Monthly Archives: May 2009
We just got back from the Intersolar show on Friday and what anamazing experience it was to see the scale of solar energy industry.More than 1,400 manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and service providersfrom all over the world were exhibiting there in nine giant halls withover 100,000 square meters of exhibition space and an estimated 60,000visitors. Overall [...]
The future price of oil is a vitally important consideration forcleantech and renewable energy investors. When prices are high, it’sgood for cleantech, and when they’re low, it’s bad. Yet too fewcleantech investors are equipped with the ability to forecast them. The price of oil is set daily and globally by a complex interactionof many factors, [...]
“This climate change crisis is a game-changer in U.S.-China relations…an opportunity that cannot be missed” – Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House Speaker, May 26, 2009 in Beijing. The nomination of Jon Huntsman, currently the governor of the stateof Utah, as the U.S. ambassador to China brings back into focus therole of clean energy cooperation in the [...]
IC Insightsrecently released a new report, its first to examine and analyze thesolar photovoltaic industry from the perspective of semiconductorindustry participants. Solar Energy: Growth Opportunities for the Semiconductor Industrystarts with the market for high-purity silicon shared with the chipindustry, a market where the rapidly changing balance between supplyand demand is contributing to a rethinking of [...]
Applied Materials just announced that its giant 5.7m2solar photovoltaic (PV) modules have received certification from theInternational Electrotechnical Commission. The solar panels, producedas part of Applied Material’s Sunfab Thin Film line, are the largestavailable on the market today. In a press release,Dr. Randhir Thakur, senior vice president and general manager ofApplied Materials’ Display and SunFab Solar [...]
Industrialdesign students at the Seoul National University of Technology, Ju HoYoung and Kim Sung Uk, have tried to incorporate the latest in solarpanel technology in zero-emission car powered by electricity. Solar-powered cars are nothing new for us, but the technology the designers of Solus have tried to use does seem promising and market ready.
Financial and term details aren’t available yet, but First Solar (FSLR) has announced this morning a multi year supply deal with German solar project developer Pfalzsolar. “We are pleased to have gained Pfalzsolar as an additional customerin a key market at a key period for the evolution of solar electricityin Europe,” added John Carrington, executive [...]
A couple days ago Ascent Solar (ASTI) announced its thin film solar PV modules will be used in the development of a hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle called the Silent Sentinel built by Bye Aerospace. The high efficiency, quiet vehicle will be used primarily for militaryoperations but could be included for civil use as well. Charlie Johnson, [...]
CA utilities rank 1, 2, 3 and 9 TheSolar Electric Power Association (SEPA) released its second annual "TopTen Utility Solar Integration Rankings" based on data through 2008.U.S. utilities were ranked according to installed solar capacity incategories including customer-side of the meter (net metering);utility-side of the meter; solar capacity per customer and more. Asexpected, California held [...]
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