Alternative Energy Articles from the Current eMagazine
New Map Shows Solar Jobs Still Growing Faster Than the Economy
05/16/13, Chris Meehan, SolarReviews
Thanks to The Solar Foundation (TSF), individuals can now learn more about the solar industry in their backyard, their neighboring states and across the country. On April 18, TSF introduced a new interactive map that showcases the nearly 120,000 jobs in America’s booming solar industry in 2012. This is the first time that the public can easily access the data on a state-by-state basis, and explore what parts of the solar industry are biggest—including manufacturing, installing, sales, project development and associated jobs.
Wind Industry in the USA
05/16/13, Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, The Switch
The debate of the PTC just took too long and put the players to uncertainty. Installations were pushed in 2012 to record level of almost 13 GW. This year will be a big dip to estimated 4 GW or so and midterm the installations should level on 7 GW level.
Case Study: Thomonde Hospital In The Central Region of Haiti
05/16/13, Contributed by, Trojan Battery Company
The Thomonde battery bank was designed for 40 percent depth of discharge and only one day of autonomy due to the large loads of some of the medical equipment and the availability of the diesel generator.
Making the Switch: From Fixed to Solar Tracker
05/16/13, Rich Nicol, AllEarth Renewables
I compared the cost per watt to install a standard pole mount, such as a DPW, and found it cost the same as putting up a standard tracker. And of course by tracking you get the additional power.
Interview with Sophie Parker of The Nature Conservancy
05/16/13, Sophie Parker, The Nature Conservancy
In areas of the Mojave that are ecologically intact, renewable energy development poses a major problem for plants, animals, and other species. Some major issues include: habitat destruction and fragmentation, water use, and bird mortality.
Alternative Energy Stories of the Day
U.S. and Europe Prepare to Settle Chinese Solar Panel Cases
Submitted on: 05/21/13, 11:52 AM
The Obama administration and the European Union have each decided to negotiate settlements with China in the world’s largest antidumping and antisubsidy trade cases involving China’s roughly $30 billion a year in solar panel shipments to the West, officials
A Down-To-Earth Wind Turbine
Submitted on: 05/20/13, 05:59 AM
The wind is faster at higher altitudes and wind power is directly proportional to wind velocity cubed. But mounting a turbine up high makes it more expensive to install and maintain, and requires a stronger tower to support such a top-heavy structure. Engineers at Shee
Solar Power Windows Fast Approaching Commercial Production
Submitted on: 05/17/13, 06:46 AM
Commercial production of solar windows, using the patented SolarWindow spray-on solar power coating system, may be just around the corner. A recent announcement from US building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) developer New Energy Technologies Ltd. (which we’ve b
SolarCity Thrives in Solar Power Sector
Submitted on: 05/15/13, 06:29 AM
Sun Concept, Ampulse, Evergreen, Solyndra: the long list of defunct solar companies is enough to give pause to anyone trying to enter the business. But at least one company, SolarCity, has been succeeding where so many others have failed. Its secret? Staying away from
Today's Alternative Energy Headlines
2013 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition Conference Theme Announced
Submitted on: 05/24/13, 07:09 AM
The 2013 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition (FCS&EE) theme, "Fuel Cells and Natural Gas: Securing America's Energy Future," has officially been announced for this year's conference to be held in Columbus, Ohio, October 21st - 24th.
Crescent Dunes site visit announced for CSP Today USA in June
Submitted on: 05/24/13, 05:50 AM
This week CSP Today have announced that attendees of CSP Today USA 2013 (26-27 June, Las Vegas) will be given a unique opportunity to visit SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project on 28 June, a 110MW molten salt power tower plant currently under construction near Tonopah, Nevada.
Solutions for Environmentally Friendly Industrial Cooling
Submitted on: 05/24/13, 05:45 AM
Can you cool your factory or warehouse and protect the environment? This is a problem that has vexed business owners as they try to balance their costs against the need to work in a responsible manner.
Econic Offers Free Ground Energy Webinar
Submitted on: 05/24/13, 04:41 AM
Heat pump specialists Econic are offering a free online webinar regarding the design of ground energy collectors.
New Wire Marine Retools and Enters OEM Switch Panel Market
Submitted on: 05/24/13, 02:07 AM
New Wire Marine, a marine electrical system design company, announced today that they have acquired new Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment that will allow the company to expand into the OEM switch panel market.
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