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Small Solar Power Generators Need Grid Interface Help

Small Solar Power Generators Need Grid Interface Help

WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2008 (ENS) – Trying to resolve technical difficulties that still prevent greater integration of solar energy into the nation’s power grid, the U.S. Department of Energy has identified $2.9 million in private-sector solar projects it hopes to fund this fiscal year. The DOE funding, which requires Congressional approval, would pay two-thirds…

Iraq's Surface Waters Modeled for Future Planning

Iraq's Surface Waters Modeled for Future Planning

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, July 9, 2008 (ENS) – A working computer model of Iraq’s surface waters is the outcome of a year-long collaboration between scientists from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque and Iraqi engineers and modelers. The model is intended to inform a national water and land planning effort by the Iraqi government. The model…

New Record Set for Solar–to–Grid Conversion Efficiency

New Record Set for Solar–to–Grid Conversion Efficiency

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, February 13, 2008 (ENS) – A solar thermal dish in New Mexico has set a new solar conversion efficiency record, toppling the previous record, which has stood for nearly 25 years. And southern California energy customers will be the first to be offered power generated by this highly efficient system called SunCatcher.…