SAN FRANCISCO, January 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

The global solid state smart transformers market is projected to attain USD 531.5 million by 2025, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. The growing investments in smart grid are presumed to stimulate the market growth over the next eight years.

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The need for efficient power supply and low-cost electricity is significantly encouraging power companies to develop the solid-state transformer technology. The technology is anticipated to be commercialized by 2018 and is expected to pave way for large-scale adoption of SSTs for renewable energy distribution and smart grid systems.

Government investments for increasing the implementation of smart grid systems are further expected to drive the demand for SSTs over the forecast period. These transformers comprise features such as bidirectional power supply and lightweight and hence, are expected to improve the efficiency of power distribution.

The benefits of SSTs are encouraging their use in transport infrastructure and energy generation systems used in offshore oil drilling. These transformers provide on-demand power that increases the power distribution efficiency. Furthermore, they are anticipated to enable customers to adopt self-sustaining renewable energy sources such as solar and wind energy.

The industry players comprise mainly big players in the power & energy industry and are mainly focused on retaining their market share. Furthermore, these companies have a multi-regional presence and witness stiff competition. Investing in technologies that would increase their market share is the main area of focus for the companies. Thus, they are largely involved in development of SST technology.

Solid state (smart) transformers are expected to be largely adopted in developed economies, such as Europe and North America, post commercialization. These economies are expected to be followed by developing economies such as Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA.

Browse full research report with TOC on "Solid State (Smart) Transformers Market Analysis By Product, By Component (Converters, High-frequency Transformers, Switches), By Application, By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2014 - 2025" at: https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/solid-state-smart-transformer-market

Further Key Findings From the Report Suggest: 

  • High-frequency transformer is expected to be the fastest growing component segment, growing at a CAGR of 24.2% over the next eight years, owing to its power output characteristics when used in different combinations
  • Regions such as Europe and North America are expected to be the early adopters of solid state transformers, owing to the increasing adoption of renewable energy sources
  • Europe is presumed to be the fastest-growing regional market and is expected to reach USD 259.0 million by 2025, owing to high investments in smart grid technologies
  • Transportation is expected to be the fastest growing end use segment, registering a CAGR of 25.1% from 2017 to 2025, owing to the large-scale development of transport infrastructure in developing regions such as Asia Pacific
  • The key industry participants include ABB Ltd., General Electric, Alstom, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Siemens AG, Schneider Electric SE, Cooper Power Systems, Varentec, Inc., Amantys Limited, and GridBridge, among others

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Grand View Research has segmented the global solid state smart transformers market based on product, technology, application, end-use, and region: 

  • Solid State (Smart) Transformer Product Scope (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025) 
    • Distribution Solid State Transformer
    • Power Solid State Transformer
    • Traction Solid State Transformer
  • Solid State (Smart) Transformer Component Scope (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025) 
    • Converters
    • High-frequency Transformers
    • Switches
    • Others
  • Solid State (Smart) Transformer Application Scope (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025) 
    • Alternative Power Generation
    • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
    • Power Distribution
    • Traction Locomotives
    • Others
  • Solid State (Smart) Transformer End-use Scope (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025) 
    • Energy
    • Transportation
    • Others
  • Solid State (Smart) Transformer Regional Scope (Revenue, USD Million; 2014 - 2025) 
    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Latin America
    • MEA

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ALBANY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After a year with a dizzying volume of energy policy activity across the states, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) calls out some favorite success stories, in its 2017 Clean Energy States Honor Roll, announced today.

IREC is a 35-year-old national independent not-for-profit organization that works state by state to increase consumer access to clean renewable energy through fact-based policy leadership, quality work force development, and consumer empowerment.

Most Growth Potential: Minnesota

For overcoming initial challenges to community solar, tackling interconnection (connection to the grid) reforms, and providing leadership on grid modernization in the Midwest.

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Most Creative Policy Solution: Illinois

For approaching clean energy policy comprehensively, integrating clean energy workforce provisions into new clean energy legislation, promoting equitable access to clean energy for all, and advancing collaborative community solar solutions.

More here: https://irecusa.org/2018/01/irecs-2017-clean-energy-states-honor-roll/

Most Surprising: Utah

For rising quietly in the ranks to be 6th in the nation for installed solar capacity in 2016, and for brokering a net metering settlement that protects existing solar customers and preserves the more than 4,400 solar jobs in the state.

More here: https://irecusa.org/2018/01/irecs-2017-clean-energy-states-honor-roll/

Most Charged for Storage: Maryland

For being the first state in the country to adopt an energy storage incentive and for tackling regulatory reforms on energy storage.

