MERSEN TO EXHIBIT DURING IEEE APPLIED POWER ELECTRONICS CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION, MAR 27-29, 2017

Mersen will unveil two High Power Density DC-AC Inverter stack reference models at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exhibition, booth 1303, March 27-29, in Tampa, FL

BIE - BIOMASS INNOVATION EXPO 2018

A new trade show dedicated to biomass heating systems, co-located with MCE - MOSTRA CONVEGNO EXPOCOMFORT, the biennial exhibition for residential and industrial installations, HVAC and renewable energies scheduled for 13 - 16 March 2018 at Fiera Milano.

Energy Storage Innovations Europe 2017

At Energy Storage Innovations Europe 2017 (ESI), taking place in Berlin on the 10th-11th May, IDTechEx will showcase a unique selection of the main available battery chemistries being investigated and deployed at the moment.

German institute successfully tests underwater energy storage sphere

Megan Geuss for ArsTechnica:  Pumped storage is a decades-old technology with a relatively simple concept: When electricity is cheap and plentiful, use it to pump water up into a reservoir above a turbine, and when electricity is scarce and expensive, send that pumped water down through a turbine to generate more power. Often, these pumped storage facilities are auxiliary to other electricity-generating systems, and they serve to smooth out fluctuations in the amount of power on the grid.

A German research institute has spent years trying to tailor pumped storage to ocean environments. Recently, the institute completed a successful four-week pilot test using a hollow concrete sphere that it placed on the bottom of Lake Constance, a body of water at the foot of the Alps. The sphere has a diameter of three meters and contains a pump and a turbine. Much like traditional pumped storage, when electricity is cheap, water can be pumped out of the sphere, and when it’s scarce, water can be let into the sphere to move the turbine and generate electricity.  Cont'd...

Tigo Introduces New Optimizers Utilizing UHD-Core Technology

TS4-L and TS4-O, new additions to the Flex MLPE offering, now optimize any photovoltaic module up to 475W with 99.6% efficiency

AEG Power Solutions Announces its New Outdoor Storage Converter for On and Off-Grid Energy Storage Applications at Energy Storage Europe 2017

-Improved On-Grid/Off-Grid Capabilities -Outdoor cabinet lowers global Battery Energy Storage installation costs

Standard Solar Acquired by Gaz Mtro

Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company specializing in the development, installation and financing of commercial solar electric systems nationwide, today announced that it is being acquired by Gaz Mtro, a leading energy provider with more than US$5.8 billion in assets that is actively involved in developing and operating energy infrastructures and innovative, promising energy projects.

Adara Power Offers Energy Storage Financing and Partners with the Electric and Gas Industries Association

Adara Power, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, announces five financing options and a partnership with the Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions through the home improvement and renewable energy industries.

Fronius Introduces Remote Update Feature for Inverter Software

Fronius is making inverter software updates a breeze: Now Fronius customers are able to remotely update the software of inverters over the web. All you need is a Fronius SnapINverter that has an internet connection and the inverter or system is registered on Fronius Solar.web, Fronius' free monitoring system.

NH Research, Inc. Releases 9300 Series High Voltage Battery Test System

NH Research, Inc. (NHR) has released the new 9300 series, a higher-voltage / higher-power version of its popular single-channel 9210 series battery test systems. The 9210 Series provided a 12kW power module operating at 40V, 120V, or 600V and which allowed paralleling with similar systems to increase the power, whereas the new 9300 system provides a 100kW power module with a software-selectable high voltage range (1200VDC / 167A) and high-current range (600VDC / 333A) allowing for efficient testing of single-voltage and double-voltage Electric vehicle (EV) batteries as well as high-voltage Energy Storage Systems (ESS) used in grid-tied applications.

CALSEIA, Intersolar and SEMI to Host Summerfest at AT&T Park

Event celebrates CALSEIA's 40th and Intersolar North America's 10th Anniversaries; proceeds benefit CALSEIA's work to promote smart solar in California

Baker Electric Solar Delivers Solar Savings to Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

Baker Electric Solar recently designed and installed a 164 kW solar system for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. Projected savings for the non-profit is approximately $11,000 the first year and $1.3M over 25 years.

Venteea Project Shows a Fair Wind for Distribution Network Energy Storage

In addition to the technical lessons learned, the project team expects to draw conclusions regarding the changes necessary to the current regulatory regime that will enable the optimum usage of energy storage in unbundled power systems.

US Energy Storage Installations Grow 100% in 2016

Mike Munsell for GTM:  “The fourth quarter marked a turning point in the U.S. utility-scale energy storage market reflected by the burst of deployments over an extremely short period from inception to interconnection,” said Ravi Manghani, GTM Research’s director of energy storage. “California will play a significant role in the future as utilities there continue to contract energy storage under the state’s 1.3 gigawatt mandate. While California took over the pole position in 2016 from PJM, the market shift was also transformational in terms of applications -- from short duration ancillary services to longer duration capacity needs.”

As a result, even though the market stayed roughly flat in megawatts, it grew 100 percent in megawatt-hours.  Cont'd...

US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016

Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20 percent of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). It shows wind supplied over 5.5 percent of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7 percent in 2015. 
With 99 percent of wind turbines located in rural areas, wind power's steady growth as a share of the nation's electricity supply has been accompanied by a surge of investment in rural America. The industry invested over $13.8 billion in new turbines last year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in addition to operating a fleet now over 52,000 turbines.   Full AWEA Press Release:

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