Are there jobs for you in the nuclear power market? According to the World Nuclear Association, a recent study determined that nuclear energy incurs about one-tenth of the financial cost of coal to produce electricity.
Outdoor solar lighting has a bright future With little fanfare, solar lighting systems are being installed on a growing number of projects, and lighting powered by sunlight has quietly evolved into a mature technology with widespread acceptance.
In the world of alternative power, “the next big thing” is really small—and you don’t want to miss it. People are racing to become part of a revolutionary craze that boasts the strong potential to change the way we live.
Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert sunlight into electrical energy that can be used to provide power for specific loads within a building in a standalone system or as a supplement to the building’s utility power supply in an integrated system.
Can you imagine what it would be like to be the first person in the world to flip a switch actuating what could become revolutionary technology? A switch powering a device that will assist in reducing our dependence on imported fuel while at the same time decreasing emissions into the universe?
Ask most electrical contractors about the latest cogenerating technology—microturbines—and you’re likely to get silence, or possibly: “micro-what?” This technology, which has only been on the market a few years (Capstone Turbine’s C30 model was introduced in December 1998), may still be relatively u
Advances in small-scale generation technology coupled with growing environmental concerns, a changing energy market, evolving public policy and customer need for reliable and economical electric power supplies will provide a new growth market for electrical contractors.
It’s been said that opportunities in solar power photovoltaics—abound for electrical contractors. True or false? You be the judge. Thirty-five states provide some type of solar incentive, ranging from sales tax and property tax waivers to investment credits.
Due in great part to its low cost and high availability, wind energy has emerged as the fastest-growing energy source during the last decade, with global sales of wind turbines expected to reach more than $10 billion by 2008.
Caterpillar Inc. and FuelCell Energy, Inc. are expected to win a contract to install one of the nation's first advanced utility-scale fuel cell power plants designed to feed power from a substation into a local electric distribution system.
As more customers embrace renewable energy, up to 75% of U.S. utilities are set to offer a mass-market green power program by the end of 2003. Several utilities are achieving a response rate much higher than the usual 1%.
By Rick Laezman Schoolchildren in New York State are learning about the benefits of solar power in their own school buildings. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERD) has launched a program to install new solar systems in 50 schools statewide.
Federal energy policy now includes emphasis on increasing electric generation from renewable resources. These usually include bioenergy, hydrogen, ocean, wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower resources.
California’s energy crisis, with its well-publicized rolling blackouts, effectively depleted the state’s 15 percent energy reserve. In efforts to restore it, Gov. Gray Davis is calling for a heavier reliance on green power—including solar—through the California Power Authority.
Parker Ranch, a 225,000-acre cattle ranch in Hawaii, and PowerLight Corp., a leading designer, manufacturer, and installer of grid-connected commercial solar electric systems, have joined in the world's largest hybrid solar-wind energy power project.
A new design for thin-film solar cells that requires significantly less silicon and may boost the efficiency is the result of an industry/academia collaboration between Oerlikon Solar in Switzerland and the Institute of Physics’ photovoltaic group at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.