More here: https://irecusa.org/2018/01/irecs-2017-clean-energy-states-honor-roll/

“The Interstate Renewable Energy Council congratulates the many stakeholder groups, advocates, utilities and government decision makers who through their work on improved energy policies and practices make the benefits of clean energy available to more Americans, today and in the future,” said IREC President/CEO Larry Sherwood. “Here’s to more successes to come in 2018!”

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RIVERSIDE, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- While many in the solar industry anxiously await the outcome of legal wrangling over tariffs on low-cost modules imported from China, one American-headquartered company has quietly seized business opportunities there. Those groundbreaking efforts in large-scale solar have enabled SolarMax Technology to open 2018 with 150MW of capacity - another 100 MW will come online in June - making it the largest American-based private company developing solar in China.

SolarMax began its expansion into Asia in 2015 following a sweeping anti-pollution program championed by Chinese government leaders.  The company secured the rights to develop and provide ongoing maintenance and operations for several utility-scale projects in the inland province of Guizhou.  Another 50MW are planned there in early 2018, while the company builds out another 50MW project in the Ningxia region. 

The China strategy was spearheaded by CEO David Hsu, who along with partners Ching Liu and Simon Yuan, founded SolarMax in Southern California a decade ago.  The Riverside, California-based company has since grown into a diversified renewable energy powerhouse through its integrated portfolio of rooftop solar, LED lighting, energy storage and utility scale projects.

Mr. Hsu formed SolarMax China, a wholly owned subsidiary, by acquiring five formerly independent Chinese-based firms. The strategy enabled the company to deliver end-to-end development solutions, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), maintenance and operations, as well as project development.

In 2018, the company will expand its Asia presence in a space it knows well:  residential solar.  SolarMax has developed an innovative program with banks, utilities and the Chinese central government that effectively enables homeowners the opportunity to switch to solar with zero upfront costs. Installation financing would be provided by banks, which in partnership with the utility, establish a multi-year repayment program with the homeowner that guarantees retirement of the installation debt.

"We see tremendous opportunities in China," said Mr. Hsu. "To capitalize on them, however, you not only need to know market dynamics, but a deep understanding of the unique cultural and political dimensions to doing business there. I think you can see that in the partnerships we've formed as well as the way we've structured our operations."

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Founded in 2008, SolarMax Technology is a worldwide leader in solar, LED lighting, energy storage, monitoring and large-scale solar.  The Riverside, California-based company, which has installed thousands of residential and commercial systems across Southern California, remains one of the fastest growing companies in the renewable energy space.  SolarMax employs a workforce of nearly 200 professionals across its offices in Riverside, Diamond Bar, Fresno and San Diego. It is also the largest U.S.-headquartered solar developer operating in the Peoples Republic of China, with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing and inland provinces.

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TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) and Power Electronics have finalized an agreement to utilize First Solar’s market-leading PV Operations & Maintenance (O&M) team to provide Power Electronics warranty service on inverters installed throughout the United States. This unique relationship enables tangible owner value by reducing response time and repair time.

The arrangement allows Power Electronics to strengthen its deep commitment to customer support with the backing of First Solar Energy Services' technical resource team. First Solar will provide field support on Power Electronics inverters installed at more than 50 solar power plants, many of which are already operated and maintained by First Solar Energy Services.

“This collaboration aligns two organizations that share the same commitment to service excellence,” said Timo Moeller, Director of First Solar Energy Services. “Pairing Power Electronics equipment with First Solar’s scale and proven field expertise results in unmatched service structure in the PV industry.”

Moeller said that pairing Power Electronics inverters with First Solar O&M services results in lower operational cost and greater efficiency in plant maintenance.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

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NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

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Herzliya, Israel headquartered SolarEdge Technologies Inc.'s shares saw a decline of 3.00%, finishing Tuesday's trading session at $37.20. A total volume of 666,942 shares was traded. In the last month and the previous three months, the stock has advanced 2.90% and 28.72%, respectively. Additionally, the Company's shares have surged 175.56% over the past year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 1.96% and 44.33%, respectively. Moreover, shares of SolarEdge Technologies, which together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, and sells direct current optimized inverter systems for solar photovoltaic installations in Israel, Europe, the US, and internationally, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 51.74. Get the full research report on SEDG for free by clicking below at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=SEDG

Cirrus Logic

On Tuesday, shares in Austin, Texas headquartered Cirrus Logic Inc. recorded a trading volume of 631,398 shares, and ended the session 1.32% lower at $53.01. The stock has gained 6.36% in the last month. The Company's shares are trading 1.67% below their 50-day moving average. Furthermore, shares of Cirrus Logic, which develops, manufactures, and markets analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for a range of consumer and industrial markets, have an RSI of 49.61.

