The US solar market and industry is growing fast, diversifying, and broadening out geographically, a clear sign solar energy is coming into the US energy mainstream, according to SEIA-GTM Research's 2012 year in review.
More details have been released about the Mitsubishi CA-MiEV. According to Mitsubishi, the CA-MiEV electric vehicle can travel 186 miles (300 km) per charge (at least on the Japanese testing cycle, so this means that it would achieve a lower range on an EPA test). Mitsubishi said that this vehicle’s efficiency is the result of a high-efficiency motor, inverter, improved regenerative braking performance that enables it to generate more electricity, and lightweight components. The CA-MiEV also has … Read More
Reposted from Solar Love: In an on-air Google Hangout today, Recurrent Energy CEO and Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) Chairman Arno Harris noted that more solar power capacity is projected to be installed in 2013 than from any electricity source other than natural gas. And, by 2016, solar energy may actually be the #1 source of new power for at least one year. That’s pretty astounding. Just a handful of years ago, solar power was tremendously … Read More
The US solar energy market and industry fired on all cylinders in 2012 despite headwinds in Congress, a fragile economic recovery, internal industry turmoil, and ongoing opposition from fossil fuel and utility industry players, according to SEIA-GTM's Solar Market Insight 2012 year in review.
Last year was a record-breaking year for U.S. solar energy, as the PV industry grew by 76% in 2012 compared to 2011. The U.S. Solar Market Insight Report: Year In Review, co-authored by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, said that 2012 PV solar installations were 3.31 GW, more than 40% all previous U.S. solar online capacity. Last year's strong installation numbers provided a value of $11.5 billion in solar PV, $2.9 billion more … Read More
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research are hosting an on-air Google Hangout at 11:00am EST today (less than three hours away as I’m typing this). You can join in here. This happens to remind me that CleanTechnica got SEIA on SEIA’s first ever Google Hangout back in October 2011. For a look at what we discussed back then, check out this summary post. Also, FYI, we’ll be publishing an article on SEIA … Read More
Well, to be honest we’re not quite there yet when it comes to edible solar panels, but a company called BioSolar has been working on a bio-based solar panel component for several years now, and they’ve just introduced it to the commercial market. Called a backsheet, it’s the same kind of protective covering that you’ll find on practically any photovoltaic cell today, but instead of being made with petroleum film it’s made from a proprietary … Read More
Stanford scientists recently completed a very interesting and useful study on the carbon footprint of different types of energy storage. Basically, the study examined how much energy is used to create different energy storage technologies versus how much electricity they can store over the course of their lives. While reading through the findings below, just keep in mind that increased production of a technology correlates with increased efficiency, and production of some of the battery technologies … Read More
This XC60 plug-in hybrid combines a new 280 HP turbocharged 4-cylinder engine based on Volvo's modular "VEA" platform with a 70 HP electric motor mounted at the rear of the car. With 350 combined HP and 100% of the electric motor's torque applied to the rear wheels at launch, the XC60 plug-in can scoot to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds!
Recent research from MIT and the Santa Fe Institute confirms that Wright's Law and Moore’s Law are very good predictors for technological progress, the best known laws for predicting technological efficiency improvements. As the article below notes, Wright's Law is identified as the top performer. And this is very important for clean energy or other cleantech policy. Wright's Law, very simply, contends that technological progress and efficiency improvements accumulate with increases in production. And the researchers noted that this … Read More
Toyota Motor Corporation has been trying to avoid the use of lithium-ion batteries as much as possible due to their high cost. However, the company does use them for the Prius Plug-in Electric Vehicle and the RAV4 EV. But it has said that it is now betting on solid-state and lithium-air batteries for use in electric vehicles by 2020. “As Toyota anticipates the widespread use of electric vehicles in the future, we have begun research … Read More