Learn how to build a solar panel from scratch, starting with just a box of parts. Then end result is a fully functional 10-watt solar panel! A company in Missouri is offering an educational tool to do just that.
Stephen Edelstein for Motor Authority: Tesla Motors may be the first automaker to try selling standalone battery packs for powering homes and businesses, but it may not be the only one for long. Mercedes-Benz could soon enter the energy storage business as well. A division of parent company Daimler has been testing battery packs that can power houses or store excess electricity from the grid, and plans to launch commercially in September, according to Australia's Motoring. Called ACCUmotive, this division was created in 2009 to develop lithium-ion batteries. Like Tesla before its recent announcement, the Daimler arm has been testing energy storage systems under the radar for some time. It recently built an energy storage array operated by German electricity joint venture Coulomb. The array consists of 96 lithium-ion modules that together boast a combined 500 kilowatt hours of storage capacity, which is used to stabilize the Saxony Kamenz power grid. There are plans to expand it to 3,000 kWh of capacity. ACCUmotive has reportedly delivered more than 60,000 lithium-ion cells to customers—which may include Mercedes itself—and employs more than 250 people.
PROINSO and The OXIS Solar Centre for Autonomous Research (OSCAR) launched Project Helios as a launch-pad for cost effective and safe solar energy storage across the world. OSCAR is a specially built demonstration centre that houses OXIS' entire solar storage technology.
Scottish Renewables' sell-out conference hears both are key to sector's future
ENER-G has been shortlisted for a major award for excellence in anaerobic digestion and biogas CHP generation.
TRISTAN EDIS writes: Reposit Power are one of the first companies in Australia that have teamed up with Tesla in the roll-out of their Powerwall home energy storage system. The interesting thing about Reposit is that its primary businesses isn’t selling energy hardware but, rather, using software to aggregate and trade lots of little sources of power generation into the electricity market. Most battery retailers and installers in Australia have their roots in the off-grid market – they have sold batteries to customers because their only other option was expensive, maintenance-intensive diesel generators. But Reposit is inherently bound to the grid where there are lots of generators connected which they trade against. It means Reposit, in trying to get batteries rolled out (which they can then use to trade into the power market), face a far more challenging sales proposition. Grid-connected customers don’t really need the battery system – it’s an optional extra because the grid works extremely well in providing reliable and affordable power. Yet participants in the solar PV market know there is some considerable latent demand for batteries among householders – particularly those with solar systems – provided the offering is right. The challenge is working out what the successful marketing formula needs to be to tap this latent demand. Dean Spaccavento, chief product officer with Reposit, explained what they’ve found out so far, outlining 10 lessons of which I’ve plucked out five. The overall message is it is extremely hard to sell a grid-connected household an energy storage system. And Reposit had the benefit of an ARENA grant which allowed them to discount the price of their $25,000, 14kWh battery system by a very hefty $10,000. This was a one-off, small volume offer. To sell battery systems in Australia it will need to happen without the benefit of such a big rebate. The five lessons below provide one overarching lesson – batteries won’t be sold on some kind of pure sophisticated financial calculus of rate of return or NPV. Instead, it will be a mixture of rule-of-thumb financial hurdles and a strong dose of emotion. Cont'd....
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PROLEC-GE Launches Three-Phase Pad-Mounted Transformer Extension for Solar Industry ---- Optimal Technical Support Helps Solar Market Navigate Key Industry Challenges ---- Evolved Technology is One More Way GE is Helping Customers Optimize Existing Grid Infrastructure, Add More Renewable Resources
Industry leader seeks to further the advancements of renewable energy crop feedstocks through informative and collaborative sessions and workshops
70 kWp completed at Modern Cold Storage factory in Okara City
Sponsorship part of celebration for SolarWorld's 40-year U.S. anniversary
Pictometry Set to Capture Digital Terrain Data for Final Phase of Los Angeles County Consortium's Mapping Project
Slated to begin later this year, the project will capture and deliver LiDAR in accordance with USGS Quality Level 2 specifications.
Companies join forces in bundled solar power and smart home technology offering
EDF Renewable Energy reaches 872 megawatts installed in Texas
Nine Conference Sessions Will Discuss Financing Challenges, Opportunities Facing Solar Industry
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