Ideal Power to Enter the German Energy Storage Market

Successful demonstration in Germany prompts half megawatt order

Final rule issued by BLM makes wind development on public land less likely

"Unfortunately, based on our preliminary review, for this Administration and the majority of Americans who support expanding wind energy in the U.S., this final rule makes federal lands even less attractive to wind energy developers. This will add time, uncertainty, complexity, and expense to a process that was already more difficult than developing on private lands."

Solar power proponents hopeful Trump sees benefit of growing industry

Ivan Penn and Rob Nikolewski for The LA Times:  Longtime solar executive Barry Cinnamon got up Wednesday wondering what a Donald Trump administration will mean for his industry.

“I woke up this morning and walked to my car and took a picture of the sun coming up, and it did indeed come up,” said Cinnamon, president of Cinnamon Solar, one of the highest-profile solar companies in Silicon Valley.

Candidate Trump said a lot of things that heartened conventional oil and natural gas producers and worried the renewable energy business, which is growing fast but is still a tiny part of the energy landscape.  Cont'd...

PVinsights: China solar panels rebound offset by the correction in the US

Solar panel prices increase slightly with the partial increasing prices in lower-priced regions but the decreasing in the US. Upstream solar cells have surged more than 20% since October, but such increase in material costs did not reflect on the prices of solar panel that continue to squeeze the margins out of the makers. However, with the erosion of margins, solar panel suppliers in the lower-priced regions, such as China and India, eventually increase the prices successfully recently, but the increasing is still limited because the demand is not strong enough. Meanwhile, in the US, where solar panels are priced relatively higher, are being pressured, following the rising speculation of stagnate US demand and the uncertain atmosphere around the Presidential Election.

AEE Calls on Trump Transition Team to Modernize the Electric Power System as Part of Rebuilding Infrastructure, Accelerate Utility Business Model Transformation, and Allow Advanced Energy Technologies to Compete Wherever They Can Meet Objectives

Business group offers broad themes and specific recommendations for the new administration to consider as ways to promote secure, clean, affordable energy; new choices for customers; and robust investment and job growth

SGIP Gives Access to the OpenFMBTM Framework for Distributed Intelligence in the Grid

A new online collaboration site offers code, use cases, wikis, and a community of thought leaders.

FACTBOX: Energy Impacts of Trump's Surprise U.S. Presidential Victory: S&P Global Platts

While Trump has given few concrete details about his energy plans, his statements during the campaign indicate he would likely adopt policies that attempt to expand fossil fuel production, ease regulations on industry and roll back President Barack Obama's clean air policies.

Lithium Ion Batteries Account for 83 Percent of Newly Announced Energy Storage System Capacity, According to Navigant Research

Adoption of distributed energy storage systems, flow batteries, and hybrid battery systems is also growing, report finds

Self-drive delivery van can be 'built in four hours'

Jane Wakefield for BBC News:  A self-drive electric delivery van, that could be on UK streets next year, has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London.

The vehicle's stripped-back design and lightweight materials mean it can be assembled by one person in four hours, the firm behind it claims.

The vehicles will be "autonomous-ready", for when self-drive legislation is in place, the firm said.

The government wants to see self-drive cars on the roads by 2020.

"We find trucks today totally unacceptable. Loud, polluting and unfriendly," said Denis Sverdlov, chief executive of Charge, the automotive technology firm behind the truck.

"We are making trucks the way they should be - affordable, elegant, quiet, clean and safe."  Cont'd...

SEIA Statement on Defeat of Florida Constitutional Amendment 1

Election returns show that voters in Florida have rejected the anti-solar Amendment 1 ballot initiative. Following is a statement from Tom Kimbis, interim president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the election results:

Energy from Waste in the Circular Economy - New Interview Released with Westminster City Council

SMi Group release new interview with Waste Service Manager, Jarno Stet, Ahead of his Keynote at the 9th Annual Energy from Waste Conference next month.

Zettler Group E-mobility Solutions

The E-mobility PDF was recently also prominently featured in the industry-leading AltEnergyMagazine publication.

UGE Works with Export Development Canada to Arrange Construction Finance Facility for International Commercial Solar Projects

UGE International Ltd. (UGE.V) (UGEIF) ("UGE" or "the Company"), a leader in renewable energy solutions for the commercial and industrial sector, today announces that it has arranged a construction finance facility backed by Export Development Canada ("EDC") to provide the Company with competitive construction financing for the development of its international solar projects.

By 2025, 84 Percent of Projects in the Grid-Tied Stationary Battery Energy Storage Market Are Expected to Be Financed by Third Parties or Utilities, According to Navigant Research

To advance in this sector, energy project finance investors need to understand the unique risks associated with battery energy storage systems, report finds

Is The Best Analogy For The Energy Storage Business--Eeek!--Hard Drives?

Michael Kanellos for Forbes:  The optimism in the energy storage industry is based on soaring demand, rapid technological advances, expanding capacity and, for some, what will likely be a scary competitive environment.

First, the good news. Lithium ion battery packs over the last ten years have declined faster than the cost of solar, said John Carrington, CEO of Stem, which makes behind-the-meter storage systems for hotels and other commercial customers looking to shave peak power costs, during a hallway meeting at Finance West sponsored by the American Council of Renewable Energy this week.

Solar panels have declined by 50% or more in the last five years. Batteries have declined by 80% in three years, he said. Battery packs hit the under $300 per kilowatt hour mark last December, Carrington added. By 2020, battery pack prices could drop to $190 per kilowatt hour. (In 2007, lithium ion battery packs in the wholesale markets sold for around $1,000 per kilowatt hour.)  Cont'd...

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