Improving turbine reliability to 99.9% will require new data analysis approaches across the industry, according to a researcher linked to Sandia National Laboratories. 

German-based Renusol GmbH is among the fastest  growing businesses on the European market for PV mounting systems. Renusol America was established in January 2011 in Atlanta to service the American market and, along with Renusol GmbH, was acquired by Ohio-based RBI Solar in June, 2014.

RBI Solar 
is now a turn-key supplier of solar mounting systems, specializing in ground mount, roof mount, landfill solar, and custom designed specialty solar structures.

This February, Renusol GmbH is introducing a new ballasted flat-roof mounting system for mounting south-facing photovoltaic panels. The commercial and agricultural building system requires few components and uses especially short rails.

“Renusol is increasingly emphasizing simple mounting systems that can be installed very quickly and comfortably at the construction site,” said Sven Kuenzel, managing director of Renusol. “For example, our product developers have opted for an innovative screw joint that works without a nut, meaning that fewer movements are needed. Since the rails are delivered pre-punched, there is also no need to take cumbersome measurements on site, which decreases installation errors.”

SolarWorld also offers a wide variety of panel mounting options, including its new EcoX, a rail-less racking system that offers a clean aesthetic, simplified logistics, and “delivers a higher quality installation at a lower-cost-per-watt.”

The list of solar panel mounting options is long and has far more manufacturers than we can name in this article. Should you wish to know more, here is Solar Power World’s 2014 list of the tops solar mounting products. One thing you can know for certain in this wide world of mounting options: expect more in the way of innovations and competitive pricing.

A stockpile of solar panels quickly becomes ineffectual without having a proper mounting system for the roof.

And as you might imagine, there is no one-size-fits-all for mounting systems. Nor do manufacturers stand in the same lineup with the same kind of products. And there are many, many choices.

Quick Mount PV recently announced US solar manufacturer SolarWorld was following an industry trend away from the use of long rails in mounting solar panels and shifting emphasis toward a rail-free racking system. The rationale? The latter’s cost savings in materials, labor, storage, and shipping.

Rail-free racking fixes solar panels directly to individual roof mounts, instead of standard long rails.

The development of wind power in India began in the 1990s, and has progressed steadily in the last few years. The short gestation periods for installing wind turbines, and the increasing reliability and performance of wind energy machines have made wind power a favored choice for capacity addition in India. Currently, India has the fifth 1 largest installed wind power capacity in the world. Wind power accounts for 6% of 2 India's total installed power capacity, and it generates 1.6% of the country's power . It 3 is estimated that 6,000 MW of additional wind power capacity will be installed in India between 2010 and 2012, taking the total installed capacity beyond 15,000 MW. In addition to the progress made in wind turbine installed capacities, the progress of the overall wind energy ecosystem has been encouraging as well. Pointers to this are the increasing number of component manufacturers and the rapid utilization of India's land for wind energy. While the growth of wind power in India was largely driven by tax incentives until recently, it is expected that more IPPs (independent power producers) will be interested in investing in this segment with the recent announcement of generation-based incentives

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