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May 31, 2005

Capstone Turbine Receives Follow-On Order from France for 2.8 MW of Renewable Energy MicroTurbines

Capstone Turbine Corp (CPTC) announced a follow-on order from its distributor in France for 2.8 megawatts of its 30-kW biogas-fueled microturbine products. The new order from Soffimat (www.soffimat.com) is the second major order from the Paris-based energy systems distributor. The previous order seven months ago was for one megawatt of Capstone MicroTurbine(TM) energy systems. [ more ]

Hydrogenics Signs Contract to Provide Fuel Cell System for U.S. Army Armoured Vehicle

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Hydrogenics Corp (HYGS) announced that it has signed a contract to manufacture a self-contained regenerative fuel cell power system that will be used to provide auxiliary power for a U.S. Army Stryker Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV). This is a collaborative government project whereby Radian Inc. has entered into a contract with the United States Army (TACOM/TARDEC), and Hydrogenics has signed a defence industrial research contract with Defence R&D Canada, an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence. [ more ]

SatCon's Photovoltaic Inverters Lead Market in Efficiency

satcon_logo.gifSatCon Technology Corporation (SATC) photovoltaic inverters have proven to have efficiencies that are on average 1% higher and as much as 2% higher than comparable products. These results allow PV installers and users to make predictable photovoltaic system performance evaluations, leading to more accurate calculation for payback of the system cost. The conversion efficiency values are used to determine the amount of rebate incentive available to the purchaser. Financial incentives for qualifying commercial photovoltaic power systems in California are calculated for 2005 at $3.50 per watt. For a 100 KW system, each point of higher efficiency would yield an additional $3,500 to the system purchaser. [ more ]

May 17, 2005

Toyota to build hybrid Camrys in Kentucky

Toyota Motor will begin producing a hybrid version of its popular Camry mid-sized sedan at a plant in Kentucky in late 2006, the automaker said. The hybrid version of the Camry -- perennially among the top-selling US automobiles -- will be the Japanese automaker's fifth gasoline-electric vehicle. [ more ]

Universal Communication Systems, Inc. Subsidiary AirWater Corporation Announces the Development of an Exclusive New Application Utilizing "Wind Power" Technology for Energy and Power Co-Generation

Universal Communication Systems Inc (UCSY) announced that the company has developed a new, exclusive energy application utilizing "wind power" technology for energy co-generation for use with AirWater machines. [ more ]

Big California wind farm wrestles with bird deaths

California's push to add more renewable electricity to the state's power grid is pressuring wind power developers to reduce the number of birds killed each year at one of the biggest wind farms in the United States.
fpl_logo.gifWind companies like FPL Group Inc (FPL) , wildlife groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are trying to agree on ways to lower the risk for birds flying into big spinning turbine blades at the 584-megawatt Altamont Pass wind center in rolling hills about 50 miles east of San Francisco. [ more ]

May 13, 2005

ENDESA Acquires 290 MW in Wind Power from Sacyr Vallehermoso In Portugal

ENDESA (ELE) has signed an agreement with Sacyr Vallehermoso for the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Portuguese company Finerge Gestao de Proyectos Energeticos, S.A. (FINERGE), umbrella company of a holding which operates wind farms and co-generation plants in Portugal. The deal hinges on the pertinent authorisation from the Portuguese anti-trust authorities.

The company, which has 43 subsidiaries, owns projects already in operation whose installed capacity is 60 MW and projects under construction or in the pipeline with a capacity of 260 MW. [ more ]

SatCon's Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Pulse Power Technology is Awarded ARL Contract

satcon_logo.gifSatCon Technology Corporation (SATC) announced that it has been awarded a contract with the U. S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to assist in the development of power conversion electronics and controls in two key technology areas. These are power control and conversion systems for hybrid electric vehicles and pulse energy applications such as active armor. The contract has a current value of $2.8 million through 2007. [ more ]

May 11, 2005

RCAI & Topia Energy Production Ltd. to Partner on Biodiesel Production & Distribution Company

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Reclamation Consulting and Applications Inc (RCAA) announced the signing of a Letter of Intent between Topia Energy Production Ltd. and RCAI to create a new company called Topia Global Energy. This Joint Venture company, to be owned 50/50 by Topia Energy Production Ltd. and RCAI, will focus on the production and distribution of BioDiesel worldwide. [ more ]

FuelCell Energy Power Plant to Generate Electricity, Provide Heat and Hot Water, at State University of New York's Syracuse Campus

fcel_logo.gifFuelcell Energy Inc (FCEL) announced the sale of a 250-kilowatt Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant to generate onsite electricity and provide residual heat for domestic hot water and heating at the State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse.

