Batteries Need to Get Big-Like, Enormous-for Solar Power to Shine

Vaclav Smil for IEEE Spectrum:  It would be a lot easier to expand our use of solar and wind energy if we had better ways to store the large quantities of electricity we’d need to cover gaps in the flow of that energy.

Even in sunny Los Angeles, a typical house roofed with enough photovoltaic panels to meet its average needs would still face daily shortfalls of up to about 80 percent of the demand in January and daily surpluses of up to 65 percent in May. You can take such a house off the grid only by installing a voluminous and expensive assembly of lithium-ion batteries. But even a small national grid—one handling 10 to 30 gigawatts—could rely entirely on intermittent sources only if it had gigawatt-scale storage capable of working for many hours.

Since 2007, more than half of humanity has lived in urban areas, and by 2050 more than 6.3 billion people will live [PDF] in cities, accounting for two-thirds of the global population, with a rising share in megacities of more than 10 million people.  Cont'd...

RAE Coils Meets Seasonal Demand with Heating Coil Product Line

Coils designed to meet exact customer specifications and shipped on nearly any timeline

3DIcon Signs Supply Agreement with Gelest, Inc.

3DIcon signed a supply agreement with Gelest, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of silane, silicone and metal-organic specialty materials, enabling Gelest to optimize the current process for the company's liquid silicon to be produced within a manufacturing environment at greater quantities.

Energy Storage Market and Trends

Adding backup power provides a tremendous value to the customers in certain areas with unreliable grid. In combination with other values, this is a trend that is producing a very strong demand - stronger than we initially thought.

Solar Tax Credits Make Now The Time To Buy

In late 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed an "omnibus spending bill" that extends the solar investment tax credit (ITC) for five more years through 2021. With this tax credit, the solar industry is sure to be on firm footing for many more years.

Demand Energy Commissions Solar-Plus-Energy-Storage Microgrid at Manufacturing Facility in Costa Rica

Largest microgrid in Central America provides multiple grid services plus critical power backup, managed by company's DEN.OSTM software control platform

AFC Cable Systems Announces New MC Luminary MultiZone™ Cables Ideal for Use in Daylight Harvesting Applications

Save energy and power by reducing consumption with dimmable lighting and controls

Electric motors for electric vehicles: $400 billion confusion

by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Alta Energy and Rawson, Blum & Leon Partner to Bring Solar to Cost Plus Plaza

Solar system at the popular Larkspur, CA shopping center to generate approximately $50,000 ($0.94 per square foot) of new revenue per year.

Ideal Power's SunDial™ to Energize NEXTracker's "NX Fusion Plus" Storage Tracker

Ideal Power announced that NEXTracker will be selling its SunDial™ solar PV plus storage string inverter as part of their newly launched solar plus storage tracker.

Bloom Energy Completes Fuel Cell Project at Morgan Stanley Global Headquarters in New York City

The 750 kW fuel cell system provides 24x7 power at Morgan Stanley's building on Broadway in Times Square

Younicos Selected by Centrica to Design One of the World's Largest Battery Storage Systems

49 MW lithium-ion system in UK will support multiple, market-driven use cases ranging from peaking to frequency regulation / Deal underscores versatility of Younicos solutions

DONG Energy Wind Power U.S. Inc. and Eversource Announce Partnership to Make Large-Scale Offshore Wind a Reality in the United States

Bay State Wind Farm will deliver clean energy and economic benefit to New England

APsystems upgrades EMA monitoring website with more data and improved interface

APsystems today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of its Energy Monitoring & Analysis (EMA) website APsystemsEMA.com.

Ideal Power Enters Canadian Market with 360kW Order from KACO new energy

Ideal Power has received a 360kW purchase order from KACO new energy to supply its 3-port, grid-resilient 30kW Power Conversion Systems.

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