eMagazine Issue<br>Aug / Sept 2014

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Value of Solar Versus Fossil Fuels - Part 1

08/18/14, A Report By, The Energy & Policy Institute 
The value of solar power is being debated across the country by regulators, utility companies, and solar energy providers as distributed generation is increasing. This Energy and Policy Institute series consists of four separate reports summarizing recent developments, while providing recommendations for policy makers.

Q2 2014 Solar Energy Deal Volume Comparison

08/18/14, Contributed by, Lincoln International
Lincoln International is pleased to present you with the latest DealReader from our global Renewable Energy Industry group.

Top 20 high-cost oil projects risk wasting $91 bln of investor cash

08/18/14, Contributed by, Carbon Tracker Initiative
The study aims to alert institutional investors to the risks of investing in projects which depend on sustained high prices to make a return, and that are as a result exposed to a future double hit of falling oil prices and growing climate regulation in an increasingly carbon-constrained world.

Ways to Build Skills Among Renewable Industries’ Workforce

08/18/14, Dan Liggett, geoAMPS
For renewable energy industries, it is important that project knowledge, industry awareness and organizational savvy be captured within the organization so it can be easily shared with incoming employees.

Crescent Dunes - Bottling the Sun

08/18/14, Contributed by, SolarReserve
These videos feature the stories of those who are working to construct the plant, the perspective of the residents of Tonopah (where the project is located), as well as an explanation of the technology of this revolutionary solar plant.

Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - September, October, November 2014

08/18/14, Brandon Hetherington for, AltEnergyMag
This year Solar Power International has moved to October. SPI is perhaps the most important show for the solar industry here in North America.

Converting Waste to Energy - The Big Cover-Up

08/18/14, Contributed by, Geomembrane Technologies Inc. (GTI)
Since biogas can be used as fuel to generate electricity, the city wanted a means to reliably collect biogas from the BVF® reactor to recover the energy while also controlling odors and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Latest Studies Open New Doors in Solar Power Utilization

08/18/14, Mike Lopez, MorGreen.org
With constant innovations hitting the frontiers of solar power research, two recent studies provide a glimpse of new opportunities in way we are harnessing this source of energy.

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.

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.

The Future of Solar is Written in its Past

08/01/14, Neville Williams, Author of Sun Power
The PV pioneers and solar veterans made the future possible, but we couldn't imagine what it would look like. The young now own it, and they have no doubts about where it is going, and what they have to do to get it there.

Renewable Packaging

08/01/14, Len Calderone for, AltEnergyMag
It's important to decrease the environmental impact by reducing the size of the packaging, switching to renewable raw materials, reusing materials, and finally, recycling materials for later use.

Multi-Function Meets Multi-Discipline

08/01/14, Carlos Groth, Multi-Contact USA 
Product development in a shifting solar market shows “onshoring” makes sense

Solar Energy Moves into a Brighter Future

08/01/14, Contributed by, Joyce/Dayton Corp.
Sun tracking is accomplished through azimuth and elevation (screw jack) drives that require a high degree of accuracy and durability.

The Clean Energy Alchemists

08/01/14, Contributed by, Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Ontario, Canada, companies transform wind, sunshine and even sawdust into green power

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Challenges Ahead for Sources and States

07/14/14, Chris MacCracken, Steven Fine, Phil Mihlmester, David Pickles and Ankit Saraf, ICF INTERNATIONAL 
In this paper, we discuss the critical issues that sources and states face in evaluating EPA’s proposal and developing plans to meet the Clean Power Plan requirements.

Nokero Introduces World's Most Affordable Solar Light Bulb

07/14/14, Terri Steele, The ECO Report
Nokero’s Next Generation Solar Light Bulb (the N182), Doubles Light Output, Decreases Costs and Lights the Way to Ending Extreme Energy Poverty

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Combining the Advantages of Module-level Power Electronics and String Inverter Topology

08/18/14, Thomas Enzendorfer, Solar Energy Division Fronius USA
This product innovation provides benefits of module-level monitoring while avoiding all the complication, costs and disadvantages of existing module-level products.

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.

