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Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 24, 2020
Shell Backs Europe's Biggest Battery

Shell Backs Europe's Biggest Battery

The 100-megawatt Minety power storage project in south-west England is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The two 50-MW batteries will enable SEEL and Shell subsidiary Limejump to optimise the use of renewable power in the area.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 24, 2020
Rio Tinto to Build First Solar Plant to Power Mine in West Australia

Rio Tinto to Build First Solar Plant to Power Mine in West Australia

Rio Tinto has approved a $98 million (100 per cent basis) investment in a new solar plant at the Koodaideri mine in the Pilbara, Australia, as well as a lithium-ion battery energy storage system to help power its entire Pilbara power network.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Coronavirus to Particulates: Huge Market Opening Up for TAF

Coronavirus to Particulates: Huge Market Opening Up for TAF

It is well known that face masks do not protect you from bacteria and certainly not from the latest coronavirus. They stop you emitting as much when you sneeze. Beyond infection, there is increasing concern about fine particulates in the air, now proven to pass through your whole body. These are no longer seen as leading to only respiratory diseases and heart failure. Research now links them to depression, birth problems and more. How can we make more effective face masks and air filters generally?
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 21, 2020
Alphabet Drops Makani Power Generating Kite Business, Shell Remains

Alphabet Drops Makani Power Generating Kite Business, Shell Remains

Makani was founded in 2006 by a group of kitesurfers who were curious about the potential for kites to unlock wind energy in more places around the globe. Makani spent the past seven years at Alphabet, during which time the technology advanced from a 20kW demonstrator kite, to a utility-scale kite capable of generating 600kW.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 20, 2020
New Green Technology Generates Electricity "Out of Thin Air"

New Green Technology Generates Electricity "Out of Thin Air"

Electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 19, 2020
Become the Next IDTechEx Launchpad Start-up Success Story!

Become the Next IDTechEx Launchpad Start-up Success Story!

Ahead of the IDTechEx Show! Berlin, 13-14 May 2020, IDTechEx looks back at the stories of some companies propelled to success by the IDTechEx Launchpad initiative.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 19, 2020
Small, Solar Powered Desalination Units

Small, Solar Powered Desalination Units

Researchers have developed a revolutionary desalination process that has the potential to be operated in mobile, solar-powered units.
External Company Press Release
Powering Towards Net Zero:  Pioneering Energy Projects Get Green Light

Powering Towards Net Zero: Pioneering Energy Projects Get Green Light

£21m awarded to 10 ground-breaking smart energy projects across UK from Coleraine to Rugeley to trial new technology which could become a blueprint for greener localised energy generation on the road to net zero.
External Company Press Release
VestasStill Rules Turbine Market, But Challengers are Closing in

VestasStill Rules Turbine Market, But Challengers are Closing in

Developers commissioned almost 61GW of wind turbines globally in 2019, compared with 50GW in the previous year. Most of these were on land (88%) but the share of turbines installed offshore is growing, up four percentage points to 12%. Just four manufacturers accounted for more than half, or 55%, of the machines deployed: Denmark's Vestas, Spain's Siemens Gamesa, China's Goldwind, and General Electric of the US.
External Company Press Release
Aggreko Generators Powered by Biogas Deliver Cost Savings

Aggreko Generators Powered by Biogas Deliver Cost Savings

Aggreko plc is working with RE Power Group to produce electricity from clean biogas for a facility in Thailand.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 18, 2020
Origami Inspired Robots That Could fit in a Cell?

Origami Inspired Robots That Could fit in a Cell?

Imagine robots that can move, sense and respond to stimuli, but that are smaller than a hair's width. Building robots at such a small scale involves a lot more innovation than simply shrinking all of the parts of a normal robot.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 18, 2020
BASF and JenaBatteries Cooperate on Power Storage Technology

BASF and JenaBatteries Cooperate on Power Storage Technology

JenaBatteries GmbH and BASF are cooperating in the production of an electrolyte for a battery technology that is particularly suitable for stationary storage of electricity from renewable energy sources and for stabilizing conventional transmission grids.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 17, 2020
Over 10% of NHS Estate to Switch to 100% Renewable Electricity

Over 10% of NHS Estate to Switch to 100% Renewable Electricity

NHS Property Services has announced two new energy contracts via Inspired Energy. British Gas will provide 100% renewable electricity and Corona will provide natural gas to all their properties across the England by April 2020.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Triboelectric Energy Harvesting and Sensing

