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Neutrinovoltaic Energy and Electromagnetic Capacitors Set to Usher in a New Era of Truly Clean Energy

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BERLIN, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Neutrino Energy Group continues to innovate new neutrino-based energy technologies that will take the pressure off of potentially problematic sustainable energy sources. At the same time, top energy scientists are proposing new methods for storing electricity in electromagnetic capacitors, which eliminate battery waste and last indefinitely. In the near future, these technologies will combine to usher in a new era of global energy that is both fully renewable and truly clean.

Electromagnetic Capacitors Will Make Energy Storage Clean

Recently, a research engineer at UC Riverside’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering named Alex Khitun proposed a new method of producing high-capacity electromagnetic capacitors. Like batteries, capacitors can store electrical energy, but current technological limitations prevent electromagnetic capacitors from storing large amounts of electricity. Overloading existing capacitors causes them to degrade, but Khitun says he has found the answer.

Khitun believes that adding a compensatory inductive field to existing capacitor technology could eventually allow capacitors to store as much energy as gasoline. This magnetic field would prevent capacitors from breaking down over time, and it would also vastly improve the amount of energy that capacitors could discharge.

Neutrino Energy Will Reduce the Need for Energy Storage

Like neutrinovoltaic energy generation, Khitun’s proposed electromagnetic capacitor technology is still a long way from being fully practical. Just like Holger Thorsten Schubart at the Neutrino Energy Group, however, UC’s Khitun has already demonstrated in lab experiments that his revolutionary energy technology is fully feasible. Now, it’s only a matter of waiting for the technological infrastructure to catch up.

With batteries replaced by electromagnetic capacitors, the specter of battery pollution will no longer haunt the renewable energy industry. And, with the development of practical neutrinovoltaic technologies, the world will become less reliant on energy produced by fossil fuels, which are inefficient and wasteful.

Support the Neutrino Energy Group to Ensure a Clean and Prosperous Future

There’s no question that humanity must eventually transition away from fossil fuels. Even with the surprising success of fracking, fossil fuels are limited resources, and they cause significant environmental harm. Leading scientists caution, however, against abandoning fossil fuels prematurely since existing renewable energy technologies, especially lithium-ion batteries, can cause long-lasting, devastating damage to the environment.

The Neutrino Energy Group is fully dedicated to developing neutrino-based energy technologies that simultaneously reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and work in harmony with other renewable energy technologies. Since neutrinovoltaic devices constantly generate energy in practically every conceivable environment, it is not necessary to store neutrino-generated energy in either batteries or capacitors, but next-generation electromagnetic capacitor technologies will work hand-in-hand with neutrinovoltaic devices to make the future of renewable energy truly clean and sustainable.

Author: Sascha Johnson

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Product roundup: Enphase, Panasonic, Con Edison, startups, and more

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Check out this week’s list of some of the newest announcements related to clean energy products.

This year kicked off with a slew of new clean energy products, and over the past week, the announcements kept on coming. To stay up to date on what’s new, check out this latest product roundup:

ConnectDER meter device

New York City-based utility Con Edison is offering, free of charge, a device that can save upwards of $1,000 for a residential customer installing a new solar array. The Smart ConnectDER, built by project partner ConnectDER, allows the customer to avoid the cost of upgrading the circuit breaker panel. It also eliminates the need for excessive electrical boxes on the side of the home.

The Smart ConnectDER is an adapter that uses the electric meter socket as a point of interconnection for solar power. It fits on most electric meters and works for solar arrays up to 15 kW. Con Edison provided 300 Smart ConnectDERs to customers during a 2019 pilot program and has received state funding to provide an additional 2,400 units. The utility said it plans to continue the program even after reaching that target. More info available here.

Separately, Virginia-based ConnectDER announced it received a U.S. patent for “innovations” to its products. More info available here.

e-Zinc raises cash to commercialize energy storage tech

e-Zinc, a Toronto-based startup, raised C$2.3 million ($1.8 million) in a closed round led by BDC Capital’s Cleantech Practice to help accelerate commercialization of the tech company’s long-duration energy storage solution.

