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Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 20, 2018
Integrating renewable energy into the oil and gas industry

Integrating renewable energy into the oil and gas industry

Australian oil and gas company Santos will begin converting the pumps on their oil wells to solar and battery power, as part of an Australian-first trial that will reduce emissions from oil production.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 20, 2018
New York to dramatically increase energy storage

New York to dramatically increase energy storage

New York State Public Service Commission approved two initiatives to dramatically increase New York's energy efficiency and energy storage targets to combat climate change. The new energy efficiency target for investor-owned utilities will more than double utility energy efficiency progress by 2025, reducing the state's energy consumption by the equivalent of fueling and powering 1.8 million homes. The energy storage initiative sets New York on a…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 19, 2018
New property in graphene for better solar panels

New property in graphene for better solar panels

A new mechanism for ultra-efficient charge and energy flow in graphene, opening up opportunities for developing new types of light-harvesting devices.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 19, 2018
NASA 20kV flying microgrid

NASA 20kV flying microgrid

Innovators at NASA have developed a variable-frequency, alternating current power system to enable turbo-electric and hybrid electric propulsion. The technology uses double-fed electric machines and a high-voltage, variable-frequency power system to significantly decrease (by 85%) the weight of an aircraft's power electronics for turbo-electric propulsion, while still providing high specific power and variable thrust.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 19, 2018
$2 million DOE grant for pumped heat electricity storage

$2 million DOE grant for pumped heat electricity storage

Southwest Research Institute has received a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop an advanced pumped heat electricity storage (PHES) system. This system offers twice the energy density of a lithium ion battery and is based on an innovative thermodynamic cycle to store energy in hot and cold fluids.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 18, 2018
LeasePlan and Lightyear to deliver first solar lease car

LeasePlan and Lightyear to deliver first solar lease car

LeasePlan Netherlands will collaborate with Dutch scale-up Lightyear, the first company in the world to develop an electric solar car for consumers. LeasePlan Netherlands will become Lightyear's leasing partner for the Lightyear One, the first car produced by the company. The Pioneer Edition of the Lightyear One is expected to drive on Dutch roads in 2020.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 17, 2018
Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record

Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record

NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the International Space Station in order to evaluate Alta's technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats. Alta Devices also recently announced a new efficiency record of 29.1% for its single junction solar cell.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 17, 2018
Argonaut Power and Northumbrian Water to pilot battery storage

Argonaut Power and Northumbrian Water to pilot battery storage

Argonaut Power, Ingenious' flexible energy platform, has partnered with Northumbrian Water to pilot the use of large scale battery storage at a number of the utility's sites across the North East, Essex and Suffolk.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Will Piezoelectric Roads Charge Vehicles at Speed?

Will Piezoelectric Roads Charge Vehicles at Speed?

IDTechEx reports sometimes attract vehement debate and the new report, "Piezoelectric Harvesting and Sensing 2019-2039." Is one such example
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 14, 2018
Abu Dhabi Airport harvests energy and data from passengers

Abu Dhabi Airport harvests energy and data from passengers

Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 13, 2018
£100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa

£100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa

£100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa to provide electricity to 2.4 million people a year. Developers of small-scale solar, wind, hydro and geothermal projects will be supported to harness each country's natural resources.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 12, 2018
Joint financing for the Nigeria Electrification Project

Joint financing for the Nigeria Electrification Project

The African Development Bank and Africa Growing Together Fund are to provide US$ 200 million in joint financing to support the Nigeria Electrification Project.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 11, 2018
ENGIE on Africa's energy deficit

ENGIE on Africa's energy deficit

Despite being home to 15 percent of the world's population, Africa only accounts for one 20th of global energy use. In this sense, energy consumption per capita across the continent is three times lower than the global average.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 11, 2018
Sun in a box would store renewable energy for the grid

Sun in a box would store renewable energy for the grid

Engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may be designed to power a small city not just when the sun is up or the wind is high, but around the clock.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 11, 2018
Amprius' silicon nanowire lithium ion batteries power Airbus Zephyr