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Canadian Solar

Shares in Guelph, Canada-based Canadian Solar Inc. closed at $16.95, slightly down 0.88% from the last trading session. The stock recorded a trading volume of 722,845 shares. The Company's shares have gained 6.27% over the previous three months and 34.42% over the past year. The stock is trading 8.92% above its 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Canadian Solar, which together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells solar ingots, wafers, cells, modules, and other solar power products primarily under the Canadian Solar brand name, have an RSI of 42.31.

On January 04th, 2018, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CSI New Energy Holding Co., Ltd, has completed the sale of three, solar power plants in China, totaling 44.3 MWp, to Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy Group Co., Ltd. The transaction was closed on December 29th, 2017, and CSIQ expects to recognize revenue from the sale of the plants for Q4 2017.

On January 09th, 2018, research firm Goldman initiated a 'Neutral' rating on the Company's stock, with a target price of $19 per share. Join our big investor community at Wall St. Equities today and get your free report on CSIQ at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=CSIQ

SPI Energy

Shanghai, China headquartered SPI Energy Co. Ltd's stock ended 0.09% higher at $0.69 with a total trading volume of 241,476 shares. The Company's shares have surged 29.41% in the last month. The stock is trading below its 200-day moving average by 16.77%. Furthermore, shares of SPI Energy, which provides engineering, procurement, and construction services to independent power developers and producers, and commercial and industrial companies in China and the US, have an RSI of 43.47.

On January 08th, 2018, SPI Energy announced that Scott Sullivan has joined the Company as Chief Marketing Officer and President of SPI US Region, effective immediately. Mr. Sullivan will focus on strengthening the Company's current solar and storage business, expanding the potential opportunities of smart home projects in the United States and helping guide the product and marketing strategy to further improve profitability as the Company continues its evolution in the Cleantech industry. Know more about SPI in our free research coverage at: www.wallstequities.com/registration/?symbol=SPI

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- NV Energy today issued a request for proposals that could add up to 330-megawatts of new renewable energy projects to be built in Nevada.  This additional commitment to renewable energy, which includes the potential integration of battery energy storage systems, will provide enough carbon-free electricity to power approximately 200,000 Nevada homes. 

"As important as this opportunity is to further the state's desire for clean energy, equally important is that we expect to deliver these renewable projects to customers without increasing rates," said NV Energy's President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Caudill.

"Since 2009, NV Energy has more than tripled its in-state renewable energy production and our electricity prices today are 15 percent lower than they were at that time.  We expect these new projects to provide some of the lowest-cost renewable energy available in the market, which will directly benefit our customers.  In fact, adding these new renewable projects serves to diversify the portfolio we use to provide power across the state and protects against the risk of increases in the price of natural gas used to generate electricity," Caudill said.

The request for proposals seeks solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technology projects that are compliant with Nevada's existing renewable portfolio standards.  NV Energy will also, for the first time, consider adding supplemental battery energy storage systems that are integrated with the proposed renewable energy resource.  Projects will be competitively evaluated on a number of factors, including best value to customers of NV Energy and creation of economic benefits to the State of Nevada. 

"Renewable energy projects like these result in employment of construction trades and create longer term operations and maintenance opportunities," Caudill stated.  He noted that the company is ultimately driving to become 100 percent renewable, but the shorter-term goal is to double its renewable energy delivery to customers by 2023. 

NV Energy requests that all parties interested in becoming a bidder for this opportunity should register on the company's website at https://www.nvenergy.com/2018RERFP and follow each of the directives under the "Steps to Complete" section of the website.

Bids are due February 2, 2018.  Projects proposed by successful bidders would require the approval of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.  It is anticipated the projects would be completed and producing energy for customers by 2020 or 2021.

NV Energy provides a wide range of energy services to 1.3 million customers throughout Nevada and more than 40 million tourists annually. NV Energy, Inc. is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, are doing business as NV Energy. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about NV Energy is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via nvenergy.com.

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TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 9, 2018-- First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) and Power Electronics have finalized an agreement to utilize First Solar’s market-leading PV Operations & Maintenance (O&M) team to provide Power Electronics warranty service on inverters installed throughout the United States. This unique relationship enables tangible owner value by reducing response time and repair time.

