Is Home Energy Storage Coming to your House?

Home energy storage helps whichever energy source is the cheapest, and helps the grid stay stable and available to us all.

CellCube - energy storage for demand-charge management and lower energy costs.

Combine peak shaving and emergency power supply through the reliable vanadium redox flow technology. The energy storage system CellCube stores energy for when it is most needed. What is more, it is capable of scaling to multi hour and multi megawatt size.

Younicos employee count to double within two years

More than 150 jobs to be added by 2017 as new storage projects deploy in U.S., Europe and Asia

Chakratec secures series B round from Chinese ZZRunner

Joins current investors Capital Nature and Israel G-Tek in fueling the Energy Storage revolution with the first non-chemical kinetic battery

UL sponsors electrical energy storage stage at Intersolar North America

UL's technical experts present on Smart Grid, Energy Storage and Integration of PV & Energy Storage Systems.

New benches that'll use solar power to charge your phone

This is the "Strawberry bench". The solar-powered smart bench (yes, really) collects energy via a solar panel on its roof, and uses it to power a range of functions: monitoring air quality, disseminating information about the local area, offering free power-ups for the phones of passers-by. This summer, four of these benches will be installed around Canary Wharf, the privately-owned office and retail estate at the heart of London's Docklands. The concept was the winner of the "Cognicity Challenge", a competition intended to find innovative proposals to use technology to create smarter urban environments (and, as a side effect, make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy towards the Canary Wharf Group). The name, incidentally, has nothing to do with actual Strawberries. The company behind them is Belgrade-based Strawberry Energy, whose previous products include the "Strawberry Tree", a vaguely familiar solar-powered mobile phone charge and wifi hub with a bench attached to it. Both products were the work of architect Milos Miliojevic.

Intersolar - Backwoods Solar's Own Sequoya Cross to Speak Storage

Sequoya will speak on the topic of, "Off-Grid Systems, Global Electrification and New Storage Opportunities" at 9:55am-10:20am. Please come if you are interested! Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the InterContinental Hotel Level 5, Suttter

London England's Iconic Double-Decker Buses to go Electric

London, England selects BYD as builder of next generation double-decker bus

NEC Energy Completes A 3.9MWh Grid Energy Storage System For Southern California Distribution Grid Support

This is the first energy storage system to support SCE's distribution grid and is providing many of the foundational aspects for future integrated distribution system deployment.

Renewable Energy Storage Project Near Desert Center Advances

Eagle Crest Energy affiliate buys Kaiser Eagle Mountain Mine as part of a proposal to convert the site into an environmentally friendly energy storage project.

ABB and Smart Grid Technology in North Carolina

North Carolina's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS) has encouraged investments in renewables and the energy economy statewide.

Extensive Solar Cost-Benefit Studies Now Highlighted on SEIA Website

Most recently, Environment America and the Frontier Group released a new report detailing the benefits of solar.

Intersolar North America Expands Downstream Workshops, Technical Trainings

CALSEIA Contractor Day Returns for Second Year Along With Sessions From NABCEP, SEI and NAATBatt to Educate Solar Sales and Installation Teams on Policy Regulations, New Products, Technical Issues and Industry Best Practices

New method can make cheaper solar energy storage

Storing solar energy as hydrogen is a promising way for developing comprehensive renewable energy systems. To accomplish this, traditional solar panels can be used to generate an electrical current that splits water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter being considered a form of solar fuel. However, the cost of producing efficient solar panels makes water-splitting technologies too expensive to commercialize. EPFL scientists have now developed a simple, unconventional method to fabricate high-quality, efficient solar panels for direct solar hydrogen production with low cost. The work is published in Nature Communications. Many different materials have been considered for use in direct solar-to-hydrogen conversion technologies but "2-D materials" have recently been identified as promising candidates. In general these materials—which famously include graphene—have extraordinary electronic properties. However, harvesting usable amounts of solar energy requires large areas of solar panels, and it is notoriously difficult and expensive to fabricate thin films of 2-D materials at such a scale and maintain good performance. Kevin Sivula and colleagues at EPFL addressed this problem with an innovative and cheap method that uses the boundary between two non-mixing liquids. The researchers focused on one of the best 2-D materials for solar water splitting, called "tungsten diselenide". Past studies have shown that this material has a great efficiency for converting solar energy directly into hydrogen fuel while also being highly stable.   Cont'd...

Ballard Announces Acquisition of Protonex

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Protonex Technology Corporation ("Protonex"; www.protonex.com), a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power management products and portable fuel cell solutions. As consideration for the transaction, valued at $30 million, Ballard is assuming and paying Protonex's debt obligations at closing, currently estimated at approximately $4.4 million, and paying the balance of approximately $25.6 million through the issuance of 11.2 million Ballard shares. The number of Ballard shares to be issued is subject to adjustment based on the final debt obligations at closing.

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Dynapower - MAXIMIZE PRODUCTION AND REVENUES WITH SOLAR PLUS STORAGE

Dynapower - MAXIMIZE PRODUCTION AND REVENUES WITH SOLAR PLUS STORAGE

The addition of energy storage to an existing or new utility-scale PV installation allows system owners and operators the opportunity to capture additional revenues. Traditional storage plus solar applications have involved the coupling of independent storage and PV inverters at an AC bus or the use of multi-input hybrid inverters. An alternative approach - coupling energy storage to PV arrays with a DC-to-DC converter - can help maximize production and profits for existing and new utility-scale installations. DC-Coupled Utility-Scale Solar Plus Storage leads to higher round-trip efficiencies and lower cost of integration with existing PV arrays and at the same time, opens up new revenue streams not possible with traditional AC-coupled storage, including clipping recapture and low voltage harvesting, while being eligible for valuable tax incentives.