Global Solar Installations To Reach 57.4 GW This Year

According to new analysis from Texas-based Mercom Capital Group LLC, global solar installations are forecast to reach 57.4 GW this year.

Mercom expects China, Japan and the U.S. to account for approximately 60% of new solar installations. Since Mercom’s previous forecast three months ago, China has revised its solar installation target upward by 20% to almost 18 GW.

30 kW, 120 kWh vanadium flow battery

India College Installs Imergy Flow Battery

Battery Will Reduce College’s Use of its Costly Backup Diesel Generators, and Help Students Study How Solar Power and Energy Storage Can Enable Rural Electrification

Kodak and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Announce New Collaboration on Battery Storage, Solar And Energy-Efficiency Tech

Rochester, N.Y.-based Eastman Kodak Co. and the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have entered into an agreement to accelerate commercialization and manufacturing of next-generation battery and energy storage devices and materials.

The partnership will focus on connecting emerging companies in the cleantech sector with resources at both ORNL and Kodak's Eastman Business Park (EBP). It is hoped that the effort will also spark the formation of new high-tech companies at EBP.

Utah engineers say beam splitter could speed up computers 1000 times

SALT LAKE CITY — Computer and electrical engineers at the University of Utah believe they've opened the way to computers processing data thousands of times faster than they currently do.

They say a tiny device could mean a big future and benefit consumers by making supercomputers and eventually smartphones and other gadgets many thousands of times faster.

Future Energy is already here if you can afford it

IN THE BOARDROOM at Bloom Energy, a single picture hangs on the wall: a satellite image of the world at night. Clusters of bright lights mark the industrial centers, and thin white lines trace connecting passageways such as the U.S. Interstate System and the Trans-Siberian Railroad. In between, huge swaths lie in shadow.

Protecting Water Heating Systems with Expansion Tanks

Water expands when it is heated and it is nearly incompressible. These two properties can create a powerful force in a water heater. The water in a standard 80-gallon solar storage tank may expand by as much as 2.5 gallons as it is heated, and this thermal expansion will cause a significant increase in the pressure in the plumbing system unless the extra fluid volume is accommodated.

Wind Turbine Buyers Guide

wind turbine specs

This month Home Power magazine had an excellent article on residential wind power.

 

Fannie Mae Launches Green Rewards Incentives For Multifamily Housing

It won't help any of the poor that live in subsidized housing, but the owners of the buildings can make some money.

As reported in Solar Industry magazine:

Fannie Mae has launched its Green Rewards multifamily financing program for owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives to encourage them to invest in energy- and water-saving improvements.

Smith's Food King installs 1 million watts of solar in Layton, Utah

Out of state suppliers were used in the installation of a 1 MW solar array for Smith's Food & Drug Stores distribution center in Layton, Utah.

The rooftop system consists of 4,066 Trina Solar photovoltaic modules supported by a non-penetrating Unirac RM system. The array also uses 36 ABB string inverters.

What does off-grid power entail?

Even though self sufficiency is smarter than willingly connecting to a never ending utility bill, it does cost money for the equipment and one should be frugal in energy use. Electricity should not be used for heating. Heating with electricity requires a direct short and makes your power meter race around, and is incredibly inefficient and wasteful. Using electricity for heat is one of the early signs of senility.

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