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Policy Changes Open ...
Policy changes in the solar industry may cause uncertainty, but they also open doors to new opportun....
Utilities Get Smart:...
Smart Electric Power Alliance's (SEPA) recent 2019 Utility Demand Response Market Snapshot ....
Innovation in Wind E...
With heightened awareness about climate change and a growing global push towards using more renewabl....
The Downside of Grow...
According to the American Wind Energy Association’s fourth quarter market report for 2019, the ind....

CURRENT ISSUE


US Wind Industry Delivers Strong First Quarter
The US wind industry installed over 1,800 megawatts (MW) of new wind power capacity in the first quarter, while the volume of projects under construction set a new record, according to the newly released Wind Powers America First Quarter Report ....
Elements of Surprise
In an industry where most critical infrastructure is left outdoors to face the elements day in and day out, mother nature’s wrath is one of the many operational challenges that renewable companies must contend with. Whether you operate a solar farm....
Coming Out Ahead: How to benefit from the loss of an OEM
Any time a major manufacturer exits an industry, that absence creates a market disruption for its customers. This is especially true when customers develop such a symbiotic relationship with their OEM that it leaves them in a uniquely vulnerable posi....
STMicroelectronics is powering the next generation of Industry 4.0 applications with a new vibration-sensing solution optimized to enable sm....
The new Williams Wedge and Bull Pin with Position Adjustable Shackle tools from Snap-on Industrial are suitable for a variety of uses within....
A.W. Chesterton Company launches new single and double cartridge seals built on its new AXIUS modular seal platform. These modular seals ena....
The technology group Wärtsilä announced the launch of its Expert Insight predictive maintenance product. This digital product enables cust....

Get Back in the Clear
From sandstorms and storm surges to tornadoes and wildfires, natural disasters can wreak havoc on solar power infrastructure — taking out inverters, knocking entire plants offline, and sending owners into a spiral of down time, repair costs, and lo....
Recycling a Solar System - Part 2 Practical actions for managing solar module waste
In the second of this two-part series, we focus on the actual waste management concepts related to solar panels, and the steps every company should take to develop a program for used solar cell components.  The first order of busine....
Lessons Learned from California: Building a resilient grid
California’s wildfires and planned power shutoffs are looming, home and business owners in high risk areas are becoming blackout weary, and everyone is hoping for long term solutions. Even those across the country who do not personally experience p....
Southern States recently started shipping the TranSwitcher. Available at 15kV, 27kV, and 3 kV, the TranSwitcher is a simple, reliable, and c....
Hevel Group has launched production of heterojunction solar cells based on M2+ silicon wafers. A slight area increase has allowed to ra....
WAGO’s Pro2 Power Supplies include six units ranging from 120-960W and an energy conversion efficiency up to 96%. The power supplies incor....
SMA America’s Medium Voltage Power Station (MVPS) represents a large-scale medium voltage PV power conversion station UL 1741 listed as a ....

Energy Storage

Locally Generated Reactive Power: A key component to widespread scaling of EV charging
Growth in the electric vehicle (EV) industry is ramping quickly. This acceleration is driven by falling battery prices, regulatory changes, and the adoption of new technology. In California, the Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) energy division anno....
Beyond Lithium: Renewable energy reliability delivered with CHS Silicon anode batteries
A significant inhibitor to the rapid adoption of wind and solar power, both of which are only available intermittently, is greater energy storage capacity than what is currently possible. A promising response to this challenge involves the utilizatio....
Wanted: Made in the USA
The global energy storage market is on a trajectory to nearly quadruple its deployments from 4 GWh in 2019, to more than 15 GWh in 2024. Battery manufacturing is growing exponentially in every part of the world. Over the past few ....
With the new high-voltage storage system from LG Chem and SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA), PV system owners can flexibly use self-generated el....
Energy Toolbase has worked with SolarEdge to validate the StorEdge inverter specifications and charge/discharge profile programming instruct....
PWRcell features a modular battery pack system, equipped with 8.6kWh batteries. The system is fully customizable, and can expand up to 34.2k....
Fronius and BYD are working closely together in the field of energy storage to develop efficient battery storage solutions for both househol....

Energy Efficiency

What You Don’t Know About CO2 Emissions
Global CO2 emissions hit an all-time high in 2019, drawing renewed attention to the need to change our habits or risk global catastrophe. While worldwide activism on this front is growing, the sad fact remains: We actually haven’t made mu....
After the Storm: The electric utilities sector long-term implications of COVID
The electric utility sector prides itself on contingency readiness. Power grid design, communications and control systems, organizational flexibility, and the wider supply chain are set up to protect power supply to customers for an incredibly w....
Voltage Volatility: Advances in distribution grid monitoring
The power distribution grid is undergoing unprecedented levels of change. The traditional, one-way model of voltage regulation presumed that voltages would drop predictably along feeders from substation to customers. The proliferation of larger scale....
With the launch of the PWRview ATS, Generac offers a Home Energy Monitoring System (HEMS) built into the switch. The PWRview ATS allows any ....
TDK Corporation has added to its portfolio of EPCOS film capacitors for DC link applications with the B3277*X/Y/Z series. The new capacitors....
STM32 microcontrollers (MCU) from STMicroelectronics are now available in an 8-pin package, enabling simple embedded projects to leverage 32....
Featuring a distortion-cancelling input-current shaping (ICS) circuit, the HVLED007 AC/DC LED driver from STMicroelectronics enables energy-....