Apple is make news on the green front this week with the announcement that its 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and that
It’s building a large solar array to supply 42 million kWh annually. Apple says the 100-acre, 20-megawatt solar array will be the “nation’s largest end user–owned, onsite solar array.” In a Facilities Report on the data center, Apple said it’s also building a fuel cell installation that when online later in 2012, “will be the largest non-utility fuel cell installation operating anywhere in the country.” Apple say the 5MW fuel-cell facility, located directly adjacent to the data center, will be powered by 100 percent biogas, and provide more than 40 million kWh of 24x7 baseload renewable energy annually. Details
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Thin-film solar manufacturer Nanosolar Inc., San Jose, Calif., has an additional $20 million in funds to continue its expansion, thanks to a cash infusion by current investors Mohr Davidow Ventures and OnPoint Technologies, Inc., and new investor Aeris Capital.
Nanosolar made headlines several years ago when it first announced its unique technology of printing CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenium) and nanoparticle inks onto flexible substrates and a blue-chip roster of investors, which includes high-profile investment companies and Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The company recently announced that Eugenia Corrales would be taking over at CEO for Geoff Tate, who retired after two years at the company. A company release said that for the past 18 months Corrales managed all operations, as well as engineering, purchasing and planning.
Bill Watkins, the CEO of LED manufacturer Bridgelux, speaks out at Forbes.com on "The 5 Myths of LEDs."
Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recently opened a new location in Iowa City, Iowa, that has a number of unique features, including an indoor drive-thru that customers can use to pick up call-ahead orders without having to exit their vehicle and endure weather conditions, a high-tech training center; and a large customer service sales counter. The new branch has also allowed Van Meter to expand its local inventory levels by over 30 percent. Van Meter had outgrown its previous Iowa City location and broke ground on the new 22,840-square-foot facility in July 2011. Details
EcoInsight recently released a software update for its free iPad app that helps out users with photo capture, audio recording and marking up photos in the field. The company says on its website, “Without the extra burden of carrying a digital camera or recorder on-site, users can save time and even mark-up notes directly on the images themselves. Once uploaded, the photo and audio files can be shared with team members and business partners for additional analysis and input -- instantly syncing the data.” Details
The first IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) is scheduled for March 4-8, 2012 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C. IEVC 2012 is designed to facilitate the exchange of information on global trends in technology, engineering, standards and deployment aspects among industrial, academic and regulatory thought leaders for the rapidly-growing worldwide electric vehicle ecosystem. “The inaugural IEVC conference brings together some of the leading experts from major automotive manufacturers, research institutions and electric utilities from around the world,” said IEVC conference chair Dr. Joachim Taiber, research professor at Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR), Department of Automotive Engineering. “Our goal is to establish the IEVC as the premier international venue for presenting the technology needed to transform the transportation industry through electrification.” Details
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced over $12 million to speed solar energy innovation from the lab to the marketplace through the Energy Department's SunShot Incubator program. The program helps launch new startups and business units within existing companies to accelerate innovative solar technology development. Since 2007, DOE has invested $60 million through the Incubator in promising technologies as they are brought from the lab to the marketplace. These investments have catalyzed $1.6 billion in private sector support. The federal investment in these projects has been leveraged at a rate of more than 26-to-1.
The funding will support innovations in the development of hardware and non-hardware approaches from the proof-of-concept stage to prototype demonstration, including advances in photovoltaics, concentrating solar power and power electronics, as well as streamlined permitting, inspection and financing approaches, and to shorten the timeline for awardees to transition innovative prototypes produced at lab-scale into pilot and eventually full-scale manufacturing, production, or deployment. Each of the investments will require significant cost-share commitments from the awardees. Applications are due on April 9. For more information and application requirements for the Funding Opportunity Announcement, please visit the Funding Opportunity Exchange website.
The lighting retrofits Cree Inc., Durham, N.C., is performing on U.S. embassies in Vienna, Rome, Berlin, Madrid and Lisbon as part of a program spearheaded by the Alliance to Save Energy and the League of Green Embassies
are expected to slash energy consumption from 45 percent to 76 percent compared to the existing lighting systems. Older, energy-wasting lighting is being replaced with energy-efficient LED lighting in security lighting, indoor lighting, area lighting, walkway lighting and parking lot and roadway lighting.
“The goal of the League of Green Embassies is to make each participating embassy as energy efficient as possible and to use these embassies as platforms for showcasing U.S. energy innovation technologies and products,” said Bruce Oreck, U.S. Ambassador to Finland. “We want to encourage companies to create and showcase for a global market the latest technologies that reduce energy waste and lower costs.” Details
These Wire Guards are now part of the MaxLED family of LED lamps and fixtures. Constructed with welded continuous wire, the Wire Guards protect and guard the high-quality shatter-resistant glass lens inside the fixture. The 2.8 mm wire, polyester powder-coated in standard black, easily attaches to the wallpack’s housing with existing lens screws and washers located on each side of the fixture. The Wire Guards are backed by a three-year limited product warranty. Maxlite
March 4-8, 2012
Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) 2012
Greenville, S.C., IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Details
March 19-21, 2012
PV America West
San Jose, Calif., Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA); Details
March 21, 2012
New York, Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY); email@example.com, www.dlfny.com
Distributed Solar East
Somerset, N.J., Information Forecast Inc.; firstname.lastname@example.org, Distributed Solar East; 818-888-4444
May 9-11, 2012
Las Vegas, Lightfair International;(404)220-2218; email@example.com, www.lightfair.com
June 3-6, 2012
Atlanta, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA); 202-383-2500, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Sept. 10-13, 2012
Orlando, Solar Energy Industries Association); (202) 682-0556, email@example.com, www.seia.org