Efficiency Rating

The 500-kW Solaron PV inverters from Advanced Energy Industries Inc., Fort Collins, Colo., have received a record-breaking 98% efficiency rating from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The company also held the previous industry benchmarks of 97% and then 97.5%. Inverter efficiency determines the amount of energy converted from a solar array to power that is delivered to the system owner, financier, or utility. Advanced Energy provides power and control technologies for thin-film manufacturing and solar-power generation.

Rooftop solar-panel system

The installation of a 1-MW rooftop solar-panel system at NewAge Industries, Southampton, Pa., is complete. The sixth largest in all of Pennsylvania, the system is now supplying half of the plastic-tubing manufacturer's energy needs. NewAge partnered with Borrego Solar Systems Inc., based in Berkeley, Calif., for the design and installation.

Gold-level certification

The new Vacon Inc. factory in Chambersburg, Pa., has been awarded LEED Gold Certification as established by the U. S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the national program for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. Vacon is a supplier of variable-speed ac drives.

Power-system degree programs

The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, Mass., is partnering with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) to offer two online graduate degrees — a Master of Engineering in Power Systems Engineering and a Master of Science in Power Systems Management programs. Additionally, WPI will offer online graduate certificates that compliment these master's degrees by offering a subset of the courses.

New member

TDI Power, Hackettstown, N. J., has joined the Steering Committee for the Electric Vehicle Standards Panel. Founded by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the committee provides a strategic road map that defines the standards for deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the U. S. TDI Power is a manufacturer of power-systems solutions for the industrial, military/aerospace, and medical industries.

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