They can look benign from a distance - solar panels glistening in the sun or turbines gently churning with the breeze to produce electricity for hundreds of thousands of homes. But building and maintaining them can be hazardous. Accidents involving wind turbines alone have tripled in the past decade, and watchdog groups fear incidents could skyrocket further - placing more workers and even bystanders in harm's way - because a surge in projects requires hiring hordes of new and often inexperienced workers. Last year, the solar industry grew 67 percent and doubled its employment in the U.S. to 100,000 workers, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The wind industry supports more than 75,000 jobs. "We're hearing about more and more incidents," said Lisa Linowes, executive director of watchdog organization Industrial Wind Action Group. "One of these days, a turbine's going to fall on someone." Many wind turbine technicians work in a bathroom-size space 20 stories above ground surrounded by high-voltage electrical equipment. Some inspect turbine blades while suspended alongside them, on sites whipped by strong winds. Components can weigh more than 90 tons.
Users are now able to send tests through our patented quality control service in Beta. We are also now providing export services to North America. We are continuing to add value of information through a new wood market reports page. We also have created a mission and core values for MBioEX.
Optimizing the design and engineering of large-scale plants is a top priority for the CSP industry in the United States
American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY), an annual forum promoting powerful cross-sector dialogue and collaborations, announces that BP Capital Management founder and principal T. Boone Pickens will again participate at its annual summit, August 17 to 21 at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo.
WEBstaurant Restaurant Supply is pleased to announce the completion of the first of three solar arrays in Upper Leacock Township.
$5.8 Million Photovoltaic Project in El Portal Grid Connected and Producing Power
The sun's energy will replace natural gas as the fuel for drawing more oil from the ground in Oman. GlassPoint Solar yesterday announced that it has signed a deal to install a 7-megawatt solar power system for Petroleum Development Oman to aid oil extraction. The solar system, which is essentially a glass house with solar concentrators, will generate the steam needed to pump oil from existing fields. In many existing oil wells, there is a substantial amount of oil underground, but it has become more expensive to pull out. In an enhanced oil recovery field, steam is pumped into wells to free that trapped oil. Typically, natural gas is burned to make the steam. GlassPoint Solar's system creates steam using trough-shaped mirrors about 20 feet wide that concentrate light onto a tube carrying water. When heated by the concentrators, the water turns to steam. The solar system will supplement Petroleum Development Oman's current natural gas system and use its steam pipeline. Using solar energy instead of natural gas will allow it to use the gas for other purposes--or export it, according to the company.
The CSP industry has seen several plants leaving the status of ‘planning' or ‘under construction' to operation in the last 12 months, most of them located in Spain and the US.
Australia-based Solar Megamart is a leading contributor in Australia's fast growing economy.
Latest renewable energy and storage solutions at Mariano Roque Alonso
McNabb Marketing Resources is the 2011 Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition (FCS&E) EXPO Hall Manager for this year's event in Orlando, Florida.
The Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition Board of Directors announced the addition of Mr. Frank Wolak of FuelCell Energy, Inc. to the Board in March.
Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition, October 31 – November 3, 2011 in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.
South Carolina is named a Top 5 Fuel Cell State for the second year in a row by Fuel Cells 2000's State of the States Report.
For the last year, the question about the feasibility of a well-adjusted co-existence between CSP and PV technologies has been well publicised.
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