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QuantaSol breaks efficiency record

‘ At the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition QuantaSol announced their world record breaking solar cell that is 28.3% efficient. Founded as a spin off from Imperial College in London, the company started in 2007 to focus in commercializing the solar technology developed at the university. QuantaSol not only claims they have developed the most efficient solar cell on the market but they say the manufacturing process is an ease. The company’s secrete sauce to their highly efficient solar cells is the nanotechnology behind their products. This is good news for mass market customers because the trend of the solar industry is more highly efficient at lower costs, this is the perfect recipe for solar power to go mainstream, wouldn’t you...

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a new Declaration of Independence

On July 4th, 1776 our great nation declared Independence from England, this day marked a significant shift in world history. One of the most famous phrases in the Declaration of Independence was “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, which is a phrase honored by many countries around the world. To this day Americans, continue to protect to live life protecting the values set by the founding fathers, “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Although today we face another challenge that can disrupt the way we enjoy our freedom. When gas prices go up, people start to cut back on the things they enjoy to do, they cut back on their freedom. Energy has a python like grip around our lifestyle, we make adjustments in our lives based on the cost of energy. Wouldn’t you agree the people who supply our energy are controlling our freedom? Today, we aren’t fighting for freedom from England but we’re fighting multinational corporations for Energy Independence. Let’s face it, as a country we’re addicted to energy and we depend on the hand that feeds us energy everyday. It’s time we write a ” Declaration of Energy Independence“, a vision that preserves our right to purse Life, Liberty and Happiness by empowering you to control your own energy destiny through solar energy, wind power and renewable fuels. Happy 4th of...

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obama understands lighting efficiency

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) “I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses” – President Obama Standing next to Steven Chu, Energy Secretary Obama stressed the importance of energy efficiency today. New energy efficiency standards the President announced will result in 4 billion dollars in savings annually between 2012 and 2042. To make this happen Obama has accelerated the disbursements of the 346 million dollars in economic stimulus money set aside for energy efficiency for commercial buildings. This is great news for LED light bulbs since the technology will greatly benefit from the White House’s support. I think with new lighting standards, LED light bulbs will become more affordable through economies of scale. It’s always more cost effective to produce and then produce clean energy, this is a great investment in our future since we are a society of energy wasters, wouldn’t you...

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solar panels manufactured by bpsolar catches fire

I’ve heard a few cases about bpsolar panels catching on fire on rooftops, today we add another story to the book. Recently, a bpsolar panel caught on fire in Germany on top of a warehouse. The faulty equipment was provided by BPSolar about 5 years ago and the owner of the building says the fire started in the middle of the solar panel array and spread to the wooden beams of the building according to the UK TimesOnline. BPSolar and independent third parties have launched investigations behind the cause of the fire. A few years back, BPSolar made changes to their solar panels by replacing the junction box since it was overheating. I wanted to let you know about case about the bpsolar panel catching on fire not make you think that solar panels are unsafe but to point out some brands of solar panels have a better track record than others. In my opinion, studying the history of bpsolar panels they are not the best manufacturer in the market compared to others that have a sucessful track record to performance and saftey. What do you think about BPSolar...

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california’s title 24 is now solar panel friendly

Title 24 is a California building code that sets standards for energy efficiency for new building construction. The standards were founded in 1978 in effort to reduce California’s heavy energy consumption. The Title 24 code is updated often to ensure it’s up to date with the newest energy efficiency technologies. Today a Title 24 provision was made in favor of solar panels. If your building is not passing title 24 code in some areas, solar panels can now be used to offset areas that do not meet title 24 code requirements. This new provision is a big plus for solar power, because there are many new construction projects that are stuck in the process because they don’t meet energy efficiency code requirements. Solar panels can add weight to ensure buildings pass, this will increase the demand for solar panels in California. Wouldn’t you...

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is Michigan reinventing itself?

Wayne State University’s engineering technology department recently installed a vertical axis wind turbine called “The Franklin” manufactured by Franklin Wind Energy Group based in Michigan. A vertical axis wind turbine can generate power from low wind speeds from any direction, does not vibrate, and operates very quietly. The special vertical design of The Franklin allows wind turbines like this to be installed in urban settings. The Franklin at Wayne State is connected to a battery bank and can generate enough power to supply the computer lab in the engineering technology department. The Franklin is installed on the rooftop and mounted on a tower that elevates the wind turbine 30 feet above the building. University researchers will evaluate the performance and work closely with Franklin Wind Energy Group to provide feedback to improve the wind turbine design, this installation on the campus officially kicks off renewable energy research & development at Wayne State. The Franklin will be used as a learning tool and students will be encouraged to create innovative designs for wind energy systems by evaluating the performance of The Franklin. This story highlights a great trend taking place in Michigan, its great to hear when a University and a local manufacturer team up to reinvent Michigan into a “green energy technology” hub. What do you think about The Franklin vertical axis wind...

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