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Solar News Briefs For July 15th ’10

Solar News Briefs For July 15th ’10

Here are a several solar power related news briefs of interest:

* Envision Solar, a San Diego based solar company that has solarized carports has now developed “LifeVillage.” These are solar powered portable temporary steel framed structures that can be used as housing when an emergency has destoyed homes or people cannot get back to their homes because of delays. More at Envision Solar.

* Solar power manufacturing companies are finding it hard in a down economy to get “angel investor” funding. The solar industry is considered a consolidating industry as companies partner and merge with other solar companies. Angel investors want to get out of their commitment within 3 years in this slow economy. New companies wanting investment money must be licensed, already have capital, have their patents protected and maintain good relationships with other solar powered related supply companies.
More at Knoxville News.

* Western ranches are saying Goodbye Windmills and hello Solar Well Pumps! When a rancher wants to open up his grazing land for cattle and the old windmill he’s using has broken down, he’ll probably choose to replace it with a solar well pump.

Windmills are made up of many parts that break down over the years. Ranchers are impressed with the technological improvements of the modern solar well pumps and plan to go with those over buying new windmills. Stand-alone solar well systems allow cattle to graze and still have the water they require.
More about ranchers using solar powered well pumps here.


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Solar News Briefs For July 15th ’10

Solar News Briefs For July 15th ’10

Here are a several solar power related news briefs of interest:

* Envision Solar, a San Diego based solar company that has solarized carports has now developed “LifeVillage.” These are solar powered portable temporary steel framed structures that can be used as housing when an emergency has destoyed homes or people cannot get back to their homes because of delays. More at Envision Solar.

* Solar power manufacturing companies are finding it hard in a down economy to get “angel investor” funding. The solar industry is considered a consolidating industry as companies partner and merge with other solar companies. Angel investors want to get out of their commitment within 3 years in this slow economy. New companies wanting investment money must be licensed, already have capital, have their patents protected and maintain good relationships with other solar powered related supply companies.
More at Knoxville News.

* Western ranches are saying Goodbye Windmills and hello Solar Well Pumps! When a rancher wants to open up his grazing land for cattle and the old windmill he’s using has broken down, he’ll probably choose to replace it with a solar well pump.

Windmills are made up of many parts that break down over the years. Ranchers are impressed with the technological improvements of the modern solar well pumps and plan to go with those over buying new windmills. Stand-alone solar well systems allow cattle to graze and still have the water they require.
More about ranchers using solar powered well pumps here.


Visit the original post at: Solar Power News

Solar News Briefs For July 15th ’10

Solar News Briefs For July 15th ’10

Here are a several solar power related news briefs of interest:

* Envision Solar, a San Diego based solar company that has solarized carports has now developed “LifeVillage.” These are solar powered portable temporary steel framed structures that can be used as housing when an emergency has destoyed homes or people cannot get back to their homes because of delays. More at Envision Solar.

* Solar power manufacturing companies are finding it hard in a down economy to get “angel investor” funding. The solar industry is considered a consolidating industry as companies partner and merge with other solar companies. Angel investors want to get out of their commitment within 3 years in this slow economy. New companies wanting investment money must be licensed, already have capital, have their patents protected and maintain good relationships with other solar powered related supply companies.
More at Knoxville News.

* Western ranches are saying Goodbye Windmills and hello Solar Well Pumps! When a rancher wants to open up his grazing land for cattle and the old windmill he’s using has broken down, he’ll probably choose to replace it with a solar well pump.

Windmills are made up of many parts that break down over the years. Ranchers are impressed with the technological improvements of the modern solar well pumps and plan to go with those over buying new windmills. Stand-alone solar well systems allow cattle to graze and still have the water they require.
More about ranchers using solar powered well pumps here.


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Hydrogen Harvester from OriginOil Creates H2 from Algae

In the past, I’ve talked many times about the algae hydrogen connection. Many see algae as the perfect biofuel for creating hydrogen since it can be grown rapidly, almost anywhere and can produce large amounts of H2.

