Posts Tagged Solar

29 April 2015

Emergence of the Renewable Energy Era

For the first time in history, renewable energy installations are outpacing new installations of fossil fuel based energy systems, even when accounting for the combined capacity of coal, oil and natural gas. Even though solar energy currently makes up less than 1% of the world’s global energy supply, the tides are changing in the favor of renewable energy technology.

19 April 2015

BERC members win top prizes at Sfuncube solar hackathon

This weekend, four BERC members took place in a Solar Hackathon, held at Oakland’s solar accelerator called Sfuncube. Jonathan Mather and Caroline Le Floch were part of the 1st place winning team called ‘SolFox’, Eric Munsing made it to the finals with his team ‘SunBears’, while the team I was on ‘You’ve Got Sun’ won the People’s Choice Award by audience vote.

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31 March 2015

Sunfolding – A Seeker for Natural and Cheaper Solutions

Sunfolding is an innovative solar project from Otherlab, whose new tracking system functions as ideally as the traditional solar tracker but costs five times less. At the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2014, Sunfolding received a 1.8 million grant for its innovation in solar technology.

18 March 2015

The Rise of Micro-Grid Start-Ups

The process of integrating various types of complex technological products into a larger microgrid system remains one of the largest economic bottlenecks in the deployment of microgrids. New microgrid start-up companies have realized the opportunity presented by this integration challenge and have started to vertically integrate microgrid development to create a more appealing business model.

11 March 2015

Cycle for Science

This April, BERC-e member Rachel Woods-Robinson and her cyclist/scientist-in-crime Elizabeth Case are biking from San Francisco to New York City, and stopping in middle school classrooms along the way to teach lessons about physics and renewable energy and to interview local science teachers.

25 February 2015

How To Build A Microgrid

Microgrids, self-sufficient energy systems that can operate independently from the larger grid have been receiving more and more attention due to its capability to address energy access challenges, especially in remote rural regions where grid development can be both economically and technically challenging.

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10 February 2015

Berkeley based startup Axiom Exergy wins big at ARPA-E

Last night, a Berkeley-based startup Axiom Exergy, started by materials science graduate student Anthony Diamond, took first place in the Future Energy Pitching Session. Another Berkeley-based startup, Indoor Reality, took third place as well.

25 January 2015

Solar System Installments Surging

Currently a residential solar module is installed every 2.5 minutes in the United States. The frequency of residential solar installations has been increasing dramatically in the last ten years, both in the US and on a global level. Recent trends also indicate that the driver of solar energy demand is shifting from Europe to Asia.