The arrangement allows Power Electronics to strengthen its deep commitment to customer support with the backing of First Solar Energy Services' technical resource team. First Solar will provide field support on Power Electronics inverters installed at more than 50 solar power plants, many of which are already operated and maintained by First Solar Energy Services.

“This collaboration aligns two organizations that share the same commitment to service excellence,” said Timo Moeller, Director of First Solar Energy Services. “Pairing Power Electronics equipment with First Solar’s scale and proven field expertise results in unmatched service structure in the PV industry.”

Moeller said that pairing Power Electronics inverters with First Solar O&M services results in lower operational cost and greater efficiency in plant maintenance.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

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MOSCOW, January 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Researchers from the NUST MISIS Engineering Center for Industrial Technologies have developed an innovative technology for the production of magnetic materials and permanent magnets at a reduced cost. This engineering solution will allow scientists to produce affordable and efficient domestic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices for wide use in public health clinics. According to the developers' estimates, the cost of an analysis with the new MRI technology will be half of what it is now.

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Magnetic resonance imaging is one of the most effective diagnostic methods in modern medicine. The diagnosis of cancer, multiple scrlerosis, and musculoskeletal diseases in their early stages are all done with the help of MRI machines. The average cost of one analyses with the use of MRI costs between 4,000 and 12,000 Rubles, depending on the body part being scanned and the clinic.

Due to its technical nature, an MRI machine can have ultraweak, weak, medium, strong, and superstrong magnetic fields. The highest quality pictures are taken by using superconducting magnetic systems generating very strong magnetic fields. However, MRI machines based on superconducting magnets provide the highest image resolution, although these machines are difficult to make and more importantly, expensive to operate. That is why the procedures are generally inaccessible to most patients, because it's simply too expensive for the clinic or hospital to use the machine.

When considering the savings gained from using the new MRI machines, most small clinics and private-practice doctors will prefer these cheaper, low field MRI machines, which cover the overwhelming majority of most common diagnostic tests. Large hospitals, especially those interested in local spectroscopy and research in the field of functional tomography, will retain their interest in machines with stronger magnetic fields, but they will also buy scanners with weak and medium-sized fields as second and third installations for mass screening.

NUST MISIS scientists, jointly with their industrial partners from the Research and Production Association "Magneton", have developed a prototype of an economically and environmentally-friendly low field magnetic resonance imaging prototype based on magnetic materials and components produced in Russia.

"We have developed an innovative technology for the production of low cost hard-magnetic materials and permanent magnets manufactured from alloys of rare, domestic earth metals and their compounds, including the ones obtained in the processing of industrial waste magnetic production. During the production of raw materials for permanent magnets we have managed to reduce their cost by 1.5 times through the use of industrial waste magnetic production and cheap alloys of rare earth metals. The use of new soft magnetic materials has allowed us to develop magnetic conductors for a magnetic system of the scanner with low loss while maintaining high values of magnetization saturation (more than 2 T). All this allowed us to design and reduce the weight of permanent magnets used in the design of magnetic systems by almost 30%, and thus to reduce the cost of the devices," said Evgeny Gorelikov, the project head, Candidate of Political Sciences, and Deputy Director of the NUST MISIS Engineering Center for Industrial Technologies.

The cryogenic technology, liquid nitrogen, helium fluid, and water for cooling (as in the case of MRI using superconducting magnets or electromagnets) are not required to run the new MRI machine. The power consumption of this unique scanner will be less than 1 kW, hence why it may be possible to power it even with renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.

Currently, the Russian and foreign analogues of this newly developed magnetic system cost almost twice as much to implement into the medical field.

Given the fact that China is currently the world's main producer of rare earth metals and rare-earth permanent magnets (up to 80%), the use of domestic magnetic components gathered in the production of MRI machines allows Russia to create production that is independent from imports.

The project's implementation will provide a practical opportunity to create a competitive industrial production of magnetic materials with reduced cost and a personal base for the autonomous production of a new generation of low-field magnetic MRI machines in Russia.

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ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Murray Energy Corporation ("Murray Energy") is extremely disappointed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") has failed to enact the immediate reforms necessary to ensure the reliability, resiliency, and fuel security of our Nation's electric power grids and, instead, dodged the decision. 

Mr. Robert E. Murray, the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Murray Energy stated that "This is a bureaucratic cop-out, whereby these FERC Commissioners have totally avoided making a decision regarding the very urgent situation relative to the lack of reliability, resiliency, and security in our electric power grids in our Country."  "It also adds to the cost of electricity," he added. 

