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A race car in the Australian outback improves solar performance in US

Engineers

Engineering, sometimes forgotten but is the cause of so much of the “cool” gadgets, buildings, machines and working stuff in the world.

Ever wonder what gets engineers excited, it’s to win!  

In this case, the World Solar Challenge run in Australia challenges the world’s engineering schools to develop a car to run 1,800 miles on only solar power.

….and, if you are going to compete you want to win.

Their win thou give us all benefits. Improving solar performance for automobiles will improve solar performance on your house and will ultimately be used in cars.

So, Go Blue….University of Michigan and bring home the win and the benefits to us all.

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Supporting Article:

http://www.wired.com/2015/10/car-racing-outback-can-boost-solar-us/

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Solar Energy is Gaining in Scale

Solar panel harness energy of the sun

Solar Energy scale of deployment is accelerating.

Solar energy’s share of the total electricity supply has been gaining for years. Now, it becoming so mainstream that entire companies and even States are not only committing to buying solar energy but to building it.

Amazon is building the largest solar farm in Virginia. It is part of their commitment to run their company using 100% renewable energy.

Hawaii will be the first state that will run entirely on renewable energy.

A trend, certainly. 

The cost is at or below fossil fuel costs. Taking into account environmental and health benefits of solar energy, the commitments are becoming easier to make and implement.

Supporting documentation:

http://www.energycentral.com/functional/news/news_detail.cfm?did=36460305&utm_source=2015_06_11&utm_medium=eNL&utm_content=412359&utm_campaign=DAILY_NEWS

http://www.energycentral.com/functional/news/news_detail.cfm?did=36460196&utm_source=2015_06_11&utm_medium=eNL&utm_content=412359&utm_campaign=DAILY_NEWS

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In 10 years, your job probably won’t exist

Happy New Year, the future continues!

So with that in mind, here is an interesting question…will your job (career) exist in 10 years, how about 20?

Change is relentless and with the new comes obsolescence.

In energy, the prediction has been that solar will continue to advance in price and efficiency. While this is true, other technology is not standing still.

·       The internal combustion engine (cars, trucks, buses, electric generation) is getting more efficient. The US Government has set the average fleet MPG at over 50 within the next 15 years. Currently, it is around 30 MPG.

 ·       Light bulbs have radically changed, such that the incandescent is no longer available. The average LED light bulb will operate continuously for 5 years and would consume less energy over those 5 years than 1 incandescent light bulb operating for just 6 months. In the US, adoption to all LED light bulbs could eliminate the need for over 80 coal fired power plants.

 ·        Of course, fracking has changed the landscape of the oil industry and has cut US importing oil by nearly 30% over the last 5 years.

 

So change touches us all. It’s exciting to forecast into the future and equally exciting to see it be wrong and right!

 

Cheers to change.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/01/05/in-10-years-the-job-market-will-look-totally-different-heres-how-to-make-sure-youre-ready/?hpid=z5

by David Tuffley a lecturer in applied ethics and socio-technical Studies at Griffith University

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Illinois continues to use legislation to pursue energy policy

Illinois has current legislation on renewal energy that sets aside a percentage of supply; that is, a percentage each year of the total energy used in Illinois must come from renewable (wind or solar) generation sources. However, the spirit of this program relies on the utilities passing through the costs of acquiring the renewable energy to their customers. Customer Choice, municipal aggregation, and the IPA itself changed how the utility acquires power for their customers (which is dwindling due to choice and municipalization). Therefore the current renewable legislation’s intent has been blunted.

solar panels

This effort seems to be another bite of the same apple. Renewable energy should be supported by open and competitive process and we are heartened to see that this legislation will be overseen by the ICC. Past legislative efforts have bypassed the ICC’s oversight and expertise in favor of the utilities (real-time metering) or municipalization (allowing towns to aggregate energy purchases).

Realgy owns 120 kw of solar energy in Illinois and invests annually in the creation of new renewable solar projects.

Read the whole Crain’s Chicago Business article, “Here comes the sun: Rooftop solar panels get jump-start in Illinois”.

 

 

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The First Electric Generator of Its Kind

The Ivanpah solar power plant in the Mojave Desert officially opened Thursday February 13, 2014 after almost four years of construction, and is the first electric generator of its kind.

