Elon Musk's big announcement: it's called 'Tesla Energy'

Late Thursday night in Los Angeles, Tesla announced "Tesla Energy," described by the company in a statement as "a suite of batteries for homes, businesses, and utilities fostering a clean energy ecosystem and helping wean the world off fossil fuels."   The statement continued: "Tesla is not just an automotive company, it’s an energy innovation company. Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation."   Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the official announcement onstage at the company's design studio in Hawthorne, CA, just south of LA.   The home battery, call the "Powerwall," is intended to store solar energy and enable customers to bank grid electricity from non-peak periods and use it during peak times, saving money. It looks "like a beautiful piece of sculpture," Musk said. You can order it now, and it comes in different colors.   "The Tesla Powerwall is a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to store energy at a residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation," Tesla said.   "The Powerwall consists of Tesla’s lithium-ion battery pack, liquid thermal control system and software that receives dispatch commands from a solar inverter. The unit mounts seamlessly on a wall and is integrated with the local grid to harness excess power and give customers the flexibility to draw energy from their own reserve."

Engineering a better solar cell: UW research pinpoints defects in popular perovskites

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight into electricity more efficiently and less expensively than today’s silicon-based semiconductors.   These superefficient crystal structures have taken the scientific community by storm in the past few years because they can be processed very inexpensively and can be used in applications ranging from solar cells to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) found in phones and computer monitors.   A new study published online April 30 in the journal Science by University of Washington and University of Oxford researchers demonstrates that perovskite materials, generally believed to be uniform in composition, actually contain flaws that can be engineered to improve solar devices even further.   Cont'd...

The Midwest Solar Market is Drawing National Industry Attention

Shifting Midwest Market Conditions Has National Solar Firms Intrigued

Germany's DanTysk Offshore Wind Power Plant Inaugurated

80 Siemens wind turbines with a total capacity of 288 megawatts • Environmentally friendly power for some 400,000 households • Siemens to provide service and maintenance for five years • Wind power plant connected to mainland via Sylwin1 offshore link • Offshore capacity of Siemens wind turbines in Germany now over 1 gigawatt

Sun Xtender Launches New Website at www.SunXtender.com

The new site features expanded content on battery construction and explains what sets Sun Xtender apart as the superior energy storage solution by comparison to flooded lead acid, gel and other AGM battery designs.

ZNSHINE SOLAR now Tier 1 PV module manufacturer according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance

ZNSHINE SOLAR entered the US market in 2014 with the US entity ZNSHINE PV-TECH in South San Francisco, California.

California and Tennessee Utilities Lead in SEPA's 2014 Top 10 Rankings

Utility Solar Continues to Drive Market Growth Across the United States

AWEA applauds California's determination to further cut carbon pollution

"As California continues its international leadership on one of the greatest challenges of our time, the American Wind Energy Association applauds Gov. Brown and Sen. De Leon for taking this bold and necessary step to cut carbon pollution."

Natural Power focussing on asset yield for wind farms

At this week's 12th annual IJ Global EREIF event in St Andrews, event sponsor Natural Power is set to launch a new suite of tools and services to support and advise the industry on optimising asset yields for wind farms

Boston-Power Supplies Batteries for Residential Solar Storage

Boston-Power and Darfon enter 3-year battery supply agreement to target global residential solar storage market. Initial product launches in Australia and the UK.

Eaton's Game-Changing Strut System Reduces Material Costs, Installation Time Up to 50 Percent for Industrial, Commercial and Data Center Customers

Eaton to showcase its B-Line series 4Dimension strut system for the oil and gas industry at the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference from May 4 to 7 in Houston, booth #3517.

Atlantic Wind & Solar Completes Construction on 3 Utility Scale Power Plants in Canada

The $1.57 million commercial rooftop installation, spanning three buildings, is expected to produce 6,000 megawatt hours of power over the next 20 years supplying Ontario with clean reliable energy.

SPI Announces Agreement to Acquire Shanghai All-Zip Roofing System Group Co., Ltd.

"All-Zip's expertise in providing comprehensive roofing solutions for commercial and industrial installations fits well with SPI's strategy to capitalize on the growing market in China for the development of distributed generation (DG) solar PV projects, which China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has pledged to actively support in the coming years. "

Sungevity And Sonnenbatterie Announce Partnership To Offer Home Energy Storage To Customers In The U.S. And Europe

Partnership to Deliver New Levels of Energy Independence, Cost Savings, and Backup Power During Outages

Andalay Solar Announces May 15 Availability of Hyundai Modules

The Hyundai TG-Series solar modules utilize 260 watt polycrystalline technology with a black Andalay frame.

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