Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
San Jose, Calif., USA -- On the back end of a week in which U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing took a big hit, a California company announced plans Friday to significantly increase its thin-film capacity while expanding into Oregon.
San Jose-based SoloPower, which makes flexible thin film solar cells and modules, has received a $197 million Department of Energy loan guarantee that the company says will allow it to produce about 400 megawatts (MW) of modules each year. According to the company’s website, SoloPower moved into its current 20-MW plant in 2008.
SoloPower will expand its existing operation in San Jose, Calif. and build two new facilities in Portland, Ore. The company says the expansion will create 450 permanent positions and 270 construction jobs.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Energy Storage for Solar Power
by Kevin Bullis
Startup BrightSource announces a new system that could allow future solar plants to run at night.
BrightSource Energy has become the latest solar thermal power company to develop a system for generating power when the sun isn't shining. The company says the technology can lower the cost of solar power and make it more reliable, helping it compete with conventional sources of electricity.
The company, based in Oakland, California, is building one of the world's largest solar thermal power plants. The 392-megawatt solar plant in Ivanpah, California, however, will not include the storage technology. Instead, BrightSource is working with utilities to determine which future projects could best benefit from storage.
Read the full story: Energy Storage for Solar Power - Technology Review
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
This technology and others like it along with the use of recent PV thin film, solar paint material options and onsite storage innovations is where we should be headed. They could prove to be cost effective solutions that can make significant strides to reduce our reliance of fossil fuel power generation. Of course slight modifications may be required to provide reliable safety measures for installation and maintenance personnel as well as producing a safe environment for our wildlife population. View additional information regarding proposed uses at: http://www.warpwindsystems.com/ancillary.html Bravo!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
|fifth rectangle of creature collaboration by Cindy Martin|
Cindy Martin: Hello there! I'm one of those genuine, self taught individuals you always hear about. As a life long artist, I've always been inspired in part by nature's beauty - with all it's related moods, and in part by my "dreamy" interpretation of that beauty. My work is varied and I love it that way. Often times it's surreal or stylized and whimsical. Sometimes my art is abstract or stoic with a depth of understanding, maybe laced with thoughts of a sorrowful moment. Other times it may be a realism piece that bares my feelings of pure wonderment.
|sketch for painting by Cindy Martin|
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The complete Creature will be unveiled at the end!
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story via: Art School Grad: Creature Collaboration - Cindy Martin (part V)