Renewable Energy

HOMER Energy’s Hand-picked News Highlights, Week Ended April 22

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The momentum fueling a global transition to low-, or zero-emissions renewable energy resources continues. A gathering of world leaders and representatives of nearly 170 nations in Paris to sign the historic UN climate treaty was just one of the highlights.

Brooklyn Startup Broadens Solar Power Access with P2P Energy Exchange

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Back in the 1990s the advent of peer-to-peer (P2P) computing sites such as Napster turned reproduction and distribution of music, then TV programs and films, upside down and inside out. A small Brooklyn startup is now looking to do the same for electricity.   TransActive Grid on April 11 announced the first paid P2P energy transaction crossed its online energy trading platform. One member of the Brooklyn Microgrid – former DOE Energy Star […]

A Bright Future for Microgrids and Distributed Generation in Australia: Microgrid 2015 Wrap

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More than 150 highly engaged people from 10 countries attended HOMER Energy’s 3rd and largest annual microgrid conference in Canberra, Australia on October 14 and 15 2015. The meeting kicked off with an inspiring and motivating opening keynote by Simon Corbell, Deputy Minister of the ACT Government and Minister of Environment and Planning. ACT has chosen to be a leader in Australia, with a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2025. Minister Corbell […]

ABB Microgrid Solution to Boost Renewable Energy Use by Remote Community in Kenya

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ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from Socabelec East Africa Ltd. to design, supply and install a PowerStore flywheel-based microgrid stabilization solution for the Marsabit wind farm in northern Kenya. The country plans to quadruple its energy output in the next five years bringing on board an additional 5,000 megawatts (MW) of power capacity, with the aim of providing the majority of its approximately 50 million citizens access […]

HOMER Energy Industry Partner Featured on PBS News Hour for Non-Toxic Battery

One of the exciting things about working here at HOMER Energy is watching the world begin to understand the significance and importance of the possibilities for both hybrid power systems and innovative storage, which go hand in hand. So I was not surprised but very happy to see our industry partner company Aquion Energy featured on PBS News Hour on Monday, September 7, talking about their non-toxic Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery. We look […]

Saft Li-ion Battery to Power the ExoMars Rover as it Searches for Life on the Red Planet

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HOMER Energy Industry Partner Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has signed a contract worth over one million euros from Airbus Defence and Space Ltd (UK) to develop, qualify and test a specific lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery system to power the ExoMars Rover vehicle. The Rover is the key component of the ExoMars Programme, run jointly by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos, the Russian Federal […]

Canadian Solar Introduces the CS6K All-Black Solar Module Line into the Americas Market

GUELPH, Ontario, March 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Canadian Solar Inc. (the “Company”, or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that it will introduce the company’s all-black solar module product line into the Americas market, covering both the North and South American continents. The new product line includes both an all-black CS6K-M monocrystalline module and an all-black CS6K-P module, both of which feature improved, aesthetically pleasing black […]

A Technology-Driven Disruption of Historic Proportion: 70 Seconds to Explain

It’s no secret that NRG has been vocal and clear about its opinion of what is happening to energy, in the U.S. and the world, from their lead on the Necker Island (home to out-of-the-box billionaire Richard Branson) microgrid project to their new branding focused on sustainability. This quote of NRG CEO David Crane in today’s RenewEconomy, which they dub as the… “Future of energy – and decline of centralised generation – explained […]

State Governors Call for Microgrid Development

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During his January 8 2015 inaugural address for his third term as Governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin called attention to his state’s commitment to move forward with public microgrid and renewable energy development: “Yesterday’s huge power plants, far away out there somewhere, connected to us by miles and miles of poles and wires, will be supplanted by tomorrow’s integrated microgrid, with community-scaled renewable energy systems powering our smart green homes and businesses. That’s the […]