Deadline approaches for KIC InnoEnergy's Call for Innovation Proposals

Businesses with a sustainable energy innovation urged to apply before 11th October 2016

NREL to Lead One Exascale Computing Project, Support Three Others

Scientists at the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will lead an effort to model the complex and turbulent flow of wind through large wind plants as part of DOE's Exascale Computing Project (ECP), which is gearing up U.S. computational capabilities to prepare for the next generation of supercomputers. NREL will also provide support to three projects related to combustion science, urban systems, and power grid dynamics.

WINAICO solar panels power naval facility in Mechanicsburg

WINAICO supplies to 25 kW grid-tied ground mount system for NSA in Mechanicsburg, PA.

GEM Energy appoints new managers

GEM Energy, of the Rudolph Libbe Group, has added two new managers: Nick Hammond, business process and risk manager; and Jessica Tyler, solar business development manager.

Mike Dieterich brings innovative way to be environmentally conscious

Mr. Dieterich is available to speak at conferences nationwide and interviews. He is focused and passionate about his movement and always eager to educate others.

NABCEP Requests Input on PV Installation Professional Credentials

A Survey has been released for input on the update of the PV Installation Professional Certification Program and development of three new Specialty Credentials

SPI 2016 - National PV Recycling Program Aims at Discontinuing Disposal of Panels in Landfills

Working alongside major solar manufacturers and installer-developers including First Solar, SunPower and Trina Solar, SEIA has established a state-of-the-art network of cost-effective recyclers that can responsibly manage PV waste and end-of-life disposal of PV panels.

SPI 2016 - First Autonomous Survey Rover Debuts in U.S. Solar Market

TerraSmart more than triples survey speed and accuracy with the launch of its robotic vehicle, APSR, at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas.

Ingeteam launches ground-breaking fixed-to-variable speed wind power conversion system

Ingeteam, the global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, announced today the launch of its new solution dubbed INGECON WIND FIX2VAR SPEED, a ground-breaking autonomous power conversion system that increases the Annual Energy Production (AEP), lifetime and grid-performance of fixed-speed wind turbines by enabling them to transform to variable-speed machines to best match wind conditions. With this new innovation, Ingeteam is taking a giant leap in the booming wind turbine life cycle services market.

SPI 2016 - Yaskawa - Solectria Solar Introduces 1500VDC String Combiners to its Advanced String Combiner Line

The DISCOM 1500's premium features satisfy the growing needs of PV system designers and reduce overall system cost and increase ROI [return on investment].

Panasonic Corporation of North America Makes Second Strategic Investment in Coronal, Fuels Renewable Energy Market Leadership

Groups Launch Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic

Wildfires Cast a Cloud over West Coast Solar - Vaisala

Summer performance maps illustrate the impact of seasonal fires on productivity during peak season for Californian project owners

World's largest tidal stream project unveiled in Scotland

Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of the renewable energy industry in Scotland, responds to today's announcement that Atlantis has officially unveiled its MeyGen project, the world's largest free-stream tidal power array.

U.S. Solar Market Adds More Than 2 GW in Q2 2016

Growing 43 percent year over year, the U.S. saw 2,051 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed in the second quarter of 2016. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, this marks the eleventh consecutive quarter in which more than a gigawatt (GW) of PV was installed.

Is solar power in nuclear disaster exclusion zones advisable?

ARNOLD GUNDERSEN for Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists:  My own experience near solar arrays in Fukushima Prefecture indicates that the problems of building and maintaining solar installations in a contaminated nuclear wasteland are over-simplified, and worse, totally ignored. One of the greatest burdens of maintaining operating atomic reactors is the cost of working in a Radiologically Controlled Area. (The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory defines a Radiologically Controlled Area as: “Any area to which access is managed to protect individuals from exposure to radiation or radioactive materials. Individuals who enter Controlled Areas without entering Radiological Areas are not expected to receive a total effective dose equivalent of more than 0.1 rem (0.001 Sievert) in a year.”) Each nuclear power plant operates with specific instructions and constraints, with Radiation Work Permits tailored for each specific maintenance activity. Because special clothing, special respiratory equipment, and special radiation monitoring equipment are routinely required to perform even minimum maintenance activities inside a nuclear power plant, every activity takes longer, costs more, and requires more people inside each reactor than necessary in any other industrial setting.

Consequently, the question becomes: Does building solar panels on land contaminated with nuclear waste resemble work in a normal industrial setting, or is it more similar to work inside a radiologically contaminated atomic reactor—at significantly higher cost?  Full Article:

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