Solartagebuch.de EcoTech Mag

By Ben | Green technologies collected by bennyb for Solartagebuch.de

Tongwei ramps up automated solar cell production in China

Tongwei Group has started production at a new solar cell plant with annual production capacity of 2.0GWp in Chengdu, western China, which it claims …

Applied Materials

This Battery Breakthrough Could Change Everything | Backchannel

<b>As technology tries to maintain</b> its dizzying ascent, one dead weight has kept its altitude in check: the battery. Our chips keep getting faster and …

Batteries

Tesla begins production of solar cells at Buffalo gigafactory

It has taken three years, during which time the technology and even the companies involved have changed, but the much anticipated SolarCity …

Suns, E3 / DC, Senec and LG Chem dominate German residential PV storage market

Demand for residential PV is growing in Germany, and with it also the installation of storage systems. According to a market analysis conducted by …

Water Filtration Using Wood Fibers

One of the key components of living off-the-grid is an effective method of water filtration, and a team of researchers at the Swedish KTH Royal …

Bacteria

Über Solarstrom-Systeme, ehemals Photovoltaic genannt ;)

Aktuell gibt es mehrere Entwicklungen um PV-Installation unauffälliger erscheinen zu lassen, beziehungsweise so zu integrieren, dass sie nicht mehr …

Toyota debuts new Prius with rooftop PV option in Japan

The rooftop solar panels recharge the 3.7-volt (24Ah) lithium-ion auxiliary battery while driving to raise hybrid fuel efficiency, but cannot charge …

Revolution Wind Farm: Tesla will Windstrom speichern

Ein Windkraftwerk auf dem Meer mit angeschlossenem Speicher will das Unternehmen Deepwater Wind vor der Ostküste der USA bauen. Den Speicher für den …

German energy company wants to build flow batteries in old natural gas caverns | Ars Technica

Research for a massive redox flow battery is underway.<p>A German energy company recently announced that it’s partnering with a university to build a …

Batteries

Alphabet could soon be competing with Tesla in renewable energy storage

By using salt and antifreeze<p>Alphabet’s secretive research lab X is developing a new way to store renewable energy that otherwise might be wasted — by using salt and antifreeze, reports <i>Bloomberg</i><i>.</i> Researchers are developing a system that can be located anywhere, has the potential to last longer than …

Renewable Energy

Roller Style Bicycle Generator

Roller Style Bike Generator<p>FEATURES<p>Setup takes 5 minutes (See video Below)<br>• Able to charge 12V batteries<br>• Comes with built in blocking diode<br>• Built in …

Clean Energy

Mini-Windräder: Der teure Traum von der Energie-Selbstversorgung

Mit Mini-Windrädern können Hausbesitzer ihren eigenen Strom erzeugen – doch die Technik ist bislang sehr teuer. Und es ist nicht das einzige …

The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades

It’s no longer surprising to encounter 100-foot pinwheels spinning in the breeze as you drive down the highway. But don’t get too comfortable with …

Wind Power

Tesla wins contract with major Australian electric grid to deploy Powerpacks across several sites

Australia is feeling the need to stabilize its electric grid through energy storage and Tesla is among several companies trying to present their battery packs as ideal solutions.<p>Now we learn that Tesla has won the latest contract with Transgrid, the company operating the NSW transmission grid, in …

Energy

Hyperloop One unveils 9 new potential European routes for high-speed travel

After unveiling 11 potential routes for the high-speed transportation system in the US, Hyperloop One is now announcing 9 new potential European routes.<p>While it doesn’t mean that any of them will actually be built, those are currently the most likely routes to be among the first regions to get a …

Transportation

Tesla Solar Roof: only we can pull it off, says VP of solar products, competitors are ‘kind of f***ed’

Tesla’s solar roof tiles are not the first attempt at integrating solar cells into roofing products. Several companies have tried in the past and even delivered some products, even big companies like Dow Chemical, but they ended up discontinuing the product.<p>Now Tesla thinks that it has a winning …

Clean Energy

Renault is latest automaker to unveil a Tesla Powerwall competitor with used batteries

As we recently noted when Mercedes-Benz launched its home battery pack, it seems that every other automaker, including Nissan and BMW, started leveraging their electric vehicle battery pack technology for residential energy storage since Tesla launched the Powerwall in 2015.<p>Now Renault is the …

Batteries

Osram und Tengelmann investieren Millionen in Vertical-Farming-Kühlschrank | NGIN Food

Hannah Scherkamp – 13. Mai 2017<p>Ohne grünen Daumen Kräuter und Salat zuhause züchten? Der Gewächsschrank des Startups Agrilution soll es möglich …

Tesla unveils its new ‘sleek and low-profile’ exclusive solar panel made by Panasonic

The attention around Tesla’s solar products is mostly focused on its solar roof tiles, but those address only a new segment in the market – the new roof segment. Tesla is also trying to innovate for homeowners who don’t need a new roof, but who still want to generate their own solar energy.<p>This …

Clean Energy

Hard Times for Solar Companies Means Good Times for Solar Buyers

It could be a slow year for some U.S. solar companies due to recent policy shifts, but it’s a great time to be a solar consumer. Solar panel prices …

Renewable Energy

Google expands Project Sunroof ‘solar power potential’ program beyond the U.S. and into Germany

Google is expanding its Project Sunroof program beyond the U.S. for the first time and will now assess the potential for solar power energy in homes across Germany, too.<p>First introduced back in 2015, Project Sunroof is effectively a search engine that lets anyone look up a specific address to …

Renewable Energy

Apple promises future products to be made from 100% recycled materials

Apple is on the cusp of launching a new initiative, pledging to use 100 percent recycled materials in a closed supply loop for fabrication of its …

Touch ID

PiSolMan: Raspberry Pi Zero Solar Energy Management Module

PiSolMan is a highly integrated electronic module designed to continuously power the Raspberry Pi Zero from a 12 V battery and a solar panel. It is …

Tesla Energy and sonnen compare energy storage strategies on stage at US Energy Storage Summit

The stage of the US Energy Storage Summit today was the scene of an interesting talk between Tesla’s Vice President of ‘Tesla Energy’, Mateo Jaramillo, and sonnen’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Philipp Schröder, who was an executive at Tesla until late 2015. The two companies have been …

Batteries

Großbatterien: Sechs 15-Megawatt-Anlagen sollen deutsches Stromnetz sichern

Die unregelmäßige Einspeisung von Wind- und Solarstrom sorgt für gefährliche Schwankungen, die zum Zusammenbruch des Stromnetzes führen können. …

Insekten als Pflanzenfreunde

Wenn Feldfrüchte von neuen Krankheiten befallen sind, helfen oft nur noch Pestizide, doch die können teuer, giftig und unwirksam sein. Forscher …

This Wool Is Made From The Pine Needles You’d Normally Trash

Just in time for the holidays.<p>Pine trees are an important source of timber–600 million are chopped down each year in the EU alone. But while the trees are harvested for their wood, billions of pine needles go to waste.<p>Or, they could be used to make Forest Wool, a new material designed by Tamara …

The colossal African solar farm that could power Europe

We visit a vast power plant at the door to the Moroccan desert that is helping to define the energy future of the world.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>The minibus crosses the vast plateau on a newly paved road. Cracked fields stretch …

Renewable Energy

I Tried to Power Three Electric Vehicles With Solar Panels

Powering three modern electric vehicles with my home's solar array and an extension cord. Can the sun be your endless fuel pump?<p>Toward the end of last year, I bought a solar array: 24 LG panels up on my roof paired with Enphase microinverters, transforming sunlight into 7.4 kilowatts of …

Electric Vehicles