Offshore Wind Arrives in U.S. Waters

By Daniel Cusick, ClimateWire for Scientific American:  The first offshore wind farm in the United States is set to begin delivering power to Rhode Island’s electricity grid by year’s end, a milestone that could help reshape energy markets from New England to South Florida, experts say.

But for U.S. offshore wind power to achieve its full potential, as much as 4 gigawatts of capacity, it will need a major influx of capital and know-how, much of which will come from Europe, where the technology has a 25-year performance record and now accounts for 11 GW of generation capacity on the continent.

Representatives of top U.S. and European wind firms—including executives of Deepwater Wind, the firm building the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island—told industry peers gathered on the Gulf Coast last week that the industry should act now to establish the technical, logistical and policy frameworks to build more offshore wind farms in the United States.  Cont'd...

Expansion of Solar Business to South-East Asia: BayWa r.e. at the ASEAN Sustainable Energy Week for the First Time

BayWa r.e. targets the South-East Asian market: from its offices in Singapore and Bangkok, the company will manage solar projects in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and other South-East Asian countries. BayWa r.e. will also tap into the market potential of this region for the benefit of its photovoltaic trade business and look to strengthen existing contacts.

WINAICO receives 2015 Top Solar Panel Products award from Solar Power World

Solar Power World honours WINAICO's WSP-310M6 PERC monocrystalline module with the 2015 Top Solar Panel Products award. The award recognises WINAICO's 310W module as the highest power 60-cell monocrystalline PERC module in the world.

WINDPOWER's 7,200 attendees are clear on what's to come: greater consumer savings, cleaner air, more wind jobs

Honorees awarded for excellence in transmission advocacy

Tom Kimbis Named Interim President of SEIA

Kimbis has worked at SEIA since 2010, acting as the primary liaison for the U.S. solar industry to the federal executive branch and overseeing the trade association's legal affairs department.

Hanwha Q CELLS Received 'Terrawatt Diamond Award' for its advanced Q.ANTUM Cell Technology at SNEC 2016

-- SNEC Organizing Committee awards the 'Terrawatt Diamond Award` only to the Top-Ten out of 1,500 companies for their latest and most advanced technology -- Industry validation of matured Q.ANTUM solar cell technology as one of the most advanced and innovative technologies showcased at this year's SNEC in Shanghai

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

Devin Coldewey for TechCrunch:  An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.”

The Shockley-Queisser limit, which is definitely not made up, is the theoretical maximum efficiency of a solar cell, and it’s somewhere around 32 percent for the most common silicon-based ones.

You can get around this by various tricks like stacking cells, but the better option, according to David Bierman, a doctoral student on the team (and who is quoted above), will be thermophotovoltaics — whereby sunlight is turned into heat and then re-emitted as light better suited for the cell to absorb.  Cont'd...

Engineer Award scoop for Brian Farrell

Award success for Natural Power's Brian Farrell at last night's Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards in Glasgow.

New, POWERstation 247 turnkey technology for rural Off-Gridders who want energy independence

The first fully integrated and UL certified solar energy storage system, with built-in battery storage, for homes and small businesses

What does the Future Hold for Thin Film Solar Panels?

The photovoltaic market continues to grow with impressive speed. Large scale silicon solar parks have been all the fashion until now but thin film panels are becoming increasingly popular and will dominate the small scale off-grid market and the booming building integrated PV segment.

PVinsights: Rising speculation of polysilicon collapse

Polysilicon prices plummeted mildly as strong dollar against RMB. The polysilicon price in China has stabilized in RMB term this week amid unwound frenzy. However, as affected by the strengthened dollar, polysilicon price in China translates to a drop in the USD term. Furthermore, the rinsing production in the top manufacturers spurred concern global supplies are once again topping demand. On the other hand, the price uptrend in the overseas market has been halted by the cooling sentiment in China. As the result, the drop in spot price of polysilicon this week is mainly resulted from the appreciation of the greenback, but the halted rallies in China and overseas implies the weakening sentiment after the production retrieval introduced by REC Silicon.

Latest High-Power Solar Panel Manufactured by SPIC, Xi'an Solar Power Co, Ltd., Will Be Featured at DuPont SNEC 2016 Booth

The newest M2 series uses DuPont™ Solamet® PV19B to achieve 20.13 percent cell efficiency and reach 285-watt power output. This conventional 60-cell mono c-Si high-power module is protected by TPT, double-sided DuPont™ Tedlar® PVF film-based backsheet, to continuously provide proven power and lasting value.

Quick Mount PV Introduces Tile Replacement Mount for Simple and Clean Solar Installations on Tile Roofs

"We saw a need in the marketplace for a simple and efficient method to mount solar on tile without compromising waterproofing or code requirements" said Quick Mount PV CEO Claudia Wentworth.

Radian Generation Closes New Round of Investment to Accelerate Growth

Radian Generation (RadianGEN), an independent asset management and O&M firm providing comprehensive software and services to solar project owners, has closed a new round of investment with Solar Plus International (Solar Plus).

NABCEP Announces Search for New Executive Director

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced today that it has launched a national search for a new Executive Director.

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