Inspired by Nature: Scientists Find Groundbreaking Solution for Solar Storage. By Tim Radford By the century's end, some of Greenland's ice will have vanished forever.
New research shows that the coastal glaciers and ice caps are melting faster than ever before and may have already reached the point of no return two decades ago. That is because they have passed the stage at which they can refreeze their own meltwater. These peripheral glaciers and icecaps cover an estimated 100,000 square kilometers of the island. And when they have gone, the world's oceans will have risen by four centimeters. Body of Greenland ice But scientists reporting in Nature Communications journal said most of the Greenland ice—the biggest body of ice in the northern hemisphere—is still safe. "Higher altitudes are colder, so the highest ice caps are still relatively healthy at the moment," said study leader Brice Noël, a PhD student of polar glaciology and Arctic climate modeling at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
"However, we see melting occur higher and higher. Microgrid Investments Are Advancing Smart Grid 2.0: What Internet of Things Investors Need to Know. The Internet of Things will have many impacts on our daily lives and some may do so in invisible ways.
One impact could be in energy and the next generation of the electric grid. As more homeowners and businesses become energy producers with solar energy and small-scale wind, they create a problem for electric utilities and an opportunity for new technologies to impact our energy future. Buildings may produce enough energy to power their own home or business, but it's not necessarily at the time they need power. BPT-S 5 Hybrid: Storing solar power – intelligent energy management. JuiceBox Lithium-Ion Solar Energy Storage Systems. Solar Energy Storage. Solar plus storage: what it is how it works and why your city needs it. Solar Paper turns the page on portable solar chargers. While there's a healthy selection of compact solar panels to keep our mobile gadgets charged up – light permitting – the vast majority of these are either too small to be effective or too bulky for carting around.
The creators of Solar Paper are looking to buck this trend with a portable solar charger that generates up to 10 W of power, yet is lighter than an iPhone 6 Plus and only slightly wider and longer. So called because its panels are thing enough to slot between the pages of a notebook, and touted as the "world's thinnest and lightest solar charger" by its creators, Yolk, Solar Paper measures 9 x 19 x 1.1 cm (3.5 x 7.5 x 0.4 in) and weighs 120 g (4.2 oz), while the actual solar panels are only 1.5 mm thick. But Solar Paper has more going for it than just its form factor. Unlike most solar chargers on the market, it features modular panels that connect via embedded magnets.
If you want more power, you can connect up to four panels together. Source: Yolk. The Economics of Battery Energy Storage. The Future of Energy Storage Is Behind the Meter. Today, energy storage is often described as new, emerging or risky.
But tomorrow, one word will suffice: mainstream. In California, we have a near perfect storm of market signals moving the entire energy storage industry forward. On the hardware side, OEMs (battery and inverter manufacturers) have significantly reduced costs, while forward-thinking policymakers and financiers are creating favorable regulatory and market conditions. To date, the industry has focused a lot of attention on grid-scale storage, but it is the massive opportunity behind the meter that will truly move the industry from fledgling to mainstream. Orison - First Plug and Play Battery for Your Home or Office.
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3rd Generation LiFeMnPO4; The PowerGrid is on the leading edge of technology that is tailored for each individuals power habits and consumption needs. Each PowerGrid is built and delivered as a turn key system with all the programming, battery management system and necessary interconnection hardware with UL listings. The PowerGrid has been deployed throughout the World, including California where it's customers have enjoyed the SGIP State rebates. State and Federal Incentives reduce total costs from 50% - 95% If you have existing solar, adding an AES system is easy and seamless. Key Features Technology is changing rapidly, and that includes how we harness, store and use energy for use in our homes and businesses. RMI TheEconomicsOfBatteryEnergyStorage FullReport FINAL. SunEdison Storage. Last month, we predicted that one of the country’s big vertically integrated solar companies would make a move into the energy storage business this year by acquiring a U.S.
-based storage company. Here’s the first. On Thursday, solar (and wind) giant SunEdison announced it was acquiring the project development team, four existing projects, and roughly 100 megawatts of project pipeline of Solar Grid Storage. The Philadelphia, Pa. -based startup specializes in packaging lithium-ion batteries and inverters with commercial solar PV projects -- and paying their way by providing lucrative frequency regulation services in the market run by mid-Atlantic grid operator PJM. If you thought solar was going to hurt utilities, get a load of solar+storage. As I wrote in my previous post, power utilities are pushing back against rooftop solar, but by doing so they are only accelerating the development of solar+storage, which may prove to be an even bigger threat.
Residential solar+storage (my main focus in this post, rather than commercial or utility-scale versions) refers to a) an array of rooftop solar panels connected to b) some means of energy storage, usually a battery or batteries, controlled by c) smart software that enables the system to communicate with the grid. Adding storage to solar radically expands its value — the whole is more than the sum of the parts. The ability to store energy gives the solar homeowner more control over her energy; she can shift her time of use, storing power when it's cheap and selling it when it's more expensive. And she can potentially participate in larger markets, as we'll see later. It's pretty cool. But it's also expensive as hell at the moment. Storedot. How Sustainable is Stored Sunlight? Picture: Tesla's lithium-ion home storage system.
In the previous article, we have seen that many life cycle analyses (LCAs) of solar PV systems have a positive bias. Most LCAs base their studies on the manufacturing of solar cells in Europe or the USA. However, most panels are now produced in China, where the electric grid is about twice as carbon-intensive and about 50% less energy efficient.  Likewise, most LCAs investigate solar PV systems in regions with a solar insolation typical of the Mediterranean region, while the majority of solar panels have been installed in places with only half as much sunshine. As a consequence, the embodied greenhouse gas emissions of a kWh of electricity generated by solar PV is two to four times higher than most LCAs indicate. Untitled.