Solazyme's algae jet fuel powers United flight

Sometime shortly after 7 a.m. PST on Monday, execs at algae oil company Solazyme, members of the media and others will board a plane at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and take off on the first commercial U.S. domestic flight to use Solazyme’s algae-based jet fuel. United Airlines will operate the flight, which will land at Chicago O’Hare International Airport a couple of hours later and is set to carry 189 passengers.  The event is significant: While companies have spent years looking to scale next-generation biofuel products, few are producing fuels that can scale large enough to sell to the airline industry, let alone the auto industry. Solazyme’s jet fuel, dubbed Solajet, isn’t a widely commercialized product yet, but it has a few deals, including with the Navy and Australian carrier Quantas.

WE Energies, Caleffi Solar and more sponsor Milwaukee's SOLAR THERMAL '11 Conference

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association announces sponsors for the upcoming SOLAR THERMAL '11 Conference

Sierra Club Recognizes Solar Energy USA As Sustainable Business

Solar Energy USA, Georgia's largest residential solar provider, was recently recognized by the Sierra Club as an officially Green Checked business based on sustainable organization practices and environmentally friendly products and services.

Oasis Eco Group Unveils New "Net Zero Energy Homes" for Chilliwack, BC's Home Owners

Oasis Eco Group, BC's leading provider of energy efficient homes is today announcing the launch of the Oasis Powerhouse energy efficient housing development - "Solara Homes" - in Chilliwack, BC.

Solar Power International 2011 - Special News Report

News Announcements from SPI 2011

Sustainable Energy Raises the Bar for Grid-Tie Energy Storage: PARALEX "GTS" Opens New "Smart Grid" and "Micro-Grid" Market Opportunities

Highlights: Enables utility dispatch control of distributed storage with lithium ion and lead acid batteries for improved voltage control higher power quality and improved grid stability Enables material increase in grid-interactive storage system efficiencies today with proven market-ready product platform Meets emerging European demand for cost effective, high-efficiency storage of solar power for on-site consumption Gateway to higher utilization of distributed renewable energy in "smart grids" and "micro-grids" Discussions underway to OEM PARALEX GTS as part of integrated solar PV energy storage systems

InvestMidwest issues call to clean energy companies for 2012 forum in St. Louis

High-growth companies in the clean energy industry throughout the Midwest seeking venture capital to advance their ideas are now being invited to apply for the opportunity to present their business plans to an audience of the nation's top venture capitalists.

Siliken PV Modules Obtain Certification for Salt Mist Corrosion Resistance

During the test, the modules were exposed to an atmosphere of highly corrosive water and salt for 100 hours in order to verify their durability and correct operation in case they were installed in the proximity of the sea. The test assesses both the compatibility of the materials and the quality and uniformity of the protective layers.

Siemens increases stake in ocean power specialist Marine Current Turbines

Siemens is increasing its stake in Britain's Marine Current Turbines Ltd. to 45 percent. "With this increase in its stake, Siemens is strengthening its activities in ocean power generation. We will actively shape the commercialization process of innovative marine current power plants," said Michael Axmann, CFO of the newly founded Solar & Hydro Division within Siemens' Energy Sector. Financial details of the deal are not disclosed.

New Energy and City of Roanoke, VA Successfully Debut World's First-of-its-Kind Electricity-Generating Rumble Strip to Nearly 6000 Visitors

Participants Driving Over Company's MotionPower(TM) System Could Generate Enough Electricity to Power Lights for the Average American Home for an Entire Day.

Donauer Solartechnik opens sales office in Austria

Since October 2011, the Austrian customers of Donauer Solartechnik have had a direct partner on location: Andreas Wimplinger heads the new sales office in the Upper-Austrian district of Waldzell.

PALMDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND PsomasFMG CELEBRATE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR POWER SYSTEM AT 18 SCHOOL SITES

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony honors phase one completion of PSD's "green" initiative

Smart grids: Conformity and interoperability testing by TV SD

Munich. Smart grids are essential for the success of the energy revolution in Germany and Europe. TV SD now has a laboratory for testing the conformity and interoperability of devices which enable smart grid components to communicate.

20+ Countries, $5.6 Billion In Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Activity Today, Says PATH

Report by international hydrogen association details current hydrogen and fuel cell activity and predicts significant growth by the next decade

The Coolest New Solar Manufacturing Technology You've Never Heard Of

The Optical Cavity Furnace is a new piece of equipment for making solar cells that is about to rock the photovoltaic industry by slashing costs and increasing efficiency. The news should not just excite tech nerds—by reducing the cost of producing solar cells by nearly three-quarters, this new technology represents another big step on the path to making clean energy the cheap kind of energy. Here’s how it works. By using optics to more efficiently focus visible and infrared light, the Optical Cavity Furnace can heat silicon wafers used in solar cell production much more precisely and uniformly than previous forms of solar cell manufacture. The resulting solar cells are stronger, more efficient, and have fewer impurities. The National Renewable Energy Lab, or NREL, the DOE office responsible for the research, and a corporate partner AOS Inc. are now working to bring this technology to scale. The partners plan to build an industrial-scale Optical Cavity Furnace capable of producing 1,200 highly efficient solar cells per hour. NREL has cooperative research agreements with many of the country’s biggest solar cell producers.

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