Archive for January, 2011

Weekly Intelligence Brief: January 24 – 31

This week’s Wind Energy Update news brief includes the following companies and organisations: Ofgem; Alston & EDF; AWEA; RWE nPower, Bladt Industries and EEW Special Pipe Construction; Van Oord and Typhoon Offshore; and Vestas.

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Weekly Intelligence Brief: January 24 – 31

This week’s Wind Energy Update news brief includes the following companies and organisations: Ofgem; Alston & EDF; AWEA; RWE nPower, Bladt Industries and EEW Special Pipe Construction; Van Oord and Typhoon Offshore; and Vestas.

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Weekly Intelligence Brief: January 24 – 31

This week’s Wind Energy Update news brief includes the following companies and organisations: Ofgem; Alston & EDF; AWEA; RWE nPower, Bladt Industries and EEW Special Pipe Construction; Van Oord and Typhoon Offshore; and Vestas.

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Weekly Intelligence Brief: January 24 – 31

This week’s Wind Energy Update news brief includes the following companies and organisations: Ofgem; Alston & EDF; AWEA; RWE nPower, Bladt Industries and EEW Special Pipe Construction; Van Oord and Typhoon Offshore; and Vestas.

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Weekly Intelligence Brief: January 24 – 31

This week’s Wind Energy Update news brief includes the following companies and organisations: Ofgem; Alston & EDF; AWEA; RWE nPower, Bladt Industries and EEW Special Pipe Construction; Van Oord and Typhoon Offshore; and Vestas.

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Weekly Intelligence Brief: January 24 – 31

This week’s Wind Energy Update news brief includes the following companies and organisations: Ofgem; Alston & EDF; AWEA; RWE nPower, Bladt Industries and EEW Special Pipe Construction; Van Oord and Typhoon Offshore; and Vestas.

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Weekly Intelligence Brief: January 24 – 31

This week’s Wind Energy Update news brief includes the following companies and organisations: Ofgem; Alston & EDF; AWEA; RWE nPower, Bladt Industries and EEW Special Pipe Construction; Van Oord and Typhoon Offshore; and Vestas.

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EGPI Firecreek, Inc. Acquisition Candidate Arctic Solar Engineering, LLC Receives New Purchase Order


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EGPI Firecreek, Inc. (OTCBB: EFIR) is pleased to announce that their latest acquisition candidate Arctic Solar Engineering, LLC. (“ASE”) has received a new purchase order for the Sheet Metal Workers Union based out of St. Louis, Missouri.
  
ASE is providing a Solar Thermal system for the potable hot water in the building as part of this complete rehabilitation and redevelopment project. Installation of the solar system will be provided by contractors OJ Laughlin Plumbing Company. All components and the complete general oversight will be provided by ASE.

As previously announced, EGPI Firecreek entered into a binding Letter of Intent to acquire St. Louis, MO. based Arctic Solar Engineering, LLC, a privately held supplier and integrator of solar thermal systems and absorption units. The acquisition is slated for completion on February 04, 2011.

Arctic Solar Engineering, LLC, is an integrator of Solar Thermal Energy technology. Solar Thermal Energy (“STE”) is the most efficient and economical method of capturing and using renewable thermal energy created by the sun every day of the year. The solar collectors that are used, based upon a heat pipe design which operates under basic laws of physics, capture all visible and non-visible wave lengths of sun light and covert the light into energy at 90% efficiency. Energy created by ASE’s STE systems store that energy in water (or other similarly inexpensive storage mediums) and then use that energy in its direct form to heat water, heat space and cool spaces. According to the US Department of Energy, this accounts for 70% of all energy used in commercial and residential structures in the United States.

Fred Sussman, CEO of Arctic Solar Engineering, stated, “Arctic Solar Engineering is pleased to be providing the Solar Thermal Energy (“STE”) system, a key component of the alternative energy solution for the new offices of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 36. Arctic Solar’s state of the art STE system will immediately provide measurable savings upon its installation with a projected payback of five years. Thereafter, Local 36 will realize savings equal to the amount they would have spent on the energy provided by our system.” He also stated, “This newly rehabilitated green energy building clearly demonstrates that the time is right for Arctic’s STE systems as these solutions can be readily integrated into new and existing structures.”


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EGPI Firecreek, Inc. Acquisition Candidate Arctic Solar Engineering, LLC Receives New Purchase Order


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EGPI Firecreek, Inc. (OTCBB: EFIR) is pleased to announce that their latest acquisition candidate Arctic Solar Engineering, LLC. (“ASE”) has received a new purchase order for the Sheet Metal Workers Union based out of St. Louis, Missouri.
  
ASE is providing a Solar Thermal system for the potable hot water in the building as part of this complete rehabilitation and redevelopment project. Installation of the solar system will be provided by contractors OJ Laughlin Plumbing Company. All components and the complete general oversight will be provided by ASE.

