New technology converts exhaust heat into cooling, electricity

It sounds a little counterintuitive, but the wasted heat from automobile tailpipe emissions could one day be used to cool and power your car. Researchers from Oregon State University developed a thermally activated cooling system that harnesses the energy in waste heat produced by cars, factories, and power plants, and converts it to cooling. The system works by combining a vapor compression cooling cycle with an "organic Rankine cycle," an existing energy conversion technology, to convert waste heat from a thermal source to generate power and cooling. By turning 80 percent of every kilowatt of waste heat into a kilowatt of cooling capability, the system recycles exhaust heat that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere. The cooling system could be used to ventilate electronics systems that also require energy-intensive air conditioning to keep cool. The energy-recycling technology could also be used in vehicles to help power hybrid cars. Although less efficient than converting exhaust to cooling, the prototype can also be used to produce electricity to propel a vehicle. Only 15 to 20 percent of the waste heat can be converted to produce electricity, but it's better than letting the energy go to waste.

Christopher Associates to Exhibit A Range of New Solar Technologies at Intersolar North America 2011

Christopher's engineering and sales team will be on hand with supplier engineers to demonstrate technology and answer customer inquiries related to the new range of products.

Engineered Conductive Materials to Exhibit Stringer Attach Adhesives at Intersolar North America 11

Company representatives will be available to discuss the full line of conductive stringer attach adhesives, conductive adhesives for back contact crystalline silicon, thin-film and via fill applications, as well as conductive grid inks for photovoltaic applications.

Bentek Solar to Debut New Product Line at Intersolar North America 2011

Company representatives will be available to discuss Bentek Solar's full line of Circuit Breaker Re-combiners, Multiple Disconnect Safety Systems (MDSS) and Circuit Breaker Safety Systems (CBSS).

AREVA Solar Part of Consortium Selected for New Australian 250MW Solar Flagship Project

Solar Thermal/Gas Hybrid Power Project will be Largest Plant of its Kind in the World

Intersolar 2011 - DEGERenergie: Interest in producing solar energy for own consumption is increasing

Horb a.N., 20 June 2011. DEGERenergie is reporting big success at the industry's leading trade fair, Intersolar 2011 in Munich. Particularly smaller and medium-sized businesses showed a growing interest in the company's MLD technology, with the goal of producing solar energy for their own use.

DEGERenergie: MLD tracking attracts keen interest in Australia – great demand for off-grid solutions

Horb am Neckar, Germany, June, 2011. DEGERenergie reports keen interest in its MLD tracking systems in Australia. During the Clean Energy Week in Melbourne in early May, the company above all noticed a growing demand for off-grid solutions that also pay off without subsidized feed-in tariffs.

CSP-PV pricing… The ongoing price war

The ongoing PV vs CSP competition is studied in depth at the upcoming CSP TODAY USA 2011 event in Las Vegas (June 29-30) www.csptoday.com/usa

SILFAB SPA AND ISC KONSTANZ ANNOUNCE A NEW PV BREAKTHROUGH: A LOW‐COST/HIGH‐EFFICIENCY BACK‐CONTACT SOLAR CELL

As a result of the R&D partnership on Interdigitated Back‐Contact Cells (IBC) between Silfab SpA (Italy) and ISC Konstanz (Germany), a 19+% energy conversion efficiency has been obtained on monocrystalline silicon large area solar cells using a low cost industrial process, with a potential exceeding 22%.

Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition With An Extended-Range Electric Vehicle

The Ohio State University and the University of Waterloo Finish Second and Third

US Concentrated Solar Power Industry receives its biggest boost yet by American DoE

Following announcements for 2 loan guarantees in late 2010 to construct Ivanpah (a tower CSP plant by BrightSource Energy) and Solana (a parabolic trough with 7 hours storage by Abengoa), 2011 has come with an unprecedented levels of support by the DoE for the CSP industry. One of the companies who have recently secured DoE backing with a loan guarantee is celebrating their ground-breaking ceremony today. With over $2.1bl in founding, this plant will be the largest in the world at 1GW once it is complete. However, this journey to CSP market proliferation and support has been a turbulent one! 2011 has so far followed a positively similar trend, with $3.35bn having been announced by the DoE in loan guarantees for 4 different projects: Blythe (Solar Trust of America, 2x 240MW part of 1GW plant), Crescent Dunes (SolarReserve, 110MW tower project, The Mojave Solar Project (Abengoa, 280MW) and Genesis Solar Project (NextEra, 250MW trough project). The industry are waiting with baited breath to see whether 2011 will be the turning point in the US industry on its journey to market dominance.

US Concentrated Solar Power Industry receives its biggest boost yet by American DoE

2011 will go down In the CSP history books as an excellent year.

Industrial Sectors Promising for Solar Energy Applications:

Automobiles, Dairy, Electroplating, Food processing, Leather, Pharmaceutical, Pulp and Paper and Textile sectors were ranked as most promising industrial sectors for solar energy applications in a recently concluded study by GIZ.

American Biogas Council Reaches 100 Members - Revised 6/16/11

The American Biogas Council Reaches 100 Members. This revised press release corrects the job title and name of Mr. Harrison Clay.

Solectria Chosen to Power the Sonoma Valley Unified School District

WESCO Distribution places order for 2.5MW of inverters for 28 PV systems for 10 schools in the district

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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.