Environment, Grid, Home, Solar

ECube, EconX Alleged of Patent Infringement by Bigbelly

Smart city solutions company Bigbelly, Inc.  has filed a patent infringement complaint against Ecube Labs Co. Ltd. (South Korea), Ecube Labs Co. (U.S.), and EconX Waste Solutions B.V. (Netherlands) for two patents covering energy management technologies for solar powered compactors.

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These patented technologies are used by Bigbelly’s waste and recycling system for managing an energy budget based upon the solar energy harvested and the energy needs of the station. According to Brian Phillips, CEO of Bigbelly, “The patents we are asserting represent important technologies in our IP portfolio and are vital to the basic function of a solar powered compactor.  They enable Bigbelly to operate with or without direct sunlight and in any location. These lawsuits seek to stop infringement of our patented technologies.” Bigbelly has filed complaints in the U.S. (California) and Germany.

 

 

 

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Massachusetts’s Solar Program is Flawed

Solar advocates and nonprofit organizations have voiced their concern about the Baker administration’s new Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) program. The advocates acknowledge the positive move by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to create a good program. But, according to them, in its current state the program doesn’t offer solar savings to most affordable housing projects.

According to Mark Sandeen, co-founder and president of MassSolar, “We are concerned that the SMART program as currently proposed, may impose administrative hurdles and set compensation rates so low that continued development of low-income solar will become impossible.”

“SMART could be a positive development for solar, but without a program that expands sharing and offers a fair compensation for solar production, many in our communities, especially the low income tenants we serve, will be left behind by the solar revolution,” according to said Gail Latimore, Executive Director of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation in Dorchester.

 

 

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Trina Solar Offering Bifacial PERC Module

Trina Solar has launched its bifacial solar module DUOMAX Twin at Clean Energy Expo China (CEEC Expo) 2017 in Beijing. The company is involved in the development of PERC cell technology and production. DUOMAX Twin uses both the front and back sides. The back side uses scattered and reflected light. The module can deliver up to 25% more than traditional modules.

According to Rongfang Yin, VP of Global Sales & Marketing at Trina Solar, “Going forward, Trina Solar will put additional effort into product segmentation, which will allow our customers to choose products uniquely suited to their distinct project environments.”