Making waves: Shetland tidal power breakthrough is another world first for Scotland

Martin Hannan for The National:  HOUSEHOLDERS on the Shetland Isles were not aware of it, but when they plugged in their kettles recently, they were sharing in a bit of history.

For the Shetland Tidal Array at Bluemull Sound, installed by Nova Innovation of Edinburgh, has become the world’s first tidal power array to be connected to a grid and deliver power on a commercial basis – to dozens of homes on the islands.

The achievement has been hailed by environmentalists and the renewable industry as a turning point in the development of marine power.

Nova had shown its technology could work with a single turbine which generated electricity in March. But the installation of second turbine that is also working to the grid proves that large tidal power arrays can and do work. Commercially viable tidal power is seen as something of a Holy Grail by the industry, since it is one of the few renewable energy sources that is entirely predictable – as one industry source once put it: “there will be tidal power available as long as the moon is in the sky”.  Cont'd...

Parker Hannifin Corporation Launches New XT - Parker Xpress™ PowerStation

The XT was designed with the Industrial user in mind. The XT is a fully solid state device with impressive 15G peak shock and 5-500 Hz vibration ratings. Its fanless design prevents unexpected machine downtime due to fan failure-the most common failure mode of HMI products.

Energy Storage North America Announces Innovation Award Finalists

Winners for each category will be determined by the ESNA Advisory Board (50%) as well as public voting (50%).

Silicon Valley and New York State bet on non-flammable electric vehicle battery company

"NanoLyte™ Electrolyte contains ionic liquids, which are non-flammable. By engineering the molecular structure, we can create electrolytes that are abuse tolerant without sacrificing the power or battery life," says Dr. Surya Moganty, CTO at NOHMs and inventor of the technology.

SPI 2016 - New SimpliPhi Power Plug-and-Play Energy Storage System Makes Solar + Storage Simple for Any Installer

Developed in partnership with solar and energy storage installers to optimize equipment and streamline cost calculations, SimpliPhi Power has released a complete plug-and-play Energy Storage System (ESS) that easily integrates power storage into new and existing solar installations both on and off grid.

SPI 2016 - SimpliPhi Power Raises $2 Million to Meet Growing Demand for its Easy-to-Install Energy Storage Solutions

Profitable since 2013, company raises bridge round to take advantage of growing battery market

GE Joins With the MIT Energy Initiative to Develop Advanced Technology Solutions for Transforming Global Energy Systems

GE commits to a five-year, $7.5 million membership with MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) GE will become a Sustaining Member of the MITEI and participate in MITEI's Low-Carbon Energy Centers Furthers GE's commitment to the Boston area and expertise focused on solutions to carbon reduction

SUNRNR of Virginia, Inc. Named National FEMA Award Winner

SUNRNR of Virginia, Inc., a manufacturer of portable solar-plus-storage generators, is the recipient of one of eleven 2016 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards given by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for practices or programs that make communities safer, better prepared, and more resilient.

Konecranes' waste-to-energy technologies help unlock bioenergy potential

A broad range of lifting and materials handling technologies specifically designed for waste-to-energy (WTE) and biomass applications is being introduced to Australasia, India and China by Konecranes as the region develops its bioenergy potential.

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

Lithium has the purest of fundamentals of any 'commodity' out there, and the next oil barons look set to actually be lithium barons.


Industry visionary David Crane, net metering panels and cutting-edge tech top packed agenda


Mersen will display its complete portfolio of 1500VDC components for the growing solar market during Solar Power International, September 12-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Launched in mid-2015, this comprehensive product portfolio was developed for early design into 1500VDC systems.

'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed

Walt Mills for  The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich-like structure that protects the dense electric field in the polymer/ceramic composite from dielectric breakdown. Their results are published today (Aug. 22) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

"Polymers are ideal for energy storage for transportation due to their light weight, scalability and high dielectric strength," says Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering and the team leader. "However, the existing commercial polymer used in hybrid and electric vehicles, called BOPP, cannot stand up to the high operating temperatures without considerable additional cooling equipment. This adds to the weight and expense of the vehicles."  Cont'd...

Energy Storage North America Announces Innovation Award Finalists

Voting Now Open for the Most Innovative Energy Storage Projects in North America

BioSolar Adds Engineering Team from North Carolina A&T State University to Strengthen Its Efforts to Increase the Capacity and Reduce the Cost of Lithium-Ion Batteries

University Brings Extensive Experience in High Energy Lithium Battery Design and Environmentally Friendly Process Development

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