Batteries That Make Use of Solar Power, Even in the Dark

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...

PVinsights: Upstream Momentum gradually tempers

As the mid-stream wafer makers continue to recover the production, the surge in demand has successfully pushed up the price of polysilicon continuously this week. However, the scope of polysilicon price uptrend has become slower, as witnessed more conservative moves by Chinese polysilicon makers. Major Chinese polysilicon makers have expressed their concerns over the rising polysilicon prices as they found the demand recovery in the end market seems not that strong. Hence, after the rapid uptick in October, they intend to slow the pace on increasing the prices in order to have a more sustainable growth.

OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES: IMCA PUBLISHES STANDARDISED BOAT LANDING RESEARCH REPORT

The subject of developing a document on a standardised boat landing was identified by the International Marine Contractors Association's (IMCA) Renewable Energy Workgroup as one of the areas where there could be benefits, both in terms of cost reduction and safety improvement, for marine operations for renewable energy. The resulting publication 'Standardised boat landing research report' (IMCA SEL 041/ M 232) has been released.

MaxGen Energy Services Acquires the Commercial Services Division of Next Phase Solar

Industry Leaders Deliver Outstanding Expertise and Experience in Maximizing Energy Asset Performance and Profitability

Alta Energy Makes Acquisition to Deliver Renewable Energy and Cost Savings to California Public Schools

Company assumes solar energy portfolio and key exec from Sovereign Modular; first project saves $250,000 per year for Poway Unified School District

World's largest floating solar PV testbed launched in Singapore

Led by the EDB and PUB, a 1 MWp floating solar PV testbed has been launched at Tengeh Reservoir, with project management by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

Fronius Launches Smart Meter for Solar Systems

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.

Case Study: Solar Cube - Solar Tracking Solution

The client indicated a large number of high quality; 2 axis solar arrays built on rural and farm properties that were starting to fail.

Dutch Company Ahead of Tesla With Solar Roof Tile Development

Company ZEP first and further ahead than Tesla in developing the solar roof tile

LADWP Approves New All-in-One Battery Backup System from SolarMax Technology

SolarMax participated with LADWP for a utility-built project using its 5kWh turn-key solution, which features a battery, multi-mode inverter and an automatic transfer switch (ATS) all housed in one self-contained system - along with two dedicated photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. Unlike other offerings on the market, the FLEX system requires no additional components or labor assembly by the customer.

Solar thermal contribution the 2020 targets: Sector has potential for doing more

This summary underlines the relevance of the renewable heating and cooling (RES-HC) sector and that a stronger contribution of RES-HC can push Member States closer to their 2020 targets and the European Union closer to reach the Energy Union goals.

PV Energy: Almost 50 % of the agreed rooftop installations on government buildings completed

sun2roof solar installations on public rooftops to foster Antigua's green energy future

Standard Solar Completes 3.4 MW Net-Metered Municipal Solar System; Town of Stafford, Connecticut Achieves Record Setting Energy Independence

Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company specializing in the development and financing of commercial solar electric systems nationwide, has completed the installation of a 3.4 megawatt (MW) solar system for the Town of Stafford, Conn.

Polls Show Sharp Momentum Shift on Florida Amendment 1

Electric utilities pour another $3.5M into advertising to confuse the public

2015 an Anomalous Year for German Wind Production - Vaisala

Long-term wind resource fluctuations highlight need to factor yearly variability into crucial regulatory decisions

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