Ask The Fuel Expert #10

How can you invest the time and money necessary to make our planet greener while your company is struggling? It's no secret that many "green" initiatives require massive capital expenditures and changes in policies by government, but is there a green solution that actually saves you money.

Condition Monitoring for Wind Turbines

Condition Monitoring involves a set of activities wherein various components of the wind turbine are regularly inspected and monitored. The process gathers condition parameters of the machinery, such as lubricant condition, temperatures, vibration data and visual inspection results, on a regular or permanent basis. A minor failure in a key component of the wind turbine can cause down-time and severe losses

How To Make A Homemade Solar Light in a Jar

Constructing a solar-powered light in a jar is a great project to do with kids. It can be done at home, or in a classroom, with simple materials, and will serve to give them a good understanding of how solar energy is used.

Interview - 20% Energy from Wind by 2030 - A Reality Check

A discussion about the future of the wind energy industry and the goal of 20% Energy from Wind by 2030

Interview - Clean Coal Power Plants

GreenGen and GoodSpring are based on the TPRI technology so they have some common traits that are unique in the industry. Record setting levels of cleanliness in acid rain causing gasses, mercury, and particulates should allow both facilities to reduce those major emissions by about 99% or greater when compared to the average coal power plant in the USA.

Interview - Commercial LED Lighting Systems

Lunera designs and manufactures low-profile LED lighting solutions for commercial spaces.

Interview - Community Winds Coming of Age

One of the major benefits of Community Wind projects is that they provide incremental jobs, wages and business income in communities, since ownership is retained and profits are recycled locally. In addition, the community has a significant amount of control over management of the project and there are opportunities for members of the community to have a direct financial stake in the project.

Interview - Contract Template for Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

Ed Feo, Senior Partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP discusses Solartech's contract template for Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Interview - Solar Industry Mergers and Acquisitions

Jack leads Lincoln International's global Electronics and Solar Energy Group which includes Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS), Controls, Interconnects, Power Electronics and Solar Energy. Jack is an expert in the electronics industry. He spent 20 years in various operating management positions in the industry, beginning with Honeywell and culminating as CEO of publicly traded EFTC (now part of Suntron). Jack is a frequent speaker at industry events and oversees Lincoln's publications in the EMS, Power and Solar Energy industries.

Interview - The Korean PV Market

Solar PV expert and consultant Kyung Nam Kim, author of the report "The Korean PV Market", is optimistic about his country's solar future. His report provides a unique and comprehensive overview of Korea's PV market and industry, and it is available in English. It includes a detailed description of the market situation, forecasts, regulatory procedures, and a detailed overview of Korea's PV supply chain.

Interview - U.S. Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Solutions Park at HANNOVER MESSE

Hannover Fairs USA, Inc. is helping American companies compete and succeed in the global marketplace. As the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG, one of the largest and most active tradeshow organizers in the world, Hannover Fairs USA develops and manages targeted marketing programs for U.S. SMEs at Deutsche Messe events worldwide.

Interview - Using Hard Disk Technology to Manufacture Solar Cells

XsunX is combining its thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) process knowledge and processes with magnetic media thin-film manufacturing technologies used by the hard disc drive industry to mass produce high efficiency, low cost solar cells. Current techniques for the production of CIGS thin-films do not leverage stationary small area, high rate, production technologies which allow for the precise control of thin-film properties.

Interview - Using Software to Enhance Sales of Solar Systems

For solar providers, Clean Power Finance offers CPF Tools, the leading solar sales solution in the US. CPF Tools is a web-based suite of services that includes residential and commercial project financing, verified leads, and a solar quoting and customer management tool.

Introduction to Solar Light-Generated Hydrogen Production Technology

Phoenix is maintaining a material investment program in a research and development program targeting the production, from virtually inexhaustible hydrogen resources, the "replacement" fuel for applications we consider, both technically and economically, as beyond the many "alternative" energy solutions advanced in recent years to respond to the world's accelerating energy deficit.

Microbial Fuel Cells - Principles and Applications

The impending energy crisis and global warming warrant the need for eco-friendly sources of energy. Non-conventional, carbon-neutral sources of energy such as solar, wind, biomass and nuclear energy are being explored and exploited to a considerable extent. At this juncture, when the atmosphere is laden with greenhouse-gases, we can least afford to release stored carbon. The following article gives an account of the basic principles involved in the functioning of Microbial Fuel Cells and the major applications of Microbial Fuel Cell technology, as it stands today.

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Bonfiglioli - Integrated AGILE frequency inverter for wind turbines

Bonfiglioli - Integrated AGILE frequency inverter for wind turbines

Integrated Agile, Bonfiglioli's frequency inverters for wind turbines, are available as custom design products on request, for Wind Solutions system integrators. Integrated Agile inverters can be mounted directly to the motor and represent a very compact alternative to the traditional yaw system without inverter or with the motor supplied by a standard frequency converter installed in a cabinet.