Ag + solar solutions in fields and smart solar greenhouse

November 26th, 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Putting solar panels on a roof is a good idea. Growing food in a greenhouse is also a good idea. But putting those ideas together usually doesn’t work because the solar panels block out the sunlight the plants inside need to flourish. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have created new solar …

Energy-storage company and home builder are teaming up to make peer-to-peer energy sharing a viable player in the clean-energy landscape

Fast Company 12 Oct 2017 This Solar-Powered Development Will Be The Largest Virtual Power Plant In The U.S. When it’s complete, the Jasper sonnenCommunity will create a virtual power plant that will be able to aggregate enough solar energy to make it comparable to a small power plant. [Photo: Mandalay Homes] By Eillie Anilotti If you live in Frankfurt, Germany and …

Battery life factors

From Clean Technica What shortens lithium battery life? High temperatures. Overcharging or high voltage. Deep discharges or low voltage. High discharges or charge current. Electric vehicle have become a common sight on streets today, and many people have started to enjoy the quiet comfort, getting used to charging at night and silently doing errands. Photo of a BMW i3 at …

A utility-scale solar project demonstrated how solar can compete with natural gas over grid services and cost

Excerpt from Utility Dive, by Herman Trabish, 16 Oct 2017 a recent pilot successfully showcased how renewable energy can be used for reliability services to balance the wind and solar penetration on CAISO. CAISO (California ISO) collaborated with developer First Solar and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on a 300 MW solar power plant project that showed renewable energy …

NREL new battery for utilities to store electricity costs 100x less than the conventional lithium ion batteries in use today, now need to extend lifespan

Oct 2017 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica You can take this story with a grain of salt, literally and figuratively. Researchers at MIT, responding to a challenge issued by the US Department of Energy, have developed a new battery for use by utility companies to store electricity that costs 100 times less than the conventional lithium ion batteries in …

Online platform, Project Navigator, provides the tools and guidance to assist in developing renewable mini-grid projects, with best practices to assist project developers in preparing, developing, and operating bankable projects

New addition to IRENA’s Project Navigator has the best practices for developing mini-grid projects in Small Island Developing States Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can transform their power sectors towards renewable energy, addressing the challenges of affordable energy and climate change. In this context, renewable mini-grid solutions, composed of electricity generators and storage systems interconnected to a distribution network which …

EVs will mean auto factories with a final assembly area that is half the size, requires half the capital investment and 30% fewer labor hours per car. Opening EV manufacturing in new areas? Learn from Lancaster, CA. Also next gen Lithium-Ion battery production in NY

In addition to the EV investments they are undertaking, by 2022 Ford plans to cut spending on future internal combustion engines by a third, or about $500 million, putting that money instead into expanded electric and hybrid vehicle development, on top of $4.5 billion previously announced. Ford also will cut the time it takes to engineer a new car by 20 …

Utility reinforces its position through a new, cleaner business model

By Stanley Reed, New York Times, 18 Aug 2017 AMSTERDAM — When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided did not work. But when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors, …