Tag Archives: California

Energy storage and the great commercial frontier: a solar star is born

Commercial solar deployment has dropped off this year, but that hasn’t stopped players in solar and energy storage – both large and small – eyeing an opportunity in the segment. The solar industry is showing great potential but not much … Continue reading

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Water + Sunshine = Biofuel as Lab in California Chases Dream

It sounds like magic, far-out fiction, a California dream. Yet earnest scientists are hard at work on a new alchemy: brewing fuel for cars — synthetic gasoline — from little more than water and sunshine. Mimicking the way plants turn … Continue reading

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The Economic and Reliability Benefits of CSP with Thermal Energy Storage: Recent Studies and Research Needs

Foreword As the penetration of wind and solar generation becomes a significant portion of grid power, utilities and government policy makers have begun to sponsor analyses to compare alternative renewable resource portfolios. This has resulted in calculations of net system costs … Continue reading

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Energy Storage: Why We Need It, And Why We Don’t

NATGRP: India is a country blessed with abundant Hydro (~20% of total  generation) due to the Himalayas with sunny days almost through out the year. Balancing Solar with Hydro would be the easiest way of covering peak energy concerns for … Continue reading

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Net Metering Debate Rages On in the US Despite Calls For Calm – Discoms dispute the benefits of Net Metering

Net metering is one of the most emotionally charged issues in renewable energy, and now it’s back in the spotlight. A panel discussion at PV America East in Philadelphia last week explored ways that utilities and ratepayers can agree on … Continue reading

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Why nuclear is a risk, even in the USA! Legislators say Edison ignored risks at San Onofre nuclear plant

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) have sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) requesting an immediate investigation into new information they claim reveals the operators of the San Onofre nuclear power station were aware … Continue reading

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Solar Panel defect rates of 20% seen by Solar Panel Auditors

A worldwide glut of solar panels has slashed prices and made the technology affordable to more people than ever before. But that glut could be prompting some panel manufacturers to cut corners. SolarBuyer, a company that audits solar factories, has … Continue reading

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