Propane-fuelled Generator for Remote Applications
  65. Wind/Photovoltaic Hybrid Powers Secondary School in Trinidad
  66. Solar Heating for Moderately-priced Swiss Flats
  67. Hydrogen Fuel Produced From Solar Energy Runs Fish Tank Aeration Compressor
  68. Photovoltaic Panels at the Brundtland Centre - a Non-Domestic Building of Tomorrow
  69. Danish Solar City Supplies Electricity from Photovoltaic Systems on 28 Single-family  Houses
  70. Low Energy House in the Coldest Place in Japan
  71. Solar-powered Fluidised-bed Biofilm Filtration for Lake Water Purification
  72. Solar Powered Water Pump for Remote Applications
  73. A Solar/Electric Wind Powered Catamaran
  74. Large Scale Installation of PV in Residential Building
  75. The Promotion of Green PV Power
  76. Five 2.3KWp PV Systems in Renovated Dwellings
  77. PV Power in Indonesia
  78. Ten Grid Connected PV Solar Systems
  79. Public Lighting with Solar Energy
  80. PV to Stimulate the Use of PV in the Antilles
  81. Glass Roof Integrated PV System
  82. Large PV-Solar Installation at Car Factory
  83. PV Brings Light to the Jungles of Borneo
  84. PV Blinds Apeldoorn
  85. A Company Dormitory With The Largest A-Si PV System In Japan

Technical Brochure

25: Promoting Rural Photovoltaic Electrification in Honduras

 In Honduras, photovoltaic electrical systems are viable for powering rural areas and relatively poor farmers can pay for photovoltaic equipment, its installation and financing.  These facts have been demonstrated through activities promoted by Enersol Associates Inc, an international non-profit organisations. A Honduran coffee co-operative named COMARCA, has supplied more than 100 photovoltaic systems  to farmers in the Marcala region of Honduras  which provide enough electricity for lighting, black-and-white televisions, radios and appliances such as fans and blenders. (Printed 1995)

26: Photovoltaics Provide Electricity to Rural Communities in the Philippines.

  Almost a million rural households in the Visayas region of the Philippines have no electrical power. Solar Resources Inc of Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA has entered into a  joint venture with three Philippine companies to install and monitor 18 residential photovoltaic demonstration systems to provide electricity to rural families for lighting and radio or television. (Printed 1995)

28: Vietnam Women's Union Promotes Photovoltaic Systems in Remote Areas

A rural electrification project run by the Vietnam Women's Union has installed photovoltaic lighting systems in 130 dwellings, five community centres and two village markets in  Vietnam. Individual families have financed their photovoltaic systems through a highly successful revolving loan system established by the US Solar Electric Light Fund. The project has led to  improved living conditions and  economic growth of the households concerned. (Printed 1996)

34: Volume Economics at Work in a Utility Photovoltaics Project, USA

A utility in the United States has introduced an innovative "green pricing"  programme, in which customers pay a flat fee for photovoltaic electricity. This premium helps to defray the higher manufacturing costs that  typically apply to a technology in the early and middle phases of commercialisation.  Through its progressive approach, the utility is demonstrating the buying advantage that can result from adopting a coherent  policy of long-term, large volume purchasing. (printed 1996)

38: Photovoltaic Charging Units for Electric Commuter Vehicles, USA

In 1992, a five-year programme was set up in Boston to demonstrate and monitor how electric cars "fuelled" by photovoltaics perform when integrated into the transportation  system. Twenty electric vehicles were leased to commuters who drove them daily to three public transport stations. During the day, the cars were recharged at grid-connected photovoltaic stations close to the public transport  parking sites. Most of the drivers opted to renew their lease for a second year. Phase 2 of the demonstration is now underway, testing more advanced electric vehicles. (Printed 1996)

40: Photovoltaic Hybrid System Powers a Remote House, USA

 A photovoltaic and  propane-fuelled generator hybrid system to meet the needs of electricity users in remote areas has been successfully demonstrated in the USA. The stand-alone  hybrid system consists of a photovoltaic array rated at 1 kW, backed up by a 3.6 kW propane-fuelled generator, and a battery pack. Overall, the system proved very reliable, achieving 97.8% availability over the two-year  monitoring period. The cost compares favourably with the cost of grid connection. (Printed 1996)

