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 […]
Siemens Solar (Camarillo, CA) announced the immediate availability of its new CIS (copper indium diselenide) solar modules ST20 (20Wp) and ST40 (38Wp), which are claimed to considerably increase the power range of CIS thin-film modules. Like the previous 5W ST5 and 10W ST10 modules, the ST20 solar module is suited for battery-charging systems with low […]
Two utilities recently announced new wind power projects. Wisconsin Electric (Milwaukee) announced plans to build two new wind turbines specially designed to make optimum use of Wisconsin's lower wind speeds, and Green Mountain Energy (South Burlington, VT) announced an "upgrade" of its Wind for the Future renewable energy product to provide more energy from new […]
The Wind Turbine Co. (Bellevue, WA) announced the expansion of its board of directors with the addition of three outside directors. The new directors are Dr. Larry L. Berg, Leon G. Billings, and Tim Carlson. The company is developing a family of new utility scale wind turbines intended to produce very low cost wind generated […]
ScottishPower (UK) announced it is committed to developing 50MW of additional renewable resources when it merges with PacifiCorp (Portland, OR). According to Alan Richardson, who will become CEO of PacifiCorp following the transaction, the company will invest $60 million over the next five years in developing additional windpower, solar or geothermal resources. The combined company […]
Ohio's first solar-school energy system under the national Million Solar Roofs Initiative was dedicated recently at Bluffsview Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio. Companies collaborating on the system included American Electric Power (AEP, Columbus, OH) and BP Solar (Fairfield, CA), as well as a number of local companies and government agencies.The program dedicated a 2,000W BP […]
Fire, Wind and Rain Technologies (Flagstaff, AZ) has introduced a new battery charger for solar electric systems that is claimed to deliver 25 percent more power from solar panels than competing models. The Power Advantage 30 battery charger combines power electronics with a high-speed processor. Using Fire, Wind and Rain's patent-pending Power Advantage II technology, […]
Applied Power Corp. (APC, Lacey, WA) announced the acquisition of Ascension Technology Inc. (ATI, Waltham, MA). APC also announced the development of Readypower, claimed to be the first standardized backup power/alternative energy system product line specifically designed for Emergency Preparedness applications.According to APC, the acquisition of ATI is intended to strengthen the firm's presence in […]
Exide Technologies (Princeton, NJ) announced that it has reached a plea agreement with the US Attorney for the southern district of Illinois, ending an investigation of Exide regarding past dealings between Exide's prior management and Sears Roebuck and Co. (Hoffman Estates, IL). In the settlement, Exide Illinois Inc., a subsidiary of Exide Technologies, agrees to […]
Golden Genesis Co. (Golden, CO) announced the appointment of J. Michael Davis as President and CEO. Davis previously served as Vice President and COO.
Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP, Tucson, AZ), sister company Global Solar Energy LLC (Wheat Ridge, Colorado) and Tucson commercial and home building firm John Wesley Miller Companies announced plans to develop a solar community in Tucson. The 14-acre community will be located in the historic Armory Park of Tucson and will consist of no more […]
Parker Ranch (Kamuela, HI) and PowerLight Corp. (Berkeley, CA) announced what they claim is the world's largest hybrid solar-wind energy power project. Designed and managed by PowerLight, the installation is located in Waimean pastures in Hawaii and incorporates photovoltaic and wind technologies. The project covers approximately two acres and generates most of the power required […]
Amsdell Inc. (Richmond Hill, ON) announced it has received approval of a CDN$200,000 grant for a "Pulse Width Modulation Controlled Converter for High Power Applications" project from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) under the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). In addition to the government assistance, Amsdell is investing $500,000 in the project. The […]
Solarex (Frederick, MD) announced that Harry Shimp has been hired as President and CEO of Amoco/Enron Solar. Former President and CEO Harvey Forest will assume the position of Advisor to the President, and will assist Shimp's transition to CEO through 1999. Shimp previously spent nine years at General Electric, where he held managerial positions in […]