SEPTEMBER 2009 | View archive list
Wednesday 30 September, 2009
- Solar Assisted Coal Plant Project Planned For Queensland
In news from Queensland Premier Anna Bligh's office just released, the State Government and an international energy company are endeavouring to establish a project help make coal fired power generation more efficient using solar power.
- Solar Powered EV Charging Stations For California
US companies SolarCity and Rabobank, last week announced a partnership to construct the world’s first solar powered fast-charge electric car charging corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles
Tuesday 29 September, 2009
Monday 28 September, 2009
- Solar Panels And Australia's Recent Dust Storms
Residents in Sydney awoke last Wednesday to what some termed an "Armageddon" dawn - an eerie red light bathing the city that persisted for much of the day. The choking dust not only proved challenging for asthma sufferers, but also owners of solar panels.
Friday 25 September, 2009
Thursday 24 September, 2009
- Victoria's Feed In Tariff - November Start
Documents released from the Victorian Department Of Industry today say the state's feed in tariff scheme is expected to start on 1 November 2009.
- Suntech Breaks Solar Panel Efficiency Record - Again
Suntech has again beaten all previous records for polycrystalline silicon module conversion efficiency. The new world record conversion efficiency (aperture area only) was measured at 16.53% by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany.
Wednesday 23 September, 2009
Tuesday 22 September, 2009
Monday 21 September, 2009
- Solar Powered Bird Scarer
Keeping birds away from crops and other structures can be a real challenge; particularly when attempting to approach the problem in a humane way.
- The Solar Roof Tile .. That Looks Like One
Solar roof tiles are nothing new; but most just look like small solar panels, not blending in well with the surrounding roof structure in terms of design.
Friday 18 September, 2009
Thursday 17 September, 2009
- Victoria's Feed In Tariff Confusion Clarified
Many home owners in Victoria looking to install grid connect solar power systems have been hearing conflicting messages regarding the state's solar feed in tariff program. Some solar power providers have been informing clients that the program is now in operation. According to Energy Matters, this isn't the case.
- Outback Solar Power Subsidy Cuts Slammed
A wound has been reopened after Australian pastoralists and indigenous communities criticised the Government's dropping of an important solar rebates program for rural areas some months ago.
Wednesday 16 September, 2009
Tuesday 15 September, 2009
- Arnie - Renewable Energy Terminator - Or Not?
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will later today veto a bill that calls for 33 percent of the state's energy come from renewable energy sources by 2020. Arnie is known to be passionate about renewables; so what's the story?
- Offshore Wind 2009 - Oceans of Opportunity
At the Offshore Wind 2009 conference currently under way in Stockholm, attendees have heard from a new report, "Oceans of Opportunity", that 100 GW of offshore European wind power projects already in planning stages could produce 10% of Europe’s electricity.
Monday 14 September, 2009
Friday 11 September, 2009
Thursday 10 September, 2009
- The Solar Panel Made From Hair
Some solar panels of the future may not get their base materials from the ground, but from hairdressing salons and barber shops.
- Energy Matters Unveils Unique Solar Power Calculator
Energy Matters, a Australian provider of solar power solutions for home, business and community groups has launched a new online tool to help people calculate their solar power system requirements.
Wednesday 09 September, 2009
Tuesday 08 September, 2009
- Solar Roads Powering The World?
If solar panels covered the asphalt surfaces in the U.S. alone, this would generate three times more power than the US consumes - almost enough to power the entire world.
Monday 07 September, 2009
- Solar Powered Hearing Aid
Over half a billion people have mild or worse hearing impairment and developing nations have a hearing impairment rate more than double that of developed countries. A solar powered hearing aid from Godisa Technologies seeks to help address the problem.
- The Clean Coal Nightmare
A report to be aired on ABC's Four Corners tonight delves into the progress of clean coal. Will commercial scale Carbon Capture and Storage be too late to save the planet from irreversible and disastrous climate change? Should we be diverting the billions of taxpayers money earmarked for CCS more towards clean, renewable energy such as solar power?
Friday 04 September, 2009
- Inverters Can Be A Solar Power System's Weakest Link
When it comes to solar power for home and business, solar panels seem to capture most of the attention, but there's a critical component in a grid connect and off grid solar power system that's often ignored - the inverter.
Thursday 03 September, 2009
- Solar Hot Water Vs. Insulation - Rebate Confusion
It's a great time for Australian households to make their homes more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint, thanks to generous government rebates.However,some home owners are bitterly disappointed when they take advantage of one rebate only to find they are then disqualified from others.
- Around The World In A Solar Powered Catamaran
Solar panel manufacturer SunPower Corp. has announced its solar cells will be used by PlanetSolar's new solar catamaran.
Wednesday 02 September, 2009
- Anti-Renewable Energy Jobs Study Debunked
A study that claimed every renewable energy job in Spain “destroyed” 2.2 jobs in the broader Spanish economy has been debunked by a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Tuesday 01 September, 2009
- Alaska's Monster Solar Hot Water System
Golden Valley Electric Association in chilly Alaska has installed the state's largest hot water system at the Denali Education Center, McKinley Village.
- Solar Power Farms In Space - A Step Closer
Mitsubishi Electric Corp., a manufacturer of solar panels, will join an AUD $25 billion Japanese project to construct a gigantic solar farm in space within three decades.
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