Shell Renewables Ltd. (UK) has signed an agreement with the Sun Oasis Co. (China) to supply photovoltaic systems in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of western China. The project is supported by a grant of $15.0 million from the Dutch government, and is part of the Chinese Brightness Program to bring electricity to remote communities. "This […]
VOLT Inc. (Pleasanton, CA) says it is ready to sell solar panels at $2.50 per watt. VOLT plans to start production of the panels within 90 days, following its purchase of all patents, prototypes and continuing technology. The technology is protected by two US patents, and a patent has been issued in Britain, with protection […]
The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (MRET, Westborough, MA) has approved $1.82 million in funding for projects that will use a variety of renewable-energy technologies. The seven awards are the first to be announced since MRET issued its initial series of solicitations in March 2001. MRET will award $47.0 million in grants, loans and other financial […]
Ballard Power Systems (Canada) announced that its subsidiary, Ballard Generation Systems, has completed the construction and commenced in-house testing of its 10kW natural-gas-fueled engineering prototype stationary fuel cell power generator. The unit is being designed for backup, light-industrial and standby applications for telecommunications and other value-added applications. "The completion of the 10kW natural-gas-fueled engineering prototype […]
Unipower Telecom (Coral Springs, FL) announced the INV5000 telecom inverter that produces 115Vac at 5,000VA in a 2U high shelf. It is...
NASA's $15.0 million solar-powered aircraft, the Helios, has begun its first flight over Hawaii. Designed and developed by NASA and AeroVironment Inc....
Solar Energy Ltd. (Los Alamos, NM) announced that, in an effort to make its stock a more viable investment, existing sharesholders and creditors have agreed to convert their loans or payables to stock in cancellation of this debt. In addition, the board of directors has authorized a 50-to-1 reverse split of the company's common stock. […]
American Honda Motor Co. Inc. (Torrance, CA) announced that the first hydrogen production and fueling station in the Los Angeles area has started operation at the company's research and development center in Torrance, CA. The station operates by using solar cells to produce electricity, which in turn is used to extract hydrogen from the water. […]
Neutrogena Corp. (Los Angeles, CA) announced that its new 200kW solar-powered facility, the largest corporated-owned system in LA, will be dedicated on July 12, 2001, at 10 in the morning. Attending the dedication will be Governor Gray Davis' senior policy advisor for energy reliability, Dr. Woodrow Clark; as well as Ruth Galanter, the city council […]
United Solar Systems Corp. (Troy, MI) a joint venture between Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (Troy, MI) and N.V. Bekaert S.A. (Belgium), announced that Bekaert ECD Solar Systems LLC, its joint venture with Bekaert, has received an order for 100kW of the Uni-Solar building-integrated photovoltaic roofing products from Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD, Sacrament, CA). The […]
As many as 35 race cars will leave Chicago on July 15, 2001, in the first-ever attempt to travel the entire historic...
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has launched a program that will offer incentives to encourage customers of Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Co. to install self-generation units to lessen the electricity load on the power grid. Under the $125-million-per-year program, called the Self-Generation […]
H Power Corp. (Clifton, NJ) announced a multi-tier distribution and development agreement with Naps Systems Oy (Finland), a subsidiary of Fortum Corp. (Finland). Under the agreement, H Power will deliver fuel cells for Naps Systems' solar-power products. Both companies will work toward the distribution of H Power's standard and customized off-grid fuel cell units throughout […]
BP (UK) announced that it has agreed in principle to acquire Agere Systems's (Allentown, PA) semiconductor plant in Madrid as a base for a five-fold expansion of its solar photovoltaic cell manufacturing in Spain. This expansion builds on the company's existing manufacturing and marketing operations in Madrid. The deal is expected to be completed within […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced that it has formed an alliance with Pardee Homes Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) to offer solar-electric power as a feature in its new-home construction. The alliance has established a goal of building a total of 200 solar-powered homes over the next two and one-half years. Pardee will offer its homebuyers […]