nav-left cat-right
cat-right

Tesvolt Pulls Millions of Euros to Scale the World...

“We are not low-cost engineering. Our systems are a little bit more expensive than Tesla’s, but our cycle life is quite higher.” A German state-backed venture capital fund this week invested “several million euros” in Tesvolt, a startup that is claiming the world’s longest-lasting lithium-ion battery. IBG Risikokapitalfonds III, a Sachsen-Anhalt state fund managed by Berlin-based venture capital investment house bmp...

New report shines light on installed costs and dep...

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are making available the most detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns to date for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar systems equipped with energy storage-and quantifying previously unknown soft costs for the first time. The report, titled “Installed Cost Benchmarks and Deployment Barriers for Residential Solar...

Tesla battery packs power the Hawaiian island of K...

Tesla battery packs power the Hawaiian island of Kauai after dark  Phil LeBeau  |  @Lebeaucarnews CNBC | 2017-03-08T17:06:08-0500 While investors on Wall Street debate whether Tesla‘s ambitious transformation from electric car maker to sustainable energy company will pay off, its industrial power packs are already having an impact on at least one state. In Hawaii, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) is now...

Why home solar power should not be stored

For homes with solar power it might seem like a good idea to store the energy collected that isn’t needed for later use. However, a new report finds that storing solar energy for night-time use increases both energy consumption and emissions. Instead of a house fitted with solar panels collecting up the energy from the daytime for use during the night, this stored energy should be passed onto a national gird. This is the...

Rollout Of Chevy Bolt May Mark Turning Point For E...

General Motors has high hopes for the Chevrolet Bolt EV (shown here during its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last year). It can travel 238 miles on one charge. Currently, the only other all-electric cars with that kind of range are Teslas, which are far more expensive. Paul Sancya/AP hide captiontoggle caption Paul Sancya/AP Rollout Of Chevy Bolt May Mark Turning Point For Electric Car Market...

Electric cars are set to arrive far more speedily ...

Electric cars are set to arrive far more speedily than anticipated The Economist | Volts wagons Carmakers face short-term pain and long term gain THE high-pitched whirr of an electric car may not stir the soul like the bellow and growl of an internal combustion engine (ICE). But to compensate, electric motors give even the humblest cars explosive acceleration. Electric cars are similarly set for rapid forward thrust....

3 More Gigafactories Coming Soon to ‘Change ...

At the grand opening of Tesla’s enormous Gigafactory in July, CEO Elon Musk said he wants to build Gigafactories on several continents. He told BBC he wanted a factory “in Europe, in India, in China … ultimately, wherever there is a huge amount of demand for the end product.” Well, it looks like Musk’s factory-building plans are well underway. The company said in its fourth-quarter investor...

Energy Seminar: David Hochschild, How California C...

February 6, 2017 – 4:30pm to 5:20pm NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center Free and open to all. Event Sponsor: Precourt Institute for Energy Contact Email: energyseminar@stanford.edu David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission Talk Abstract: David Hochschild is a commissioner at the California Energy Commission, the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency, where he is the...

Indiana energy bill would eliminate net metering, ...

Indiana legislators have introduced a bill that many fear could kill the state’s solar industry by ending net metering and also essentially preventing people from using the energy from their own solar panels. would ban net metering by 2027, and it would limit the options that the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission could replace it with for compensating customers with solar installations. Rather than the retail rate paid...

Trump May Not Like Alternative Energy, but Investo...

GIVEN what President-elect Donald J. Trump has said about his energy strategy — he favors coal and wants to end federal subsidies to the clean energy industry — does it still make sense to invest in wind, solar and other alternative sources of power? The answer is an emphatic yes, according to investment advisers, who say clean energy companies will continue to thrive during a Trump administration, regardless of what the...

Some analysts kid themselves about future of solar...

We’ve read and reported on some remarkably misinformed analysis in recent weeks, including from the country’s principal energy rule maker and the government’s favourite energy consultant. But this one just about takes the biscuit. It is an analysis by investment bank CLSA – partly informed by Frontier Economics, the consultancy behind the other notable analyses we reported on last week, here and here – and argues why rooftop...

Residential Battery Storage Doesn’t Yet Make Sense...

Residential Battery Storage Doesn’t Yet Make Sense, Says Engineering Firm “We have to recognize that consumer decisions are not solely governed by economic rationale.” by Jason Deign July 20, 2016 Australian homeowners may be flocking to energy storage in droves. But one of the country’s biggest engineering consultancies doesn’t see the financial sense in it. Victoria-based Aurecon, which has operations across Africa, Asia,...

Chicago company builds out — and shows off — smart...

Chicago company builds out — and shows off — smart grid and energy storage Written By  Kari Lydersen 11 hours ago Midwest Energy News | 2016-11-08T06:00:00+00:00 Neighbors of the S&C Electric Company in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago might not even know the 47-acre factory and research facility is there. It is recessed below street level on the site of a former tire yard, designed to meld into its surroundings...

Granville neighbors give up fight over Denison sol...

    Enlarge Image Granville neighbors give up fight over Denison solar array Jennifer Smola The Columbus Dispatch | Nov 08, 2016  Two years after it was proposed, it appears a solar project on Denison University’s Biological Reserve will finally see the light of day. After pushing back against the solar array, residents on Welsh Hills Road whose properties border the reserve are walking away from the battleground. The...

Tesla Clears Major Roadblock To Mass-Market Succes...

The automaker’s 315-mile range sets a new record. ThinkProgress | This week, Tesla’s Elon Musk unveiled his new lithium-ion battery pack that can deliver an unprecedented 315-mile range for his electric vehicles (EVs). But SolidEnergy Systems, a new startup spun out of an MIT lab, says it is in the process of commercializing a lithium metal battery that can double the range of all existing EVs. A major roadblock to...