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The Evolution of Solar Technology - How Photovoltaic Technology Has Developed and Why Nanotechnology May Influence the Future

Here, Dr Franky So, chief technology officer of nanotechnology research company Nextgen Nano, explains the historical developments of photovoltaic technology and looks to the innovations shaping the years ahead.

Lead Acid Battery Install and Maintenance Tips

Steve Higgins, Technical Services Manager at Rolls Battery highlights some of the frequently asked questions when it comes to proper maintenance and service of lead acid batteries.

How Solar and Wind Energy Are Now Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

In two-thirds of the world, renewable sources of power are more affordable than carbon-based electricity. This shift represents a substantial victory for green energy, as it may offer the push the industry needs to become the new norm. Here's how this monumental shift happen

Disadvantages to Using Renewables Over Traditional Fuel Sources

There are advantages and disadvantages to any type of energy source. In this article, I will discuss the disadvantages of renewable energy. Wind energy is one universally used type of renewable energy. It is also one of the fastest spreading resources for electricity. But .

Improving Deep-Cycle Batteries Through Additives

Battery manufacturers have improved deep cycle battery performance through the use of additives, but not all of them result in the same benefit to customers.

Biogas as a Blending Gas to Decarbonize Natural Gas Networks

Several contributions from the farmers, research institutes and the industry has led to the production of biogas as a mature technology, the purification process of biogas has been made simpler and a wide variety of substrates or raw materials are being used in the process.

Floating Wind Farms on an Upward Wave

Now, however, many green energy companies are looking toward a new kind of offshore wind turbine that won’t need a concrete foundation. This new technology allows a turbine to float instead of sitting on the ocean floor.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES TO FALL 18% IN 2020 BUT LONG-TERM PROSPECTS REMAIN UNDIMMED

Sales of electric passenger vehicles are forecast to fall 18% in 2020, to 1.7 million worldwide – with the coronavirus crisis interrupting ten successive years of strong growth.

COVID-19 Erases Five Years of Solar Job Growth

All 50 states show solar jobs losses, with 36 states suffering job losses above 30%. Seven states and Washington, DC— including large solar states like New York and New Jersey— have seen solar job losses exceed 60%.

America Has Lost 594,300 Clean Energy Jobs; 850,000 Expected by June 30

• 447,208 new unemployment filings in April, triple March claims • CA, FL, GA, TX, MI, NC, WA, NY, OH among hardest hit states • Energy efficiency job losses top 400,000; renewable job losses near 100,000

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Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Former Chairman of Supervisory Board at Siemens AG and ThyssenKrupp AG, Joins Highview Power's Board of Directors

Dr. Gerhard Cromme, former Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Siemens AG and ThyssenKrupp AG, will join Highview Power's Board of Directors

Small Scale Solar + Storage Strategies can Stretch Beyond the Utility Bill to Provide Grid Services and Enhance Value to Customers

• DNV GL's 'Strategies for Success in Small Scale Solar + Storage' report provides new approaches to increase solar + storage project margins, reduce costs and support market growth • Behind the meter solar + storage systems had uneven success across the U.S., but is a valuable tool for addressing sustainability and resilience • Innovative, cross-sector approaches are necessary to deepen penetration for all customer segments

JA Solar to Showcase New Lineup of PV Modules During Online VR Exhibition

The exhibition is poised to offset clients' disappointment brought by the postponement of the SNEC PV Power Expo initially scheduled in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alliant Energy announces six new solar projects in Wisconsin

Solar to provide customers with cost-effective and sustainable energy while creating jobs and spurring economic growth in communities we serve.

Enphase Energy Collaborates with University of Washington for 100% Renewables Grid

Enphase providing Grid-Forming (GFM) inverters and engineering expertise in support of a project to enable unrestricted amounts of distributed solar-plus-storage power on the grid

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Soltec Solar Trackers -  SF7 Bifacial

Soltec Solar Trackers - SF7 Bifacial

Soltec manufactures and supplies solar trackers designed and proven for extreme climate conditions, which is an ideal solution for any region's environment. Soltec's trackers are self-powered, requiring no additional PV module or grid-powered connection. Bifacial modules collect energy on both the front and rear sides, capturing reflected irradiance from the ground surface under and around the tracker and from other modules. Depending on site conditions, bifacial yield-gain can reach +30 percent.

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Baja Carports [Baja Construction Co., Inc.]

Baja Carports [Baja Construction Co., Inc.]

Baja Carports 38-years industry experience. Nationwide services include in-house design/engineering, supply and self-performed installation. Baja's cost-efficient pre-engineered bolted connection framing systems and components are configured from cold-rolled light-gauge, high tensile-steel. For large coverage areas, used for "long-span" conditions, Baja's structural steel configurations can simplify the design process by providing a cost-effective solution. Baja helps customers meet their local jurisdiction requirements, with standard framing systems capable of meeting live/snow loads up to 90 psf and wind speeds up to 170 mph or customized to special loading requirements to customer specific conditions. Emphasis is placed on site layout to obtain maximum coverage with optimal PV production.