US Energy Dept says "holy grail" of clean energy storage is imminent

 

Cat Distasio for inhabitat:  Many countries are on the brink of becoming self-sufficient in their clean energy production, thanks to advances in battery technology that allow electricity from renewable sources to be stored and used on demand. Over the years, as renewable energy generation methods have charged forward, utility companies have struggled with how to integrate that clean energy in usable ways. Now, scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, the Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge labs, and other agencies are working on energy storage projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, with their sights set on what the department calls the ‘holy grail’ of energy policy. The department says the industry could be transformed in as little as five to ten years.

Earlier this year, Advanced Research Projects-Energy (ARPA-E), the division of the U.S. Department of Energy founded in 2009 to oversee these projects, claimed to have achieved that goal. Without pointing to a specific invention or discovery, ARPA-E insists that the solution lies amid the 75 projects the agency is funding. The breakthrough technology—the next generation of renewable energystorage—is expected to be developed for large-scale usage in as little as five to ten years.  Cont'd...

TGEP launches Wi-Fi networking module for Clippercreek CS Models.

TGEP, the Crest Hill, Illinois based company has recently launched its Wi-Fi based add-on module for existing Clippercreek owners with CS series level 2 chargers. The add-on module gives the capability of networking to Clippercreek CS series charging stations

Everything You Need to Know About Federal Tax Incentives for Solar Energy

Developed with the help of Keith Martin at Chadbourne & Parke, LLP, version 8.0 of this widely-used resource contains valuable information about qualifying for the solar investment tax credit (ITC), how commence construction works, depreciation bonuses, financing issues and more.

AES to Deploy 37.5 MW of Advancion® Energy Storage Arrays for SDG&E

The SDG&E-owned energy storage arrays will help to improve regional reliability and integrate greater amounts of renewable energy when operational by the end of January 2017.

Q2 2016 Deal Volume Comparison

Overall, solar companies categorized as wafer/ingot producers experienced the strongest margin performance over the last year, while each sector exhibited certain levels of improvement.

Ballard and Toyota Tsusho Sign Distribution Agreement For Fuel Cell Products in Japan

Under the agreement, TTC will act as a distributor of Ballard-powered fuel cell products in Japan. The initial term of the agreement runs to December 31, 2020.

Industry Report Breaks Down New Wind Energy Projects and the Top Wind Energy Companies in 2015

Energy Acuity's 2015 Wind Energy Report Examines New Operating Capacity, Wind Energy Projects, and the Top Developers Involved.

PVinsights: Beleaguered Solar Risks More Pain amid Overcapacity

Global panels are recorded at new lows as evidence of uneven supply and demand in the biggest solar market fuels pessimism that it continues to deteriorate the oversupply further by way of additional capacity and the demand weakness by the restricted FIT policy. Nevertheless, the drop of solar panel prices this week is more tenderly this week due to the limited declines in the Chinese and Indian markets. As 2nd tier Chinese module makers have dominated the prices disruption in China, India, and the emerging countries, where no punitive tariffs were enforced, the module prices have slumped more than 5% in the past three weeks. The flexibility for Chinese module makers to offer slashed prices has become less after the sharp fall, resulting the solar panel prices in China and India decline more slightly this week.

KIC InnoEnergy students to compete in final stage of MIT Climate CoLab awards

Two Master's students on KIC InnoEnergy's MSc SELECT programme have been selected to compete in the final of the MIT Climate CoLab Grand Challenge after their project achieved the most votes in the Energy Supply 2016 category.

U.S. Battery's New 8VGCi XC2 8-Volt Offers A Performance Upgrade

U.S. Battery's New 8VGCi XC2 8-Volt Offers A Performance Upgrade That Fits Perfectly With Hydrolink™ Single Point Watering Systems

Romeo Power launches a brighter energy future

Santa Monica startup founders combine biz and engineering expertise to develop high-performance EV battery systems

SolarCity to develop roofs made of solar cells

Lucas Mearian for ComputerWorld:  Five million roofs are replaced each year in the U.S., so instead of simply swapping out old shingles with new ones, why not turn the whole roof into a solar power generator that's integrated with your home's electrical utility?

That is SolarCity's plan for a new product it expects to begin producing next year, according to statements made during the company's second-quarter earnings calllast week.

During the call, SolarCity Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive alluded to a new product that would be produced at the soon to open Buffalo, N.Y., solar panel manufacturing facility. Then SolarCity co-founder and Chairman Elon Musk interjected and said the product would be a solar roof, "as opposed to a [solar] module on a roof."  Cont'd...

Baker Electric, Inc. Recognized as North America's #1 Solar Electrical Subcontractor

With 421.76 MW installed in 2015, Baker Electric, Inc. ranked #9 on the overall 2016 Top 500 Solar Contactors List, #1 on the Top 20 Solar Electrical Subcontractors List, and #8 on the Top 50 Utility Contractors List.

Global Clean Energy Signs LED Distribution Agreements and Rolls Out its Dollar-LED-Club and Lifetime Warranty Program

With this agreement, GCE has all supply chains and logistics in place to launch its programs commencing with its Dollar-LED-Club, its Lifetime Warranty program and support its product expansion plan. "Lighting is the perfect medium to insert the other smart connectivity products to fill the house, because you use light everywhere," stated Philip Smallwood, the director of L.E.D. and lighting research for Silicon Valley-based Strategies Unlimited.

NV Energy Seeks Approval for Renewable Energy Project and Earlier Retirement of Coal Generation

In its August 15 Emissions Reduction and Capacity Replacement second amendment filing, NV Energy requested that the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada approve a new 100-megawatt solar project in Boulder City, Nevada and an earlier retirement date for the remaining 257-megawatt unit at the Reid Gardner Generating Station.

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