IKEA opens 4 electric vehicle charging stations in Carson, Calif.
IKEA has officially plugged-in four Blink Pedestal electric vehicle charging stations at its store inCarson,California, as part of its partnership with ECOtality Inc. Installation also is planned at seven other IKEA stores in theWestern United States. To charge an EV at IKEA Carson, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, swipe their Blink InCard, plug the charger into the EV and then shop and eat at their leisure in the IKEA store while the vehicle is charging.
Vu1 to supply 20,000 ESL bulbs to Avspar
Vu1 Corp. has received an initial order for 20,000 of Electron Stimulated Luminescence R30 light bulbs from Avspar Corp. The company expects to fulfill the order during the 2012 first quarter.
The R30 bulb, which is based on Vu1′s unique ESL lighting technology platform, uses accelerated electrons to stimulate phosphor. ESL bulbs are fully dimmable, energy-efficient, non-toxic and provide a light quality virtually indistinguishable from traditional incandescent light bulbs for up to 11,000 hours.
GE, Illinois Institute of Technology team up on efficient wind energy production project
General Electric has joined hands with Illinois Institute of Technology to investigate ways to improve wind farm productivity and efficiency. The project is part of a larger U.S. Department of Energy investment of $9 million to an IIT-led consortium to enhance the leadership role of theU.S.in testing and producing the most advanced and efficient wind turbines in the world.
The two-year project will focus on helping wind farms to reduce maintenance costs and improve availability through predictions of impending problems. The project’s research will be conducted near Marseilles, Illinois, on a GE 1.5 MW series wind turbine operated and maintained by Invenergy. IIT students will be conducting research using GE’s Proficy SmartSignal software on the GE wind turbine to learn how to detect faults even earlier and more accurately than currently possible.
SunPower to install 13.78-MW solar system at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
SunPower Corp. has begun designs for a 13.78-MW solar photovoltaic power system atNavalAirWeaponsStationChinaLakeinCalifornia. The company is expected to break ground on the solar system next month.
Under the agreement, SunPower will design, build, operate and maintain the solar power system, which will utilize the company’s high-efficiency solar panels that are supported by a 25-year warranty. TheNavalAirWeaponsStationChinaLakewill buy the electricity at a rate that is currently below the retail utility rate. The 20-year power purchase agreement will also allow the Navy to secure electricity at up to 30% below the rate available through the more traditional 10-year PPA.