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Is this news worthy? You bet it is and exciting not only for the environment but industry economics as well. If you are new to the industry it might serve you better to explain what a "watt" is and a couple of examples of how many watts of power it requires to power our life style devices.


2 W – tech: maximum allowed carrier power output of a MURS radio

4 W – tech: the power consumption of an incandescent night light

4 W – tech: maximum allowed carrier power output of a 10-meter CB radio

8 W – tech: human-powered equipment using a hand crank.[4]

14 W – tech: the power consumption of a typical household compact fluorescent light bulb

20–40 W – biomed: approximate power consumption of the human brain[5]

30–40 W – tech: the power consumption of a typical household fluorescent tube light

60 W – tech: the power consumption of a typical household incandescent light bulb

100 W – biomed: approximate basal metabolic rate of an adult human body[6]

120 W – tech: electric power output of 1 m2 solar panel in full sunlight (approx. 12% efficiency), at sea level

130 W – tech: peak power consumption of a Pentium 4 CPU

200 W – tech: stationary bicycle average power output[7][8]

290 W – units: approximately 1000 BTU/hour

300–400 W – tech: PC GPU Nvidia Geforce Fermi 480 peak power consumption[9]

400 W – tech: legal limit of power output of an amateur radio station in the United Kingdom

500 W – biomed: power output (useful work plus heat) of a person working hard physically

745.7 W – units: 1 horsepower

750 W – astro: approximately the amount of sunshine falling on a square metre of the Earth's surface at noon on a clear day in March for northern temperate latitudes

909 W – biomed: peak output power of a healthy human (nonathlete) during a 30-second cycle sprint at 30.1 degree Celsius.[10]


U. S. Commercial Solar Installations Reach 13.5 TW

kilowatt (103 watts)

1 kW to 3 kW – tech: heat output of a domestic electric kettle

1.1 kW – tech: power of a microwave oven

1.366 kW – astro: power per square metre received from the Sun at the Earth's orbit

1.5 kW – tech: legal limit of power output of an amateur radio station in the United States

up to 2 kW – biomed: approximate short-time power output of sprinting professional cyclists and weightlifters doing snatch lifts

2.4 kW (21,283 kWh/year) – geo: average power consumption per person worldwide in 2008[11]

3.3–6.6 kW – eco: average photosynthetic power output per square kilometer of ocean[12]

3.6 kW – tech: synchrotron radiation power lost per ring in the Large Hadron Collider at 7000 GeV[3]

10 kW to 50 kW – tech: nominal power of clear channel AM[13]

10.0 kW (87,216 kWh/year) – eco: average power consumption per person in the United States in 2008[11]

450 kW – tech: approximate maximum power output of a large 18-wheeler truck engine

megawatt (106 watts)[edit]

1.3 MW – tech: power output of P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft

1.5 MW – tech: peak power output of GE's standard wind turbine

2.4 MW – tech: peak power output of a Princess Coronation class steam locomotive (approx 3.3K EDHP on test) (1937)

2.5 MW – biomed: peak power output of a blue whale

3 MW – tech: mechanical power output of a diesel locomotive

7MW - tech: mechanical power output of a Top Fuel dragster

10 MW – tech: highest ERP allowed for an UHF television station

75 MW – tech: maximum power output of one GE90 jet engine as installed on the Boeing 777

140 MW – tech: average power consumption of a Boeing 747 passenger aircraft

190 MW – tech: peak power output of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier

900 MW – tech: electric power output of a CANDU nuclear reactor

959 MW – geo: average electrical power consumption of Zimbabwe in 1998.


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US Army Graduates in the SEI Program

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Congratulations to the newest 23 graduates of the Solar Ready Vets program!  This most recent training event, led by SEI, was held at the Ft. Carson Army Base near Colorado Springs. These transitioning service members and vets participated in six intensive weeks of training and progressed from the basics of electricity, to the fundamentals of grid-tied PV design and installation. They learned not just how to install PV, but also the “why” behind what they were doing.

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