46: A Solar  Desalination System Using the Membrane Distillation Process, Japan

A desalination system, which uses a membrane distillation process provided with heat and  electricity generated by solar energy, has been developed in Japan. The system produces fresh water by passing sea water through a pervaporation membrane module. Heat to warm the sea water is provided by a solar collector, and  the pumps are powered by photovoltaic panels so that the system can be installed at sites without an electricity supply. Because it uses simple equipment  and needs no expert maintenance, batteries or electricity supply, the  desalination system is well suited for use in isolated areas. (Printed 1996)

67: Building-integrated Photovoltaic System in the UK , (United Kingdom)

Photovoltaic panels (totalling 40 kW) are incorporated into the new overcladding of  a university building and the electricity produced contributes to meeting  the building's needs for lighting, heating, computers and other appliances. (Printed 1998)

71: Large-scale Photovoltaic-integrated Roof at a Visitor Centre (United Kingdom)

A 13.5 kW  photovoltaic roof has been installed at a visitor complex in Wales. The PV modules generate electricity for the site and any surplus is  exported to the national grid. The modules also form a waterproof covering, thus  saving the cost of a separate waterproof layer for the roof. (Printed 1998)

84:Solar House with Fully-integrated Photovoltaic Roof, (United Kingdom)

A solar house has been built which successfully integrates solar panels  into the roof, comprising a 4 kW photovoltaic system and 5 m2 of solar thermal panels.  During the first year of operation, 2.7 MWh of photovoltaic electricity was available for use in the house or for  export to the  grid.(Printed 1998)

86: PV Power Systems for Disaster Situations

Disaster situations such as earthquakes or typhoons can cut the power supply making it difficult to carry out relief operations.  In Japan, centres with independent  power supplies have been set up to cope with such disasters.  This brochure features one of these centres - a filling station capable of refuelling emergency vehicles and medical  facilities using PV power to drive the  pumps.  The power is generated by a roof-mounted 11 kWp PV system.

90: Kalbarri Photovoltaic System

In 1995, Western Power commissioned Australia's largest PV system, a 20 kW grid-connected PV plant.  As well  as demonstrating a locally-developed current-controlled inverter, the plant provides operating experience and data on the benefits of distributed  generation.  The demonstration has been successful and has provided valuable  experience in dealing with this technology for Australian conditions.

94: PV Systems Encourage Reduced Energy Use

PV panels integrated into the existing architecture in a small Danish town supply electricity either directly to  consumers or to the grid.  The consumers can monitor their own production and consumption on a newly-developed meter, making it possible for them to adjust their consumption to match their production.

100: 'Zero-energy' House with Solar Panels Built at the Coldest Place in Japan

A demonstration  'zero-energy' house has been built at Asahikawa, Hokkaido, the coldest place in Japan.  The special design of the house has reduced energy consumption to one  fifth of that of an ordinary house, while  providing increased comfort.  Roofed with 12.5 kWp PV panels and equipped with a 5 square metre solar thermal collector, it can produce enough energy to meet its annual consumption.

103: Renewable Energy House for Indigenous People in a Remote and Arid Area

A demonstration house, built on sustainable design principles, has improved the standard of living and reduced the use of energy from non-renewable sources in the challenging  climate of central Australia.  Electricity is provided to the house by six photovoltaic panels.  Rainwater is collected for use throughout the house and water is heated by a solar hot water system.  These  are just some of the sustainable features of the building. (Printed 1999)

107: Solar Energy in Indonesia

To stimulate the deployment of photovoltaics in rural Indonesia, a pilot project was carried out in a village in  Java.  The village has been equipped with a variety of PV systems for domestic use and public lighting.  In another district in Java, a financing scheme is enabling villagers to purchase photovoltaic systems  which achieve payback through savings on kerosene for lighting and improve standards of living. (Printed 1999)

