Some interesting algae biofuels research at a Texas university, details about a 100-MW solar panel project in Spain, and photovoltaic fuses released by Mersen.
Algae Biofuel Research Continues
Increased research using algae as an alternative energy source is being conducted at Lone Star College in Montgomery, Texas. The sea plant is going to be used for research that aims to make the campus and surrounding community self-sustainable. The closed-loop photobioreactor used by the Texas university will utilize greenhouse technology to grow algae for research. ‘Green crude,’ the algae equivalent of crude oil will be produced to make biodiesel to power campus vehicles and machinery. Students monitor various aspects of the algae such as growth rates and pH level so that they can develop a commercial-scale system for industrial algal oil projects. Lone Star-Montgomery is one of three universities nationwide that are conducting research in algal biofuels and its industrial applications.
Fidelis Energy to Construct Solar Farm in Spain
Fidelis Energy has secured the rights to develop a 100-MW solar park in Spain. The company is focused on developing, constructing and operating solar energy projects exclusively or in partnership with other energy companies. The proposed solar farm will span 1,500 acres and is expected to yield $350 million as income. Fidelis will develop the land for the purpose of operating a solar park; meanwhile, a Florida-based firm, Solar Park Initiatives will construct and install solar panels.
Photovoltaic Fuses Released by Mersen
Mersen has announced the release of the industry’s first range of UL 2579 range of dedicated photovoltaic fuses. The enhanced fuse construction of the Helio Protection series makes it ideal for continuous temperature and current cycling withstand adding to system longevity. Low minimum breaking capacity capabilities of 1.35 times the fuse rated current value allows for safe circuit interruption under typical low fault current conditions produced by PV arrays.
Duke Energy’s Holiday Traditions Reflect its Energy Efficiency
The Duke Energy/CSX Holiday Train has been adorned with LED lights, reiterating the company’s commitment to energy efficiency. These lights do not burn out because they do not contain the filament that often breaks in traditional incandescent lighting. Adding to the list of eco-friendly measures, the train has also been fitted with solar panels that are located on the rooftop of the building, which serve to power the train. They holiday train tradition began in 1946 and now celebrates its 65th anniversary. More than 9 million visitors have come to see the display since its inception.
Gemma to Construct Wind Farm for Henry County, Illinois
Gemma Renewable Power is going to design and construct a 200-MW wind farm in the state of Illinois. The project, Bishop Hill Wind Energy Farm, is scheduled to finish by late 2011. The farm will house 134 turbines from General Electric. Besides turbines, Gemma is also going to build and design roads, electrical collection systems, and foundations. Gemma is a subsidiary to Argan, a company that specializes in the construction of energy plants and also works with conventional gas, solar power, ethanol, biodiesel, and wind power.
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