Triboelectric Energy Harvesting and Sensing

Unwanted static accumulation leads to hazards such as lightning, ignition, dust explosions, dielectric breakdown, electronic damage, and unpleasant shock on touching things. Deliberate creation of static charge leading to spark discharge was long ago achieved by the Wimshurst machine and Van der Graaf generator and party tricks such as rubbing a balloon on your clothing to make it adhere. None of these were useful beyond research and entertainment.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
High power thermoelectric energy harvesting starts to look good

High power thermoelectric energy harvesting starts to look good

In energy harvesting in general, there is 100 times the market potential in high power rather than low power. In this article IDTechEx explores this opportunity.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 14, 2020
Off-Road Vehicle Makers Electrify to Become as Large as Car Companies

Off-Road Vehicle Makers Electrify to Become as Large as Car Companies

Vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining CAM have become one industry served by giants such as Caterpillar, CNH Industrial, John Deere and Komatsu but also small businesses making the new requirements such as drone systems and weeding and mine survey robots.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 14, 2020
Energy Storage to Enhance Renewables in Honduras

Energy Storage to Enhance Renewables in Honduras

The addition of energy storage and GEMS solution to RECO's generation resources will provide additional flexibility to integrate renewables into the local grid and secure reliability while eliminating the need for mechanical spinning reserve. The storage system will provide virtual spinning reserve capacity needed to maintain stability of the grid - particularly important for the energy security of an island.
External Company Press Release
Deeper Insights into Solar Cells' Anatomy

Deeper Insights into Solar Cells' Anatomy

Scientists now have a far more powerful tool to better investigate solar cells - a new scanning electron micro-scope. In full operation since January 2020, this device has twice the resolution of its predecessor and the ability to image structures measuring just a few nanometers.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 13, 2020
Shell Australia to Build Large Scale Solar Farm

Shell Australia to Build Large Scale Solar Farm

Shell Australia announced it will build and operate its first industrial-scale solar electricity farm in central Queensland, Australia. The solar farm will generate 120 megawatts of solar electricity from about 400,000 photovolatic panels and is expected to be completed in early 2021.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 12, 2020
Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Fully Solar Powered

Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Fully Solar Powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy - primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don't use for photosynthesis. Those are the findings of a new modeling study.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 24, 2020
Shell Backs Europe's Biggest Battery

Shell Backs Europe's Biggest Battery

The 100-megawatt Minety power storage project in south-west England is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. The two 50-MW batteries will enable SEEL and Shell subsidiary Limejump to optimise the use of renewable power in the area.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Coronavirus to Particulates: Huge Market Opening Up for TAF

Coronavirus to Particulates: Huge Market Opening Up for TAF

It is well known that face masks do not protect you from bacteria and certainly not from the latest coronavirus. They stop you emitting as much when you sneeze. Beyond infection, there is increasing concern about fine particulates in the air, now proven to pass through your whole body. These are no longer seen as leading to only respiratory diseases and heart failure. Research now links them to depression, birth problems and more. How can we make more effective face masks and air filters generally?
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 20, 2020
New Green Technology Generates Electricity "Out of Thin Air"

New Green Technology Generates Electricity "Out of Thin Air"

Electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 19, 2020
Small, Solar Powered Desalination Units

Small, Solar Powered Desalination Units

Researchers have developed a revolutionary desalination process that has the potential to be operated in mobile, solar-powered units.
External Company Press Release
VestasStill Rules Turbine Market, But Challengers are Closing in

VestasStill Rules Turbine Market, But Challengers are Closing in

Developers commissioned almost 61GW of wind turbines globally in 2019, compared with 50GW in the previous year. Most of these were on land (88%) but the share of turbines installed offshore is growing, up four percentage points to 12%. Just four manufacturers accounted for more than half, or 55%, of the machines deployed: Denmark's Vestas, Spain's Siemens Gamesa, China's Goldwind, and General Electric of the US.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 18, 2020
Origami Inspired Robots That Could fit in a Cell?

Origami Inspired Robots That Could fit in a Cell?

