July 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Solar Blog | No comment
SOLON Corporation has announced an agreement with UniSource Energy Services (UES) that will bring a 1.22 megawatt (MW) solar system to Kingman, Arizona. Powered by SOLON systems and modules, the plant will provide a faster, more cost-effective way for UES to integrate solar power into its renewable energy portfolio for Kingman residents.
UES will own and operate the system on six acres owned by the Kingman Unified School District (KUSD) behind La Senita Elementary School. It will be the largest single physical photovoltaic (PV) system on school property in the state of Arizona. SOLON is leading the engineering, procurement and construction services.
For the Kingman system, SOLON is providing a comprehensive level of products, development and support. In total, the system will feature six of SOLON‚Äôs single-axis trackers, utilizing more than 5,000 UL-certified 235-watt solar modules, which are manufactured at the company‚Äôs Tucson headquarters. To help ensure the plant‚Äôs performance and efficiency, the company is also providing its SCADA system, which enables remote control and monitoring.
‚ÄúAs a Tucson-based company, SOLON Corporation takes great pride in bringing clean, affordable solar energy to neighboring Arizona communities,‚ÄĚ said Dan Alcombright, Chief Executive Officer and President of North America for SOLON. ‚ÄúLa Senita is a testament to Kingman‚Äôs commitment to renewable energy and the success of partnerships between solar providers, utilities and schools.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúIn addition to helping UES meet its renewable energy goals, this system will provide an estimated $1 million to $1.5 million impact on the local economy,‚ÄĚ said Carmine Tilghman, Director of Renewable Resources for UES and its parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS). ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre grateful that KUSD and La Senita Elementary School share our enthusiasm for this project, and we look forward to developing similar partnerships in the future as we expand our renewable energy resources.‚ÄĚ
Local Mohave County contractors will assist in the installation of the system. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.
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Article source: http://www.solarnewsportal.com/solar_article10212.html
July 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Solar Blog | No comment
Heraeus has more than tripled its technical staff, but aims to continue this expansion throughout 2011 as they look to hire additional employees this year.
The Heraeus Photovoltaic Business Unit has announced it has completed construction in Singapore of a new facility for the production of silver metallization paste used in crystalline solar cell applications. The site, which includes Manufacturing, RD, Sales and Technical Service, began operations in June 2011.
The RD lab in Singapore was recently completed in early July with qualification samples to be released to customers soon. An official opening ceremony for the Singapore facility is scheduled for November 2011.
In December 2010, RD personnel as well as Production personnel were hired and received full-time training at the U.S. facility. The qualified staff returned to Singapore to work at the new site located in Tuas.
‚ÄúThis new site was built primarily to expand production capacity into the Asian market, as well as to create our third leg of our global RD footprint,‚ÄĚ said Andy London, Vice President of Heraeus Materials Technology LLC in West Conshohocken. ‚ÄúIn the last three years the industry has moved to Asia and we want to remain dynamic and responsive to these industry changes.‚ÄĚ
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July 8, 2011 at 2:00 am | Solar Blog | No comment
Dr. Karl Heinz Kuesters, Head of Technology at Conergy‚Äôs solar module manufacturing factory in Germany, will be presenting in a session about performance enhancement and cost reduction in Silicon based cell and module technology at the InterSolar North America conference. As Head of Technology and overseeing Conergy‚Äôs state-of-the-art, fully-automated and vertically-integrated manufacturing facility, Mr. Kuesters has unique insight into the development of manufacturing processes that optimize technology and reduce costs.¬†
Dr. Kuesters presentation will focus on the main technology trends, performance enhancement measures, the effects of integration in the manufacturing process and the tradeoffs between system efficiency and system cost. Mr. Kuesters said, ‚ÄúCost reduction in the production of silicon based modules, both in raw material and in the manufacturing process, is a growing trend. While it is important to offer competitively priced products, it can not be done at the expense of quality and durability. At Conergy, we use integrated manufacturing and highly-automated systems to ensure quality in the race for cost reduction.‚ÄĚ Mr. Kuesters will be speaking Tuesday, July 12th at 2:00 PM at the InterSolar NA conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Responsible for technology development at Conergy, Dr. Kuesters develops higher-efficiency, lower-cost cell and module technology, manages product development, technology integration and RD initiatives in cooperation with external institutes and funding programs.
