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1 January

May JCESR (DOE’s Batteries and Energy Storage Hub) Lead U.S. To The Forefront of Battery Storage Technology


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Sorry about the delay of this post.  There were simply too much to tend to in December of 2012.

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Remember the three most difficult triad I’ve mentioned (back in the Dec. 1, 2012 post) historically associated with being the barrier to prevalent implementation of solar energy is: cost, efficiency, and battery storage.  This post will complete our third element of the triad, demonstrating our hopeful future in battery storage technology.

In December of 2012, the Secretary Stephen Chu of U.S. Department of Energy announced the creation of a research center focusing on  battery and energy storage technology.   U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded up to $120 million over five years to a multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory

Aerial view of the Argonne National Laboratory (Credit; Argonne National Laboratory)

to establish a new batteries and energy-storage hub, also known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will combine the research and development of:

  1. five DOE national laboratories (Argonne National LaboratoryLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
  2. five universities (Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, and University of Michigan)
  3. four private firms (Johnson Controls, Dow Chemical Company, Applied Materials and Clean Energy Trust)

JCESR is a major research partnership that integrates academic, government, and industrial researchers from many disciplines to overcome critical scientific and technical barriers and create new energy  storage technology. This JCESR Consortium

JCESR conference in Chicago in December of 2012

is aiming to make U.S. a battery powerhouse, with an ambitious  5-year goal of developing batteries that will be 5-times more powerful and 5-times less expensive than the current battery technology.  Below, is a video clip of  the press conference at Chicago regarding JCESR:

“This is a partnership between world leading scientists and world leading companies, committed to ensuring that the advanced battery technologies the world needs will be invented and built right here in America,” said Secretary Chu.  “Based on the tremendous advances that have been made in the past few years, there are very good reasons to believe that advanced battery technologies can and will play an increasingly valuable role in strengthening America’s energy and economic security by reducing our oil dependence, upgrading our aging power grid, and allowing us to take greater advantage of intermittent energy sources like wind and solar.”

Hear! Hear !  Secretary Chu!  We look forward to the day when battery storage will no longer be a barrier but a promoter of prevalent implementation of solar energy!  We hope Secretary Chu’s vision will enable the creation of a single-home, blackout immune solar power solution, which is only possible if storage technology improves, allowing a small solar grid to hang on to generated electricity in cases of disconnection from the traditional electrical grid.

Much is happening in the Solar World this year! Keep checking back for more exciting updates, fellow solar enthusiasts!

~have a bright and sunny day~

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17 March

Panasonic Building 300MW PV Manufacturing Plant in Kulim Hi-Tech Park of Kedah, Malaysia


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A solar manufacturing company established by the Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd, is investing RM 1.84 billion (according to Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia) for its fully integrated solar manufacturing base in Malaysia, located at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah, Malaysia.

Kulim Hi-Tech Park Business Center of Kedah, Malaysia

This manufacturing facility will undertake the integrated manufacturing of solar wafers, solar cells, and solar modules with an estimated annual production capacity of 300 megawatt (MW).  The company’s current global capacity is 600 MW from its factories in Japan, Hungary, and Mexico.

The decision in establishing its facilities at Kulim Hi-Tech Park is mainly due to lowering the total cost per watt of modules being produced.  Other attributing factors include the availability and readiness of human resources;well developed and reliable transportation system, close proximity to airports, seaports, and rail;stable political environment;effective and efficient government delivery systems; business friendly policies and favorable tax incentives.

Kulim Hi-Tech Park (KHTP) was established in 1996 as Malaysia’s first high-tech industrial park, envisioned to be the “Science City of the Future.”  It is the home of high-tech facilities of companies such as Infineon Technologies, Intel, Applied Materials, Fuji Electronics, First Solar, and dozens of others.

Maeda, the person in charge of of the solar business for Panasonic Energy Company Japan, said solar panel sales had dropped for the last three years, but not its HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer) solar modules.  “With increasing environment awareness globally and the introduction of subsidy systems as well as a Feed-In-Tariff scheme in various countries, the solar market is predicted to grow further,” he commented that the robust demand is expected particularly in the residential sector, the main target area for HIT modules.  The plant is expected to employ 1500 people and has a total built-area of 70,000 square meters. The products manufactured in Kulim will be sold all over the world.

Below, you will see a video clip from PanasonicNewsPortal about this facility:

~have a bright and sunny day~

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