Archive for August, 2009

ICP Solar to Introduce iSun® Mobile Products

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ICP Solar Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: ICPR.OB, FRANKFURT: K1U.F), a developer and marketer of innovative, proprietary solar panels and products, today announced that the Company plans to introduce its long-anticipated line of iSun®-branded portable solar chargers before the end of September. The chargers, targeted to road warriors and urban explorers who are always “on the go,” will easily interface with most cell phones and PDAs and are designed to be scalable, modular, pocketable, and attractive. They will be sold through distributors worldwide and over the Company’s website.

“We are excited to finally bring to market these fresh, cutting-edge solar chargers designed specifically for today’s huge portable communication market,” said Sass Peress, Chairman and CEO. “Our iSun® products – offered in sleek, user-friendly applications that are as attractive as they are practical – represent the next generation of innovation at ICP Solar and are designed for the billions of cell phones and PDAs already operating worldwide. For power-hungry smart phones, mobile music players, and GPS devices, the iSun® will offer a practical, easy-to-use answer for getting energy quickly and efficiently. ICP Solar, in broadening its portfolio beyond its existing sunsei®, Coleman®, and Energizer® brands, expects to see accelerating revenue growth and improved bottom line results as it provides dependable solar solutions for all kinds of lifestyles.”



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ICP Solar to Introduce iSun® Mobile Products

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ICP Solar Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: ICPR.OB, FRANKFURT: K1U.F), a developer and marketer of innovative, proprietary solar panels and products, today announced that the Company plans to introduce its long-anticipated line of iSun®-branded portable solar chargers before the end of September. The chargers, targeted to road warriors and urban explorers who are always “on the go,” will easily interface with most cell phones and PDAs and are designed to be scalable, modular, pocketable, and attractive. They will be sold through distributors worldwide and over the Company’s website.

“We are excited to finally bring to market these fresh, cutting-edge solar chargers designed specifically for today’s huge portable communication market,” said Sass Peress, Chairman and CEO. “Our iSun® products – offered in sleek, user-friendly applications that are as attractive as they are practical – represent the next generation of innovation at ICP Solar and are designed for the billions of cell phones and PDAs already operating worldwide. For power-hungry smart phones, mobile music players, and GPS devices, the iSun® will offer a practical, easy-to-use answer for getting energy quickly and efficiently. ICP Solar, in broadening its portfolio beyond its existing sunsei®, Coleman®, and Energizer® brands, expects to see accelerating revenue growth and improved bottom line results as it provides dependable solar solutions for all kinds of lifestyles.”



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ICP Solar to Introduce iSun® Mobile Products

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ICP Solar Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: ICPR.OB, FRANKFURT: K1U.F), a developer and marketer of innovative, proprietary solar panels and products, today announced that the Company plans to introduce its long-anticipated line of iSun®-branded portable solar chargers before the end of September. The chargers, targeted to road warriors and urban explorers who are always “on the go,” will easily interface with most cell phones and PDAs and are designed to be scalable, modular, pocketable, and attractive. They will be sold through distributors worldwide and over the Company’s website.

“We are excited to finally bring to market these fresh, cutting-edge solar chargers designed specifically for today’s huge portable communication market,” said Sass Peress, Chairman and CEO. “Our iSun® products – offered in sleek, user-friendly applications that are as attractive as they are practical – represent the next generation of innovation at ICP Solar and are designed for the billions of cell phones and PDAs already operating worldwide. For power-hungry smart phones, mobile music players, and GPS devices, the iSun® will offer a practical, easy-to-use answer for getting energy quickly and efficiently. ICP Solar, in broadening its portfolio beyond its existing sunsei®, Coleman®, and Energizer® brands, expects to see accelerating revenue growth and improved bottom line results as it provides dependable solar solutions for all kinds of lifestyles.”



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South Korean Sustainable Master Plan Islands Revealed

Just north and west of Seoul, South Korea, a company called Foster and Partners has won the right to develop a green master plan community on the islands of KangHwa and OnJin-gun. The sustainable master plan is supposed to be an extension of the Incheon Free Economic Zone.

