Battery Seminar: August 13-14, 2013, Detroit (USA) - Early Bird Registration is Now Open !

Join us for an exciting, two-day battery seminar on August 13 & 14, 2013 in Detroit, MI (USA).

A Down-To-Earth Wind Turbine

The wind is faster at higher altitudes and wind power is directly proportional to wind velocity cubed. But mounting a turbine up high makes it more expensive to install and maintain, and requires a stronger tower to support such a top-heavy structure. Engineers at SheerWind have a solution: “scoop” the air from up high and bring it down low to drive a ground-level turbine. Oh, and while they’re at it, how about amplifying the wind speed too? SheerWind coined the term INVELOX - INcreasing the VELOcity of wind - to describe its innovative design. Using a giant omni-directional funnel whose mouths are mounted at the top of a tower, INVELOX brings the wind down to ground level and sends it out through a narrow neck, which increases the wind speed, much like putting your thumb over the end of a garden hose and leaving a tiny opening will increase the water velocity. This makes the turbine smaller, decreasing its cost. And because the turbine is on the ground, routine maintenance doesn’t require climbing a tall tower. Funnel mouths facing all directions eliminates the need for the turbine to rotate towards the wind, resulting in fewer moving parts, less complexity, and increased reliability.   Since traditional turbines have relatively high start-up speeds (8 MPH or 3.6 m/s is typical), they can’t  generate electricity at lower speeds. Because the INVELOX design increases the speed of the wind before it reaches the turbine, it allows the system to generate power at wind speeds as low as 2 MPH (0.9 m/s).

The 24th Annual Energy Fair June 21-23, 2013 - Custer, WI

Each year the MREA Energy Fair transforms rural Central Wisconsin into the global hot spot for renewable energy education. The Energy Fair brings over 20,000 people from nearly every state in the U.S. and several countries around the world.

Crucial Bill in Massachusetts Would Guarantee Purchase of All SRECs

Rodman & Rodman, P.C., providers of specialized green energy and clean technology accounting and tax services, explain House Bill No. 2915

Solar Power Windows Fast Approaching Commercial Production

Commercial production of solar windows, using the patented SolarWindow spray-on solar power coating system, may be just around the corner. A recent announcement from US building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) developer New Energy Technologies Ltd. (which we’ve been following for years) has us feeling that the time may soon come. As per New Energy Technologies’ recent announcement, the big news is that the fabrication time of the technology has been greatly reduced. The fabrication process, which involves methodically spraying layers of extremely small solar cells onto glass, has been reduced from a couple of days to only a couple of hours. According to the company, the process has been cut to 1/6 of the previous fabrication time. And perhaps as significantly, New Energy has also reported that it has achieved “a two-fold increase in power conversion efficiency” and improved the transparency in the glass.

Enphase Energy Supports Team USC in 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Students of sustainable design and building to install the Enphase Microinverter System on solar-powered fluxHome

Cornell Dubilier Introduces Type 948D, Capacitors for Large Inverter Systems

Housed in a plastic rectangular package that is nearly a cube with 6.5 inch sides, Cornell Dubilier's Type 948D DC link capacitors offer up to 20% more capacitance in the same size case with lower ESR and higher ripple current ratings than competitive types.

Hong Kong's First Pure-Electric Taxis Begin Service, Revolutionizing Public Transport

BYD e6 Taxi fleet and e6 Premier sedan to launch officially in Hongkong

REC Solar Completes Pioneering Colorado Community Solar Project

New program helps more Coloradans go solar and save money

In Addition to Utah Solar Panels, Intermountain Wind and Solar Places a Heavy Focus on a New, High Efficiency Emergency Generator

With alternative energy sources becoming more prevalent, IM Wind and Solar is channeling some of their focus into the development of emergency back up power.

Columbus Ohio's Fleet Maintenance Building Uses TRA's Solar Racking for 640kw Elevated Solar System

City of Columbus' Fleet Maintenance Building home to new 640 KW solar panel system installed with TRA's elevated solar racking hardware

Siemens wins 100 MW wind power order from South Africa

This is already the second wind power order for Siemens from South Africa.

INTERSOLAR INDIA 2013: THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES FOR A DYNAMIC MARKET

Intersolar India 2013 takes place at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) in Mumbai from November 12–14.

Investment guide "Photovoltaics in Chile" published

Solarpraxis' expanded investment workshop series includes PV growth markets of France, Turkey and Latin America; complimentary investment guides will be available

Innovative solutions for power stations

TÜV SÜD will showcase its service portfolio at POWER-GEN Europe, held in Vienna from 4 to 6 June, 2013 (Hall B, Stand B2251).

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Kipp & Zonen - DustIQ the novel soiling monitoring solution for solar panels

Kipp & Zonen - DustIQ the novel soiling monitoring solution for solar panels

Soiling of the panel glass is one of the major problems in the rapidly expanding solar energy market, with the attendant loss of efficiency and reduction in performance ratios. Now, there's a new, simple and very cost-effective alternative. Based on Kipp & Zonen's unique Optical Soiling Measurement (OSM) technology, DustIQ can be easily added to new or existing solar arrays and integrated into plant management systems. The unit is mounted to the frame of a PV panel and does not need sunlight to operate. It continuously measures the transmission loss through glass caused by soiling, so that the reduction in light reaching the solar cells can be calculated.