A field of mirrors at the Ivanpah power plant in California. The plant took almost four years to complete and stretches over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. Jim Wilson/The New York Times

A field of mirrors at the Ivanpah power plant in California. Jim Wilson/The New York Times

“…focuses sunlight from 350,000 mirrors onto 2,200-ton boilers 339 feet in the air to make steam that drives turbines to produce electricity”

To imagine what this is, put yourself at the beach, you are 6 feet tall (or you’re standing on a beach chair), and you look as far as you can to the horizon; that should be about 4 miles. From this spot on the beach, 350,000 mirrors are spread over a distance farther than you can see (5 miles in all directions) and all those mirrors direct the sun’s rays onto the surface of a boiler that gets hot enough to produce steam which is used to drive a turbine to produce electricity.

That is cool!

It will take bold and imaginative ideas and, while some ideas may prove to be impractical, we will find ways to continue to create energy for the world’s consumers that can be sustained (without damaging the earth for the next 100 years).

Realgy has invested in photovoltaic (PV) solar generation where the sun light is converted into electricity within the solar panel.

Check out the NY Times article: “A Huge Solar Plant Opens, Facing Doubts About Its Future

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In Response to “Study: Solar could power more of Iowa’s energy needs”

Written by Michael Vrtis President of Realgy Energy Services in response to the Des Moines Register article Study: Solar could power more of Iowa’s energy needs

Iowa in addition to producing more corn and hogs than they consume could produce more solar energy!

GO IOWA!

Iowa Outline with Flag.svg.med

In the article such factors as; declining costs of installing solar along with recognition of the environmental benefits (recognized by tax incentives) are driving such rapid growth and adoption of solar energy.

Realgy in completing 2 new installations now has 4 solar projects in Illinois generating 180,153 kWh producing roughly  0.4 % of the total energy we delivered into COMED for 2013…..while a contribution we clearly are no Iowa!

 

Check out The Des Moines Register article: Study: Solar could power more of Iowa’s energy needs

 

 

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Realgy Energy Services has installed Two New Solar PV systems in Illinois

At the beginning of December 2013, Realgy announced the start of construction on two of its newest solar power projects in the state of Illinois. Once completed, the two new systems in total will produce over 90,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually and offset almost 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide during the initial 25 years of operation.

The first Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system has been installed on the roof of the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, home to the historic Lake County Fair and other year-round events. The second Solar PV system was installed at Seven Oaks Farm, a historic dairy and horse farm in Saint Charles.

Both PV Systems have been installed by Renewable Energy Alternatives of Arlington Heights. “We are excited to be a part of this venture,” said Kacie Peters, Director of Sales and Marketing at Renewable Energy Alternatives. “The array is in a very public space and will be seen by thousands annually. We hope that this array will inspire others to know solar is possible—and practical in Illinois.”

“Realgy made this investment as a part of our sustainable energy commitment with the support of Illinois Department of Commerce Renewable Energy Program and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.” Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy. All of the energy produced by the panels will be used by the companies, and will reduce their reliance on fossil-generated energy produced primarily from coal in Illinois.

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Seven Oaks Farm breaks ground on the installation of its first solar power project

PRESS RELEASE December 02, 2013 | By: Realgy, LLC

Seven Oaks Farm, Saint Charles, Ill., will soon be partially powered by a 160 solar panel PV system.

Realgy, LLC has announced the start of installation on a 37.5 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system for Seven Oaks Farm. The solar PV system will be the second of its kind installed by Realgy in Saint Charles, the first being Midwest Groundcovers in 2011. Seven Oaks Farm is a historic dairy and horse farm owned by Deborah and Helmut Jahn since 1998.

The solar PV system is being installed by Renewable Energy Alternatives of Northbrook, Illinois. This is the first solar project that Renewable Energy Alternatives has completed for Seven Oaks Farm “We are excited to be a part of this venture,” said Kacie Peters, Director of Sales and Marketing at Renewable Energy Alternatives. “The array is in a very public space and will be seen by thousands annually. We hope that this array will inspire others to know solar is possible—and practical in Illinois.”

Realgy, LLC is an alternative energy service supplier in Illinois, and will be supplying Seven Oaks Farm their electricity and selected them for this installation. Seven Oaks Farm will receive all of the solar energy produced by the panels, which will reduce their reliance on fossil generated energy produced primarily from coal in Illinois.

