SETTING SAIL WITH SOLAR

Cape Fear Solar Donates Solar System For Trans Atlantic Voyage

Panasonic aims for 70% CO2 cut with 'smart' town

The Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST) is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by 70 percent compared with 1990 levels. The completely networked town will be a 19-hectacre subdivision built on a former Panasonic plant site some 30 miles southwest of Tokyo. It will house about 3,000 people whose lives will revolve around being energy conscious: the 1,000 homes and other buildings will have solar panels to generate electricity and smart appliances, as well as home fuel cells. The batteries might include the fridge-sized Ene-Farm developed by Panasonic and Tokyo Gas. They say the Ene-Farm can reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 35 and 48 percent, respectively, from typical Japanese household usage and can help lower home utility costs by up to $740 annually. Plans for the SST call for features such as EV recharging stations, LED lighting, surveillance cameras, and "wind paths" to accommodate wind patterns in Fujisawa, a city of 400,000 on Sagami Bay. There will be plenty of trees, too. The project will cost some $739 million, and all homes are expected to be occupied by 2018. I wouldn't be surprised if SST gets way too many applicants. Fujisawa has beaches, a surfing culture, and plenty of sunshine, so it's an ideal location for this experiment. If it's successful, it could become a model for future green communities.

Wave energy innovation wins SETsquared student scholarship

Aspiring entrepreneur will attend Kauffman Global Scholars Program

SMA Makes PV System Design a Snap with Next-Generation Configuration Software

Sunny Design 2.0 Offers New Functions, Redesigned User Interface

Chinese Manufacturers' Capacity Expansion Plans still in Progress despite Continued Price Decrease

According to the latest survey by EnergyTrend, the market demand is yet to pick up, and the inventory in stock still remains at a high level. Although the speed of inventory clearance is still slow, manufacturers expect sufficient recovery will occur in the second half of the year.

HelioPower Appoints Former SunPower Executive Kent Miller As Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales

Miller builds on solar and related energy industry experience with move to HelioPower

INTERSOLAR EUROPE PRESENTS TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOLAR THERMAL INDUSTRY

Solar thermal technology is becoming an intrinsic part of heat production both in domestic and industrial applications around the world. Innovative technologies are constantly expanding the fields in which solar thermal energy already finds application, as well as opening up new ones. Current trends and developments of the solar thermal industry are also a focus of the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry, Intersolar Europe, which takes place from June 8 - 10.

MAGE SOLAR exhibits U.S.-produced modules and high-performance product portfolio at Intersolar Europe 2011

From June 8 to 10 the complete system provider displays its ARRA-compliant modules at the world's largest trade show for the solar industry in Munich, Germany

Smart grids need smarter security, says expert

For many industry and government leaders, the evolution to the smart grid seems inevitable. But without similar progress on security, the industry faces major challenges

The Clenergy Solar Mission at Clean Energy Week

The CEW 2011 was held in the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 2nd to 7th, 2011. For Clenergy, it was an opportunity to exhibit its latest products, and also to deliver on its solar mission by donating to the Sponsored Installation for CEW to Hartnett House of Melbourne Citymission.

2011 AWEA WindPower Conference & Exhibition Report

The AltEnergyMag team had the opportunity to walk the expo floor and visit with companies from across the industry for a peak at some of the new products that will be showcased this year. Below is a compilation of some great new products that should be an interest to you.

Biomass Exchange - A Plug in the Missing Link

In India alone, one can observe several cases where bio-energy projects of the scale greater than 5 MW are on sale already, even with their power purchase agreements still in place. Such events necessitate the need to have a mechanism in place which would further seek the promotion of such technologies.

Does the Public Sector already hold the key to delivering energy efficiency?

So implementing energy efficiency measures sounds like a good idea in principle, but how can local authorities or municipalities balance the equation of technology costs and fund the capital expenditure? Put simply, some of the measures that can be implemented deliver savings immediately with payback periods that are very short - in some instances only 6 months. However; to address a set of larger scale measures, the answer comprises 3 elements: i) scale of project, ii) guaranteeing savings through energy performance contracting and iii) access to competitive (low interest rate) finance.

AWEA 2011- Special News Report

News announcements from AWEA 2011

Solar Cogeneration - The highest utilization of the sun's resources

Solar cogeneration combines proven photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal technologies to maximize total collected energy and optimize economic benefits for institutional, commercial and industrial customers. Using up to 80 percent of the sun's delivered energy

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