Alternative Energy Industry Newsletter - Aug 2011
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SMA Sunny PRO Club Launches Regional Forums in the U.S. and Canada
Solar Industry Leader to Bring Technical Training, Marketing Solutions and Hands-on Product Workshops to Select Cities
CSP Gold Rush in South Africa
With the first 200MW of Concentrated Solar Thermal Power allocated as part of South Africa's IPP programme, the question at the forefront of the industry is does this represent a market changer or a one off opportunity?
Lufft Announces Production of Intelligent Weather Station with Integrated Pyranometer.
The new sensor will be add solar radiation measurement to existing sensors for temperature, relative humidity, air pressure and wind.
Utility Scale PV map reveals substantial growth in the US & Canada
PV Insider has today unveiled the Utility Scale PV Map – USA & Canada 2011, as part of the launch of the 2nd Utility Scale PV Plant Optimization Summit USA (17-18 November, San Jose).
Ontario Seeds Investment and Development of Electric Car-Charging Stations
Ontario announces $80-million fund for electric car-charging stations.
Fund Accelerates Sungevity's Rapid Growth Highlighted by Recently Announced Expansion to the East Coast and New Partnership with Lowe's

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Introducing Trojan's Industrial Line - Trojan's Industrial Line of deep-cycle batteries is the newest addition to Trojan's lineage of high-quality batteries for renewable energy and backup power applications.
Designed to support large daily loads where the batteries are cycled regularly, Trojan's Industrial Line is ideal for a wide range of photovoltaic systems. 

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The Solar Decathlon 2011 - Part 2
Here are 5 more entries in this years Solar Decathlon for your interest and enjoyment.

Biofuels Potential to Transform the Global Economy
The technology is in place, the product has been certified, and at the end of the day, one is talking about an agricultural product which, depending on where it is sown, can produce one or even two harvests a year.

Energy Storage Solutions
Energy storage is set to play a vital role in ensuring the economic viability of renewable energy by addressing its intermittency issues to make it available on demand. Equally, energy storage can play an important political role in the change to a low carbon economy by ensuring that the lights always stay on.

Atlantis Energy Systems, Inc. Proves its Metal as Fixture in the PV Marketplace
A Case Study of an Atlantis Energy Systems, Inc. Collaboration Future House USA

Clean, Reliable Power for Remote Off-Grid Communities
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products contain proprietary esencia™ technology, ensuring incomparable performance, durability and versatility.

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Rolls has been producing premium batteries specifically designed for the renewable energy market since 1984.  That’s why those who can’t afford to go without power know they can’t afford to trust anyone else.

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A hybrid solar panel to make hydrogen

The best use of the sun's energy is to make hydrogen, according to a Duke University researcher. Engineer Nico Hotz earlier this week detailed results from his research around a rooftop solar panel that generates hydrogen from the sun's heat. The hydrogen gas--which is made by breaking off hydrogen atoms from a water solution--can be stored and used to make electricity in a fuel cell.  In his experiment, Hotz determined that his system creates more usable energy than solar photovoltaic panels which convert sunlight directly into electricity. He calculated the cost could be lower, too. There have been research efforts--and a commercial product from a company called Nanoptek--to make hydrogen from sunlight. Hotz's system, though, uses a new technique that relies on methanol, also known as wood alcohol, and a nano-engineered catalyst. Under the glass of Hotz's solar collector are copper tubes, coated with aluminum and aluminum oxide, which carry water and methanol. Once the liquid is heated to a sufficient temperature, a catalyst is added to cause hydrogen atoms to break off. That hydrogen gas is then piped and pressured for storage in a tank, where it can be drawn on to make electricity in a fuel cell.

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REC is a leading vertically integrated player in the solar energy industry. Ranked among the world's largest producers of polysilicon and wafers for solar applications, and a rapidly growing manufacturer of solar cells and modules.

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Renewable & Alternative Energy – the fundamentals, from IBC Global Academy

Tackling the challenge of clean and secure energy supply: science, technology, strategic implementation, business opportunities and growth. This renewable energy distance learning training course gives you the insight needed to understand the complex drivers and issues behind the viability of renewable and alternative sustainable energies. Over 12 weeks the programme will provide a comprehensive understanding of all sources of renewable energy - from wind, hydro and solar, to biomass, geo thermal and beyond. "A comprehensive explanation of all renewable sources, with analysis of wider industry issues." For more information, to download the prospectus or apply online, please click above.

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CanWEA’s 2011 Conference and Exhibition will be held Oct. 3-6, 2011 in
Vancouver, British Columbia. Join over 3,000 business leaders
at Canada’s largest renewable energy event.

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Sep 05 - 05 GLOBAL DEMAND FORUM V Hamburg, Germany
Sep 20 - 22 RETECH 2011 Washington, D.C.
Sep 26 - 27 REFF - WEST San Francisco, CA

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