22. June 2016 · Comments Off on SunPower leads in more than just solar panels (hint: it’s in the water)  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The Middle East, Caribbean, and Oceania account for 283 billion cubic meters of freshwater demand, and solar- and wave-powered desalination can be the low-cost solution, according to Lux Research. Desalination — converting sea water into fresh water — will grow at 8 percent annually to 140 million cubic meters daily in 2020, Lux predicts, reflecting soaring demand in some parts of the world and growing viability of renewable energy technologies.

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01. February 2016 · Comments Off on Solar plus storage defining renewable energy · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The success of solar plus storage is defining the growth potential of renewable energy. Solar plus storage is a key necessity for solar to overcome limitations like intermittency and the lack of power after dark.In fact, Lux Research predicts that distributed storage for solar systems will be worth $8 billion in 2026, as solar combines with storage to continue its remarkable growth.

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15. January 2016 · Comments Off on Energy storage on tap for autos in 2016 · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The automotive industry, like the power sector, is under intense pressure to lower emissions and increase efficiency. What will this mean for electric vehicles? Over the next decade, auto manufacturers will need to meet aggressive fuel efficiency targets — 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) in the U.S. 95 grams of carbon dioxide emission per kilometer in Europe. While advanced technologies like all-electric vehicles, super-light carbon fiber composites, and hydrogen fuel cells will all be available, Lux Research predicts that micro-hybrids will provide the most economical route to meeting 2025 targets.

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17. April 2015 · Comments Off on Big data, geospatial analytics not just nice to have – they are critical · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

More and more companies are realizing the importance of tracking, reporting, and meeting corporate sustainability goals, according to Lux Research, driven by a combination of consumer desires, retailer demands, and greater concern for resource scarcity and productivity.

Lux warns that much of the “low-hanging fruit” has been picked, so further improvements will rely on sophisticated tools like emerging big data and geospatial analytics, to help companies make more informed decisions about sustainability goals.

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10. March 2015 · Comments Off on Li-ion batteries dominating choice in grid storage tech · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have become the dominant technology in grid storage, accounting for 90 percent of systems proposed in 2014, according to Lux Research.

Molten salt batteries still account for a majority of installations by energy capacity, because of NGK Insulators’ early lead, but are no longer the technology of choice, Lux contends.

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