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Tesla integration of home charging station + energy storage + solar will change everything

Elon Musk has been leaving breadcrumbs about Tesla’s intention to reinvent the entire energy sector from generation of renewable energy with SolarCity to energy storage and consumption with Tesla. It looks like the company’s vision will be unveiled on or around October 28 when Tesla will make its …

Energy

Here's Where the World's Largest Solar Panel Farm Is Under Construction

It’ll stretch across the equivalent of 7,000 city blocks.<p>While California has been covering pockets of its deserts in sprawling solar panel farms over the past few years, it turns out the sunny state won’t be home to the world’s largest one.<p>That will be in China, according to a report from …

Solar Power

Puerto Rico electricity flickers back on after island-wide power outage

Cheers erupted as lights slowly began to flicker back on across Puerto Rico overnight as the US territory struggled to emerge from an island-wide blackout following a fire at a power plant that caused the aging utility grid to fail.<p>About 75% of 1.5m homes and businesses served by the power utility …

Electricity

Solar Panels Just Got Twice as Efficient

Solar panels are a great way of harvesting free energy and save a lot of people lots of money each year. The cost of installing solar panels has …

Solar Power

How to hack the power grid to also offer high speed wireless broadband

Getting electricity to every home and business was one of the last century’s great infrastructure challenges in many parts of the world. AT&T says …

Wireless

BMW and Bosch open new 2.8 MWh energy storage facility built from batteries from over 100 electric cars

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.<p>Today it announced that it …

Batteries

Tesla Energy executive talks ‘next gen inverter’, hints at upcoming Vehicle-to-Grid capacity for Tesla

Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), the capacity to power your home with your electric car’s battery pack, is something Tesla has been experiencing with for a long time. The Roadster, Tesla’s first vehicle, actually had the capacity to act as a home battery pack.<p>But the technology wasn’t implemented in Tesla’s …

Energy

The First Wave-Powered Generators Are Online Near Hawaii

It could still be five to 10 years before wave energy technology can provide an affordable alternative to fossil fuels, experts say.<p>Off the coast of Hawaii, a tall buoy bobs and sways in the water, using the rise and fall of the waves to generate electricity.<p>The current travels through an undersea …

Energy

A 100-year solar storm could fry our power grids — these are the places most at risk

The sun is the source of nearly all life on Earth. It will also doom our feeble planet in about 1 billion years.<p>Until then, while the star is still technically on our side, we'll have to worry about giant storms of charged particles that it burps off its roiling, plasmatic surface.<p>Each blast of …

Renewable Energy

The key to tackling climate change: electrify everything

Tackling climate change is a complicated undertaking, to say the least. But here’s a good rule of thumb for how to get started:<p>Electrify everything.<p>Replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on …

Energy

When hackers turn out the lights

Carl Chalmers, Michael Mackay and Aine MacDermott of Liverpool John Moores University, explain how the implementation of the smart grid brings many …

Energy

First wave-produced electricity in US goes online in Hawaii

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii – The ocean's vast, endless movement packs the power to meet a quarter of America's energy needs.<p>Nevertheless, wave energy technology lags well behind wind and solar power, with technical hurdles still to be overcome.<p>To help accomplish that, the Navy is testing wave energy …

Electricity

Trio of Nations Aim to Hook Asia Super Grid to Grids of the World

Northeast Asia, the region encompassing China, South Korea and Japan have not yet gotten round to connecting their electricity grids together. But …

Energy

The Path To Clean Energy Requires An Energy-Storage Revolution

Rep. Mike Honda says the government should support early adopters of energy storage.<p>With the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s announcement this month that, in no uncertain terms, climate change played a pivotal role in Louisiana’s unprecedented rainfall and catastrophic …

Energy Storage

ICS-CERT warns of remotely exploitable power meter flaws

Two remotely exploitable vulnerabilities, one of which can lead to remote code execution, have been found in Schneider Electric’s ION Power Meter …

Web Servers

Tesla Wins Massive Contract to Help Power the California Grid

Tesla just won a bid to supply grid-scale power in Southern California to help prevent electricity shortages following the biggest natural gas leak …

Electricity

Amazon Teases Massive Wind Farm in Texas

Amazon has made its largest renewable energy project to date: a massive wind farm in Texas.<p>When it opens, the 253-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, is expected to generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually, or enough to power nearly 90,000 US homes. It will boast …

Amazon

Britain Approves $24 Billion Hinkley Point Nuclear Plant

The decision ends weeks of uncertainty that strained ties with China and France.<p>Britain gave the go ahead on Thursday for a $24 billion nuclear power plant, ending weeks of uncertainty that strained ties with China and France and put a question mark over Prime Minister Theresa May’s investment …

China

Scotland kicks off world’s first large-scale tidal energy project

Renewable energy advocates celebrate another victory this week as officials launched the world’s first large-scale tidal energy farm off the coast of …

Energy

Solar, batteries, and EVs will disrupt the $6 trillion energy industry, says Peter Diamandis

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Energy

Tesla quietly reduced the price of the Powerpack by 5% and its commercial inverter by 19%

When it comes to energy storage, every percentage point counts. Bringing the price down even only by one percent can open up the technology to a new market and expand the use of renewable energies. Tesla Energy, the automaker’s energy storage division, did just that by recently reducing the price …

Tesla

Renewables Go Mainstream in 23 States

Solar, wind and geothermal power are now mainstream sources of electricity generation in 23 states, based on data from the U.S. Energy Information …

Energy

These Technologies May Actually Deliver Elon Musk’s Dream of Changing the World

As Tesla founder Elon Musk promises to change the world, starting with a giant battery factory in the Nevada desert, investors from Toronto to Tokyo …

Energy

NEC Rolls Out its Low-Cost Behind-the-Meter Battery System

Combining batteries, inverters and control systems in modular systems can be installed and operated in a standard way across multiple sites -- are an …

Batteries

How New York Grocery Stores Plan to Use Ice Batteries

It’s a cool new way to manage energy.<p>A handful of grocery stores in New York could produce ice over night as an unusual way of storing energy and working with the local utility.<p>The technology to make and manage the ice will be provided by a young startup backed by the chief technology officer of …

Batteries

Find Out How Much Power You'd Get From Solar Panels on Your Roof

Or from a wind turbine in your backyard.<p>One of the problems with setting up renewable power sources—like solar panels or wind turbines—is that it can be difficult to predict just how much power they will generate once they're built.<p>Say you're considering installing some solar panels on the roof of …

Energy

3 Big Trends Shaking Up the Energy Industry

0 0<p>We are at the cusp of an energy revolution.<p>This post is a look at how three technologies — solar, batteries, and electric vehicles (EVs) — are …

Energy

Costa Rica Is On A 113-Day Streak Using 100% Renewable Electricity

With a little luck and a lot of initiative, Costa Rica is a sustainable energy powerhouse.<p>Costa Rica has managed to run on renewable energy for 113 days straight, putting it on course to break its own record from 2015, when it relied on nothing but renewables for 285 days of the year. In total, …

Electricity

Supercomputing Alternative Energy in the Eastern Power Grid … – insideHPC

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used HPC and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how …

Energy