Concentrating Photovoltaics – CPV – Ready for Take-Off?

16 Sep

CPV systems are poised for significant growth thanks to the confluence of several factors: Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requiring up to 33% renewables by 2020 in key US states, higher efficiency CPV systems, and lower CPV system costs. In the last year alone, over 300 MW of CPV projects have signed contracts with utilities and are now awaiting regulatory approvals and financing.

Thanks to these large projects, CPV technology companies may be approaching the critical mass needed to cost-effectively manufacture their systems and compete head-to-head with non-concentrating PV.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST/11:00 a.m. PST
Cost: Complimentary!

Speaker: Dr. Jan-Gustav Werthen, Senior Director of Photovoltaics, JDSU; Moderator: Brett Prior, Senior Analyst, GTM Research

Can’t make the live event? Register and the presenters will alert you when the on-demand version is available.

Register to the webinar to hear about the technologies and new breakthroughs that promise continued improvement, including multijunction cell design and high-volume manufacturing techniques. At the end of the event, audience members will be able to ask questions of the panelists and moderator live!

Register now!

 

Useful Links

On another note – here are a few helpful links for those interested in solar:

State and Federal Rebates and Incentives: www.dsireusa.org

Improving your building’s energy efficiency:

http://www.solar-estimate.org/?page=rightforme&subpage=efficiency

Join thousands of fellow supporters in a historic call for clean energy: www.repoweramerica.org/wall/#

Car Allowance Rebate System – smart fortwo $99 Per Month

06 Jul

imageOil Obit/PR News/smart fortwo/Bloomfield Hills, MI: – smart USA applauds President Obama’s signing of the Car  Allowance Rebate System (CARS) Bill, also known as “Cash for Clunkers”. In fact, smart is the “Number 1” U.S. brand in fuel efficiency and is the only car company that already exceeds the new fuel efficiency requirement, recently set by the Obama administration, which mandates an average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.

The Bill is intended to replace older, less fuel efficient vehicles with those that are more environmentally responsible. The smart fortwo is the vehicle that truly meets the intent of the CARS program. It is the most fuel efficient non-hybrid vehicle offered in the United States delivering 41 MPG on the highway. The smart fortwo is also certified as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) by the California Air Resources Board, and is an Environmental Protection Agency “SmartWay” vehicle which recognizes its low greenhouse gas and air pollutant scores.

Under the CARS program guidelines, the smart fortwo will qualify for the highest voucher level of $4,500 upon the trade in of an eligible vehicle. When this voucher amount is applied to the purchase of a new smart fortwo, smart USA will be offering payments as low as $99 per month for qualified customers*. The program is expected to launch later this summer when the Federal government officially begins allowing consumers to take advantage of the trade-in voucher. However, interested consumers can learn more about the smart USA $99 per month offer by visiting www.smartusa.com. smart USA has set aside a limited number of vehicles for immediate delivery with the official launch of the CARS program.

“The smart fortwo is the ideal vehicle for the environmental benefits that the “Cash For Clunkers” program was originally designed to support. As a society, now is the time to live smart by consuming less and conserving more, and that’s exactly what buyers of the smart fortwo will achieve for a very low monthly payment and very low cost of ownership. As the Number 1 brand in fuel efficiency we are excited to add to the growing number of satisfied fortwo owners throughout the United States. Although only on sale for just over a year in the U.S., there are already 32,000 smart fortwo’s on the roads of America joining over 1 million smart fortwo owners throughout the rest of world who are proving everyday that conserving can also be a whole lot of fun”, said Dave Schembri, President of smart USA.

Additional smart fortwo Info

The smart fortwo is one of the most economical cars on the world’s roads today. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 Fuel Economy Guide, the 2009 smart fortwo is the most fuel efficient, non-hybrid vehicle in the United States, ranking fifth overall in fuel efficiency behind four hybrid models. It is also the most fuel efficient two-seater in the United States. A state-of-the-art, compact, three-cylinder gasoline engine sits at the rear of the new smart fortwo. The engine capacity is 61 cubic inches, the output is 70 hp (52 kW).

