September 2016 Critical Systems, Inc., finalized the completion of their new, “state of the art” UHP Fabrication Center in Boise, Idaho. The expansion quintuples fabrication space and features ALL new “work cells” designed to improve productivity in the new Center by 50% giving CSI a 10X capacity over the 2011 expansion. CSI’s new Center will rival any orbital welding fabrication facility in the world, putting the company in position to capture large scale business in 2017 and beyond. The facilities expansion effort coupled with CSI's multimillion dollar investment the past five years into new Orbital Welding and fabrication equipment gives CSI a marked...

R. J. Pearson, M. D. Eisaman, J. W. G. Turner, P. P. Edwards, Z. Jiang, V. L. Kuznetsov, K. A. Littau, L. di Marco, and S. R. G. Taylor   Abstract—Fossil fuels are renewable only over geological time scales. The oxidation, via combustion, of considerable amounts of carbonaceous fuels since the dawn of the industrial revolution has led to a rapid accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere leading to an anthropogenic influence on the Earth’s climate. We highlight here that a versatile energy carrier can be produced by re-cycling CO2 and combining it chemically with a substance of high chemical bond energy created from renewable energy. If CO2 is taken from the atmosphere...

Over the last two years, a record number of new solar photovoltaic (PV) systems have been installed in homes and businesses across the U.S.  Sliding prices for solar modules and an accelerated pace of the acceptance of solar panels for electric generation have generated demand, especially for distributed solar systems. The price per watt for solar panels has fallen about 70 percent since 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). This price declined has been a key factor in the efforts to achieved price parity with traditional fuel sources, which has been reached in some markets. Distributed Solar System Cost...

The $2.2 billion Ivanpah power station, jointly-owned by NRG Energy, Inc., BrightSource Energy, Inc. and Google, produced it first output of electricity on September 24, 2013.  Employing concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, the power plant uses 153, 500 giant mirrors to focus sunlight giant mirrors to reflect and concentrate into three 45-story towers.  The sun rays are converted into heat or thermal energy that boils water. This powers a turbine or heat engine to generate electricity. Although optional, one of the primary advantages of CSP over PV power stations relates to its capability to store power and distribute electricity on cloudy days or at night serije online sa...

Citing the need for  the  federal government to “ lead by example” to combat global warning and make the transition to a clean-energy economy, President Barack Obama released a memorandum that directs the U.S. federal government to pursue the objective of obtaining 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The dispatch also provided detailed steps all federal agencies must take to improve energy efficiency reduce energy waste and enhance building performance, The directive is a follow up to the President’s announcement in June of his plans to combat climate change.  Federal agencies must follow specified, approved actions designed to...

Compared to most states, Texas’s has an unlimited supply of solar energy. In fact, the state ranks number one in the United States for it high levels of direct solar radiation—200 days of sunshine a year. The amount of the available solar energy provides suitable condition for photovoltaic (PV) systems and utility-scale solar concentrated solar power installations, according to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). In addition to the sunshine, Texas has the research institution and manufacturing base necessary to become a forerunner in the development of solar energy and to compete in the global market.  The problem has to do...

One of the biggest challenges of solar power is that the sun doesn’t shine 24 hours a day. On cloudy days or at night, solar panels cannot access the sun’s energy. A solution may be at hand. >Material science researchers at Vanderbilt University may have solved the problem with the creation of an innovative supercapacitor design fabricated from silicon. The device can be built into a silicon microchip side by side along with the electronic components that it powers. According to the material scientists, the power cells  can be made out of “excess silicon” already  present in the  existing solar cells,...

Since the Great Recession ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy continues to grow at a pace that is below the rate needed to create good-paying jobs and sustain economic growth. Analysts estimate that the economy will grow at about a 2 percent annual pace in 2013. Most economists agree that a 3 percent annual rate of expansion is necessary for healthy economic expansion. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has a proposal to address the need to create more jobs while making homes and businesses more energy efficient. Since heating and cooling account for 44 percent of energy usage in the...

Since the birth of computers in the 1960s, the industry has relied on integrated circuit computer chips manufactured from silicon –hence the name Silicon Valley.  Calling that area of Northern California "Silicon Valley", however, may soon be a misnomer. For years, the industry has known that it would be just a matter of time before carbon nanotube transistors succeeded silicon as the preferred semiconductor material.  Nanotubes are much smaller, faster and power-efficient than their silicon counterpart.   The problem with nanotubes has been the inability of researchers to control nanotube structures in predictable ways, especially the properties that control its mechanical and...