battery systems

Battery Systems Could Reduce Power Plant Needs

If all goes as it seems, extensive battery systems at data centers like that at Microsoft Corp. in southern Virginia in the US might eliminate the need for more power plants, especially those that rely on the “bridge” fuel natural gas.  Unlike a natural gas peaker plant, which can take minutes to dispatch and often runs on idle in order to better meet short-term spikes in demand, battery systems can dispatch power instantaneously. That makes them potentially valuable resources to help…

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wind energy market

Japan To Tap World’s Largest Unexplored Wind Energy Market

Renewable energy is soon to be a major source of electricity for Japan, and international wind power companies are positioning themselves to take advantage of what is now seen as a lucrative wind energy market. Up until recently, many global energy companies have been wary of wind power generation in Japan, stymied by high installation costs and governmental regulations. But Japan’s invigorated emphasis on renewable energy through its new Basic Energy Plan may have changed many perspectives. Circled by oceans…

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solar roads

Solar Roads Light the Way in China

Shandong Pavenergy, a company that makes polymer-covered solar panels, is now paving solar roads in China. If this venture is successful, solar roads could have a major impact on the renewable energy sector and on consumer driving experiences as well. You see, road builders in China even want to design solar roads that can wirelessly recharge electric cars running on them. Solar road trials are becoming more popular as the technology improves and costs to produce solar continue to fall…

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