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Top Prize Solar Bus Shelter Offers Rain Protection & More

The greatly-underestimated public bus shelter is the latest subject of a creative solar power makeover. When competition winners were announced on June 30, 2016, an innovative new set of designs entered the high-tech highway to solar-powered shelters. With solar-powered glow-in-the-dark lighting, the top prize-winning bus shelter offers way more than just protection from the rain. Promoting Climate Change Awareness Through Public Art The 2016 Design Competition for a Solar Powered Shelter was conducted by CoLLaboratoire, a Canadian non-profit organization based…

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Verengo Solar & Swell Energy Announce Residential Home Energy Storage Partnership

A home energy storage partnership deal has been inked between California-based Verengo Solar and battery provider Swell Energy. The deal is intended to establish a one-stop home energy storage and backup power solution for the residential market. Under the terms of the agreement, Verengo Solar will become a preferred installer of Swell Energy’s home solar battery products. Services offered by the two companies include “an energy storage solution that will allow customers to power their homes cleanly and quietly independent of…

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Oregon Energy Storage Demonstration Project Launches With State-Federal-NGO Partnership

An inaugural Eugene, Oregon backup grid storage program using PV-generated electricity will now be used by the Eugene Water & Electric Board. This follows a joint solicitation from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity and the Oregon Department of Energy calling for an energy storage program. As a result, $295,000 in state and federal funds are being awarded to the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) for this energy storage demonstration project. Of note, this project will incorporate 500…

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EnergyBar 100 Provides Long Life With Green Battery Technology

AspectSolar, an innovator in Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) solar-powered batteries, has announced an industry-leading, environmentally friendly and portable power solution for every aspect of work, play and home. With a lightweight and compact design, the EnergyBar 100 affords users twice the battery life of similar products and up to five times the duration of traditional batteries. Esmond Goei, CEO of AspectSolar stated, “Our customers are savvy users who understand what they need. The EnergyBar 100 serves their needs better in…

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The first power-to-gas plant in the US opened in California

First US Power-to-Gas Plants Open in California and Colorado

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) is bringing science fiction to life, launching two demonstration projects to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time ever in the U.S. The technology converts electricity into gaseous energy and could provide North America with a large-scale, cost-effective solution for storing excess energy produced from renewable sources. Using electrolyzer-based methods, the power-to-gas concept uses electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, to make carbon-free hydrogen gas by breaking…

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Hybrid Solar Cell Is Also A Battery

Solar cells are great. They provide us with clean, renewable energy for free. As long as the sun is shining, that is. For decades, critics of solar power have taunted that electricity generated from fossil fuels is better because it is available any time of the day or night. But what if there was a solar cell that is also a battery and could store the electricity it makes for later use? In an article published by Ohio State University this…

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Home Energy Storage Market to Grow 1000% by 2018

  Market research firm IHS says home energy storage will explode from 90 megawatts this year to over 900 megawatts by 2018. That’s a growth rate of 1000% – a staggering increase, if true. What’s driving this trend toward more in-home energy storage? IHS says its all about rapidly falling costs. The vast majority of people with solar arrays on their rooftops today are using the electrical grid as their storage medium. Any excess electricity they generate during the day is sold to…

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‘Smart’ Lithium-Ion Battery Warns of Fire Hazard

Concerns about potential fire hazards from an overheated lithium-ion battery can celebrate this safety discovery from Stanford scientists. This discovery — a smart warning button — will provide a large boost for risk managers attempting to mitigate reported safety concerns over fires from the batteries. This press information came in today from Stanford and the AAAS: Stanford University scientists have developed a “smart” lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed…

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Stanford Team Achieves ‘Holy Grail’ of Battery Design: A Stable Lithium Anode

Think energy storage and the “Holy Grail’ of battery design. Here is news of an important discovery from Stanford for on the lithium metal anode for rechargeable batteries, complements of AAAS’s EurekAlert. Stanford Team Achieves ‘Holy Grail’ of Battery Design: A Stable Lithium Anode Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature…

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Residential Energy Generation and Storage Will Reach $71.6 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2023

