Solar-Powered Vessel Completed Its Journey Around The World
After 584 days of traveling around the world, the solar-powered vessel Turanor PlanetSolar finally docked in Monaco. The vessel along with its 5-member crew is the first ship to travel using zero fuel. Instead, it relied on solar energy for power. This solar-powered vessel was first conceptualized by Rapheal Domian in 2004. After 2 years of design and development, the vessel was created with a solar photovoltaic surface area of more than 530 square meters and a capacity of 93.5 kilowatts.
JCP&L Top 10 in Solar Installations
According to the Solar Electric Power Association, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is one of the top 10 utility companies in the nation for the installation of new solar power within its service area. The company also ranks sixth in newly installed solar power capacity in 2011 with a total of 53 megawatts. JCP&L serves more than a million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
Solar Power System Installed in Hart District Schools
The Wm. S Hart Union High School District in California was commended by civic officials and business leaders on the installation of solar power systems in 9 of its schools. The District partnered with PsomasFMG for the finance and installation of the 7-megawatt solar project. The solar power system will help reduce the District’s electricity consumption as well as provide students a first-hand experience on the use of clean and renewable energy.
Construction for the 30,400 PV panels is almost complete and all solar power systems will be operational by school year 2012-2013 in the following schools: Golden Valley High School, Canyon High School, Valencia High School, West Ranch High School, Saugus High School, La Mesa Junior High School, Rancho Pico Junior High School, Rio Norte Junior High School, and Sierra Vista Junior High School.
SDG&E Recognizes 13 Energy Efficient Businesses
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) have recognized 13 local businesses as Energy Champions for their outstanding efforts in energy efficiency and conservation by taking advantage of the many rebates and incentives that are available through SDG&E’s energy-efficiency and demand response programs.
The University of California, San Diego, Alexandria Realty, City of Chula Vista, Energy Curtailment Specialists, Hotel del Coronado, IKEA, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Lemon Grove School District, Qualcomm, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the San Diego Convention Center, Siemens and the United States Marine Corps are the 13 Energy Champions. All in all, these SDG&E customers have saved more than 24.6 million kilowatt hours of electricity and more than 500,000 therms of natural gas.
Organic Photovoltaics To Increase Market Demand by 1300% in 2012
According to a market research by IDTechEx entitled, “Organic Photovoltaics Technologies, Players and Forecasts 2012-2022″, organic photovoltaics (OPV) market will explode by over 1300% by 2022. Organic photovoltaic is currently valued at $4.6 million and this is expected to increase at $630 million in just 10 years. The market explosion for organic photovoltaic can be attributed to its combine good performance under indoor lighting conditions with low capital expenditure, and low energy production costs using printable plastics. The market growth will be predominantly driven by electronics in apparel, posters and PoP smart labels, and off-grid developing world applications.