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DaimlerChrysler Begins Diesel-Powered Vehicle Push

DaimlerChrysler will continue to expand its lineup of diesel-powered vehicles in the coming months, at the same time it broadens its programs to educate the American public on the benefits of home-grown biodiesel fuel. “Diesel will be good for America, and biodiesel makes diesel better,” said Loren Beard, Senior Manager … Read more »

Chinese Ethanol Exports Could Reach 900,000 Tons in 2006

China’s 2006 exports of ethanol, made largely from corn or cassava, are set to exceed 500,000 tons. Some traders even say 900,000 tons is closer to the mark. Most of the ethanol exports – last year China had virtually none – end up in the U.S. But with ethanol plants … Read more »

Dow Unveils New Solar Material, Could Ease Silicon Shortages

Dow Corning has produced a solar-grade silicon derived from metallurgical silicon that the company said exhibits good solar cell performance characteristics when blended with traditional polysilicon feedstock. In a press release, Dow said the new silicon feedstock material, Dow Corning PV 1101 SoG Silicon, is the first commercially available feedstock … Read more »

GE, NGC to Jointly Develop Wind Turbine Gearbox

GE Energy and China’s Nanjing High Speed & Accurate Gear Company announced that they’ve signed an agreement to jointly develop gearboxes for GE’s 1.5-megawatt wind turbines.  The agreement makes NGC one of GE’s leading component suppliers in the wind energy business.  The gearbox is a critical component of the GE … Read more »

Ersol Inks $128 Million PowerLight Deal

ErSol Solar Energy AG has closed its first U.S. deal, signing a five-year contract to deliver solar cells to California’s PowerLight Corporation. The total volume of the new contract amounts to approximately $128.4 million. Earlier this week, ErSol signed a major polysilicon contract with Wacker Chemie AG. ErSol says that … Read more »

Sharp: Solar Costs Down 50% by 2010

The president of solar cell manufacturer Sharp Corp., predicts that the cost of generating solar power will drop 50 percent by 2010. Most industry experts say that the cost of producing solar power, currently about $0.50 per kilowatt hour, will fall by about five percent per year. “By 2020 we … Read more »

ErSol Solar, Wacker Chemie Sign Major Silicon Supply Contract

ErSol Solar Energy AG has signed a polysilicon contract with Wacker Chemie AG, the world’s second-largest provider of polysilicon for the semiconductor and photovoltaic industry. The contract begins in 2009 and will give ErSol an additional production output of approximately 100 MWp over six years. “Our success in securing this … Read more »

Hoku to Build Solar Plant in Idaho

Hoku Scientific has selected Idaho as the location for its solar module and polysilicon production facilities. Earlier this year, Hoku Scientific announced its plans to enter the solar and polysilicon businesses by manufacturing up to 30 megawatts of solar modules and up to 1,500 metric tons of polysilicon per year. … Read more »