According to e-Zinc, it developed a grid-scale solution that stores energy in physically free zinc metal, scales energy capacity at a fraction of the cost of lithium-ion batteries, and enables economical energy delivery over a period of multiple days. This latest financing adds to other equity rounds and government grants. The company plans to launch a pilot project in Ontario in May and has set its sights on entering the U.S. market. More info available here.

Panasonic expands products and installer program

Panasonic Corp. of North America recently promoted 13 installers across the U.S. to the Elite and Premium tiers of its Residential Solar Installer Program. Installers and homeowners will not only gain access to the Panasonic Solar Modules portfolio, but also receive access to the new high-efficiency Panasonic Solar EverVolt Modules, available beginning in February.

Homeowners in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Iowa, and Indiana will be able to access Panasonic’s solar products from seven Elite Level installers, who will be the first in Panasonic’s network to gain access to new products and rebates. Six additional installers in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico will also offer homeowners Panasonic’s benefits as new Premium Level installers. More info available here.

Enphase solar+storage product compatibility

California-based Enphase Energy said that its Enphase Storage systems are now compatible with Enphase M215 and M250 microinverter-based solar systems. According to the company, the expanded compatibility provides approximately 300,000 additional Enphase system owners with the possibility of achieving grid-agnostic energy resilience through the Enphase Upgrade Program.

Similarly, this new combo of solar and storage products, as well as previous compatibility with IQ 6 and IQ 7 microinverter-based systems, now allows U.S. installers to approach and offer storage upgrades to nearly the vast majority of Enphase homeowners nationwide. More info available here.

NeoVolta spreads storage distribution network

NeoVolta, a San Diego-based manufacturer of residential energy storage systems, has expanded its distribution network into Utah, adding to California, Nevada, and Arizona. Under a three-year agreement, PMP Energy is able to secure specific geographic exclusivities for distribution, in exchange for making minimum purchases of up to $15 million.

According to NeoVolta, its NV14 product features a storage capacity of 14.4 kWh and 7.7 kW of continuous power discharge. That capacity can be scaled up to 24 kWh with the optional NV24 add-on battery, without the expense of an additional inverter. NeoVolta systems are engineered with lithium iron phosphate chemistry. More info available here.

Rhombus nets certifications for EV remote charging dispenser

Rhombus Energy Solutions has landed certification by Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and the Consumer Electronics Testing and Certification Services Group (CSA) for its RES-D2-CS20 electric vehicle (EV) charging dispenser. The product is compatible with Rhombus’s UL-certified 60 kW and 125 kW power conditioning systems (PCS) for high-power EV charging of medium- and heavy-duty fleets.

Combined with the UL 1741-SA certification of Rhombus’ AC to DC PCS units, these certifications allow Rhombus solutions to be used in both unidirectional and bi-directional vehicle-to-grid applications, meaning fleet operators could use their EVs as a source of energy storage. More info available here.

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Virginia aims to make installing energy storage easier

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The state is under a crunch to build out 3.1 GW of storage by 2035, but bills meant to remove lengthy regulatory approvals and ease the procurement of local permits are looking to alleviate the pressure.

Over the last two years, Virginia has made significant legislative strides in promoting the development of renewable resources, all in pursuit of achieving 100% clean energy by 2050, adding 16 GW of solar and onshore wind, building 3 GW of energy storage, and closing the state’s coal power plants by 2024.

In 2020, legislators changed state laws to allow solar and wind projects to be developed more smoothly and swiftly. Initially devised for smaller-scale wind projects and later extended to solar, Virginia’s permit by rule (PBR) program allows renewable generation projects under a certain threshold – 150 MW for now – to eschew the approval process overseen by the State Corporation Commission, which can be a lengthy affair.

This year, lawmakers are looking to do the same for energy storage.

Enter House Bill 2148, a measure introduced by State Delegate Rodney Willett, a Democrat from Henrico County. The bill looks to extend this same regulatory review avoidance to energy storage facilities and hybrid renewable + storage projects that meet similar parameters.

Willett has described the bill as the logical next step toward achieving the state’s clean economy goals and critical if Virginia hopes to get an unprecedented 3.1 GW of storage onto the grid by 2035.

And while projects still have a number of steps along development that can slow down or stall them, PBR has proven to be an effective policy for Virginia in recent history. More than 70 project developers filed notices of intent to apply for the program in 2020.

