Consumers have heard for years that solar, wind, and geothermal power might soon cut their monthly energy bills. But things get exciting, even exotic, looking a decade or two ahead . Scientists envision that light bulbs will talk to switches, furnaces to windows, and everything to the Internet. Homes generate their own power in basement plants. Windows and paint change color to harvest sunlight or reject it. But ... cutting home energy use means changing consumer behavior and industry practice. That said, promising new technologies are emerging in labs, and some in commercial buildings, that in a decade or two could win over even the most skeptical builders and homeowners.
These grid-connected products, having already demonstrated acceptance in European markets, offer ultra-high efficiencies, installer-friendly designs, long service life, and competitive initial acquisition costs; significantly increasing ROI in photovoltaic installations from 3kW to 4.2kW.
Company's Sunny Central 250U Inverters Selected for Reliability, Quality
Survey of attendees at RETECH 2009 on the impact of the smart grid.
Experts highlight that HCPV is at the beginning of the learning curve with a big potential for improvement
One of the key elements of a CPV system is the optical system that focuses a large area of sunlight onto each cell.
SunWize Technologies, Inc. has been selected as SANYO's launch partner for the new SANYO HIT POWER N Series module, and will be the first North American partner to carry the high efficiency SANYO HIT POWER N Series module, featuring advanced hybrid HIT® technology.
Improved water services save more than $800,000 annually.
Preparing America for New Jobs in Renewable Energy Horizon Fuel Cell Develops Science Education Kits
Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is introducing new teaching tools that focus on the science of renewable energy. These hands-on science experiment kits, including small wind-turbines, solar panels and zero emission vehicle construction sets, are designed as the chemistry sets of the future.
Low-cost, automated tool helps accelerate development decisions
Business and Environmental Groups Launch Campaign for Federal Policy to Spur Greater Energy Efficiency Investment
Governments around the globe have committed to expend public funds to shore up poor decisions in investment markets - governments must ensure investments in public monies counteract global warming and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
St. Louis-based Vertegy today announced that its general manager, Thomas Taylor, was recently appointed by The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) to serve as chair of the organization's Environmental Network Steering Committee.
IBM is already staking claims in the smart grid industry to better manage electricity. Now it's doing the same for water, with a broad offering that will include developing sensor and intelligence networks for water utilities, smart water meters and a new technology for water filtration. IBM sees a role for information technology in the water world that's analogous to its role in smart grid projects according to Sharon Nunes, vice president of IBM's "Big Green Innovations" team. That includes sensor networks that can track water flow and quality, water meters that can give utilities and customers up-to-date information on water use and price, and complex "predictive" modeling to let water managers plan for the future.
Pressurex Sensor FIlm Provides Optimum Calibration and Quality Control for Solar Module Manufacturing
The need to reduce peripheral cracks on solar cells has received much attention. Pressurex® surface pressure indicating film provides a low-cost solution for quality control checks during equipment setup, calibration, as well as re-qualification of a solar module production line.
EnerWorks announced today three appointments which will further the company towards its goal of industry-leading customer service: • Jay Raes - Training Manager • Rob Singlehurst - Applications Engineering • Kirk Hansen - Sales Manager, Eastern Canada
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