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Fortnightly Magazine - April 2010

that delivers maximum energy density at the lowest cost. According to NRTC President and CEO Bob Phillips, “With the innovative design and affordability of tenKsolar, electric co-ops can engage their consumer-members as partners in distributed generation.”

Wärtsilä and Hitachi Zosen have signed a business development agreement to develop and market fuel-cell based power solutions for distributed power generation applications in Japan. The combined heat and power applications, which can be run on either city gas or bio gas, will feature the use of Wärtsilä’s fuel cell technology. The applications will be developed in cooperation by both companies, and marketed by Hitachi Zosen. “This is an important step towards the commercialization of fuel cell technology,” says Mr. Erkko Fontell, director, fuel cells, Wärtsilä Finland.

3TIER completed its REmapping the World initiative, which was launched in March 2008 to address the biggest barrier to global renewable energy adoption—the lack of reliable information regarding resource potential and availability. With release of a global solar map and dataset, the company has completed its unprecedented goal of identifying and mapping the world’s wind and solar resources using a globally consistent methodology. The newly released global solar map and dataset is based on 10 to 13 years of half-hourly, high-resolution visible satellite imagery collected from nine different satellites, dispersed across the globe and covering the entire surface of the earth. Satellite imagery was processed using a uniform methodology based upon a combination of in-house and peer-reviewed research documents supported by the global atmospheric science community.

The Switch signed an agreement to supply two of its direct-drive, The Switch Drive prototypes with Schuler Group of Germany. The package consists of completely tailored 3-MW permanent magnet generators optimized to work with 2.7-MW full-power converters. The custom-built The Switch Drive permanent magnet generator and full-power converter prototype packages are scheduled for delivery and testing in April 2011. By summer the same year, they will be connected to the grid in full operation. The Schuler Group is expanding beyond its focus on the automotive industry into the wind market and aims to develop and supply large-scale wind power plants for Germany initially, and then other Central European and international markets.

groSolar, a solar power distributer and installer, joined with SOLON Corp., a North American photovoltaic manufacturer, allowing groSolar to distribute and install American-made SOLON modules that are produced in SOLON’s Tucson, Arizona factory, which currently has approximately 100 MW of annual production capacity. SOLON’s modules qualify for the “Buy American” provisions of the federal stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. groSolar will begin distributing SOLON’s PV-modules to its nationwide network of dealer-installers in April, and will be installing SOLON modules on select projects throughout the nation.


The City of Santa Rosa, Calif., completed implementation of CIS Infinity , the customer information and billing solution from Advanced Utility Systems. The city provides water and wastewater service to approximately 52,414 customers that include residential, commercial and industrial accounts. To handle billing for many of these accounts, complex rate configuration and formulas are required. Patty Kutches, revenue operations supervisor