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(Source: Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine))By Bill Trotter, Bangor Daily News, MaineOct. 19--NORTHPORT, Maine -- If there really are answers blowing in the wind, several dozen scientists, regulators and energy industry officials hoped to draw closer to them as they gathered Tuesday at a local conference center.The event, held at Point Lookout, was billed as the first Maine Deepwater Offshore Wind Conference. It attracted University of Maine and other state officials, environmental researchers, engineers and private industry representatives who wanted to learn more about the Deep C Wind Consortium's offshore wind research and development efforts."No one else is doing it," Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of Pittsfield-based Cianbro Corp., told more than 200 people who attended the conference. "We can be the first."The Deep C Wind Consortium consists of more than three dozen universities, government agencies, private companies and nonprofit organizations that hope to attract significant offshore wind development investment to the state. If it succeeds, state and federal officials have said, it could result in as much as $20 billion being invested in Maine and 15,000 wind energy-related jobs being created.So far, the consortium has received more than $25 million in public funding, much of it going toward construction

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Albion, Mich. - October 20, 2010 - Patriot Solar Group announces its new e-commerce site, focusing on selling a wide-range of solar-powered products.The new site, http://store.patriotsolargroup.com, showcases the full-line of solar products the company sells in conjunction with its solar tracking systems, fixed and ground mount structures."With our new e-commerce site, we are your single source for solar products," says Jeff Mathie, president of Patriot Solar Group. "Patriot designs and manufactures solar tracking systems and distributes solar panels, inverters, on- and off-grid systems and a full range of consumer solar products. If you are looking for something solar, chances are we have it available from stock, out of our warehouse."The solar products available on Patriot Solar's e-commerce site, includes:· Solar Backpacks· Solar Golf Accessories· Solar Charging Systems· Solar Flashlights· Solar Garden Lights· Solar Power Generators· Solar Well Pumps·

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The US Department of Energy is to provide a partial guarantee for a $1.3 billion loan supporting one of the world's largest wind farms. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has approved a conditional commitment to provide the partial guarantee, to help finance the Caithness Shepherds Flat wind project in eastern Oregon.The 845-megawatt wind farm is being developed by New York-based independent power producer Caithness Energy with the backing of General Electric Energy Financial Services. Once complete, it will comprise 338 wind turbines located immediately south of the Columbia River in north-central Oregon, on approximately 32,000 acres in Gilliam and Morrow counties.It will be the first wind farm in North America to use 2.5xl wind turbines from manufacturer GE. "Thanks to the Recovery Act, we are creating the clean energy jobs of the future while positioning the US as a world leader in the production of renewable energy," said Secretary Chu. "This project is part of the Administration's commitment to doubling our renewable energy generation by 2012 while putting Americans to work in communities across the country."As well as creating 400 construction jobs and 35 permanent operational jobs, the wind farm is expected to avoid 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions

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The number of turbines now production in mean that operators are looking at reducing O&M costs to see significant gains in profitability. With no fuel costs, a wind farm is totally dependent on smart use of operational expenditure (OPEX) to be profitable.In less than five years, a wind turbine will likely have its warranty expire. 79% of wind turbines are set to move out of warranty. O&M costs for wind power are double or triple the figures that were originally predicted in the financial models used to secure investment and finance. 0.019 euro per kWh is the average real cost of O&M compared with estimated costs from a leading wind turbine OEM of $0.005 per kWh.Leading operators demand that now is the time to plan for ways to boost ROI and increase profit margins by planning ahead and accurately forecasting O&M costs. Greater investment in O&M can have proven positive returns.A robust, repeatable and cost effective O&M strategy can have an immediate impact on an operator's bottom line.As a result we are seeing a fundamental change in the way the Utility companies and IPPs are changing their shift away from the availability figure and moving towards establishing a process that

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More than 30 years after former President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the roof of the White House, President Barack Obama might have a better chance of installing panels that will stay put.The Department of Energy announced this month that the White House soon will have solar panels to supply the first family's hot water and some of its electricity. Obama essentially hopes to set a good example by employing clean energy -- and saving money in the process.The White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy estimates that the panels could produce about 20,000 kilowatt-hours per year in electricity. That amounts to about $2,300 a year based on commercial energy rates for Washington.Environmentalists and clean-energy advocates hope the buzz from this demonstration project will give solar energy a boost. They also hope Obama has better luck than Carter did.Carter, an early advocate of reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil, also hoped to set an example in 1979 by installing solar panels on the White House roof to heat water in the staff kitchen. But Carter lost the election to Ronald Reagan in 1980.Reagan took the solar panels down in 1986, when the roof was being repaired.

