- “Scientists Reveal Strange Molecule that Can Store Sun’s Energy for 18 Years” • A Swedish research team believes it found a breakthrough for energy storage. A specialized solar thermal fluid can hold the sun’s energy for long periods of time and expel that energy on demand when activated by putting it through a catalytic process. [Forbes]
- “Western Australia Trials Tesla PowerBank Community Storage System” • Western Australia’s state-owned energy retailer Synergy and grid operator Western Power are experimenting with a community battery. For $1 dollar a day, families can store any excess electricity from their PV systems to a common battery for later use. [CleanTechnica]
- “UK Renewables Capacity Overtakes Fossil Fuels for the First Time” • The UK’s energy industry set another record, with renewables capacity overtaking fossil fuel capacity for the first time. A report from Drax Electric Insights shows available UK renewables capacity stands at 42 GW, while fossil fuel capacity has fallen to 40.6 GW. [businessgreen.com]
- “Renewables Reduced Wholesale Power Costs by $5.7 Billion in Texas” • The Economic Value of Renewable Energy to Texas, a report by the Wind Solar Alliance, is very revealing. In addition to job growth, reduced pollutants, and projected numbers for economic development, there are also figures for the economic benefits of leasing and local taxes. [pv magazine USA]
- “Proterra and Daimler Team Up to Manufacture Electric School Buses” • At the 44th annual National Association of Pupil Transportation Conference, Proterra and Daimler introduced the latest Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner eC2 electric school bus powered by Proterra. Recharging takes about 3 hours using a 60-kW charging system. [CleanTechnica]
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