A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- Morocco has built a massive solar power plant in the Sahara Desert which is capable of generating up to 160 MW of power. This development, one of the world’s biggest solar thermal power plants, is only the first stage of a three part development. This first stage will be able to provide renewable energy to more than a million people in Morocco.
- Tesla will launch the second version of Powerwall, a home backup power source, in summer 2016. The first version of the battery, which sells for about $3,000, sold out within its first 10 days of availability and has already been installed in a home in Australia. Powerwall 2 will vary for the first edition as it will use battery cells built by Tesla’s Gigafactory in Nevada whereas the original Powerwall’s battery cells were made by Panasonic.
- Scientists and engineers in California are researching ways to use solar power to create clean-burning hydrogen gas. Researchers are developing metal-based material to be used in solar fuel cells which can split apart a flow of water into streams of oxygen and hydrogen gas with just sunlight.