Operating Your PowerBanx Home Battery

The PowerBanx is a powerful system, able to run your home without using grid electricity, essentially giving you electricity for free.

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Climate change could force more than 140 million people from their homes by 2050

Millions of people in the developing world will be forced from their homes by climate change in the coming decades, according to a major new report produced by the World Bank.

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Ban new petrol and diesel cars in 2030, not 2040, says thinktank

Green Alliance says ending UK sales earlier would close climate target gap and halve oil imports

Ministers have been urged to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a...

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Statoil latest major to shun ‘oil’ in favour of new Equinor identity

Statoil has announced it is to rebrand itself as Equinor as the Norwegian energy giant looks to ditch connotations with fossil fuels.

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Nissan Leaf 2018: How does the new model compare with its earliest predecessor?

THE Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric vehicle. The original model had a lot of desirable features when it launched in 2010 but as the electric car market has expanded over the...

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How Could You Benefit From Embracing Solar Power?

There is a growing demand for renewable energy sources as the results of global warming become more evident year on year. While you may struggle to fit a wind farm or tidal hydroelectrical system...

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Diesel ban approved for German cities to cut pollution

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig said the cities of Stuttgart and Duesseldorf could legally ban older, more polluting diesel cars from zones worst affected by pollution.

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Arctic warming: scientists alarmed by 'crazy' temperature rises

Record warmth in the Arctic this month could yet prove to be a freak occurrence, but experts warn the warming event is unprecedented

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Renault opens dedicated EV store to entice drivers to the technology

French vehicle manufacturer Renault has opened its first European store dedicated to electric vehicles (EVs) as the company aims to build its reputation for the technology.

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At this rate, it’s going to take nearly 400 years to transform the energy system

Here are the real reasons we’re not building clean energy anywhere near fast enough.

Fifteen years ago, Ken Caldeira, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution, calculated that the world...

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National Grid plans to install superfast electric car chargers across the UK's network of motorways

The plans would put 90% of drivers within 50 miles of an EV charger that would give cars a boost in just five minutes

The National Grid plans to roll out a network of superfast electric vehicle...

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BP’s Energy Outlook must be wrong, or else

BP released the 2018 edition of its annual Energy Outlook yesterday, prompting all the usual gags from the renewables lobby.

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Green light for hundreds of new electric car charging points

Councillors have unanimously agreed a radical programme to install more than 700 new charging points on lampposts. The move will boost air quality and turn Wandsworth into a borough where electric...

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PowerBanx Home Battery Settings

Once your PowerBanx home battery is installed you can choose to 'fit and forget', i.e. don't touch it again. It will sit there in the background automatically charging when electricity is cheap...

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Shadow chancellor rebukes government for ‘destruction’ of UK solar industry

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has strongly rebuked the government for its treatment of the domestic solar industry.

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PSA Group could end diesel production

PSA Group could be about to end its involvement with diesel and instead focus on electric and hybrid technology, according to reports in France.

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Australia’s first big grid-connected solar-storage plant pioneers ‘islanding’

The first large-scale solar and battery storage project to be connected to the grid in Australia has started providing power to 3,000 homes and businesses in Far North Queensland (FNQ) while...

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Electric cars: What if you live in a flat?

In the street where I live no one yet owns an electric car - because there are no driveways on which to charge them.

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Nissan Leaf: the electric vehicle to grid tech that can power your home

The new model Nissan Leaf will be the first electric vehicle in Australia that can send power back to a home battery using vehicle to grid technology.

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Tesla confirms having produced its 300,000th electric car

Tesla is often seen as the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturer and it is in many ways, but not based on total vehicles produced – though it could soon take the lead.

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Parliamentary group to push post-Brexit opportunity of electric vehicles

The UK is at risk of letting the “major industrial shift” posed by the take-up of electric vehicles pass it by as Brexit negotiations draw the government’s focus, according to the chair of the new...

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Blockchain in action: stabilising the grid in Germany and the Netherlands

Case study: Blockchain technology is being put to the test in northern Europe, writes Jean-Baptiste Cornefert of Sonnen.

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The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water - like Cape Town

Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water.

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Samsung is going to recycle old smartphone batteries to power electric vehicles

Battery supplier Samsung SDI has announced it will recycle cobalt from used smartphone batteries as a way to secure supplies of the metal.

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Introducing Night-time Solar Charging for Electric Vehicles

As we transition away from polluting fossil-fuelled vehicles to electric vehicles it is common for owners to think about the source of the electricity they use for charging.

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Long-term test review: MINI Countryman PHEV

Final report: Electric tailgate has a mind of its own, but we’ll still miss our MINI Countryman PHEV

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Leaf: One of the Best Selling Cars in the World Is Also One of the Cheapest to Own

Whatever America’s official stance on the state of our climate it is, every other country’s thoughts are abundantly clear, seeing as how the Nissan Leaf is one of the best selling cars around the...

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Formula E drives electric mobility innovation

To be honest, I have never really been a fan of motorsport racing, but Formula E is something different.

