Tesla's New Product Secretly Tested By 330 Consumers

From Benzinga: Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry has revealed some interesting information about Tesla Motors Inc 's new product line.   Outside of the fact that it will not be a car, very little is known about what Tesla plans to announce. Some experts think it could be a motorcycle. Others assume that it will be an in-home battery that involves solar energy.   If Chowdhry's information is correct, it seems that Tesla is ready to launch the latter.   In a note to investors, Chowdhry said that he knows of two people that own a residential battery from Tesla. He spoke to one of those owners and detailed the following bullet points:   "There are about 230 Households in California, who currently have Tesla Stationary Battery installed in their Homes. Another about 100 Households are out of California. This customer had the Tesla Stationary Battery for about One and a Half years, and is installed in his garage." Last year, Chowdhry attended a sustainability conference and learned that Google Inc is "widely believed" to have a few Tesla (commercial-grade) batteries in some of its buildings. Apple Inc. might also purchase some of these batteries for its new campus.   Chowdhry believes that Tesla's commercial-grade batteries are rated at more than 400 kWh.

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association Lauds Executive Order to Increase Federal Sustainability Efforts

Executive Order Highlights Use of Fuel Cells

Ideal Power Announces Collaboration With LG Chem to Enable Integrated Battery Energy Storage Systems

Multi-Year Alliance Agreement to Accelerate Deployment of Commercial and Microgrid Storage Systems

Ideal Power Receives Order to Support Green Charge Networks' Energy Storage for California Schools

The units will be used to support Green Charge's intelligent energy storage solution at several California schools in the districts of Mountain View and Tulare

Solar eclipse illuminates importance of energy storage

Friday's solar eclipse highlights the importance of energy storage to the continued growth of solar, experts have claimed.    Energy consultancy Frost & Sullivan estimate that by covering 85% of the sun; the eclipse removed 35GW of solar power from the European grid - equivalent to 80 conventional power plants.    This sort of instability will drive generators to invest in better storage facilities to ensure a constant security of supply, according to the consultants.    "Dealing with events like this one requires investment in various storage tools and monitoring techniques which create a certain amount of flexibility in the energy system," said the report.    The nascent technology of pump storage - pumping water uphill into large reservoirs when power is abundant and then letting it flow down again to generate power when needed - will reportedly be valuable in preparing for the eclipse in Germany. 

Worldwide Capacity of Distributed Energy Storage Systems is Expected to Increase Nearly 10-Fold in the Next 3 Years, According to Navigant Research

Distributed storage is one of the fastest-growing markets for energy storage globally, report finds

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California Energy Commission awards Bosch-led team $2.8 million to demonstrate highly efficient, commercial-scale energy grid

Funds will assist technology demonstration and deployment --Bosch's Direct-Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform will provide a more reliable and resilient power supply to critical loads --Bosch DC microgrid enables a simpler way to achieve zero-net-energy requirements in commercial buildings --Bosch and its partners will provide $1.8 million in in-kind and matching funds for the project

Sakura Batteries UK develops Battery Extra to extend battery life.

Engineers at Sakura Batteries UK have spent the last two years developing a product, the Battery Extra EX02, to extend the life of deep-cycle batteries, typically used in off grid solar and wind power systems. The weak link in off grid systems is the premature and costly failure of the batteries

Ice Energy Helps California's Riverside Public Utilities Set the Stage for Utility 2.0

Energy storage technology reduces power consumption during peak periods

South African Gov't Delegation Visits Ballard, Demonstrating Support for Fuel Cells

On March 11th a delegation of South African Government officials, led by Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister at the Department of Mineral Resources, visited Ballard Power Systems' fuel cell headquarters and production facility.

Developers Want Housing Estates "Off Grid"

A South Australian solar energy company is in talks with 'major developers' to build energy self-reliant housing estates which don't need to be connected to the main electricity grid.

Morgan Advanced Materials announces expanded capabilities for producing ceramic pockets

Morgan Advanced Materials has expanded its capabilities for designing and manufacturing ceramic pockets, ideal for housing medical device electronics. Morgan's enhanced CNC machining capabilities allow the company to manufacture alumina ceramic pockets to higher tolerances and with reduced delivery

North American utilities and defense show appetite for energy storage and solar

Western states dominate in 2014 clean energy 'requests for proposals', with Alliant and the US armed forces featuring prominently

New AC Grid Access Solution from Siemens: Lighter, faster, cheaper

Siemens presents new AC grid access solution at the EWEA Offshore conference in Copenhagen ---- One third smaller in size and weight compared to a conventional platform ---- Costs for offshore substation will be reduced by up to 40 percent

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