Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO, Japan) announced that it has provisionally agreed with Tomen Corp. (Japan) to take a 50-percent stake in the trading company's wind power unit for about 10 billion yen ($82.55 million). A final agreement is due to be signed in August 2002. With the deal, TEPCO aims to boost its wind-power […]
United Solar Systems Corp. (Auburn Hills, MI), a joint venture between Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD, Troy, MI) and N.V. Bekaert S.A., announced the official inauguration of a thin-film solar cell manufacturing machine and related assembly equipment at its Bekaert ECD Solar Systems (Auburn Hills, MI) facility. The new machine is capable of producing nine […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced an agreement with Clarum Homes, which will make solar-electric power a standard feature in two new Clarum communities. The agreement provides that AstroPower will supply 277 solar-electric home power systems within the next three years, and they will be standard on every home in the new Vista Montana community in […]
Schott Applied Power Corp. (SAPC, Rocklin, CA) introduced its new residential photovoltaic (PV) solar-electric system, the SunRoof RS, which incorporates UL- and CEC-certified SAPC-165 PV modules and SMA's Sunny Boy 2,500W inverter with a combiner box, utility-grade meter, wiring, racking and PV array disconnects. The high-efficiency, large-format SAPC-165 allows for fewer roof penetrations with high […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced the initial success of its joint development program with Elkem Solar at establishing a proprietary purification process for solar-grade silicon, the raw material used to manufacture solar cells. Using an improved material supply specification over metallurgical-grade silicon, the process has produced commercial-quality solar cells as part of an ongoing testing […]
Kyocera Solar Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ) announced the sale of Sunelco (Hamilton, MT) to Tom Bishop, a long-time Sunelco employee and division manager. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Bishop has formed a new company, Sunelco Inc., which is an authorized dealer of Kyocera solar products. "Kyocera's sale of Sunelco reflects our focused business strategy […]
Spire Corp. (Bedford, MA) announced the resignation of Richard Gregorio as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Gregorio, who joined the company in 1977, was appointed CFO in 1993; he also served as Treasurer, Principal Accounting Officer and Clerk. "Richard has made a significant contribution to the growth of Spire and we wish him every […]
Whistler Inc. (Sacramento, CA) announced the signing of a co-development agreement with Viable International Technology Associates-Sun Inc. (VITA-Sun, ) that is in the process of manufacturing its' second-generation, photovoltaic, solar-powered, energy-management smart system, which will establish the future standard of renewable energy communities. The agreement will allow both companies to explore numerous applications for residential, […]
H Power Corp. (Clifton, NJ) announced that it has delivered a 4kW, cogeneration, fuel cell system to Naps Systems Oy (Finland), a leading solar power system company, for the Environmental Information Centre in Hammarby Sjostad Stockholm, Sweden, as a demonstration of a sustainable energy system that provides both electricity and heat. Naps Systems and its […]
SatCon Technology Corp. (Cambridge, MA) announced that it has delivered a StarSine power conditioning system (PCS) to FuelCell Energy Inc. (Danbury, CT) to provide the electrical balance of plant for its Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) megawatt-class fuel cell system. The StarSine system was manufactured using MegaVerter power blocks and advanced digital controls specifically designed for alternative […]
C&D Technologies Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) announced its new VR Solar® valve-regulated battery for renewable energy storage as a choice for standby...
Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd. (Calgary, Alberta) announced that it has agreed to license its advanced power electronics technologies to RWE Piller GmbH...
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced that it has signed an agreement to invest in SunPower Corp. (Sunnyvale, CA), a leading manufacturer of ultra-high-efficiency silicon solar cells for solar-powered aircraft and racecars, and silicon-based devices for telecommunications and industrial applications. Under the terms of the deal, Cypress will invest $8.8 million for an initial […]
Solar power firm Solarworld AG (Frankfurt, Germany) announced that it has formed a joint venture with Degussa AG (Germany) to produce silicon for use in solar power cells, which is the basic material for the photovoltaics industry. Degussa will take 51 percent in the new firm, while Solarworld will hold 49 percent. "The supervisory boards […]
Exide Technologies (Princeton, NJ) announced that Craig Muhlhauser has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of Exide, effective May 17, 2002. Muhlhauser succeeds Robert Lutz, who resigned as chairman, but will remain a director of Exide. Lutz had been chairman since December 1998. Muhlhauser has been a director and CEO since September 2001. […]