"I fear that we will now immediately observe the announcement of further decommissioning of nuclear and coal-fired electricity generation that will further exacerbate this critical situation," Mr. Murray added. 

"Indeed, the recent moderately cold weather period has further demonstrated the need for immediate action to ensure the reliability and resiliency of our electric power grids, and to hold down the cost of electricity, as natural gas prices have peaked at $175 per million BTU, which is sixty (60) times their normal levels, and the cost of electric power in some parts of our Country peaked at over $500 per megawatt-hour, up from less than $30 per megawatt-hour," stated Mr. Murray.  "Further, at least 37,000 megawatts of supposedly natural gas-powered electricity were entirely unavailable due to the priority for home heating use and the inability of natural gas to flow at cold temperatures.  Additionally, power users in South Carolina were asked to voluntarily cut back on their electricity usage because of critical margins in the electric power grid."

"If it were not for the electricity generated by our Nation's coal-fired and nuclear power plants, we would be experiencing massive brownouts and blackouts in this Country.  During these critical times, coal has far outperformed all other fuel sources, including natural gas, dispatching at over twice the level of gas plants and over fifteen (15) times the output from windmills and solar panels," Mr. Murray said.

"While FERC Commissioners Kevin J. McIntyre, Robert F. Powelson, Richard Glick and Cheryl A. LaFleur sit on their hands and refuse to take the action directed by Energy Secretary Rick Perry and President Donald Trump, the decommissioning of more coal-fired and nuclear plants could result, further jeopardizing the reliability, resiliency, and security of America's electric power grids even further.  It will also raise the cost of electricity for all Americans, including those on fixed incomes, single mothers, and manufacturers of products for the global marketplace," Mr. Murray concluded.  

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In December 2016, Panasonic and Tesla finalized an agreement to begin manufacturing solar PV cells and modules at the "Gigafactory 2" in Buffalo, New York.

Under the arrangement, Panasonic agreed to cover the capital costs associated with the factory and Tesla agreed to purchase Panasonic's custom manufactured solar products.

"These high-efficiency PV cells and modules will be used to produce solar panels in the non-solar roof products," according to Tesla's statement. "When production of the solar roof begins, Tesla will also incorporate Panasonic's cells into the many kinds of solar glass tile roofs that Tesla will be manufacturing."

Production of the solar roof did not begin for months after the initial announcement. But one year later -- following delays and a brief trial run -- Panasonic reports that cell manufacturing for the solar roof is now officially underway.

“Panasonic is already inside that factory making solar panels. That started in October of last year," said Peter Fannon, vice president of technology policy at Panasonic Corporation of North America, in an interview at CES. "Also, we are just now beginning to manufacture cells.”

The Japanese multinational made an initial $260 million investment in the Buffalo facility, where it makes HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) solar cells for Tesla. With the plant now up and running, Panasonic is prepared to invest more.

“We expect that investment, along with Tesla, as it grows, will grow with it," Fannon said.

But it's unclear how much growing is going on. 

Tesla completed the first solar roof installations on the homes of executives and employees in August. Little was heard about the solar roof after that, save for reports of several more installations for employees. The tiles were initially produced at small-scale at the former SolarCity pilot production line in Fremont, California.

Last summer, Tesla CTO JB Straubel said solar roof production at Gigafactory 2 would ramp up “in a substantial way” by the end of 2017, and increased the company's goal to achieve 2 gigawatts of solar panel capacity per year. But as the new year arrived, the status of Tesla's solar tile production was still murky.

Tesla confirmed today, however, that solar roof manufacturing began in Buffalo in December. The company also said that it is now starting Solar Roof Textured and Smooth installations for non-employee homeowners.

Fannon said that Panasonic has started to boost its operations to meet growing solar roof demand.

“As I understand it, they’re taking orders, and they have a big backlog already," he said. "We’re growing the cell manufacturing as we speak."

Fannon could not comment on how fast or slow Tesla is making solar roof tiles with those cells, however. “I don’t know," he said. "We’re not in their factory."

“We know that their demand is continuing and we’re growing our manufacturing output to meet their demand,” Fannon added. “That partnership is working nicely in parallel with the one in batteries -- where we're growing together.”

Selling tariff-free solar cells

Panasonic’s cell manufacturing business in Buffalo is one of the few examples of solar cell manufacturing taking place in the U.S. and certainly the most recent cell production facility to launch in the country. That’s interesting in the context of the Section 201 solar trade case.

