REHAU Announces Strategic Alliance with CAS to Develop Next-Generation Climate Control System

REHAU has established a strategic alliance with Climate Automation Systems (CAS) to market the new, web-enabled REHAU Smart Controls System - an advanced interior comfort control system that integrates residential building technologies.

TMY - typical meteorological year - What should it represent and what means P50, P70 and P90

Technical Top Tip courtesy of Suntrace Solar Resource Assessment

IPVEA, VLSI Research to Provide Book to Bill Ratio Information for PV Manufacturing Equipment

Targeted to begin this month, the program, which has been developed by VLSI Research on behalf of IPVEA, will collect monthly sales and billings data on PV manufacturing equipment worldwide.

Better Place opened its first European retail station in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Better Place, which offers battery service for electric vehicles, opened today its first European retail station in Copenhagen, Denmark. Better Place stations offer battery swaps for electric vehicles as an alternative to waiting to recharge the batteries. Commercial stations are already running in Israel and Japan. Until now, though, Better Place had only been testing pilot stations in the U.S. and Europe. Most of the stations offer fast-charging plug-in spots for EVs, as well as battery swaps for subscribing members. The battery swap is a convenience for drivers because it takes only a minute to make the switch, according to Better Place. The swapped batteries are then recharged and used in other cars. It takes 15 to 30 minutes to recharge an EV battery pack to 80 percent capacity from a rapid-charging station depending on the vehicle.

Global search is on for energy storage systems of the future

OmniCompete has launched the multi-million Dollar Energy Storage Challenge (ESC) in a bid to identify, fund and reward new transportable energy storage systems.

CA Conservation Corps Energy Efficient Construction now Pre-apprenticeship

Ten California Conservation Corps members (www.ccc.ca.gov) in Auburn, CA completed the Technical Education in Energy Efficiency and Construction developed by Sierra College CACT (sierracollegetraining.com). The Northern California Laborers Union recently approved the program as a pre-apprenticeship

SunWize Partners with SunRun for Simpler Home Solar Power in California

Latest Offering Makes Solar Accessible to Larger Segment of State's Population

SkyFuel Enters Chinese Solar Market with Parabolic Trough

SkyFuel has signed an agreement for the construction of a 50 MWe concentrating solar power plant at a site near Huludao in China. SkyFuel's advanced, low-cost parabolic trough concentrating solar collector will be used to provide clean, carbon-free electricity to the growing city.

Solectria Renewables to Exhibit at Building Energy and Renewable Energy World North America 2011

Lawrence, MA - March 3, 2011 - Solectria Renewables, LLC, the leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that it will exhibit at Building Energy 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts and Renewable Energy World North America in Tampa, Florida being held concurrently on March 8-10, 2011.

Pure Power Advisors Forming Los Angeles Solar New Market Tax Credit Fund with Verengo Solar

Pure Power Advisors and Verengo Solar bring clean, renewable power to low-income communities in Los Angeles.

Comprehensive Quality Control Services of Wind Towers for Goldwind in China

SGS Industrial Services in China was awarded a contract to provide comprehensive Quality Control Services of wind towers for Goldwind, a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer based in Urumqi, Xinjiang.

SEIA President Rhone Resch's Testimony before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade:

"The solar industry has become the fastest growing energy sector and one of the fastest growing industries in any sector across the U.S; We are eager to work with Congress on important policy initiatives to continue to grow the solar industry and solar jobs."

France Property Shop Launches New Energy Rating Tool for French Agents

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK - In response to new regulations regarding the France Property Energy Performance Ratings, France Property Shop has launched a new tool to help estate agents comply with the rule changes on their own sites.

SMA Sunny Tripower Available for Behind-the-Fence Applications

Three-Phase Inverter Provides Modular Solution for Utility PV Systems

OCEAN POWER TECHNOLOGIES COMPLETES FIRST OF NEW GENERATION UTILITY-SCALE WAVE POWER DEVICE

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. a leading wave energy technology company,announced the completion of the first of its new generation utility-scale PowerBuoy® device, the PB150. The PB150 PowerBuoy is the largest and most powerful wave power device designed by OPT to date, and builds on the Company's 15 years' innovation and in-ocean development experience of producing such systems. With a peak-rated power output of 150 kilowatts - equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately 150 homes - the PB150 is designed for use in arrays for grid-connected power generation projects worldwide. The development of the device, built and assembled at Invergordon, Scotland, has utilized the skills of local firms and represents a multi-million pound sterling investment in the region. It is currently being prepared for ocean trials at a site approximately 33 nautical miles from Invergordon, off Scotland's northeast coast. The sea trials are expected to commence as soon as weather conditions permit. The Company is seeking additional financing for the commercial utilization of the buoy after the trial phase is completed including its possible deployment at various potential sites. A second PB150 is already under construction in the US for a proposed utility-scale project in Oregon, and the Company is involved in other planned projects in Australia, Japan and Europe that may utilize the PB150.

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