More Recognition For Battery Manufacturer Sonnen

There would be few battery manufacturers that have racked up as many accolades in such a short time as Germany’s Sonnen – and they’ve just added another. Fast Company has named the firm in its 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy for 2017. “We are extremely proud to receive this honor, one that is only […]

Australian Electricity Prices Soar 106% In A Decade

Residential power prices have jumped up to 135 per cent in some Australian states since 2007 and electricity costs for businesses have increased 50 per cent in just seven years. Analysis carried out by the ANU’s Centre for Social Research and Methods, commissioned by The Australian, indicates an average rise of 106 per cent across […]

Former President Jimmy Carter Still A Strong Supporter Of Solar

A 1.3 MW solar energy project in Plains, Georgia has been constructed on 10 acres of land owned by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. The former President’s passion for the technology goes back decades. It was in June 1979 when President Jimmy Carter delivered a memorable speech on the potential of solar energy during the […]

Speed Date A Community Solar Energy Expert

The C4CE Community Energy Congress is the premier event on Australia’s community energy calendar, and this year attendees will be able to ‘speed date’ a community energy expert. Congress 2017 has its sights set on inspiring community energy advocates, whether they are seasoned campaigners or those with a new interest in the community energy sector. […]

Heatwave Blackout Threat Boosts Solar Battery Interest

The threat of heatwave related blackouts in Australia is another reason households are contemplating increased energy independence through the installation of solar and battery systems. Recent heatwave conditions in South Australia have seen wholesale electricity prices soar past $14,000 per megawatt hour at times – that’s $14 per kilowatt hour. Demand was such on Wednesday […]

WA Greens Spruik Solar Battery Grants Scheme

A Greens plan to support battery storage in Western Australia could benefit 120,000 WA households and thousands of businesses within five years. The proposed scheme would consist of a 50 per cent tax rebate of up to $5000 to install battery storage. Households on less than $80,000 year could also claim $5000 per household; declining […]

UPS Investing Big Bucks In Solar Energy

International logistics and freight giant UPS has announced it is investing USD $18 million in 10 megawatts of solar panels for some of its facilities in the USA. More than 26,000 solar modules in total will be installed on at least eight of its facilities, with the solar electricity generated to provide approximately 50% of […]

Pee Power – High Efficiency Urea Solar Batteries

Stanford University engineers have utilised urea, a compound that can be derived from animal urine, to produce a super-efficient solar battery that could provide a low-cost energy storage solution. Professor Hongjie Dai, who developed the device alongside colleague Michael Angell, incorporated urea into the system’s electrolyte as it is one of the most widely used […]

Solar Jobs In The USA Grew 25% In 2016

One out of every 50 new jobs created in the USA last year was in the solar energy industry according to The Solar Foundation’s just-published National Solar Jobs Census 2016 report. The solar workforce grew by 25 percent over 2015 to reach 260,077, the largest annual growth percentage since the first Census was released in […]

Biomimetic Trees To Harvest Wind Power?

A group of Iowa State University scientists have developed a biomimetic tree that could – emphasise “could” – harness wind power to generate electricity for charging small household appliances. The device produces energy when artificial leaves attached to a metallic trellis flutter and sway in the wind. Piezoelectric strips inside the leaf stalks generate an […]