A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- Tesla’s latest version of the Powerwall will be coming to market sooner than anticipated. The home energy storage unit is said to have a simplification to the handling and wiring requirements for installers in addition to being compatible with inverters from SMA, the global residential PV inverter manufacturer.
- For four days in a row last week, Portugal operated on 100 percent renewable energy. The country had seen 50.4 percent of its electricity from renewables in 2015 and had had 63 percent sourced from renewables in 2014. Other parts of Europe are also setting power records: Germany ran on 99.3 percent of wind and solar energy on May 16 at 2 p.m. local time; Denmark produced 140 percent of its electricity from wind power in 2015; and the UK set a record by not burning coal for the first time in 100+ years.
- Statoil ASA, a Norwegian energy company, is set to begin building the world’s first floating offshore wind farm off the east coast of Scotland. The project, named the Hywind project, will use five 6-megawatt turbines which will float on steel tubes attached to the seabed. The turbines are scheduled to be installed in 2017.