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Energy (September 21–25, 2005)

Skip Steuart

Success Story or Solar Train Wreck?

Shawn Steigner

Photovoltaic Solar Cell Panel Outdoor Test Facility- National Renewable Energy Laboratory

South Table Mountain, Golden, Colorado, USA

September 23, 2005 16:53 MST

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Some Facts from the NREL website:
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D. Established in 1974, NREL began operating in 1977 as the Solar Energy Research Institute. It was designated a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September 1991 and its name changed to NREL. NREL is the principal research laboratory for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy which provides the majority of its funding. Other funding comes from DOE's Office of Science and Office of Electricity Transmission and Distribution. NREL is managed for DOE by Midwest Research Institute and Battelle.

Some Facts about this panoramic:
NREL's main 327-acre site is in Golden, Colorado, just west of Denver on the usually sunny south side of South Table Mountain. This testing facility hosts dozens of solar cells being tested for efficiency. A stand for a new set of large cells is being constructed and can be seen across from a well established experiment.


To learn more about NREL, please visit the links below:
NREL
http://www.nrel.gov

Solar Panel Outdoor Test Facility
http://www.nrel.gov/ncpv/otf.html

To see some other panoramics created at this facility, please visit this page:
http://www.photosurveyor.com/panos/146

To Visit South and North Table Mountains:
http://www.tablemountains.org/Pages/Maps+Trails/360/TMPanosMain.html
http://www.photosurveyor.com

Location

USA-Canada / USA-Colorado

Lat: 39° 44' 26" N
Long: 105° 10' 38" W

Elevation: 5800' (Approximate)

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Precision is: Unknown / Undeclared.

Equipment

Hardware
Canon 20D Camera- Sigma 8mm Lens - Bogen 303SPH Tripod Head
Software
PTGui - Panotools - Panocube - Irfanview -PhotoShop

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