Energy Conversion Devices (ECD, Troy, MI) President and CEO Stanford Ovshinsky has been chosen as the 1999 recipient of the Karl W.Bohr Solar Energy Medal of Merit. The medal was awarded jointly by the University of Delaware and the International Solar Energy Society "to honor significant pioneering to advance and promote the global use of […]
York Research Corp. (New York), which operates the $440 million dollar Big Spring Wind Power Project, announced the latest improvement to the wind-powered grid as a result of the installation of new Vestas-66 super windmills. York and TU Electric also announced that all 46 of the turbines in the project have been fully activated.The V-66 […]
American Electric Power (AEP, Columbus, OH) announced that eleven schools in Ohio and one in Texas have signed on to the Solar Schools program. The international Solar Schools program is a collaborative effort of AEP, BP Solar, the Foundation for Environmental Education, the federal and state governments and local communities. The first such school, Bluffsview […]
Spire Corp. (Bedford, MA) recently announced it has retained investment banking firm OEM Capital as its financial advisor to advise the company on its strategic options, which may include a joint venture, merger, the sale of a product line or a business, or all of the company."The variety of growth opportunities available in our three […]
Solarex (Frederick, MD) announced the commissioning of the largest US-based solar electric system using its Millennia thin-film solar electric modules. The newly dedicated, 43kW system uses 1,400 Millennia modules and is located on top of the BJ's Wholesale Club in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The solar modules were sold to Sun Power Electric (Westborough, MA), who were […]
Spire Corp. (Bedford, MA) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2000. For the last quarter, total revenues were $2,368,000, a decrease of 12 percent from the fourth quarter of 1999. Solar energy revenues for that period were $937,000, compared to $914,000 for the same 1999 period. Revenues […]
Siemens Solar (Camarillo, CA) announced that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently verified a new thin-film power module conversion efficiency record of 12.1 percent for Siemens Solar's ST40 large-area copper indium diselenide (CIS) thin-film module."With over 50 percent higher performance than other thin-film modules presently in the marketplace, this accomplishment demonstrates major progress toward […]
According to news reports, the Beijing Solar Photoelectric Center (BSPC) has begun commercial production of a solar-powered battery for mobile phone applications. The battery is designed to be recharged anytime using not only visible light, but also invisible light, such as ultraviolet and infrared rays. The battery can also be recharged using ac or dc […]
FPL Energy Inc. (Juno Beach, FL) and Central and South West Corp. (CSW, Dallas) announced that the first 19 of 107 wind turbines at the Southwest Mesa Wind Project are being interconnected with the Texas electrical grid. When fully energized, the project will become the state's largest wind energy generating facility, the companies stated. >/p>The […]
Collmer Semiconductor Inc. (Dallas) introduced a new line of Power Integrated Modules (PIMs) manufactured by Fuji Electric (Japan) for implementation of 230Vac...
EOS Corp. (Camarillo, CA) introduced its new MVLT60 Series, which is claimed to be the world's smallest and most efficient medically certified 60W ac/dc switching power supply. The MLVT60-3000 and MLVT60-1000 internally fitted open frame switching power supplies are half the size and more efficient than any 60W power supply available, according to Eos.The MLVT60 […]
York Research Corp. (New York) announced it has received a second windpower contract from TU Electric/Lone Star Gas. The new contract calls for the installation of four V-66 wind turbines, the largest in North America, on property adjacent to York's first 46 turbine windpower project in Big Spring, Texas. Energy deliveries are expected to commence […]
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE, Freiburg, Germany) recently announced the development of a low-voltage dc/dc converter that creates output voltages between 12 and 350V with a high efficiency from input voltages as low as 0.7V. According to ISE, the converter opens up new application possibilities for energy converters such as fuel cells, […]
International Rectifier (IR, El Segundo, CA) introduced its new IRF7811 and IRF7809, a pair of low-voltage HEXFET power MOSFETs. The chip set...
Morningstar Corp. (Washington Crossing, PA) introduced new models in its trio of solar controller product lines, the SunGuard, SunSaver and SunLight. All of the models provide PWM battery charging.The SunGuard-4 is a SunSaver charging circuit in a less expensive package and rated for 4.5A. Housed in an ABS plastic case, the unit provides PWM battery […]