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Funding for wind-powered ocean sailing drones

Funding for wind-powered ocean sailing drones

May 24, 2018 United States
Saildrone, Inc., a provider of high-resolution ocean data collected via a fleet of unmanned surface vehicles, announced that it has closed a $60 million round of Series B funding to scale up its global fleet of ocean drones to help monitor the state of the planet in real time.
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Funding for renewable energy in Australia

Funding for renewable energy in Australia

May 23, 2018 Australia
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will make up to $7 million of funding available for studying how how solar parks, wind farms or enabling technologies such as batteries can provide grid stability and security services.
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Wind produces more electricity than nuclear in UK for the first time

Wind produces more electricity than nuclear in UK for the first time

May 22, 2018 United Kingdom
In the first few months of 2018 Britain's wind farms produced record-breaking amounts of electricity, for the first time producing more than nuclear.
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Finalist for Renewable Energy Project of the Year

Finalist for Renewable Energy Project of the Year

May 22, 2018 United Kingdom
Highview Power announced that its Liquid Air Energy Storage system at the Pilsworth Landfill Facility outside of Manchester, UK is a finalist for the BusinessGreen Renewable Energy Project of the Year.
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Hawaii off grid dream home

Hawaii off grid dream home

May 21, 2018 United States
Successful entrepreneur Graham Hill has built an off-grid home in Hawaii.
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Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones

Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones

May 21, 2018 China, Hong Kong
Scientists in Hong Kong and China have combined a semi-transparent arrangement of anodes and cathodes with a transparent electrolyte to make the first ever photoluminescent microbattery that can simultaneously act as a power supply and a full-colour display.
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Mine shaft utilisation, a new frontier in distributed energy storage?

Mine shaft utilisation, a new frontier in distributed energy storage?

May 21, 2018 Worldwide
A recent independent study by Imperial College London has evaluated the potential for new gravity-fed energy storage within the UK energy system. With tens of thousands of vertical mine shafts in the UK alone (UK Coal Authority), the potential initial market is sizeable.
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Wireless power receiver charges smart cards, compact devices

Wireless power receiver charges smart cards, compact devices

May 21, 2018 United States
Designed for embedding in space-constrained consumer designs like smart cards or hearing aids, the new chip builds on Powercast's existing Powerharvester receiver (PCC110), which has been deployed in industrial and commercial wireless power systems for seven years.
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Hawaii boosts microgrids

Hawaii boosts microgrids

May 18, 2018 United States
Hawaii legislature last week sent a bill to Governor David Ige's desk that directs the state's regulators to open a proceeding to create a microgrid services tariff to facilitate development and use of microgrids in Hawaii.
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Increasing silicon photovoltaic efficiency

Increasing silicon photovoltaic efficiency

May 17, 2018 Worldwide
At ICREN Barcelona, April 2018, Dr Wilhelm Warta (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE) noted that reducing the cost of electricity from PV calls for increasing the conversion efficiency of solar cells.
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Solid state electrolyte for batteries

Solid state electrolyte for batteries

May 16, 2018 Worldwide
Solid state electrolytes have attracted tremendous attentions in recent years due largely to their commercial applications for highly safe energy storage and large energy storage devices.
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Energy Storage Innovations: Current Overview

Energy Storage Innovations: Current Overview

May 16, 2018
This article provides an overview of energy storage innovations.
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Solar-Plus-Sharp SmartStorageĀ® Microgrids installed in Santa Rita

Solar-Plus-Sharp SmartStorage® Microgrids installed in Santa Rita

May 16, 2018 United States
The solar PV plus SmartStorage energy storage systems have been installed at six sites within the Santa Rita Union School District in Salinas, California. The systems will provide up to seven hours of power at each school during a grid outage and will also offset the school's energy and demand usage resulting in substantial savings on its utility bills.
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Optimising management of microgrids

Optimising management of microgrids

May 15, 2018 Worldwide
Guillermo Domínguez, Catalonia Institute for Energy Research said that future power systems with high penetration of renewable generation and ICT will facilitate better controllability and observability of the grid. However, new challenges for low voltage distribution networks have arisen where the increasing distributed generation is mainly PV installed on the roofs of buildings.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 2)

May 15, 2018 Worldwide
Monika Dunkel continues to explore worldwide technology and market trends in nine key areas, and opportunities they present for the UK.
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New Nigeria off grid solar

New Nigeria off grid solar

May 14, 2018 Nigeria
TellCo Europe Nigeria has announced its plan to introduce the TellCoSol Off-Grid Solar Power System, a Swiss technology that aims to electrify the country without stress.
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Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 1)

Emerging technology trends featured at IDTechEx (Part 1)

May 14, 2018 United Kingdom
Monika Dunkel, Knowledge Transfer Manager Emerging Technologies, Innovate UK recently reported on the technology trends featured at the recent IDTechEx Show! IDTechEx show presenters and exhibitors gave an overview of key market and technology trends in nine emerging technologies. Set in Berlin on 11th and 12th April 2018 this European show attracted visitors and exhibitors from across Europe, Israel, US and a noteable South Korean presence.
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Workshop Focuses on Enabling the Energy Harvesting Ecosystem

Workshop Focuses on Enabling the Energy Harvesting Ecosystem

May 14, 2018 Worldwide
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association is pleased to announce EnerHarv 2018, the organization's inaugural International Energy Harvesting Workshop, to be held in Cork, Ireland, May 29-31, 2018.
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Off-grid solar market returns to robust growth

Off-grid solar market returns to robust growth

May 11, 2018 Worldwide
The off-grid solar sector has returned to robust growth, reversing a brief dip in sales that was mostly due to localized shocks, according to a new report released by the World Bank Group's Lighting Global program and the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.
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High yield syngas production from solar carbon dioxide recycling?

High yield syngas production from solar carbon dioxide recycling?

May 10, 2018 Worldwide
There is currently much debate about how to use photovoltaic solar power which is increasingly the lowest cost zero emission renewable source of electricity. It is particularly an issue when wasted due to the electricity not being needed at that time of day, batteries being an expensive, toxic, short lived, dangerous and unreliable option much of the time.
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Energy self-consumption and building retrofitting

Energy self-consumption and building retrofitting

May 9, 2018 Worldwide, Spain
A presentation on this was given at ICREN Barcelona By Víctor Martinez City Council of Sant Cugat. He is in charge of the coordination of several European projects (FP7 & Horizon 2020) in Sant Cugat.