A Robot to Tilt Solar Panels

The QBotix Tracking System rethinks two-axis tracking in an effort to bring the cost down to what solar project developers pay for single-axis trackers. Instead of having the hardware to adjust the angle on every solar panel, QBotix engineers created a traveling robot equipped with the motor needed to change the angle. Like a small train, the robot drives along a track a few feet off the ground placed along the edge of solar panels and makes adjustments. It’s designed so that one robot can service 200 panels in 40 minutes, the time it takes the sun to move 10 degrees. The track can be a simple loop or navigate turns and hills, according to QBotix CEO and founder Wasiq Bokhari. A magnet on the robot allows it to locate a panel mount, where it can attach its motors to make the adjustments.  

Emerging Market Achievement to be recognized by CSP Today

The CSP Today Awards nomination process for 2012 officially opened last week and will accept entries until September 14th.

CIS Oilfield Services Market

The study aims to provide a detailed analysis of the CIS oilfield services market, including an overview of oil producers' key performance indicators in production, drilling, well interventions, application of enhanced oil recovery techniques, etc.

Ecotech Institute Launches Hands-On Power Utility Technician Program

Aging Power Utility Workforce Requires New, Savvy Technicians

Battery Performance of Microfiber/Nanofiber Lithium Ion Battery Separators

Current stretched porous film battery separators for lithium ion batteries are thin, strong, and provide a good barrier between electrodes, at the cost of having very high internal resistance and low ionic flow due to low porosity and high "dead space" that come from starting with a solid material and trying to impart porosity. This work uses an alternative approach, where linear nanofibers and microfibers are combined in wet laid nonwoven processes to give separators that are strong and thin, but have higher porosity (60-70%) and so have much higher ionic flow.

Smart Cities: Intelligent Transportation and Smart Grid Standards - Part 1

Standards-based solutions were instrumental in the exponential growth of the Internet. For the Smart City, public electrical infrastructure ecosystem to expand, development, application and worker training of interoperability standards is an important strategic foundation from which to grow. This convergence of intelligent transportation systems with the Smart Grid, is allowing the Smart City concept to gain hold in many areas of the US and around the world.

Investing in Solar Energy Industries in the US

As the technology of renewables advances, and as their track records continue to show stable returns, pension funds will continue to increase their investment in renewables, either through direct investment, infrastructure funds or private equity funds.

Advanced Biogas Thermal Mass Flow Meter Boosts Methane Recovery System Operation

The S.P.M. Mill operators initially tried using Oscillator and Vortex technology flow meters. They found that these flow technologies contain moving parts or orifices and were unable to measure flows accurately at the low flow rate demanded by this digester application.

Residential Solar adds to Property Value

On average, a California solar system will pay for itself within five to 10 years, depending on the size of the system. However, if the system is leased and homeowners put little down upfront, the solar system will begin paying for itself on day one, creating instant savings.

Creating a new eCommerce B2B Global Solar and Renewable Energy Marketplace

The iSolar Exchange online marketplace is designed to create a secure site that connects the entire supply, manufacture, and delivery channels for solar and renewable energy products and services - worldwide. That's all we do - that's all we focus on.

3D Solar Technology Improves Efficiency

In current technology about 30% of the light is reflected back into space. We have created a 3-dimentional structure in the silicon that virtually eliminates reflection by causing the light to bounce around within the structure until it is fully absorbed.

Eaton to Develop Predictive Battery Management Technology for Hybrid Vehicles

A cost-effective power control system to reduce the size of the system battery without a loss of battery life or vehicle performance.

Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint Named as a 2013 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum

ChargePoint, the Electric Vehicle Charging Network Leader, Recognized for Potential to Transform the Future of Business and Society

Minnesota's Largest Solar Array Now Plugged-in Atop IKEA Store as Company Reaches a Solar Presence of 70% of Its U.S. Locations

This installation represents the 31st completed solar project for IKEA in the U.S., with eight locations underway, making the eventual U.S. solar presence of IKEA nearly 89% of its U.S. locations with a total generation of 38 MW

Gilligan's Island Gets a Solar Makeover from SolarCity

New Solar System on Coconut Island Expected to Save University of Hawai'i More Than $2 Million on Utility Bills

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