By measuring and monitoring solar thermal system performance, installers can correct mistakes and fine-tune and optimize systems. As a result, US consumers are likely to regain confidence in the technology, spurring what is expected to be a burgeoning market for solar hot water heaters.
MicroCSP power projects all include sun tracker and thermal storage. The cost is around the same as PV but you generate more electricity per day because of the tracker/storage combination so you have a lower cost of energy.
Recent advances in materials science have led to the development of innovative new materials that provide enhanced durability to photovoltaic modules. Unique polymeric thin film technologies, such as ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) frontsheets, provide modules with the protection they need to perform at high levels even when exposed to the elements.
Research has shown that LEED buildings consume over 25% less energy, have 13% lower maintenance costs, 27% higher occupant satisfaction and a 33% reduction in GHG emissions compared to the average commercial building.
Bard College and Hawthorne Ridge Retirement Community are two examples of down to earth solar energy projects that make a difference.
Remote sensing demonstration event planned in Santiago; Geotek S.A. begins agreement by installing the Triton for Mainstream Renewable Power in Chile
Major recycler of electronic waste offsets 99% of their electricity bill with new solar installation in Fremont, California
Solar energy used for environmental protection and reuse and proper recycling of electronic waste
"Firestorm" Supercomputer to Help Maximize Turbine Performance
Bumper crop under construction in 3Q shows U.S. tax incentive is working
EDP joins industry association dedicated to growing North American markets for renewable energy
Vishay Intertechnology Releases Industry's First CAT IV High-Voltage Isolation Optocouplers in Surface-Mount Packages for Solar and Wind Turbine Installations
Devices Are VDE-Certified for CAT IV Installations With Transient Overvoltage Protection of 12,000 V and Recurring Peak Voltage of 1,450 VPEAK
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Solar & Wind - Featured Product
Soiling of the panel glass is one of the major problems in the rapidly expanding solar energy market, with the attendant loss of efficiency and reduction in performance ratios. Now, there's a new, simple and very cost-effective alternative. Based on Kipp & Zonen's unique Optical Soiling Measurement (OSM) technology, DustIQ can be easily added to new or existing solar arrays and integrated into plant management systems. The unit is mounted to the frame of a PV panel and does not need sunlight to operate. It continuously measures the transmission loss through glass caused by soiling, so that the reduction in light reaching the solar cells can be calculated.