The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the two non-profits that have presented the Solar Power Conference and Expo since 2004, have announced that effective immediately, the event will be renamed Solar Power International.
Unirac Inc., North America’s leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting solutions, today announced the launch of Unirac Mobile (www.unirac.com/mobile); an industry-leading, innovative approach to providing service and support to installers and system integrators in the PV industry.Starting today, Unirac customers will be able to instantly access technical support and installation information from the Unirac Mobile micro-site, using their mobile devices such as cellular phones, blackberries and PDAs.
One in seven beers brewed by Anheuser-Busch in the United States are expected to be brewed using renewable energy by the end of 2009. The company’s breweries in Houston, Texas and Fairfield, California are currently installing renewable energy energy technology that will be operational by year end, and as a result the company’s U.S. breweries will run on more than 15 percent renewables.
DuPont Photovoltaic Fluoromaterials (PVFM) announced that it has signed a Technology Licensing Agreement with Toppan Inc. Printing Co. LTD, located in Tokyo, Japan, to commercialize its new backsheet for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.
The pace at which universities and academic institutions are developing new technologies aimed at solving the world’s energy and climate change challenges is truly amazing. Many of the cleantech ventures that are being developed at universities around the world right now have incredible potential, yet barriers to commercialization prevent most from being realized. While some top U.S. universities have tech transfer specialists on staff and departments dedicated to the commercialization of research, many others, especially in the BRIC nations (Brazil, India and China), don’t have readily available access to investors and industry.
In April of this year, RenewableEnergyWorld.com reported that the Chesonis Family Foundation gave the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a grant of US $10 million to launch the Solar Revolution project. Now, MIT researchers believe they have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn’t shine.
Kyocera Solar, Inc. today announced the registration of its Scottsdale, Ariz. headquarters to the ISO 9001 standard, an achievement consistent with Kyocera’s commitment to quality and supporting its global customer base.
GE Energy Financial Services and Grupo Corporativo Landon announced they will invest close to US $350 million in Fotowatio, one of Spain’s largest and most successful solar power project developers. Fotowatio owns, operates and is developing almost 960 megawatts (MW) of solar projects in Spain, Italy and the United States.
Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. and PV Crystalox Solar PLC, a specialist multicrystalline solar wafer manufacturer, announced they have signed an initial five-year silicon wafer supply agreement with predetermined prices and volumes. Under the agreement, PV Crystalox Solar will supply Suntech with a total of 260 megawatts (MW) of silicon wafers from 2008 to 2013.
RenewableEnergyWorld.com talked with Matt Cheney, CEO of MMA Renewable Ventures at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, California.