Solyndra has found a second use for its solar collector as a shade for greenhouses. The company on Monday said that that its solar collectors, which are an array of solar cell-covered glass tubes, are being tested at agriculture research centers in Italy and the University of California, Davis. A conventional flat solar panel would block essentially all light, but Solyndra's collectors allow for light to pass through the glass tubes, which are coated with thin-film solar cells. That provides a diffused light conducive to greenhouse plant growth and allows growers to use their available space for power production, the company said. "We are pioneering this new agricultural solar solution in Italy, where extensive shaded agriculture operations combined with strong insolation and a favorable feed-in tariff are driving strong interest and demand," Clemens Jargon, the president of Solyndra in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, said in a statement.
The advantages of generating electricity from small hydropower coupled with a rising interest in the sector has led to increased government support policies which will derive installations in many countries in the years to come. Cumulative installed capacity of small hydropower is expected to reach 140 GW in 2015 and 201 GW in 2020.
The transaction landscape of 2010 highlights the increasing consolidation trend within the solar energy industry. Primarily, this consolidation occurred later in the value chain with acquisitions of EPC integrators/ developers and producers of solar energy. This trend is expected to continue as companies and investors look to increase their portfolios of completed solar projects and pipeline opportunities.
PV connectors are part of a system, and how well they connect and disconnect along with the ease of assembly & installation is important to installers. Electrical standards for PV connectors have been established through the National Electric Code (NEC) and UL. However no design and/or contact standards exist. The ‘defacto' standard has not been uniformly accepted by manufacturers. The need for compatibility and interchangeability is clear.
One of the barriers in growth of Alternate and Renewable applications is the lack of presence of one sole Energy Administration Authority for regulation of energy sector. We strongly recommend that that one Energy Administration Authority should be evolved to streamline decision making.
Power generation systems have hundreds of applications. This article will focus on portable generators in specific and a range of their applications and sizing considerations in general. The intent is to address the frequently-asked questions, "What will this generator run?", "For how long?", and "Will it run my house?" Those questions usually have to be answered with the question, "What do you want (need) to run?" which defines the application.
As well as being approached to auction IP in this field of technology, IP Auctions have an increase of inquiries for this technology from corporations, IP attorneys and brokers, as well as Venture Capitalist and Seed Venture groups.
Thousands of careers forced to change and adapt in the new energy economy
Solamet® PV17x Series Helps Set New Standard for Solar Cell Efficiency
REHAU has created a new construction services department dedicated to addressing the dynamic needs of its construction industry customers using renewable energy, HVAC and fenestration systems.
WATT Fuel Cell Corp., a designer and developer of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems, announces an agreement granting the company an exclusive worldwide license to fuel cell technology intellectual property (IP) previously developed and implemented at NanoDynamics Energy Inc. As part of the agreement, WATT Fuel Cell has established a joint venture (JV) with Solar Acquisitions Corp. to form Evolution Fuel Cell Inc., an entity licensed to develop the IP for applications up to 500W.
New USA Today/Gallup poll shows most Americans favor phasing out incandescent light bulbs and "going green."
It may be a while before everyone catches on to a solar roof to offset their homes' energy costs, but some in the community believe the future is bright for solar energy. Energy Solar Systems in Cumming, Georgia has become committed to the cause of going green as a business model.
Mandatory conference for potential installers of the two Las Virgenes Unified School District solar projects (Agoura and Calabasas High Schools) on February 24th at 9:30am at Calabasas High School. Pure Power Advisors is managing RFP process.
Intersolar invites international solar companies to submit applications for the solar industry's most distinguished award for innovation
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Morningstar's TriStar MPPT 600V charge controller leverages Morningstar's innovative TrakStarâ„˘ MPPT technology and our 20+ years of power electronics engineering excellence, to enable the widest input operating voltage range available from a solar array, wind turbine or hydro input. This controller's standard and DB versions are for off-grid applications, and the TR versions were developed to enable retrofitting grid-tied systems with battery backup.