126 Glass Roof-integrated PV system at an environmental Centre

A semi-transparent photovoltaic roof, consisting of polycrystalline cells mounted between sheets of glass has been installed at the visitor centre of the Dutch National Environmental Information Centre.  Spaces between the cells allow natural daylight to pass through, providing pleasant, diffuse light for the centre's exhibition area.  The average energy production of the roof is 4,000 kWh/year. (Printed 2000)

129: Large-scale PV System on an Older Residential Building

During 1996-97 a large scale PV retrofit project was carried out on Solgaarden, a large, residential block in Kolding, Denmark. In 1998 the PV system produced a total of 76.3 MWh of electricity.  Solgaarden itself used 27 MWh of the PV-generated power; the surplus was sold to the local utility. In a typical year, carbon dioxide savings of 67.5 tonnes are expected. (Printed 2000)

133: A Company Dormitory with a Large Amorphous-silicon PV System

A dormitory for single employees has been built by a Tokyo company as a demonstration Eco-house. The dormitory has a 20 kWp amorphous-silicon PV system with a total panel area of about 485 square metres - one of the largest in Japan. The PV cells are inexpensive and have a good life-cycle energy performance. The large area of PV cells balances their low conversion efficiency. (Printed 2000)

138: PV-powered Service Stations

BP is installing PV systems on the roof canopies of petrol stations in ten countries.  The size of the systems depends on the area of roof available but an average system generates enough electricity to power the petrol station's lighting and fuel pumps.  The project seeks to promote the use of PV by raising awareness and by using the installation and operating experience to standardise system design, thereby reducing costs. (Printed 2000)

Newsletter Articles

1/93 Telecom Australia's Experience with Photovoltaic Power Systems
2/93 Photovoltaics and Architecture - Switzerland
1/94 A Model Eco-Energy House - Japan
2/94 Sunrayce '93 - USA
3/94 International Solar Rally in Australia - US
4/94 Photovoltaics at Nordic Latitudes in Finland
2/95 Building-integrated Photovoltaic System in the UK
3/95 Photovoltaic Power Generation System for Remote Areas in  Thailand - Japan
4/95 Increasing Contribution of Photovoltaics in Switzerland
4/95 Dutch Bicycle Ferry Runs on Solar Power
4/95 Australia's First Grid-connected PV Home
1/96 Photovoltaic Power for Water Pumping in Nepal
1/96 Rural Electrification of Korean Islands
Residential Photovoltaic Monitoring System, Japan
2/96 Sunboats: Solar-electric Powered Water Transport
3/96 Integrating PV Modules with Building Materials - Japan
3/96 Low-cost Photovoltaic Power for A Swiss Bank
4/96 Photovoltaic Propulsion of Boats in the Netherlands
4/96 New Materials Promise Cheaper Photovoltaics - Sweden
4/96 Solar/Battery Powered Clinic for Australia's Remote Areas
1/97 Solar-powered Railway Signals in Western Australia
1/97 Trans-Pacific Voyage in a Solar-powered Boat Built of Recycled Aluminium
2/97 Photovoltaic Power Systems in Selected IEA Member Countries - also in pdf format
3/97 The Netherlands Photovoltaic Programme - also in pdf format
4/97 PV Power Systems for Disaster Situations - also in pdf format
1/98 PV Roof on a Low-energy Office in the UK - also in pdf format
2/98 PV Systems with Thermal Heat Recovery - also in pdf format
2/98 Arrillhjere Demonstration House - also in pdf format
2/98 A New Era for Solar Power in the Netherlands - also in pdf format
3/98 Bigger gaps make PV cells more efficient - also in pdf format
3/98 Australia's largest PV system - also in pdf format
1/99 PV energy in the THERMIE programme - also in pdf format
1/99 Large-scale PV retrofit - also in pdf format
1/99 PV on two Swedish buildings - also in pdf format
3/99 A pioneering PV office in the UK - also in pdf format
3/99 PV-powered rest house opens in Japan - also in pdf format
4/99 Public lighting with solar energy - also in pdf format
1/00 World’s first ac PV modules - also in pdf format
1/00 Service stations go solar - also in pdf format
2/00 PV-powered water quality system in Japan - also in pdf format
2/00 PV goes to school - also in pdf format
2/00 PV/CHP stand-alone energy system - also in pdf format

Last updated 25 October, 2000

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