The True Value of Solar
11/17/14, Steven Fine, Ankit Saraf, Kiran Kumaraswamy, Alex Anich, ICF International
In this paper, we look at the current state of value of solar (VOS) analysis and propose a more holistic methodology that can be consistently applied across various utility service areas.
The Business Case for Fuel Cells 2014: Powering the Bottom Line for Business and Communities
11/17/14, Sandra Curtin, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
From high efficiency to scalability, fuel cells provide a distinct advantage over incumbent energy generation technologies, which is why top companies, governments, and the military are adopting fuel cells for everyday use.
The new EU climate and energy proposal:
What are the consequences?
11/17/14, Carlo Carraro, International Center for Climate Governance
The decisions of the European Council indicate the desire for greater integration of European energy markets, with an integration target of 10% by 2030.
Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - Jan, Feb, Mar 2015
11/17/14, Brandon Hetherington for, AltEnergyMag
The end of the year is a very busy time for Renewable Energy Tradeshows, so come January the schedule slows down a bit.
Utility of the Future
11/17/14, Danielle Kershner, Eco Branding
According to a new study by Berkeley Lab, distributed solar photovoltaics (PV) are the most immediate threat to investor-owned utilities and their shareholders, by depleting revenue from demand growth and need for capital investments in traditional power plants.
Hybrid Energy Sources for the Home
10/31/14, Len Calderone for, AltEnergyMag
When considering hybrid systems composed of photovoltaic solar panels, geothermal, hydro or wind turbines, the whole is greater than its parts, but you need to understand the best type of energy generation that can be used in your area.
EPA 111(d) Clean Power Plan Could Increase Energy Efficiency Impacts, Net Benefits, and Total Value
10/31/14, David Pickles, Bill Prindle, Chris MacCracken, Steven Fine, and Phil Mihlmester, ICF International
This white paper takes a novel, nationwide approach to estimating an overall impact on emissions and cost. It sheds light on the role that energy efficiency can play as a compliance mechanism.
How Solar is Going Mainstream (Batteries!)
10/31/14, Raghu Belur, Enphase Energy
The Enphase system intelligently integrates the critical technologies needed to solve solar energy challenges at scale: smart grid intelligence, communications, big data analytics and storage.
2015 State Solar Power Rankings
10/31/14, Ben Zientara, Solar Power Rocks
Of the top ten states for solar, only New Mexico is what we would consider a traditionally “sunny” state. And most of the top ten is made up of northeastern states, which see plenty of wind, rain, snow, and clouds.
Everything is Bigger in Texas – or not:
The State of the Texas Solar and Electricity Markets
10/31/14, Lionel Johnnes, Circular Energy and Texas Solar Energy Society
Today, Texas only has 200 MW of solar capacity, less than New Jersey, Massachusetts, and a handful of other states.
California Electric Car Owners Can Get Cheaper Car Insurance
10/31/14, Contributed by, Nolpeg Research Team
California could be at the forefront of these car insurance savings because it is one of the earliest adopters of clean cars (including Hybrids, Plug Ins & electric cars) in the nation.
Renewable Energy and Cross-Border Prospects
10/13/14, Peter K. Nance, ICF International
The current power trade between the United States and Mexico is relatively small, and the renewable sector in Mexico remains underdeveloped. Yet, encouraging market dynamics gives ample reason to pay attention to this area.
Fed Up With Federal Inaction, States Act Alone on Cap-and-Trade
10/13/14, Nick Cunningham , OilPrice.com
California has entered into a partnership with the Canadian province of Quebec to link up their carbon markets. It's a small step, but the two have already created the largest carbon market in North America.
Making solar power’s future even brighter
10/13/14, Dan Liggett, geoAMPS
Companies have experienced 35 percent savings in their solar panel field project costs through greater efficiencies.
Generating profits with wind energy
10/13/14, Thomas Zirngibl, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH
The experts from TÜV SÜD underline how comprehensive due diligence can prevent investments from being ‘gone with the wind’.
Clean Energy Won!
09/29/14, Jonathan Silver, twitter.com/JMSilver_energy
During the first Obama Administration, Mr. Silver led both the federal government’s $50 billion clean energy investment fund and its $20 billion fund focused on electric vehicles.
PV with batteries: a threat to CSP?
09/29/14, Jason Deign for, CSP Today
Looking to 10 years from now, if energy storage achieves its full potential then the whole landscape for power generation and distribution could change drastically.
Powering Towards Renewable Energy
09/29/14, Sarosh Bana, Business India
Corrective measures reinvigorate India’s renewable energy sector
Is Biomass Heating Really Carbon Friendly?