Amprius' silicon nanowire lithium ion batteries power Airbus Zephyr

Amprius Inc is supplying advanced lithium ion cells to the Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr Program. Using Amprius' cells, which contain a 100% silicon anode, the Zephyr S flew more than 25 days, setting a new endurance and altitude record for stratospheric flight.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 10, 2018
Stanford University to go 100 percent solar by 2021

Stanford University to go 100 percent solar by 2021

A new solar generating plant - Stanford's second - will enable the university to use 100 percent renewable electricity in three years, more than two decades ahead of California's goal of a carbon-free grid by 2045.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 7, 2018
Out of the fog: honeycomb films

Out of the fog: honeycomb films

Research into porous films made via the condensation of humid air could lead to materials with applications ranging from medicine to photovoltaics.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Learnings from Battery & Energy Day Two

Learnings from Battery & Energy Day Two

The event Battery & Energy Dec 4-5 Coventry University ended with a second day of presentations and discussion panels.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 6, 2018
Piezoelectrics Key to IoT and Power from Roads?

Piezoelectrics Key to IoT and Power from Roads?

California and Europe are pumping millions into development of electricity-generating roads using piezoelectrics. Piezos will also be useful in self-powered Internet of Things nodes because no one will change or even charge millions of batteries for those nodes let alone the envisaged billions. Without self-powered nodes, the IoT will be nothing more than a footnote in history. The new IDTechEx Research report, "Piezoelectric Harvesting and…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 6, 2018
Mainland France's largest grid battery storage facility

Mainland France's largest grid battery storage facility

When completed, it will be the largest power storage unit connected directly to the grid in mainland France. With a 6 MW / 6 MWh power rating, the unit will use its storage capacity to perform frequency regulation services for the grid, helping keep any frequency deviation in check.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 20, 2018
Integrating renewable energy into the oil and gas industry

Integrating renewable energy into the oil and gas industry

Australian oil and gas company Santos will begin converting the pumps on their oil wells to solar and battery power, as part of an Australian-first trial that will reduce emissions from oil production.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 19, 2018
New property in graphene for better solar panels

New property in graphene for better solar panels

A new mechanism for ultra-efficient charge and energy flow in graphene, opening up opportunities for developing new types of light-harvesting devices.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 19, 2018
$2 million DOE grant for pumped heat electricity storage

$2 million DOE grant for pumped heat electricity storage

Southwest Research Institute has received a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop an advanced pumped heat electricity storage (PHES) system. This system offers twice the energy density of a lithium ion battery and is based on an innovative thermodynamic cycle to store energy in hot and cold fluids.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 17, 2018
Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record

Alta Devices sets 29.1% solar efficiency record

NASA is testing Alta Devices solar technology at the International Space Station in order to evaluate Alta's technology for future NASA low-Earth orbit missions, including powering CubeSats. Alta Devices also recently announced a new efficiency record of 29.1% for its single junction solar cell.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Will Piezoelectric Roads Charge Vehicles at Speed?

Will Piezoelectric Roads Charge Vehicles at Speed?

IDTechEx reports sometimes attract vehement debate and the new report, "Piezoelectric Harvesting and Sensing 2019-2039." Is one such example
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 13, 2018
£100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa

£100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa

£100 million for renewable energy projects in Africa to provide electricity to 2.4 million people a year. Developers of small-scale solar, wind, hydro and geothermal projects will be supported to harness each country's natural resources.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 11, 2018
ENGIE on Africa's energy deficit

ENGIE on Africa's energy deficit

Despite being home to 15 percent of the world's population, Africa only accounts for one 20th of global energy use. In this sense, energy consumption per capita across the continent is three times lower than the global average.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 11, 2018
Amprius' silicon nanowire lithium ion batteries power Airbus Zephyr

Amprius' silicon nanowire lithium ion batteries power Airbus Zephyr

Amprius Inc is supplying advanced lithium ion cells to the Airbus Defence and Space Zephyr Program. Using Amprius' cells, which contain a 100% silicon anode, the Zephyr S flew more than 25 days, setting a new endurance and altitude record for stratospheric flight.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 7, 2018
Out of the fog: honeycomb films

Out of the fog: honeycomb films

Research into porous films made via the condensation of humid air could lead to materials with applications ranging from medicine to photovoltaics.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 6, 2018
Piezoelectrics Key to IoT and Power from Roads?

