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New Advancements in Storage Technologies for Solar


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While solar energy has undoubtedly expanded over the past decade, we will not be able to become fully reliant on it until there is a breakthrough in storage technology. We need to be able to efficiently and safely story large amounts of power, as well as be able to quickly charge batteries, in order to be able to fully rely on solar power. The ability to store immense amounts of solar energy is key in order for this energy to then be able to be distributed across the grid to meet given demand.

Smart Grid App Could Be a Big Win for Consumers


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How much do you think about when you use power? For most Americans, how much power used is important because it impacts cost, but when the power is used doesn't really enter the mind. However, when power is used can matter just as much for the power company. Power costs more to produce in high demand times than in low demand times, so prices should really depend on time. With society moving to greater energy efficiency and less waste, more and more power companies are instituting smart grid policies. In these systems, people are not only billed according to the cost of production with time accounted for but are also given information on exactly how they use power and tips on minimizing the cost. Trials so far have been a major success, with dual benefits of saving an average of 8-10% costs and easing the transition to green power.

Energy Storage Technologies


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Balancing the grid is hard. There has always been waste in the system because running into deficit could cause total collapse. However, there are people looking for good solutions. The grid previously relied on peaker plants, burning fossil fuels during high demand times so most of the time it only what was needed was run.

Solar Perovskites Could Revolutionize Panel Technology

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New Solar technology is in the pipeline as solar perovskites are moving from lab to production across the world. Compared to traditional silicon panels, these panels are peaking at more than 28 percent efficiency for turning light into power, versus the record for silicon photovoltaics of 26.7 percent. Additionally, they have the potential for greater flexibility, greater consistency, and lower cost, according to industry experts. This could be the future of solar, and it could be a dominant one.

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