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Morgan Solar shows tremendous promise

I have a feature today in the Toronto Star about local solar power innovator Morgan Solar, which has developed an approach to concentrating photovoltaics that keeps manufacturing costs low and efficiency high. The design, based on a proprietary optic developed by company founder Jean Paul Morgan, could prove to be a big breakthrough in the search for low cost, high-efficiency solar power.

You can read the article for a detailed explanation of how the optic works, or click on this link for a diagram. The bottom line is that Morgan Solar has developed a concentrating PV system that is lighter, more durable, lower-profile, and less expensive than competing options on the market. Continue reading Morgan Solar shows tremendous promise

Canadian cleantech news roundup: Stormfisher, AAER, Arise, 5N and Railpower

Lots of news to report from the Great White North, where we’ve got a great stable of cleantech companies — even if they are generally underappreciated and underfunded. Speaking of underfunded, I’d just like to highlight that Canadian cleantech companies raised just $49 million (U.S.) in the third quarter. For perspective, U.S. companies raised $1.75 billion. If we apply the standard 10x calculation to figure out where Canada should be, we would have raised $175 million. We’re not even close. That said, California took a lion’s share of U.S. funding — $1.1 billion. That means the rest of the U.S. raised $650 million, putting Canada’s share in the ballpark. Clearly, California is skewing the results and eating everyone else’s lunch. But I digress.

Here’s what’s going on in Canada: Continue reading Canadian cleantech news roundup: Stormfisher, AAER, Arise, 5N and Railpower

Nexterra sells biomass gasification system to Oak Ridge Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will use a biomass gasification system from Vancouver-based Nexterra Energy Corp. to save on energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint. The system is being purchased by Johnson Controls Inc., which has been given an $89 million contract with Oak Ridge to deploy a number of building management and energy-conservation measures. Continue reading Nexterra sells biomass gasification system to Oak Ridge Lab