Registration Discount Offered for Premier Conference on Gasification, Syngas and Methanol Industries

The Gasification and Syngas Technologies Council (GSTC) is offering a special early-bird registration discount for the 2016 Gasification and Syngas Technologies Conference. The prestigious event will run Oct. 16-19 in Vancouver, Canada. GSTC is offering the discount to those registering by Sept. 9.

Audi converts potholes to power with new eROT system

JAKE LINGEMAN for AutoWeek:  Aim for those bumps; save the planet.  Audi is working on a new suspension system called eROT (electromechanical rotary damper) that turns the kinetic energy of damper travel into usable, fuel-saving power. “Every pothole, every bump, every curve induces kinetic energy in the car. Today’s dampers absorb this energy, which is lost in the form of heat,” said Dr. Stefan Knirsch, board member for technical development at Audi AG. “With the new electromechanical damper system in the 48-volt electrical system, we put this energy to use. It also presents us and our customers with entirely new possibilities for adjusting the suspension.” The electromechanical dampers are arranged horizontally and feed electricity from the motion -- 100 to 150 watts on an average road during testing in Germany -- to a lithium-ion battery. A DC converter connects the 48-volt electrical subsystem to the 12-volt primary.   Cont'd...

Renewable Energy Leader Geoffrey Brown Named Powin Energy's President

Powin Energy names Geoffrey Brown president

Wind power fiercer than expected, study finds

Phys.org:  University of Delaware researchers report in a new study that offshore wind may be more powerful, yet more turbulent than expected in the North Eastern United States. The findings, published in a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, could have important implications for the future development of offshore wind farms in the U.S., including the assessment of how much wind power can be produced, what type of turbines should be used, how many turbines should be installed and the spacing between each. The study, led by Cristina Archer at UD and Brian Colle at Stony Brook University, analyzed historical data from 2003-2011 at the Cape Wind tower located near the center of Nantucket Sound off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and collected complementary data at the same location in 2013-2014. Co-authors on the paper, titled "On the predominance of unstable atmospheric conditions in the marine boundary layer offshore of the U.S. northeastern coast," include UD professors Dana Veron and Fabrice Veron, and Matthew Sienkiewicz from Stony Brook. The paper's main finding is that atmospheric conditions around Cape Wind are predominantly turbulent, or unstable, which is in stark contrast to prevailing data from European offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. European studies of offshore wind document that atmospheric conditions there are predominantly neutral— meaning neither too windy nor too still, but somewhere in the middle, with unstable wind conditions occurring only 20 percent of the time.  Cont'd...

PV and CSP installations to drive the global solar tracker market size to USD 7.54 billion by 2023

"Solar Tracker Market Size By Product (Dual Axis, Single Axis), By Technology (CPV, Solar PV, CSP), By Application (Utility, Non-utility), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, China, India, Japan, Brazil), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 - 2023"

MERSEN PROUDLY SPONSORS UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON FOR ECOCAR3 COMPETITION

The EcoCAR 3 Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition challenges sixteen North American university teams to redesign a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car.

PVinsights: China drives solar crash

Solar panel prices plunge seriously this week, due to the price competition expanding globally. The fragile and uncertain installation backdrop and policy shocks are all contributing to a softer demand environment as well as the solar prices. In China, as Chinese module makers have already stung by China demand woes, face mounting pain as growing inventories leave many companies starve for cash. The record low bidding prices for power plants in China are the evidence that Chinese module makers are striving to secure the limited orders. Furthermore, in order to meet the shipment target in 3Q, Chinese module makers have expanded their battlefield from China to other major solar markets, especially in the US, Japan, India, and Euro. Since the 2nd tier Chinese module makers target at regions with no punitive tariff enforced, especially in India and Japan, solar panel prices remain pressured as they continue to dump excessive inventories out of China.

Residential batteries: the story did not start with Tesla and will not end with Tesla

By Dr Xiaoxi He, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

San Diego Academy K-12 Chooses Baker Electric Solar for 139.65kW Solar System

Baker Electric Solar and San Diego Academy announce plans to install a 139.65kW solar system in Q4. The rooftop and carport installation will save the school more than $55,000 in energy costs in the first year alone.

Floating solar power sector has "considerable" bank support

Mark Lammey  for EnergyVoice:  A major bank’s decision to throw its weight behind a floating solar power scheme shows the sector is rich with commercial potential, bosses at engineering consultancy OST Energy said. OST acted as technical adviser for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) during the early stages of the project to bring Europe’s largest floating photovoltaic solar project to financial close earlier this year. The 6.3 Megawatt peak (MWp) array, installed by Lightsource Renewable Energy, is the first project of its kind to secure European bank financing. It now provides a source of clean energy to water utilities company, Thames Water, on the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir west of London. Thames Water will buy all energy generated by the project as part of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Lightsource.   Cont'd...

KIC InnoEnergy to launch unique intellectual property courses as European patent applications reach new high

"Competitive Intelligence and Exploitation of Patents" to go live in September 2016

Catch a Wave: Achieving Grid Parity With New Hybrid Ocean Technology Harnessing Various Wave Types for Increased Power Generation

Innovative ocean-borne technology, utilizing a dual rotor system and wave ramp to capture all the power contained in a wave, is a highly efficient wave energy converter that actually lowers the cost of delivered electricity.

Fuel Cell Vehicle Market size estimated to reach over USD 18 billion by 2023

"FCV Market Size, Industry Outlook Report, Regional Analysis, Application Development, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 - 2023"

Kokam to Build 36 Megawatt Energy Storage System (ESS) for KEPCO, Increasing Its Total Worldwide ESS Project Portfolio to 132-Megawatts

When completed, the 36-megawatt frequency regulation project will increase the total ESS capacity delivered by Kokam to South Korean utility KEPCO to 92-megawatts

Nevada Court Rejects Solar Power Ballot Initiative As 'Inaccurate' And 'Misleading'

Samantha Page for ThinkProgress:  The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a solar industry-backed measure that would have let voters decide how customers are paid for the electricity they put back on the grid. The November referendum would have allowed voters to overturn a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decision from late last year that gutted the state’s net metering program — a rate design element that ensures solar owners are paid retail rate for the electricity they put back on the grid. The court ruled that the description included in the referendum was “inaccurate,” “misleading,” and “argumentative,” the AP reported. But the industry was not bowed after the ruling, saying it would continue to fight to set fair rates for solar homeowners.   Cont'd...

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