May 292015
 
Members of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) voted Thursday to rebrand the organisation as SolarPower Europe. Members of the group voted 100% in favour of the name change, with CEO James Watson noting: "This is a true endorsement of a new era in the rapid evolution of solar power in Europe. Our organisation has reached 30 years of age and the nature of our sector has fundamentally changed from where we were back then. The new brand reflects the growth and expansion...
May 292015
 
The Conference programme for EU PVSEC 2015 includes more than 1,000 top-class contributions received with abstracts from 6.000 involved authors and co-authors from 87 countries. The EU PVSEC provides the full range of PV knowledge and technologies. The event takes place 14 to 18 September in Hamburg, Germany. The independent international Scientific Committee, comprising 200 scientists from research and industry, selected the best abstracts, in order to provide the world’s highest...
May 282015
 
Today, Conergy, a global solar company, and Demeter Power, supported by the US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, announce the launch of a new commercial solar financing structure — PACE Lease (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing — and the first customer to benefit from it. This innovative financing structure opens up solar access to the 90% of commercial property owners in America who have had challenges getting solar financing by collecting...
May 282015
 
Kyocera Corporation, K.K. GAIA POWER, Kyudenko Corporation, and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation announced that the companies have made a joint investment in Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC, a solar power operating company, to construct and operate a 92-megawatt (MW) solar power plant. Planned for construction on a site stretching across Kanoya City and Osaki Town in Kagoshima Prefecture, the project will become one of the largest solar installations in Japan.  Project planning began in...
May 282015
 
Mersen is pleased to announce the next step in fuse technology: an intelligent, controllable fuse for medium voltage applications. The Mersen Medium Voltage Controllable Fuse (MVCF) provides arc flash protection with a plug-in retrofit to existing MV fuses at a low total cost and minimal installation downtime and ownership maintenance. Mersen’s Medium Voltage Controllable Fuse System is designed to mitigate the arc-flash hazard on the lowvoltage side of a medium voltage transformer....
May 282015
 
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), an influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, will feature executives from each of California’s three investor-owned utilities (IOUs) as speakers at this year’s conference and exposition, which takes place from 13 to 15 October in San Diego, California (US). One of this year’s keynote speakers will be Pedro Pizarro, President of Southern California Edison (SCE), which recently contracted...
May 272015
 
Mecasolar has supplied 97 dual axis solar trackers to a new project in Romania. The installation lies 400km from Bucharest, in Miroslava, is one of the biggest PV power plants in the country. It will be connected to the grid at the end of June. The PV plant, which is expected to have an annual output of 1700MWh and save 850 tons of CO2-equivalent emissions, features 97 10,31 kWp 2-Axis trackers and more than 4170 modules. According to Mecasolar sources, the 2-Axis solar trackers are capable of...
May 272015
 
CalCom Solar, a specialist in design-build solar projects for agribusinesses and water districts, has commenced installation of a new 1.1 MW solar power system at Medeiros and Son Dairy in Hanford, California (US). The project will be completed in Summer 2015. In addition to the financial savings, the system will also help in California’s efforts to mitigate climate change. This project will significantly reduce CO2 emissions — the equivalent of burning 1.6 million pounds...
May 272015
 
Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI), a specialist in single-axis trackers, has commissioned a 1.3 MWdc solar plant for the Springer Electric Cooperative located in northern New Mexico (US). ATI recently announced the launch of its revolutionary single-axis tracking system, the DuraTrack HZ v3, which is showcased at this solar plant. ATI reports that the unique patent-pending tracking system provides the highest project value to Springer Electric by minimizing upfront and lifetime costs, as well as...
May 272015
 
Anders Bo Skov, a Master’s degree student in chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, together with Prof Mogens Brøndsted Nielsen and his team, is developing molecules capable of harvesting solar energy and storing it for significant amounts of time and releasing it on demand.  “My research into the dihydroazulene-vinylheptafulvene (DHA-VHF) system has been focused on stripping it of a stabilizing group (a cyano-group), which turned out to increase to stored energy,...