Piezoelectrics Key to IoT and Power from Roads?

California and Europe are pumping millions into development of electricity-generating roads using piezoelectrics. Piezos will also be useful in self-powered Internet of Things nodes because no one will change or even charge millions of batteries for those nodes let alone the envisaged billions. Without self-powered nodes, the IoT will be nothing more than a footnote in history. The new IDTechEx Research report, "Piezoelectric Harvesting and…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 20, 2018
New York to dramatically increase energy storage

New York to dramatically increase energy storage

New York State Public Service Commission approved two initiatives to dramatically increase New York's energy efficiency and energy storage targets to combat climate change. The new energy efficiency target for investor-owned utilities will more than double utility energy efficiency progress by 2025, reducing the state's energy consumption by the equivalent of fueling and powering 1.8 million homes. The energy storage initiative sets New York on a…
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 19, 2018
NASA 20kV flying microgrid

NASA 20kV flying microgrid

Innovators at NASA have developed a variable-frequency, alternating current power system to enable turbo-electric and hybrid electric propulsion. The technology uses double-fed electric machines and a high-voltage, variable-frequency power system to significantly decrease (by 85%) the weight of an aircraft's power electronics for turbo-electric propulsion, while still providing high specific power and variable thrust.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 18, 2018
LeasePlan and Lightyear to deliver first solar lease car

LeasePlan and Lightyear to deliver first solar lease car

LeasePlan Netherlands will collaborate with Dutch scale-up Lightyear, the first company in the world to develop an electric solar car for consumers. LeasePlan Netherlands will become Lightyear's leasing partner for the Lightyear One, the first car produced by the company. The Pioneer Edition of the Lightyear One is expected to drive on Dutch roads in 2020.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 17, 2018
Argonaut Power and Northumbrian Water to pilot battery storage

Argonaut Power and Northumbrian Water to pilot battery storage

Argonaut Power, Ingenious' flexible energy platform, has partnered with Northumbrian Water to pilot the use of large scale battery storage at a number of the utility's sites across the North East, Essex and Suffolk.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 14, 2018
Abu Dhabi Airport harvests energy and data from passengers

Abu Dhabi Airport harvests energy and data from passengers

Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 12, 2018
Joint financing for the Nigeria Electrification Project

Joint financing for the Nigeria Electrification Project

The African Development Bank and Africa Growing Together Fund are to provide US$ 200 million in joint financing to support the Nigeria Electrification Project.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 11, 2018
Sun in a box would store renewable energy for the grid

Sun in a box would store renewable energy for the grid

Engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may be designed to power a small city not just when the sun is up or the wind is high, but around the clock.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 10, 2018
Stanford University to go 100 percent solar by 2021

Stanford University to go 100 percent solar by 2021

A new solar generating plant - Stanford's second - will enable the university to use 100 percent renewable electricity in three years, more than two decades ahead of California's goal of a carbon-free grid by 2045.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Learnings from Battery & Energy Day Two

Learnings from Battery & Energy Day Two

The event Battery & Energy Dec 4-5 Coventry University ended with a second day of presentations and discussion panels.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Dec 6, 2018
Mainland France's largest grid battery storage facility

Mainland France's largest grid battery storage facility

When completed, it will be the largest power storage unit connected directly to the grid in mainland France. With a 6 MW / 6 MWh power rating, the unit will use its storage capacity to perform frequency regulation services for the grid, helping keep any frequency deviation in check.