Cogenra Solar unveils the largest rooftop solar energy system in the U.S.

Solar Panel Hybrid System

Winery gets a gold star for alternative energy. Cogenra Solar, a developer of hybrid solar energy systems, has unveiled the largest rooftop hybrid solar energy system in the U.S.  The system combines solar and thermal power, a coupling that is gaining a great deal of interest in the alternative energy and technology communities. The system can be found at the Kendall-Jackson winery in Windsor, California. It was meant to augment the existing alternative energy systems of the winery and help it break away from its restraints to fossil-fuels and reduce…

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Solar power growing rapidly in Japan thanks to feed-in tariffs

Japan Solar Energy

Japan’s solar energy growth Solar energy is gaining momentum around the world, especially in Japan, where the solar market is experiencing a period of rapid growth. Japan has long been interested in alternative energy because of its economic and environmental implications. The country is home to one of the most ambitious and powerful hydrogen energy systems, the ENE-FARM, and has been using geothermal energy for decades. Solar power is not new to the Land of the Rising Sun, but it has been growing in popularity over the past year. The…

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Maryland lawmakers pass bill that opens the way for more solar energy

Solar Energy News in Maryland

Solar energy market widens in Maryland The Maryland Legislature has passed a new bill (Senate Bill 791) that opens the way for the rapid growth of solar energy in the state. The bill was passed by a vote of 37-9 and will accelerate the state’s alternative energy goals by increasing the percentage of electricity the state must obtain through the use of solar power. Alternative issue has been a subject of great interest in Maryland for the past two years. The state has been aggressively pursuing alternative energy projects in…

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University of Delaware researchers experiment with concentrated sunlight to make hydrogen gas

University of Delaware hydrogen fuel research

Hydrogen fuel cell research in the U.S. Researchers from the University of Delaware, led by Professor Erik Koepf, have been working on ways to make hydrogen fuel cells more environmentally sound. Fuel cells are often considered clean energy machines because a great deal of attention has been drawn to the fact that the systems themselves produce no harmful emissions. Fuel cells are not stand alone energy systems, however, and they require a source of electricity in order to operate. This electricity is usually provided by burning natural gas, a process…

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SunPower announces commercialization of its record breaking Maxeon solar cells

Hydrogen fuel - solar cell technology

SunPower, a leading solar energy company, has announced that its record breaking solar energy cells have entered commercial production. The company’s Maxeon solar cells broke the world record for both efficiency and performance last year, showing that solar energy is a viable alternative to oil. The cells broke down much of the negative stigmas that surround solar power and the company believes that commercialization will further the favor of solar energy amongst consumers and businesses. The solar cells are capable of generating electricity with 24% efficiency, the highest level of…

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Concentrating Solar Power Alliance aims to educate U.S. lawmakers on how new solar energy technology works

Solar energy and solar panel

Last week, Abengoa, BrightSource Energy and Torresol Energy, three of the world’s leading solar energy companies, launched the Concentrating Solar Power Alliance (CSPA). The initiative aims to educate U.S. regulators and lawmakers on the benefits of concentrating solar power. Concentrating solar power is a method of increasing the efficiency of the renewable energy and the performance of solar panels and cells. This method utilizes a system of mirrors and lenses that work to magnify the light of the sun, making it more potent, thereby increasing energy production. The use of…

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MIT awards student for breakthrough development in solar energy technology

Miles Barr

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced one of the winners of its prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. Student Miles Barr beat out the competition for his development of what is being called a solar technology breakthrough. Barr, who recently finished a PhD in chemical engineering, may have unlocked the future of solar power, according to MIT. MIT believes that Barr’s breakthrough could change the way solar cells are built and could turn just about anything into a harvester of solar energy. Barr’s development is, essentially, a printed solar cell.…

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Germany’s use of solar energy has lowered the cost of power in the country by 40%

A new study from the Fraunhofer Institute, a research firm based in Munich, Germany, shows how effectively Germany has been able to keep energy prices low through the use of alternative energy. Germany is currently one of the world leading authorities in sustainability. The nation has various alternative energy projects from which it is drawing power. These projects include hydrogen and wind power, but the country’s use of solar energy has lead it to the position it is in today. According to the institute’s report, the country’s use of solar…

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