By Kurt Sheline 9/19/13
A recap of REFF-West's session on Innovation in the Energy Industry
The panel consisted of a phenomenal representation of the full foodchain of energy innovation, from university and federal labs to large and growing corporations. The speed of innovation in the industry has increased rapidly, but what else can be done? Is it possible to cut the pace to market of new energy technologies in half? The panel offered several anecdotes suggesting the feasibility of this goal.
May 7 -- General Electric Co (GE.N) said on Monday the renewal of the U.S. production tax credit has helped it sell wind turbines with 1 gigawatt of generating power since January. >>View Article
March 28 -- The U.S. is now the largest wind power market, and a U.S. company is the world’s number 1 supplier, according to a new industry report by Navigant Research. >>View Article
January 25 -- GE has emerged, at least technologically, as the top challenger to First Solar Inc., the largest maker of thin-film solar cells, said Keith Emory, head of the NREL lab that verifies solar-cell efficiency. >>View Article
December 19 -- A new method of manufacturing wind turbine blades, used in the capturing of energy that produces power, is expected to enable the construction of much larger wind turbines with higher efficiency and lower costs. >>View Article
December 6 -- US electrics company GE is to team up with the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop advanced wind turbine blade technology that could put wind energy on an equal economic footing with fossil fuels, GE have announced. >>View Article