"Well" - What are you going to do? Geothermal Drilling, a viable career and business option

When geothermal technology first entered the marketplace in Southern Ontario some 30 years ago, it was understandably embraced by groundwater specialists as a viable way to expand their businesses given the associated demand for open loop water well systems.

U.S. Solar Industry Was Net Global Exporter by $1.9B in 2010

A new report shows that the U.S. is central to the global solar supply chain. In 2010, U.S. solar firms achieved a positive trade flow of $1.9 billion globally according to SEIA® and GTM Research's U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011. Photovoltaic (PV) components accounted for more than 99 percent of the year's exports, with solar heating and cooling (SHC) claiming the remainder of the positive balance. For the U.S. PV manufacturing industry, 2010 was a record year. Exports totaled more than $5.6 billion, with PV polysilicon feedstock and capital equipment leading all components at $2.5 billion and $1.4 billion respectively. The leading destinations for U.S.-sourced PV components were China and Germany. Meanwhile, U.S. imports of PV products totaled $3.7 billion, the majority of which ($2.4 billion) came from procurement of modules assembled overseas. China and Mexico were the top two sources of PV goods headed to the U.S. in 2010. Furthermore, the U.S. was a net exporter of solar products to China last year by more than $240 million. The U.S. primarily sold capital equipment and PV polysilicon to China, while China primarily sold PV modules to the U.S.  

U.S. Solar Industry Was Net Global Exporter by $1.9B in 2010

New report shows positive U.S. solar trade balance in 2010, a complete account of imports and exports by key countries, domestic value created.

Wind Farm Development: Efficiently Capturing Governmental Incentives in Project Contracts

Developing a wind farm is a complex process requiring the integration of a number of third parties such as engineers, contractors, and turbine suppliers/erectors. Fully capturing available federal, state, and local incentives will require communication, cooperation and some flexibility. Owners and developers should not rely on ad hoc solutions after bids are placed and contracts are signed, because that will increase transaction costs and the risk that certain incentives will be permanently lost.

The Battle for Energy

The share of renewables in electricity generation is around 18%, with 15% of global electricity coming from hydroelectricity and 3% from new renewables. This paper aims to disseminate new methods of obtaining energy.

EU Engagement Key to Marine Energy Sector Commercialisation

Through events, direct engagement with Commission staff and membership of technology platforms, SEGEC is focused on delivering innovative, low carbon energy projects - the key for marine energy is to unlock the deployment opportunities and to demonstrate the benefits that wave and tidal energy projects provide for emissions reduction.

KACO new energy comes to North America

KACO Canada is a manufacturing and assembly plant. Components are mainly shipped from KACO headquarters in Neckarsulm Germany. Certain parts are found locally in Ontario. All assembly is done by members of the London community.

Solar Powered Lighting Case Study - Brattleboro Hospital

Even during Vermont's shortest days, the systems can collect enough energy to support their normal operation through 15 hour nights. This is partly due to algorithms built into the controller to monitor and adjust voltage from the solar module (Maximum Power Tracking).

US to Reach 12% Global Market Share by 2015

Despite a struggling domestic economy, the US solar photovoltaic (PV) market will double in 2011, according to the latest Solarbuzz® United States PV Market Report. 2011 growth rates vary significantly by market segment, an outcome of the vast movements in incentives and policies at the federal, state and local government level over the past 12 months. “With rapid declines in factory gate prices over the past eight weeks as manufacturers and distributors focus on depleting module inventories, demand has picked up across residential, corporate and government segments,” noted Craig Stevens, President of Solarbuzz. “This acceleration is being supplemented by explosive utility demand and the rush to install before federal cash grants are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.” The US is forecast to become the third-largest solar photovoltaic market, behind Germany and Italy in 2011. While the US currently comprises 5% of the world PV market, Solarbuzz projects an increase to 12% by 2015.  

PowerWind sells first wind turbine to Britain

•In future the University of Sheffield covers part of its energy demand with PowerWind 56 •Sub-MW products are best suited for the profitable British feed-in tariff

A CSP Developers DNI Dream

In an emerging CSP market such as South Africa, one of the many challenges developers face is siting the project based on acquiring accurate Direct Normal Irradiation data, as optimal siting of CSP plants is a key component to plant efficiency, and ultimate profitability.

eIQ Energy Enables Solar Curtain Wall Collaboration

eIQ Energy partnered with Abound Solar and Focus Materials to offer a unique new product line of solar glass curtain walls for new building construction and renovations. The system incorporates eIQ Energy's vBoost module and Abound's semi-transparent solar modules.

From Portugal to China: Strengthening markets for CPV

Magpower and Suntrix are two companies leading the way in commercializing CPV in emerging markets for the technology, and will be sharing their experiences at the 3rd Concentrated Photovoltaic Summit USA (14-15 November, San Jose, CA).

SMA Provides Solar Installers Increased Flexibility with New 30-48 kW Sunny Tower Configurations

Inverter System Ideal for Commercial-Scale PV Systems

7 ways the military is embracing cleantech

The U.S. government is growing into one of the most important cleantech customers. It’s been investing and proselytizing the value of clean power, biofuels and energy efficiency products and services for job creation, energy security and (insert your favorite cliché here). And it’s a natural extension that it also should set an example as a major consumer of these technologies. The U.S. Defense Department, which uses 80 percent of the energy consumed by the federal government, is increasing its efforts to fund and use cleantech. A lot of these efforts are centered on drafting purchase plans and testing technologies in the field and one thing to consider is that larger companies might have an easier time convincing the military to buy than startups.  Click here for a list of some of the military’s plans and projects .

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