The 2009 smart fortwo achieves an average of 41 miles per gallon on the highway according to 2009 EPA regulations.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Designations

The 2008 smart fortwo has been classified as an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) for its extremely low exhaust emissions. The vehicle’s catalytic converter is positioned close to its engine for a quick response. An electric pump blows fresh air into the exhaust port when the engine is cold to almost completely oxidize the carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons (HC) and render them harmless. A ULEV is a vehicle that has been verified by the California Air Resources Board as emitting up to 50 percent less polluting emissions than the average for new cars released in that same model year.

In addition, the EPA, through an automatic internal process, has listed the 2008 smart fortwo on its Green Vehicle Guide Web site as a “Smartway” vehicle. Smartway vehicles are good environmental performers and considered the “greenest” vehicles on the market.

The Smartway designation is given to vehicles that score a six or better on each of the Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Scores and achieve a combined score of at least thirteen.

The smart fortwo received an EPA Greenhouse Gas score of nine and an Air Pollutant score of seven (out of a possible ten). The fortwo’s combined score of sixteen well exceeds the minimum requirement of thirteen to qualify for Smartway, and the high Greenhouse Gas score puts the smart fortwo just short of hybrid status.

Low emissions, low consumption

To ensure adherence to the low emission and consumption values, even with different fuel qualities, the U.S. versions have a lower compression ratio (10.0:1 instead of 11.4:1). This measure enables the engine to run closer to optimum combustion under a high load, resulting in low emissions and low consumption coupled with maximum driving fun.

The sandwich tank made of multi-layer plastic (high density polyethylene) minimizes the fuel vapors escaping into the atmosphere. Emissions are below 0.5 grams of HC per day. The tank module has an active charcoal filter that returns fuel vapors to the tank.

The engine is mounted transversally in front of the rear axle, and is slanted at an angle of 45 degrees towards the rear. Gas exchange is controlled by four valves per combustion chamber. The variable spread angle of the camshafts is controlled electronically for better torque at low revolutions. The camshafts are driven via a maintenance-free chain.

ABOUT the smart fortwo and smart USA

smart USA Distributor LLC, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., is the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo in the United States and Puerto Rico and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Automotive Group, Inc. The smart fortwo is a brand of and is manufactured by Daimler AG. This technologically advanced vehicle achieves 41 mpg on the highway and is an ultra-low emissions vehicle, as certified by the State of California Air Resources Board. The vehicle is 8.8 feet long, 5.1 feet tall and 5.1 feet wide and comes equipped with many functional and safety features found in most luxury models. smart is currently sold in 36 other countries, and more than one million smart fortwos have been sold since 1998. The 2009 smart fortwo is available in five trim levels ranging in price from $11,990** to $20,990**. For more information visit the smart USA website – www.smartusa.com.

** For 2009 models. Excludes tax, title, registration, destination charge, options and other dealer fees.

smart is a registered trademark of Daimler AG.

ABOUT PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Penske Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, operates 311 retail automotive franchises, representing 40 different brands and 25 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 160 franchises in 19 states and Puerto Rico and 151 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom. Penske Automotive is also the exclusive distributor of the smart fortwo through its wholly-owned subsidiary smart USA Distributor LLC. smart USA supports over 70 smart retail centers in the United States. Penske Automotive is a member of the Fortune 200 and Russell 1000 and has more than 14,000 employees. smart and fortwo are registered trademarks of Daimler AG.

*Financing for qualified buyers available through Daimler Financial Services at authorized smart center dealerships registered in the CARS program. Not all customers will qualify. Subject to credit approval by the lender. $99 monthly payment based on customer trade-in of an eligible vehicle qualifying for the CARS $4,500 voucher level and a 36-month balloon loan with $0 cash due at signing and a final balloon payment of $6,667 at the end of the loan term and a $13,335 MSRP which includes the destination charge and excludes tax, title and dealer fees. 5.9% APR financing for 36 months at $11.32 per month, per $1,000 financed. Restrictions apply for eligibility for the $4,500 voucher under the CARS program; please see www.cars.gov for details. Offer only applies to new and unused 2009 smart fortwo model vehicles. Visit your dealer for complete details on this and other finance offers.

