Cadmus unveils new tool to improve siting practices for wind energy projects
The Cadmus Group Inc. has released a new online tool designed to help companies choose the most effective site for their wind energy project. The Distributed Wind Site Analysis Tool (DSAT) allows users to predict the energy output and environmental benefits of wind energy projects at sites across the United States.
Cadmus developed the DSAT in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Encraft. The United States Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America Program provided the grant for the tool, which is free to use and more advanced features available for a nominal account upgrade fee.
Cadmus utilized a variety of data sources, such as high resolution wind maps, wind tunnel testing, computational fluid dynamics modeling and real-world wind resource and turbine performance data to predict the performance of distributed wind energy projects.
Constellation seeks applications for annual EcoStar Grant program
Constellation Energy is seeking applications for its annual EcoStar Grant program, which provides qualifying nonprofit organizations with funds to implement projects that support the company’s continuing commitment to environmental stewardship.
Grant awards will be up to $5,000, with funds provided by the Constellation Energy Foundation. EcoStar Grant program targets community-based projects that fit into one or more of five stewardship categories: pollution prevention, education and outreach, energy efficiency, conservation and community activism. The application deadline is March 10, 2012, and grant awards will be announced on or before Earth Day, April 22, 2012.
To qualify for an EcoStar Grant, a project should be located in an area where Constellation Energy does business. Applicants must have a board of directors and be designated a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Applications should include a project budget that details how the grant award will be spent, with no more than 20% allocated to administrative and office expenses.
Broadwind Energy wins $23M order for wind turbine towers
Broadwind Energy Inc. has received a $23 million order for wind turbine towers from a leading U.S. wind turbine manufacturer. The wind towers will be used for various domestic wind projects. Broadwind Energy will produce the wind towers its facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Delivery is expected to be made during the second half of 2012.
eIQ Energy, Boots team up to train solar system installers in parallel solar technology
eIQ Energy and Boots on the Roof today have formed a partnership to introduce eIQ Energy’s vBoost module technology to Boots on the Roof’s solar photovoltaic training programs.
eIQ Energy has contributed a dozen vBoost converter modules to the Boots on the Roof solar training program. Starting in January, this new equipment will be featured in the school’s commercial PV construction training program and added to the design exercises in its commercial PV design course. By incorporating vBoost modules into the curriculum, Boots on the Roof students will gain valuable experience building systems with eIQ Energy’s innovative Parallel Solar technology.