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SunPower panels on the SolarStratos solar-powered aircraft

SolarStratos is an aeronautical project aimed at flying a solar-powered airplane for the first time to the stratosphere. The SolarStratos airplane is the first commercial two-seater solar-powered aircraft in history, it will also be the first manned solar-powered aircraft to enter the stratosphere. The SolarStratos design is using SunPower modules. SunPower manufacturers the most efficient…

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Think Tech Hawaii: Current Developments in Energy (Energy 808: The Cutting Edge)

Only on Energy 808. Marco Mangelsdorf, President at ProVision Solar and Mina Morita, former Chairwoman of the State of Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission, appear alongside Jay Fidell for Mina, Marco and Me to discuss Hawaii’s most recent energy news and developments. Reliability – operational security (Short term) and resource adequacy (long term). Resilience – the…

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HELCO deals with a windy weekend on the Big Island

A powerful winter storm hit Hawaii this weekend, wreaking havoc on all the islands with high winds, record low temperatures and even snowfall on Maui’s Haleakala and Polipoli State Park. Hawaii Island’s Maunakea recorded gusts up to 191-mph during the storm and received a light blanket of snow, some of which is still visible today.…

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Hawaii’s Modern Grid – progress toward 100% renewable energy

The Hawaiian Electric grid modernization strategy will meet the state’s 100% renewable portfolio standard, the most ambitious clean energy goal in the U.S. The Hawaiian Electric Companies supply electricity using a transmission system and distribution network originally designed to deliver electrical energy in one direction, from several large power plants to all customers. The utilities…

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Calculating and planning for distributed energy resources in the grid

The electric power industry is increasingly having to evaluate the growing penetration of distributed energy resources (DER). New sets of challenges exist for planning and operating the grid, especially with the distribution systems in which these new resources must be integrated. Now electric utilities across the world are looking at new analytical methods to assess…

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Battery boom is expected to attract $1.2 trillion in investment by 2040

The global energy-storage market will surge to a cumulative 942 gigawatts by 2040, according to a new forecast from Bloomberg NEF published Tuesday, and that growth will necessitate $1.2 trillion in investment. Sharply falling battery costs is a key driver of the boom. BNEF sees the capital cost of a utility-scale lithium-ion storage system falling…

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