Atlantis Solar Systeme AG (Switzerland) announced the recent installation of the world's largest solar slate roof on a former grain store in Berne, Switzerland. According to Atlantis, during the renewal of the roof of the former grain store, the old roofing tiles were replaced by 16,650 SunSlate solar construction elements in an area measuring 2,050 […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) reported record revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 1999, of $7,990,000, up 48.3 percent from $5,387,000 for the same period a year ago. Net income for the quarter was $445,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $208,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the same period last year. […]
Green Mountain Energy (San Francisco) announced that its wind turbines in San Gorgonio Pass, California, are now providing energy for the company's Wind for the Future power blend customers. According to Green Mountain, the wind turbines are the first new renewable energy resources constructed as a direct result of customer choice in deregulated electricity markets.PacifiCorp […]
Spectrolab Inc. (Los Angeles, CA), a unit of Boeing Satellite Systems, which is a business of The Boeing Co. (Seattle, WA), announced...
Kyocera International Inc. (San Diego) announced today that its May 26, 1999 definitive agreement to acquire solar energy integrator Golden Genesis Co. (Golden, CO) was approved during a meeting of Golden Genesis shareholders. This transaction will close in early August 1999.Kyocera will purchase 100 percent of the common shares of Golden Genesis for $2.33 per […]
Trace Engineering (Arlington, WA) has introduced a solution for power outage problems in areas where storms or too much demand due to hot weather cause outages. Their solution is called the Back-up Electric System Package. When connected to a generator, solar panels or other energy sources, the systems can provide power during a blackout. Trace […]
United Solar Systems Inc. (Troy, MI) recently announced a partnership with the goal of installing a multi-kilowatt Uni-Solar photovoltaic array on the roof of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. United Solar, a joint venture of Energy Conversion Devices (Troy, MI), Canon Inc. (Japan), Detroit Edison Co., and Cass Tech. will jointly implement the project, […]
TECSTAR (City of Industry, CA) announced it has set a record 27 percent AMO efficiency at the company's Applied Solar Division (ASD) with the firm's Cascade multijunction solar cell technology. TECSTAR has been developing multijunction solar cells since 1992, and emphasizing Cascade multijunction technology since 1995. The improved Cascade triple junction solar cell technology verifies […]
Spire Corp. (Bedford, MA) announced that it has successfully demonstrated advanced photovoltaic module manufacturing technology under the first phase of a $4 million, three-year government contract. The automated systems developed under the contract will enhance and expand Spire's existing line of PV manufacturing and testing equipment, according to the firm. The company recently introduced its […]
TECSTAR (City of Industry, CA) has joined the US Solar Motions team, which is preparing for its entry in the 1999 Australian Solar Challenge international auto race. TECSTAR will be supplying its triple junction Cascade solar cells to power the solar car, called the Cascade Cruiser. The cells represent up to a maximum 26 percent […]
IXYS Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced three new trench power MOSFETs for low-voltage, high-current applications. The IXUC100N055, IXUC200N055 and IXUC160N075 possess high current ratings of 100A, 200A and 160A, respectively. The devices are housed in a new "hole-less" package that conforms to the TO-220 outline with an electrically isolated mounting tab. In this ISOPLUS220 housing, […]
Electrofuel Inc. (Toronto) announced that its new Lithium-Ion SuperPolymer battery has almost doubled the previous endurance record of rechargeable batteries. The new SuperPolymer battery has an energy density of 470Wh/litre and 183Wh/kg, and is claimed to be able to power laptop computers for 15 hours or more when fully charged. The first product based on […]
ASE Americas (Billerica, MA) has introduced a new solar power generator for emergency, remote and recreational uses. The Solar Power Companion 2000 (SPC 2000) combines a high-efficiency battery and a solar module that converts sunlight directly to electricity. The power generated from the SPC 2000 is available as 12Vdc directly from the battery, or 110Vac […]
North Carolina State University (NCSU) has received $500,000 in research funding from SolarAmp (Raleigh, NC) to develop a molecular-based, solid-state, solar cell....
Harris Corp. (Melbourne, FL) recently announced it is selling off its entire semiconductor business. Harris has entered an agreement to sell the division to a subsidiary of Sterling Holding Company LLC, a Citicorp Venture Capital Ltd. investment portfolio company. Harris had previously intended to sell only the power portion of the semiconductor division."Selling the whole […]