Follow the Patents: For Solar Power, the Devil Is in the Details

Alec Schibanoff for Electric Light & Power:  There actually is a crystal ball that permits you to see into the future. All you have to do is follow the patents. The latest patents in any technology will show you where that technology—and the businesses that use that technology—are going. This month, we take a look at the future of solar panel installation. The first solar power generator was displayed at the Universal Exposition in Paris in 1878. The first U.S. Patent for a solar power device was awarded the next year to Edward Weston. He actually received two patents: U.S. Patent No. 389,124 for an “Apparatus for Generating Solar Radiant Energy” and U.S. Patent No. 389,125 for the “Art of Utilizing Solar Radiant Energy.” It was not until 1954 that Bell Labs developed the first silicone-based solar panel.   Cont'd...

PVinsights: Worsening Glut Threatens Global Solar Market with Sluggish Demand

Polysilicon prices that soared amid speculative frenzy last month just took another leg down, dropping slightly as rising production in the top manufacture spurred concern global supplies are once again topping demand. In China, polysilicon rally has stalled. Although demand remains solid, the sluggish downstream performance provides no driving forces for prices to further advance. Furthermore, as Chinese polysilicon manufacturers Daqo and TBEA continues to expand their production capacities and low-volume production by new entrant EastHope is expected to come on stream in 2Q17, the increasing supplies by Chinese polysilicon suppliers also spur the speculation that supply would probably top demand in near future.

SunLink Awarded Contract to Provide Ground Mount Racking for Defense Department Project Portfolio in Florida Panhandle

SunLink Corporation was selected by Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) to supply its GeoPro fixed tilt solution in connection with a 165 MW portfolio of solar ground mount projects located in the panhandle of Florida. Coronal Energy™, powered by Panasonic, is constructing the three projects on Department of Defense property as part of the Gulf Coast Solar Center Portfolio in cooperation with the U.S. Airforce, U.S. Navy and Gulf Power.

SAKOR TECHNOLOGIES CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

MAINTAINS FOCUS ON BUILDING PRODUCTS THAT LAST TAILORED TO CUSTOMER NEEDS

Over 3 Million in U.S. Now Work for Clean Energy

Today, national business groups representing the range and breadth of clean energy companies in the United States cheered government statistics showing their industries support more than 3 million American jobs - equal to the employment of retail stores across the country, and twice as many jobs as involved in construction of buildings. This is based on 2016 data recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in its second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.   Full Press Release:

RES Awarded Storage Project for National Wind Technology Center

Once complete in April 2017, research staff from the NREL will utilize the 10+ demonstrated applications of RESolve® to test certain modes ranging from frequency regulation and renewable energy integration, to more advanced modes such as "black start" and seamless grid-to-island transition.

VESTAS RECLAIMS TOP SPOT IN ANNUAL RANKING OF WIND TURBINE MAKERS

Vestas leads a group of three major manufacturers, but a "big four" will emerge this year

Array Technologies Brings 200 MW Solar Tracker Site Online in Desert Environment

Global solar tracker leader provides reliable solar trackers for extremes of California desert at Garland Solar Facility

Baker Electric Solar Earns Prestigious Angie's List Super Service Award for Fourth Year

Winning the Angie's List Super Service award four consecutive years reflects Baker Electric Solar's commitment to providing an outstanding level of customer service and solar system performance.

Vivint Solar Reaches Milestone of 100,000 Customers

634 Megawatts of Residential Solar Energy Systems Installed in 15 States in Less than Six Years

ALL-ENERGY TO HOST A MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY 'DRAGON'S DEN- STYLE' INVESTMENT CHALLENGE

For developers of technology, projects or services getting the right expert advice can make all the difference when it comes to overcoming the 'valley of death' between innovation and commercialisation. Thanks to an initiative master-minded by Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis Resources, the winner of the All-Energy 2017 Marine Renewable Energy Investment Challenge - a 'Dragon's Den-style' event - will benefit from up to £10,000-worth of invaluable advice from lawyers, stockbrokers, investment bankers, accountants, communications experts and marketeers.

Over 3 Million in U.S. Now Work for Clean Energy

National business groups, citing government statistics, say jobs providing cleaner energy options equal those in retail stores, twice those in building construction

7,000 Railways Stations In India To Go Solar

Saurabh Mahapatra for CleanTechnica:  Almost every railway station in India will soon be fed with solar power if the plans announced in India’s latest union budget are implemented. The Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the 7,000 railway stations across the country will be fed with solar power as per the Indian Railways mission to implement 1,000 megawatts of solar power capacity. The minister made the announcement during the union budget speech on 1 February 2017. The minister stated that work to set up rooftop solar power systems at 300 stations has already started, and soon this number will increase to 2,000 stations. According to data released by the Minister of Railways, India had 7,137 railway stations at the end of March 2015. These rooftop solar power systems are expected to be implemented through developer mode, wherein the project developer will sign long-term power purchase agreement with Indian Railways.   Cont'd...

SMA Redefines Residential Solar with New Power+ Solution

Innovative, Powerful MLPE Solution Reduces Cost and Risk, Delivers Speed and Performance

SolarBOS Introduces Fused AC Combiners and Recombiners

SolarBOS AC Combiners and Recombiners have been designed specifically for PV systems to facilitate combining multiple string inverter AC outputs more effectively than breaker panels.

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