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Capturing Energy with Nanotechnology

One goal of nanotechnology is to improve photovoltaic solar electricity generation. The thermodynamic limit of 80% productivity is well beyond the capabilities of current photovoltaic technologies, whose performance now is only about 43%.

Data Rules: Intelligent Solar Trackers Reduce Risk, Downtime and O&M Costs

Developing a predictable O&M strategy at the outset of a project will ensure the bankability and a robust ROI throughout the system’s lifetime. Project owners and developers that thoroughly evaluate O&M considerations of their tracker investments will find that the higher

Why Wind and Solar Are Better Together

Currently, wind generation sites are the cheapest version to build in the United States. Solar tends to be significantly more expensive to develop and construct. Creating one site for both forms is much more affordable, yet offers all the advantages covered above.

Panasonic Joins Push to Put Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs

By Chisaki Watanabe, Emi Nobuhiro, and Kevin Buckland for Bloomberg: The tech giant thinks solar roof panels are the future for hybrids and EVs.

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AltEnergyMag.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of Intersolar & EES

Intersolar & EES North America run July 10th - 13th in San Francisco, California. This AltEnergyMag.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years events.

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New Biofuel Could Work in Regular Diesel Engines

Edd Gent for Scientific American: The need for specially designed engines to run biodiesel is holding back the technology

Solar panels to be fitted on 250 trains in India

Climate Action UN: According to local reports, Indian Railways will install flexible solar panels and batteries to power lights and fans on board 250 of the network’s trains.

Future trucks fueled by hydrogen created with solar power: Exhaust? Pure water vapor

Science Daily: Heavy-duty trucks will soon be driving around in Trondheim, Norway, fuelled by hydrogen created with solar power, and emitting only pure water vapour as "exhaust."

Why rising temperatures don't make solar power rise

Isha Salian for San Francisco Chronicle: Sunny skies sound like a positive for energy production, but this week’s heatwave in California isn’t a boon for solar power.

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Intersolar - EcoFasten Solar to Debut Four New Systems at Intersolar N.A.

EcoFasten Solar will present four new solar roof mount and rail-free racking systems to the solar industry at booth #9433, Intersolar North America in San Francisco, July 11-13, 2017.

Ideal Power Partners with Azimuth Energy for 300 Kilowatt / 500 Kilowatt-Hour Remote Solar-Plus-Storage Microgrid

AUSTIN, Texas - June 27, 2017 - Ideal Power Inc., (NASDAQ: IPWR), an innovative power conversion technology company, Azimuth Energy, a solar and wind energy and energy efficiency engineering and construction company and Wright Architects, a design-build firm with projects along the East Coast and the Caribbean, today announced a solar-plus-storage project that will provide off-grid and virtually fossil-free power to a remote building complex in rural New York.

ABB's microgrid to power Aruba and support transition to renewable energy

ABB microgrid will integrate wind and solar energy to provide electricity to Caribbean island that was previously fully dependent on fossil fuels

Intersolar - PcVue Inc. Presents New SunSpec Solar Solution at Intersolar North America 2017

Navigant Research Identifies 1,842 Microgrid Projects, Representing Nearly 20 GW of Capacity

2Q 2017 update of Microgrid Deployment Tracker reveals strong growth in the commercial and industrial sector

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Darfon G320 Microinverter

Darfon G320 Microinverter

The Darfon G320 is the microinverter solution for today's high-power solar modules. The G320 handles 60- and 72-cell modules up to 350W DC and outputs up to 300W AC. The G320's 3-phase configuration accommodates the electrical distribution systems of most commercial buildings and to reduce, if not eliminate, the need for expensive transformers. The G320 comes in four voltage/phase configurations, so it can be installed in residential, commercial or utility applications.

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KACO new energy Inc.

KACO new energy Inc.

KACO has been developing, designing and manufacturing current inverters and power electronics for more than 60 years. The KACO blueplanet series inverter has set new standards in photovoltaic applications particularly with regard to reliability, efficiency and power density.