Panasonic’s two biggest high-efficiency solar panel competitors, SunPower and LG, both manufacture abroad, which means they could be subject to new import tariffs, depending on how President Trump rules on the case on January 26. When asked if Panasonic would sell its tariff-free cells to companies other than Tesla, Fannon said: “In the best of all worlds, if we could satisfy everything Tesla wants, yes.”

“We would hope to do that,” he said. “Both for ourselves, to make our own product here in the U.S. -- and for others.”

Fannon acknowledged that the market for high efficiency solar products in the U.S. is currently small. But he said the company is confident demand will be strong enough not only to support Tesla’s solar roof, but also Panasonic’s panel business.

Employment at Gigafactory 2 to double

As production at Gigafactory 2 increases, so will employment. In October, Panasonic employed 182 people at the Buffalo factory. By the end of the year, that number nearly doubled more than 300. In a few weeks time, if everything stays on track, “we will be cranking up mass production and nearly doubling that employment number again,” said Fannon.

Panasonic has held several job fairs in New York and has had a lot of job applicants. The company is now working on setting up training programs for specialist positions handling materials and operating machinery.

Employment numbers are important because they’re tied to funding for the Gigafactory 2. New York State committed $750 million to building and outfitting the 1.2 million square foot facility on the condition that the factory create more than 1,460 jobs in the Buffalo area by the time its fully operational.

According to Tesla, there are roughly 500 employees at the Gigafactory 2 today.

Panasonic has been “very pleased” with its ability to find employees for the solar factory up until this point, said Fannon. But like at the battery Gigafactory in Nevada, “we foresee some difficulty in getting the right talent if it really starts growing fast,” he said. “Because these aren’t skills that are typically taught in programs for universities.”

Tesla's "production hell" and Panasonic's new Toyota partnership 

Last year at CES, Panasonic and Tesla announced that battery production had officially kicked off at the Gigafactory outside of Reno. But the year was marred by delays, which caused Tesla to miss its production targets for the Model 3. The battery module assembly line was cited as the primary constraint due to the complexity of the module design and the automated manufacturing process.

Last fall, Panasonic executives said they were confident the bottlenecks were nearly worked out. The problem, however, seems to lie more with Tesla, which is in charge of packing Panasonic’s battery cells into modules and the modules into packs. CEO Elon Musk recently camped out on the roof of the Gigafactory while working through production issues.

Tesla still hasn’t escaped “production hell” is seems. Last week, the company pushed back its Model 3 manufacturing forecast again, and is now targeting to make 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of the second quarter of this year.

Panasonic, meanwhile, is expanding its relationship with Japanese auto giant Toyota. In December, the two companies announced a deal to “begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business.”

Panasonic already supplies batteries for Toyota’s Prius, “and now we’re teaming up with Toyota to explore the future of EV battery technology,” said Panasonic North America Chairman & CEO Thomas Gebhardt, speaking at CES this week.

“The initial focus of this partnership is on the existing lithium ion technology,” he said. “But we also intend to explore solid state battery technology, which could become the next generation technology for electric vehicles.”

Toyota has invested heavily in hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology, but is now boosting its efforts in the EV space -- along with every other major automaker. Toyota plans to commercialize solid-state EV batteries by the early 2020s, and is now forecasting a fully electric vehicle lineup by 2025.

Tesla was an early leader on EVs and helped to jumpstart the market, and Panasonic became the top battery supplier for the automotive industry through its partnership with the ambitious EV-maker. Now, as competitors up their game, Panasonic is intent on holding that position.

This story has been updated to reflect new comments from Tesla. 

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LIDKÖPING, Suécia, 10 de janeiro de 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- O Handheld Group, um fabricante líder de computadores móveis robustos, hoje anunciou o novo NAUTIZ X9: um dispositivo empresarial portátil ultra robusto, projetado para o trabalho de campo nos mais desafiadores ambientes externos ou industriais.

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O novo dispositivo portátil Android Nautiz X9 é dirigido para aplicações industriais de campo, onde a confiabilidade é essencial e a robustez, fundamental. Oferecendo um completo e único conjunto de recursos, o Nautiz X9 totalmente robusto pode ser usado como um computador móvel, coletor de dados ou controlador de campo.

