CleanTech OC Daily - 4/10/12

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A growing windfarm in Alaska looks to batteries
Alaskan utility Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) announced that it will install a 3 MW battery farm made by Xtreme Power to compensate for the utility’s power generation needs due to the fluctuating wind climate in its area. KEA is aiming for 95% clean power by 2020 and plans to have the new battery system up and running by the end of 2012.

Rather than reinventing the solar cell, startup Thermata has created a high-tech mirror to cut the cost of solar power in half. Thermata is among a new breed of green-technology startups which are targeting a specific niche in energy using technologies from other fields.

With battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales on the rise, startup EV Grid will address eventual challenges stemming from a concept called vehicle-to-grid (V2G) - using vehicle batteries as a source of energy storage and vehicle operating systems as way to manage that storage.

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