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.

SGS Attends International Innovation Conference for Renewable Energy in Romania

SGS will attend the sixth annual International Trade Fair and Conferences for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RENEXPO) in Bucharest, Romania and present its comprehensive services portfolio for renewable energy.

Assurant's Jeanne Schwartz a Finalist for the 2013 Platts Global Energy's Rising Star Award

Assurant, Inc.'s Jeanne Schwartz is a finalist for Platts Global Energy's Rising Star Award in recognition of her leadership in developing and growing Assurant's solar insurance business.

TradeWind Energy Reaches Two Major Milestones: Ten Years And One Gigawatt

Wind and Solar Project Development Company Marks One Gigawatt of Installed Wind Capacity and Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Heilind showcasing its balance of system solar offering at Solar Power International

October 21-24, 2013

Future of Distributed Solar, Solar Investment Tax Credit, Net Metering Among Hot Industry Topics at Solar Power International

Solar professionals will gather at largest solar energy show to address issues critical to industry's continued success and growth trajectory

A123 Systems Announces Organizational Alignment within the Wanxiang Group

Jason Forcier, formerly president of A123's Transportation Solutions Group, named CEO

Five Millionth Photovoltaic Solar Module Installed on 550-Megawatt Topaz Solar Farms

Installed on one of the largest solar projects under construction in the world.

Siemens Partners with Bechtel and AECOM to Win Four Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contracts for U.S. Army's $7 Billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production Program

The contracts provide a three-year base with seven one-year options, for a total ordering period of 10 years.

SolarWorld Solar Panels Will Power Carpet Tile Manufacturing Plant in Georgia Town

Shaw Industries Group Inc. increases use of alternative energy using American-made panels

ClimateMaster Launches Tranquility® Vertical Stack (TSM) Series Product Line

ClimateMaster introduces Tranquility® Vertical Stack (TSM) Series heat pump units for geothermal heating and cooling systems, offering simple, cost-effective installation combined with the industry's highest energy performance in the vertical stack product category.

RAUGEO(TM) PEXa Pipe from REHAU is Certified by CSA for Geothermal Installations in Canada

REHAU's RAUGEO™ crosslinked polyethylene (PEXa) piping system has been certified for use in Canada following revisions to the CSA Group's new Standard C448/2013 Design and Installation of Earth Energy Systems.

Groups Vow to Continue Fight After Governor Brown Signs AB 327, Which Introduces Major Changes to Energy Conservation, Rooftop Solar, and Energy Bills Across CA

Activism Community Groups Across California Secured Major Changes to the Original & Very Problematic Bill Debate Now Moves to the California Public Utilities Commission

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