Sonnhalter, a communications firm marketing to the professional tradesman in the construction, industrial and MRO markets, released a market overview for the alternative-energy industry. The overview takes a quick snapshot of the industry, its players and trends.
Many measures gauge the progress of renewables’ ongoing quest to become a mainstream source of power. Among them is the race to surpass traditional sources for share of total energy production. In this regard, renewables have made great strides.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has certified the 10,000th LEED commercial project. Created in 2000, the LEED green building program has become a mainstay in sustainable building certification.
Although the worldwide economy continued to sputter in 2010, there was at least one bright spot on the global stage. According to a recent study, renewable power showed its perseverance last year, fighting off headwinds and gaining traction.
In June, the McGraw-Hill Cos. announced plans to build the largest privately owned solar project in the Western Hemisphere on the corporation’s East Windsor, N.J., campus. McGraw-Hill partnered with NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, to build the system.
Like doctors, various organizations and authorities periodically attempt to gauge how their industries are doing by issuing studies that, in a sense, take a temperature reading on specific subjects. In this case, the mercury is green. In June, Siemens Corp.
Fuel cells may not be commonplace, but they are more commercially available than ever before. Their burgeoning success in providing power can be found in standby, prime and distributed generation mobile and vehicle applications.
To highlight the variability of the New England climate, Mark Twain once wrote, “If you don’t like the weather here, just wait a few minutes,” and the phrase has since been applied to regions across the United States.
As cars become more energy- and emissions-efficient, so are the factories that make them. General Motors recently announced two such projects that will bring renewable energy and more sustainable operation to its Michigan automobile assembly plants.
This article continues outlining the procedures for means of providing safe access, pathways and areas considered appropriate for egress to and from photovoltaic (PV) systems. The cell, module, panel and array generally make up a PV system.
The devastating March earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a meltdown at the country’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, and triggered the latest cycle of drama in the ongoing and tumultuous affair with nuclear power.
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.