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Researchers Create Solar Battery Thin Enough To Wrap Around A Hair


Science & Tech  (tags: research, scientists, solar battery, thinnest, lightest, University of Tokyo, Johannes Kepler University, Japan, Austria )

Naoko
- 908 days ago - mdn.mainichi.jp
Researchers from the University of Tokyo and Austria's Johannes Kepler University have created the wolrd's thinnest and lightest solar battery.



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Roger Garin-michaud (63)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 5:53 pm
noted thanks !
 

mm French (0)
Friday April 6, 2012, 2:13 am
here is a better idea, http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/alternative-energy/clean-energy-too-good-to-be-true.html
 

Penelope P. (222)
Friday April 6, 2012, 4:26 am
Sorry cannot find the reference in the Mainichi
 

Mari 's (1364)
Friday April 6, 2012, 4:50 am
Very nice! :)
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday April 6, 2012, 5:02 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Shirley S. (0)
Friday April 6, 2012, 11:15 am
THEN WHY CAN'T WE DETECT IED'S ????????? WHERE IS THE TECHNOLOGY TO STOP THIS HORRIBLE WEAPON? WE GO TO THE MOON, INVENT GOOGLE GLASSES, BUT CAN'T PREVENT OUR DEAREST BOYS FROM BEING BLOWN UP? IED'S MADE IN IRAN & PAKISTAN? WHY CAN'T THE ARMY, AIR FORCE, MARINE CORPS INVENT A TOOL TO DETECT IED'S? WE FOUGHT THE WAR WITH 21ST CENTURY TECHNOLOGY, THEY FOUGHT THE WAR WITH STICKS & STONES.
WHERE IS THE TECHNOLOGY TO FIGHT IED'S????
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday April 6, 2012, 2:00 pm
Difficulty encountered in accessing this article in English; not yet able to read kanji.

Hope the 'solar film' is successful...
 

marie c. (168)
Friday April 6, 2012, 4:45 pm
Noted thank you Naoko
 

Michael M. (5)
Friday April 6, 2012, 5:40 pm
And THIS is why you invest in schools, science,and technology! Sometimes you have to take a chance in something and go for it. Otherwise you will be in the back of the room wondering "what if..."
 

Freya H. (307)
Friday April 6, 2012, 7:51 pm
Now this has some serious implications! Imagine what we can do with solar batteries like this.
 

Naoko I. (262)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 4:35 am
Thanks for noting and commenting. Sorry that the Mainichi online changed it system and the link may lead you to the page in Japanese...
 

KS Goh (0)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 3:19 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 6:09 am
Thanks.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:27 am
Thanks.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 10:15 am
North America's Largest Rooftop Solar Power Plant Formally Completed
by Staff Writers
Gloucester City NJ (SPX) Apr 12, 2012

At nine megawatts, the Gloucester Marine Terminal in New Jersey claims to be the largest rooftop PV system in the United States. A future phase of the project could include an additional three or four megawatts. Photo: Independence Solar.

U.S. Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J., has presented Gloucester Marine Terminal officials with an award letter announcing an $11 million federal tax credit rebate for the recently-completed groundbreaking new rooftop solar power plant project, the largest of its kind in North America.

Known as Riverside Renewable Energy, LLC, the $42 million project consists of 27,526 photovoltaic rooftop solar panels covering 1.1 million square foot of rooftop at the Gloucester Marine Terminal, which is owned by the Holt family. It has the capacity to produce 9.0 MW of electricity - enough to power more than 1,500 homes.

"The Riverside project is an outstanding example of how we can create jobs that move us towards cleaner, more efficient and cost-saving energy that doesn't come from overseas," said Congressman Andrews.

"By partnering with the federal government, private industry is able to make strides that are good for job creation and the economy right now, and also for a cleaner, healthier and more energy efficient future here in South Jersey and the country."

"A lot of things had to happen to make this project come together, and we enjoyed great teamwork from conceptualization through installation and onto completion," said Leo Holt, President of Gloucester Terminals, LLC. "This project positions Gloucester Terminals for future success in an incredibly competitive field and helps ensure plenty of activity for the Delaware River port community."

The Riverside project sits atop the roof of the Terminal's refrigerated warehouse near the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware River. Operating on a "24/7" basis to service food importers, the Terminal is the largest on-dock refrigerated warehouse on the East Coast and a very large user of electricity. Construction on the solar project began in June 2011 and was completed on budget and ahead of schedule last fall.

Riverside will generate the equivalent of up to 80 percent of the Terminal's power demand. The system is expected to offset more than 8,100 tons of carbon dioxide, approximately the same amount that would be offset by planting 400,000 trees or removing 1,200 cars from the road.

After a rooftop tour of the facility, Andrews presented Terminal officials with the Award Letter for the tax credit rebate under the Section 1603 program from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which was enacted in 2009 with the Congressman's support to foster pioneering investments in clean energy technology.

The Riverside project is supported by both federal and state incentives for businesses to invest in renewable energy - on the federal level via the Section 48 Investment Tax Credit, and on the state level through the N.J. Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) for ongoing solar generation from the project. Riverside will sell the SRECs associated with the system to enhance the economic viability of the project.

Riverside serves as a pioneering project due to the many obstacles it had to overcome, including technical, legal, environmental, financing and construction issues, such as its high-wind location along the Delaware River, the oversight of the Terminal by the Department of Homeland Security, and the fact that the Terminal is a federal Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site.

In addition to the Holt family, the Riverside project is a partnership involving SunPower, a global solar technology company that designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency, highest reliability solar panels and systems available today; Rabobank, a leading global bank and financier of renewable energy projects, which led the financing for the venture; and PSE and G, which plays a lead role in the interconnection of the project to the PJM power grid. A total of 200 construction jobs were created to build the project.

Locally, the Riverside Renewable Energy project development and finance team was led by Bill Streich, Riverside CFO; J. Ferd Convery, from the Reed Smith law firm in Princeton, N.J.; and Keith Peltzman, President of Independence Solar, LLC in Cherry Hill, N.J. for financial and technical advisory services.

 
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