Successful demonstration in Germany prompts half megawatt order
Brett Belan, Apparent Energy for MotherEarth News: The time is here for solar power to make its way to our vehicles. The state-of-the-art panels pose no weight limitation. At 6 pounds per 150 watts, thin flexible solar panels will weigh 600 pounds but give you 15 kilowatts! This is enough to directly drive from the sun. However, the surface area is a limitation, because that much solar would require 10 feet around the vehicle on all sides. The solution, ironically, is a mechanical engineering question of how to accordion-style fold these panels to conveniently open them for charging while the vehicle is at a standstill. Cont'd...
Unique battery management system for distributed energy storage is now patented in the United States and China
AEE Calls on Trump Transition Team to Modernize the Electric Power System as Part of Rebuilding Infrastructure, Accelerate Utility Business Model Transformation, and Allow Advanced Energy Technologies to Compete Wherever They Can Meet Objectives
Business group offers broad themes and specific recommendations for the new administration to consider as ways to promote secure, clean, affordable energy; new choices for customers; and robust investment and job growth
A new online collaboration site offers code, use cases, wikis, and a community of thought leaders.
Lithium Ion Batteries Account for 83 Percent of Newly Announced Energy Storage System Capacity, According to Navigant Research
Adoption of distributed energy storage systems, flow batteries, and hybrid battery systems is also growing, report finds
Jane Wakefield for BBC News: A self-drive electric delivery van, that could be on UK streets next year, has been unveiled at the Wired 2016 conference in London. The vehicle's stripped-back design and lightweight materials mean it can be assembled by one person in four hours, the firm behind it claims. The vehicles will be "autonomous-ready", for when self-drive legislation is in place, the firm said. The government wants to see self-drive cars on the roads by 2020. "We find trucks today totally unacceptable. Loud, polluting and unfriendly," said Denis Sverdlov, chief executive of Charge, the automotive technology firm behind the truck. "We are making trucks the way they should be - affordable, elegant, quiet, clean and safe." Cont'd...
The Emerging Relationship between Distributed Energy Resources and the Transmission System.
On November 15, 2016 leading representatives from politics and business will gather for the Intersolar Summit Iran in Tehran to discuss the market potential and investment chances in the region's emerging solar market.
By 2025, 84 Percent of Projects in the Grid-Tied Stationary Battery Energy Storage Market Are Expected to Be Financed by Third Parties or Utilities, According to Navigant Research
To advance in this sector, energy project finance investors need to understand the unique risks associated with battery energy storage systems, report finds
Michael Kanellos for Forbes: The optimism in the energy storage industry is based on soaring demand, rapid technological advances, expanding capacity and, for some, what will likely be a scary competitive environment. First, the good news. Lithium ion battery packs over the last ten years have declined faster than the cost of solar, said John Carrington, CEO of Stem, which makes behind-the-meter storage systems for hotels and other commercial customers looking to shave peak power costs, during a hallway meeting at Finance West sponsored by the American Council of Renewable Energy this week. Solar panels have declined by 50% or more in the last five years. Batteries have declined by 80% in three years, he said. Battery packs hit the under $300 per kilowatt hour mark last December, Carrington added. By 2020, battery pack prices could drop to $190 per kilowatt hour. (In 2007, lithium ion battery packs in the wholesale markets sold for around $1,000 per kilowatt hour.) Cont'd...
Stanley Reed for the NY Times: A new cash crop has sprung up on Nicholas Beatty’s enchanting farm near here. Rows of gray solar panels range over about 25 acres, turning sunlight into electricity, as dog-size muntjac deer hop by. The panels themselves, trouble-free money earners that feed into the electric grid, are no longer unusual on farms in Britain or other countries. What’s new in Mr. Beatty’s field is a hulking 40-foot-long shipping container. Stacked inside, in what look like drawers, are about 200 lithium-ion cells that make up a battery large enough to store a substantial portion of the electricity the solar farm puts out. The battery and its software give Mr. Beatty an advantage over other solar panel farmers. Power prices in Britain and elsewhere rise and fall, sometimes strikingly, during the day and over the year, depending on the supply and demand. Cont'd...
Industry Leaders Deliver Outstanding Expertise and Experience in Maximizing Energy Asset Performance and Profitability
By Dr Lorenzo Grande, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx
String inverter manufacturer Fronius launches a new accessory for their inverters. The Fronius Smart Meter offers a solution for dynamic feed-in management and energy consumption monitoring.
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