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Flywheel Stores Energy from Wind

Linda Hardesty

Beacon Power and TDX Power are partnering on a flywheel energy storage demonstration project located in the middle of the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. TDX’s existing hybrid microgrid on St. Paul Island is comprised of a 225 kW Vestas V27 wind turbine and two 150 kW Volvo diesel generators, along with smart   …Continue Reading

Solar Systems Shelves Australian CVP Plant

Karen Henry

Questions about the Australian government’s commitment to clean energy, along with lower wholesale power prices, have led Solar Systems to scrap its plan to build a 100-MW plant in Victoria, Australia, Bloomberg reports. The Mildura plant was designed to use concentrating photovoltaic technology (CPV), which concentrates sunlight on solar panels using lenses and mirrors, thereby   …Continue Reading

Andalay Solar Partners with Highpower

Karen Henry

Andalay Solar is collaborating with Highpower International, a developer and manufacturer of lithium and nickel-metal hydride rechargeable batteries, to launch a pilot project that will provide technologically advanced energy storage systems for Andalay Solar customers and enhance system performance while keeping the cost affordable and viable. The energy system is designed to help customers avoid   …Continue Reading

DOE Reports Highlight Strength of US Wind Energy Industry

Karen Henry

The United States ranks second in installed wind energy capacity in the world, according to two reports released by the US Department of Energy (DOE): the “Wind Technologies Market Report” and the “Distributed Wind Market Report.” With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the US wind energy market is helping to   …Continue Reading

ATCO Gas Launches CHP Program

Karen Henry

ATCO Gas has launched a new combined heat and power (CHP) program aimed at reducing operational costs and greenhouse gas emissions at municipal and commercial facilities in Alberta. The program launches with two energy-saving projects. ATCO Gas will install, own and maintain CHP units at the Collicutt Centre, a recreation facility in the City of   …Continue Reading

RMIT Boosts Melbourne’s Sustainability Sector

Karen Henry

RMIT University’s $98 million dollar energy and water efficiency upgrade program is providing a big boost to Victoria, Australia’s sustainability sector, according to an article in The Fifth Estate. Honeywell and Siemens are beginning the construction and installation phase of the program’s first projects. Upgrades are being made to 90 buildings, with projected energy savings of 239   …Continue Reading

Ford, DTE Energy to Build Michigan’s Largest Solar Array

Karen Henry

Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters will soon be home to Michigan’s largest solar array. The project, funded by DTE Energy, will provide employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. An onsite kiosk will provide visitors with general information about solar power and details about the Ford carport. The   …Continue Reading

NRG Energy Buys Portable Solar Start-Up Goal Zero

Kirsten Korosec

NRG Energy agreed to buy portable and emergency solar power systems start-up Goal Zero, one week after the power producer announced it would reorganize into three separate units. Goal Zero, based in Salt Lake City, makes portable solar-charged battery packs that can fit into backpacks and bags as well as on-site energy including mobile generators. NRG   …Continue Reading

Anheuser-Busch Installs Second Turbine at Fairfield Brewery

Karen Henry

Anheuser-Busch is installing a second wind turbine at its Fairfield brewery in Northern California. The nearly 400-foot tall turbine will generate 1.6 MW of electricity and brings the Fairfield brewery’s total alternative energy generation up to 4.1 MW, or 30 percent of the brewery’s electricity needs. Even though the new turbine will be larger than   …Continue Reading

Vikram Solar Lands Floating Solar Plant Deal

Kirsten Korosec

Indian panel maker Vikram Solar won a contract to build India’s first floating solar power plant. The 15-kilowatt pilot plant, which aims to study whether placing a solar installation above water will boost generation by cooling the panels, will be constructed by December, reported Bloomberg News. The 20,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity generated annually will be   …Continue Reading

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