Jim Sharkey for SpaceFlight Insider: NASA’s Juno mission has broken the record for distance traveled by a solar-powered spacecraft. Juno reached this milestone at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, Jan. 13, when the spacecraft was approximately 493 million miles (793 million kilometers) from the Sun. The record was previously held by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft, whose orbit peaked at the 492 million-mile (792-million kilometer) mark in October 2012, during its approach to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. “Juno is all about pushing the edge of technology to help us learn about our origins,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “We use every known technique to see through Jupiter’s clouds and reveal the secrets Jupiter holds of our solar system’s early history. It just seems right that the sun is helping us learn about the origin of Jupiter and the other planets that orbit it.” Juno is the first solar-powered spacecraft designed to operate so far from the Sun. Generating sufficient power to operate the spacecraft requires a very large area of solar cells. The four-ton Juno spacecraft carries three 30-foot (9-meter) solar arrays festooned with 18,686 individual solar cells. At Earth’s distance from the Sun, the cells can generate about 14 kilowatts of electric. The further away from the sun the spacecraft is, the lower the power its solar cell will be able to generate. Cont'd...
ACCIONA ENERGY RENEWS ITS INVESTMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 93-MEGAWATT WIND FARM IN TEXAS
The project has been acquired from developer Pioneer Green Energy
Project will tap company's expanding output of 72-cell modules
Smart Homes, Robotics, Automation, Unmanned Vehicles, Solar and Wind Energy. Regardless of where you work or what you do, these topics are affecting your life and will continue to do so in the future.
One great thing about the renewable energy industry is how it pulls in people with all sorts of diverse backgrounds and education levels. Part of that is because of the breadth of opportunities on hand and part is because it's easier to feel good about your job when it's in the service of something so universally loved.
SolaTrim Expands Market Reach for PV Protective Barriers with Calgary-based Value-added Distributor of Specialty Alternative Energy Products
Pioneering Online Loan Provider Enables Solar Development for New Jersey and Massachusetts Schools and Businesses
SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the largest global renewable energy development company, today announced it has signed solar power purchase agreements with 25 California elementary, middle, and high schools.
Company inks contract to equip the largest photovoltaic project in the private sector in Jordan
Broadwind Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWEN) today announced $8 million in new tower orders from a U.S. wind turbine manufacturer. Broadwind will produce these towers in its Manitowoc, Wisconsin facility for 2016 delivery.
Both multi-crystalline and mono-crystalline solar module price declined incrementally this week. As the long term prospects of the U.S. market has improved, more and more Chinese module makers are employing price reduction strategies in order to compete with other tier-1 rivals and western peers in capturing more market share in the U.S. market. Hence, the solar module price in the U.S. is being pulled down by the strategic pricing competition. Furthermore, solar panel prices in China have also dropped in USD term due to the depreciation of RMB.
Gantner Instruments presents new monitoring solutions for utility-scale PV plants at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
The leading independent PV monitoring company, Gantner Instruments, is presenting its latest solutions for monitoring, data collection and plant control at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi from January 18 to 21. With offices in Europe, Asia and the US, and representatives in 32 countries, the company has developed efficient solutions for maximizing the performance of PV systems, reducing downtime, increasing yield and maintaining international standards.
Following is a statement from Rick Umoff, Director of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in response to today's remarks by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2016 State of the State:
Southern California's 1st Solar Store by Baker Electric, opens its doors to homeowners on January 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m at 40165 Murrieta Hot Springs Road, Murrieta, California
For the third time running, the award is presented for outstanding innovations in energy storage.
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