New solar panel integrates battery storage, inverter, and smart software into a single unit

Derek Markham for TreeHugger:  This startup is reinventing the solar panel, and aims to cut the cost of integrating clean power and energy storage to homes by half. Home solar has the potential to reduce, and even eliminate, electricity costs for many people, but even with the rapid advancements we're seeing in solar technology, there are still weak points that can be addressed and overcome, such as energy storage and 'smart' home integration. But a newcomer to the residential solar scene believes it has the answer, in the form of a standalone solar and battery unit which can be used singly or connected in an array, and which may be able to lower the overall costs considerably. SunCulture's SolPad solar device integrates solid state batteries directly into the solar panels themselves, offering its users the ability to not only generate their own clean electricity, but to also store if for use after dark or during peak demand times, when electricity costs are higher. The SolPad units also incorporate an inverter, which converts the electricity from the DC generated and stored by the device to the AC required by most household appliances, and includes "intelligent software" that communicates with both the users and with their home's systems, allowing for granular control over which rooms or devices will receive the solar power.   Cont'd... Full Press Release:

Mrida lights up 9 Villages at the District level in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh under Mahindra & Mahindra MPowered Village Program

Mrida lights up 9 Villages at the District level in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh under Mahindra & Mahindra MPowered Village Program After "lighting up", the "livelihood generation initiatives" begin

Clenergy joins Powerful Blueplanet business collaboration in Thailand

Clenergy is pleased to announce that it has joined the Powerful Blueplanet business collaboration project launched by PEA Encom and Fah Chai Engineering (FCE) in Thailand.

Town Of Thompsons Texas Powers Up On Solar With Installation By Alba Energy

Project helps town of Thompsons generate energy from sunlight.

AWEA: Clean Power Plan stands on firm legal ground, would continue trend of clean energy cutting carbon pollution reliably and cost-effectively

As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears oral arguments today about the merits of the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule placing the first-ever federal carbon pollution limits on our nation's electric power plants, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) issued the following statement.

GRID Alternatives begins installing solar projects on tribal lands using $1 million in U.S. Department of Energy funding

92 solar installations will serve low-income families in six communities across three states

Stacked Perovskite/CIGS Solar Module Achieves Unprecedented Efficiency at 17.8 Percent

Siemens presents thermal storage solution for wind energy

Highly economic concept based on tried and trusted main components FES research project with Hamburg Energie and TU Hamburg-Harburg Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

SunTegra Taps Dow Powerhouse Shingle Exec Mark Paille as Director of Sales

SunTegra, an integrated solar shingle and tile manufacturer, has hired former Dow Powerhouse Shingle executive Mark Paille as Director of Sales to support growth across the U.S.

SEIA Statement on Clean Power Plan Hearing

"When it comes to fighting climate change - a grave environmental and national security threat - it's critically important for the United States to lead by example. The Clean Power Plan does exactly that and should be upheld on its merits.

UL Acquires AWS Truepower to Expand Global Renewable Energy Portfolio

Acquisition strengthens UL's position in full lifecycle solutions for Wind and Solar Energy Sectors

Offshore Wind Capacity Reached Nearly 12 GW by the End of 2015, According to Navigant Research

Key markets include Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and China, report finds

Siemens low noise wind turbine blades inspired by silent flight of the owl

Noise mitigation by biomimicry of owl wing's trailing edge fringe Product launch "Next Generation DinoTail" Serial production to be started soon

CleanFund Provides Largest Ever Commercial Property PACE Financing to Pacific Ethanol for 5 Megawatt Solar Energy System at Industrial Facility

-CleanFund finances $10-million renewable energy improvement, which will deliver more than $1 million in annual operating cost savings to Pacific Ethanol -High performance solar energy system to be designed and installed by Borrego Solar Systems under California's Net Metering 2.0 rules that allow offset of greater energy usage than previously available

Exploring the power of solar energy

There is a dark cloud hanging over solar energy. Despite frequent government pushes for wider adoption of renewable power sources, progress in recent years has been relatively slow. Here, Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality expert REO UK, explains, there may be a way to part the clouds in solar energy.

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