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IBM has revealed that energy system supplier, Alstom, and Ikerlan-IK4, an energy technology research and development organization, are using IBM software to develop wind turbine control systems that significantly improve the performance of sustainable power systems based on wind-generated energy.The new wind turbines leverage a sophisticated system of electronic sensors and software from IBM that optimize performance based on input regarding wind direction and speed, temperature and other factors. A central control system collects and analyses data from each turbine to remotely control individual turbine subsystems, perform diagnostics and manage wind farm power generation. Alstom and Ikerlan-IK4 are using IBM software to help develop and automate the "systems of systems" that controls the turbines and their interconnected communications systems."Leveraging IBM software helps us apply an automated process to the design and development of Alstom Wind control systems," said Alfonso Faubel, Vice President Alstom Wind. "This advantage definitely allows us to deliver tailored solutions that are fully adapted to new emerging standards, markets and client needs."Alstom and Ikerlan-IK4 are also using the Gears Software Product Line Lifecycle FrameworkTM, from IBM business Partner, BigLever SoftwareTM, to customise their designs to accommodate the varying climates and geographies where the wind turbines will operate.

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A new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets says that, while glass will continue to dominate substrate and encapsulation materials used for thin-film photovoltaics (TFPV), new materials including metal foils, plastics, ceramics and composites will grow rapidly in importance. The main driver for using these new materials will be the need to support flexible PV in order to reduce PV panel costs using R2R processes and the rise of "intrinsically flexible products; notably those used for building-integrated PV (BIPV)."In total, the TFPV substrate/encapsulation market is expected to reach $1.3 billion by 2015, going on to reach $1.8 billion by 2017. And while some of the most advanced encapsulation systems have proved difficult to develop and come with a high cost, NanoMarkets has identified several areas where these systems are beginning to make economic sense, most notably in the CIGS sector.Additional details about the report, "Encapsulation and Flexible Substrates for Thin-Film Photovoltaics" are available at www.nanomarkets.net.Findings from the ReportThe NanoMarkets report notes that, despite their decline in overall market share, glass makers can still expect opportunities to emerge for them. Thus new flexible glasses will be able to participate in the growing sector of the TFPV market that

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Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a world leader in solar electricity, today announced that it will supply its industry-leading tandem junction thin film solar panels for an 18.5 megawatt (MW) DC solar deployment in Ontario, Canada. The solar deployment, which is being developed under a joint venture between SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. , and SkyPower Limited, is comprised of two solar parks, SunE Sky Norfolk I and II. Construction began in March of 2010 and is expected to be completed this fall.The 18.5 MW solar deployment is located on two sites in Norfolk County, Ontario, in Port Dover and Simcoe.Once online, the power produced by the Norfolk plant will be purchased and delivered to Ontario residents and businesses by the Ontario Power Authority. The Sharp thin film solar panels utilized for the project feature Sharp's tandem-junction design that captures a wider part of the solar spectrum. The panels were manufactured at Sharp's thin film solar plants including the solar cell plant in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, one of the greenest manufacturing sites in the world."We're pleased to be using Sharp products to deliver renewable energy in Canada," said Jason Gray, VP

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China's wind power can reach 230 GW of installed capacity by 2020, which is equal to 13 times the current capacity of the Three Gorges Dam; its annual electricity output of 464.9 TWh could replace 200 coal fire power plants, according to China Wind Power Outlook 2010, a new report jointly released by Greenpeace, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).In 2009, China led the world in newly installed wind-energy devices, reaching a capacity of 13.8 GW (10,129 turbines) - a rate of one new turbine every hour. In terms of overall capacity, China ranks second, at 25.8 GW. "The rapid wind power growth in China was propelled by both the growing need for energy and the government's eagerness to develop low-carbon technology," said Li Junfeng, secretary general of CREIA. "China's speed of wind power development is remarkable," commented Steve Sawyer, secretary general of GWEC. "In 2005, only one Chinese company was among the top 15 manufacturers in the world. Today, there are five." The report projects that by 2020, China's total wind power capacity will reach at least 150GW, possibly up to 230GW, which, if realized, could cut 410 million tons of

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Meyer Burger has successfully concluded a contract of over CHF 30 million for wire saws with a customer in Asia. The customer plans the expansion of its production facility in 2011, and relies on the high-tech manufacturing equipment from Meyer Burger. The wire saws are scheduled to be delivered during fiscal year 2011.Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that the group member Meyer Burger Ltd succeeded in concluding a contract for the supply of wire saws with a customer in Asia. The customer plans an expansion of its production capacity in 2011. The wire saws from Meyer Burger Ltd will secure the manufacturing of high quality solar wafers. The entire equipment is scheduled to be delivered during fiscal year 2011.Further information:Werner BuchholzHead of Corporate CommunicationsTel +41 (0) 33 439 05 06w.buchholz@meyerburger.chAbout Meyer Burger Technology Ltdwww.meyerburger.ch Meyer Burger is a leading and globally active technology group for innovative systems and processes for cutting and handling crystalline and other high-grade materials. The machines, competences and technologies of the different companies within the group are used in the solar industry (photovoltaics), semiconductor and optical industry. The thinnest wafers made from silicon, sapphire or other crystals are required in these

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