Team Austria Wins Solar Decathlon 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 today announced the winners of this global competition among collegiate teams to build the most energy-efficient solar-powered house at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. Team Austria, made up of students from the Vienna University of Technology, won top honors overall by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive solar-powered house. University of Nevada Las Vegas took second place, followed by Czech Republic, comprised of students from Czech Technical University, in third place. “The Solar Decathlon is inspiring and training the next generation of clean energy architects, engineers and entrepreneurs, and showing that affordable, clean energy technologies can help homeowners save money and energy today,” said U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “Congratulations to the Solar Decathlon 2013 competitors – your hard work and creativity is helping to build a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.” Reflecting the quality of the Solar Decathlon 2013 houses, the winning teams’ final scores were the closest they have ever been since the beginning of the competition. Team Austria earned 951.9 points out of a possible 1,000 to win the competition, followed by University of Nevada Las Vegas with 947.6 points, and Czech Republic with 945.1 points. Contributing to their overall win, Team Austria performed well in several of the individual contests, finishing first in the Communications Contest, second in Market Appeal, and tied for first in the Hot Water Contest. Every house in the 2013 competition produced more energy than it consumed. Nineteen collegiate teams from across the country and around the world competed in 10 contests over 10 days that gauged each house’s performance, livability and affordability. The teams performed everyday tasks, including cooking, laundry, and washing dishes, that tested the energy efficiency of their houses. The winner of the overall competition best blended affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.  Full competition results and details about the individual contests may be found at www.SolarDecathlon.gov .

Tidal Today: France Declares Its Tidal Energy Potential

West Normandy Marine Energy president François Piquet and Ports of Normandy chief executive Jean Michel Sevin discuss developments at France's foremost tidal power hub. This November's West Normandy Marine Energy Conference, at the International Tidal Energy Summit, promises to be a key industry gathering.

‘Smart Cities' - South-East European Exhibition & Forum

The first South-East European Smart Cities event will focus exclusively on Intelligent Energy, Intelligent Mobility & Transport, Intelligent Emergencies Management and ICT, Intelligent Waste Management.

Battery Safety, Lithium Battery Power, and Next Generation Batteries. More than 45 Presentations over 4 Days, November 12-15 in San Diego, CA

Knowledge Foundation Announces Early Bird Registration Expires Friday October 11th

Mortenson Construction Publishes Second Children's Book About Renewable Energy

"Catch the Sun" is an effort to educate and inform the next generation about solar energy.

TAG Mechanical Installs HVAC Systems Including 220 Solar Panels for the New Net-Zero Skaneateles Village Hall

The high-performing net-zero facility is the first municipal building in New York State that is projected to consume less energy than it generates.

Shaw Installing Solar Panels at Flooring Manufacturing Plant in Georgia

Shaw installing solar panels at flooring manufacturing plant. System to generate 1.4 million kilowatt hours of power annually at Cartersville, Ga. carpet tile facility.

Quixotic Systems Was Selected to Be the Solar Thermal Integrator for the Solarize Brooklyn Program

Quixotic Systems Inc. one of the leading solar integrators in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area has announced that they have been selected as the Solar Thermal Integrator for the Solarize Brooklyn program.

Rancho Santa Margarita: A Bright Spot for Solar Energy

Rancho Santa Margarita Solar Program allows residents to get paid to go solar through November 15, 2013.

SolarBOS Announces ETL Listing for Arc Fault Detection & Arc Fault Circuit Interruption Combiner Boxes

The new AFD/AFCI product line enables projects to meet the 2011 and 2014 NEC 690.11 Arc Fault Circuit Protection requirements.

Siemens Canada awarded order for 150-MW Grand Renewable Wind Project in Ontario

Blades to be produced at Siemens' Tillsonburg manufacturing facility

Ballard Launches New Outdoor Hydrogen Fuel Cell Solutions for Telecom Backup Power Market

Ballard Power Systems has announced the launch of a standardized fuel cell backup power cabinet solution suitable for outdoor deployment as part of the ElectraGen™ product portfolio for telecom network operators.

Abengoa's Gigantic ‘Salt Battery' Stores Utility-Scale Solar Energy

The global solar company Abengoa Solar has just announced that its massive Solana solar power plant has begun commercial operation in Arizona. The plant represents a transformational breakthrough in utility scale solar power, because it includes an energy storage system based on molten salt. The storage feature enables the plant to keep generating electricity long after the sun goes down. CSPs use mirrors to concentrate solar energy on a focal point, typically a large tower. According to Abengoa, at 280 megawatts the Solana plant is the world’s la rgest CSP plant  to use parabolic trough mirrors to concentrate solar energy (typical CSP mirrors, called heliostats, are flat and quadrilateral). It is also the first solar plant in the U.S. with thermal energy storage, in the form of a molten salt system. The storage capacity is about six hours. That enables the plant to keep generating electricity from solar energy well into the early evening hours, when demand in the region typically peaks out. Solana officially went online yesterday after completing a series of tests that included charging the thermal energy storage system and demonstrating that it could produce electricity for six hours using only stored energy.

SMA Expands Service Portfolio with Plant-Wide Operations and Maintenance Plans

New Services Increase Performance Ratios, Protect Power Production and Simplify Long-Term Planning

Greenwood Biosar Appoints Industry Expert James McCrea as Chief Operating Officer

Greenwood Biosar, a leading solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, today announced that James M. McCrea has joined the company as Chief Operating Officer.

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LG Solar Unveils NeON R with Enhanced Aesthetics and Energy Savings

LG Solar Unveils NeON R with Enhanced Aesthetics and Energy Savings

The NeON R module features "Back Contact" cell technology delivering an entirely black panel that is aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. The cell's seamless, surface blends perfectly into nearly all rooftop designs while the module's electrodes are positioned on the rear of the cell. Using LG's N-type cell structure, the panels produce 365W of energy, up to 7.3kWp, compared to 5.8kWp of the p-type cell. The module's new design minimizes LID, thereby delivering a longer lifespan and increased energy output.