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...

Infiniti Research: Denmark Generates Enough Wind Energy in One Day to Power Entire Country

According to Infiniti Research, the cumulative installed wind capacity will reach 791.0 GW by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 12.81%. With many countries testing the limits of what wind and other renewables can provide, renewables such as wind will become more ubiquitous over the coming years.

US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016

5 Heartland states now more than 20% wind-powered

US Military Moves Ahead With Renewable Energy Plan

Shoshanna Delventhal for Investopedia:  The Trump administration’s stance on climate change and the environment can be summed up by the chief White House strategist’s recent criticism of government support of green energy as “madness.” Despite a 180-degree shift from Obama administration’s environmental agenda, the Department of Defense, plans to move forward with a decade-long effort to “convert its fuel-hungry operations to renewable power,” senior military officials told Reuters. Yet apart from the controversial debate on climate change and the need for environmental protection, the Department of Defense has a strictly nonpolitical incentive to carry out the transition. Weaning reliance off petroleum means improved safety for U.S. troops and the American public.   Cont'd...

Solar-Log® Now Monitors 11GW, 260,000 Solar PV Plants World-Wide

Over 1 million inverters are now connected to Solar-Log® in over 90 countries, for a total generating power of 11GW. Continuous growth confirms the system's high level of recognition from EPC/installers and PV plant operators.

Innovative tidal technology gets $4.6 million funding

Anmar Frangoul for CNBC:  The European Commission has awarded 4.4 million euros ($4.63 million) in funding to a European tidal energy consortium to demonstrate innovative technology for tidal turbines. The consortium, led by Scotland's Nova Innovation, will use the funding to demo and show a "direct drive power take-off (PTO) solution" for tidal turbines. According to Nova Innovation, this technology could help to cut the lifetime cost of tidal power by 20 percent. The project will be known as TiPA (standing for Tidal turbine Power take-off Accelerator) and run for 36 months. Organizations involved in the project include Siemens, the University of Edinburgh, and Delft Technical University, among others.   Cont'd...

NRDC Report: Replacing Coal with Renewables and Energy Efficiency Can Lead U.S. to Cleaner Energy Future

Adopting cleaner energy and efficiency in our buildings, homes and consumer appliances also will provide more stability to the nation's electric grid. And it will shield Americans from electricity bill spikes from potential natural gas price increases, NRDC's report, "Clean Energy and Efficiency Can Replace Coal for Reliable Modern Electricity Grid," shows.

Natural Power appoints Head of Environment in the US

In response to growing demand for environmental services, Natural Power has announced the appointment of Christine Sutter as Head of Environment in North America. The addition of Crissy will enable Natural Power USA to expand its range of services available to the renewable power industry in North America.

Panasonic's Photovoltaic Module HITTM Adopted for Toyota Motor's New Prius PHV

Newly developed "HITTM Photovoltaic Module for Automobile" generates power and charges the drive and 12 V batteries

PVinsights: Solar Prices Send Bear Signal with Glut Concerns Lingering

Polysilicon price remain on a gradual slide this week. Although polysilicon price in China remain stable this week, price in overseas market has seen continuous decline. In China, since downstream wafer manufacturers currently remain high production utilization rates, solid demand fundamentals help to sustain the prices from falling in the short term. However, the price pressure continues to build up as more production capacities by major Chinese suppliers and new entrants will come on stream in near future. On the other hand, polysilicon in overseas market continue on the descent. With REC ramping up production and Wacker increase the volume in Pacific Asia, the increasing supplies outside of China are one of the reasons to deteriorate polysilicon prices. Moreover, as the downstream prices also see signs of weakening, it also impacts the polysilicon price trend. As the result, overall polysilicon prices drop continuously this week due to sliding prices in overseas market.

Global Annual Installed Capacity of Small and Medium Wind Turbines is Expected to Exceed 446 MW in 2026

Despite weakening policy drivers and competition from declining solar PV prices, the SMWT industry is still poised for growth. With a large amount of wind resource potential still available, plus several growing and emerging markets, the industry is anticipated to sustain itself into the foreseeable future. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, the global installed capacity of SMWTs is expected to grow from 176.4 MW in 2017 to 446.0 MW in 2026.  "With historically leading markets such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and China seeing declining annual installed capacities of small and medium wind in recent years, other countries such as Japan, Denmark, and Italy are emerging as forces in the distributed wind market thanks to favorable government incentives," says Adam Wilson, research associate with Navigant Research. "We're also seeing a shift with medium-sized turbines as their niche slowly shrinks as drivers continue to favor small wind turbines for distributed wind and larger multi-megawatt turbines dominating utility-scale applications."   Full Press Release:

Brightstar Solar Recognized for Providing Jobs and Clean Energy in Massachusetts

The Solar Power World Top 500 Solar Contractors List includes Marlborough-based solar firm, which employs 8 local professionals

Introduction of New Moringa Cultivar Enhances ROI of Moringa Feedstock Based Biodiesel Production

By using Moringa MOMAX3 tree for biodiesel production and then utilizing the waste for further oil extraction. Using current proven sate of art agronomy, enhanced cultivator and technologies developed by ABC, the biodiesel from Moringa would be economically viable

BioSolar Focuses on Driving Down Lithium-ion Battery Prices

Use of the Company's lower cost silicon-metal anode materials to play an important role

Stabilizing battery storage

Morgan Sherburne for U of Michigan News:  An issue that has long plagued renewable energy facilities is how to efficiently store energy collected from sun or wind. Now, University of Michigan and University of Utah chemists have developed an energy-storing molecule that is 1,000 times more stable than current compounds, potentially leading to a longer-lived, more efficient battery. The researchers are working to develop industrial-scale batteries that can store large amounts of energy for deployment when the sun sets or the wind stops blowing. Deep-cycle lead batteries or lithium ion batteries are already on the market, but each type presents challenges, including the significant environmental hazards of disposal. Also, these kinds of batteries wear out relatively quickly.   Cont'd...

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