Designing for the Smart Home of the Future

5 Trends for the Smart Energy Home of the Future Greentech Media, January 9, 2017 While “smart home” could probably describe the offerings over half of the thousands of exhibitors spread out across the acres of CES floor space, this section was filled with many companies that are using home wireless networks, connected devices, and … Read more

Optimizing Grid Investments for the Grid of the Future

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US administration: Energy storage and other grid investments vital to security and resilience Energy Storage News, January 9, 2017 Energy storage should be properly valued and supported at federal level in the United States, according to a government document analysing and evaluating energy policy released by officials of the outgoing Obama administration. The Quadrennial Energy … Read more

New England’s Largest Battery Project Aids Grid Stabilization

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Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits New England’s largest state is also home to its largest battery storage project, which began operation in December 2016 at the Wyman Energy Center in Yarmouth, Maine. This supersized battery, which consists of eight individual battery units (each the size of a freight container), holds a total of 1,300 lithium … Read more

A Tesla Master Plan Part Deux Breakdown

Ryan Pollin, ERS, for Zondits All right, folks: Elon Musk of Tesla Motors has let us in on the big ideas once again. Most blog posts don’t tend to cause this much stir, but seeing how 10 years later his first one turned out to be true nearly line for line, it might be worth … Read more

California’s Pursuit for More Clean Grid Technologies

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How California Blackouts Will Make Solar and Batteries A National Story Triple Pundit, April 18, 2016. Image credit: Life-Of-Pix Imagine islands of light fueled by solar connected to batteries Here’s how solar and distributed generation could become national news this summer. It is 7 p.m., and Los Angeles is blacked out. It’s the third day of … Read more

Arpa-E Builds the Next Generation of Battery Storage

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US agency reaches ‘holy grail’ of battery storage sought by Elon Musk and Gates The Guardian, March 3, 2016. Image credit: A US government agency says it has attained the “holy grail” of energy – the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by the likes of Bill Gates and Elon … Read more

Tesla Promises Their Suite of Battery Products “Don’t Suck”

Tesla Unveils Home Battery: 5 Reasons It’s a Big Deal National Geographic, May 1, 2015. The automaker unveiled a suite of battery products Thursday—each geared for homes, businesses, and utilities—that promise not to “suck,” to use CEO Elon Musk’s choice label for competitors. The home battery, a sleek, mountable unit dubbed Powerwall, will be available … Read more

Tesla Begins Development of Residential PV Battery System

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Tesla developing battery system for houses to store solar power Global Construction Review, February 18, 2015 Tesla Motors, the US company known for electric vehicles, is developing a battery system for houses that can store solar-generated power for when the sun isn’t shining.  The claim was made by Elon Musk (pictured), the firm’s chief executive, … Read more

Is the Partnership of Clean Power and Battery Storage at a Tipping Point?

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Is the solar panel & battery combo ready to change energy markets? Gigaom, January 11, 2015 The big idea right now for solar and batteries is this: put solar panels on your roof, a battery in the backyard (or basement), and become utterly independent from the power grid, using free electricity from the sun. Batteries … Read more

Tesla Responds to Battery Storage Demand, Leaving Utilities in the Dust

Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, sees the $5 billion facility as a key step toward making electric cars more affordable, while ending reliance on oil and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At first blush, the push toward more electric cars looks to be positive for utilities struggling with stagnant sales from energy conservation and slow economic growth.