Titan Wind Project to be World’s Largest, Joint Venture

22 Oct

Wind_millWind energy is a clean, renewable and cost competitive practical solution to help eliminate our dependence on foreign and domestic oil. And, today Clipper Windpower and BP Wind Energy announced a joint venture agreement for the “Titan Wind Project.” Clipper Windpower is in the business of providing advanced technologies and services for large-scale expansion of wind energy.  It is anticipated that the growth of the wind energy industry will be substantial given it is clearly a viable alternative to inefficient, costly and polluting carbon-based fuel generation.

The following is the press release for the joint venture:

CLIPPER WINDPOWER AND BP WIND ENERGY COMPLETE JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENT FOR TITAN WIND PROJECT

Master Turbine Supply Agreement Provides Opportunity To Supply Up To 2,020 Turbines

London (UK), Carpinteria, CA (USA) – October 22, 2008 Clipper Windpower Plc (“Clipper”) today announced that it has completed its 50:50 joint venture (“JV”) agreement with BP Wind Energy for the development of the Titan wind project, a 5,050 megawatt (MW) wind energy development located in South Dakota. The project is expected to be constructed in multiple phases and, when completed, will be the world’s largest wind farm.

The new venture has signed a Master Turbine Supply Agreement for the purchase of up to 2,020 Liberty wind turbines [if the project is fully built] from Clipper for the Titan wind project subject to pre-agreed conditions.

Under the terms of this agreement, in addition to wind turbine supply, Clipper would provide operations and maintenance services for the Titan Project for a period of five years.

Clipper’s Liberty 2.5 MW wind turbine is designed to minimize unscheduled maintenance events over its 20-year life through a highly efficient, patented Quantum Drive® distributed generation power train and proprietary permanent magnet generator technology. Variable speed operation is achieved in a simpler and more efficient manner than standard wind turbines. The Liberty wind turbine was tested at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in 2007, Clipper was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for its “outstanding contribution toward industry advancements” through an Outstanding Research and Development Partnership Award which recognizes the Liberty wind turbine for attaining “unparalleled levels of efficiency and reliability and reduced cost of energy.”

About Clipper Windpower
Clipper Windpower, www.clipperwind.com, is a rapidly growing company engaged in wind energy technology, turbine manufacturing, and wind project development. With offices in the USA (California, Colorado, Iowa and Maryland), Mexico, Denmark and the United Kingdom, and a ISO9001:2000 QMS Certified 330,000 square foot manufacturing and assembly facility located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the company designs advanced wind turbines, manufactures its 2.5-MW Liberty wind turbine and actively develops wind power generating projects in the Americas and Europe. Clipper is a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Clipper’s ticker symbol is CWP.

The ordinary shares of Clipper Windpower Plc are traded on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange and are not registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Such shares may not be offered or sold to residents of the United States or to persons acting on their behalf, or to other persons who are “United States Persons” within the meaning of Regulation S as promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, unless such shares have been registered under the Securities Act or there is an available exemption from registration.

Sixth Annual Energy Technology Conference

14 Oct

Ardour Capital Investments, LLC and Baker & McKenzie LLP are hosting a energy technology conference on October 16, 2008, at the Baker & McKenzie Conference Center (New York). The following is their press release concerning the event:

Ardour Capital Investments, LLC, a leading research and investment bank focused on Energy Technology / Alternative Energy & Power / Clean & Renewable Technologies in conjunction with global law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP, announce the 6th Annual Energy Technology Conference to be held on Thursday October 16th, 2008. Thirteen companies in the sector will present to some of the largest investors in the space. Keynote addresses will be given Dr. Rohit T. Aggarwala- Director of The Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Carol Battershell, Senior Advisor- U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

New York, NY (Vocus/PRWEB ) October 13, 2008 — As leaders in their respective fields, Ardour’s Energy Technology Banking Group and Baker & McKenzie’s energy practice, have created a venue where key players in the alternative energy marketplace converge to discuss trends, explore opportunities, and forge relationships. Expect a lively discussion on the current issues facing the energy technology space, including the recently extended ITC/PTC subsidies; continued commercial developments of the presenting companies; and the impact on the sector of the upcoming Presidential election.

