Digital technologies have and will continue to unlock a whole range of new benefits that can be delivered by solar, as well as cost reductions, increased performance and optimised revenue, according to a new report from trade body SolarPower Europe (SPE). The ‘Digitalisation and Solar’ publication outlines how the advent of new technologies – big data analytics, the internet of things, robotics and blockchain and more – allows for the emergence of entirely new solar business models as well as the improvement of those already being used. For example, smart energy management systems using deep machine learning can help forecast and manage generation and self-consumption. The report states that such systems, which are able to fully integrate with and optimise solar PV, will take market share in solar particularly those that can further integrate with other facilities management functions in the commercial rooftop sector, for example.
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Solar windows could meet ‘nearly all’ of America’s electricity demand. Up to seven billion square metres of glass surface in the United States could be used to generate electricity.
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