Category Archives: Solar Thermal

Home Power as a Business: Using Renewables for Hedging Yourself Against Two Major Risks

Home power may very well save you during the upcoming economic downturn. It’s a bit like owning precious metals or “opting out” of our over-networked way of life in other ways. The beauty of investing in residential-scale Green Energy is its capability of hedging against two of the most likely economic risks threatening your money today: overall currency instability and consumer price inflation. These might materialize as soon as the end of summer 2012 and would likely be visible as a slight — and then accelerating — downturn and an increase in prices including energy and utility bills at one go. The supporting fundamentals for both are in place, it’s just a matter of time for them to materialize. As noted above, both are likely to happen rather soon (and yes, even though it may sound contradictory from a conventional economic point of view to have both a severe recession or even deflation and an increase in energy prices at roughly the same time, this is still a very likely scenario).

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Web Frontend Upgraded

The miniwindsystems.com website has been upgraded to provide significantly better response times even during higher-volume traffic. With new — and despite higher CPU clock speeds and overall better specs even more energy-efficient — hardware, we have addressed past performance issues and hope to provide a better user experience for everyopne interested in Mini Wind & Solar Technologies.

Using Home Power for Hedging Yourself in Two Ways

The beauty of a play in residential-scale Green Energy is its capability of hedging against both a general economic downturn and an increase in electricity prices at one go. Both are likely to happen rather soon (and yes, even though it may sound contradictory from a conventional economic point of view to have both a severe recession or even deflation and an increase in energy prices at roughly the same time, this is still a very likely scenario). The supporting fundamentals for both are in place, it’s just a matter of time for them to materialize.

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Very Powerful CSP Generator

We are glad to announce a novel CSP generator unit that is both extremely powerful and small in size. Using Concentrating Solar Power, the SopoLite™ unit generates heat for both power generation or direct heat applications (hot water, air conditioning/refrigeration, process heat). The SopoLite™ system is available as a part of the Mini Wind & Solar Technologies program by ecoPen Ltd.

SopoLite™ can be adapted to Home Power applications and is suitable for larger-scale power generation including commercial process heat and electricity generation using thermal engines. Sopogy trough technology can be configured to replace natural gas or other fossil power plants and significantly reduce carbon emmissions.

SopoLite, available shortly through Mini Wind & Solar Technologies by ecoPen Ltd

 

 

The system consists of a scaled down version of Sopogy’s parabolic trough that is able to follow the sun from east to west during the course of the day. As in a typical solar field, a mineral oil circulating through the system gains temperature as the parabolic trough is focused at the sun with a proprietary tracking system. The heat generated in this fashion is typically used for electricity generation, air conditioning and process heat applications. On the SopoLite™, various sensors measure the temperature gain, the flow velocities, solar irradiance, wind speed, rainfall and ambient temperature. These parameters are used to determine the thermal output of the collectors. The sophisticated controls allow remote access to evaluate all relevant data through an interactive graphic interface.

SopoLite, available shortly through Mini Wind & Solar Technologies by ecoPen Ltd

 

 

Pre-configured SopoLite™ systems are able to cover larger and commercial energy needs and are priced around £49,600.00 in the U. K. or roughly €54,800.00 in Eurozone and other EEC countries. Although residential-scale or small business systems can be deployed, SopoLite™ systems are tailoured for and primarily focused towards larger-scale residential developments, real estate management, commercial energy users and businesses who want to green their operations and significantly cut on high energy cost.

SopoLite, available shortly through Mini Wind & Solar Technologies by ecoPen Ltd

 

In the U. K., SopoLite™ systems are expected to be eligible for payments of 18.6p per KWh equivalent generated under the MCS Solar Thermal scheme (green energy cashback).

For further details, to discuss system requirements or to receive a no-obligation quote for an individual project, please contact us using the Reply field below.

Door Now Open for Feed-In Tariffs in the U. S.

The U. S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled that U. S. states are free to enact their own feed-in tariff policies. This effectively clears the way for Feed-In Tariffs in the U. S. at state level similar to the ones in Germany or in the Province of Ontario. This decision by the chief regulatory body is expected to provide a further boost to Home Power and Renewable Energy as a whole on top of the already positive sentiment among U. S. consumers.

Latest polls show that up to 91% of consumers are in favor of Home Power generation and would be interested to set up their own systems sooner rather than later. The U. S. small wind energy sector has already experienced a 15% annual growth over the last years and is expected to accelerate even further. Equally bright are the prospects for Solar Power with improved technologies in solar thermal and CSP (concentrated solar power) as well as PV (photovoltaic or solar electric) generation.

Using Home Power for Hedging Yourself in Two Ways

The beauty of a Play in Residential-Scale Green Energy is its capability of hedging you against both a general economic downturn and an increase in electricity prices at one go. Both are likely to happen rather soon (and yes, even though it may sound contradictory from a conventional economic point of view to have both a severe recession or even deflation and an increase in energy prices at roughly the same time, this is still a very likely scenario). The supporting fundamentals for both are in place, it’s just a matter of time for them to materialize.

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Mini Wind + Solar = Perfect Home Power Mix

For both small and larger applications, miniwind and solar go nicely together in hybrid systems and help building the perfect Home Power mix of Clean and Green Energy. What matters is that it’s Renewable and Low Impact — both visually and overall-environmentally!

Ready-Made Solutions and Turn-Key Packages

Striving to make Green Energy more accessible to everyone, we have developed and will soon launch a grid-tie pre-engineered mini wind system that comes complete with permit-ready documentation and an installation manual in plain English.

Pre-register here and be part of our client base to receive updates and upcoming release information right when they become available.

According to our customers, the lack of ready-made solutions and turn-key packages is the missing link in mini wind turbine technology. We’ll deliver just that!