O Nautiz X9 totalmente robusto oferece:

  • Um processador quad-core e OS para Android 7 (Nougat) fácil de usar.
  • Padrão de capacidades para GPS/GLONASS
  • Leitor de imagem 2D de alta velocidade e alta capacidade, opcional.
  • Câmeras duais, incluindo a traseira com autofoco e flash, de 13-megapixel, e uma frontal, de 2-megapixel.
  • Funcionalidade 4G/LTE para telefone Android.
  • Google GMS, para navegação no Google Maps, e acesso ao aplicativo Play Store.
  • Uma tela capacitiva de cinco polegadas, legível à luz solar, com sensibilidade multitoque.
  • Classificação IP67 de robustez para desempenho à prova d'água e resistência à poeira.

O Nautiz X9 é projetado para o uso nos mais desafiadores ambientes externos e industriais. Este PDA robusto é testado em MIL-STD 810G para quedas, vibrações, umidade, temperaturas extremas e altitudes diversas. O mais novo dispositivo da Handheld possui um veloz processador de 1.3 GHz com RAM de 2 GB e Flash de 16 GB. E a bateria de 4800 mAh vai durar um turno inteiro, mesmo com uso pesado.

"Acrescentar o Nautiz X9 à nossa família de produtos reflete nosso compromisso de levar dispositivos de campo verdadeiramente robustos para o mercado", diz Johan Hed, diretor de gestão de produtos do Handheld Group. "O Nautiz X9 também amplia nossas largas ofertas de Android, que apresentam uma demanda cada vez mais alta. A certificação GMS é um recurso extra, nem sempre incluído nos dispositivos comerciais, mas que demonstrou ser de um valor incalculável para nossos clientes, dando-lhes acesso ao pacote completo de aplicativos Google. A confiabilidade e a robustez do Nautiz X9 vão levar grande valor para usuários de campo de todo o mundo".

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Just before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a new round of funding for projects that advance solar forecasting technologies. Eight projects were awarded a total of $12 million. Add the cost-share requirements for awardees and the total value of the projects comes to $14.6 million of public and private sector investment.

“These projects will address a critical gap in our research, which is knowing precisely how much solar electricity to expect at any given hour on any given day,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a statement.

The new tranche of funding builds upon projects funded by the Energy Department to improve solar forecasting research in 2012. One of those projects, IBM’s Watt-Sun program, used machine learning to improve solar forecasting accuracy by as much as 30 percent.

In an interview, Charlie Gay, director of DOE’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, said that solar forecasting technologies are an increasingly valuable tool in optimizing the operation of the grid as solar PV increases market share.

“The greater the accuracy, the better the grid can operate, and the more efficient we can make use of the existing infrastructure on the grid as solar becomes an increasingly large fraction of generation,” he said.

Projects address two blocks of time, three topics

The eight projects included in the “Solar Forecasting 2” funding round aim to improve grid operators’ ability to predict solar irradiance and power production. According to Gay, the projects were specifically selected to improve forecasts for two blocks of time: 24- to 48-hours in advance for day-ahead planning, when grid operators must manage projections for how to balance generation assets, especially on the transmission grid; and one- to six-hours in advance, when local weather events, cloud movements, or changes in cloud density can affect how much light is present.

“The intensity attributes of the light need to be well understood to connect the dots about how much light is reaching the panels and how much electricity is coming from the system,” said Gay.

The selected projects address three topics: one project will build a testing framework giving industry and academia the ability to evaluate and compare the performance of solar irradiance and solar power forecasting models; four projects seek to improve solar irradiance predictions; and three projects will examine how to integrate solar forecasting technologies with grid operators’ energy management systems.

A team at the University of Arizona will tackle topic one. Think of it, said Gay, as “setting the cornerstone for quality of information,” developing a transparent set of rules, criteria and metrics for solar forecasting.

Projects bundled in topic two aim to improve on the ability of existing tools to predict how much light, or what intensity of light, will reach solar panels. It’s all about “giving the grid operator a better handle on what to expect for the output of the plant as clouds move across the landscape,” said Gay.

The projects addressed by topic three, he said, “put all these pieces together with the energy management systems grid operators use day in and day out.”

California, Hawaii show how to integrate solar PV

States with a high penetration of solar PV like California and Hawaii are the proving grounds for these forecasting technologies. Utility-scale and distributed solar together comprise nearly 15 percent of California’s net electricity generation.

“Both California and Hawaii are leaders in putting all the pieces together,” said Gay. They are "connecting the dots between information about the grid’s performance and the projections and probabilistic outcomes that can be modeled with a set of tools that would derive from programs like the Solar Forecasting 2 program.”

He cited a collaboration between First Solar, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the California Independent System Operator which proved that inverters can be used to support the operation of the grid at a 300-megawatt solar PV power plant in California, which GTM reported on last year.

