A hybrid solar panel to make hydrogen

The best use of the sun's energy is to make hydrogen, according to a Duke University researcher. Engineer Nico Hotz earlier this week detailed results from his research around a rooftop solar panel that generates hydrogen from the sun's heat. The hydrogen gas--which is made by breaking off hydrogen atoms from a water solution--can be stored and used to make electricity in a fuel cell.  In his experiment, Hotz determined that his system creates more usable energy than solar photovoltaic panels which convert sunlight directly into electricity. He calculated the cost could be lower, too. There have been research efforts--and a commercial product from a company called Nanoptek --to make hydrogen from sunlight. Hotz's system, though, uses a new technique that relies on methanol, also known as wood alcohol, and a nano-engineered catalyst. Under the glass of Hotz's solar collector are copper tubes, coated with aluminum and aluminum oxide, which carry water and methanol. Once the liquid is heated to a sufficient temperature, a catalyst is added to cause hydrogen atoms to break off. That hydrogen gas is then piped and pressured for storage in a tank, where it can be drawn on to make electricity in a fuel cell.

Archer & Greiner Guides McGraw-Hill on Legal Aspects Of Record-Setting Solar Energy Project

The law firm of Archer & Greiner P.C., a leader in alternative and renewable energy law, represents The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. on numerous aspects of the recently approved solar energy project on McGraw-Hill's East Windsor, N.J., corporate campus.

Cleantech Legislative Conference

Join the region's Cleantech leaders and Elected Officials as we present case studies, address challenges and look at solutions to create a stronger Cleantech Cluster,bringing manufacturing operations and jobs to the region.

DEGERenergie equips Swedish solar power project with patented MLD tracking systems

Horb am Neckar, Germany, August 11th, 2011. DEGERenergie has equipped a new solar power project in Sweden with its patented MLD tracking systems. Swedish company Solar Design Ab has installed the facility in Malm. DEGERenergie is the global market leader for solar tracking systems.

REHAU RAUGEO™ System Installed at Virginia Tech LUMENHAUS Exhibit on Farnsworth House Grounds

REHAU's RAUGEO™ ground loop heat exchange system was recently installed as part of the Virginia Tech LUMENHAUS exhibit on the grounds of the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill.

INTERSOLAR CHINA - SPRINGBOARD INTO AN UP AND COMING SOLAR MARKET

The Chinese solar market is in the fast lane, growing over 130% in 2010 year over year.

Powerway's Design Requirements of Off-Grid Mounting System

Powerway solar off-grid system is designed for use in remote areas, far from public supply networks. It has various applications ranging from daily use such as traffic light operation, to communication and the supply of emergency energy.

Ford EVs to come with household solar-panel option

Ford and solar-panel maker SunPower have created a solar-powered electric-car package. Buyers of Ford's electric vehicles will have an option to have SunPower's rooftop solar panels installed for about $10,000 after a federal tax rebate. The companies estimate that the 2.5-kilowatt array will generate enough juice, about 3,000 kilowatt-hours a year, to fuel acar for about 1,000 miles a month of driving. The "Drive Green for Life" program means drivers can cut the cord on fossil fuels by generating power during the day and charging at night, according to the companies. Ford plans to release an all-electric Ford Focus and its C-Max Energy plug-in hybrid in 19 states next year and in Europe in 2013.

Photovoltaic planning in India benefits from new generation solar resource data and online tools

New online solar resource assessment tools for investors and developers of solar power plants in India.

Full-Scale Wind Turbine Blade Testing Provided by SGS Wind Energy Technology Center

The SGS Wind Energy Technology Center (WETC) in Tianjin, China was awarded a contract to conduct full-scale Wind Turbine Blade Testing for one of the world's leading component suppliers in the wind turbine industry on June 30, 2011.

Corvus Energy Names Sean Puchalski Vice President of Business Development

Puchalski charged with introducing Corvus Energy's breakthrough lithium battery technology to new markets

OHIO AMONG THE MOST ELITE LOCATIONS IN THE COUNTRY FOR FUEL CELL DEVELOPMENT

Report ranks Ohio in the top five states when it comes to fuel cell advancements

Solar Power International 2011 Robust Program Covers

Leading Solar Energy Trade Show Offers Conference Session, Instructional Workshop and Ideas Swap Roundtable Formats

UK's Thriving Low-Carbon Sector Offers Attractive Market Opportunities

Recent study confirms UK's low-carbon market growth outpaces global rate

SGS Appoints New Global Business Development Manager, Renewable Energies

SGS announced Christoph Thiel as the new Global Business Development Manager, Renewable Energies on August 1, 2011. Christoph will focus on global sales and business development activities at SGS Renewable Energy Services.

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LG Solar Unveils NeON R with Enhanced Aesthetics and Energy Savings

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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.