One of the islands, KangHwa, will be used as a developmental center creating solar panels and wind turbines. The buildings in this center will use biomass energy, hydrogen fuel cells and even have hydroponic roofs.

The other island, OnJin-gun, will become a sustainable resort surrounded by agricultural landscape. Light rail will be used along with smaller roads and pedestrian avenues. The two islands are to be connected with the world’s longest bridge.

Now, within the past 2 years South Korean companies have unveiled their newest hydrogen cars, the Hyundai i-Blue and the Kia Borrego FCEV which one can imagine providing transportation to and from this green master plan community along with the light rail.

The 180 square mile community is expected to balloon in population from 35,000 now to 320,000 residents in the next 10 to 15 years as this master plan is phased in. By that time, there may be many more hydrogen cars on the roads not only around the master community and Seoul but through the entire country as well.


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South Korean Sustainable Master Plan Islands Revealed

Just north and west of Seoul, South Korea, a company called Foster and Partners has won the right to develop a green master plan community on the islands of KangHwa and OnJin-gun. The sustainable master plan is supposed to be an extension of the Incheon Free Economic Zone.

One of the islands, KangHwa, will be used as a developmental center creating solar panels and wind turbines. The buildings in this center will use biomass energy, hydrogen fuel cells and even have hydroponic roofs.

The other island, OnJin-gun, will become a sustainable resort surrounded by agricultural landscape. Light rail will be used along with smaller roads and pedestrian avenues. The two islands are to be connected with the world’s longest bridge.

Now, within the past 2 years South Korean companies have unveiled their newest hydrogen cars, the Hyundai i-Blue and the Kia Borrego FCEV which one can imagine providing transportation to and from this green master plan community along with the light rail.

The 180 square mile community is expected to balloon in population from 35,000 now to 320,000 residents in the next 10 to 15 years as this master plan is phased in. By that time, there may be many more hydrogen cars on the roads not only around the master community and Seoul but through the entire country as well.


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Wisconsin Rapids company mulls Great Lakes wind farms

From an article by Nathaniel Shuda in the Wausau Daily Herald:

leaders of a Wisconsin Rapids company finalize logistics of a planned local manufacturing plant, they have their sights set on an even larger project.

Officials with Energy Composites Corp. are developing a group to build wind farms on the Great Lakes, said Sam Fairchild, chief executive officer.

“There have been a lot of groups trying to align some interest in the Great Lakes in terms of energy,” Fairchild said Friday. “The problem is no one is trying to build wind farms in the Great Lakes. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Two weeks after announcing plans to form what it’s calling a Great Lakes Consortium, Energy Composites already has attracted the attention of state and federal officials, outside energy companies and power utilities in states surrounding the lakes, Fairchild said. Because of that, company leaders are trying to acquire federal funding for wind development.

Energy Composites, which plans to build a 350,000-square-foot wind turbine component plant in Wisconsin Rapids, is drafting a document to send to all parties interested in the Great Lakes project and then wants to organize a commercial development session with financiers and developers, Fairchild said. He already is talking with wind farm developers across the nation in an attempt to garner their support.

“I have had parties step forward and say, ‘I was going to build as far out as South Dakota,’” Fairchild said. Now they have decided to consider the Great Lakes as a potential location.


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For Base-Load Wind Cheaper than Fossil Fuels: CAES

As PG&E ramps up renewable power in response to the California RPS requirement that it get 33% of its electricity from renewables by 2020; it has been exploring ways to add that much renewable power to the grid while smoothing out the ups and downs of wind energy, which often peaks at night.

The utility needs a way to turn sometimes-too-much wind into anytime-always-there electricity.

The solution? Simple tech. Underground compressed air.

With compressed air energy storage; air is compressed and then pumped in natural underground reservoirs. The air is released later and converted into electricity. With enough storage, even fickle wind could actually supply base-load power.

