Matsushita Battery Industrial Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) recently announced that it will release a portable game machine using a solar battery in April 2000. The game, Gen-Jisan, which means Old Man named Gen, will be sold for approximately 3,880 yen (111.24 yen equals US$1). The game analyzes users' behavior and tells them their compatibility with […]
TECSTAR Inc. (City of Industry, CA) recently announced that it donated 4,000 of its high-efficiency solar cells to fuel the Cascade Cruiser solar car. The car, owned by the Solar Motions (Fremont, CA) team, is planned to compete in a solar car race between Chicago and Los Angeles in 2001 and in the 2001 Australian […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) reported revenues and earnings for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December 31, 1999. For the quarter ended December 31, 1999, total revenues were $10,160,000, an increase of 52 percent from the 1998 fourth quarter. Product revenues for the three months ended December 31, 1999, were $9,294,000, an increase […]
Applied Power Corp. (Newton, MA), a subsidiary of IDACORP Inc., recently helped launch the Solar Power Index, which is a new weather reporting metric that was designed to create greater awareness of photovoltaic electric power's ability to displace the use of fossil fuels used in producing electricity. The Solar Power Index compares the amount of […]
The board of directors at TECSTAR Inc. (City of Industry, CA) recently announced that David M. Van Buren has resigned as CEO and a member of the board of TECSTAR and its subsidiaries. In accepting his resignation, the board praised the organization built over the eight years of Van Buren's tenure as CEO. "TECSTAR is […]
EMCORE Corp. (Somerset, NJ) recently announced the manufacture and shipping of what it claims is the world's highest efficiency dual-junction solar cell for satellite applications. Based on customary satellite industry metrics, EMCORE achieved the efficiency ranking of 25.3 percent, which is the highest in the world for large-area (27.2cm square) dual-junction flight solar cells that […]
Applied Power Inc. (Butler, WI) recently announced plans to spin off its electronics business from its industrial business to create a pure global supplier in the electronic manufacturing services sector. The new company, to be called APW Ltd., will focus on the integrated electronics enclosures systems business and will be converted to a Bermuda corporation. […]
Spire Corp. (Bedford, MA) recently announced that it has completed the sale of substantially all the assets of Spire's optoelectronics business segment for $12,950,000 in cash to Methode Massachusetts LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Methode Electronics Inc. (Chicago)."With the transfer of its optoelectronics business to Methode, Spire has strengthened its financial ability to better pursue […]
Applied Power Inc. (Milwaukee) recently announced a quarterly dividend of $0.015 per share on the company's common stock.The dividend is payable on February 29, 2000 to shareholders of record on February 9, 2000.
FPL Energy Inc. (Juno Beach, FL) recently announced that a subsidiary, FPL Energy Wisconsin Wind LLC, has executed long-term power-purchase agreements with Wisconsin Electric Power Company (Milwaukee, WI) and Alliant Energy-Wisconsin Power and Light Company (Madison, WI) to supply 30MW of wind-generated electric energy from what will be the largest wind farm east of the […]
The Renewable Energy Marketing Board (REMB) announced that California's first commercial utility-scale solar power plant will be located in Hopland, California, and will begin selling its electricity into the state electric grid later this month. The 132kW array of photovoltaic panels will be built, owned and operated by GPU Solar and located at the Real […]
Fire, Wind & Rain Technologies (Flagstaff, AZ) is offering the new Power Advantage 302 and Power Advantage 304 battery chargers. The new systems are "step-down" chargers designed to decrease incoming solar-generated voltage to optimize charging currents for battery banks.The 30A chargers are claimed to deliver up to 25 percent more dc power to the solar […]
Southern California Edison (SCE, Los Angeles) announced that federal officials have declared the Solar Two 10MW solar demonstration project a "resounding success." The solar project, which finished its test run earlier this year, implemented technology that is commercially viable and could be applied to power plants as large as 100MW to 200MW in many parts […]
C&D Technologies Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) announced a 17 percent increase in net income for the second quarter ended July 31, 1999, to $7,045,000, or $0.54 per diluted share, from $6,000,000, or $0.47 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago. Net sales for the period rose 40 percent to $111,819,000, compared to […]
NASA's solar-powered flying wing, the Helios, returned to earth after ascending 96,500ft. NASA had hoped the $15.0 million aircraft would reach an...