Jun 262017
 
Home energy storage has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments in the energy industry. The possibility of greater energy independence and increased resiliency is driving massive numbers of consumers to adopt storage systems to maximize clean, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. What’s the hype all about? A residential energy storage system allows a household to store self-generated clean energy – typically when nobody is home in the middle of the day when the...
Jun 232017
 
Smappee, a developer of smart energy monitoring solutions, has entered the US solar market with the launch of its flagship product, Smappee Plus. The most advanced energy monitoring system available on the market, Smappee Plus empowers consumers to better manage their electricity use and costs by providing detailed, real-time measurements of their energy production and consumption. Smappee Plus is the latest innovation from Smappee’s bourgeoning suite of energy monitoring...
Jun 232017
 
Panasonic Corporation has achieved what it claims to be the world's leading output temperature coefficient1 for mass-produced silicon photovoltaic modules, at -0.258%/°C2. The company reports that record-breaking innovation sets a new standard for the solar industry, improving on the previous temperature coefficient by 0.032 points at the mass production level, highlighting the positive temperature characteristics of heterojunction solar cells and further improving...
Jun 232017
 
Sol Voltaics announced the appointment of dual-junction solar cell efficiency world record holder Dr. Stephanie Essig as Senior Device & Characterization Scientist. Dr. Essig, who brings a wealth of expertise in tandem solar cell research from work with acclaimed institutes Fraunhofer ISE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will help Sol Voltaics accelerate the commercialization of its efficiency boosting solar nanowires. “Dr. Essig joins Sol Voltaics at a pivotal...
Jun 222017
 
Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and US-based inverter manufacturer Pika Energy, Inc. have partnered to offer the Harbor 10P/15P Smart Battery, a DC-coupled solar smart battery with industry-leading performance specifications. Harbor 10P/15P will begin shipping in late 2017 and is available for pre-order today, the companies announced. The solar-ready Harbor Smart Battery combines Panasonic’s renowned Lithium-Ion battery modules and Pika Energy’s power electronics in a slim,...
Jun 212017
 
Today, US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the Department of Energy will award 263 grants totaling $116 million – including 26 grants in Colorado totaling $13.3 million.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for both Phase I and II research and development.   There are 174 Phase I grants which will allow small businesses to research...
Jun 212017
 
Shoals Technologies Group, a specialist in solar electrical balance of systems, announced today an investment by funds managed by the Power Opportunities group of Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.  Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Founded in 1996, Shoals designs and manufactures a diverse range of technically advanced and highly reliable products for solar and energy storage projects, including combiner boxes, junction boxes, wiring, and monitoring solutions, among others. The...
Jun 202017
 
The average silicon consumption for manufacturing multi- and monocrystalline solar cells will drop from 4.8 grams per watt (g/W) in 2016 by 25% to 3.6 g/W in 2020. This is the result of a new scenario developed by the polysilicon market research firm Bernreuter Research. "Besides the increasing market share of monocrystalline cells with their higher efficiencies, the rapid spread of diamond wire saws will considerably drive down the specific silicon consumption per watt," says...
Jun 202017
 
The solar-plus-storage microgrid at Peña Station NEXT (Peña), a 382-acre smart city development in Denver, has been named an Energy Storage North America (ESNA) 2017 Innovation Awards finalist. Project partners include Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, Xcel Energy, Denver International Airport, LC Fulenwider, Inc., and Younicos. Partners share microgrid assets and benefits in a multi-stakeholder “portfolio” model that helps the utility modernize and...