- “World’s First Foiling Electric Boat” • Electric boats are starting to bloom. Boat maker Candela says it offers the “first electric boats with real range,” by adding hydrofoils. Their speedboat can go quite far – 50 nautical miles at 22 knots, which is 57.54 land miles at 25.3 mph. And it has a maximum speed of 30 knots (35 mph). [CleanTechnica]
- “Where Will Renewable Energy Be in Five Years?” • Leading renewable energy producer NextEra Energy expects that near-firm wind and solar (ie, with a four-hour battery storage adder) will be cheaper to build than all but the most efficient natural gas power plants within the next five years. This could produce an investment surge. [Motley Fool]
- “New Record-Low Solar Price Bid – 1.3¢/kWh” • Portugal held a solar power auction, in which one of the bids broke the world record for the lowest solar power price. The lowest winning bid was to supply solar electricity to the grid at a new record price of €0.01114/kWh (1.327¢/kWh). The array will save Portugal €37.2 million per year for fifteen years. [CleanTechnica]
- “Dozens Of Shops Are Now Replacing Nissan LEAF Batteries” • A growing number of shops and suppliers are getting into the business of replacing LEAF batteries. Good first-generation batteries now available for as little as $1000. People with an older LEAF can even get newer 62-kWh packs to get over 200 miles of range in the oldest LEAFs. [CleanTechnica]
- “Korean ESS Companies Ramp Up Overseas Business To Hike Up Revenue By 40%” • South Korean tech heavyweights Samsung SDI Co and LG Chem Ltd are expected to see a boost in market shares as they secure hefty energy storage system orders from overseas markets. Both intend to fortify their global energy storage businesses. [The Korea Economic Daily]
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