As previously announced, EGPI Firecreek entered into a binding Letter of Intent to acquire St. Louis, MO. based Arctic Solar Engineering, LLC, a privately held supplier and integrator of solar thermal systems and absorption units. The acquisition is slated for completion on February 04, 2011.

Arctic Solar Engineering, LLC, is an integrator of Solar Thermal Energy technology. Solar Thermal Energy (“STE”) is the most efficient and economical method of capturing and using renewable thermal energy created by the sun every day of the year. The solar collectors that are used, based upon a heat pipe design which operates under basic laws of physics, capture all visible and non-visible wave lengths of sun light and covert the light into energy at 90% efficiency. Energy created by ASE’s STE systems store that energy in water (or other similarly inexpensive storage mediums) and then use that energy in its direct form to heat water, heat space and cool spaces. According to the US Department of Energy, this accounts for 70% of all energy used in commercial and residential structures in the United States.

Fred Sussman, CEO of Arctic Solar Engineering, stated, “Arctic Solar Engineering is pleased to be providing the Solar Thermal Energy (“STE”) system, a key component of the alternative energy solution for the new offices of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 36. Arctic Solar’s state of the art STE system will immediately provide measurable savings upon its installation with a projected payback of five years. Thereafter, Local 36 will realize savings equal to the amount they would have spent on the energy provided by our system.” He also stated, “This newly rehabilitated green energy building clearly demonstrates that the time is right for Arctic’s STE systems as these solutions can be readily integrated into new and existing structures.”


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BioSolar Announces Major Milestone in Obtaining UL Certification


SANTA CLARITA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioSolar, Inc. (OTCBB:BSRC), developer of a breakthrough technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources that reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, announced that production samples of its innovative BioBacksheet product have successfully completed all critical Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) initial material property tests and is expected to officially obtain full UL material certification soon.

The initial material property UL certification tests included material identification, partial discharge test, resistance to catching fire, and a long list of other tests that are required before BioBacksheet can be used commercially in solar panels. The last remaining test for BioBacksheet is the measurement of relative thermal index (RTI), which is the temperature below which material will retain its desired electrical and mechanical properties and not be compromised via thermally induced chemical degradation. A provisional RTI value will be assigned to BioBacksheet approximately 90 days into the RTI testing. After that, commercial solar panels using BioBacksheet can be submitted for final panel certification or recertification under UL 1703 prior to sale in the general marketplace.

Dr. David Lee, BioSolar’s CEO, commented, “We are excited to receive positive test results on all of our material properties from UL. We are now in the final stretch before our ‘green’ and lower cost BioBacksheet can be commercially made available to solar panel manufacturers. Based on our internal tests, we do not anticipate any problems in achieving an RTI rating that exceeds the requirements of solar manufacturers.”

“Since beginning our sales and marketing efforts in 2010, we have received tremendous interests from solar manufacturers, large and small, from all over the world. That was a great validation of our vision and our innovation. However, new UL certification requirements delayed our commercial engagements with them. I am excited to report that we are close to being back on track in marketing the world’s first bio-based backsheet for solar panels. The benefits of BioBacksheet include green materials, lower cost, increased panel power output, and higher durability compared to conventional petroleum based counterparts on the market today,” added Dr. Lee.


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BioSolar Announces Major Milestone in Obtaining UL Certification


SANTA CLARITA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioSolar, Inc. (OTCBB:BSRC), developer of a breakthrough technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources that reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, announced that production samples of its innovative BioBacksheet product have successfully completed all critical Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) initial material property tests and is expected to officially obtain full UL material certification soon.

The initial material property UL certification tests included material identification, partial discharge test, resistance to catching fire, and a long list of other tests that are required before BioBacksheet can be used commercially in solar panels. The last remaining test for BioBacksheet is the measurement of relative thermal index (RTI), which is the temperature below which material will retain its desired electrical and mechanical properties and not be compromised via thermally induced chemical degradation. A provisional RTI value will be assigned to BioBacksheet approximately 90 days into the RTI testing. After that, commercial solar panels using BioBacksheet can be submitted for final panel certification or recertification under UL 1703 prior to sale in the general marketplace.

Dr. David Lee, BioSolar’s CEO, commented, “We are excited to receive positive test results on all of our material properties from UL. We are now in the final stretch before our ‘green’ and lower cost BioBacksheet can be commercially made available to solar panel manufacturers. Based on our internal tests, we do not anticipate any problems in achieving an RTI rating that exceeds the requirements of solar manufacturers.”

“Since beginning our sales and marketing efforts in 2010, we have received tremendous interests from solar manufacturers, large and small, from all over the world. That was a great validation of our vision and our innovation. However, new UL certification requirements delayed our commercial engagements with them. I am excited to report that we are close to being back on track in marketing the world’s first bio-based backsheet for solar panels. The benefits of BioBacksheet include green materials, lower cost, increased panel power output, and higher durability compared to conventional petroleum based counterparts on the market today,” added Dr. Lee.


