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Home energy storage capacity breaks records in U.S.

September 28th, 2019 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

  Additions of new residential energy storage capacity in the United States reached a record high in the second quarter of the year, exceeding 30 MW, a new report by Wood Mackenzie says. The market for energy storage in the country is growing fast, the authors note, driven by customer interest and government incentives. In […]

Solar energy prices hit tipping point as China reaches “grid parity”

August 26th, 2019 at 11:15 am » Comments Off

It’s a landmark moment for China and the world. The world’s most populous country has reached a tipping point in the pursuit of renewable energy. China, which aims to consume 20 percent of its energy from non-fossil fuels by 2030, has reached a point where home-generated solar is cheaper than electricity generated from the national […]

Tesla’s Megapack battery is big enough to help grids handle peak demand

August 16th, 2019 at 12:28 am » Comments Off

A new industrial storage product coming as the company’s lost its lead in home solar Tesla announced a new massive battery today called Megapack that could replace so-called “peaker” power plants, which provide energy when a local electrical grid gets overloaded. Tesla says that Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) will deploy several Megapacks at Moss […]

Tesla launches its Megapack, a new massive 3 MWh energy storage product

August 13th, 2019 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

Tesla is launching today its ‘Megapack’, a massive new energy storage product that combines up to 3 MWh of storage capacity and a 1.5 MW inverter. Electrek exclusively reported last year that Tesla has been working on a new energy storage system called ‘Megapack’. We found out that Tesla was going to use the Megapack […]

France’s solar roadway experiment has failed

August 9th, 2019 at 3:59 pm » Comments Off

 After nearly three years of use, Normandy’s photovoltaic highway is delivering disappointing results Solar power highways are hitting a roadblock. Nearly three years after France built a 0.6-mile stretch of photovoltaic road in Normandy, the government is deeming it a disappointing experiment. In 2016, France announced its bold plan to “pave” 1,000 kilometers (around 620 […]

This solar-powered device produces energy and cleans water at the same time

August 4th, 2019 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

UNDER THE SUN Solar panels with water purification devices mounted on their backs (illustrated) could produce freshwater and electricity simultaneously.  Still a prototype, the machine could one day help curb electricity and freshwater shortages By mounting a water distillation system on the back of a solar cell, engineers have constructed a device that doubles as […]

Solar power system that works at night a renewable energy game-changer

August 3rd, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

An innovative thermal battery being developed by Curtin University researchers will be key to a solar power system capable of producing electricity overnight, rivaling fossil fuels as a viable source of power for commercial and heavy industries around the world, including mining operations. Curtin is collaborating with international renewable energy companies United Sun Systems and […]

After 40 years of searching, scientists identify the key flaw in solar panel efficiency

June 26th, 2019 at 10:54 pm » Comments Off

Solar panels are fantastic pieces of technology, but we need to work out how to make them even more efficient – and scientists just solved a 40-year-old mystery around one of the key obstacles to increased efficiency. A new study outlines a material defect in silicon used to produce solar cells that has previously gone […]

Why new solar installations will reach a breakneck pace by 2025

May 21st, 2019 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

  The rise is set to continue. Solar power is about to reach an inflection point. A new report released on Thursday claims that installations in the United States will double in just four years’ time, thanks largely to developments in California, which accounted for around half of all installations. This estimate is from the […]

Battery storage is the fastest-growing industry sector on the planet (which could save the planet)

May 3rd, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

  Billions of dollars are being invested worldwide in the developing battery boom, involving research into storage techniques to use the growing surpluses of cheap renewable energy now becoming available. Recent developments in batteries are set to sweep aside the old arguments about renewables being intermittent, dismissing any need to continue building nuclear power plants […]

‘Coal is on the way out’: study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind

April 2nd, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Around 75% of coal production is more expensive than renewables, with industry out-competed on cost by 2025 ‘We’ve seen we are at the ‘coal crossover’ point in many parts of the country.’ Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to […]

Nanocrystal ‘factory’ could revolutionize quantum dot manufacturing

March 29th, 2019 at 12:04 pm » Comments Off

  A new system for synthesizing quantum dots across the entire spectrum of visible light drastically reduces manufacturing costs, can be tuned on demand to any color and allows for real-time process monitoring to ensure quality control. NC State researchers have developed a microfluidic system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots that drastically reduces manufacturing costs, […]

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