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Construction of a solar thermal roof on Building 601 at the Army's Adelphi Laboratory Center

Solar thermal roof debuts at Adelphi Laboratory Center


Construction in December 2010 atop Building 601 at the Army's Adelphi Laboratory Center in Maryland features a solar thermal roof, a renewable energy project that will save money and conserve natural resources. The roofing system is expected to annually save more than 170 million British Thermal Units, which is equivalent to approximately 30 barrels of crude oil - a cost savings of $3,500 at current oil prices. Read more...

VELUX solar collectors for use in custom solar water heating and daylight systems that include skylights or roof windows

Solar thermal project part of innovative pilot program in South Carolina


Seventy homes across South Carolina have been chosen to participate in a unique program that will bring solar energy to more families in the Palmetto State. The project by Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (CEPCI) will monitor the effectiveness of residential solar thermal water heating using a grant from the South Carolina Energy Office. Southern Energy Management (SEM) was awarded a contract in September to install 60 of the systems out of its Greenville office. Read more...

Nanomarkets to release report on the business case for BIPV


Nanomarkets LLC (Glen Allen, Virginia, U.S.) has announced that it will release a new report on December 20, 2010, titled: "The Business Case for Building Integrated Photovoltaics". The report analyzes the strategies of companies in the building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market, looking at multiple types of BIPV, as well as BIPV business cases in throughout the value chain. Nanomarkets notes that in a PV market which is increasingly dominated by cost concerns, BIPV represents a way for PV makers to add value to their product. "In the past, the business case for photovoltaics has been made entirely on the basis of return on investment, with the primary performance factor at the solar panel level being efficiency," notes Nanomarkets in the report's executive summary. Read more...

New REC Solar building integrated photovoltaic solution: REC Peak Energy Integrated Solution

REC expands product offering launching new REC Peak Energy integrated PV solution


REC (Sandvika, Norway) on December 8, 2010 launched their first building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solution combining the high performing REC Peak Energy series module and the proven "Solrif" installation system distributed by Ernst Schweitzer AG. "Starting with the REC Peak Energy Integrated we are diversifying our product portfolio to provide tailor made solutions to better meet the needs of our customers in the residential and commercial markets", said Åsmund Fodstad, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, REC Solar. Read more...

Photovoltaics, PV production technology and solar thermal technology will be presented at Intersolar Europe 2011

Intersolar Europe 2011: Trends, innovations and unstoppable growth


On June 8, 2011 the opening of Intersolar Europe will mark a special day in the history of the world's largest exhibition for the solar industry: Intersolar Europe is turning 20. Further growth is expected for the year of the anniversary. Fourteen halls and 155,000 sqm of exhibition space will be available for exhibitors and visitors, which corresponds to more than 15% growth over the previous year. From June 8 to 10, 2011, the New Munich Trade Fair Center will once again revel in the warmth of the sun as Intersolar Europe reopens its gates to the international solar technology industry. Read more...

PVflex CIGS solar modules for building-integrated photovoltaics

PVflex to obtain IEC 61646 and 61730 certification for flexible CIGS solar modules


German PVflex Solar GmbH (Fürstenwalde, Brandenburg), a specialist in highly flexible copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar modules for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), concluded comprehensive field tests on flat roofs and is the first European supplier to obtain IEC 61646 and 61730 certification. The successful completion of the field tests and IEC certification represent a milestone for the CIGS industry, the company emphasizes. Read more...

Ground-breaking ceremony for new lab building at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg

Ground-breaking cermony held for new lab building at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg; Staff at Europe’s largest solar research institute now adds up to one thousand


Since the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE moved into its own premises nine years ago, the number of staff members, including students, has grown from 300 to 1000. Over the years, the office and lab space at Fraunhofer ISE, Europe’s largest solar research institute, has steadily expanded. Now a new lab building is being constructed on Fraunhofer property on the Berliner Allee, one block from the Heidenhofstrasse where the main building is situated. The ground-breaking ceremony took place on October 25, 2010. Read more...

UNI-SOLAR powers one of the largest solar PV roof installations in Paris


United Solar (Rochester Hills. Mich.), a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices and a leading global manufacturer of flexible thin-film photovoltaics (PV) under its "UNI-SOLAR" brand, announces the completion of one of the largest solar installations in Paris, France on the rooftop of Sisley, the global luxury cosmetic brand. United Solar, working closely with renowned building material companies, secured this installation with its channel partner Soprema, a major modified bitumen roofing material expert in France. Read more...

The White House will install both solar photovoltaic modules and a solar water heater

White House to install PV, solar hot water in 2011


In a move applauded by solar energy advocates including the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA, Washington, D.C., US), on October 5, 2010, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the White House, the traditional home of U.S. Presidents, will install both solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and a solar water heater. The installation follows a campaign by advocates to call for the replacement of a set of modules which were installed during the administration of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and removed by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Secretary Chu and U.S. Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley made the announcement at the CEQ's GreenGov Symposium, stating that the installation will be complete by Summer 2011. Read more...

Uni-Solar thin-film laminates

United Solar to supply 870KW BIPV system for New Jersey warehouse


On September 30th, 2010, United Solar Ovonics, LLC (Auburn Hills, Michigan, US) announced that it has signed an agreement to supply New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV) with a 870KW building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system. The USD$5 million project will involve the construction of a new roof on over 27,900 square meters of warehouse space leased by NJRCEV, with United Solar thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) laminates integrated into the new roof system. United Solar states that it expects the project to be operational by January 2011. Read more...

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