Sono Motors unveils its solar and battery-powered electric car

Fred Lambert for Electrek: German electric car startup Sono Motors unveiled the crowdfunded prototype of its battery and solar-powered vehicle; the Sion.

Panel beaters: Australia utilities branch out as customers shift to solar

Sonali Paul for Reuters: One of Australia's leading power suppliers, AGL Energy (AGL.AX), has offered cheap batteries to 1,000 homes with solar panels as part of what it describes as the world's biggest "virtual power plant" in Adelaide, South Australia, a state plagued by blackouts over the past year.

Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy's Storage Problem - With Salt

Mark Bergen for Bloomberg Technology: Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.

Plug and Play Partners with Siemens to Launch New Energy & Sustainability Innovation Platform

To address the rapid changes in the energy market, Siemens is partnering with leading accelerator Plug and Play to identify and work with startups that have the potential to disrupt the energy industry.

Invenergy and GE Renewable Energy Announce America's Largest Wind Farm

-Renewable giga-project Wind Catcher Energy Connection to link more than 1.1 million South Central U.S. customers with cost-saving wind energy harvested from Oklahoma. -The 2,000-megawatt Wind Catcher facility will be world's second-largest wind farm, once operational in 2020.

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst, Norway: The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines.

Snapping the Sun: 5 Tips for Capturing Compelling Solar Power Photos

Department of Energy: This week, the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative launched its "Hit Me with Your SunShot" photo contest. It encourages photographers, both professional and amateur, to submit their shots of solar energy.

AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power

Phys.org: Solar cells can generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way, but current, complex fabrication costs make the technology expensive.

Intersolar and ees North America Highlight Policy and Technology Updates

Events attracted high-quality attendees and served as a sounding board for recent industry triumphs and upcoming challenges

Solar Plants Aim to Keep Lights on at Night

Anna Hirtenstein and Mathew Carr for Bloomberg: Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East

Leaked Draft of DOE's Grid Study Says Renewables Are Not a Threat

Julia Pyper for GTM: But will that language make it into the final version?

Tesla Faces Stiff Competition In Energy Storage War

Irina Slav for OilPrice.com: Siemens and AES launched a joint venture that focuses exclusively on battery storage systems.

New Tool Predicts the Cost Effectiveness of Electric Energy and Storage

Dom Galeon for Futurism: "An informed understanding of the potential future costs of electricity storage technologies is essential to quantify their uptake as well as the uptake of low-carbon technologies reliant on storage," the researchers wrote.

Solar Power Gets $46 Million Boost From U.S. Energy Department

Chris Martin for Bloomberg: The U.S. Energy Department awarded $46.2 million in research grants to improve solar energy technologies and reduce costs to 3 cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030.

Intersolar and ees North America See Strong Opening in San Francisco

Industry leaders take the stage at the premier solar and energy storage event; hundreds of exhibitors show off emerging technologies in buzzing exhibition hall

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