New Solar Tiles

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The solar tiles are simple integrated solar panels in structures resembling ordinary shingles of a roof, so it is very aesthetic to the eye.

A connection system facilitates extremely well thought installing a flexible and fast solar array. The concept of flexible construction with Monocrystalline Silicon Photovoltaic tiles to install from minimal powers of 6 Wp (a tile) to more than 15 kWp. Installation can be completed for homes with or without connection to the electricity grid and thereby maintaining the aesthetics of your home.

For example only 6.8 m2 of tiles (88 tiles solar roof tiles that replace their conventional roof) 500Wp produce more. 2 kWh per day or more. (13 tiles = 1m2).

Windows, chimneys and other structures on the roof do not bother for the installation of photovoltaic roof tiles.

New Onshore Wind Farm Planned for Scotland

Siemens has agreed to supply Airtricity with turbines for a planned 350-megawatt onshore wind farm in southern Scotland, possibly Europe’s largest.

Airtricity is the renewable energy development division of Scottish and Southern Energy. The 2.3-megawatt turbines will go up at the Clyde wind farm in South Lanarkshire, 70 kilometers south of Glasgow. The facility is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012.

Following Siemen’s successful completion of the Scottish Whitelee wind farm earlier this summer, Europe’s largest wind farm to date,the Clyde installation will mark a new milestone for onshore wind power in Europe, according to Siemens.

In addition to providing over 200 construction jobs and more than 30 permanent jobs, the Clyde wind farm could become the largest onshore wind farm in Europe in only two years.

The British government has set a goal of obtaining 10 per cent of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by 2010.

Energy Q & A

Is there ANY consumer device that uses more energy when you turn it on than when it’s already on?

No, not in practical terms.

Does it take more energy to turn on a computer than to leave it on?

No. There’s no meaningful power surge when you turn on a computer. Turning the computer off ALWAYS saves electricity. Of course, you can also use the power saver feature.

Does it take more energy to cool a house in which the AC has been off all day, than to keep the AC running at, say, 85 degrees during the day? Read more »

Singapore to Build the Biggest Solar Energy Plant

A massive $6.3 billion (US$4.33 billion) plant for making solar energy products is to be built in Singapore. It is set to be the largest plant of its type in the world.

That means the future is looking bright for Singapore’s ambition to become a shining light in the global market for solar and other clean energy.

The plant, which is expected to start production in 2010, will Read more »

Wind turbine production would boost troubled manufacturing

The energy industry needs wind turbine manufacturers and the area’s troubled manufacturing sector, with under-used plants and skilled, but under-employed workers, should consider making the massive wind turbines that are popping up across Southern Ontario, says Great Lakes Wind Network director Ed Weston.

“This is a chance to tap into a hot market,” he said. “Wind development is a hot topic right now and Read more »