The residential power business is ripe fruit for enterprising entrepreneurs. Take a look at this research report. Rooftop solar PV and other technologies are transforming the residential energy industry, Navigant Research report concludes Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which enable customers to generate some of their own electricity and sell unneeded power back to their utility, are the most visible form of the broad disruption caused by distributed energy resources (DER). The growing affordability of DER technologies is altering utilities’ traditional…

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Conventions: Energy Harvesting & Storage USA; November 19 – 20

Upcoming energy conventions. News from Energy Harvesting & Storage: Register by Friday, June 6, 2014 for our biggest attendee discount – 50% – www.EnergyHarvestingUSA.com/Register Located back in California at the Santa Clara Convention Center, this growing event – which increased by over 20% in 2013 – will encompass the commercialization and progress of energy harvesting and associated technologies. Learn from world class speakers about the latest technology progress on Wireless Sensor Networks and Energy Harvesting in all forms – Energy…

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New Lithium Battery Created in Japan

Using a parasitic conduction mechanism, technology described in the journal ‘APL Materials’ promises safer batteries in the future The long life of lithium ion batteries makes them the rechargeable of choice for everything from implantable medical devices to wearable consumer electronics. But lithium ion batteries rely on liquid chemistries involving lithium salts dissolved in organic solvents, creating flame risks that would be avoided if the cells were completely solid-state. Now a team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has…

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Calling for Smaller and Manageable Electricity Grids

This call for smaller and more manageable electricity grids makes a tremendous amount of sense. David Newman at the University of Alaska provides a good case for his point of view. Read the following press announcement, look at the supporting graphics, and see what you think. Is the power grid too big? Right-sizing the grid could reduce blackout risk, according to new analysis in the journal ‘Chaos’ WASHINGTON D.C., April 8, 2014 — Some 90 years ago, British polymath J.B.S.…

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Solar Farm Will Feed Four Midwestern Utility Cooperatives

Dragonfly Solar and SolarWorld Will Develop 517-kW Solar Farm of Renewable Energy Expanding on a valuable renewable energy network distributing sustainable energy to utility cooperatives, SolarWorld and Dragonfly Solar have announced the two companies will partner to deliver a 517-kilowatt solar array to four electric utility cooperatives in the U.S. Midwest. Dragonfly Solar is a commercial solar developer based in Lakeville, Minn. and SolarWorld is the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer. The companies report this project is the nation’s first…

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First Solar Completes 1.3MW(DC) Solar PV Power Plant in Japan

We are happy to provide this report from First Solar about the completion of this clean solar energy facility in Kitakyushu-shi, Japan. Developments such as these are both logical and timely. First Solar, Inc. today announced the completion of the 1.3MW(DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Kitakyushu-shi. Powered by First Solar FS Series 3 Black PV modules, the plant will generate approximately 1,400 MWh of clean and safe solar electricity per year. Power from the project will be purchased by…

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Energy Neutral Architecture That Inspires

What follows is a truly dynamic engineering feat, an entry in the 2014 Solar Decathalon, adding a photovoltaic skin to an old house – in this case a Dutch row house that was built following World War II – that will change the structure to an energy neutral domicile. The skin covers the exterior of the existing house from font to back, one side fitted with glass and photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy, while the other contains insulation to…

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More than 100 New High-Voltage Direct Current Electricity Transmission Lines will be Constructed Worldwide From 2013 to 2020 — Navigant Research Forecast

More than 330 GW of new capacity will be added in the next six years, report concludes Although alternating current (AC) lines have been the dominant form of electricity transmission for decades, the adoption of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission is growing worldwide. Up to twice as efficient as AC transmission, HVDC allows interconnection of regional systems that operate asynchronously, helping to mitigate instability issues that otherwise cause outages in AC transmission. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from Navigant…

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Japan Smart City Operational Experiments in Four Regions

(Yokohama, Toyota, Keihanna [Kyoto], and Kitakyushu) Steadily Yield Results; Japan Smart City Portal Reports from the Front Lines The next-generation energy and social operational experiments that are being promoted in four regions in Japan (Yokohama, Toyota, Keihanna [Kyoto], and Kitakyushu) toward the realization of smart cities and smart communities are steadily yielding concrete results. The Japan Smart City Portal (JSCP) website transmits information on the latest trends in these operational experiments in English, Chinese, and Japanese. Recent Not-to-Be-Missed Articles (Demand Response)…

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