On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced the imposition of antidumping tariffs of more than 31 percent on solar panels from China. The preliminary ruling, if affirmed by the DOC this fall, is expected to have significant implications on the solar industry, creating presumably both winners and losers. Yet, although it might be too early to evaluate the impact of the new ruling, we have a feeling there’s a good chance no one will benefit from this tariff. Is it possible?
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Concentrating solar collectors focus sunlight onto a central receiver, amplifying its intensity to achieve very high temperatures that can be converted to steam to drive an otherwise conventional thermal power plant or directly drive a heat engine. Unlike solar PV and solar heating and cooling, CSP adheres to the more traditional centralized utility model, where power is transmitted over long distances.
The term solar thermal has been used to describe two different types of systems. One is where solar panels are used to collect heat, which is used directly, as domestic or process hot water, space heating, or in some cases, air conditioning. This is really the most basic form of solar energy utilization, which is commonly known as solar heating and cooling (SHC).
The truth is, we’ll probably never be paperless due to the many areas where digital simply can’t match the tried and true paper and pen. However, many parts of our society are still consuming far too much paper. Most paper consumption comes from an inability or unwillingness to change our ways, as well as a lack of clear incentives to entice a reduction in the usage of paper.
DreamBikes started when John Burke, president of Trek BIcycle Company, suggested the idea and then donated the seed money to open the first DreamBikes shop in Madison four years ago.
Patagonia has released its Footprint Chronicles, one tool to help customers and stakeholders learn more about the the company’s global operations and suppliers.
4 Fixed Income Investments to seek the potential for income & impact: Fixed-income mutual funds, Pooled loan funds, Microfinance funds, and Peer-to-peer loans.
The phone booth has lagged far behind its mobile cousin, fast becoming a vandalism prone relic of a bygone time. The Smart Booth aims to change that, offering wifi, touch screen enabled local information, pollution monitoring, security surveillance useful to area police, and more.
When London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, their aim was to make it the greenest, cleanest and most sustainable games ever held. Now with just barely two months left, the host city is scrambling to make good on its promise.
Recent developments like solar power-plant developer BrightSource Energy shelving its IPO, or full-service solar provider SolarCity announcing this week its plans to go public, have many industry stakeholders shrugging their shoulders as to what lies ahead for the future of the sector.