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Initial Orders to Be Used in New Innovative 100kW Turbines AUSTIN, TX–(Marketwired – Sep 23, 2014) – Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ: IPWR), a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, announced today that it has received purchase orders for six of its 30kW battery converters for use in two innovative 100kW wind turbine installations. Ideal Power's battery converter was selected for its improvement in size, weight and efficiency in comparison to other solutions. Installation of these units is expected to be complete in early 2015. This will be the first installation of Ideal Power's products in a wind energy application and represents [...]
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The European Investment Bank has agreed to provide EUR 23 million (15 billion CFA) to support investment in one of the largest photovoltaic power stations in sub-Saharan Africa. The EUR 70.5 million (46 billion CFA) scheme will be constructed at Zagtouli on the outskirts of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and operated by national electricity utility, SONABEL. The new plant is expected to act as a reference for future solar investment across the continent. Once operational the new solar plant will significantly increase power generation in Burkina Faso, reduce dependence on energy imports from Ivory Coast and Ghana and help [...]
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Solar cells made from polymers have the potential to be cheap and lightweight, but scientists are struggling to make them generate electricity efficiently. A polymer is a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials. “The field is rather immature—it's in the infancy stage,” says Luping Yu, a professor in chemistry at the University of Chicago. Now a team of researchers led by Yu has identified a new polymer that allows electrical charges to move more easily through the cell, boosting electricity production. “Polymer solar cells have great potential to provide low-cost, lightweight, and flexible electronic devices to harvest solar energy,” [...]
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