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flexible thin film solar cells and modules: SoloPower Expands Intellectual Property Portfolio With 50th Patent Allowance as it Prepares to Open State-of-the-Art Facility in Portland, Oregon

SoloPower, the San Jose, California-based manufacturer of high efficiency, lightweight, and flexible thin-film solar cells and modules, announced that it received its 50th patent allowance, adding to its already robust intellectual property portfolio that includes manufacturing technology and processes in addition to key aspects of its proprietary solar cells and flexible module technology. "The strength of SoloPower's intellectual property portfolio enables us to cover all key aspects of our... [more]

FIT: Set to Shine Again is the Solar PV

The commotion that has surrounded the government funded feed-in-tariffs (FITs) since they launched in April 2011, has caused many homeowners to be aware. This fuss would have undoubtedly put most consumers confidence at a low, however in an announcement made yesterday by the Department of Climate Change (DECC), stability for solar is on the horizon. We can now reveal that the subsidy is set to receive a beam of security which will at least last for the next three years. From August 1 2012, th... [more]

Feed-in Tariffs: Solar panels : last chance to take advantage of higher Feed-In Tariff

Solar panels became a popular choice for homeowners : not only they reduce carbon footprint on the planet but they also offer money saving opportunities. The latest news that the Feed-In Tariff will be halved in March has resulted in a ‘gold rush’ as people look to take advantage of the higher tariff. As the deadline gets closer, solar panels sites have seen a surge in sales. It has come to light that the Feed-In Tariff will soon be cut from 43.3p per kilowatt to 21p per kilowatt. The cut ... [more]

future power systems: Four year power sector technology innovation programme opens

A four-year government-funded programme that aims to develop new technologies to help meet the needs of the UK’s future power systems will kick-off with investment of £2.4 million in feasibility studies that will stimulate innovation in automated power distribution and demand management. The funding competition is the first element of a planned portfolio of investment into power network innovations and forms the exploratory phase of the programme, which will be funded and managed by the gover... [more]

Fronius IG15 inverter: SEH Commercial implements solar installation for log cabin

Mr & Mrs Diver, have created a unique guest quarters styled as a log cabin. It measures some 5m x 5.7m and is situated around 15m from their main house. SEH Commercial’s Simon Fowler explains the challenges: “Originally sold as 12-panels to be on one roof, our survey said that this wasn’t going to be possible due to the size of the roof. However, the roof has a perfect east-west split on its pitch so we looked at the option of 6 Mitsubishi 225Wp PV panels on each side.  With this arrangement... [more]

Feed In Tariff FIT: Photovoltaic panels installed on the roofs of Anglo Saxon church in Buckinghamshire

The congregation at All Saints Church, Wing with Grove in Buckinghamshire has not only reduced the church’s carbon footprint significantly but also found a way of generating an income for decades to come. When the parishioners of one of the UK’s finest Anglo Saxon churches were looking at how to make their place of worship more environmentally friendly, they took inspiration from a BBC’s Songs of Praise feature on St Denys Church in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, which had fitted solar Photovoltaic... [more]

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