“With that came modeling of clouds passing over that PV power plant, and demonstrated that you could manage within a control band the voltage and frequency properties that were the standard sought by Cal ISO,” said Gay.

Gay stressed the real-world applicability of the projects funded under Solar Forecasting 2. The intent is for projects to be immediately relevant to the ultimate users -- grid operators at the transmission and distribution level.

“These aren’t things that are done just in a classroom environment,” he said. “These are actual tools that are worked on collaboratively all the way across the value chain including with the end user utility grid operator.”

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ADELAIDE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SolarReserve has received Development Approval for its Aurora Solar Energy Project, a key milestone required to build the landmark 150 megawatt solar thermal power station 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta. The approval process examined a range of critical elements including environmental, community, and social impacts of the Aurora project, which were assessed by several South Australian Government agencies. Development Approval is a legal document which enables SolarReserve to construct the Aurora project, provided the construction complies with the submitted plans and any conditions outlined in the Development Approval.

“It’s fantastic that SolarReserve has received development approval to move forward with this world-leading project that will deliver clean, dispatchable renewable energy to supply our electrified rail, hospitals, schools and other major government buildings,” said South Australia’s Acting Energy Minister Chris Picton. “This approval triggers an investment of about $650 million, will create a total of about 700 construction and ongoing jobs in Port Augusta and will add new competition to the South Australian market, putting downward pressure on power prices.”

“This important milestone is a significant step in the development of the Aurora solar thermal power station, which will bring SolarReserve’s world-leading clean power generation technology to South Australia,” said SolarReserve’s CEO Kevin Smith. “The remarkable story of the transition of Port Augusta from coal to renewable energy – which won a competitive tender against fossil fuel – is also a preview of the future of power generation around the world.”

Minimising Environmental Impact while Maximising Local Benefits

As part of SolarReserve’s project development process, the company collaborates with stakeholders and local communities to ensure the project has minimal environmental impact while working to maximise benefits for local communities. The Aurora Solar Energy Project has had overwhelming support from not only the Port Augusta and South Australian community but a range of local agencies and organisations including the local Barngarla Aboriginal Group. The Aurora Solar Energy Project is on schedule with final approvals expected in the first half of 2018 and construction expected to commence shortly thereafter.

Dispatchable Electricity, Day and Night

The first of its kind in Australia, the Aurora Solar Energy Project will utilise SolarReserve’s world leading solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage. Aurora will generate electricity and collect and store the sun’s energy during the daytime – in essence ‘charging’ its own salt battery for use after the sun has set. The power station will provide the equivalent electricity needs of all of the State’s schools, hospitals, police stations, and government buildings over a full year.

Aurora’s massive 1,100 megawatt-hours of storage will provide 8 hours of full load power after dark. This means that, from storage (its ‘salt battery’) alone, Aurora will be capable of powering South Australia far in excess of State Government buildings, the equivalent of over 230,000 homes for 8 hours, or around 35% of all of the households in South Australia.

Creating Jobs and Economic Benefits for South Australia – Today and Tomorrow

Because a solar thermal power station operates like a conventional coal or gas power station, many of the jobs require the same skill sets as conventional energy jobs – from its construction phase through to operations. Aurora is an example of how sustainable solutions are able to foster new industries and create new jobs for South Australia:

  • 4,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs will be created during construction, with a significant portion of those created in South Australia
  • 650 full time construction jobs are expected for a duration of 30 months
  • 50 full-time, permanent jobs will be required for operations and maintenance
  • Equipment and services will be purchased across South Australia, which will support an entirely new industry and develop a supply chain, which will be leveraged for other solar thermal projects in South Australia and the broader region

As part of this transformative project, SolarReserve will be establishing a research partnership with South Australian universities to advance solar thermal research and education in South Australia.

About SolarReserve

SolarReserve is a leading global developer, owner and operator of utility-scale solar power projects, with more than $1.8 billion of projects in operation worldwide. The company has commercialised its proprietary ThermaVault™ advanced solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage that delivers renewable energy that is dispatchable 24/7. The technology is now one of the world’s leading energy storage technologies, and allows solar energy to operate like traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation – except the fuel is the sun which means zero emissions, zero hazardous waste, and zero dependence on fuel price volatility.

Since the company's formation in early 2008, SolarReserve's experienced team has assembled a pipeline of over 13 gigawatts across the world's most attractive, high growth renewable energy markets. SolarReserve is headquartered in the US, and maintains a global presence with six international offices to support widespread project development activities across more than 20 countries.

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