The transaction, arranged by Milton Cat Inc., the Caterpillar® Inc. dealer representing the Syracuse area, includes site engineering and installation of the DFC300A power plant and related equipment. Caterpillar and FuelCell Energy have an alliance agreement to distribute and develop ultra-low emission fuel cell power generation products for industrial and commercial use. [ more ]

Cabot Corp. and Centerpoint LLC Agree to Produce Translucent Nanogel(R)-Filled Roofing Systems to Bring Comfortable & Efficient Daylighting to New Home Interiors

Cabot Corp (CBT) announced a supply and marketing agreement with Centerpoint(TM) Translucent Systems, LLC, a manufacturer and distributor of residential roofing products. The agreement provides for the use of Nanogel® translucent aerogel in energy efficient daylighting roofing systems produced by Centerpoint. The Nanogel daylighting material that combines high light transmission with energy efficiency and sound insulation will be incorporated into polycarbonate panels made specifically for translucent roofing applications. The combined product-glazing panel provides more than five times the energy efficiency when compared with glass panels typically used in residential sloped glazing. [ more ]

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Air Products Selects Proton Energy Systems as Preferred Supplier for Electrolysis-Based Hydrogen Fueling Stations

Air Products and Chemicals Inc (APD) announced the signing of a supply agreement with prtn_logo.gifDistributed Energy Systems Corp (DESC) as the preferred supplier for its electrolysis-based hydrogen energy stations.

"From a PEM (proton exchange membrane) standpoint, Proton is a leader in this technology," said Ed Kiczek, senior business development manager, Future Energy Solutions at Air Products. "When you combine Proton's PEM electrolysis with our hydrogen compression, storage and dispensing technology, you have a fully comprehensive hydrogen fueling station with zero emissions at the site." [ more ]

Nevada Geothermal Power Inc.: Drilling Resumes at Blue Mountain Geothermal Site


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(NGLPF) reported that the next phase of development is underway at its Blue Mountain Geothermal site, with drilling to deepen the Deep Blue 2 (DB2) well by an additional 700 metres (2,300 feet).

"We are investigating a potential deep - hotter production zone that would make Blue Mountain's economics extremely robust," said Brian Fairbank President and CEO. "A deep high temperature resource would allow us to use more efficient and cost effective 'dual-flash' technology similar to the 60MW power plant at the Dixie Valley high temperature field in Nevada. A Monte Carlo simulation by Susan Petty of Black Mountain Technology infers a minimum resource capacity of 110MW if temperatures between 220 degrees - 250 degrees C can be confirmed." [ more ]

NanoLogix Study Confirms Early Success Of Hydrogen Bioreactor

Infectech Inc (IFEC) announces that preliminary data and results of a study which confirms laboratory proof-of-concept measurements have shown it possible to generate hydrogen in high yields via the use and adaptation of its intellectual property. In this study, the bioreactor produced biogas consisting of 50% hydrogen by volume, without any trace of methane.

Recently, NanoLogix, Inc. (formerly Infectech, Inc.) signed a feasibility study with the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of Gannon University in Erie, PA to develop a bioreactor which utilizes NanoLogix's patented bacterial culturing methods in order to produce hydrogen inexpensively. [ more ]

Ormat Technologies, Inc. Completed Negotiation of Two New Power Purchase Agreements at Ormesa and Heber, and Breaks Ground for New Plant Addition to Heber Geothermal Power Complex

Ormat Technologies (ORA) announced that it completed negotiations for two new 25 years Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) for the purchase of renewable energy from its geothermal projects at the Ormesa Geothermal Facilities Complex and the Heber Geothermal Facilities Complex.

Ormat also announced that it celebrated the ground breaking and dedication of a new geothermal power plant within the Heber Geothermal Facilities Complex on Monday May 2, 2005. The new plant is dedicated to Mr. William R. Gould, who served as the Chairman of Southern California Edison (SCE) from 1980 through 1984, and was a driving force behind much of California's renewable energy programs. The new 10 MW William R. Gould plant is part of an 18 MW enhancement at the Heber Geothermal Facilities Complex, including an 8 MW enhancement to existing facilities, which supply power to Southern California Edison under ongoing PPAs. [ more ]

May 04, 2005

FuelCell Energy Power Plant Running on Waste Byproduct to Generate Stable Electricity Source for Showcase Eco-Community in Kyoto, Japan

fcel_logo.gifFuelcell Energy Inc (FCEL) announced that one of its 250-kilowatt Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants, sold by its Asian distributor Marubeni Corporation (TSE:8002 - News), will supply power as part of the electric grid servicing a school, a hospital, apartment buildings and city hall in a planned, renewable energy community on the western coast of Japan.

