Scientists work to help electric utilities forecast and handle 'ramp events'

Wind energy is notoriously mercurial, with patterns shifting drastically over the course of years, days, even minutes. These changes make scheduling power much more difficult for utilities that rely on wind turbines to serve an increasing percentage of their power demands. Because wind power in some places is now as cheap as or cheaper than coal-fired power, future profits and challenges for the industry will be written on the wind and how well they can use it. So scientists are stepping in with new measurements and models that may help them manage their power more effectively. "Wind energy often has ramp events where energy increases or decreases by a large amount or in a short time. If there is an overload, there is excess energy on the grid," explained Chandrika Kamath, a researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

SOLAR PANEL MONITORING AND CONTROL POWERED BY GREENPEAK CHIPS

GreenPeak Technologies new Rf4CE radio technology helps solve the challenge of monitoring and managing solar panel arrays for commercial and residential applications. The GreenPeak solution allows solar panel builders to comply with new upcoming legal requirements.

Data Translation Announces Free LV-Link 3.0 with Native Support for 32- and 64-bit NI LabVIEW®

LV-Link 3.0 enables National Instrument's Labview programmers to quickly and easily access the data acquisition features of DT-Open Layers compliant USB and PCI devices. The software is provided free and can be downloaded directly from their site at:http://www.datatranslation.com/products/dataacquis

EnterSolar Completes 877kW Solar System for Chelten House Products

Organic Foods Manufacturer Adds Momentum to Sustainability Initiative

New Energy Appoints Business Partnering and Scientific Experts to Advance Technology Able to Generate Electricity on See-Through Glass

NREL and New Energy have been working through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to advance the Company's SolarWindow(TM) technology, capable of generating electricity on see-through glass.

Airdrome Orchards harvests the Sun to package its oranges and saves 90% on their electricity bill

Vista Solar, Inc., a Santa Clara, California based solar PV integrator, recently completed a 305 kW solar system at Airdrome Orchards, Inc., a family owned citrus packaging facility, situated in San Jose, California.

Annabelle Candy, Maker of Rocky Road and Abba Zaba, Goes Solar

Santa Clara based commercial solar PV integrator, Vista Solar, recently installed a 438 kW rooftop installation for Annabelle Candy in Hayward, CA.

SEIA and the Solar Alliance Merge to Drive Effective Policy for Solar on the State Level

Efforts will complement SEIA's advocacy for federal policy both in Congress and on regulatory issues

Electric Energy Efficiency Savings Grows Significantly in the U.S., New Report Shows

The findings come from a new report published by the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE).

SIEMENS ACQUIRES PACE GLOBAL ENERGY SERVICES, LLC

Acquisition Will Enhance Siemens Portfolio with New Energy Consulting and Management Services

Utilizing Panel-Level Monitoring to Improve Project ROI

Panel-level monitoring is a new and valuable weapon for array owners and O&M companies to improve financial performance and reduce risk in owning and operating large-scale solar arrays. The accuracy and insight from this new technology, coupled with intelligent Cloud-based analysis and diagnostics, bring many opportunities to improve energy output and improve efficiency in O&M activities.

Alternative Energy in Rhode Island

The Renewable Energy Fund (REF), managed and administered within the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), has historically been the state's sole, dedicated source for renewable energy funding. The program provides grants, recoverable grants and loans for commercial, municipal and housing projects, as well as feasibility studies.

Energy Storage for the Grid

Currently, the PowerCube™ is configured as a behind the meter resource. In essence this means that Axion acts as a virtual generator by curtailing load. When the PowerCube is commanded to take load from the grid it uses that power to charge its battery. When commanded to discharge, the battery is discharged into the plants load effectively reducing or curtailing its power consumption.

IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis of Solar Inverter, Identifying the Cost-Reduction Opportunities

In its first-ever dissection of a solar power inverter, IHS has determined the bill of materials (BOM) of a major manufacturer's product, providing a path-setting benchmark for cost reduction in a market expected to undergo rapid price erosion in the coming years.

Massive battery energy storage station kicks off in China

China could be the largest market for grid energy storage technology, and now, according to battery maker BYD and China's State Grid utility, the country's potentially got the world's largest battery energy storage station in Zhangbei, Hebei Province. See photo above of the building with rows (bigger than a football field) of BYD's Iron-Phosphate batteries that make up the 36 MW-hours of energy storage along with what looks like rooftop solar panels. A lot of companies have been trying to break into China's grid energy storage market including lithium ion battery maker A123 Systems , flow battery marker ZBB Energy, and even U.S. power producer Duke Energy. China is expected to embrace grid energy storage, as a way to more reliably install the 100 GW of variable clean power that the country wants.

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LG Solar Unveils NeON R with Enhanced Aesthetics and Energy Savings

LG Solar Unveils NeON R with Enhanced Aesthetics and Energy Savings

The NeON R module features "Back Contact" cell technology delivering an entirely black panel that is aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. The cell's seamless, surface blends perfectly into nearly all rooftop designs while the module's electrodes are positioned on the rear of the cell. Using LG's N-type cell structure, the panels produce 365W of energy, up to 7.3kWp, compared to 5.8kWp of the p-type cell. The module's new design minimizes LID, thereby delivering a longer lifespan and increased energy output.