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Renewable Energy

June 2014
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to announce
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06/30/2014
Smartenergy ramps up crystalline silicon solar panel production

Smartenergy Renewables completed the conversion and upgrade of its fully-automated solar panel manufacturing facility

Smartenergy Renewables completed the conversion and upgrade of its fully-automated solar panel manufacturing facility in Luckenwalde, near Berlin, Germany. The factory is certified to DIN ISO 9001, 14001, and 50001 standards. The currently manufactured 295W Utility panels are fully IEC certified. To-date 1.9MW
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06/27/2014
Being able to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires some ingenious energy management. Researchers are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany's largest charging station. The network of charging stations for electric vehicles is becoming more tightly meshed. In Germany,
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06/25/2014

West campus solar farm to provide power to UC Riverside

Despite covering nearly 11 acres on the West Campus, the new UCR solar farm will be largely hidden from the view of the general public

The sun has always been a major part of the identity of the University of California, Riverside, so much so that it is even incorporated into the school’s logo. But starting in the summer of 2014, the sun will be providing more than beautifully sunny days – it will also be providing electrical power to the
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06/25/2014
Two DC universities ink major deal to get over half their power From solar

American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital have agreed to purchase more than half of their power from three new solar farms in North Carolina

American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital have agreed to purchase more than half of their power from three new solar farms in North Carolina. The Washington, DC-based institutions signed a 20 year power purchase agreement to buy 52 megawatts of solar PV from Duke Energy Renewables. Enough
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06/25/2014
The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) recognized Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) of Virginia and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) of Illinois as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. The awards were presented at the
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06/25/2014
SolarEdge unveils inverter-embedded rapid-shutdown functionality

Rapid Shutdown is now available in all SolarEdge inverters

SolarEdge Technologies, a leader in power optimizers, PV inverters, and module-level monitoring services, announced that the functionality required by NEC 2014 690.12 Rapid Shutdown is now available in all of its inverters. This functionality is available in both new installations and easily upgradable in existing
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06/24/2014
Linear Technology announced the LTC3331, a complete energy-harvesting solution that delivers up to 50mA of continuous output current to extend battery life when harvestable energy is available. A simple 10mA shunt enables charging of a rechargeable battery with harvested energy while a low battery disconnect
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06/24/2014
SCIGRIP solar boat successfully completes sea trials

The SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team has accomplished another milestone in preparation for the DONG World Cup Solar Power Challenge

The SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team has accomplished another milestone in preparation for the DONG World Cup Solar Power Challenge. Last week, the Polish entry, named the SCIGRIP Solar Boat, successfully completed stability and speed tests on the water, and the team remains confident of an excellent result in this year’s
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06/20/2014
FuelCell Energy, al leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of fuel cell power plants, announced the development of a project to install a 1.4 megawatt (MW) fuel cell power plant to provide both electricity and usable high quality heat to the University of California,
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06/20/2014
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to welcome nearly 100 social scientists, energy researchers, and policy experts to a two-day workshop titled “Applying Behavioral Strategies to Energy Decisions and Behaviors,”
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06/19/2014
CEMS-Global has been successfully organizing the `Power Sri Lanka Intl Expo' in Colombo for the last 4 years, bringing under one roof all important stakeholders of the Power & Energy Industry of Sri Lanka. CEMS-Global brought the Power Series of Exhibitions to Sri Lanka in 2010 and is pleased to once again
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06/17/2014
Fuji Electric's e-vehicle charging station installed at Edison ParkFast in Manhattan

Fuji Electric of America has announced a project featuring their 25kW DC Quick Charger for Electric Vehicles

Fuji Electric of America has announced a project featuring their 25kW DC Quick Charger for Electric Vehicles at the Edison ParkFast's famous Hippodrome location, conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan. The publicly available station provides a complete charge to electric vehicles in under an hour, making
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06/16/2014
Paper Battery Company, developer of an innovative energy storage and enhancement technology for consumer electronics and other applications, announced the closing of a $3.0M Series A private investment round. The funds will be used to commercialize its first products that promise to significantly improve battery
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06/16/2014
CIGS photovoltaic pilot production facility launches in South Africa

Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property officially launched the successful commissioning of its pilot production line for the manufacturing of CIGS thin-film solar modules

In the presence of numerous honorary guests from Germany and South Africa including high-ranking politicians, business and technical partners, Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property officially launched the successful commissioning of its pilot production line for the manufacturing of CIGS thin-film solar
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06/16/2014
NREL bolsters batteries with nanotubes

NREL Scientist Chunmei Ban assembles a lithium-ion battery in the materials lab at the Solar Energy Research Facility at NREL

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries, the energy sources for cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. If successful, the batteries will last longer and perform
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06/16/2014
Renata adds to their Lithium Polymer battery portfolio

Renata 3.7V rechargeable Li-polymer batteries

Providing design engineers with new options for compact and higher power capacity rechargeable power sources for portable medical, industrial and consumer electronic devices, the Renata Batteries division of the Swatch Group (Switzerland) recently added three types to its family of lithium polymer batteries
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06/13/2014
Located twenty miles west of Akron, Ohio, Medina City School District recently searched for an environmentally friendly way to power and heat its only high school and reduce utility costs. After examining several options, the district selected a combined heat and power (CHP) system from the Rolls-Royce Power
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06/13/2014
As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced it has issued a lease to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for marine hydrokinetic technology testing offshore
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06/12/2014
Global renewable energy-generation capacity jumps to record Level

For the first time, more solar PV than wind power capacity was added worldwide

The number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to support the expansion of renewable energy has surged more than six-fold in just eight years, from 15 developing countries in 2005 to 95 early this year. Those 95 developing nations today make up the vast majority of the 144 countries with renewable
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06/12/2014
Jamaica’s largest PV power plant launches with a capacity of 1.6 megawatts

The 1.6 MWp plant is providing The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa with solar energy

SOFOS Jamaica, a premium partner of the German PV system integrator IBC SOLAR, has unveiled the largest solar power plant in Jamaica to date. The 1.6 MWp plant intended for internal consumption is providing The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa with solar energy. The project represents a total investment of USD
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06/12/2014
SolarEdge Technologies, a leader in power optimizers, PV inverters, and module-level monitoring services, is unveiling an expanded product portfolio. On display for the first time during Intersolar Europe in Munich, SolarEdge will showcase its smart energy management solution which reduces electricity costs
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06/10/2014
Don Soifer of EnergyTrends on Smart Grid issues

Don Soifer of EnergyTrends

In this PSDcast Don Soifer of EnergyTrends talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the developing SMart Grid and the challenges and opportunties it provides to both society and the electronic design engineering community. EnergyTrends.org was created by the Lexington Institute to provide useful information
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06/10/2014
Linear Technology introduced the LTC3128, a high efficiency, input current-limited buck-boost supercapacitor charger with active charge balancing for 1 or 2 series supercapacitors. The LTC3128 features an average input current limit that can be programmed up to 3A with +/-2% accuracy, preventing power source
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06/09/2014
Chris Beekhuis of Gridtential on grid-level energy storage (Podcast)

Chris Beekhuis of Gridtential

In this podcast Chris Beekhuis of Gridtential talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about grid-level energy storage and the issues around the storage methods involved. Gridtential has developed a proprietary technology for an advanced lead-acid battery that replaces the metal grid in current lead-acid
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06/09/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Cree demonstrates a solar inverter solution based on their latest silicon carbide semiconductors for Power Systems Design. This demo has delivers 50 kW in
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06/09/2014
Global energy demand is expected to rise dramatically as the world's population grows, economies flourish, and standards of living increase, enabling greater access to modern energy. By 2040, consumption is projected to increase by more than 56 percent worldwide, with the industrial sector accounting for over
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06/07/2014
Fuel cell technology used to help capture rare wildlife footage in Scotland

Fuel cells allowed the BBC Winterwatch film crew to obtain some excellent rare footage

Capturing that elusive wildlife footage can be fraught with challenges. It often involves a considerable amount of waiting around after initially setting up and positioning remote recording equipment. Patience and persistence are just some of the qualities that a wildlife film crew must have in order to produce
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06/02/2014

 



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