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NFL “Green Energy” Infographic
Feb04

NFL “Green Energy” Infographic

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Solar-Powered Aircraft to Fly Around the World?

The world’s first solar-powered flight around the world is not too far into the future. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a lightweight airplane powered entirely by solar, is planning its first cross-country voyage for this year with no fuel- that’s only if you don’t count photons from the sun. The Solar Impulse was an idea that became a working prototype through ambition, years of planning, and hard work.  An airplane that can fly during both day and night exclusively from solar energy was the kind of aspiration most would disregarded as unfeasible, simply because it hadn’t been done yet. “If an aircraft is able to fly day and night without fuel, propelled only by solar energy, let no one claim that it is impossible to do the same thing for motor vehicles, heating and air conditioning systems and computers. This project voices our conviction that a pioneering spirit with political vision can together change society and bring about an end to fossil fuel dependency.”  – Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse. Solar Impulse HB-SIA is the prototype that’s proving to the world that can be accomplished with renewable energy. With a wingspan exceeding 200 feet, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA has a width comparable to that of an Airbus A340.   The plane has a skeleton of carbon fiber-honeycomb composites and only weighs about 1.8 tons- about that of an average vehicle. The entire plane is designed to conserve energy.   In June of 2012, this pilot project successfully completed a 19-hour trip from Spain to Morocco. In 2013, Solar Impulse HB-SIA plans to fly the plane from California to Virginia, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on this plane. The Solar Impulse HB-SIB, the next generation model that’s been under construction since 2011, has a wing-span loaded with 15000 monocrystalline solar cells to keep the plane powered for its trip around the world in the next couple of years. The Solar Impulse HB-SIB will attempt to circumnavigate planet Earth, flying both day and night. It’s even equipted with a cockpick that’s large enough for the pilots to recline and take a snooze. There will be 5 stops along the way to switch pilots every few days. Testing of the Solar Impulse HB-SIB is scheduled for 2014 and the plane’s round-the-world flight is planned to take place between April and July of 2015.   Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, the project’s leaders, feel confident that they will fly a solar-powered airplane across the globe in 2015. According to www.SolarImpulse.com, the aim of the Solar Impulse project is “to use the power of this airborne symbol to help change people’s minds about renewable...

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How do Modern Building Designs Promote Energy Efficiency?

While architecture for many years was solely related to the appearance of a building, there have been many changes in recent years. Given the level of environmental awareness that we are all now expected to have, modern architecture is reflective of this. Today’s new buildings are greener and more energy efficient than ever before. We looked at how modern designs promote this new outlook, and what the long-term impacts and results will be.  Location Location No, there isn’t a glut of buildings under construction in a particular part of the world because it has more exposure to sunlight or wind. However, the location of buildings in terms of how they are constructed plays a central role in determining energy efficiency, especially when it comes to relying on solar power. A building that faces the south, for example, can expect to enjoy more natural light than it otherwise would. These buildings can therefore benefit more from solar harnessing, should they engage in it, or a massively reduced energy bill as they wouldn’t rely on artificial light during the day. Material Gains The range of materials used in the construction industry is perhaps the biggest factor when it comes to promoting energy efficiency in new builds. In recent years, products such as ETFE, texlon, and other tensiles have become widely used as designers look to create the most environmentally friendly constructions possible. The benefits that can be enjoyed from such materials is enormous. As well as the environmental positives that lead to a huge reduction in energy usage and costs, they are also great for bringing down the actual construction costs, too. The low weight of most of these also means that the use of metals such as steel and iron has been reduced dramatically, which is another positive step. The Bigger Picture Modern building trends are moving towards completely sustainable constructions, rather than those that may have a solar roof that can heat 50% of a buildings’ water, for example. Today, initiatives such as carbon capture are high on the agenda of designers and scientists, so that any emissions buildings do create can be re-used positively. The growing use of on-site waste and water recycling practices are also combining to make buildings more efficient than ever before, with owners happy to become accountable for their carbon footprint and act accordingly to reduce this. In today’s environmentally conscious world, energy efficiency is regarded as a minimum expectation, and any aesthetic or other benefits that extend from this are seen as a welcome addition. How something looks isn’t the beginning and the end of the debate anymore, which can only be a...

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PV Magazine Quotes Deep Patel, GoGreenSolar.com CEO

Deep Patel, CEO of GoGreenSolar.com, was quoted in PV Magazine’s year-end article along with several top industry executives.  PV Magazine is an independent trade publication that focuses on trends in technology, market developments across the globe, and news related to photovoltaics.  PV Magazine’s article, The 2012 Solar Year in Review and What Lies Ahead in 2013, identified many of the challenges facing the industry, including U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers’ ongoing conflict with China and the resulting plunge of prices for solar panels.  In the article, GoGreenSolar.com CEO, Deep Patel, comments on how some of these challenges could be opening doors: ‘It’s accurate to say that 2012 was rough for solar manufacturers, but business wasn’t as dismal for everyone else,” commented Deep Patel, founder and CEO of GoGreenSolar.com, a West Covina, California-based manufacturer and installer green power systems for both ratepayers and public utilities. He told pv magazine, “The falling price of PV enabled more consumers to go solar, which meant more business for [installers and balance of system producers]. This year also saw both Enphase and SolarCity go public [in the United States]. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be in solar and we’re looking forward to another great year!’ See the original article...

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Warren Buffett Invests in Solar?
Jan09

Warren Buffett Invests in Solar?

Last week, Warren Buffett purchased the largest photovoltaic project to date.  Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy Holding Co. acquired the Antelope Valley Solar Projects from SunPower Corporation for $2 billion- $2.5 billion.  Warren Buffett is one of the wealthiest people on the planet. Located in Los Angeles County and Kern County, the two plants of the Antelope Valley Solar Projects amount to the largest photovoltaic project worldwide:  579 Megawatts.  To give you an idea of how massive this project is, a solar panel used in residential applications might be around 230 Watts. That would mean more than 2,500,000 230 Watt solar panels.  SunPower Corporation, which has been planning the Antelope Valley Solar Projects for the last four years, will develop and operate the plants with MidAmerican.  Construction for the project begins this quarter and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.  During construction, the Antelope Valley Solar Projects are expected to create more than 650 jobs. The low-cost renewable energy will be supplied to Southern California Edison through power purchase agreements, which will help California work towards its energy goals.  “The Antelope Valley Solar Projects mark a historic milestone for the energy industry,” says Howard Wenger of SunPower Corporation. “We are delivering highly reliable low-cost renewable energy at a very large scale. SunPower is proud to partner with MidAmerican Solar and SCE, recognized leaders in clean energy development, bringing critically needed jobs and economic opportunity to California and helping the state achieve its renewable portfolio requirement.”  The subsidiary of Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, MidAmerican Renewables, now holds over 1,830 megawatts of solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro assets.  The Antelope Valley Solar Projects is not only the largest photovoltaic project to date, but it underscores the viability of solar as a practical investment. Having Warren Buffett behind a project like this is definitely a step forward for solar....

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