Cleantech Incubator Licenses UCF-Developed Industry’s First Single-Module Three-Phase Microinverter for Solar Energy Systems

Posted on: Monday, June 29th, 2015

The industry’s first single-module three-phase microinverter, developed by researchers at the Florida Power Electronics Center at the University of Central Florida (UCF), has been licensed to MaxHarvest Microinverters, LLC, a subsidiary of GreenTech Endeavors, a Miami-based cleantech garage/incubator. Through research funded by the Department of Energy, the UCF-developed microinverter technology has the potential to significantly […]

Utilities eye tariffs for solar, wind users

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

Residential customers of Oklahoma’s two largest electric utilities could see demand charges on their bills if they install rooftop solar panels under a new tariff structure being studied at the Corporation Commission. Staff for the commission’s public utility division held the last of four meetings Tuesday to discuss implementation of Senate Bill 1456, which went […]

California’s Plan to Turn Distributed Energy Resources Into Grid Market Players

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

California is already busy creating new regulations and market structures to integrate rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, plug-in electric vehicles and fast-acting demand response systems into its grid. This week, California’s grid operator took another step down this path — one that could allow these resources to tap the state’s grid markets as a revenue-generating resource, […]

Australian Utilities Cozy Up to Home Storage: ‘If We Don’t Respond, Someone Else Will’

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

Australian utilities are moving to combat the threat of revenue loss from residential energy storage by opting to supply batteries themselves. Three companies — Red Energy, Ergon Energy and ActewAGL — announced trials offering Panasonic battery systems. “Our customers are already showing interest in this technology, and if we don’t respond to what our customers […]

Shining a Light on Emerging Resilient Power Movement

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

A new, first-of-its-kind report from Clean Energy Group tells the story of the early years of the resilient power movement – and as the movement spreads beyond the Northeast, states in other regions should be taking notice In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated the Northeast United States, disrupting electric service to more than eight million […]

G.M. and Nissan Reusing Old Electric Car Batteries

Posted on: Friday, June 19th, 2015

For years, automakers have looked for ways to reuse the batteries from electric cars, which retain significant storage capacity even after they are no longer useful for transport. Now, those efforts are beginning to bear fruit. On Monday, Nissan executives announced a partnership with Green Charge Networks, an energy storage provider, to sell stationary systems […]

Could one million smart pool pumps store” renewable energy better than giant batteries?

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

As more wind and solar energy comes online, the people who run the power grid have a problem: how do they compensate for the variable nature of the sun and wind? California plans to spend billions of dollars for batteries to even out the flow of power from solar and wind, much the way shock […]

Tesla boosts Powerwall home battery capability from 2kW to 5kW

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Tesla’s Powerwall is poised to be one of the biggest product launches ever, and the home battery has already sold out through 2016. The company is currently constructing the “Gigafactory” in Nevada, which will produce batteries for their cars, alongside the Powerwall and Powerpack systems, and Elon Musk reckons that when it’s complete it’ll be […]

Florida’s solar energy initiatives heat up

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Solar hasn’t historically been a hot industry in Florida, but short- and long-term efforts are underway statewide and locally that could pay huge economic and environmental dividends. Florida ranks third in the nation for rooftop solar potential, but comes in 13th for cumulative solar capacity installed. That’s according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a […]

Prestigious National Designation for USF Aims to Turn Research into Commercial Products, Help Launch Start-ups

Posted on: Monday, June 1st, 2015

The University of South Florida has been named an I-Corps™ Site by the National Science Foundation (NSF), becoming the second site in Florida and one of only three dozen institutions around the country to earn the designation. USF will receive nearly $300,000 to build, train, and mentor teams of USF faculty and students to become […]