A beer brewery may be the closest common analogy to an algal biorefinery. In fact, in May 2007 I had talked about how several breweries were using microbial fuel cells to generate power.

A company called OriginalOil has come up with a product they are calling Hydrogen Harvester which is part of a larger device called the MultiReactor.

Basically sunlight, CO2, nutrients and water are feed into the MultiReactor that carries different strains of algae. The algae produces hydrogen, oxygen and a biomass harvest.

The Hydrogen Harvester separates the H2 from the algae. The hydrogen and oxygen can be ported directly into a fuel cell to create electricity or the hydrogen can be sold on the open market for transportation fuel.

Having several algal biorefineries in local communities would mean that vast long-distance hydrogen piping or trucking infrastructure would not be needed. Because the algae need only sunlight, nutrients and C02 in order to grow rapidly it is considered a renewable resource.

OriginOil calls this a “potentially game changing device” as if it operates as outlined this could mean large production of local hydrogen at minimal costs and that is what the consumer is looking for when they are going to the fueling pumps.


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US and Chinese Companies Team Up to Create High Efficiency Solar Cells

chinese and american flag

In a move to try to create a solar cell conversion efficiency rate of over 20%, Chinese company JA Solar Holdings has teamed up with US start-up Innovalight. The two have signed a 3-year contract “for work on Secium high efficiency solar cells.”

With pilot production of the solar cells already underway, these solar cells are expected to be available commercially sometime this year.

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More Power to Electronics Thanks to Nano-scale Wires
More Power to Electronics Thanks to Nano-scale Wires

Today a long-standing electronic dream has become a reality thanks to research done by a team of scientists from Bar-Ilan University, Israel, supported by U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Producing superconducting nano-scale wires to facilitate faster and more powerful electronic devices has been the long-time ambition which had eluded achievement [...]
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Trilliant Raises $106 Million for Smart Grid Tech
07/15/2010 – Trilliant
Incorporated
, a developer of Smart Grid solutions that enhance
energy efficiency, utility operations, and renewable resource
integration, has announced new financing totaling $106 million from a
global syndicate of investors…


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Exxon, Synthetic Genomics Open Algae Test Facility
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New “Peel and Stick” Solar Panels Could Turn Ordinary Buildings into Power Dynamos

For what is believed to be the first time in the southern U.S., “peel and stick” solar laminates have helped a new house achieve official Passive House certification, meaning that the structure is designed to use 90% less energy than a conventional home.  The laminates were manufactured by Whirlwind Solar, a division of Whirlwind Steel Buildings, Inc., a 1950′s-era manufacturer of metal buildings that has reinvented itself to take advantage of the emerging green economy.

With four factories in Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma and Minnesota, Whirlwind is among the largest manufacturers of metal buildings in the U.S., so it’s perfectly positioned to leverage its expertise in metal-based construction into the mass market introduction of solar-laminated roofing, with a consequent growth in green jobs in the U.S.A., too.

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SolarCraft is Rated Top Solar Company in the North Bay
Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft has been ranked as the #1 Solar Company by the North Bay Business Journal’s list of solar companies, ranked first by 2009 North Bay solar revenues, then by North Bay employees. North Bay Business Journal’s Lists are the definitive source of business information in the North Bay, including the largest companies in a wide range of major industries: Banking & Finance, Health Care, Construction, Wine, Technology and Real Estate.
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The good, bad and ugly on CSP Project Development
Developing CSP projects in the US is a very challenging business, and the stages involved from getting it from the drawing board to construction phase, on average take up to 4 years.
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Offshore Wind, the Way Forward

Offshore Wind, the Way Forward

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SolarCity Gets US $21.5M Led by Mayfield Fund
SolarCity announced a new, US $21.5 million round of private financing. The round was led by Mayfield Fund and supported by additional investments from existing SolarCity investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DBL Investors and Generation Capital. The new funding will accelerate SolarCity’s growth and expansion to new markets.
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First Wind Starts Building Kahuku Wind Project
First Wind this week began construction of its 30-megawatt (MW) Kahuku Wind project, the only utility-scale wind energy project on Oahu and one of the largest in Hawaii.
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