Aug 032018
 
TerraSmart, a specialist in custom ground mount solar solutions, recently introduced the latest edition to its racking portfolio, the TF3L.  Similar to TerraSmart’s other time-saving products such as the TF2P, the TF3 Landscape Racking System is designed to maximize construction efficiency on large-scale utility-solar sites thus saving the client from unnecessary civil work.  In addition, the TF3L accommodates more panels per foundation, reducing overall site cost and optimizes...
Aug 022018
 
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that PetersenDean, a leading U.S. roofing and solar power contractor, has joined SEIA’s board of directors. Gary Liardon, President of Consumer Group Nationwide at PetersenDean, will serve as a director. Based in Fremont, Calif., PetersenDean is the largest, full-service, privately-held roofing and solar company in the United States, offering professional...
Aug 022018
 
Soltec, a manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers and related services in large-scale projects, supplies complete tracker equipment to two solar PV power plants in Israel. One of them is in the Bnei Shimon regional council while the second one is being constructed in the Merhavim regional council. The project counts on a total power capacity of 17 MW, 2 MW of them bifacial. El-Mor Renewable Energies serves as a full EPC contractor for large-scale PV solar plants. El-Mor...
Aug 012018
 
Robroy Enclosures, a specialist in the design and manufacture of non-metallic NEMA-rated enclosures, will be exhibiting at the Solar Power International, September 24-27, 2018, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California (US), Booth #4044. On display will be a wide range of Robroy Enclosures meeting specific needs for solar applications, along with a brochure on SolarGuard. Every Robroy Enclosure is molded with its patented SolarGuard sheet molding compound (SMC)...
Aug 012018
 
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commented on the Massachusetts Legislature’s passage of a bill that requires the state’s largest electricity utility to refile its plan to charge extra fees to solar adopters and raises the state’s renewable energy goal.  The bill addresses a decision by the Massachusetts’ Department of Public Utilities (DPU) that would have allowed Eversource to impose complex fees on consumers who go solar. The legislation also...
Jul 312018
 
SolarEdge Technologies, Inc., a specialist in smart energy, announced today that it has extended its lawsuit pending in the Mannheim District Court, Germany, against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity, Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH, a German entity, and WATTKRAFT Solar GmbH, a German distributor for Huawei, by asserting two additional patents related to its power optimizer technology. Also with regard to these two additional patents, SolarEdge asserts unauthorized use...
Jul 312018
 
New solar energy research from Arizona State University demonstrates that silicon-based, tandem photovoltaic modules, which convert sunlight to electricity with higher efficiency than present modules, will become increasingly attractive in the U.S. A paper that explores the costs vs. enhanced efficiency of a new solar technology, titled "Techno-economic viability of silicon-based, tandem photovoltaic modules in the United States," appears in Nature Energy this week. The...
Jul 312018
 
Combining autonomous soaring and onboard solar power, new technology developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) allows unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fly for more than 12 hours.  The solar-soaring technology uses both thermal energy in the atmosphere and solar energy. “NRL is pioneering two new aspects,” says Dr Dan Edwards, senior aerospace engineer in the NRL’s Tactical Electronic Warfare Division. “First, the solar arrays are co-molded into...
Jul 302018
 
Lithium metal batteries hold tremendous promise for next-generation energy storage because the lithium metal negative electrode has 10 times more theoretical specific capacity than the graphite electrode used in commercial Li-ion batteries. It also has the most negative electrode potential among materials for lithium batteries, making it a perfect negative electrode. However, lithium is one of the most difficult materials to manipulate, due to its internal dendrite growth mechanism. This...