SolarCity to develop roofs made of solar cells

Lucas Mearian for ComputerWorld:  Five million roofs are replaced each year in the U.S., so instead of simply swapping out old shingles with new ones, why not turn the whole roof into a solar power generator that's integrated with your home's electrical utility?

That is SolarCity's plan for a new product it expects to begin producing next year, according to statements made during the company's second-quarter earnings calllast week.

During the call, SolarCity Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive alluded to a new product that would be produced at the soon to open Buffalo, N.Y., solar panel manufacturing facility. Then SolarCity co-founder and Chairman Elon Musk interjected and said the product would be a solar roof, "as opposed to a [solar] module on a roof."  Cont'd...

Baker Electric, Inc. Recognized as North America's #1 Solar Electrical Subcontractor

With 421.76 MW installed in 2015, Baker Electric, Inc. ranked #9 on the overall 2016 Top 500 Solar Contactors List, #1 on the Top 20 Solar Electrical Subcontractors List, and #8 on the Top 50 Utility Contractors List.

Global Clean Energy Signs LED Distribution Agreements and Rolls Out its Dollar-LED-Club and Lifetime Warranty Program

With this agreement, GCE has all supply chains and logistics in place to launch its programs commencing with its Dollar-LED-Club, its Lifetime Warranty program and support its product expansion plan. "Lighting is the perfect medium to insert the other smart connectivity products to fill the house, because you use light everywhere," stated Philip Smallwood, the director of L.E.D. and lighting research for Silicon Valley-based Strategies Unlimited.

NV Energy Seeks Approval for Renewable Energy Project and Earlier Retirement of Coal Generation

In its August 15 Emissions Reduction and Capacity Replacement second amendment filing, NV Energy requested that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approve a new 100-megawatt solar project in Boulder City, Nevada and an earlier retirement date for the remaining 257-megawatt unit at the Reid Gardner Generating Station.

1366 Technologies Introduces "3D" Wafer Feature

Company Demonstrates Unique Capabilities of the Direct Wafer® Process to Grow Thin Wafers with Thick Border

Class AAA LED Solar Simulator Supports Testing and Development of Photovoltaic Devices

The LumiSun-50™ high power, multi-wavelength LED Solar Simulator that meets Class AAA solar simulator requirements of IEC 60904-9 for spectral match, uniformity of irradiance, and temporal stability. Primary applications for the LumiSun-50 are terrestrial photovoltaic testing and PV research.

Registration Discount Offered for Premier Conference on Gasification, Syngas and Methanol Industries

The Gasification and Syngas Technologies Council (GSTC) is offering a special early-bird registration discount for the 2016 Gasification and Syngas Technologies Conference. The prestigious event will run Oct. 16-19 in Vancouver, Canada. GSTC is offering the discount to those registering by Sept. 9.

Audi converts potholes to power with new eROT system

JAKE LINGEMAN for AutoWeek:  Aim for those bumps; save the planet.  Audi is working on a new suspension system called eROT (electromechanical rotary damper) that turns the kinetic energy of damper travel into usable, fuel-saving power.

“Every pothole, every bump, every curve induces kinetic energy in the car. Today’s dampers absorb this energy, which is lost in the form of heat,” said Dr. Stefan Knirsch, board member for technical development at Audi AG. “With the new electromechanical damper system in the 48-volt electrical system, we put this energy to use. It also presents us and our customers with entirely new possibilities for adjusting the suspension.”

The electromechanical dampers are arranged horizontally and feed electricity from the motion -- 100 to 150 watts on an average road during testing in Germany -- to a lithium-ion battery. A DC converter connects the 48-volt electrical subsystem to the 12-volt primary.  Cont'd...

Renewable Energy Leader Geoffrey Brown Named Powin Energy's President

Powin Energy names Geoffrey Brown president

Wind power fiercer than expected, study finds

Phys.org:  University of Delaware researchers report in a new study that offshore wind may be more powerful, yet more turbulent than expected in the North Eastern United States.

The findings, published in a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, could have important implications for the future development of offshore wind farms in the U.S., including the assessment of how much wind power can be produced, what type of turbines should be used, how many turbines should be installed and the spacing between each.

The study, led by Cristina Archer at UD and Brian Colle at Stony Brook University, analyzed historical data from 2003-2011 at the Cape Wind tower located near the center of Nantucket Sound off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and collected complementary data at the same location in 2013-2014.

Co-authors on the paper, titled "On the predominance of unstable atmospheric conditions in the marine boundary layer offshore of the U.S. northeastern coast," include UD professors Dana Veron and Fabrice Veron, and Matthew Sienkiewicz from Stony Brook.

The paper's main finding is that atmospheric conditions around Cape Wind are predominantly turbulent, or unstable, which is in stark contrast to prevailing data from European offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. European studies of offshore wind document that atmospheric conditions there are predominantly neutral— meaning neither too windy nor too still, but somewhere in the middle, with unstable wind conditions occurring only 20 percent of the time.  Cont'd...

PV and CSP installations to drive the global solar tracker market size to USD 7.54 billion by 2023

"Solar Tracker Market Size By Product (Dual Axis, Single Axis), By Technology (CPV, Solar PV, CSP), By Application (Utility, Non-utility), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, China, India, Japan, Brazil), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 - 2023"

MERSEN PROUDLY SPONSORS UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON FOR ECOCAR3 COMPETITION

The EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition challenges sixteen North American university teams to redesign a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.

PVinsights: China drives solar crash

Solar panel prices plunge seriously this week, due to the price competition expanding globally. The fragile and uncertain installation backdrop and policy shocks are all contributing to a softer demand environment as well as the solar prices. In China, as Chinese module makers have already stung by China demand woes, face mounting pain as growing inventories leave many companies starve for cash. The record low bidding prices for power plants in China are the evidence that Chinese module makers are striving to secure the limited orders. Furthermore, in order to meet the shipment target in 3Q, Chinese module makers have expanded their battlefield from China to other major solar markets, especially in the US, Japan, India, and Euro. Since the 2nd tier Chinese module makers target at regions with no punitive tariff enforced, especially in India and Japan, solar panel prices remain pressured as they continue to dump excessive inventories out of China.

Residential batteries: the story did not start with Tesla and will not end with Tesla

By Dr Xiaoxi He, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

San Diego Academy K-12 Chooses Baker Electric Solar for 139.65kW Solar System

Baker Electric Solar and San Diego Academy announce plans to install a 139.65kW solar system in Q4. The rooftop and carport installation will save the school more than $55,000 in energy costs in the first year alone.

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