February 02, 2011

Solar energy medal goes to

Richard M. Swanson for his research into performance barriers in silicon solar photovoltaics, commercialization of solar cells, and leadership in the solar industry.  …

…   “Richard M. Swanson, an innovator in the field of photovoltaics and president emeritus of SunPower Corp., will receive the 2011 Karl Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit during a ceremony to be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.”   …

Via University of Delaware: Boer Award.


October 21, 2010

NJ solar on brownfield site

Johnson Matthey and Constellation Energy collaborate to develop solar farm onNew Jersey Solar Farm, Brownfield Site Reuse brownfield land in New Jersey as a captive power source for J-M.  …

…   “The project will use solar panels from SunPower Corp. that rotate to follow the sun's movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture as much as 25 percent over conventional fixed systems.”   …

Via Philadelphia Inquirer: Solar Farm in New Jersey.

June 25, 2010

Solar cell efficiency gains

SunPower pushes the limits of solar cell conversion efficiency above twenty four percent.  The new solar cells are produced in its SPML Philippines facility, outside of Manila.  …

…   “it has produced a full-scale solar cell with a sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency of 24.2 percent at its manufacturing plant in the Philippines.

This is a new world record, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), for large area silicon wafers.

Improved cell efficiency reduces the levelized cost of energy by increasing the energy production from each wafer manufactured into a SunPower solar cell.

For the same reason, increased efficiency reduces the cost per watt and cost per kilowatt-hour for feedstock and materials, depreciation and other manufacturing expenses, installation time, land and system operations, and related maintenance.”   …

Via SunPower: New World Record (Link).

May 02, 2010

Solar Power Capacity Expansion

SunPower expands the planned capacity of its 250-MW California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo County by 40 megawatts (MW). ...
... "The California Valley Solar Ranch agreement was designed to accommodate the additional 40-MW capacity, eliminating the need for any amendments to SunPower's county permit application. The solar plant will be completed in phases, with the first phase planned to begin operation in 2011. " ...
Via SunPower: California Valley Solar Ranch for PG&E

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February 11, 2010

Sunpower SunRay Solar Acquisition

SunPower Corp to Acquire SunRay and project pipeline.

October 29, 2009

SunPower Swanson Awarded Energy Environment Innovation

Dr. Richard Swanson, the president and chief technical officer of SunPower Corporation, is honored with The Economist's Energy and Environment Innovation Award for 2009 for his contributions to the development of high-efficiency solar photovoltaic cells. ...
... "Swanson is one of the world's most recognized leaders in the advancement of photovoltaics (PV) and a pioneer in commercializing cost-effective PV power systems. In 2006, he was honored with the prestigious Becquerel Prize for Outstanding Merits in Photovoltaics, and in 2002 he was presented with the William R. Cherry Award by the IEEE for outstanding contributions to the PV field. In 1991, Swanson resigned from his faculty position to focus his attention to SunPower Corporation, a company he founded in 1985 to develop and commercialize cost-effective, high-efficiency photovoltaic power systems. SunPower's all-back contact solar cells powered Honda to victory in the 1993 World Solar Challenge, and were also used to power Helios, NASA's high-altitude solar powered airplane to a world-record altitude of 96,500 feet. " ...
Via SunPower Corp: The Economist Energy and Environment Innovation Award for 2009

October 14, 2008

Applied Materials: Largest Solar Array for US corporation

Solar Panels over Parked Cars ...

"Applied Materials  ... announced completion of two SunPower solar power systems totaling 2.1 megawatts at Applied Materials' corporate facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. ...the largest solar power deployment at a corporate facility in the United States."

" ... includes a 950 kilowatt SunPower PowerGuard(R) installation 
and a 1.2 megawatt SunPower(R) Tracker installation atop an
elevated parking canopy. ... follows the sun as it moves across the
sky, increasing sunlight capture by up to 25 percent over
conventional fixed-tilt systems. Both systems use SunPower solar
panels, ... SunPower uses Applied Materials' Baccini technology in
its solar cell manufacturing process.

" ... reports that its solar installation has generated 1,413 megawatt hours of power. ... system is
expected to replace more than 2,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, ... equivalent to
the annual carbon emissions from approximately 450 passenger cars."


Via:  PRNewsWire  Link