Tesla confirms 50,000 home virtual power plant is on the way in South Australia

(REPOST: Energy Storage)Virtual power plants (VPP) take the capabilities of several home or commercial solar-plus-storage systems and aggregate them together to form a bigger grid or capacity...

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Nissan’s new Leaf to overturn the electric car market?

(REPOST: Irish Times)It was a presentation which would have made Al Gore green with jealousy, rather than environmental angst. A Powerpoint presentation (all car launches are essentially 98 per...

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5 THINGS I FOUND SINCE INSTALLING SOLAR PANELS AND A POWERWALL 2

(REPOST: Cyber Shack)Before you make such an investment you undertake a massive research initiative to ensure that you are investing your money correctly by installing such a system. However,...

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what do you do when the lights go out?

One great side-benefit of home battery storage is having an emergency power supply.

We asked what was important to you when the lights go out in a power cut. Thanks for the enthusiastic response. ...

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Three-fifth of new cars should be electric by 2030, according to Government climate advisers

(REPOST: ITV)The report by the Committee on Climate Change is an update to the Government's "clean growth strategy" published last year, which called for a raft of measures including incentives...

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The Energy Revolution Of 2018: Electricity Storage

(REPOST: Forbes)In 2017, utility-scale energy storage moved from a handful of experimental programs to front-page news, with prominent deployments in Australia, Texas, Southern California, and...

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Salisbury solar battery trial in South Australia saved money & energy for customers

(REPOST: Energy Matters)The aim of the trial was to see if battery storage could save customers money, and protect them from blackouts. Most customers achieved the predicted savings of more than...

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Effects of battery manufacturing on electric vehicle life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions

(REPOST: icct)This briefing reviews recent research regarding greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. We analyze this research in the...

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Clean Energy Regulator: small-scale solar+storage installation rate doubled in 2017

(REPOST: PV Magazine)Reports from Australia’s PV installers are that interest in battery storage is surging. Hype about brands like Tesla, worries over grid security, and the increasing...

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Driving an electric car could save you £800 a year, here’s why

(REPOST: Express)Electric cars are becoming increasingly more popular in the UK. Registrations of new alternatively fuelled cars which includes hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell EVs...

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Solar + Tesla battery storage offered as sweetener for “knockdown rebuild” homes

(REPOST: One Step Off The Grid)In a deal announced last week with solar retailer Bradford Energy, Porter Davis said it would include a 5.6kW rooftop solar system coupled with a 13.5kWh Tesla...

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107bhp Renault Zoe R110 due for reveal at Geneva motor show

(REPOST:Autocar)Renault will launch a new version of its Zoe electric hatchback with 107bhp at the Geneva motor show this March.

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Renewables, Energy Storage, Electric Cars Will Likely Grow Strongly In 2018 As Oil Prices Rebound

(REPOST: Forbes)BNEF chief editor Angus McCrone writes that the falling costs in lithium-ion batteries, solar and wind energy that 2017 saw will continue in 2018 thanks to economies of scale and...

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Daimler expects to bail out suppliers over EV development

(REPOST:Autovista Group)As carmakers face intense scrutiny over their diesel vehicles, following the Dieselgate scandal of 2015 and a number of national governments looking to encourage drivers to...

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Order to solicit batteries in California shows ‘energy storage is effective capacity resource’

(REPOST: Energy Storage News)On 11 January, the state regulator, the California Public Utilities’ Commission (CPUC) issued Resolution E-4909, which authorised Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), one of...

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Porsche doubles EV investment as Polestar considers production expansion

(REPOST:Autovista Group)The company is pressing ahead with its Mission E concept vehicle, and will increase its expenditure on electromobility to €6 billion by 2022, up from its original €3...

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Renewable energy: best lessons learnt in oil and gas

(REPOST: LinkedIn)We are heading in the direction of a low carbon future - the way the world thinks about renewable energy has undergone a remarkable change. It is no longer just an idea backed by...

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Batteries: Keep it Simple and Safe

Our homes hold our most treasured people and possessions so it is paramount that we keep it safe.

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UK registration figures down in January as diesel market drops by a quarter

(REPOST:Autovista Group)The figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that in January, 163,615 vehicles were driven off the country’s forecourts, a fall of...

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Tesla’s PV installs continue rapid decline to 87MW in Q4 2017

(REPOST: PV-Tech)Tesla reported another major decline in its residential solar installations for the fourth quarter of 2017, while a supply shortage in its energy storage system ‘Powerwall’ has...

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German electricity grid will need upgrade for EV load as Audi forms pilot project

(REPOST:Autovista Group)Carmakers are increasingly moving to electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as they look to meet emission targets set out by the EU for 2021 and beyond. With the collapse of...

