Alan Ohnsman for Forbes: Panasonic will make solar cells with Tesla at a factory under construction in Buffalo, New York, broadening a partnership between the electric-car maker and Japanese electronics giant that goes back nearly a decade. The companies said in a joint statement today that they finalized plans to produce high-efficiency photovoltaic cells at the plant, with initial production scheduled for the second half of 2017. Output of the energy modules, for use in solar panels, Tesla’s planned solar roofs and to charge up Tesla’s Powerwall and Powerpack battery storage units, is to reach 1 gigawatt by 2019, the companies said. Cont'd...
Homero Aridjis & James Ramey for Huffington Post: President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly called for Mexico to build a wall between our countries. There is indeed a way that Mexico could create a barrier between the U.S. and Mexico, one constructed exclusively on the Mexican side, with substantial benefits for both countries and the planet: a solar border. Sunlight in the northern deserts of Mexico is more intense than in the U.S. Southwest because of the lower latitude and more favorable cloud patterns. And construction and maintenance costs for solar plants in Mexico are substantially lower. Thus, building a long series of such plants all along the Mexican side of the border could power cities on both sides faster and more cheaply than similar arrays built north of the border. Solar energy is already being generated at lower prices than those of coal. With solar plants along vast stretches of the almost 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border on the Mexican side, a new high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) grid could be set up to transmit energy efficiently from that long, snaking array to population centers along the border. HVDC power lines lose exponentially less energy over long distances than traditional power lines. Cont'd...
U.S. Battery's Endurance Plus line of deep-cycle batteries are newly engineered deep-cycle batteries that offer greater performance and value.
Vaclav Smil for IEEE Spectrum: It would be a lot easier to expand our use of solar and wind energy if we had better ways to store the large quantities of electricity we’d need to cover gaps in the flow of that energy. Even in sunny Los Angeles, a typical house roofed with enough photovoltaic panels to meet its average needs would still face daily shortfalls of up to about 80 percent of the demand in January and daily surpluses of up to 65 percent in May. You can take such a house off the grid only by installing a voluminous and expensive assembly of lithium-ion batteries. But even a small national grid—one handling 10 to 30 gigawatts—could rely entirely on intermittent sources only if it had gigawatt-scale storage capable of working for many hours. Since 2007, more than half of humanity has lived in urban areas, and by 2050 more than 6.3 billion people will live [PDF] in cities, accounting for two-thirds of the global population, with a rising share in megacities of more than 10 million people. Cont'd...
Coils designed to meet exact customer specifications and shipped on nearly any timeline
3DIcon signed a supply agreement with Gelest, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of silane, silicone and metal-organic specialty materials, enabling Gelest to optimize the current process for the company's liquid silicon to be produced within a manufacturing environment at greater quantities.
Adding backup power provides a tremendous value to the customers in certain areas with unreliable grid. In combination with other values, this is a trend that is producing a very strong demand - stronger than we initially thought.
In late 2014, Congress passed and President Obama signed an "omnibus spending bill" that extends the solar investment tax credit (ITC) for five more years through 2021. With this tax credit, the solar industry is sure to be on firm footing for many more years.
Demand Energy Commissions Solar-Plus-Energy-Storage Microgrid at Manufacturing Facility in Costa Rica
Largest microgrid in Central America provides multiple grid services plus critical power backup, managed by companys DEN.OSTM software control platform
AFC Cable Systems Announces New MC Luminary MultiZone™ Cables Ideal for Use in Daylight Harvesting Applications
Save energy and power by reducing consumption with dimmable lighting and controls
by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
Solar system at the popular Larkspur, CA shopping center to generate approximately $50,000 ($0.94 per square foot) of new revenue per year.
Ideal Power announced that NEXTracker will be selling its SunDial™ solar PV plus storage string inverter as part of their newly launched solar plus storage tracker.
The 750 kW fuel cell system provides 24x7 power at Morgan Stanley's building on Broadway in Times Square
49 MW lithium-ion system in UK will support multiple, market-driven use cases ranging from peaking to frequency regulation / Deal underscores versatility of Younicos solutions
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