Global Solar PV Demand Hits Quarterly High, Pushing Cumulative Deployment to 200 GW, According to NPD Solarbuzz
Solar PV installed in the fourth quarter of 2014 to reach 20 GW; 2014 on track to reach 50 GW
Pilot projects now underway in California, New York and New England
KYOCERA, IBM Japan and TOKYU COMMUNITY Start Demonstration Test of Automatic Demand Response Energy Management Systems in Japan
Project aims to develop a business model that enables automatic optimization of electric power supply and demand
Braking energy recuperation project honored as most innovative mobility energy storage deployment
Global Energy Management specialists Schneider Electric launch the Galaxy VM UPS, a new three-phase uninterruptible power supply that employs the latest energy efficiency technology.
The most experienced agency in residential solar leads turns 15.
During the third quarter of 2014 the company successfully added 85.5MW of new projects to its portfolio, and increased its total late stage project pipeline in Japan to 490.5MW.
Once commissioned, Green Pastures will generate enough electricity to power 110,000 homes.
Sets New Standard for Industry Participation and Deal-making
The US wind power industry still needs subsidy to compete with fossil fuels, according to Germany’s Siemens, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers. Lisa Davis, who took over in August as the head of Siemens’ global energy business, told the Financial Times that although wind power in the US was close to “grid parity” – the level at which it becomes competitive with other sources of electricity – “we’re not there yet”. Her comments come as the US industry is urging Congress to reinstate the tax credit for wind generation, which expired at the end of last year. The American Wind Energy Association has warned that the industry could face falling investment and employment if the credit is not restored quickly. Lazard, the investment bank, calculated recently that in parts of the US with strong wind, it could be a cheaper source of power than gas-fired generation, after steep declines in the cost of turbines. However, Ms Davis argued that costs still needed to be cut further before wind could compete on equal terms with gas. “We’ve not yet got to the point where it’s truly self-sustaining,” she said. “We’ve got to focus on cost competitiveness.”
Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world's first solar battery. In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report that they've succeeded in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device. Key to the innovation is a mesh solar panel, which allows air to enter the battery, and a special process for transferring electrons between the solar panel and the battery electrode. Inside the device, light and oxygen enable different parts of the chemical reactions that charge the battery. The university will license the solar battery to industry, where Yiying Wu, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Ohio State, says it will help tame the costs of renewable energy. "The state of the art is to use a solar panel to capture the light, and then use a cheap battery to store the energy," Wu said. "We've integrated both functions into one device. Any time you can do that, you reduce cost." He and his students believe that their device brings down costs by 25 percent.
SPI 2014 - APS Now Shipping New YC1000 Microinverter, a Groundbreaking 277/480, 3-phase Unit for Large-scale Commercial Applications
APS, a global leader in solar microinverter technology, will showcase its new YC1000 microinverter for the domestic market at Solar Power International, Oct. 20-23 in Las Vegas.
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Honors Top Storage Projects and Industry Champions With ESNA Innovation Awards
The William Rutley project closed on September 29, 2014 followed by Liskeard 3 & 4 on September 30, 2014
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