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Author Archives: Charis Michelsen

1500V Photovoltaic Operation from Belectric

July 11th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Belectric, a world market leader in photovoltaic system integration, has integrated the world’s first 1500-volt operation into the grid. The open-space solar power plant is the first to utilize the full power bandwidth defined by the European Union’s Low Voltage Directive, and could result in


Hybrid Solar System to Go Online in Chiba

July 10th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The prototype hybrid solar system will go online in Noda City, Chiba Prefecture this month. It’s supposed to have a rated power output of 2.4kW. Based on the results of the current test run


Congress Still Hates Biofuel (For the Military)

June 20th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

The U.S. military is – perhaps unsurprisingly – one of the driving forces behind alternative fuel sources; after all, not being dependent on potentially hostile foreign countries for vital fuel is a matter of national security. However, in the short term, said alternative fuels are more expensive than standard fossil fuels, and that creates a few problems.


Nissan’s Electric Leaf Becomes a Van: The e-NV200

May 27th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Nissan has been quite enthusiastic about its electric car, the Leaf -- and with pretty good reason. It goes, it's comfortable, and it's cute to boot. The next step, clearly, is to take the tech that works so well in the Leaf, and turn it into a miniature cargo van



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