New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down

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Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down. But Enphase Energy could offer inverters that allow a home to continue to be powered by solar if the grid crashes. According to Electrek, Enphase’s Chief Product Officer Raghu Belur even suggested the inverters could let solar energize a home without a grid or batteries.

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Tesla rapidly installs solar power at a children’s hospital in Puerto Rico

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has spoken recently about the role it may play in rebuilding Puerto Rico’s devastated electrical grid, with its replacement being more resilient and sustainable thanks to micro-grid technology and on-site solar generation and storage. Now, Tesla is turning these words into greater actions by building up the modern energy infrastructure of Hospital del Niño, a children’s hospital in San Juan. Tesla has already begun constructing a solar field near the hospital and is shipping… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Denmark fires up its Copenhill power plant, with ski slopes set to open next year

Six years ago, Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a ski slope power plant that could provide the city of Copenhagen with electricity, hot water, and a steady stream of recycled materials. We never thought it’d see the light of day – but fast forward to 2017, and Copenhill is nearly complete. The waste-to-energy plant is currently operational, and by the end of next year it will be topped with 30 rooftop trees, the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, and a 600-meter ski slope. Inhabitat… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tiny Montana company signs $300M contract to help restore power in Puerto Rico

The majority of Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents still lack electricity in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Now, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) is looking to a two-year-old Montana-based company, Whitefish Energy, to help them switch the power back on. But some people are wondering why PREPA would sign the $300 million contract, the largest issued yet, with a company that had only two full-time employees at the time Hurricane Maria hit the island.

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Worlds first negative emissions power plant opens in Iceland

Go, Iceland! On Wednesday, the nation flipped the switch on the world’s first power plant that eliminates more CO2 than it produces. The pilot program, which is operated by Climeworks, can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air each year. The gases aren’t just contained; rather, they are turned into limestone where they will remain for at least one million years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk declares Tesla could rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid

Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of Tesla, has made clear that his company is willing and capable of rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power grid from the ground up. “The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world,” said Musk, “but there is no scalability limit so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the Puerto Rico government, PUC (Public Utilities Commission), any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of Puerto Rico.” Most… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Garbage from Hurricane Irma will now help power Florida

Hurricane Irma left a mess of destruction in its wake. But in Florida, some of that trash will be put to good use: as electricity. Garbage will be burned in waste-to-energy plants; one such plant in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, can power around 30,000 homes.

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Trump’s DOE invests $62 million in concentrated solar power

President Donald Trump doesn’t usually mention solar power, unless it’s talk of covering his beloved border wall in solar panels. But his Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a huge investment in concentrated solar power (CSP). They claim the solar industry has reached the 2020 SunShot Initiative utility-scale solar cost goal, so they’re looking into new priorities.

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Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it’s needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks – including a $15,000 price point that’s hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elon Musk has a simple plan to power the US entirely on renewable energy

With all the talk in the US about bringing back more coal and opening more oil reserves, it can be discouraging for those of us dreaming of a sustainable energy future. But Elon Musk, who is always looking at what we can do, rather than what we can’t, has laid out a feasible plan for moving the US entirely onto renewable energy. Speaking at the National Governors Association meeting this week, Musk talked about powering the entire country with just 100 square miles of solar panels.

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