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Yissum and Vaxan to Collaborate for the Development of a Novel Nanoparticle Ink for Printed Electronics


JERUSALEM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yissum Research Development Company Ltd., the Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Vaxan Steel Co., Ltd., a leading Korean company in the field of innovative printing, signed a licensing and research agreement for the development of silver nanoparticles and silver-coated copper nanoparticles for conductive inks. These inks can be utilized in a variety of printing technologies, including inkjet printing. The novel conductive inks were invented by Professor Shlomo Magdassi, Dr. Alexander Kamyshny and Michael Grouchko from the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University.
 
According to the terms of the agreement, Yissum grants Vaxan a license to commercialize the technology exclusively in Asia, excluding Israel and former Soviet Union countries, and will receive in return research fees and royalties from future sales.

One of the exciting fields of the present and near future is printed electronics – the ability to print electric circuits on almost any surface, including paper, plastic, silicon and ceramics. Printed electronics are in use, or are considered for use in multiple applications, including displays and thin-film photovoltaics, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, OLED lighting and sensors.

Conducting printing for the electronics industry is traditionally achieved by lithography and screen printing technologies. However, these methods are usually time consuming and expensive. Therefore, during recent years the printing electronics industry trends towards digital printing, with inkjet printing as the most appealing technology. In this printing technology, droplets of ink containing metallic nanoparticles are jetted from a micron size orifice, onto the substrate which can be a plastic sheet, a glass or a silicon wafer.

Silver nanoparticles are particularly appealing for inkjet printing, since silver is the most conductive of the metals, and in contrast to other metals, oxidation does not harm the conductivity of the final film. For this reason, silver was the first material used for inks and conductive printing on a wide scale. Copper, on the other hand, is much cheaper than silver (at about 1/100 the cost of silver), but is readily oxidized by air, thereby becoming non-conductive. Prof. Magdassi and his colleagues invented copper nanoparticles that are covered by a thin layer of silver, thereby producing cheap, conductive, air-stable particles that can be readily used as conductive ink for a variety of applications.

“We are proud that the Hebrew University has had the opportunity to take part in this collaboration, and hope to strengthen our ties with the Korean industry in the future,” said Yaacov Michlin, CEO of Yissum. “We are confident that our new partners will help us in introducing this invention to the market.”

Mr. Duek Chi Lee, the CEO of VAXAN, said, “The nanotechnology application which we have licensed from Yissum will be applied to semiconductors, IT, LED, and OLED industries. We are certain that this technological innovation will be an international success in electronic markets of the future. Once again, I would like to thank Yissum, Prof. Magdassi and GlobalTech Korea who helped promote this collaboration between Korea and Israel.”

Mr. Hyunsung Kim, from GlobalTech Korea, said, “We are very excited with this agreement, which marks the first commercial collaboration between an Israeli university and a Korean company. We at GlobalTech Korea’s Tel Aviv office will continue to do our best to advance future R&D collaboration between the two countries.”


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9th International ASPO Conference, April 27-29, 2011: Agenda now available

Program information about the 9th International ASPO Conference about Peakoil & Gas, 27-29 April 2011, Brussels, Belgium

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Walker’s wind proposal is hasty

Walker’s wind proposal is hasty

From an editorial in the Appleton Post Crescent:

The issue of wind turbines and where to put them is a hugely controversial issue in Wisconsin. It’s a hugely complex issue, too, with numerous perspectives and philosophies about it.

That’s why Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to change the rules about wind turbine siting is hasty and ill-considered.

As part of his regulatory reform legislation, Walker wants to change the minimum distance from a turbine to the nearest property line from 450 feet to 1,800 feet.

By doing so, he’s interjecting himself into a debate that has been going on for a long time — and had seemingly reached a conclusion — without a solid grounding of rationale.

The wind turbine issue has been most notable in eastern and northeastern Wisconsin because its wind patterns are conducive to generating power. In recent years, the debates had been conducted at the town or county level. They were often fierce debates, pitting neighbor against neighbor and sometimes family member against family member.

The prospect of a patchwork of regulations that may vary greatly led the Legislature to determine there should be a statewide standard. The Public Service Commission appointed an advisory committee to recommend one. Last year, the committee — stacked with wind energy proponents — came up with the 450-foot rule and another that said a turbine had to be 1,250 feet from a neighboring residence. The PSC approved the recommendation and the rules are supposed to take effect this year.

It’s understandably a divisive — and personal — issue. If you were a property owner, would you want a turbine near your home? Would you be concerned about its effects on your property value, health and quality of life? Sure.

But there’s also the perspective of economic development. Wind-turbine construction is a budding industry in Wisconsin. In fact, New North, the economic development organization for northeast Wisconsin, has a specific focus on promoting the many companies in our area that are or could be involved in building wind turbines.

Wind industry proponents say Walker’s rule will kill their business in our state, costing $500 million in planned projects. They say Walker’s just carrying the water for the Wisconsin Realtors Association. Those who identified themselves as being in the real estate industry gave more than $500,000 to Walker’s $9 million campaign, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.


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