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The Future of Bio-Inspired Batteries

A major advantage that bio-inspired batteries have as compared to other batteries is their ability to allow an instant recharge.

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 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.

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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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New solar panel integrates battery storage, inverter, and smart software into a single unit

Derek Markham for TreeHugger:  This startup is reinventing the solar panel, and aims to cut the cost of integrating clean power and energy storage to homes by half.

Home solar has the potential to reduce, and even eliminate, electricity costs for many people, but even with the rapid advancements we're seeing in solar technology, there are still weak points that can be addressed and overcome, such as energy storage and 'smart' home integration. But a newcomer to the residential solar scene believes it has the answer, in the form of a standalone solar and battery unit which can be used singly or connected in an array, and which may be able to lower the overall costs considerably.

SunCulture's SolPad solar device integrates solid state batteries directly into the solar panels themselves, offering its users the ability to not only generate their own clean electricity, but to also store if for use after dark or during peak demand times, when electricity costs are higher. The SolPad units also incorporate an inverter, which converts the electricity from the DC generated and stored by the device to the AC required by most household appliances, and includes "intelligent software" that communicates with both the users and with their home's systems, allowing for granular control over which rooms or devices will receive the solar power.  Cont'd...

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PVinsights: Solar cell and wafer prices stabilize amid the improving demand

After a long streak of losses, both prices of multi- and mono-crystalline solar cells finally stabilize this week. With the approaching of the Chinese long holiday in early October, solar cell buyers are placing more orders to prepare the materials before the holiday. Moreover, the recent release of project tenders globally also helps to stimulate the demand for solar cells. Therefore, the purchasing behaviors have become more active recently, and the order visibilities for some solar cell makers have also increased from less than 2 weeks to 2-3 weeks. Nevertheless, solar cell makers are still holding the low utilization rates at around 60-70% as they perceive the demand recovery to be more short-termed, and they have yet to assure an obvious uptick in demand.

U.S. solar power industry to witness record-breaking growth owing to large-scale installation of solar panels

U.S. solar power industry is anticipated to add about 14 gigawatts of new power capacity in 2016, which is more than double as compared to the total power capacity of the industry for 2015.

EnviroTech launches a new range of Solar Street Lighting Systems in addition to the Air Conditioning Energy Saving and Water Treatment / Recycling Systems product range

Large Scale Energy Efficiency is now a must! Street Lighting in residential and commercial areas is the largest single consumer of electricity to municipalities and property estate owners who are now looking for ways to reduce their air electricity energy costs.

NREL Report Shows U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Costs Continuing to Fall in 2016

NREL U.S. PV system cost benchmarks, from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2016 The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the U.S. residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated benchmarks from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

First U.S. Company to License Disruptive Wind Power Technology

SheerWind INVELOX wind funnel power generation expands to include South Dakota

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sonnenBatterie eco

sonnenBatterie eco

The sonnenBatterie eco is a fully-integrated, all-in-one residential energy storage solution that utilizes intelligent energy management software and lithium-ion batteries to turn houses into smart energy homes. The system is available in a variety of storage capacities and configurations, allowing for extensibility and expansion and integrates with new and existing PV systems. The sonnenBatterie eco allows customers to save money every single day by storing excess energy generated by solar PV systems and using the stored energy from the battery to power homes when the utility rates are more expensive or when the grid is out of service in addition to enabling customers to go off-grid.

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sonnen Inc.

sonnen Inc.

sonnen was founded in Germany in 2010 and is the European market leader for smart storage systems with over 10,000 energy storage systems installed globally. The company's all-in-one storage-plus-solar solution, the sonnenBatterie intelligent energy storage system, is available in the U.S. and provides benefits to residential customers, from cost savings through better energy management, to backup power in the event of grid outages and the capability to go off-grid, supplying customer with up to 100% of their energy. For commercial customers, sonnenBatterie pro helps reduce demand spikes that lead to peak load charges and allows businesses to participate in utility demand response programs throughout the U.S.