HB 2148 is not the only bill in the works in Virginia to make rolling out storage projects easier. One of the biggest headaches for developing solar in the state has been getting permits for projects (just ask the Spotsylvania developers).

This has been so historically difficult because, prior to 2020, renewable generation projects had certain state tax exemptions. Because of this, rural residents and legislators felt that they were being taken advantage of, as these projects would take up large swaths of land, provide little local revenue, and have the generation used outside of the local community.

This issue was partially remedied in 2020, when laws were passed that caused the tax exemptions to decrease over time, or local governments could instead opt for a revenue-sharing system where a $1,400/MW fee could be imposed on the project.

State Delegate Stephen Heretick, a Democrat from Portsmouth County, has introduced House Bill 2006, which would extend these same measures to energy storage projects.

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Entergy Arkansas solar program slated to save $60m for local schools, other customers

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“From October to November, our energy bill went down by $2,700,” said Robby Lowe, superintendent of the Junction City School District.

Entergy Arkansas customers who joined the utility’s Solar Energy Purchase Option B program in fall 2020 have already begun to reap savings from the clean power generated at the 81 MW Stuttgart Solar Energy Center.

According to Entergy Arkansas, participating agencies are projected to save about $60 million over the lifetime of the solar facility.

Of the 61 subscribed customers, 26 are schools, which will save an estimated $39 million over the next 18 years. The remaining subscribed entities – including cities and counties, water treatment plants, churches, and nonprofits – will save nearly $21 million.

“From October to November, our energy bill went down by $2,700,” said Robby Lowe, superintendent of the Junction City School District.

The Jessieville School District is expected to save over $50,000 annually. Superintendent Melissa Speers said that extra money can now go toward more efforts to support students, including anything “from better science labs to more field trips.”

Owned and operated by NextEra, Stuttgart Solar came online in 2018 and is contracted exclusively to Entergy Arkansas. It was the first of three approved Entergy Arkansas solar facilities.

Half of the 81 MW project’s power is dedicated to tax-exempt subscribers under the Solar Energy Purchase Option program. The solar tariff was approved by the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) in mid-September 2020, and customers were enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Entergy Arkansas noted that all available energy is currently under contract, with more than 60 entities enrolled and at least that many on the waiting list for any future Solar Energy Purchase Options the PSC might authorize.

By participating in this program, customers are expected to save between 18% and 28% on their electricity costs, while still helping to support grid maintenance and lowering the cost shift incurred by all other customers without solar systems.

Michael Considine, Entergy Arkansas’ vice president of customer service, said this program is “especially helpful to tax-exempt customers who already have tight budgets.”

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Tampa Electric doubles its solar-powered homes goal

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The utility plans to power the equivalent of 200,000 homes with solar energy by 2023, and retire a coal plant 18 years ahead of schedule.

Tampa Electric achieved commercial operation on its tenth utility-scale  solar project, the 60 MW Durrance Solar project, located in Polk County, Florida.

By bringing that project live earlier this month, Tampa Electric now has enough solar capacity to power 100,000 homes, a benchmark that the utility had previously set as a procurement goal. Now, the utility has set a new goal of having enough solar capacity on-line by 2023 to power 200,000 homes.

Alongside doubling its solar reach in just two years, the utility is also looking to retire a coal unit, Big Bend Unit 3, in 2023, nearly two decades before the unit’s scheduled retirement. The move is seen as a money saving one as well as an environmentally-conscious decision, as continuing the unit’s operation past 2023 would require significant capital investments for improvements, a financial burden the utility has deemed unfair to ratepayers.

Big Bend 3 also marks the second Big Bend unit that is retiring. In November, Unit 2 will retire as part of the $850 million Big Bend Modernization project, an undertaking that will renovate the remaining Big Bend units to include combined-cycle natural gas units, capable of producing 1,090 MW of electricity.

Back on the solar side of things, the work to get to 200,000 is under way. Tampa Electric has begun construction on the next wave of 600 MW of solar, all of which will reach commercial operation by the end of 2023. Four projects with a combined capacity of 225 MW are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. When the entire 600 MW tranche is complete, Tampa Electric will have enough solar energy to reach its 200,000-homes goal.

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