Using Fuel Cells in Unique Product Applications

07/14/14, Chris D’Couto, Neah Power Systems
The three products we offer are the PowerChip, a silicon based fuel cell product targeted for defense and commercial customers, the second product is the BuzzBar Suite that is targeted at consumers for cell phone and tablet charging, and the final product is the Formira product, which is an air based fuel cell technology that generates hydrogen for formic acid and that can be used for larger power ranges.

Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuel

07/14/14, Joel Velasco, Amyris
As a drop-in solution with Jet A/A-1 commercial aviation turbine fuel, this new Amyris-Total fuel can be seamlessly included in commercial aviation following the ASTM validation and amendment of the global standard.

Large Scale Energy Storage

06/30/14, Craig Wilkins , ViZn Energy Systems
The industry already recognizes the need to upgrade the grid; energy storage just happens to be the common thread to all upgrade plans.

Intersolar 2014

 

Intersolar 2014 - Tradeshow Report

07/10/14, Brandon Hetherington, AltEnergyMag.com
AltEnergyMag.com has once again partnered with Intersolar to bring all the industry news and exciting new products to help our readers make sense of this key tradeshow. Here we have compiled a list of some product releases from this years show.

Intersolar North America 2014 - Special News Report

05/30/14, Prepared by, AltEnergyMag
News announcements from show. Open for exhibitors - publish your news here.

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Upcoming Tradeshow, Conference & Exhibition Summary - August, September & October

07/14/14, Brandon Hetherington, AltEnergyMag.com
As Summer kicks into full gear we can sit back and enjoy a bit of a break from the Tradeshow schedule. August will see a bit of a lull but starting September and intensifying in October the Alternative Energy tradeshow calendar is full! Here is a summary of what Tradeshows, Conferences & Exhibitions to look forward to in the coming months.

Biooil and Char Production from Melia dubia

07/14/14, R. Mythili and P. Venkatachalam, Department of Bioenergy, Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
Biomass is an important material for the sustainable source of energy. It can generate solid, liquid and gaseous products under different thermochemical conversion technologies. In this study, Melia dubia – a fastest growing energy crop was subjected to pyrolysis. Two products namely, biooil and char were produced and their characteristics were analyzed.

CIC USA and ReliOn Provide a Reliable, Cost-Effective and Green Remote Off-Grid Power Solution

07/14/14, Sandra Saathoff, ReliOn, a Plug Power company
The equipment’s power requirements can be met by the fuel cell system for 17 to 19 days without being refueled, and that window could be pushed to 21 days if a storm prevented access during the normal refueling window.

Tesla’s Battery Fire Patents Can Accelerate Safety of Electric Cars

07/14/14, Contributed by, uAutoInsurance Analyst team
A little understood but perhaps far more important consideration for consumer safety could be related to the risk of battery fires to drivers.

Field mobility crucial for alternative energy projects
07/14/14, Yogesh Khandelwal and Dan Liggett, geoAMPS
Web-based software improves the accuracy and efficiency of meeting payment obligations by providing lease management, automatic payment reminders, payment tracker, royalty calculator, and payment scheduler capabilities.

Economic Feasibility of Sustainable Non-Food Feedstock Pongamia Pinnata Based Biodiesel Production

06/30/14, Contributed by, Center For Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel
Pongamia has attracted the world’s attention as a sustainable substitute for petroleum products and its ability to grow and reclaim marginal lands.

DIY Projects for Alternative Energy Savings
06/30/14, Len Calderone for, HomeToys
The average U.S. household spends about $5,500 a year on energy. By using less energy, we not only save money, but we also save precious natural resources and cut down on pollution.

SolarCity: How the Silveo Acquisition Fits In to the Big Picture

06/30/14, Contributed by, Vozag.com Analyst team 
Solar City, a company started by two brothers in 2006, has now become America’s largest solar services provider. It plans to expand its business by acquiring the solar panel manufacturer Silveo.

Mounting Frameless Thin-Film Modules on Solar Trackers 
06/30/14, Contributed by, Array Technologies 
Overall, frameless thin-film modules look to be an important element for solar projects in the United States moving forward.

China Might Be Winning The Race To Reduce Solar Costs 
06/30/14, Martin Tillier , OilPrice.com
Command economies may be terrible at some things but when the rapid marshalling of resources is needed to solve a problem they can be very good at doing whatever it takes.

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