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Brilliant Light Power – Commercialization Status

by Daryl Roberts A potentially paradigm-shifting technology has been under development at an R&D firm in NJ called Brilliant Light Power.   For people monitoring the situation, the question currently is about the status of commercialization.   It is not a publicly held firm, but is in mid-stage ...

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

With the market’s rapid rebound from March lows and the Nasdaq Composite stock index closing higher than it was at the end of last year, many of us are probably asking ourselves: Did I miss my chance to buy at the lows?  or: Will I ever make up for my losses? These questions point to dangerous e ...

Corona response: How blue power can spur a green recovery

As I write this, the government is directing emergency support where it is most urgently needed – to our healthcare system and Canadians affected by COVID-19. Nearly a million people have applied for assistance. We are in the thick of it, but once the greatest danger of this crisis has passed, th ...

California Renewables Curtailments Surge as Coronavirus Cuts Energy Demand

California grid operator CAISO has been curtailing renewable energy at record levels this year, as the state’s ever-rising share of solar power during daylight hours increasingly outpaces electricity demand. Adding to its challenges, the grid operator is now contending with falling power demand ...

Hybrid Power Plants Are Growing Rapidly, But Are They a Good Idea?

As battery prices continue to fall and the penetration of variable wind and solar generation rises, power plant developers are increasingly combining wind and solar projects with on-site batteries, creating “hybrid” power plants. The variability of wind and solar power requires balancing to mee ...

Watt It Takes: Turning Real Estate Into Clean-Power Assets

This week on Watt It Takes: Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch sits down with Robyn Beavers, the co-founder and CEO of Blueprint Power.  Blueprint works with real estate companies to turn their buildings into clean energy power plants. Blueprint developed software that helps building owners optimize thei ...

WoodMac: Nearly $470M Invested Into Off-Grid Energy Access Companies Last Year

Companies providing off-grid energy access raised over $2.1 billion in corporate financing between 2010 and the end of 2019, including nearly $470 million last year, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. An estimated 420 million people globally now use standalone off-grid solar, while a ...

Storage Hybrid Plants Becoming More Attractive in Maturing Wind and Solar Markets

LONDON and NEW YORK — The scope for adding batteries to wind projects is expanding around the world, building on the considerable momentum that already exists for hybrid solar-plus-storage plants. In the U.S., solar-plus-storage is an increasingly mainstream proposition for large-scale renewables ...

German Utility Uniper Sets Net-Zero Target, Considers Move Into Renewables Development

Uniper, one of Germany’s largest utilities, has set a 2035 net-zero target for its European power business, a surprising pivot for a company that only recently completed construction on what will likely be Europe's last coal-fired power plant. Uniper, which is in the process of being taken over ...

Massive Senate Energy Bill Falters

A massive energy bill that could direct billions of dollars to clean energy faces an unclear future in the U.S. Senate. Conflicts over an amendment addressing hydrofluorocarbons, which is a refrigerant and potent greenhouse gas, prevented the bill from clearing a procedural vote this week.  The ...