Conergy‚Äôs state-of-the-art, vertically-integrated and fully-automated manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder) was launched in 2007. The plant manufactures solar modules from the silicon ingot stage to a finished module, which provides Conergy improved quality control and insight into module optimization. This insight into full system optimization, allowed Conergy to develop the 3-busbar cell design, which optimizes the entire module, compared to the 2-busbar cell design which optimizes the cell‚Äôs efficiency, but decreases the module‚Äôs yield. This innovation is being adopted in the industry. Producing the PowerPlus, Conergy‚Äôs premium solar energy module, the 250 Megawatt manufacturing facility includes 24 wafer saws, 4 cell production lines and 5 module production lines. Due to increased quality controls, high-quality components and lack of human-error, the Conergy PowerPlus solar module offers increased durability and lifetime yield.
About Conergy North America
Around the world, only Conergy delivers solar energy systems from a single source. As a system manufacturer, Conergy produces all components for a solar installation and offers all services under one roof. With its modules, inverters and mounting systems, the solar expert creates Conergy System Technology, which is efficient and synchronized solar energy systems for private or commercial rooftops, as well as for multi-Megawatt Parks.
Conergy System Sales brings Conergy premium products to nearly 40 countries. The solar expert supports homeowners, installers, wholesalers and investors in their efforts to ‚Äúgo solar‚ÄĚ through deep-rooted local operations in 40 countries. With sales activities on five continents, Conergy has close relationships with all its customers. Listed on the Frankfurt stock exchange, Conergy employs more than 1,700 people worldwide. Since Conergy‚Äôs founding in 1998, it has produced and sold more than 1.5 GW of clean solar power.
Conergy‚Äôs Solar Large Projects Group delivers a ‚ÄúWorry-Free Package‚ÄĚ for Conergy solar installations. Conergy‚Äôs experts manage the planning and financing, project installation and implementation, system monitoring, operation and on-going maintenance for turn-key solar projects to achieve maximum performance.
Through its acquisition of well-established local companies, Conergy began operating as a distributor and project developer in North America in 2005 and currently has five offices, four warehouses and three production sites in the region. Conergy manufacturers mounting systems in Sacramento, CA. In Ontario, Canada Conergy produces modules and mounting systems that meet local content requirements for the Provincial FIT. Conergy offers innovative products and tailored services to their North America network of system integrators and project developers.Through these activities, Conergy maintains expert knowledge about local market conditions and requirements.
Article source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/partner/conergy-inc/news/article/2011/07/conergys-head-of-technology-speaking-at-intersolar-north-america-about-photovoltaic-manufacturing-processes?cmpid=rss
July 8, 2011 at 12:00 am | Solar Blog | No comment
El Hierro, the smallest and southern-most island of the Canaries, made headlines recently after it announced plans to become the world‚Äôs first island to eradicate its carbon footprint and run completely off 100% renewable energy sources. The Huffington Post reported how El Hierro will be powered by an 11.5 MW wind farm, 11.3 MW of hydroelectric power and a whole bunch of solar thermal collectors and grid-connected photovoltaics. The fact that oil will no longer be transported to this remote location will offset 18,200 tons of carbon dioxide alone. These are undeniably impressive statistics and the project represents a wonderful opportunity for Swiss-Swedish power giant, ABB. Plans call for this ambitious project to be completed by the end of 2011 and will cost $87 million. However there is one problem with the claim that El Hierro is ‚Äúthe world‚Äôs first renewable energy island‚ÄĚ ‚Äď it isn‚Äôt.
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Back in November 2009 I wrote about the small Danish island of Sams√ł, 15km off the Jutland Peninsula. In 1997, Sams√ł won a government competition to become a model renewable energy community. Since then, 21 wind turbines have been built on Sams√ł ‚Äď an island 48 km long and 24 km wide with a population of approximately 4000. Ten were built on a sandbank off the island‚Äôs south coast and another 11 dotted all over the island, and the island has long been considered one of the most successful green energy projects to have launched since environmentalists started raising the alarm about climate change around thirty years ago. Alongside the turbines, the houses in Sams√ł‚Äôs 22 villages are heated by power plants powered by furnaces fired by wood chips and straw and farms of man-sized solar panels in fields kept trim by herds of sheep.
But this takes nothing away from what the people of El Hierro, with a population of more than double that of Sams√ł‚Äôs, are set to achieve. Projects like these must be celebrated. El Hierro and Sams√ł are the places where the seeds of our energy future are being sewn. Although it is the financial backing and expertise of private companies like ABB that make these projects a practical reality, it is the foresight and ambition of environmentalists and the will of the people of places such as El Hierro and Sams√ł that make them possible in the first instance.
Via Huffington Post
Photos by Jose Mesa
Article source: http://inhabitat.com/el-hierro-the-worlds-first-renewable-energy-island-or-is-it/