Oct 302015
 
Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. announces the addition of the 360 Watt TSP BCMU360 Series of DIN-Rail universal battery controller modules for uninterruptible 24VDC and 48VDC bus voltage to our TRACO Power portfolio. This modular line of DIN-Rail battery controllers are highly efficient and have an operating temperature range –25°C to +70°C. Features include redundant inputs for two independent sources, battery protection system for over-voltage, deep discharge, short circuit and...
Oct 302015
 
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have demonstrated a way to significantly increase the efficiency of perovskite solar cells by reducing the amount of energy lost to heat. A paper on the discovery, "Observation of a hot-phonon bottleneck in lead-iodide perovskites," was published online this week in the journal Nature Photonics. The research also will appear in the January print edition of the journal. Present-day photovoltaic cells...
Oct 302015
 
Standard Solar, a solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of solar electric systems nationwide, installed a 47.9 kW solar array on the roof of the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s (AFF) new education building, one of the greenest most energy efficient structures in the world. The building is designed to meet the net-zero water, net-zero energy, zero-waste and carbon-neutral requirements of the Living Building Challenge.  The 174-module array,...
Oct 302015
 
Due to rapid growth in solar installations in 2015, and forecasts for another record year for installations in 2016 IHS has flagged a potential solar wafer supply shortage throughout the entire supply chain. This concern comes despite recent announcements of large capacity expansions in diverse geographical locations from leading solar module suppliers. Key Facts There is increasing likelihood of a potential shortage of tariff-free solar cells in the United States, and several cell and wafer...
Oct 302015
 
In the first three quarters of 2015, SolarWorld AG increased groupwide shipments of solar power modules and kits by 25% in comparison with last year. SolarWorld was strongest in the US, where it grew by 61% from January to September, compared with last year. Contrary to the market trend in Germany, which was down 30%, SolarWorld was able to raise its shipments in the first three quarters of 2015 by 30% in this market. Consolidated revenue grew by 30%to € 532 (Q1-Q3 2014:...
Oct 302015
 
Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a supplier of commercial and utility-scale racking systems, was selected by Pro-Tech Energy Solutions to provide its Rayport-B ECO solar racking system for one of the nation’s largest rooftop solar installations. The project is installed on a distribution warehouse and the corporate headquarters for AC Moore arts and crafts stores. AC Moore, founded in NJ in 1985, operates arts and crafts superstores throughout the eastern US. The 11,232 panels,...
Oct 292015
 
In 2015 solar cell manufacturer Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. (SAS) with its subsidiary Sunrise Global Solar Energy Co. Ltd. (Sunrise) has placed orders to InnoLas Solutions GmbH (InnoLas) for a total of five additional ILS-TT high throughput laser machines for Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology. InnoLas’ ultrafast Laser Contact Opening (LCO) process helps to increase solar cell efficiency, thus reducing the overall cost of solar power.  InnoLas had already...
Oct 292015
 
Today, Vote Solar and Earthjustice, in partnership with New Mexico attorney Jason Marks,stopped the El Paso Electric Company (EPE) from becoming the first regulated utility in the nation to establish a separate rate class for rooftop solar customers. The New Mexico utility proposed to discriminate against solar customers by charging the new class higher rates for the power they purchase. “This ruling should encourage utilities across the country to think twice before trying to...
Oct 292015
 
1366 Technologies announced a series of new performance records for its kerfless, drop-in 156mm multi-crystalline wafers, including a champion result of 19.1% on an industrial line. The result was independently verified by the Fraunhofer ISE. Customers using 1366’s proprietary Direct Wafer™ technology and passivated emitter rear contact (PERC) cell process achieved an average of 19% cell efficiency. “The disruptive nature of the Direct Wafer process is not...
Oct 292015
 
Ericsson, E.ON, ABB have signed a cooperation agreement in Sweden to develop innovative products and services to deliver smart energy solutions for a number of industries, to help businesses reduce energy and operation costs and improve consumers' comfort and productivity. The intelligent products created within the framework of the partnership will be launched and introduced to the market through Brunnshög Energi AB, E.ON's start-up innovation company. Together, ABB, a...