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SolarEdge Technologies announced its collaboration with Tesla Motors to offer distributed PV storage solutions to the global market

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, announced its collaboration with Tesla Motors (“Tesla”) to provide an inverter solution that will allow for grid and photovoltaic integration with Tesla’s home battery solution, the Powerwall. 

The joint development by SolarEdge and Tesla builds on SolarEdge’s DC optimized inverter solution and Tesla’s automotive-grade energy storage technology to enable more cost-effective residential solar generation, storage, and consumption for the global market.

"Industries—solar energy and energy storage—to bring homeowners a more cost-effective and integrated energy generation, storage, and consumption solution,”
 said JB Straubel, CTO of Tesla. “SolarEdge’s commitment to improving the value of PV systems through product innovation, combined with more than 1.3 GW of successful deployments, makes it an ideal partner for Tesla to develop and introduce this new energy storage solution to the PV market.

The new offering is expected to present a number of benefits to homeowners, from serving as a backup power source in the event of an electrical outage, to maximizing self-consumption, and enabling energy independence.

Like SolarEdge, Tesla recognizes the need and opportunity to develop innovative solutions designed to lower the cost of solar energy and make clean, renewable energy more feasible for customers around the world,” stated Lior Handelsman, Marketing and Product VP of SolarEdge. “Tesla’s industry leading battery storage technology makes it a natural fit for this endeavor. Together, we are taking the first step towards widespread adoption of integrated solar energy generation and storage in the residential market.”

Designed to manage both functions with just one SolarEdge DC optimized inverter, the solution will allow for outdoor installation and will include remote monitoring and troubleshooting to keep operations and maintenance costs low. The solution will also support upgrading existing SolarEdge systems with the storage solution.

For enhanced safety, the solution is designed to employ SolarEdge’s SafeDC™ architecture, which enables safe voltage levels in the event of inverter or grid disconnection to safeguard workers, homeowners, and firefighters. Additionally, the system will feature integrated rapid shutdown functionality, in full compliance with the National Electrical Code 2014, 690.12 (1) through (4).

The SolarEdge solution is expected to be available by the end of 2015.

Source: www.solaredge.com 

ABB wins $30 million orders to provide power infrastructure for wind farms in Brazil

Substations to facilitate integration of renewable energy and reinforce power transmission grid.

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won orders worth around $30 million from Casa dos Ventos, a leading renewables company in Brazil, to provide substations and related power infrastructure enabling the efficient integration of power from two new wind complexes (comprising 13 wind farms) into the country’s transmission grid. The orders were booked in the first quarter of 2015.


Powerwall stationary battery products revealed by Tesla

• Two products: a battery with the capacity of 10 kWh (expandable to 90kWh by connecting several batteries together) and with the capacity of 7 kWh (expandable to 63 kWh).
• Deliveries begin in summer 2015

Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup.

Power companies often charge a higher price for electricity during peak evening hours than overnight when demand is low. Powerwall can reduce your power bill by storing electricity when rates are low and powering your home when rates are high.

Tesla car and Tesla Powerwall

Powerwall automatically switches to battery power in the event of an electric company outage, bringing peace of mind to those who live in areas prone to storms or unreliable utility grids.

Tesla Powerwall

Powerwall comes in 10 kWh weekly cycle and 7 kWh daily cycle models. Both are guaranteed for ten years and are sufficient to power most homes during peak evening hours. Multiple batteries may be installed together for homes with greater energy need, up to 90 kWh total for the 10 kWh battery and 63 kWh total for the 7 kWh battery.

Source: www.teslamotors.com/powerwall

EV/HEV industry: Yole invites Bosch and Cree to discuss technological breakthroughs in power electronics

Power Electronics Market Briefing powered by Yole Développement May 20, 2015 – Forum Area at PCIM Europe 2015, 10:00 AM


BYD is about to deliver 13 electric buses to Nottingham city (UK), along with associated charging equipment

BYD is to supply a total of 13 of its advanced pure electric 12m ebuses to Nottingham City Council (NCC), along with associated charging equipment.


SOCOMEC and JSR MICRO NV announce the launch of a Lithium Ion Capacitor based UPS

The UPS system, supplied by SOCOMEC, has been designed to provide short-term back-up power to critical support equipment.



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