09/29/14, Tom Morley, Greenpower Technology
For people who use coal or oil for heating, switching to biomass will certainly reduce carbon emissions as long as there is a program in place for sustainable management of the resource.
The Echogen Power Systems Heat Engine
11/17/14, Philip Brennan and Timothy Held, Echogen Power Systems
Waste Heat to Power (WHP) creates electricity by heating a fluid at high pressure, then expanding the fluid through a turbine to power an electric generator.
The Pakistan Solar Association
11/17/14, Engr. Faiz M Bhutta, Chairman Pakistan Solar Association (PSA) and Director of Solar Institute ( pvt) Ltd
PSA is fighting for zero duty imports until the local solar industry grows enough to address quantity and quality requirements of the solar tenders in Pakistan.
10/31/14, Brian Go, LETO Solar
Essentially, we’re giving the solar panel a brain; the patented HEMOS chipset can be fitted in a typical junction of any solar panel. With it you can communicate directly with the panel and execute commands at the module level.
The State of the Solar Industry in North America
10/31/14, Ray Hudson, Jenya Meydbray, Rick Fioravanti, Jerry Melcher, DNV GL
The recent surge in storage activity has its roots in a general consensus being reached by stakeholders that the technologies are on a path that will enable them to achieve the cost, performance, and reliability targets that have been promised.
Energy in California Conference 2014
10/31/14, Annie Mudge, Cox, Castle & Nicholson
Being very involved in getting environmental permits to build renewable energy facilities, I am very interested in the question of how the industry is going to solve the grid integration issue. Since renewable energy is generated during daylight hours and the highest period of demand is in the evening, there is a mismatch.
Safer Fuel Cell Powered Automobiles
09/29/14, David Schmidt, Neah Power Systems
While an electric vehicle may go 200 or 250 miles without a charge a combination of fuel cell and fuel together with a balance of system could travel 500 or even 800 miles depending upon the specific requirements and design.
Wind Energy in Oklahoma
09/15/14, Michael Teague, Secretary of Energy and Environment, State of Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s pro-business climate and excellent wind resource have helped to attract wind developers from across the country and the globe.
Combining the Advantages of Module-level Power Electronics and String Inverter Topology
08/18/14, Thomas Enzendorfer, Solar Energy Division Fronius USA
This product innovation provides benefits of module-level monitoring while avoiding all the complication, costs and disadvantages of existing module-level products.
Solar Power International 2014
Solar Power International 2014 AltEnergyMag Tradeshow Report
10/20/14, Brandon Hetherington for, AltEnergyMag
AltEnergyMag.com has once again partnered with SPI 2014 to bring all the industry news and exciting new products to help our readers make sense of this key tradeshow. Here we have compiled a list of some product releases from this years show.
Special News Report for SPI 2014
10/20/14, Prepared by, AltEnergyMag
Here are press releases and announcements from SPI 2014. Exhibitors are welcome to post their news here too.
SPI 2014 - Interview with Mark Cerasuolo of Outback Power Technologies
10/20/14, Mark Cerasuolo, OutBack Power Technologies
For SPI in 2014, we will be introducing the all-new control capabilities of our OPTICS RE user application. Launched this spring, the OPTICS RE cloud-based user-interface application provides installers and owners of OutBack systems the ability to easily monitor PV/solar system operation, performance and output via an intuitive dashboard from any Internet-enabled device.
SPI 2014 - Interview with David Briggs of IronRidge
10/20/14, David Briggs, IronRidge
This year we are focusing our new XR Rail Family, which was first introduced in mid-July. It's a significant improvement to our Roof Mount product line, both in terms of cost and installation efficiency.
SPI 2014 - Interview with Rita Hazen of Joyce/Dayton Corp.
10/20/14, Rita Hazen, Joyce/Dayton Corp.
SPI does a good job of organizing the business areas of interest in a logical manner making it easier to focus on those areas that are important to our business.
Look, Ma… No Wires!
09/29/14, Rob Aldridge, TellCo Europe – USA
There are an estimated 43 million street lights in the USA and at least 55 million parking lot and parkway lights. Since they combine to use about 10% of all the electricity consumed in the USA, taking them to LED is a step in the right direction but going all the way to zero energy use is even better.
Solar Plant in Cernay Powers Up With DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
09/29/14, Contributed by, Dupont
System optimized for maximum power output and lifetime with DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride filmbased backsheets and DuPont™ Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes
Powerful approaches to energy conservation
09/29/14, Contributed by, Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Innovative Ontario companies find energy savings in places they’d least expect