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A Powerful Mix of Solar and Batteries Is Beating Natural Gas

  • Renewable energy developers pairing with storage to beat gas
  • NextEra’s Florida utility just added storage to solar farm

Natural gas is getting edged out of power markets across the U.S....

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The 4 Main Applications for Battery Storage

There are three primary benefits of energy storage:

  • Access to lower priced electricity
  • Retention of surplus self generated electricity 
  • Emergency power supply

However, this can look many...

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Consortium finds viable business case for community energy storage

[repost] Small-scale, grid-connected energy storage solutions – or “community batteries” – can have a viable business case, supporting the ongoing growth of decentralised energy generation...

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A Better FiT - Two years on from UK Solar’s ground zero

[Repost] 8 February 2016 is a date reviled by the UK’s domestic solar industry. On that day a revised version of the small-scale feed-in tariff came into effect. It’s a date that will be firmly...

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Renault Zoe retains its ‘Best Ultra-Low Emission Car’ crown

[Repost] The Renault ZOE has reaffirmed its ever-increasing popularity with business users after being named the ‘Best Ultra-Low Emission Car’ for the second consecutive year at the Fleet World...
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Teslas Are Finally Replacing Porsches on the Autobahn

[Repost] With a charging network five times more dense than that in America, Germany is poised to become the world’s No.3 electric-car market

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Government quietly shelves plans for Solar FIT review

Repost from February: Currently there appear to be no plans to keep the solar feed-in-tariff going after it ends in April next year.

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Will the UK seize opportunities for green energy in 2018?

(REPOST: Clean Energy News)The independent, statutory body has advised that the UK government’s multi-billion pound strategy to energise industrial growth with a low-carbon energy drive is still...

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Government funding to help electric vehicles power homes and businesses

(REPOST:)The Government has announced £30 million funding for new vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies to help unlock the potential for electric vehicles (EVs) to deliver electricity back to the...

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PowerBanx Smartphone Monitoring: Setting Up The SolarMAN App

One part of the SolarMAN suite of software that can be used to monitor the PowerBanx home battery system is the SolarMAN smartphone app. It allows the PowerBanx owner to monitor their solar...

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BP throws down low carbon investment gauntlet with US$500 million annual pledge

(REPOST: Clean Energy News)The oil and gas giant yesterday reported its 2017 financial performance, highlighting what group chief executive Bob Dudley said was “one of the strongest years in BP’s...

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Electric cars are back on the fast track

(REPOST: ABB)For car enthusiasts who eagerly await the latest performance figures from the automotive press, the number 2.27 was a revelation. That was the number of seconds it took to complete...

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Renewables groups demand action over FiT as two-year anniversary looms

(REPOST: Solar Power Portal)Ten member organisations in the UK, including leading renewables groups like the Solar Trade Association, RenewableUK and Regen, have written to the government urging...

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Nissan backing big brand and supply chain know-how to crack UK solar

(REPOST: Solar Power Portal)Last month the car manufacturer announced the launch of Nissan Energy Solar, adding small-scale solar PV to its suite of energy products.

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Oil firms charging up for electric vehicles

(REPOST: Petroleum Economist)Two of the main European players have taken their first steps into the market and can be expected to beef up their offerings in future, as can petrol station operators...

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The Majority of BMW Customers That Went Hybrid or Electric Won't Return to Gas Only

(REPOST: TopSpeed)Although BMW built its reputation on offering sporty, luxurious gas-burners and diesels, the future involves bigger batteries and electric motors.

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PowerBanx Solar and Battery Monitoring Software: SolarMAN

SolarMAN Introduction

The software used to monitor your PowerBanx home battery is known as SolarMAN (where the MAN stands for 'Monitored, Analyzed, Networked'). However, as well as the battery it...

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Big oil’s return to solar places new importance on strategic direction

(REPOST: PV-Tech)Solar companies will have to find a strategic sweet spot in which to operate as big oil majors return to the sector, a panel of operators has concluded.

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'Game changing' electric car chargers return power to grid

(REPOST: SkyNews)Electric car chargers that are able to return power back to the grid network are being trialled by Newcastle University.

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What You Get with a PowerBanx Home Battery From Fuel Included

PowerBanx™ Home Battery

The PowerBanx™ Home Battery is filled by free solar or half-price Economy 7 electricity and powers your home so you don't have to pay for full price electricity again. It...

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Central London’s largest lamp post electric vehicle charging network almost complete

(REPOST: Clean Energy News)The Council is installing 57 lamp post charging points in total across the borough, allowing motorists to plug their electric vehicle directly into chargers installed in...

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PowerBanx Home Battery Installation

I recently showed before and after photos of the PowerBanx installation in the cloakroom in our home in Northampton. Here I'd like to describe the install process in more detail so people know...

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How much longer can government ignore its advice on solar?

(REPOST: Solar Power Portal)We’ve all been there. Ignored warnings about traffic and found yourself staring at tail lights for hours on end? A backseat passenger uttering ‘I told you so’ is not...

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Government announces Nissan-led £9.8m vehicle-to-grid project

(REPOST: Car Dealer Magazine)Richard Harrington, minister of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, announced the funding for the large-scale V2G demonstrator project.

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