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Australian startup develops AI model to forecast solar ouput based on satellite data

Solar eclipsing coal is the lead source of electricity generation in Australia. The question of how to manage this powerful but unpredictable fleet is already a pressing issue. Solstice AI is currently working with one hour forecasts. It uses the information from two datasets, along with some other minor metrics, to create a forecast of the output of all solar systems across a region, as well as individually. The most promising use case for such forecasting will happen when distributed storage becomes more widely integrated. It could also be useful for companies involved in aggregating solar and storage fleets. Currently, the company is looking at using a subscription-based model for its products, though this is still to be finalized. Australia leads the world in the rollout of rooftop solar, which means many of the issues already being encountered here - including problems around voltage control and two-way energy flows in the US and North America - can be tested and solved before entering this much bigger markets.

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Trends in stationary battery storage
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Trends in stationary battery storage

Five young companies have received financial support for their growth in the last 12 months. Industry and commerce are deploying battery storage to complement renewable energy generation. Investments in battery storage companies is not unique to the automotive sector. In stationary or other applications for chemical energy storage, the market is also developing

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800MWh: construction of world biggest flow battery in China has started
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800MWh: construction of world biggest flow battery in China has started

Commissioning has taken place of a 100MW/400M vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) energy storage system in Dalian, China. A second phase will bring it up to 200MW/800MWh.

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Energy storage investments - bridging production and consumption
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Energy storage investments - bridging production and consumption

Spearmint Energy founder Andrew Waranch says we are at a tipping point. Texas power grid froze in 2021 after a surge of severe winter storms battered state. He says we need massive investment in our energy infrastructure, especially in energy storage.

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Dream or reality: solar power systems in space
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Dream or reality: solar power systems in space

A Space-based Solar Power (SSP) station would have the potential to mitigate climate change through the provision of clean energy. SSP is not only considered more efficient than ground-based solar stations but it is also immaculately clean and infinitely available.

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EU plan to boost green energy
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EU plan to boost green energy

EU needs €210bn over next five years to pay for phasing out Russian fossil fuels based on a plan drawn up in response to the Kremlin-ordered invasion of Ukraine. The plan proposes upgrades to the EU green deal, the blocs flagship policy to confront the climate crisis. Officials also want to cut energy consumption by 13% by 2030 (compared with 2020), too.

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7 major challenges of a power grid and their solutions
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7 major challenges of a power grid and their solutions

Electricity is a powerful thing, but it is necessary that the amount of electricity in the grid corresponds with actual consumption needs. The amount of green energy generated in 2019 represented 27 % of the worldwide production and only 13% of the entire production capacity in Slovakia.

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Cracking the Hydrogen Egg! How can consumers understand where their Hydrogen has come from?
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Cracking the Hydrogen Egg! How can consumers understand where their Hydrogen has come from?

In a global interconnected system understanding where hydrogen has come from will become incredibly important. The temptation for some to make hydrogen from coal and release the carbon dioxide into the atmosphere may be too great, however as international trade develops the risk increases.

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Does the public's view of Hydrogen matter?
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Does the public's view of Hydrogen matter?

A recent survey in the United Kingdom assessed public perception to be largely ambivalent to hydrogen. Over 64% of participants were unable to demonstrate even a basic knowledge of hydrogen technology or its potential to contribute to the energy system.

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Moving hydrogen from hype to hope
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Moving hydrogen from hype to hope

Hydrogen is the talk of the town and the Commission makes it a big priority in its green industrial strategy. There are few hydrogen fuel cell cars and most of them are actually demonstration vehicles.

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