27. March 2016 · Comments Off on Is the Electrical Grid Keeping Up with Smart Solar Inverters?  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Within the fast-growing solar-energy market, solar-inverter suppliers must keep pace with electronic technology advances in order to deliver more efficient and reliable parts at a lower cost. Inverter efficiency indicates the percentage of the available solar power that’s actually converted by the inverter and fed into the utility grid; some smart inverters reach a total efficiency of 98%. To achieve high efficiency, it’s important to design the inverters using the most reliable components from power semiconductors (MOSFETs and/or IGBTs), capacitors (electrolytic capacitors, high-capacity film capacitors), transformers, cooling systems, etc.

Source: Is the Electrical Grid Keeping Up with Smart Solar Inverters? | Power content from Electronic Design

19. March 2016 · Comments Off on Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) & Sunrun Inc (RUN) To Offer Home Storage Package In Hawaii · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is rapidly expanding its newly formed energy-storage unit, Tesla Energy, partnering with residential solar company Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:SUN). The startup will be offering Tesla Powerwall systems along with its home solar-energy package.Getsolar.com reported that Sunrun’s “Brightbox” which would combine its solar panels and smart inverters, along with Tesla’s home battery technology to provide a complete solar-energy storage system for Hawaiins. The package will be gradually rolled out in other US states later in 2016.

Source: Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) & Sunrun Inc (RUN) To Offer Home Storage Package In Hawaii

22. October 2015 · Comments Off on Is California’s Latest Move the Next Opportunity for the Internet of Things? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

New opportunities for the Internet of Things, or IoT, are growing exponentially. Don’t believe it? Just think of how many times you’ve recently heard the word “smart” to describe a new product. But that’s not the only area where you’ll find the IoT gaining traction. Applications for it are growing in the energy sector as well. California sees the value of developing “smart” solutions. The Golden State, with the SunSpec Alliance, recently launched a $4 million project to “investigate the application of interoperable smart inverters, solar PV, and storage to enhance grid stability and enable higher penetration of Distributed Energy Resources.”

Source: Is California’s Latest Move the Next Opportunity for the Internet of Things? — The Motley Fool

19. October 2015 · Comments Off on Is California’s Latest Move the Next Opportunity for the Internet of Things? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

New opportunities for the Internet of Things, or IoT, are growing exponentially. Don’t believe it? Just think of how many times you’ve recently heard the word “smart” to describe a new product. But that’s not the only area where you’ll find the IoT gaining traction. Applications for it are growing in the energy sector as well. California sees the value of developing “smart” solutions. The Golden State, with the SunSpec Alliance, recently launched a $4 million project to “investigate the application of interoperable smart inverters, solar PV, and storage to enhance grid stability and enable higher penetration of Distributed Energy Resources.” The study is a vital step in meeting the state mandate of requiring all new solar and battery projects to incorporate smart inverters starting in 2016. Updating the power grid infrastructure has been a long-neglected concern across the nation. In 2013, the World Economic Forum released its Global Competitiveness Report, emphasizing the importance of a reliable power grid — one that provides “electricity supplies that are free from interruptions and shortages so that businesses and factories can work unimpeded.” According the report, the United States ranked 30th among 148 global economies.

Source: Is California’s Latest Move the Next Opportunity for the Internet of Things? — The Motley Fool

28. September 2015 · Comments Off on SolarCity and Partners Announce Smart Energy Homes Pilot Project · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

SolarCity has announced a smart energy homes demonstration project in partnership with the SunSpec Alliance and Southern California Edison, where SolarCity will install rooftop solar PV, batteries, controllable thermostats, and smart inverters on 50 homes in the Southern California Edison territory. The team will demonstrate how smart energy homes, combining numerous distributed technologies, can be deployed and aggregated to advance the electric grid.

Source: SolarCity and Partners Announce Smart Energy Homes Pilot Project | 2015-09-25 | ACHRNEWS