In keeping with the Kyoto Eco-Energy organization's desire to balance intermittent power generated by sources such as wind and solar, a 250 kilowatt DFC plant will efficiently convert waste from a food processing plant into high quality electricity. Heat energy produced by the power plant also will be used to warm water flowing into the food waste digestion process, thus increasing overall system efficiency. [ more ]

FPL Energy Begins Commercial Operation of Weatherford Wind Energy Center

fpl_logo.gifFPL Group Inc (FPL) announced that it has begun commercial operation at its 106.5-megawatt (MW) Weatherford Wind Energy Center, located near Weatherford, Oklahoma, and plans to expand the project by 40.5 MW. This brings the total capacity of the Weatherford Wind Energy Center to 147 megawatts. Construction on the expansion will begin in the near future and is expected to be completed by year end. [ more ]

Proton Energy Systems and Airgas Sign Agreement to Market On-Site Hydrogen Generators to Utilities, Others

prtn_logo.gifAirgas, Inc. (ARG) has announced a three-year agreement for its regional companies to market and distribute Proton Energy Systems Inc.'s proprietary HOGEN® on-site hydrogen generation systems to customers in the United States. Proton Energy Systems is a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp (DESC). [ more ]

May 03, 2005

Enova Systems Continues Major Role in Fuel Cell Vehicle Sector

Enova Systems Inc (ENVA) announces that it continues to gain momentum in the fuel cell vehicle markets with the addition of three new or ongoing projects in these sectors. The latest program teams Enova with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development professional services organization that provides management, integration, and technology-based solutions to a wide array of clients. Enova will supply its 120kW HybridPower(TM) drive system and its fuel cell power management suite to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Fuel Cell Test and Evaluation Center (FCTec), which is operated by CTC. These components will be integrated into an MB-4 aircraft tow tractor by CTC and Enova. This vehicle will be used in fuel cell demonstrations at select Air Force Bases and civil airports in the United States, in conjunction with the United States Air Force Advanced Power Technology Office, Warner-Robins AFB, Georgia. [ more ]

Solar Integrated Technologies and GE Commercial Finance Energy Financial Services Team Up to Finance Solar Project Utilizing Uni-Solar Ovonic Solar Products

ecd_logo.gifEnergy Conversion Devices Inc (ENER) announced that Solar Integrated Technologies (SIT), a Los Angeles-based manufacturer of photovoltaic roofing systems for commercial and industrial buildings, has teamed up with GE Commercial Finance Energy Financial Services to fund SIT's solar roofing projects which utilize Uni-Solar Ovonic's flexible photovoltaic laminates. The first project will be with the San Diego City Schools with which SIT has a contract to install more than 2 MW of solar roofs. [ more ]

US wind energy to add 2,500 MW in 2005-industry

fpl_logo.gifFPL Group Inc (FPL) The U.S. wind energy industry will add as much as 2,500 megawatts of new production capacity in 2005, more than previously expected, the American Wind Energy Association said on Tuesday.

A megawatt of wind capacity can provide roughly the amount of electricity needed by 250 to 300 households, so the new forecast translates into the equivalent of power for some 700,000 homes, the group said. [ more ]

Millennium Cell Announces Closing on Joint Development Program with The Dow Chemical Company

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Millennium Cell Inc (MCEL) announced the successful initial closing of its previously announced joint development program with The Dow Chemical Company (DOW). The development program will combine Millennium Cell's novel technology with Dow's strengths in materials, engineering and operational excellence to accelerate product commercialization. [ more ]

China and Green Energy Resources Open Renewable Energy Talks

Green Energy Resources, Inc. (GRGR) announced it has met with Chinese government ministers to discuss Renewable Energy. Negotiations were led by Mr. Andrew Tong of Green Energy Resources China office. China enacted a new Renewable Energy law in March, and signed the international Kyoto Treaty. Discussions center on a 10 year, 250 million ton deal to deliver wood biomass for Co-firing to China. Green Energy Resources would buy 10 woodchip ships built and manufactured in China valued around $350 million dollars, and provide shipping lease back options to the Chinese government in the future. [ more ]


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