Klein Tools - Electrician of the Year Contest

AltEnergyMag sat down with Klein Tools to discuss the Electrician of the Year Contest. The grand prize winner will receive a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab customized by off-road specialists Addictive Desert Designs in Mesa, Arizona.

A Proven Approach To The Challenge Of Building A Leak-proof Array

The current suggested guideline by the NRCA (National Roofing Contractor Association) for the installation of a PV system on a steep slope asphalt shingle roof as far as the flashing of the PV system stanchions, shows the metal flange to be applied underneath the roofing paper.

Maximizing the Benefits of Roof-Mounted Solar Arrays for Commercial Buildings

Contractors, builders, roofing companies, and property managers have a rare and unique opportunity to profit from the expansion of solar as it becomes more and more mainstream.

Klein Tools Introduces A Full Range Non-Contact Voltage Tester with Flashlight

Tests 12 - 1000V AC and includes independent, bright flashlight

FastRack510 Installed at Hawaii's Largest Airports

The minimal seismic anchors were installed at a rate of up to five per man hour. Combined, the arrays were spread over more than ten individual flat roofs.

Combining the Advantages of Module-level Power Electronics and String Inverter Topology

This product innovation provides benefits of module-level monitoring while avoiding all the complication, costs and disadvantages of existing module-level products.

Fixed-Tilt System vs. Single-Axis Tracker O&M Comparison

As PV plants come out of warranty from the installer, an understanding of what needs repair, when, and how to do it is just as important as what equipment was selected and how it was installed.

Maintaining Satcon Inverters

When Satcon, the former inverter manufacturer, closed shop, Photon Energy moved quickly and hired key technical personnel.

Case Study - 2.4 MW Solar Ground Mount Orange, Massachusetts

Working in two shifts in record low temperatures and stormy conditions, installers completed the ground mount array in just 36 days (during a record 60-year storm with 24 inches of snow and 60 mph gusts).

Data Loggers Bring More Light to Remote Medical Clinics

The WE CARE Solar team required a better way to log system performance data and monitor usage patterns to ensure that correctly-sized PV power systems were being implemented in the medical clinics.

Bankable Data and Interoperability Standards

Data quality derives from the combination of accurate instruments plus Data Encoding Standards: one can take highly accurate data samples but if there is no agreement as to what the data means, the data could be considered to be of low quality because of its inability to improve the decision making process.

What's new with connectors for the solar photovoltaic industry?

Getting a jump on proposed UL 6703A standard

Improving Performance and Reducing Maintenance of CSP Systems with Copolymers

Chamelic is a spin-out company from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Leeds. Chamelic Ltd was established in February 2006 to exploit innovative chemicals discovered and developed at the Institute Particle Science and Engineering (IPSE).

Trabant partners with Siemens to develop game changing solar tracker

Sade's idea was to eliminate the need for masts or poles to secure a solar array to concrete foundations. Instead, the tracker would use a ballast pan filled with dirt, gravel or sand.

Case Study: PowerScrew System

This 20MW Demonstration Project is the first power plant in Hainan, and it is a joint venture of Hainan Tianneng Electricity Co., Ltd., Hainan Provincial Water Conservancy & Hydropower Group Co., Ltd. and Yingli Solar. Various types of solar mounting systems, such as ground screw, concrete post, roof power plant and BIPV, will be employed.

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