Companies scheduled to attend, speak and be available for one-on-one sessions include:

  • American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC)
  • Capstone Turbine Corp. (CPST)
  • Colorep (Private)
  • Comverge, Inc. (COMV)
  • FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL)
  • Metabolix, Inc. (MBLX)
  • Open Energy Corp. (OEGY)
  • Plambeck Neue Energien (PNE3.DE)
  • Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies (QTWW)
  • Satcon Technology Corp. (SATC)
  • Spire Corp. (SPIR)
  • Ultralife Corp. (ULBI)
  • Zenergy Power Plc (ZEN.L)

Admission is by invitation only, so please register soon as space is limited. For more information or to register for the conference please contact Brian Greenstein at (212) 375-2956.

Ardour Capital Investments, LLC is a full service, FINRA registered investment bank and securities research firm focused on energy technology since 2002. Ardour provides a wide range of financial services for both public and private companies, including road shows, private placements and equity offerings.

Baker & McKenzie’s Alternative Energy & Technology Group advises a broad range of alternative energy industry participants, including private developers (public and private companies, utility subsidiaries, and others), electric utilities, municipalities, natural gas companies, construction and equipment suppliers, lenders, equity investors and power marketers in relation to all phases of activity involved in alternative energy related projects. << CONFERENCE DETAILS HERE >>

Links to Energy Careers and Jobs

02 Oct

Resources for careers in energy and energy-related job listings.

Career Information

Association of Energy Engineers

A source for information on the dynamic field of energy efficiency, utility
deregulation, facility management, plant engineering, and environmental compliance.

Careers in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Lists resources that discuss the kinds of education and skills, both technical
and non-technical, that will be in demand in this new and exciting field.

Careers in Renewable Energy

A U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet that gives an overview of the career
opportunities in the renewable energy field.

DOE Career Opportunities

Features information about career opportunities at the U.S. Department of
Energy and its laboratories.

Engineering: Go For It!

Magazine style guide ($4.00) that opens up the world of engineering careers to high school students.

Environmental Career Center

Helps people work for the environment through comprehensive environmental
and natural resources job listings, career news, inside tips and advice, employer
interviews, and career research reports.

The Environmental Careers Organization

Features information on its career services and educational resources to help
the next generation of environmental professionals.

Junior Engineering Technical Society

Provides programs and resources for high school students interested in engineering
careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A key word search using “energy” will locate information on career opportunities
in energy.

The Solar Energy Institute

Offers a one-week summer program in Arizona that gives high school students
the opportunity to learn about the solar energy field through lectures, tours,
and hands-on research.

Welcome to the World of Engineering!

A guide from the American Society for Engineering Education for high school
students interested in engineering and engineering technology careers.

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program: Energy Careers

Features links to information on energy careers, energy education programs,
and employers in the energy industry.

Job Listings

American Wind Energy Association: Wind Energy Career Center

Provides links to employers in the wind energy industry.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Posts vacancies of European companies in the renewable/sustainable development
sector.

DOE Jobs Database

Features a searchable database of available jobs at the U.S. Department of
Energy, as well as an automated job application system.

Energy Jobs Listings

A list of energy-related employers in the Northwest from the Energy Ideas
Clearinghouse.

environmentjob.co.uk

Features listings of renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs and volunteer
opportunities in the United Kingdom.

Fuel Cells 2000: Employment Resources

Lists fuel cell companies and helps match qualified job seekers with fuel
cell companies.

Green Energy Jobs

A listing of jobs in the renewable energy industry.

Hydro Research Foundation: Job Postings

Posts job listings in the hydropower industry.

National Society of Professional Engineers: Energy Job Board

Features job listings, online resume posting, career tips, mentoring programs,
continuing education opportunities, and resources for high school and college
students.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Careers and Fellowships

Provides information on position vacancies and research opportunities at the
Lab.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Employment

Features current job openings at the Lab.

PowerPlantPro

Posts jobs listings for power industry professionals.

If you would like to add to our listing, please use our “Contact Us” form here.