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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. […]

July 22nd

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 […]

July 29th

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 […]

April 24th

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 […]

December 8th

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 […]

November 26th

‘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: […]

October 14th

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 […]

July 28th

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, […]

June 15th

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 […]

June 4th

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 […]

May 21st

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 […]

April 9th

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 […]

March 26th