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100 Percent Renewable Powered Microgrid in Illinois Islands from the Grid for...
18 Aug 2017 at 9:43am
On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.
SolarReserve to Build 150-MW Solar Thermal Plant in South Australia
17 Aug 2017 at 4:25am
A 150MW solar thermal power plant will be built in South Australia by global company SolarReserve. The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta, about 300km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide, will incorporate eight hours of storage or 1,100 MWh, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station.
NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for $4 Billion Battery Plan
17 Aug 2017 at 4:09am
NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in 100 million euros ($118 million).
London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth
16 Aug 2017 at 4:49am
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital?s solar energy generation capacity by 2030.
First Solar to Profit If Trump Slaps Tariffs on Panel Imports
15 Aug 2017 at 3:39pm
First Solar Inc. is standing on the sidelines of a trade dispute that could give its products a significant leg up.
The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday regarding the request by Suniva for the U.S. to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. The petition alleges China, which accounts for more than 80 percent of global solar panel production, gives manufacturers unfair government support.
The commission is expected to make a decision next month, and a finding of harm could lead President Trump to impose duties as early as November.
Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe's Power Grids
14 Aug 2017 at 9:29am
Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy?s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles.
Tech Guru Bill Joy Unveils a Battery to Challenge Lithium-Ion
14 Aug 2017 at 7:55am
Elon Musk isn?t the only visionary betting that the world will soon be reliant on batteries. Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder, also envisions such dependence. He just thinks alkaline is a smarter way to go than lithium-ion.
Do You have a Favorite Insurance? For Pharma, it May be Microgrids
11 Aug 2017 at 6:41am
A large pharma company recently came to me to discuss energy supply and its need for guaranteed electricity. The company had to take out expensive insurance to cover a power failure event that could interrupt their production line. Why is this a big deal? We?ve all lost refrigeration for a few hours.
After talking with the company, it became clear that a power loss lasting only 1 minute can result in a major economic hit because much of the pharmaceuticals are made in large batches to amortize the costs, and increase production. With a power loss, it?s not just a temporary interruption, it?s a lost batch. And the market value of a lost batch can easily reach millions of dollars.
FERC Accepts Preliminary Permit Application for 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage...
7 Aug 2017 at 12:27pm
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced on July 25 it had accepted an application for a preliminary permit for the 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in Pennsylvania.
Senate Restores Quorum at FERC, Confirms DOE Deputy Secretary
7 Aug 2017 at 9:05am
Quorum has been restored to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following the unanimous confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson by the U.S. Senate.
The Energy Sector Needs to Adapt to Millennials?Not Vice Versa
7 Aug 2017 at 8:18am
As interns at Environmental Defense Fund, we?ve been tapped as resident experts on surviving on college budgets, social media, and all things Millennial. Research tells us Millennials are the largest living generation. So, as clean energy interns this summer, we?ve learned that gives us much power to change the game for the energy sector. But in unexpected ways.
Queensland Opens Registrations for 100 MW Energy Storage Auction
7 Aug 2017 at 8:00am
The Queensland Labor government has kicked off its large-scale energy storage auction, calling for early registration of companies wishing to tender for the installation of up to 100 MW of energy storage before 2020, alongside 400 MW of new solar and wind farms. The Renewables 400 auction was officially launched on Monday, as a key plank of the Palaszczuk government's Powering Queensland Plan ? an AU $1.6 billion scheme, first unveiled in June, to help the state meet its 50 percent renewable energy target by 2030.
Germany to Take on Tesla With Gigafactory Rival
7 Aug 2017 at 7:33am
German executives are preparing to announce a new home for a lithium-ion battery plant designed to rival the output at Tesla Inc.?s Gigafactory. Terra E Holding GmbH will choose one of five candidate sites in Germany or a neighboring country next month to build its 34 GWh battery factory, Frankfurt-based CEO Holger Gritzka said in an interview.
Siemens Financial Offers ?Outcome-based? Financing for Energy Storage
7 Aug 2017 at 7:26am
A new offering from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) could give potential customers in the UK an avenue to access Siemens? energy storage technology, SIESTORAGE, without committing capital up front.
Using SIESTORAGE technology companies can defer electricity purchases from peak times to cheaper periods. The modular system, which is based on Lithium-ion battery technology, typically suits customers with on-site consumption of between 1 MW and 100 MW, according to SFS.
Cell Phones to Bring Solar Power to 1 Million Africans Living Off the Grid
7 Aug 2017 at 6:24am
Fenix International, a San Francisco startup making solar power systems for people with no access to electricity grids, is expanding in Africa through a partnership with the continent?s largest wireless carrier.