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CSP Eyes Strong Growth with Thermal Energy Storage to Compete Against PV

3 hours 12 min ago

Concentrating solar power (CSP) has existed since 1866, but for the last couple of decades, photovoltaic (PV) has been the dominant solar technology. Now with technological advancements and energy storage, CSP is poised to make a significant comeback. 

Solar Now Third Largest Renewable Source of Electricity in US

3 hours 39 min ago

In April, solar reached a new milestone, providing more than 2.3 percent of U.S. electrical supply, according to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) Electric Power Monthly, with data through April 30, 2017. Consequently, solar has now moved into third place among renewable sources — behind hydropower and wind but ahead of biomass and geothermal.

New York Moves to Establish Energy Storage Procurement Target for 2030

4 hours 4 min ago

The New York State Legislature has sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo companion bills that would lead to the development of an energy storage procurement target for the state.

European Commission Approves Aid for Danish Coal-to-biomass Plant Conversion

5 hours 3 min ago

The European Commission (EC) last week said that it has approved state aid for the conversion of a coal plant to biomass in Kalundborg, Denmark.

South Australia Has 185 Potential Sites for Pumped Storage Hydro

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 23:05

There are 185 sites in South Australia that are potentially suitable for off-river pumped hydro storage, according to the results of research at The Australian National University.

NYSERDA to Fund Emerging Energy Storage Technology

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:20

NYSERDA announced that up to $6.3 million is available for energy storage technologies that have not yet been commercialized but could support renewable power sources in New York State

Solar LCOE, a Data Mining and Fact Driven Challenge

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:42

Fully identifying and understanding real life cycle solar PV costs creates a challenge; while not addressing those costs in detail accurately and dramatically, increases project risk. The probability that one can effectively cut costs without clearly understanding what the underlying costs are, is exceptionally low.

Collaborative Underwater Robots for Offshore Industry

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:29

Today, DTU inaugurates a laboratory where researchers will complete a modular robot for use in e.g. offshore wind turbine platforms. The robot will be used for inspection, and the long-term vision is that it will be able to carry out underwater repairs on foundations and rigs.

NY Green Bank’s Clean Tech Investments Reach $346 Million

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:51

NY Green Bank’s investment portfolio reached $346.1 million in 1Q17, an achievement that is expected to ensure a total investment of about $1 billion into New York’s clean energy market, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

 

Panel Makers Surge After Trump Proposes Solar on Border Wall

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:13

Shares of solar manufacturers rose sharply Thursday after President Donald Trump told supporters that mounting solar PV panels atop his proposed Mexican border wall would allow the project to pay for itself.

If Saskatchewan Can Build a Geothermal Power Plant, Why Can’t B.C.?

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:39

While news of Saskatchewan’s plan for a small geothermal power plant was met with excitement by renewable energy advocates, experts say British Columbia is far better situated to capitalize on the technology yet has failed to do so.

Researchers Win DOE Grant for Solar Communications Security System

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:10

A three-year study to develop a generic cybersecurity system for monitoring communications between distributed resource energy generators — including solar — and the grid is being developed by the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under a $900,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.

 

The Many Fates of Former Solar Decathlon Houses

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:30

Compelling. That’s what the stories behind the Solar Decathlon represent to me. Normally, I am focused on the current competition — working with the university teams and our partners to host the Energy Department’s largest public event showcasing student-built solar houses. 

Smart Control Systems and Better Energy Efficiency with 'Smart City' Technology

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:07

Several U.K. cities are looking to initiate smart projects and developments to improve the efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability and develop their competitiveness. Smart city initiatives improve the ‘liveability’ of a city, helping to attract business and talent to support economic and business growth.

The Global Transition to Renewable Energy — Can the Caribbean Lead the Way? Part 2: The Challenges

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 20:21

With the confluence of positive factors described in Part 1 of this article, why has the pace of adoption of renewables not been more rapid Indeed, there has been progress, but it has been slow and uneven, depending on the island. There are several reasons for this.

Australian Firm Issues Tender for 640 MWh of Energy Storage Services

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:07

Brisbane, Australia-based Lyon Group yesterday said it is seeking interest for contracts to cover up to 640 MWh of storage capacity across Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

Toronto Hydro, Ryerson Launch Pilot Project to Store Energy in Pole-mounted Compact Box

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:33

Toronto Hydro is testing pole-mounted energy storage devices that can supplement electricity during peak hours in homes. In a pilot project, a compact white box, a little bigger than a suitcase, has been mounted about six metres up a hydro pole in the Keele St.

Changing How Solar Power Rolls

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 19:18
Traditional solar panels used to power satellites can be bulky with heavy panels folded together using mechanical hinges. An experiment that recently arrived at the International Space Station will test a new solar array design that rolls up to form a compact cylinder for launch with significantly less mass and volume.

Flow Battery Provider Recognized with Green Chemistry Challenge Award

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:35

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized Mukilteo, Wash.-based flow battery provider UniEnergy Technologies with a Green Chemistry Challenge Award.

India Solar Tariffs: Part 2 — Dude, Where's My Return?

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 18:01

Any analysis of solar returns has to be first de-linked from return expectations for thermal. Rather than chip away at a thermal derived returns benchmark

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