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Rick Perry has kind words for renewables, energy storage, and nuclear (sorry, coal!)

The battle between renewable energy and fossil fuel is already at a boiling point, but that’s nothing compared to the steaming hot mosh pit of internecine warfare going on between coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy. In the latest development on that score, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry went on a bomb-throwing mission at the […]

May 2nd

Missing link for renewable energy storage – hot stones?

On Monday, the Danish minister of education and research, Tommy Ahlers, attended the official inauguration of a giant pilot facility that will use 600 degree hot stones to store energy. Speaking to, he said: “This could be the missing link in our renewable energy transformation.” (It’s arguable whether there really is a missing link, but that’s another story.) High-temperature thermal energy […]

March 21st

How a Caribbean island goes energy self-sufficient with wind, solar and storage

Caribbean island Bonaire is adding a 6 megawatt energy storage system to help balance its solar and wind assets (with backup diesel generators), opening up the potential for greater renewable penetration. Additional solar will expand on the 2015 pilot project that included close to 800 solar panels. By Charles W. Thurston Cleantechnica Wärtsilä won the […]

January 26th

Australia shaping up to be world leader in residential energy storage in 2019

Australia is expected to be the world’s largest residential energy storage market in 2019, accounting for 30% of global demand as household storage demand triples. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) published one of its Shorts on Tuesday highlighting the major headline from its latest report, Australia Residential Storage to Triple, Despite High Cost. According to Bloomberg, state governments across Australia are […]

January 24th

Battery storage is the fastest-growing industry sector on the planet (which could save the planet)

Billions of dollars are being invested worldwide in the developing battery boom, involving research into storage techniques to use the growing surpluses of cheap renewable energy now becoming available. Recent developments in batteries are set to sweep aside the old arguments about renewables being intermittent, dismissing any need to continue building nuclear power plants and burning […]

January 22nd

Range of EVs and the myth of the “City Car”

The myth of the modern “city car” originates from the makers of Swatch watches. They thought there should be a market for stylish, functional, small cars for city dwellers — the same kind of people who bought their watches. This “SwatchMobile” became the Daimler Smart car. It was very popular, mainly among journalists who found […]

January 20th

South Australia goes all in for solar (despite the Federal focus on coal)

The Australian federal government’s love affair with coal has reached new levels in recent years, with federal ministers bringing chunks of the mineral into parliament and donning high-visibility mining vests as pro-coal publicity stunts. Yet against this backdrop, one Australian state has managed to break global records in the renewable energy space. Recently, South Australia’s state government has announced not one but […]

November 20th

In Australia, Tesla battery breaks natural gas’s costly stranglehold on peaker electricity

The massive 129 MWh Tesla Powerpack installation in South Australia has already been having a strong impact on the region’s electricity markets, saving grid operator Neoen and customers an estimated $25 million, or just over ⅓ of the purchase price, in its first year of operation.   Kyle Field Cleantechnica As the regional grid continues to adjust […]

October 11th