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A Guide to Safely Installing Solar Panel Arrays to Any Property Type

As the world continues to shift towards alternative energy sources, solar power will only continue to grow. Technologies will come and go and the astute product providers will continue to innovate.

Can We Save Energy with Vehicle Tires?

Tires may seem to be an unlikely eco-product. But, according to a new market report from Smithers Rapra, the global market for "green tires" will reach $70.6 billion by 2017 or 28% of the total tire market.

MIT invention uses solar power to make ocean water drinkable

USAID recently announced the winners of the Desal Prize, part of a competition to see who could create

The Schneider Electric Smart Grid (SESG) Laboratory

The SESG Lab can replicate the operation of a substation and feeders of an electrical utility distribution system, thanks to its core infrastructure that supports organizations in the research and development of leading edge solutions and systems pertaining to smart grid tec

ALTER EOLIA - Stackable Mini Wind Turbines

They can be installed on building roofs or stack at variable heights without a mast and without foundation. They are 100% removable, 100% silent, 100% recyclable and maintenance free.

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'Mega' floating solar power plants open in Japan

Two floating solar power plants capable of providing electricity for 1,000 homes have been completed in Japan.
 
The latest such "mega-plants" at Nishihira and Higashihira Ponds in Kato City are the work of electronics giant Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation, and took just seven months to install. The plant's 11,250 modules are expected to generate 3,300 megawatt hours (MWh) every year.
 
According to Kyocera, besides being typhoon-proof (due to their sturdy, high-density polyethylene and array design) floating solar plants are superior to their land-based equivalents because of the cooling effect of the water, which allows them to function more efficiently. Reservoirs are also an ideal location because the panels produce shade, which reduces water evaporation and promotes algae growth. A report by Korea Water Resources Corporation found that the lower temperatures of the floating modules mean they are 11 percent more efficient than land-based equivalents. The report identified unsolved issues with the plants, too, however. It said the study had to discard data collected when the panels moved in the wind, and said research into new mooring systems was "continually needed".

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Ballard Module Powers First Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Bus at University of California, Irvine

On April 18th representatives from Ballard, including President & CEO Randy MacEwen, attended the unveiling of the first zero-emission fuel cell bus to provide service in the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) transit system, called the Anteater Express. The UC Irvine bus is the 5th American Fuel Cell Bus (AFCB) configuration delivered in California.

Solar Frontier Completes Acquisition of Gestamp Solar's 280MW US Pipeline and Begins Construction

The acquired 280 MW pipeline is comprised of ten projects in various stages of development and located primarily in California.

DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions Highlights New Material Advances at Industry Leading Solar Expo

Innovations Push the Boundaries of Solar Panel Performance

Solar Industry Makes Commitment to Employ 50,000 Veterans by 2020

"As an industry, we are completely committed to hiring more veterans"

KINGSPAN ENERGY LAUNCHES AS U.S. COMMERCIAL SOLAR ENERGY OPERATION

Ireland-Based Kingspan Group plc sees untapped potential in U.S. market and overlooked credit-worthy customers

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Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitors are characterized by high power density, long operational life, the ability to charge and discharge very rapidly, and reliable performance at extreme temperatures. Maxwell ultracapacitor products provide energy storage and power delivery solutions for applications in many industries, including automotive, heavy transportation, renewable energy, backup power, wireless communications and consumer and industrial electronics.