Tesla Begins Solar Tile Deliveries & Installation. Tesla released today all the information to order its new solar roof tiles products – starting with the smooth black glass tiles and the textured glass tiles, as reported earlier today.
Of course, the most important information that people were waiting for is price. CEO Elon Musk first hinted that it would be cheaper than a regular roof after accounting for energy savings, and later said that Tesla’s solar roof could cost less than a regular roof – even before energy production. Tesla pretty much delivered on both depending on how you look at it. The company says that the “typical homeowner can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot for a Solar Roof.” Japanese Floatovoltaics Plant Powers 5000 Homes. 29 Jun 2016: Opinion by philip warburg Courtesy of KYOCERA Corporation A 2.3-megwatt floating solar array in Kasai City, Japan.
Indonesia Commissions 'World's Largest' Tidal Power Plant. The Indonesian government has approved a plan to build what has been billed as the world’s largest tidal power facility in the ecologically rich Indonesian island of Flores.
The new plant, known as the Palmerah Tidal Bridge, will be built into a floating 800 metre-long bridge on the Larantuka Strait in East Flores, and promises to deliver power capacity of 18 to 23 megawatts (MW), providing enough electricity for 100,000 people in the area. Tesla Using More Batteries Than Produced Worldwide in 2013. Twenty miles east of Sparks, Nevada, a factory is rising from the red dirt of the high desert.
It doesn’t look like much—a few completed structures amid exposed steel girders—but this building, dubbed the Gigafactory, is the key to Elon Musk’s sweeping plan to remake transportation. The Gigafactory is where Tesla Motors will build the batteries that power its electric vehicles. The company has long imported batteries from Asia, but if it is to meet its CEO’s goal of producing 500,000 cars a year, it must build those batteries here. There’s simply no other way to meet its own demand, because the company expects to use more batteries in 2020 than were produced worldwide in 2013. “The factory is the machine that builds the machine,” Musk says, sitting in the lobby of his new building. When finished, the Gigafactory will cover 5.8 million square feet.
Click to Open Overlay Gallery Crews broke ground in June, 2014, and Musk says EV batteries will start coming off the assembly line next year. Global Grid-Tied Energy Storage Reaches 21GWh, Up From 2.9 GWh in 2016. PV Magazine A new report from GTM Research forecasts that the energy storage market in Germany will have an annual value exceeding USD1 billion by 2021, as a collection of factors feed the market’s growth within the country.
GTM Research predicts the energy storage market in Germany to grow 11-fold to an annual value of $1.03 billion by 2021.Solarpraxis/Andreas Schlegel Already a world leader in renewable energies, Germany is expected to see a substantial growth in its energy storage market, according to GTM Research’s new report The German Energy Storage Market: 2016-2021. First Fusion Electricity Generated. 6th May 2017 Fusion reactor achieves first plasma A British company, Tokamak Energy, has achieved first plasma in the ST40, its latest prototype design for a fusion reactor.
The machine is planned to reach 100 million degrees C in 2018, the temperature required for fusion. Fusion Energy Delivered to Grid. Solar Generation up 14,000% in 15 Years. The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world’s energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized.
Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), their counterparts from similar institutes in Japan and Germany, along with researchers at universities and industry, assessed the recent trajectory of photovoltaics and outlined a potential worldwide pathway to produce a significant portion of the world’s electricity from solar power in the new Science paper, Terawatt-Scale Photovoltaics: Trajectories and Challenges. 60% of Installed Capacity From Zero-Emission Sources. In close collaboration with:
Oceans May Provide A Large, Overlooked Source Of Hydrogen. Rocks formed beneath the ocean floor by fast-spreading tectonic plates may be a large and previously overlooked source of free hydrogen gas (H2), a new Duke University study suggests.
The finding could have far-ranging implications since scientists believe H2 might be the fuel source responsible for triggering life on Earth. And, if it were found in large enough quantities, some experts speculate that it could be used as a clean-burning substitute for fossil fuels today because it gives off high amounts of energy when burned but emits only water, not carbon. Recent discoveries of free hydrogen gas, which was once thought to be very rare, have been made near slow-spreading tectonic plates deep beneath Earth's continents and under the sea. "Our model, however, predicts that large quantities of H2 may also be forming within faster-spreading tectonic plates -- regions that collectively underlie roughly half of the Mid-Ocean Ridge," said Stacey L.