Local Tucson Solar Installers Strike Back Against Low Solar Standards

Tucson solar installers have noticed a concerning trend: the decreasing quality of residential and commercial solar installations. Therefore, they have decided to fight back.

MIT Researchers Unveil Transparent Solar Cell

It has been the dream and pursuit of many a business and research endeavor, but only varied success has been achieved to create a truly transparent solar photovoltaic cell. Leave it to the brainiacs at MIT to find the solution. Yes, the research and technology hub has done it again, marking a landslide achievement in the world of energy technology with the creation of a clear solar pv cell. Researchers Vladimir Bulovic and Richard Lunt have published their findings in Applied Physics Letters. The duo has apparently created a transparent solar cell with a maximum efficiency (sunlight to electricity) of 1.7 percent. The cell operates within the near-infrared spectrum. However, the cell is still only about 55 percent transparent, similar to tinted sunglasses.T he transparent cell is actually quite unique in its design when compared to tradition cells. Bulovic and Lunt's transparent cell is comprised of organic molecules that harness infrared light while allowing visible light to pass through. The photovoltaic compound is actually coated onto a pane of standard window glass. The researchers are in the prototype phase of this technology, but believe it could potentially be painted onto existing windows to create a low-cost easy-to-install photovoltaic option for both commercial and home solar installations.

Corvus Energy Increases its Battery Capacity from 6.2kWh to 6.5kWh

Advances in cell technology usher in higher lithium-ion battery capacity

Corvus Energy Names Brian Nguyen Vice President of Operation

Mr. Nguyen to lead Corvus' manufacturing and engineering practices

The ESD (Engineering Society of Detroit) Ride and Drive of the Chevy Volt

GM invited members of the Engineering Society of Detroit out to the Proving Gounds in Milford for test drives. There were 11 Volts and they paired us up for a test drive out into Milford and down to Lake Kensington and out on to I 96 for a few miles and then circled back to the Proving grounds. Everyone was excited by their drive and we were told that virtually every one on the development team had their order in on the new vehicle. It is being built in the Hamtramck/Detroit Cadillac Plant that Coleman Young fought for and the lithium ion Battery Packs are being built in a new Brownstown plant nearby.

Introduction to JOINT IMPLEMENTATION - JI

The basic principles of Joint Implementation are defined in Article 6 of the Kyoto Protocol. Project participants from two (or more) Annex 1 Parties may jointly implement an emissions-reducing project in the territory of an Annex 1 Party, and count the resulting emission reduction units towards meeting the Kyoto target of the other involved Annex 1 Party/ies.

Careers in the Clean-Tech Industry

The NY Times reports that the federal government is pouring $500 million into training for green jobs, and the sector devoted to energy efficiency is estimated to grow as much as fourfold in the next decade, to some 1.3 million people, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition will take place in Berlin, Germany (6-10 June 2011)

The Technical Programme is coordinated by the European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre. Conference General Chairman is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Faulstich, Technische Universität München, Director Science Center Straubing.

OPDE completes construction of 36.43 MW in Spain and Italy in the first quarter of 2011

The Spanish multinational OPDE built throughout the first quarter of 2011 a total of 36.43 MW in eight farms located in Italy and Spain. For this construction more than 182 million Euros have been invested.

Powerway Attended Shanghai SNEC Expo with Various Newly Developed Mounting Systems

As a professional mounting system supplier, Powerway Renewable Energy attended the SNEC expo with various newly developed, optimization design, reliable system solutions, which were favored and recognized by customers.

Solar Frontier Selected by Granite Construction for 1.2 MW Power Plant in Coalinga

Offsetting 50% of Granite's mining power requirements in Coalinga with clean energy

Reading the fine print of BrightSource's $250 million IPO

BrightSource Energy, the California solar power plant builder backed by Google, Morgan Stanley and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, filed for a $250 million initial public offering on Friday. The Earth Day S-1 filing marks first big market test of investors' appetite for a capital-intensive solar technology that has yet to be deployed commercially. It comes as utilities have been turning to increasingly cost-competitive photovoltaic farms to meet their renewable energy mandates. BrightSource was founded in 2004 by American-Israeli pioneer Arnold Goldman, whose Luz International built nine solar thermal power plants in the Mojave Desert in the 1980s and 1990s. The company has attracted blue-chip investors, including French energy giant Alstom, as well as a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee that is financing the bulk of Ivanpah's construction costs. NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, is investing up to $300 million in Ivanpah and Google last week invested $168 million in the project. In its filing, BrightSource, which has signed deals to supply utilities Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison with 2,600 megawatts of electricity, disclosed that it controls 110,000 acres in California and the Southwest. That land has a capacity to generate 11,000 megawatts - enough solar electricity to supply nearly 15 million homes at peak output. The cost of maintaining leases on those lands stands at $12.9 million, according to the filing, and BrightSource, which has lost a cumulative $177.3 million since its founding, has total debt and contractual obligations totaling $1.8 billion. Despite its impressive pipeline of projects and prominent investors, BrightSource acknowledged in the filing that its viability turns on the completion and operation of Ivanpah, which will deploy 170,000 heliostats around three towers.

SEMA Announces Speakers for Its 1st Technical Conference and Exhibition

The schedule is available online at www.solar-ema.org/2011-conference.html for SEMA's upcoming Technical Conference and Exhibition, which is scheduled to take place May 24-26, 2011 at the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose, CA.

MAGE SOLAR and De Lage Landen Initiate Partnership Program

Dynamic leader in solar photovoltaic arena and global provider of high-quality asset-based financing products partner to offer extended terms program to MAGE SOLAR partners.

SOLAR POWER INTERNATIONAL 2010 RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE 50 FASTEST GROWING TRADE SHOWS IN THE U.S.

Trade Show Executive Magazine Bestows Award

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