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Tesla Wins Large Contract with Utility for Energy Storage

Jon LeSage for HybridCars:  Tesla’s energy storage division just won a very large contract with a major California utility to stabilize power outages. While the acquisition cost hasn’t been announced, Tesla Energy will supply 20 megawatts of energy storag

Making Biofuel a Cost-Effective, Renewable Source of Energy

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are using multiphysics simulation to better understand and optimize the conversion process for plant-derived biofuels.

SunPower Embraces Drones and Robots to Help Evolve Its Solar Farms

Katie Fehrenbacher for Fortune:  Solar panel maker and farm developer SunPower is embracing the latest in computing technology to help lower the cost of its solar panel farms while minimizing the impact that the farms have on land. The Richmond, Calif.-based com

Berkeley Lab Study
Continued Reductions in Wind Energy Costs

Experts anticipate cost reductions of 24%-30% by 2030 and 35%-41% by 2050, under a median or 'best guess' scenario, driven by bigger and more efficient turbines, lower capital and operating costs, and other advancements

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AltEnergyMag.com - Special Tradeshow Coverage of Solar Power International 2016

Solar Power International 2016 will take place from September 12th to 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada. This AltEnergyMag.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years events.

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Elon Musk aims to unveil Tesla solar power roof next month

Robert Ferris for CNBC:  Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday that he hopes to unveil a Tesla/SolarCity solar roof with a new integrated battery pack and Tesla car charger on Oct. 28.

 

Musk first began teasing the next generation Powerwall at an event for Tesla owners in Paris earlier this year, according to Electrek. At the time, he had said the company would roll out the new battery in "July or August."

SolarCity's merger with Tesla has aroused skepticism and even ire from some investors and analysts, even after Musk outlined his reasons for combining the two companies in his second installment of his "Master Plan" in late July.  Cont'd...

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Volkswagen Group & Audi Accelerate Fuel Cell Technology Solutions Program With Ballard

Ballard Power Systems today announced that automotive OEM Audi AG has issued purchase orders to Ballard to accelerate certain key development activities under the current long-term Technology Solutions program that Volkswagen Group has with Ballard.

PlugVolt to Host a Webinar with Hazard Evaluation Laboratory on Avoiding Battery Explosions and Fires With Right Data and Better Designs

Presentation will discuss why battery fires and explosions occur, how to design safer batteries through understanding of heat generation, and how better thermal management systems can be designed based on heat measurement from isothermal calorimetry

Exploring the power of solar energy

There is a dark cloud hanging over solar energy. Despite frequent government pushes for wider adoption of renewable power sources, progress in recent years has been relatively slow. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality expert REO UK, explains, there may be a way to part the clouds in solar energy.

Prysmian To Display Innovative, Sustainable And Cost Effective Cable Solutions...

Prysmian To Display Innovative, Sustainable And Cost Effective Cable Solutions For The Offshore Wind Industry At WindEnergy Hamburg 2016

Wind Firming With Flywheels

The flywheel energy storage by STORNETIC balances output fluctuations of wind power plants over the long term

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SMA America - Introducing the New Sunny Boy 5.0/6.0-US

SMA America - Introducing the New Sunny Boy 5.0/6.0-US

The Sunny Boy 5.0-US / 6.0-US features a wealth of improvements and joins SMA's lineup of field-proven solar technology backed by the world's #1 service team. The world's first Secure Power Supply now delivers up to 2,000 W of opportunity power when the grid goes down and the sun is shining. Installation has never been easier thanks to SMA's Installation Assistant, direct access via smartphone, and integrated DC disconnect. The Sunny Boy's multiple independent input channels, each with SMA's OptiTrac™ Global Peak, mean hundreds of stringing configurations for flexible system design while solving the challenges of complex roofs and shading. The residential PV market is changing rapidly, and we understand that your bottom line matters more than ever. That's why we've designed a superior residential solution that will help you decrease costs throughout all stages of your business model. The Sunny Boy 5.0-US and 6.0-US are once again raising the bar by offering improved performance, enhanced features, and most importantly, cost savings across the entire spectrum of residential installation processes.

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OutBack Power

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OutBack inverter/chargers are the next generation in advanced power management. Each is a DC to AC sinewave inverter, battery charger and AC transfer switch housed within a tough die-cast aluminum chassis.