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U.S. set to overtake South Korea in 2019 as world's largest grid-connected battery energy-storage market

By Camron Barati, senior analyst, solar and energy storageThe United States in 2019 will become the world’s largest market for grid-connected battery energy storage, as solar-plus-storage and peaking capacity requirements drive increased procurement, according to IHS Marki

Power Optimizers Match Infrared (IR) Imaging Capabilities at Finding Module Defects

Power optimizers have the advantage of finding and quantifying failures continuously during operation.

Can Renewables Be a Greener Alternative to Replace Fracking?

Even as fracking has reduced the cost of natural gas, improvements in renewable energy technologies have brought their costs down to be cost-competitive with fossil fuels. In many cases, they can compete even without tax incentives in place.

Renewable Energy in United States Has Exceeded Coal for the First Month Ever

The clean energy revolution of America is at a tilting point. A recent Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis report stated that the renewable energy sector in United States generated more clean energy in April than power plants using coal.

Pointers for Successful Inclusion of Solar Home Systems as Power Backup Support in Rural and Small Towns of India

Enhancing access to reliable power would mean improving transmission infrastructure and electricity production capacities. Both these initiative would demand investments and a considerable timeline.

How to Design a Solar Power System

Designing a solar power system isn't as easy as just slapping a few panels on the roof and calling it a day. What do you need to take into account when designing a solar power system?

Talking Single-axis Tracker with Kevin Ward, RBI Solar

RBI’s Sunflower single-axis tracker is designed and engineered to meet the project development challenges of topography and maximized PV density. The system has an articulating table design, which accommodates undulating North/South slope tolerances up +/- 10%

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New towers and hub heights for North America

Hybrid Towers from Max Bögl Wind AG are already known in Europe and Asia for their high hub heights. Now it’s time for the US wind power industry to benefit from the modular tower concept as well.

Cemex Ventures invests in Energy Vault to support rapid deployment of energy store technology using concrete blocks

Energy Vault’s breakthrough technology was inspired by pumped hydro plants that rely on the power of gravity and the movement of water to store and discharge electricity.

The smarter E AWARD, Intersolar AWARD and ees AWARD winners were chosen

• The smarter E AWARD 2019: Recognizing groundbreaking projects for the new energy world • Intersolar AWARD 2019: Honoring innovations in solar technology • ees AWARD 2019: Innovative products and solutions win prestigious industry prize

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ACORE Statement on the "BEST Act"

Statement from Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

CNY Depreciation Keeps Weakening Solar Prices

Polysilicon prices keep declining amid the continuous CNY depreciation against USD this week. As major buyers remain cautious of placing the purchasing orders, polysilicon prices in China hold steady in CNY term, but are translated into a drop in the US dollar term. Meanwhile, since some Chinese polysilicon suppliers recently released their 1Q19 financial results with total cost and cash cost lower than USD 7.5/Kg and USD6.3/Kg, respectively, this suggests that the current polysilicon prices are still too high to reach the long term price bottom. Since major polysilicon suppliers attempt to leverage the further polysilicon cost reduction through their newly added capacity in China, all buyers are revised their target asking price down. With the increasing low cost supply, major buyers strengthen wait-and-see stance on the procurements at this moment.

FuelCell Energy is the Keystone Of 21st Century Industrialization

Solid oxide fuel cell technology can change virtually any form of waste treatment gas into electricity and hydrogen. This is a really nice economic benefit to help supplement the cost of these public waste services it is perhaps the least amount of benefit to society or obviously a company's bottom line as seen by FuelCell Energy's investors.

SUNNY OUTLOOK FOR THE WORLDWIDE SOLAR MARKET: INTERSOLAR EUROPE 2019 CELEBRATES ANOTHER YEAR IN THE BOOKS

With 1,354 exhibitors, 100,000 square meters of exhibition space and around 50,000 visitors from 162 countries, Intersolar Europe - the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry - is celebrating another successful year along with its three accompanying energy exhibitions. From PV production technologies to hybrid inverters to subsidy-free business models, the topics explored at the 2019 event were highly diverse and well received by the crowds of visitors.

Azelio's Unique Energy Storage now Also for Solar PV and Wind Power

Azelio already offers a solution for storage of solar energy to secure a sustainable distributed baseload in areas with high solar irradiation. That solution can serve as a low-cost replacement for the diesel-generated electricity used in microgrid systems.

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Baja’s Full Cantilever Carports for Optimal Coverage and Performance

Baja's Full Cantilever Carports for Optimal Coverage and Performance

Baja Carports offers an extensive solar support system product line customized to customers' site specifications by in-house engineers, meeting their parking lot coverage, plus optimal PV production needs. Baja's Full Cantilever Tee is often paired with its Semi and Full Cantilever carports to meet live/loads up to 60psf and wind speeds to 160mph. All Baja products are pre-fabricated, bolted connections, pre-galvanized structural steel for fast on-site installation and project aesthetic requirements."

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FischTank Marketing and PR

FischTank Marketing and PR

FischTank Marketing and Public Relations provides communications and marketing services to both start-up and established renewable energy companies. We provide media relations, content writing, digital/social media, and other marketing support to companies working in sectors spanning solar, LED lighting, energy storage, hydrogen, battery development and manufacturing, alternative fuels, and more. Our clients have been featured in top tier media including print, online and broadcast.