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Day Three: Solar Power International 2008 Exhibits

Solar Power International 2008 has been a blast, what an exciting conference it has been! Today, is the last day the exhibit hall will be open and the crowd is dwindling down and the exhibitors are ready to pack up and go home. Before they close out here and kick us out of the exhibit hall lets take a look at some very exciting products in the rapidly growing solar power industry.Sanyo HIT Double A two faced solar panel, collects energy from the front to the back of the panel! The back face of a HIT Double panel generates electricity from ambient light reflected off surrounding surfaces, and combines with power from the front face of the panel. Depending upon system design and site albedo, this results in up to 30% higher power generation (more kWh) per square foot. These panels are great when mounted on parking and patio covers. Konarka Thin Film Solar Ultra Flexible, lightweight thin film solar cells made out of organic plastics versus silicon. This thin film solution can be integrated into products such as solar backpacks, flexible cell phone battery chargers, the possibilities are endless of where this thin film product can be implemented. As you can see from the picture, indoors in low light level conditions, the flexible thin film roll is producing 4.23 volts. Sharp Solar OnEnergy solar power system includes Sharp Solar Panels, plus a low profile racking system that can be installed on asphalt-shingle, flat-concrete tile and even curved high-profile “Spanish” tile roofs without compromising the integrity of the roof. OnEnergy system is UL listed as a complete system and can be easily retrofitted on existing roofs or installed during new home construction. Sharp also displayed a “thin film” solar panel which are less efficient than traditional silicon based panels but on the flip side cost less per watt. Typically thin film solar panels make most sense when you have a lot of surface area to play with. BP Solar Mounting Systems The Integra Flush and Alternative Mounting systems resembles Sharp’s OnEnergy system. These systems are supposed to look attractive on the roof and are designed to be very streamlined to save the installer time, money and avoid critical mistakes during the process of mounting solar panels to residential roofs. Schott Solar Poly Schott Solar showed off their Poly 225 series which will be manufactured right here in the good ole USA, specifically in New Mexico. The company did not have a spec sheet or to much information on the solar panel since its not out on the market yet, although its been great to see more panels that are...

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Kicking off Solar Power International 2008!

We’re in Sunny San Diego this week to report all the new product activity that will be taking place at the Solar Power International Conference this week. More than 15,000 people are registered to attend the event, and 425 companies will showcase their solar technologies at the trade show. The conference is a sell out and excitement is in the air since the solar tax credit was extended for 8 years by congress recently. Tonight, Governor Schwarzenegger will address conference to showcase his support for the solar industry at the evening kickoff reception. This conference is not only for industry professionals but, If you are a member of the public and are interested in attending the public night on Wednesday, October 15, From 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. there is a free public night on the expo floor. No registration is required. Three public seminars include: 6-7 p.m. on solar electric for the homeowner; 7-8 p.m. on solar water heating for home owners; and 6:30-8 p.m. and finding your solar dream job. If you are going to be here please contact me, I would love to meet you. Until tomorrow, when the real fun starts, check back often as we update our blog with the newest products the solar industry has to offer...

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