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Key Challenges Google’s Project Sunroof May Face

Whether Google’s Project Sunroof will be a hit or a miss, only time will tell. Nevertheless, the technology is brilliant and this move from Google could make this firm a leading one in the global solar industry.

Concentrator Photovoltaics: The Next Step Towards Better Solar Power

By Lauren J. Young for IEEE Spectrum:  Today’s concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technologies have shown promising potential for more efficient solar power. The latest systems are said to be capable of handling the power of a hundred su

Float Zone Silicon Solar Panels - 60% less expensive and 25% more efficient

By conducting ion implantation with a particle accelerator, Rayton can produce 20 solar panels using 20x less silicon than what is typically used to create just one.

Lead Battery Recycling

Why it is the most successful reclamation system on the planet.

NASA Seeks Proposals for Extreme Environment Solar Arrays

NASA's space technology program is seeking proposals to develop solar array systems for space power in high radiation and low solar energy environments.  In the near future, NASA will need solar cells and arrays for multiple applications in robotic and human spac

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How floating turbines could harness the awesome power of the tides

Ross Jennings for The Conversation:  The world’s tides contain enough energy to power the entire UK’s electricity consumption. And, since it effectively harnesses the moon’s constant and predictable gravitational pull, tidal power overcomes one of renewable energy’s classic problems – the fact you never know quite how much sun, wind or rain to expect. Now, underwater windmills positioned just below the ocean surface could be a major breakthrough for tidal power.

Costly technology and inaccessible locations have thus far held things back. Large, heavy and expensive turbines mounted on the seabed have been developed, but these are aimed at commercial scale developments. Tidal power needs its equivalent of the rooftop solar panel.

Imagine then a wind turbine, but underwater, and not fixed to the seabed – these so-called “mobile floating turbines” are a cheaper and more adaptable alternative to big, fixed developments. Most floating turbines look something like this:  Cont'd...

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SPI 2015 - Vishay Intertechnology to Highlight Industry-Leading Components at Solar Power International 2015

Solar Power International (SPI) 2015, being held Sept. 14-17 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California

New local energy partnership brings innovative solar tracker to Washington State

A new partnership will bring the innovative AllEarth Solar Tracker solar electric system to homeowners and businesses in Washington State.

TOLEDO ZOO AND GEM ENERGY HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF ANTHONY WAYNE SOLAR ARRAY

Renewable energy investment reduces harmful emissions and cuts costs

Recycling chemical Company has a new V.P. of Sales & Marketing

The company announced the creation of a new position, Director of Business Development. The position reports to the V.P. of Sales & Marketing and is responsible for directing the company's organic growth.

"Smart PowerFlow" project aims to demonstrate how batteries can cost-efficiently reinforce low voltage grids for high shares of renewable power

The Reiner Lemoine Institute and SMA Solar Technology AG to investigate the potential of using batteries at the low voltage level to alleviate local grids.

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