MVV Energie AG (Germany) has taken a 33-percent stake in Energy Photovoltaics Inc. (EPV, Princeton, NJ) in a move to secure access to EPV's solar-energy technology. In a press report, MVV spokesman Heinz Egerman confirmed that his company had secured exclusive rights to produce and market EPV's thin-film photovoltaic modules in Germany. "There is an […]
International Power Sources (Holliston, MA) has released the new IH Series, a line of miniature board-mount dc/dc converters. These converters supply 2W in seven-pin SIP and 14-pin DIP packages. Input-to-output isolation is 1,000Vdc, with 3,000Vdc isolation available as an option. The IH Series includes 12 models with dual-output voltages of ±5Vdc, ±9Vdc, ±12Vdc and ±15Vdc […]
EMCORE Corp. (Somerset, NJ) announced the receipt of an additional $12.0 million order from Space Systems/Loral (SS/L, Palo Alto, CA) for high-efficiency, triple-junction solar cells. The solar cells will be used by SS/L to provide power in space for advanced communications satellites. EMCORE claims that their gallium arsenide triple-junction solar cells provide more power than […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) has signed a technical cooperation agreement with Elkem (Norway) to develop a low-cost process for the production of silicon for use in photovoltaic cells. The agreement includes the future establishment of a jointly-owned manufacturing venture to supply low-cost silicon feedstock to the global solar power industry. That venture would be based […]
Siemens Solar (Munich, Germany) and Shell International Renewables Ltd. have announced their entrance into negotiations on closer cooperation in solar energy. The companies believe that this move will result in mutual benefits, further improving their position in the photovoltaics industry. For over a decade, Shell and Siemens Solar have been linked through two joint ventures […]
Allegheny Energy Solutions (Hagerstown, MD) has added Siemens Solar Industries (SSI, Munich, Germany) to its portfolio of suppliers for distributed generation products. Through its agreement with SSI, Allegheny Energy Solutions will provide its customers with a comprehensive offering of solar electric solutions called earthsafe. These systems are suitable for industrial, commercial and residential applications. According […]
Endeavour astronauts completed their third and final spacewalk to wire up huge solar energy panels to the International Space Station before returning safely to Earth on 11 December 2000. The $600 million solar wings, stretching 240 feet from tip-to-tip and 38 feet wide, are the largest, most powerful ever built for a spacecraft. They can […]
Villagers of Porvenir, a remote village in Bolivia, have been communicating via the Internet since October 2000 on computers and a satellite connection powered by solar photovoltaic panels. This was made possible by a donation from American Electric Power (AEP, Columbus, OH) as well as the efforts of a dozen private and public partners. Paul […]
Mondial de l'Automobile, also known as the Paris Auto Show, saw the presentation of many new and experimental concept-cars, but Citroën's (France)...
Sustainable Development International (SDI, Alberta, Canada) plans to introduce various alternative energy initiatives to the US Department of Energy, the Canadian Federal government and the Alberta Provincial government. The US Department of Energy is proposing a $140,000,000 program to assist the US in becoming energy self-sufficient by the year 2010. The Canadian and Alberta governments […]
BP Solar (Linthicum, MD) converted a convenience store in Tucson, AZ to solar energy in an effort to demonstrate some of the real world applications of photovoltaic technology. Solar energy will now provide approximately 10 percent of the electricity required to operate the BP-owned ARCO am/pm convenience store. Conversion of the am/pm to the use […]
Spire Corp. (Bedford, MA) reported revenues and results of operations for the three- and nine-month periods ended 30 September 2000. Revenues for this quarter were $2,826,000, compared with $2,722,000 for the quarter ended 30 September 1999. Net loss for the quarter was $127,000, or $0.04 per share, compared to a net loss of $862,000, or […]
Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, joined by members of the American Institute of Architects, have announced the winner of the Department of Energy's Sun Wall National Design Competition. Four Chicago-area architects were chosen from the pool of 115 entries for a prize of $20,000. The winners are Martin Wolf, Mark Frisch, Devon Patterson and Duane […]
Bekaert ECD Solar Systems LLC (Troy, MI) announced today that Carsten Bethge, formerly the senior director of worldwide sales for Siemens Solar Industries, has joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing. Bethge has extensive industry experience in senior sales and marketing positions, and will lead the sales and marketing department from the […]
Unipower Telecom (Coral Springs, FL) has introduced the INV2500 inverter, which achieves 7.0VA per cubic inch. The INV2500 is capable of producing...