Savenia Identifies New Method to Overcome Solar Sales Barriers

New Pilot Study Results Show Savenia Ratings Reduce Solar Customer Concerns Regarding System Costs, Fees

PVinsights:The Clam before the Storm

Polysilicon price continues to grow in this week amid the rising price out of China. Although the polysilicon price in China surged more than 30 percent gain in the past three months, the price in China this week stands still, resulted from the strong wait-and-see attitude among buyers and sellers as trading frenzy in China unwound and swelling productions revives the concerns on oversupply. On the other hand, while non-American polysilicon suppliers raises their shipments to China to take advantage of higher spot prices, the diminished supply outside of China leads the price to advance with noticeable rate this week. As the result, despite the overall polysilicon price remains on the ascension this week, the weakened sentiments and the halted rally in China signal the weighed concern of an increase in global supply with REC silicon planning to resume production.

Natural Power talks hydro at Scottish Renewables

David Wright, Head of Design and Advisory Services at Natual Power presented a case study on the Glenfalloch Hydro Scheme at the Scottish Renewables Hydro Conference today in Perth.

Capstone Power Development Employing Cutting Edge Technology by Pentalum for Upcoming Wind Power Projects

Meteorological monitoring data such as wind speed, wind direction, temperature, and barometric pressure are required to be reported at wind power facilities.

Airbus Defence and Space Enters Solar Cell Production Contract with MicroLink Devices for Next Generation Zephyr HAPS

Gone with the wind: Surprising potential to improve reliability in wind power

Science Daily:  Despite the rigors of scientific inquiry and the methodical approaches of the world's most talented researchers, sometimes science has a surprise in store. Such was the case when a group of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove a boon to the wind industry -- a serendipitous finding that was recently highlighted in the journal Tribology International. Due to the strenuous environment inherent in wind turbine drivetrains, key components such as actuators, bearings and gears are prone to failure, meaning turbines require regular maintenance that helps drive up the price of wind energy. Prolonging the life of these components could greatly reduce the cost of wind power, the fastest growing source of energy in the world, thereby making it an even more attractive energy source.   Cont'd...

Ballard Signs Agreement for Sale of Methanol Telecom Backup Power Business For Up To $6.1M

Ballard Power Systems today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell certain of the Company's methanol Telecom Backup Power business assets

Intersolar - Valentin Software to present the next generation of design software PV*SOL premium 2016 and T*SOL 2016 at Intersolar Europe

ROTH China Solar Tour to be Held in Conjunction with SNEC Power Expo in Shanghai May 23-26, 2016

ROTH Investor Tour to Meet with 20 Solar Power and Clean Technology Companies on Booth Tours and Facility Visits

BASF Coatings joins WINDSOURCING.COM team of suppliers: RELEST® product line for rotor blade repair

WINDSOURCING.COM broadens its product portfolio and adds BASF Coatings' RELEST® repair program for rotor blades to it. Herewith the company further extends its position as the world's major sales portal for wind turbine products.

SAN FRANCISCO'S ROOFTOP SOLAR ORDINANCE COULD BE A BELLWETHER, ATTORNEY SAYS

Commercial real estate landlords, in particular, ought to capitalize on the growing opportunity to lease their rooftops to utilities, notes LeClairRyan energy advisor and former utility CEO.

SEALED LAUNCHES $7.5 MILLION ENERGY SAVINGS FUND WITH NY GREEN BANK, TURNS RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SAVINGS INTO A FINANCIAL COMMODITY

Stellar Solar Co-Founder Michael Powers Sees Rising Clout of the Energy "Pro-Sumer"

His recent speaking engagement hosted by the San Diego Renewable Energy Society and Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) highlighted the roles of Community Solar, Community Choice Energy, Peer-to-Peer Solar and the Expansion of Regional and Global Energy Grids could play in meeting future energy needs.

Can we Save the Algae Biofuel Industry?

Christian Ridley for Newsweek:  Algal biofuels are in trouble. This alternative fuel source could help reduce overall carbon emissions without taking land from food production, like many crop-based biofuels do. But several major companies including Shell and ExxonMobil are seemingly abandoning their investments in this environmentally friendly fuel. So why has this promising technology failed to deliver, and what could be done to save it? Algae are photosynthetic organisms related to plants that grow in water and produce energy fromcarbon dioxide and sunlight. Single-celled microalgae can be used to produce large amounts of fat, which can be converted into biodiesel, the most common form of biofuel. There are many possible ingredients for making biofuels, from corn to used cooking oil. But algae are particularly interesting because they can be grown rapidly and produce large amounts of fuel relative to the resources used to grow them (high productivity).   Cont'd...  

To Make Fresh Water without Warming the Planet, Countries Eye Solar Power

Richard Martin for MIT Technology Review:  At the giant Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park under construction near Dubai, a desalination facility goes into operation this month. Run by an array of solar panels and batteries, the system will produce about 13,200 gallons of drinking water a day for use on site. That’s insignificant compared with desalination plants elsewhere, but it’s a start toward answering a pressing question: can countries stop burning fossil fuels to supply fresh water? Hundreds of desalination plants are planned or under way worldwide because fresh water is increasingly precious. According to a report from the International Food Policy Research Institute, more than half the world’s population will be at risk of water shortages by 2050 if current trends continue. In drought-ridden California, a $1 billion plant at Carlsbad, north of San Diego, will produce 54 million gallons of fresh water a day. The giant Sorek plant in Israel can crank out more than 160 million gallons a day (see “Megascale Desalination” and “Desalination Out of Desperation”). But these plants are a devil’s bargain; they use power from plants that, in most cases, emit greenhouse gases, ultimately worsening the problem of drought. Saudi Arabia, for instance, uses around 300,000 barrels of oil every day to desalinate seawater, providing some 60 percent of its fresh water supply. That’s not sustainable. Finding a way to produce fresh water without burning fossil fuels is critical not just for the desert countries of the Middle East but for a growing number of places around the world.   Cont'd...

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