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SunEdison buys 100 MWh of Imergy batteries for India microgrid project

Imergy battery system.

Solar developer purchases 1,000 storage systems as it steps up efforts to bring electricity to villagers in parts of rural India.


Green Charge, Itochu sign global sales deal for smart storage solutions

Green Charge Networks smart storage unit

Japan's third largest trading house will distribute, supply and procure Green Charge Networks' storage solutions internationally.


Natcore Technology, Eurotron sign joint development deal

Natcore technicians operating the screen printer to apply grid and back contacts to test solar cells.

The U.S. company says the partnership is designed to hasten commercial integration of its technologies into solar modules.


Global EV market reaches 740,000 cars, new study finds

BMW i3 production.

Analysis by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) reveals 320,000 new electric vehicle registrations in 2014 as car battery suppliers hit $2.17 billion in revenue.


Chinese solar storage sector set for 14% growth annually to 2018

Solar battery storage system.

Study by RnRMarketResearch forecasts Chinese solar battery market to total 65 GW by 2018, with annual growth averaging 14% as solar and storage industries converge.


Kyocera expands storage offering in Germany

Kyocera facility

The leading Japanese battery provider is teaming up with domestic players Energetik and Solare Datensysteme to launch a new residential energy storage solution in Germany.


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Onlookers in the U.K. enjoy today's solar eclipse, which was billed as an unprecedented test for Europe's power grids.

The solar eclipse was on everybody's lips as expectant eyes turned to Italy and Germany to see how the grids would cope, while elsewhere it was a tale of R&D breakthroughs, bold solar targets and even a dramatic fire.


Ideal Power and LG Chem collaborate on storage and conversion deal

battery energy storage

A multi-year alliance agreement will see LG Chem roll out its commercial and microgrid storage systems in collaboration with Ideal Power's power conversion technology.


Australia: Rooftop solar subsidies appear safe, storage program launched

The Alkimos Beach development.

Signals from the Australian Federal Government appear to indicate that rooftop solar will remain free from subsidy cuts. Program to trial solar plus storage at new housing development announced.


SolarCity launches global microgrid service

A SolarCity rooftop array.

U.S.-based third-party owned solar provider SolarCity has launched its GridLogic microgrid service, which will integrate distributed solar with battery storage and load management for discrete areas of electricity consumers. In...


North America: Commercial applications to lead storage rollout

A large scale battery storage product.

IHS has concluded that 700 MW of solar systems installed in North America will be coupled with storage in 2018. Representing nine percent of all installs, this is up from 30 MW in 2014.


UK: Electric vehicles could drive 40% cut in oil imports by 2030

BMW charging under a solar PV carport.

Motorists could save more than $1,500 on fuel costs annually provided the U.K. creates the required infrastructure to support electric vehicles, says new study.


KIT-test: Some battery cells last five times longer than others

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Andreas Gutsch of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has enlivened the discussion about the quality and safety of lithium-ion storage batteries with new tests.


UK: The smart home in focus as startups drive innovation

Micro grid system.

The concept of the smart home is emerging as a hot topic in the debate regarding the U.K.'s energy future. At the EcoBuild last week, a special session entitled "Smart and Efficient Use of Future Energy" depicted accurately the...


We have lift-off: Solar Impulse begins round-the-world journey

The Solar Impulse aircraft was constructed in Switzerland and has been conducting test flights in Abu Dhabi since January.

Solar-powered aircraft finally began its circumnavigation of the globe on Monday morning, taking off from Abu Dhabi at 07:12 local time with Andre Borschberg at the controls.


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Vladimir Klitschko in action.

Solar is poised to land the decisive blow in the global energy battle as cost and storage align perfectly, U.S. pricing finds its rhythm and the U.K. market continues its upward trajectory.


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