Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. By now, photovoltaic (PV) panels are familiar to most Americans. You’ve seen them on your hand-held calculator, on top of illuminated highway signs, and maybe even on your neighbors’ roofs. With PV systems becoming more common, perhaps you’ve been dreaming of making some homemade electricity. The dream is achievable, as long as you own a sunny patch of lawn or an unshaded south-facing rooftop, and as long as you have a bank balance of several thousand dollars.A PV array is made up of rectangular modules (or panels) that measure between 2 and 5 feet on a side. The most common type of PV module has an aluminum frame and a glass cover protecting a collection polycrystalline PV cells. When exposed to light, each PV cell produces 0.5 volt DC — so if you add up the number of cells and divide by 2, you know the voltage of the module. The best performing commercially available PV cells are roughly 20% efficient at converting solar energy into electricity.Unlike polycrystalline PV cells, thin-film (amorphous) PV products are manufactured on a flexible sheet. These thin-film PV products have many applications; for example, they are used to make PV roof shingles and peel-and-stick membranes designed for use on metal roofing. Thin-film PV products have relatively low efficiencies — usually in the range of 10% to 12% — so they require almost twice the area required for a polycrystalline PV array with the same electrical output.Both polycrystalline and thin-film PV arrays produce DC power. This DC electricity can be used directly to charge a battery; in most homes, however, the solar electricity is sent to an inverter that converts the DC power to AC. The inverter’s AC output can then be used directly by the homeowners or fed into the power grid.Most grid-connected PV systems won’t provide any…
New cameras, lenses, software, and record breaking box office numbers. Here are the latest and greatest articles from the past few weeks.We’ve seen plenty of headlines since our last news roundup. Check out this list of industry news you may have missed.1. Rokinon Announces XEEN, a New Line of Cinema Prime LensesImage via nofilmschool.comSamyang/Rokinon have announced XEEN cinema prime lenses. It’s rumored that they will offer Canon EF mount, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, and PL mounts. Check out more details about these new lenses over at No Film School. You can also try to decipher the new homepage for the lenses at xeenglobal.com.2. Panasonic GX8Panasonic’s latest mirrorless camera is the new GX8. The camera shoots 4K and apparently offers some revolutionary stabilization. The classic style body boasts a 20.3 megapixel sensor, making it the first micro four thirds camera to surpass 16 megapixels. The camera will set you back $1200. See more over at Gizmodo. 5. Universal Pictures Already Has the Highest Grossing Year Ever for a StudioUniversal Pictures has already grossed $5.53 Billion in 2015, and it’s only August. That breaks 20th Century Fox’s $5.52 Billion record for the entire 2014 year. Jurassic World had the biggest global opening of all time, following the studios box office domination for Furious 7. Minions had the second biggest opening weekend for a animated film, while 50 Shades of Grey and Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the highest-grossing films. All this and the studio is about to release the anticipated N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Check out more at Entertainment Weekly.6. DJI Releases the Phantom 3 StandardAfter the release of the Phantom 3 Professional and Phantom 3 Advanced, DJI released a new camera for this beginner edition of their famous entry-level quadcopter. The Phantom 3 Standard comes with a camera that shoots 2.7K video at 30fps and 12 megapixels photos in RAW or JPG.The camera settings and controls will and run through the updated DJI Go app. A single charged battery averages 25 minutes of flight time. The Phantom 3 Standard starts at $799. This version is $200 cheaper than the Phantom 3 Advanced, and honestly feels like an unnecessary addition to the Phantom series. 4. DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta Release & TutorialWe previously mentioned the release of the DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta. As users begin checking out the changes, we are starting to get a taste of the improvements in this color grading software.Casey Faris, from Ground Control Color, sent us this awesome in-depth tutorial. Not only does it show off some of the new features, but it’s also a great intro to DaVinci Resolve for newcomers. 3. Canon C300 Mark IIWhen Canon first announced the ME20F-SH, we questioned the need for a 4 million+ ISO camera. Now they’ve finally released some updated info on the highly anticipated C300 Mark II. Canon’s Jon Sagud met up with Zacuto for a great look at the new features. When released, the body alone will cost you $15,999. That price point may be enough to make people jump from Canon to another brand. Discover any new gear you need to buy? Was this news roundup helpful? Let us know in the comments below.
Panaji – Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on his 62nd birthday on Wednesday said in the coming year he would work towards extending the duration the State Legislative Assembly meets to more than 45 days a year. He was speaking to reporters at the State Legislative Assembly complex after cutting a cake in the presence of legislators and Speaker Pramod Sawant during a break in the winter session of the Assembly, which began on Wednesday. Mr. Parrikar said, “My resolution is that the House should run for a longer period. From the coming budget session, the House should run for a minimum of 40-45 days a year. So, next year, I will cross 40 days because if a House functions for a longer time, then those who asks several questions can then spread their questions over more days. If the House does not run for a longer time, there are no pointed questions. If there are no sharp questions, there are no solutions.”
MANILA, Philippines—College pals June Mar Fajardo and Brian Heruela time as teammates in the PBA has come to an end after three years.ADVERTISEMENT It was a harmonious albeit polar partnership for the former University of Cebu Webmasters with Fajardo raking in two of his four MVPs in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season while Heruela languished at the Beermen bench.San Miguel traded Heruela away with forward David Semerad and a 2020 first round pick to TNT for Terrence Romeo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionFajardo admitted that he was sad to see his pla go but he’s aware that the PBA is a business and no one player has full control of his career.“At first I was sad because I’ve been teammates with him for so long,” said Fajardo after the Beermen’s practice Wednesday at Acropolis Clubhouse. “But it’s always been said that we really don’t control our destiny in basketball. Whatever your team is now, you should cherish your time with it.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I’m happy for him,” said Fajardo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Fajardo, though, is happy to Heruela go to a new team that could use his talent unlike in San Miguel where the 5-foot-10 point guard had to wait behind Alex Cabagnot, Von Pessumal, and Chico Lanete,Heruela played the least among the Beermen during the 2017-18 season with an average of 9.7 minutes per game, but Fajardo hoped that his buddy could have a better individual career with the KaTropa.“I think it’s better that he’s there because he can play longer,” said Fajardo.Blackwater chose Heruela as the 26th overall pick of the 2014 Draft but the diminutive point guard was quick to prove his worth as he put up 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game in 25 games in his rookie season.These numbers caught the eye of Barako Bull, which then traded him to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lassiter on Romeo’s arrival: San Miguel style ‘not going to change for another player’ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting