Siemens Solar Industries (Camarillo, CA) announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nextek Power Systems Inc. (Ronkonkoma, NY) enabling Siemens to market and sell Nextek's solar-assisted lighting systems in conjunction with its commercial and industrial building installations. The new NexStep lighting systems will link Siemens Solar panels with NexTek's patented, energy-efficient […]
Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (Rochester Hills, MI) announced results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001. For the 2001 fiscal year, the company recorded a 69 percent improvement in earnings, a loss of $5.1 million compared to a loss of $16.7 million in 2000. Revenues in fiscal 2001 increased 138 percent to $71.4 million […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced that is has completed the acquisition of Aplicaciones Tecnicas de la Energia SA (Atersa, Valencia, Spain) announced in late July. At the closing in Spain on September 11, 2001, AstroPower issued 183,984 common shares and paid about $12.8 million in cash. As part of the transaction, AstroPower said it acquired […]
The shareholders of Exide Technologies (Princeton, NJ) approved three proposals at the company's annual meeting. The shareholders elected Francois J. Castaing, Rodney L. Chadwick, John A. James, Robert A. Lutz, Heinrich Meyr, Jody G. Miller and Craig H. Muhlhauser to the company's board of directors. These directors will serve until the 2002 annual meeting of […]
Linear Technology Corp. (Milpitas, CA) announced the LT1494 operational amplifier, which features rail-to-rail input and output and draws less than 1.5µA of supply current. The maximum input offset voltage is 375µV, maximum input offset current is 100 picoamps and offset voltage drift is 0.4µV/degrees C (maximum 2µV/degrees C). Offset drift remains low over the -40 […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced that it had completed its acquisition of Atersa, a leading manufacturer of solar-electric power modules and balance-of-system design and integration services based in Valencia, Spain. AstroPower had announced plans for the acquisition on July 31, 2001. The closing of the transaction occurred in Spain on September 11, 2001, with the […]
Channel-e (Germany), the German/Russian online-publication for electronics, will be hosting a free, worldwide, online event, channel-eXPERTS Power, that focuses on batteries, charging concepts, battery test systems, fuel cells, circuit protection, photovoltaics, ultracaps, etc., until December 31, 2001. During this time period, a panel of more than 20 experts will answer questions online regarding these technologies. […]
Exide Technologies (Princeton, NJ) announced that its transportation battery manufacturing facility in Salina, KS, has earned the ISO/TS 16949 quality certification. "The employees in Salina have been very dedicated in their efforts to achieve ISO/TS 16949 certification as part of Exide Technologies ongoing initiative to earn this quality certification at all of our global locations," […]
United Solar Systems Corp., a joint venture between Energy Conversion Devices Inc. and N.V. Bekaert S.A., announced that Bekaert ECD Solar System LLC has shipped 148kW of its building- integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) products to Energy Australia (Australia). The shipment consists of Bekaert ECD's UNI-SOLAR roofing laminate (PVL) that will be bonded to metal roofing pans […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced an agreement with The Home Depot to sell residential solar-electric power systems, beginning in the greater San...
Motorola Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) announced that Motorola Labs scientists are the first to successfully combine the best properties of workhorse silicon technology...
The German renewable energy firm, Voltwerk AG, will start building the country's largest solar power plant in the Bavarian area of Soechtenau this month. The first stage, a 600kW photovoltaic unit, will link to the Isar-Amperwerke power grid in Germany. The location is ideal for an efficient community solar plant, according to Martin Bucher of […]
Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD, Troy, MI) is in the process of moving to a new, larger consolidated facility located in Rochester Hills, MI. The new headquarters will house the corporate offices and staff; the financial and accounting departments; and the legal, patent, purchasing, marketing, shareholder relations and human resources departments. The move is expected […]
Texaco Inc. (Detroit, MI) announced that it will be using a four- to five-acre solar panel array developed by Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD, Troy, MI) to convert sunlight into electricity for its Kern River oil field near Bakersfield, CA. The solar panels will allow Texaco to use electricity instead of fossil fuels to power […]
SunWize Technologies (Kingston, NY) designed and supervised the installation of one of the largest photovoltaic water pumping systems in the US at the Cottonwood Campground for Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The photovoltaic system replaces a diesel generator that was the sole power source for the water system. The 7.2kW photovoltaic array powers […]