Daily Archives: February 3, 2017

APsystems expands presence with Mexican office

By Kathie Zipp APsystems has established a new office in Guadalajara, Mexico, to support regional sales, distribution and service. APsystems marked the expanded regional presence with a user conference for solar professionals, as participants discussed the Mexico market and expectations for 2017. APsystems earned praise from regional distributors and installers for microinverter performance, technical training,…

Solar array on Washington art museum helps it achieve LEED Gold rating

By Kathie Zipp Bainbridge Island Museum of Art near Seattle has earned the vaunted LEED Gold environmental certification, making it the first new art museum in Washington state to achieve the Gold rating. The certification is thanks to a newly expanded solar array using APsystems YC500 dual-module microinverters. This past fall the museum nearly doubled…

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

By Kathie Zipp Mengjin Yang (left), Kai Zhu, Ye Yang, Matt Beard, David Moore and Elisa Miller are co-authors of a new paper in Nature Energy about perovskites. Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL A team of scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that surface recombination limits the performance of…

Ingeteam collaborates with German electric vehicle organization

By Kathie Zipp Ingeteam is partnering with Berlin-based CharIn organization to help grow fast charging systems for electric vehicles. CharIn (Charging Interface Initiative e.V.) was founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen, to support the fast charging infrastructure for the next generation of electric vehicles being developed with…

Yuneec releases new commercial drone for turbine & blade inspections

By Michelle Froese The Yuneec H520 sUAS system is able to hold its position in high winds, and can easily switch between visual and thermal imaging during inspections. Yuneec Commercial H520 sUAS (unmanned aerial systems or drones) are designed with the inspection industry in mind. By obtaining clean and accurate images of inspection objects, such…

Lucid Motors Teases Its Air Electric Luxury Prototype

By Jon LeSage The Lucid Air electric executive car won’t be out for at least another year, but Lucid Motors continues to issue social media teasers to keep interest up. A prototype version has been spotted in and around San Francisco. Lucid is playing off its brand image as the maker of a high-performance, luxury…

Swatch Needs Up To Three Years For Its EV Battery To Receive Certification

By Jon LeSage Swiss watchmaker Swatch sees its electric vehicle battery taking another two-to-three years to certify. Developed through research firm Belenos, the Swatch-backed battery will go through a series of tests with Swatch’s Chinese partner, automaker Geely, said Swatch CEO Nick Hayek in an interview with broadcaster SRF on Friday. “We’re in the process…

Altus Power completes 1,672-kW rooftop solar system in Massachusetts

By Kelsey Misbrener Altus Power is proud to announce the completion of a 1,672-kW rooftop-mounted solar energy system in Framingham, Massachusetts. The solar system is sited on the rooftops of the Shoppers World complex, a large retail shopping center owned by DDR Corp. The Shoppers World solar system will provide energy savings, through solar net…

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