Tesla’s Powerwall faces stiff competition from several other storage products

March 5, 2018 by  
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While Tesla ‘s Powerwall may be the most well-known example of residential solar energy storage systems, it is not the only one and is facing increased competition. Nearly all major residential solar companies are now developing a similar household energy storage system, either independently or in collaboration with another company. Among those companies, SunRun, Vivint Solar and SunPower seem to be the most viable competitors to Tesla’s residential solar operations. The increased competition is good news for consumers as well as the renewable energy sector generally, indicating that the industry is maturing and spreading. SunRun now maintains the largest market share in the American residential solar industry , in part thanks to its ability to work with internal and external installation partners. This means that SunRun is able to more quickly scale up its distribution. The company’s Brightbox system incorporates LG Chem batteries into a control system (designed by SunRun) and is currently available in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New York, and Massachusetts , with more states coming online in 2018. Related: Nova Scotia Power pioneers new energy storage system using Tesla Powerpacks Vivint Solar is collaborating with Mercedes-Benz to develop a 2.5 kW-hr energy storage system that can be expanded up to a 20 kW-hr system for household needs. Mercedes-Benz already has energy storage products available in the more developed European market, which puts it in a good place as the American market grows. Last but not least, SunPower will launch its home energy storage system under its Equinox product line in 2018. Because they are geared towards high-end customers, those with the most funds to invest in new technology, it may see more rapid growth than its competitors. Regardless of the commercial success of any individual company, the flurry of activity in the American residential energy storage is a welcome sign as the United States, like the rest of the world, must move forward towards a clean energy economy. Via The Motley Fool Images via SunRun and SunPower

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‘Floating’ ski chalet clad in charred wood overlooks China’s Songhua Lake

March 5, 2018 by  
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Beijing-based firm META-Project just unveiled a triangular cabin overlooking Songhua Lake in China’s northeastern Ji Lin province. Located at the top of a steep ski slope, the Stage of Forest lookout – which is clad in Shou-Sugi-Ban wood – peers out over the amazing landscape, and provides a respite for skiers who need a break before swishing down the mountain. The building is located on the edge of a forested hillside overlooking the Songhua Lake Resort – a popular winter destination. Jutting out over the landscape, the wood and concrete structure is a solemn presence against the snow-covered mountains in wintertime and it’s camouflaged by lush vegetation in the summer months. In addition to providing a place to rest on the slopes, the building will also be used year-round for exhibitions, conferences, workshops, and public and private events. Related: ‘Top of Tyrol’ Lookout Platform Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Austria’s Stubai Glacier The building’s “floating” design minimizes its footprint as much as possible. The compact concrete base occupies minimal square footage, while the larger volume provides a spacious interior to enjoy the stunning views. The building consists of a concrete shell topped with charred cedar shingles, which emit a silvery tone under the sunlight. From the first floor, visitors can climb to an open-air viewing platform clad in untreated red cedar . Oval windows in the ceiling and the floor allow optimal sunlight to enter the structure, while providing a playful peak at what’s “underneath the stage,” as described by the architects. + META-Project Via Archinect Photography by Su Shengliang

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SunPower nabs record for world’s most efficient rooftop solar panel

June 28, 2016 by  
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Solar panel efficiency is the holy grail of the solar power world, and SunPower just propelled the industry further with the ” most efficient rooftop solar panel ” in the world. They held the previous record, an efficiency of 22.8 percent, but the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just confirmed their module, made from silicon , has an efficiency of 24.1 percent. According to NREL Principal Scientist Keith Emery, the module tested had an aperture area of 11310.1 cm2 (aperture area), with “a power of 272.5 watts.” The module utilizes solar cells that have a mean efficiency of 25 percent, and improves on the design of SunPower’s X-Series, which held the prior record. Related: New solar panel coating could improve efficiency by more than 30 percent SunPower built the winning photovoltaic module in their laboratory; the solar panels they currently sell have an efficiency of 22.8 percent. But according to the company , “efficiency measured in laboratory conditions has benefits in real world conditions.” Advanced efficiency means users could glean more energy and need fewer panels in the future. Sustainability is another benefit, and that doesn’t just refer to the clean energy provided. If each panel provides more watts, SunPower won’t have to use as many materials like silicon and glass to construct the panels required to power a home. Therefore, there’s a smaller carbon footprint involved in panel construction. SunPower Vice President of Research, Development, and Deployment Peter Cousins said in a press release , “With greater efficiency, we can fit more watts on the roof with the outstanding reliability of the SunPower X-Series solar panel. SunPower’s world record efficiency panels offer customers the best value for energy and superior aesthetics due to our unique architecture.” The company said they want to keep pushing for efficiency higher than 26 percent as they work to “power our clean energy future.” Via Greentech Media Images via SunPower Facebook and Wikimedia Commons

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

January 13, 2014 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent service operator (ISO) grid. The photovoltaic Solar Star project, a co-located facility in Kern and Los Angeles Counties, is currently supplying 57MW to the grid, and will ultimately provide enough electricity to power 255,000 homes when all 579MW goes online in 2015 . Read the rest of Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , California , green energy , iso , kern county , Los Angeles , Los Angeles County , mid american renewables , midamerican solar , photovoltaics , renewable energy , San Luis Obispo , solar , Solar Power , solar power plant , solar star , sunpower        

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Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

January 13, 2014 by  
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As if urban encroachment and poachers were not bad enough, India’s tigers must now contend with a deadly virus for their survival. Canine distemper, a disease commonly found in domestic dog populations, is threatening both captive and wild tigers. This year alone, four tigers have died from the virus, as have red pandas and lions. Read the rest of Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal quarantine , canine distemper , canine distempter vaccination , darjeeling , domestic dog , dr. ak sharma , India , indian tiger , lion , manipur , national tiger conservation authority , patna , rajesh gopal , red panda , South Africa , tiger poaching , uttar pradesh , west bengal        

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Historic Ford Factory Transformed Into SunPower Photovoltaics Headquarters

February 21, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Historic Ford Factory Transformed Into SunPower Photovoltaics Headquarters http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , adaptive reuse , eco design , ford factory , green architecture , Green Building , green renovation , marcy wong donn logan architects , old ford assembly building , photovoltaics , photovoltaics manufacturere , solar panels , Solar Power , sunpower , sunpower corporation , Sustainable Building

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Honda Unveils All-New Electric Scooter, the EV-neo

April 14, 2010 by  
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It may be awhile before mass-marketed electric vehicles are commercially available, but a new electric scooter can be purchased as early as this winter. Yesterday, Honda unveiled the EV-neo , an all-new, zero-emissions scooter. Though the motorbike will only be sold in Japan at first, Honda execs say they have their eyes on China, one of the hugest motorbike markets in the world.

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