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Green light for £7m vehicle-to-grid battery storage project

(REPOST: The Energyst)A consortium has secured £3m funding to see how electric vehicles can deliver demand-side response and battery storage. The aim is to work out whether EVs can help balance...

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Renault aims to bring EV cost down as drivers look to small-vehicle market

(REPOST: Autovista Group)The Renault Zoe is an example of this, with sales in Europe rising 48% to 27,245 in the first 11 months of last year. However, sales of the Nissan Leaf were flat at...

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From followers to leaders: The changing face of Europe’s energy storage market

(REPOST: Energy Storage News)The biggest market segment for electrical storage remains the utility-scale battery storage market (i.e. front-of-meter), accounting for 60% of total capacities...

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Electric Vehicles Cost Less Than Half As Much To Drive

(REPOST: forbes)The average cost to operate an EV in the United States is $485 per year, while the average for a gasoline-powered vehicle is $1,117, according to the study by Michael Sivak and...

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Electric car registration in Wales rises by 35%

(REPOST: BBC News)Wales is ahead of the UK average of 27% growth, figures from the Go Ultra Low partnership show.

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Why don’t electric cars look more like the future?

(REPOST: Design Products & Applications)Before they hit the market and became relatively mainstream, many imagined (or at least, hoped) that electric cars would resemble the Light Runner from...

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We need green plates

(REPOST: API)If ultra-low emission vehicles could display the fact that they are greener – by wearing a new green registration plate – then this would demonstrate their green credentials to others...

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General Electric targets giant Midlands battery storage system

(REPOST: edie)Arenko has invested in the American firm’s 41MW battery energy storage system, and will use advanced control technologies to provide on-demand electricity equivalent to approximately...

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SIZE REALLY DOES MATTER

We are often asked how big a home battery should be to get the best value for money.

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The home battery that stores renewable energy

(REPOST: CNN)Though renewable energy is on the rise, a significant challenge has always been finding ways to store it on days when the sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow. In the small...

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Tesla Motors, The Visionary Dream of Elon Musk [Futures & Risks]

(REPOST: Absolute Reg)I have to be honest with you: when I think of a Tesla car my mind expands and my senses get heightened.

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Europe's 'largest' shared battery installed in Nottingham

(REPOST: BBCNews)The two-megawatt-hour battery is part of a renewable energy network in a 500-home development in the Trent Basin.

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Who is buying Britain's electric cars?

(REPOST: ThisIsMoney)
  • Some 46,522 new electric and plug-in hybrid cars were bought in the UK in 2017
  • Experts estimated that 60,000 low-emissions models will be registered in 2018
  • Currently,...
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£42m funding for energy storage research

(REPOST: NetworksOnline)The funding, which has been announced by the Faraday Institution, will see four UK-based consortia conduct application-inspired research aimed at overcoming battery...

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UK must be ready for rise of electric vehicles, says ABB chief

(REPOST:The Guardian)The UK should speed up preparations for the rise of electric vehicles, according to the chief executive of ABB, the world’s largest supplier of fast-charging points.

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Will 2018 Be the Year Our Electric Car Future Gets Real?

(REPOST: Earther)Another year, another step closer to climate doom unless we cut carbon pollution. What’s happening with electric cars at the start of 2018 is a sign that maybe, just maybe, we...

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World Bank plans ‘Scaling Solar and Storage’ program

(REPOST: PV-Tech)The World Bank plans to make energy storage an integral part of its ‘Scaling Solar’ program, that until now has been focused purely on facilitating large-scale solar tendering,...

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China officially installed 52.83GW of solar modules in 2017

(REPOST: PV-Tech)According to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), solar PV installations reached 52.83GW in 2017, up from 34.54GW in 2016, and accounting for around 50% of expected...

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Pure electric vehicle registrations up 27% year-on-year

(REPOST: FleetNews)Pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles reached record levels in 2017, according to figures released today by Go Ultra Low.

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Can the UK be a global leader in battery storage?

(REPOST: Open Access Government)In a speech in November 2017, the UK Energy Secretary Greg Clark set out an apparently ambitious vision of UK energy policy in general and for battery energy...

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Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid: is there more to this 256mpg family car than economy appeal?

(REPOST: Telegraph)Hyundai’s plan to launch three electrified versions of its Ioniq is now complete thanks to the arrival of this plug-in model to join the existing hybrid and fully electric...

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Home energy bills can be slashed by up to two thirds by adapting electric car battery technology for houses, claims Nissan

(REPOST:ThisIsMoney)UK house-holders can slash their domestic energy bills by up to 66 per cent by turning their homes into mini-power stations, claims Japanese car giant Nissan.

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Review: Nissan e-NV200 Evalia 7S 2018

(REPOST: iNews)Just as Nissan’s Leaf hits its third generation, the company’s seven-seater MPV gets a makeover. The Evalia is based on a commercial platform, and it looks like it, but seven seats...

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