Once complete the Seven Oaks Farm solar PV system will produce over 49, 000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually and more than one million kWh over the next 25 years. That is enough energy to power about 2 average U.S. homes every year. The environmental benefits associated with the system will offset about 900 thousand pounds of carbon dioxide over the initial 25 years of operation.

“We are excited to announce the start of the Seven Oaks solar project,” said Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy. “Realgy made this investment as a part of our sustainable energy commitment and due to the support of Illinois Department of commerce Renewable Energy Program and the ISEA.”

Contacts:

Seven Oaks Farm
36W788 Red Gate Road
Saint Charles, Illinois 60175
630-762-9563

Renewable Energy Alternatives
Kacie Peters
3670 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, Illinois
847-291-7693
www.renewableenergyalt.com

Realgy, LLC
Nicole Werner
675 Oakwood Avenue
West Hartford, CT
860-233-2270
www.realgyenergyservices.com

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Lake County Fairgrounds breaks ground on the installation of its first solar power project

PRESS RELEASE December 02, 2013 | By: Realgy, LLC

Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, Ill., will soon be partially powered by a 160 solar panel PV system.

Realgy, LLC has announced the start of installation on a 37.5 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system for Lake County Fairgrounds. The solar PV system will be installed on the roof and will occupy approximately 53- by 54-square-feet of space. Lake County Fairgrounds, operated by Lake County Fair Association, is the home of the historic Lake County Fair and other quality year-round events.

The solar PV system is being installed by Renewable Energy Alternatives of Arlington Heights, Illinois. This is the first solar project that Renewable Energy Alternatives has completed for Lake County Fairgrounds. “We are excited to be a part of this venture,” said Kacie Peters, Director of Sales and Marketing at Renewable Energy Alternatives. “The array is in a very public space and will be seen by thousands annually. We hope that this array will inspire others to know solar is possible—and practical in Illinois.”

Realgy, LLC is an alternative energy service supplier in Illinois, and will be supplying Lake County Fairgrounds their electricity and selected them for this installation. Lake County will receive all of the solar energy produced by the panels, which will reduce their reliance on fossil generated energy produced primarily from coal in Illinois.

Once complete the Lake County solar PV system will produce over 49, 000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy annually and more than one million kWh over the next 25 years. That is enough energy to power about 2 average U.S. homes every year. The environmental benefits associated with the system will offset about 900 thousand pounds of carbon dioxide over the initial 25 years of operation.

“We are excited to announce the start of the Lake County Fairgrounds solar project,” said Michael Vrtis, President of Realgy. “Realgy made this investment as a part of our sustainable energy commitment and due to the support of Illinois Department of commerce Renewable Energy Program and the Illinois Solar Energy Association.”

Contacts:

Lake County Fairgrounds
1060 East Peterson Road
Grayslake, Illinois 60030
847-680-7200
www.lcfair.com

Renewable Energy Alternatives
Kacie Peters
3670 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, Illinois
847-291-7693
www.renewableenergyalt.com

Realgy, LLC
Nicole Werner
675 Oakwood Avenue
West Hartford, CT
860-233-2270
www.realgyenergyservices.com

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Solar cells you can see through

A team of researchers at UCLA have developed a new transparent solar cell that has the ability to generate electricity while still allowing a view of the outside.

This new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) produces an electrical current by absorbing infrared light and not visible light, which makes the cells nearly 70% transparent to the human eye.

Visibly Transparent Polymer Solar Cells Produced by Solution Processing courtesy of UCLA

“Our new PSCs are made from plastic-like materials and are lightweight and flexible,” said study leader Yang Yang, a UCLA professor of materials science and engineering. “More importantly, they can be produced in high volume at low cost.”

The transparent conductor, another breakthrough, is made of silver nanowire and titanium dioxide nanoparticles, which replaces the opaque metal electrodes used in the past. This composite electrode also allows the solar cells to be fabricated economically by solution processing. With this combination, 4% power-conversion efficiency for solution-processed and visibly transparent polymer solar cells has been achieved.

“We are excited by this new invention on transparent solar cells, which applied our recent advances in transparent conducting windows (also published in ACS Nano) to fabricate these devices,” said Paul S.Weiss, CNSI director and Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences.

Source

UCLA Newsroom, UCLA researchers create highly transparent solar cells for windows that generate electricity

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