September 29, 2016

Renault has apparently swooped in and beaten the long-hyped Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 to market with a long-range, affordable electric car. Keeping that a secret must have taken some serious discipline!

Granted, it isn’t a straight comparison, but it’s still a notabl...

September 27, 2016

Energy storage system integrator Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) has struck a deal to install the largest network of energy storage systems at a public water agency in the US. The 7MW energy storage network, providing 34MWh of storage capacity, will utilise Tesla’s...

September 27, 2016

A new lead acid battery developed by a consortium with the CSIRO is being trialled on off-grid conditions, including as storage for intermittent renewable energy.

Called the UltraBattery, it takes the 150-year-old lead-acid battery technology, like those used to start c...

September 26, 2016

World's largest 'second-use' battery storage unit set to connect to the German grid

Carmaker Daimler has completed construction of the world’s largest energy storage facility using second-hand car batteries in Lünen, Westphalia, in Germany.

The new site, which utilises b...

September 23, 2016

Quick quiz: Where can somebody find a very common substance that has the potential to drastically reduce energy spending – especially at peak price points when electricity is most expensive?

Answer: Any freezer.

Granted, the scale in the use of ice to cool a building and...

September 23, 2016

BMW has a couple of initiatives to give a second life to used battery packs from its electric vehicles. Earlier this year, the German automaker announced a wall mounted battery storage system, not unlike the Tesla Powerwall, using BMW i3 22 kWh or 33kWh battery packs.


September 20, 2016

Tesla Motors has won a contract to build a 20 MW/80 MWh Powerpack-based energy- storage system at South California Edison’s Mira Loma substation.

Tesla beat out several firms in the running for the energy storage bid and was the only bidder awarded the utility project o...

September 20, 2016

Thank you for the taking the long journey to our booth at the ELBC conference in Malta last week!

September 9, 2016

SolarCity has its own “Gigafactory” for solar panels going up in Buffalo where it plans to produce at least 1 gigawatt of capacity per year. The plant, which is largely being funded by the state of New York through Gov. Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion”, had a few setbacks, es...

September 8, 2016

On Monday, September 7 (the Labor Day holiday in the US), the government of Mexico announced that the nation “south of the border” would soon join the growing ranks of countries that have adopted cap and trade to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Mexico’s pilot...

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