Centrotherm photovoltaics has won a 300 MW order with CECEP Solar Energy Technology (Zhenjiang) Co., Ltd, based in China. Under the agreement, it will deliver solar cell production systems for anti-reflective coating and phosphorous diffusion.
Two-hundred page policy reports don’t normally sit on a CEO’s bedside table. But the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s wide-ranging new assessment of what the world will look like in 2030 is essential reading for smart, forward-looking corporate leaders.
Forbes – Energy
A gadget under development aims to make power costs a little less mysterious by tracking and reporting electricity use in terms of dollars.
Originally posted at Crave
Modern electronics usually use a little bit of electricity while they are switched “off,” often for the sake of convenience so that you don’t have to set the time or retain settings or wait awhile for something to start up. However, the settings bit is unnecessary, as they can be (and often are) stored using EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory).
Normally, the Tesla Model S does not completely switch off when you turn it off, but the company is making some improvements in that area.
Unfortunately, for every day that a Tesla Model S is parked, it loses up to 8 miles of driving range while it is not even in use. That is a whopping 56 miles per week, or a staggering 240 miles per month.
Tesla Motors said that soon an update will be available to solve that problem by powering the vehicle electronics off.
Here are some notes from the press release regarding the new “Vehicle Sleep” feature:
“With this release, Model S will power off the display and vehicle electronics each time you exit, transitioning to a ‘sleep’ state. When you return to Model S, you’ll note a modest increase in the time it takes the touchscreen and instrument panel to wake from this energy-saving state.
“Model S will initiate the startup process the moment the key is recognized nearby. You can only begin driving once both displays are ready.”
The driving range of the Tesla Model S depends on the chosen configuration. It can be 160 miles with a 40 kWh battery, 230 miles with a 60 kWh, or 300 miles with an 85 kWh pack (all at a speed of 55 mph*).
If you have the 40 kWh version, and tend to leave it for weeks without driving or charging it, you will want this update.
Source: Autoblog Green
*The faster you drive, the shorter range will be because efficiency decreases as speed increases due to increased drag. This unfortunate rule applies to all types of vehicles.
Simple Software Update Increases Tesla Model S Range By Up To 56 Miles Per Week was originally published on: CleanTechnica
For several decades antimony electrodes have been used to measure the acidity/basicity — and so to determine the pH value. Unfortunately, they allow for measuring pH changes of solutions only at a certain distance from electrodes or corroding metals. Researchers have now developed a method for producing antimony microelectrodes that allow for measuring pH changes just over the metal surface, at which chemical reactions take place.
ScienceDaily: Fuel Cell News
In the wake of the financial crisis, global unemployment rates have hit 6% with no improvement projected until after 2016. Recent estimates suggest that the most severely affected are today’s youth, with their global unemployment rate reaching 12.7%. Even the most educated generation in terms of higher degree attainment, the Millennial Generation born between early 1980s and mid-90s, are struggling to secure employment.
Nanoscale layers or metal and plastic trap light like a black hole and increase the electricity generated by the solar cells.
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The European Union granted 1.2 billion euros ($ 1.58 billion) in subsidies to 23 renewable- energy projects under a program to promote low-carbon technology as a part of the fight against global warming.
In a speech Thursday on the Senate floor, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) gave the following floor speech in response to the wind industry’s phase-out proposal of the wind Production Tax Credit:
“This government in Washington, DC, is borrowing 42 cents out of every dollar we spend. That is why I come to the floor to point out a proposal that has been made to fleece the taxpayers out of an additional $ 50 billion over the next 6 years. This is a proposal that is as brazen as a mid-day bank robbery on Main Street. It is a proposal by the wind developers of America to say to the taxpayers: ‘Please give us $ 50 billion or so more dollars over the next 6 years to phase-out the Federal taxpayer subsidy for wind power…’”
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Brazil’s national electricity regulator ANEEL recently announced the receipt of 21 new requests for regulatory authorization to develop and operate new photovoltaic plants totaling almost 1 GW of planned generation capacity.
Scientists have identified a biocatalyst which could produce chemicals found in ice-cream and household items such as soap and shampoo – possibly leading to the long-term replacement of chemicals derived from fossil fuels. This development could mean fuel for cars or household power supplies could be created from naturally-occurring fatty acids.
ScienceDaily: Alternative Fuel News
A new report commissioned by the Department of Energy (DOE) surveying offshore wind potential in the U.S. finds that establishing an offshore wind sector could drive more than $ 70 billion in annual investments by 2030. Citing that report, the DOE on Wednesday announced awards for seven offshore wind demonstration projects in Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia as part of efforts to launch a U.S. offshore wind industry and support offshore installations in state and federal waters for commercial deployment by 2017….
POWER Magazine :: Technical, business, and policy aspects of wind power generation
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The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a preliminary progress report by week’s end on its study about what impact hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has on drinking-water quality. EPA isn’t expected to release the full study, which Congress requested in 2010, until 2014, and the report planned for release this week will offer little in the way of actual results and details. MORE
Erik Trinidad travels to Singapore’s solar gardens to answer the question: Can a solar-powered device pour a cocktail from 72 feet?
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If you had informed Arthur Scargill that solar panels were to be fitted to a building connected with the coal mining industry twenty eight years ago, at the height of the national miner’s strike, the former leader of the National Union of Mineworkers would have, at very least, probably laughed at you. Well, that is exactly what has happened and the
Online sources are debating the topic of district heating as an increasingly important means of generating cheap sustainable energy for future generations. What exactly is district heating and why might it help to create an interesting future for the UK and Europe? What is district heating? District heating or energy is a heat-generating system tha
By using electric voltage instead of a flowing electric current, researchers have made major improvements to an ultra-fast, high-capacity class of computer memory known as magnetoresistive random access memory, or MRAM.
ScienceDaily: Energy Technology News
A new online market could make going solar much simpler.
Solar Technology feed
A look across the U.S. landscape reveals several rich markets for energy efficiency over the next year. Some emerge out of unfortunate natural disasters; others arise from the growing realization by state governments that it is typically cheaper to save energy than produce it. Superstorm Sandy leveled neighborhoods in New York, cracked coastal mans
Renewable Energy World asks leading players in the industry for their verdicts on a key question of the moment. In this edition we asked for views on European onshore wind:
* Gas funds tripped up by surprise price moves on weather
P/F Atlantic Petroleum has through its fully owned subsidiary Volantis Exploration Limited, entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 25% non-operated working interest from Iona Energy Company (UK) Limited (“Iona”) in the Orlando and Kells fields. Atlantic Petroleum has agreed to pay Iona a USD$ 3.4 million deposit immediately and a base payment of USD$ 30.6 [...]
Offshore Energy Today
U.S. self-storage company Extra Space Storage is midway through a program to install 10 MW of solar panels on 103 of its more than 850 facilities across the country.
Crude oil is expected to remain range-bound in 2013 as cyclically tight markets begin to ease on increased production in the U.S. and weaker global demand. The U.S. is expected to ride the shale wave to energy independence in the long run.
Forbes – Energy