Imagine robots that can move, sense and respond to stimuli, but that are smaller than a hair's width. Building robots at such a small scale involves a lot more innovation than simply shrinking all of the parts of a normal robot.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 17, 2020
Over 10% of NHS Estate to Switch to 100% Renewable Electricity

Over 10% of NHS Estate to Switch to 100% Renewable Electricity

NHS Property Services has announced two new energy contracts via Inspired Energy. British Gas will provide 100% renewable electricity and Corona will provide natural gas to all their properties across the England by April 2020.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
High power thermoelectric energy harvesting starts to look good

High power thermoelectric energy harvesting starts to look good

In energy harvesting in general, there is 100 times the market potential in high power rather than low power. In this article IDTechEx explores this opportunity.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 14, 2020
Energy Storage to Enhance Renewables in Honduras

Energy Storage to Enhance Renewables in Honduras

The addition of energy storage and GEMS solution to RECO's generation resources will provide additional flexibility to integrate renewables into the local grid and secure reliability while eliminating the need for mechanical spinning reserve. The storage system will provide virtual spinning reserve capacity needed to maintain stability of the grid - particularly important for the energy security of an island.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 13, 2020
Shell Australia to Build Large Scale Solar Farm

Shell Australia to Build Large Scale Solar Farm

Shell Australia announced it will build and operate its first industrial-scale solar electricity farm in central Queensland, Australia. The solar farm will generate 120 megawatts of solar electricity from about 400,000 photovolatic panels and is expected to be completed in early 2021.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 24, 2020
Rio Tinto to Build First Solar Plant to Power Mine in West Australia

Rio Tinto to Build First Solar Plant to Power Mine in West Australia

Rio Tinto has approved a $98 million (100 per cent basis) investment in a new solar plant at the Koodaideri mine in the Pilbara, Australia, as well as a lithium-ion battery energy storage system to help power its entire Pilbara power network.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 21, 2020
Alphabet Drops Makani Power Generating Kite Business, Shell Remains

Alphabet Drops Makani Power Generating Kite Business, Shell Remains

Makani was founded in 2006 by a group of kitesurfers who were curious about the potential for kites to unlock wind energy in more places around the globe. Makani spent the past seven years at Alphabet, during which time the technology advanced from a 20kW demonstrator kite, to a utility-scale kite capable of generating 600kW.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 19, 2020
Become the Next IDTechEx Launchpad Start-up Success Story!

Become the Next IDTechEx Launchpad Start-up Success Story!

Ahead of the IDTechEx Show! Berlin, 13-14 May 2020, IDTechEx looks back at the stories of some companies propelled to success by the IDTechEx Launchpad initiative.
External Company Press Release
Powering Towards Net Zero:  Pioneering Energy Projects Get Green Light

Powering Towards Net Zero: Pioneering Energy Projects Get Green Light

£21m awarded to 10 ground-breaking smart energy projects across UK from Coleraine to Rugeley to trial new technology which could become a blueprint for greener localised energy generation on the road to net zero.
External Company Press Release
Aggreko Generators Powered by Biogas Deliver Cost Savings

Aggreko Generators Powered by Biogas Deliver Cost Savings

Aggreko plc is working with RE Power Group to produce electricity from clean biogas for a facility in Thailand.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 18, 2020
BASF and JenaBatteries Cooperate on Power Storage Technology

BASF and JenaBatteries Cooperate on Power Storage Technology

JenaBatteries GmbH and BASF are cooperating in the production of an electrolyte for a battery technology that is particularly suitable for stationary storage of electricity from renewable energy sources and for stabilizing conventional transmission grids.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Triboelectric Energy Harvesting and Sensing

Triboelectric Energy Harvesting and Sensing

Unwanted static accumulation leads to hazards such as lightning, ignition, dust explosions, dielectric breakdown, electronic damage, and unpleasant shock on touching things. Deliberate creation of static charge leading to spark discharge was long ago achieved by the Wimshurst machine and Van der Graaf generator and party tricks such as rubbing a balloon on your clothing to make it adhere. None of these were useful beyond research and entertainment.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 14, 2020
Off-Road Vehicle Makers Electrify to Become as Large as Car Companies

Off-Road Vehicle Makers Electrify to Become as Large as Car Companies

Vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining CAM have become one industry served by giants such as Caterpillar, CNH Industrial, John Deere and Komatsu but also small businesses making the new requirements such as drone systems and weeding and mine survey robots.
External Company Press Release
Deeper Insights into Solar Cells' Anatomy

Deeper Insights into Solar Cells' Anatomy

Scientists now have a far more powerful tool to better investigate solar cells - a new scanning electron micro-scope. In full operation since January 2020, this device has twice the resolution of its predecessor and the ability to image structures measuring just a few nanometers.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 12, 2020
Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Fully Solar Powered

Next Generation of Greenhouses May Be Fully Solar Powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy - primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don't use for photosynthesis. Those are the findings of a new modeling study.
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