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Thermal Energy Storage

Thermal energy storage (TES) is an often unrecognized but important component of the developing market for energy storage systems. Most often used to provide cooling capacity for commercial buildings, TES systems are also increasingly seen as an effective means of shifting electricity use from daytime peak periods into less expensive periods of the day or … Continue reading Thermal Energy Storage

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Cape Wind’s offshore wind farm get the green light

The American Wind Energy Association says about 27,000 wind-related jobs could disappear if the PTC is not extended before the end of the year. While the US wind power sector is currently facing challenges from the ongoing economic crisis and political uncertainty over whether politicians will extend the industry’s largest tax incentive, it received some … Continue reading Cape Wind’s offshore wind farm get the green light

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University Teams Lead Innovative Concentrated Solar Power Projects

The projects focus on increasing the efficiency of concentrated solar power (CSP) systems  — which use large, expansive mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers. In turn, these receivers collect the sunlight and convert it into heat that can be used to produce electricity. Research teams at the University of California, Los Angeles and … Continue reading University Teams Lead Innovative Concentrated Solar Power Projects

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DoE Announces New Investments to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cost-Competitive Solar Energy

These investments will enable collaborative research teams from industry, universities, and national laboratories to work together at the Department’s Scientific User Facilities, a national network of unique facilities that provide over 10,000 scientists and engineers each year with open access to some of the best instruments and tools in the world, including x-ray sources, accelerators, … Continue reading DoE Announces New Investments to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cost-Competitive Solar Energy

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Semprius to exhibit new solar technology at 2012 democratic national convention

Semprius, the world record holder for photovoltaic module conversion efficiency and the first company to covert over one-third of the sun’s energy into electricity, has developed a new solar module with unique branding potential. Semprius, Inc., an innovator in high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar modules, will display a new branding application for its world record … Continue reading Semprius to exhibit new solar technology at 2012 democratic national convention

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IDB approves $76 million loan to finance 74-MW wind farm in Mexico’s Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s wind power industry development began in the 1990s but is only now approaching its real potential. By the end of 2012, wind-based installed capacity in the state will reach around 1.5 GW. With this latest loan, the IDB has approved more than $240 million in financing for wind farms in Oaxaca since 2009. The … Continue reading IDB approves $76 million loan to finance 74-MW wind farm in Mexico’s Oaxaca

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Offshore floating wind farm starts trial operation in Japan

The ministry’s spokesperson said that diversifying energy sources in Japan has become a significant national issue after the radioactive disaster at Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant, stressing that the ministry aims to take advantage of the country’ s first trial as an opportunity for widely developing wind power generation. Japan’s first offshore floating wind farm … Continue reading Offshore floating wind farm starts trial operation in Japan

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North Dakota Regulators Approve Allete Wind Farm

The wind energy project is being developed by Allete Clean Energy. It will have as many as 50 wind turbines. They’ll be spread over about 19 square miles north of Glen Ullin in Morton and Mercer counties. North Dakota’s Public Service Commission gave the project a construction permit Wednesday. Commissioner Kevin Cramer says the company … Continue reading North Dakota Regulators Approve Allete Wind Farm

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Constellation and Governor O’Malley Dedicate 16.1–Megawatt Grid-Connected Solar Power System

Constellation financed, owns and operates the approximately $50 million solar facility on behalf of its customer, the state of Maryland. Electricity generated by the system is purchased by the state’s Department of General Services and the University System of Maryland under 20-year solar power purchase agreements with Constellation. “Solar energy means Maryland jobs. In just … Continue reading Constellation and Governor O’Malley Dedicate 16.1–Megawatt Grid-Connected Solar Power System

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Wind energy study says opponents’ claims are unfounded

The report, from IPPR in association with the leading energy consultancy GL Garrad Hassan, concludes there is no technical reason why wind turbines should not be supported. A new study into the efficiency and reliability of wind power has concluded that a campaign against them by Conservative backbenchers and others is not supported by the … Continue reading Wind energy study says opponents’ claims are unfounded

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Acciona Completes First AW-3000 Wind Turbine For North America

Two of the 3 MW wind turbines, which feature a 116-meter rotor diameter, will be installed at the Pioneer Grove Wind Farm in Cedar County, Iowa. Acciona has finished assembling its first AW-3000 wind turbine for use in the North American market. The wind farm will utilize two different tower technologies, which are both suitable … Continue reading Acciona Completes First AW-3000 Wind Turbine For North America

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Dow Unveils New Technologies for Solar Panel Makers

ENLIGHTTM Polyolefin Back Encapsulant Composite Films use patent-pending technology to create a single structure that provides “2-in-1” functionality, serving as both the back encapsulant and backsheet for solar panels. Next generation ENLIGHT™ Polyolefin Encapsulant Films offer excellent electrical insulation properties, increased resistance to the effects of Potential Induced Degradation (PID) and extended module efficiency levels. … Continue reading Dow Unveils New Technologies for Solar Panel Makers

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Bird-Friendly Wind Power Brings Manufacturing Jobs to New Jersey

Raymond Green, a World War II veteran and retired welder and operating engineer has hired Sigma Design Company located in Middlesex, NJ to test, analyze, refine, optimize and manufacture his patented invention: Catching Wind Power® (CWP) Compressed Air Enclosed Wind Turbine. Once launched, it will bring 25+ new technology jobs to New Jersey. The blades … Continue reading Bird-Friendly Wind Power Brings Manufacturing Jobs to New Jersey

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Analysis of Worldwide Markets for Solar Products

The solar power industry and its associated technologies, including concentrated solar power (CSP), photovoltaic (PV), and concentrated photovoltaic (HCPV and LCPV), are going through a significant correction as a seven-year period of capacity building, aggressive pricing, and promises of grid parity, driven largely by feed-in tariffs, comes to an end. As the profitable feed-in-tariff incentives … Continue reading Analysis of Worldwide Markets for Solar Products

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Mahindra Reva to roll out a handful of electric vehicles in India

Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Private Limited (MREVPL), India’s sole Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturer, is aiming to capitalise on the increasing demand for battery operated vehicles by building a strong line-up of EV cars. The move of the auto maker can be also judged as an attempt to cash on the ever rising fuel prices, since … Continue reading Mahindra Reva to roll out a handful of electric vehicles in India

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DoE announces $10 million for Concentrated Solar Thermal Power

CSP technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect solar energy and convert it to heat that can be used to produce electricity. As part of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, which aims to drive solar energy to be cost-competitive with other energy sources by 2020, Secretary Steven Chu announced new … Continue reading DoE announces $10 million for Concentrated Solar Thermal Power

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