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Innovative Engineering in Solar Relays

As the demand for higher kVA capacities of solar inverters keeps expanding, higher switching currents need to be accommodated by relays used in these applications.

Super Cathode Battery Technology

This Q&A will focus on the incorporation of BioSolar Super Cathode technology with lithium-ion batteries ‚ÄĒ and how your technology can achieve significantly higher capacity with costs below $100/kWh, which is less than half of today‚Äôs lowest cost lithium-ion batteries.

Hydropower And Pumped Storage

The pumped storage provides a load at times of high electricity output and low electricity demand, enabling additional system peak capacity.

Smart Meters - Improved Battery Life

The battery lifetime calculation made at the beginning of a smart meter’s deployment project may be impacted by the software upgrades or the increased frequency of index emissions.

70% of Mongolian nomads now have solar power

by MIHAI ANDREI for ZME Science:  In many the vast steppes of Mongolia, some things have remained unchanged for centuries. But some things have changed, and big time: according to a new report, almost 3 out of 4 Mongolian nomads are now using solar power.

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German battery maker launches scheme to share solar power

Reporting by Vera Eckert for Reuters:  German battery maker Sonnenbatterie has launched a scheme to connect households with solar panels and other consumers, aiming to better distribute surpluses of the renewable energy and help members to become more independent of conventional suppliers.

The start-up company hopes the scheme, called "sonnenCommunity", will boost demand for its batteries which store solar power, allowing owners to use the clean energy even when weather conditions are not favourable.

SonnenCommunity takes the storage idea a step further, allowing solar power to be shared among its members.

Sonnenbatterie said the scheme would initially target the 1.5 million solar power producers who, if they sign up to the community, will receive a battery storage system with a starting price of 3,599 euros ($3,812). But eventually, the offer will also be open to non-producers, it added.

If the idea of battery-powered buildings takes off, it could pose a challenge to traditional utilities such as RWE and E.ON, which still derive the bulk of their power from big centralised power stations running on fossil fuels.  Full Article:

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SPI 15 - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Releases National Business Code

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today issued the SEIA Solar Business Code to further transparency and understanding in solar power transactions.

Infocast's 9th Annual Storage Week Returns to San Diego to Explore Partnership & Investment Opportunities in Storage Projects

The First Major Storage Event of 2016; Meet the Senior Executives Driving Development in the Energy Storage Market

As United Nations Climate Summit Gets Underway, NRG Home Solar & Airbnb Partner to Make Solar More Affordable

"This is the perfect example of two like-minded companies teaming up to make solar more accessible to a sustainability-minded community, creating a social solution to the societal problem of climate change"

U.S. Army Reserve Installs Two Solar Carports Totaling 280 kW with REC Solar

Solar arrays propel Department of Defense toward renewable energy goal

Transport for London Fuel Cell Bus Achieves 20,000 Hours of Operation

The Transport for London fuel cell bus fleet operates on the central Covent Garden-Tower Gateway route, where it has now clocked more than 107,000 hours of operation and covered over 690,000 kilometres (428,000 miles), with fuel performance and reliability exceeding expectations.

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The Zilla¬ģ Phantom  - Rail-less solar mounting system

The Zilla® Phantom - Rail-less solar mounting system

The Zilla® Phantom is a revolutionary new rail-less solar mounting system. Building on the popular Zilla® Double Stud Flashing, the Phantom can mount anywhere on composite roofs, not just on joists. Additionally, the Zilla® Phantom streamlines distribution and transportation allowing for a safer, easier and more economical solar installation. The Phantom is a fully flashed and grounded system and includes everything necessary to complete a rooftop solar installation. The Zilla® Phantom affords unparalleled layout flexibility and field adjustability that simplify every step of the installation process. Visit to learn more.

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Solar FlexRack

Solar FlexRack

Solar FlexRack is a privately held supplier of solar photovoltaic panel mounting solutions for the utility- and commercial-scale solar industry. Solar FlexRack products are specifically engineered in Youngstown, Ohio for the actual site conditions of each solar project, and to ensure a positive impact on BOS (balance of system) costs. With more than 750 MW of solar PV installed on Solar FlexRack hardware, the company has earned the trust of project managers, engineers, and developers.