So PG&E has applied for DOE smart grid stimulus funding under The Recovery Act; to build a compressed air energy storage project with output capacity of 300 megawatts. Cost? $25 million.

By comparison, building a plant to burn fossil fuels would cost around $850 million for the same 300 megawatts of fossil energy.

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Two upcoming conferences for entrepreneurs seeking funding

I always hesitate to highlight conferences on this site, since there are far too many interesting ones than I could ever mention, and I hate to highlight some and not others. However, for entrepreneurs seeking funding, there are two upcoming conferences that haven’t gotten a huge amount of attention yet, but could be valuable showcase opportunities for the right startups.

Cleantech startups with at least one woman in a leadership role (at the “C” level) or in a significant position of equity and influence may want to reach out to Astia about their upcoming Silicon Valley conference, which will have a dedicated cleantech track. The application deadline is Sept. 10th.

Also, here in New England the Fifth Conference on Clean Energy will be taking place on November 12 & 13, at the end of Clean Energy Week. Selected entrepreneurs will be giving 10 minute investor pitches, and previous participants have raised $80M.

It’s still tough out there to raise funds, so I thought I would pass these two lesser-known opportunities along to those interested.


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Wind Stock News – Juhl Wind (OTCBB: JUHL) Affirms Revenue Guidance for 2009 During 2nd Quarter Earnings Call
WOODSTOCK, Minn – August 31, 2009 – Juhl Wind Inc. (OTCBB: JUHL), the leader in Community Wind Power, today announced that it has affirmed its earlier revenue forecast for the fiscal year ending on December 31, 2009.


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State Level Efforts to Drive Indian Solar Energy Market
According to our new research report titled “Indian Solar Energy Market Outlook 2012″, Indian solar industry is expected to see robust growth in coming years on the back of various efforts by the state governments and rising concern for climate change.


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Printable and Paintable Solar Cells Make Production More Affordable

Painted solar cells

A team of scientists from the University of Texas at Austin has developed a type of spray-on solar cells that could lower costs of production dramatically.

The concept of spray-on solar cells is by no means a new approach – the Australian National University has been working on one for the past three years. The University of Texas at Austin team led by engineer Brian Korgel uses copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) as the main component for the ink used to manufacture the solar cell. This nanoparticle ink allows manufacturers to completely deviate from the conventional expensive method of solar cell production. Using this ink, solar cells can be made through a roll-to-roll printing process, similar to how newspapers are printed. Plastic substrate and stainless steel are a couple of possible bases for the printing.

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Enabling Wind, Sun To Be Our Main Power Supplies: Quest for Storage — "Holy Grail" of New Energy Economy — Nears Goal

For decades the “Holy Grail” of the New Energy Economy has been to find ways to store wind and solar energy. The answers are here, and they are much more plain and simple than we thought. Like Indiana Jones in his Last Crusade, we need to see the Grail that is right before our eyes. The means to enable solar and wind energy to serve as our primary energy supplies are at hand.

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One Atom Away from Clean Water

One Atom Away from Clean Water

Breakthrough discovery at Sandia could lead to more affordable way to purify drinking water.A breakthrough discovery from Sandia National Laboratories could help keep a lid on the rising cost of chemical water treatment and make clean drinking water more affordable in “water challenged” areas of the world.  Working with researchers at the University of California, the Sandia team substituted one atom in aluminum oxide, a common chemical used to coagulate impurities in water.  The new compound promises a more sustainable way to decontaminate wastewater as well as purify drinking water.  Next step: Sandia has partnered with the award-winning water technology company Kemira to bring the new compound into commercial production.

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Solar Cells To Be Printed Like Newspaper
Solar Cells To Be Printed Like Newspaper

Sunlight is a non exhaustible source of energy without contributing greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Still it is miles away from replacing the fossil fuels. Many reasons can be sited. One of its biggest disadvantages is it is still out of reach for the common man and it has a long break-even period. Unless [...]
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