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.

Power Conversion Technology

High-performance and flexible multiport power converters will be a key enabling component for solar-plus-storage adoption, and deployment. The power conversion system is critical when implementing solar coupled with storage, as the efficiency of conversion will come into play at several stages throughout the system: PV to grid, PV to battery, and battery to grid.

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.

Study Suggests Route to Improving Rechargeable Lithium Batteries

Smooth surfaces may prevent harmful deposits from working their way into a solid electrolyte.

Case Study: Blackstone's Sustainability Upside

In partnership with Schneider Electric, Blackstone translates energy and sustainability data into business benefits.

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

HiVE - PV plus Storage Solutions for Hawaii and Beyond

Hawaii's PUC allowed the utilities to end their popular net metering programs and replace them with the Customer Self Supply program. The CSS program requires zero exportation of self-generated power back to the grid, which can most-efficiently be accomplished by integrating battery storage into the system.

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 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.

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

Amber Kinetics to Assess Innovative Flywheel Storage Technology

Amber Kinetics and Global Energy Giant Enel S.p.A. Announce Agreement to Assess Innovative Flywheel Storage Technology

How data analytics is adding value in the smart home

Paige Leuschner for SmartCitiesDive: In the energy industry, utilities are employing these solutions to provide customers with more information about their energy consumption.

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