Bioenergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFSolectria Renewables has announced today that SolarOne Financial, has chosen their Solectria’s PVI 60-95KW inverters to power the 1.2MW solar PV installation at Fleamasters Market in Fort Myers, Florida.
  • Genomatica and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Company, LLC have announced the first successful commercial- scale production of 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) using a bio-based manufacturing process.
  • CalCharge and San Jose State University (SJSU) are teaming up to launch a “battery university” in the high-tech capital of the world  – Silicon Valley. Battery university courses—to be offered through SJSU’s professional education program—will educate a specialty workforce needed now for the rapidly growing battery industry. Classes are expected to start this summer in partnership with SJSU’s engineering college, which produces more engineering professionals to Silicon Valley than any other university.
  • According to the report, “Reaching for the Sun: How San Antonio and Austin are showing that solar is a powerful energy option for Texas,” sponsored by Environment Texas Research & Policy Center, the Metroplex, Dallas and Fort Worth, lag behind in solar power. The report finds there are 972 kilowatts (KW) of solar energy that have been installed in Fort Worth and 1,243 KW in Dallas, in part from incentives from the local utility Oncor. The report  finds that the municipally owned utilities in the two cities installed four times more solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than the rest of Texas combined or 85 percent of the state total. The report credits the cities’ strong policies that encourage solar power on residences and businesses, and in utility-scale installations.
  • E2 Technologies (E2T), a joint venture between the University of Dayton Research Institute and Concurrent Technologies Corporation has been awarded a five-year Air Force Research Laboratory contract with a $99 million ceiling for research, testing and transition of new energy and environmental technologies to the Air Force and other Department of Defense agencies. The contract included an initial award of $1.5 million for evaluation, testing and installation of advanced renewable energy storage and management technologies at the Maui High Performance Computing Center.
  • Real Goods Solar has appointed Tony DiPaolo as Chief Financial Officer, succeeding interim CFO Angy Chin who will remain in an advisory role during the transition. DiPaolo previously served as president and chief financial officer of Incentra Solutions (now Presilient).

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