Solar Ship Throws Down The Gauntlet

In a race between Solar Ship’s solar powered Wolverine and Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship, who would win? Perhaps we’ll find out soon. Plucky startup Solar Ship has challenged goliath of aerospace Lockheed Martin to a pistols at dawn duel race between the Wolverine and LM’s Hybrid Airship. We first mentioned Solar Ship back in 2011 […]

Solar Tracking + Battery Storage Launched By NEXTracker

U.S. company NEXTracker has unveiled a world-first; the NX Fusion Plus – a solution that integrates the company’s solar tracking system, battery storage, inverter and smart control software. NEXTracker says by incorporating energy storage, NX Fusion Plus can boost energy output and duration of solar PV facilities, just as the company’s tracking technology has achieved […]

Victorian Government Green-Lights Murra Warra Wind Farm

A new $662 million wind farm to be situated near Horsham in Victoria has been given the go-ahead by the Andrews Labor Government. Murra Warra Wind Farm will consist of 116 wind turbines that will generate enough electricity to power 250,000 homes and potentially avoid up to one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per […]

Solar Powered Smart Tag To Help Farmers

A zero-maintenance, autonomous, wireless “tag” powered by the sun will benefit farmers by enabling precision agriculture and smart irrigation according to its manufacturer. Sol Chip Comm (SCC-S433) joins the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT), feeding readings such as soil/air temperature and nutrient levels from a variety of sensors into a cloud server. These readings […]

Google To Attain 100% Renewables-Sourced Electricity In 2017

Google’s senior vice president of technical infrastructure says the company will reach 100% renewable energy for its global operations next year; making good on a goal Google set back in 2012. “Today, we are the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power, with commitments reaching 2.6 gigawatts (2,600 megawatts) of wind and solar energy,” said […]

New Zealand “Solar Tax” Battle Rages On

The argy-bargy over a so-called “solar tax” in New Zealand has continued, this time on a different front – over the use of the word “tax” in campaigning against it. It all started when an NZ electricity distributor decided to start charging solar households an extra fee. That fee was challenged but then upheld by […]

Australian Farmers Back A Move To 100% Renewable Electricity

A recent survey indicates strong support from Australian farmers for the nation moving to 100% renewable energy sourced electricity, and significant uptake of solar and battery storage in Australia’s agricultural sector. The first-ever national Farmer Climate Survey saw input from 1,300 primary producers from across the nation; representing all sectors of primary production. It indicated […]

Solar And Swarm Electrification Empowering Bangladesh

The success of micro-solar power in Bangladesh is being enhanced with “swarm electrification”, a peer-to-peer trading concept based on nano-grids. In 2014, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a plan to provide 3 million more rural families with small solar power systems and battery storage over the next three years. ME SOLshare Ltd. was also […]

2017 – Rise Of The Solar & Battery Powered Smart Home

Australian solar households wanting to further boost their energy efficiency and independence may increasingly embrace the “smart home” concept next year and investigate home automation options. This year saw the rapid uptake of smart inverters and battery storage that enable monitoring of solar power systems from anywhere an internet connection is available. Batteries and inverters […]

Electric Motorcycle Battery’s 2nd Life As Solar Energy Storage

This rather unique looking electric motorcycle’s battery pack is designed to have a second life as energy storage for a solar power system. The Johammer J1 electric motorcycle, developed and manufactured in Austria, has a range of 200 km and a top speed (electronically limited) of 120 kilometres per hour. The Johammer’s powertrain consists of […]