Solar Energy Industries Association CEO Stepping Down After 12 Years of Leadership

Rhone Resch has announced his decision to step down as President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on May 31st, 2016. SEIA will name an interim leader and begin the executive search process before his departure.

Is the U.S. Still Addicted to Oil?

Universal access to renewably-generated electricity could be within the foreseeable future, with cleaner air and water as the side effects. Better public transportation systems will make life more enjoyable for commuters all over the country, as will a self-sustaining energy economy.

MidAmerican Energy announces $3.6 billion investment in renewable energy

Project will increase company's wind energy equal to 85 percent of annual customer use

Taking off with Kite Power.....

Natural Power appointed to support proposals for Kite Power test site at RAF West Freugh.

Turkish geothermal sector surging ahead in global rankings

The incredible growth of Turkey's geothermal sector will be featured at IGC Türkiye, the Congress in the Heart of the Geothermal Industry in Turkey, with partners Ormat and Exergy and an exciting EBRD workshop preceding the event.

PVinsights:Polysilicon extends the price improvement

Polysilicon price extends gains this week as shortage situation in China continues to reverberate. As some Chinese polysilicon makers leverage strategic supply curtailment, polysilicon supply remains tight in China. Meanwhile, the demand in China has strengthened amid the extensive capacity expansion of downstream wafer manufacturers. Hence, as supply shortage situation panics polysilicon buyers, Chinese supplier are able to drive the price quote up successfully. On the other hand, as affected by the price uptrend in China, polysilicon suppliers also follow to increase their price quotes outside China with success.

This Device Could Provide a Third of America's Power

Sam Grobart for Bloomberg:  There are 332,519,000 cubic miles of water on the planet. That's 352,670,000,000,000,000,000 gallons just sloshing around out there. 

Anyone who's ridden or been tossed by a wave has a sense of the kinetic energy contained in our perpetually moving oceans. If we could harness it, it could provide a clean, renewable source of energy. But efforts to turn our oceans into power generators—often in the form of "aqua-mills," windmill technology adapted to water—have foundered on the complexity of their many moving parts in the corrosive and remote environs of the sea. 

A new approach, developed by a company called Oscilla Power, applies all that kinetic energy to a solid piece of metal instead of using it to turn the blades of an impeller. That creates an alternating magnetic polarity in the metal that can be converted into electrical current. 

Oscilla's technology, which is nearly solid-state, may prove far more durable than any other ocean-power project, increasing the chance to draw power from our oceans cleanly, meaningfully, and endlessly.  View video here:

Innovation & New Application of Biobased Materials Underscore 5th Biobased World Summit

CMT's back-to-back Biobased Chem Asia & Bioplastics Markets Summit, in Bangkok on 9-11 May, hones in on the key drivers for growth and market development across Asia, amidst low oil prices. Amongst key concerns are the location of commercial production hubs in the coming decade: Asia, Europe, USA or LATAM.

SEPA names top US solar utilities

U.S. utilities, large and small, added record amounts of solar to grid in 2015 SEPA announces annual Top 10 utility solar winners in Denver

Klein® Tools 'State of the Industry' survey finds family support crucial in bringing people into the electrical industry

Survey also finds three in 10 electricians would encourage their daughter to be an electrician and more than 60% of electricians say they've worked with a woman on the jobsite in the past year

Minebea to Showcase New LED Product Line at LIGHTFAIR International 2016

Smart lighting innovations on display in San Diego, April 26-28, at booth #7017

sonnen is named as a Winner of 2016 Grid Edge Award for innovation

sonnen, the market leader in intelligent energy storage with over 10,000 installed sonnenBatterie systems, wins the 2016 Grid Edge Award for the capability to innovate distributed energy products that are impacting and disrupting the market.

Smarter Grid Solutions Working with South Korean LOTTE Chemical to Demonstrate Flow Battery Testing

Smarter Grid Solutions has announced they are working with LOTTE Chemical to test and demonstrate LOTTE's Flow Battery Technology in the UK market. The two year project will demonstrate the controllability of a battery when it is paired with other technologies, such as renewables, to provide evidence of the types of ancillary services the pairing of these technologies could offer.

Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer receives funding from Mistra for development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles

The developed solar panels will be integrated in body panels in a Clean Motion Zbee ultra-light electric vehicle composite roof. The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra, is funding Midsummer's development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles.

Minesto orders turbine prototype from SCHOTTEL HYDRO

The Swedish marine energy company has now placed an order for a prototype of the turbine, with delivery in early 2017.

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