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Fixed-Tilt System vs. Single-Axis Tracker O&M Comparison
08/01/14, Joe Brotherton, MaxGen Energy Services
As PV plants come out of warranty from the installer, an understanding of what needs repair, when, and how to do it is just as important as what equipment was selected and how it was installed.

Vertical-axis, Magnetically Levitated AND Magnetically Powered Wind Turbine Technology
08/01/14, Christopher Griffin, Regenedyne LLC
Regenedyne has invented a magnetic levitation system, that when combined with the advanced aeronautics, eliminates the wobble issue and allows for a smooth, near frictionless, rotation.

TOP 5 Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Platforms.
08/01/14, Aishani Mishra, Solarplaza and the Renewable Energy Crowdfunding Conference
The five platforms listed below are the top leaders in renewable energy crowd funding, based on the money they have raised so far.

Grid-connected Flywheel Energy Storage Facility
08/01/14, Cam Carver, Temporal Power
Temporal Power flywheels are used for short term energy balancing on the power grid.

Most Popular Alternative Energy Articles: Jan - July 2014
08/01/14, Bob Hetherington for, AltEnergyMag
Here are some of the more popular articles so far this year --- a wide range of alternative energy topics.

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Alternative Energy Stories of the Day

Panasonic and Tesla Sign Agreement for the Gigafactory

Submitted on: 07/31/14, 03:00 PM

Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors, Inc. have signed an agreement that lays out their cooperation on the construction of a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States, known as the Gigafactory. 

 
According to the agreement, Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities. Panasonic will manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells and invest in the associated equipment, machinery, and other manufacturing tools based on their mutual approval. A network of supplier partners is planned to produce the required precursor materials. Tesla will take the cells and other components to assemble battery modules and packs. To meet the projected demand for cells, Tesla will continue to purchase battery cells produced in Panasonic's factories in Japan. Tesla and Panasonic will continue to discuss the details of implementation including sales, operations and investment. 

The Gigafactory is being created to enable a continuous reduction in the cost of long range battery packs in parallel with manufacturing at the volumes required to enable Tesla to meet its goal of advancing mass market electric vehicles. The Gigafactory will be managed by Tesla with Panasonic joining as the principle partner responsible for lithium-ion battery cells and occupying approximately half of the planned manufacturing space; key suppliers combined with Tesla's module and pack assembly will comprise the other half of this fully integrated industrial complex. 

More Utilities Are Shifting to Renewable Energy, Ceres Report Finds
Submitted on: 07/30/14, 06:05 AM
The “new reality” facing electricity consumers and their utility companies is that renewable energy is meeting an increasingly larger share of U.S. energy needs, according to a report released this month from Ceres and Clean Edge.  

China Solar Projects Poised to Fuel Panel Price Rebound
Submitted on: 07/28/14, 05:52 AM
The expected recovery in China, which accounts for more than 60 percent of global solar panel output, offers an early sign that manufacturers are succeeding in soaking up supply by building their own projects. The government’s push to promote developments closer

The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target
Submitted on: 07/25/14, 05:09 AM
California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper.   Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage project

China Poised For Significant Expansion In Wind Power Generation
Submitted on: 07/22/14, 03:13 PM
China is the world’s largest producer of electricity, surpassing the United States in 2011, with demand increasing alongside its strong, sustained growth in GDP.  Electricity generation in China has increased 9.6% annually, from 2005 to 2013, reaching 5,425.

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Today's Alternative Energy Headlines

DNV GL verifies Unirac’s Roof Mount (RM) Installs at 12 Modules Per Man Hour
Submitted on: 08/01/14, 11:48 AM
Unirac, Inc., a Hilti Group Company and leading provider of high quality, competitive PV mounting solutions in North America, is proud to announce we received 3rd party verification that Roof Mount's installation speed is 12 modules per man hr., an industry leading standard.

Pakistan solar industry faces ‘total collapse’ if newly imposed taxes and duties on solar are not withdrawn
Submitted on: 08/01/14, 08:16 AM
Imposition of a 32% tax had led to an estimated 70 containers of solar panels becoming stuck at the port of Karachi, Pakistan, with estimates that up to 50MW will be stranded by the end of July.

Economical Operation even at Reduced Feed-in Rates
Submitted on: 08/01/14, 06:25 AM
seebaWIND Service presents a new model for the continued operation of wind power plants at WindEnergy Hamburg

SGS The First Organization to Launch IRCA Approved CPD Introduction Course to ISO/DIS 9001:2015
Submitted on: 08/01/14, 05:30 AM
SGS is the first professional learning and development organisation to offer the one-day course as IRCA Approved CPD.

AspectSolar Launches New, More Efficient EP-60 Solar Panel
Submitted on: 07/31/14, 10:52 AM
Consumer plug-and-play panels highly functional, more durable, and charges devices faster.

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