SOLAR+STORAGE

LG Releases Solar Panels with Better Energy Output

LG | February 12, 2021

LG Business Solutions USA today announced the release of two new solar panels with even higher output. According to LG, they are the company’s most powerful and highest-performing modules to date.

LG’s new 66-cell NeON R and NeON R Prime modules with Back Contact Technology are available to US homebuilders and homeowners this spring.

The LG NeON R 66-cell residential solar panel (left) has a power output up to 440W, while the LG NeON R Prime (above) comes in a 425W model. This puts both models at the maximum-range end of the spectrum of electricity output among solar panel manufacturers.

Both LG models have an efficiency of up to 22.1%. The average solar panel efficiency falls between 15-20%, so this is higher than what’s generally currently available on the market.

Solar panels usually produce between 250 and 400 watts of power, according to EnergySage, and of course other factors have to be taken into consideration in terms of efficiency, such as the size and quantity of the panels, the amount of sunlight they’re exposed to, how clean they are, and other environmental factors.

Both panels feature Back Contact Technology, which enables all interconnectors to be positioned on the cell’s underside to increase the potential for sunlight absorption and decrease vulnerability to environmental damage, such as micro-cracks that potentially increase energy loss. The electrodes have also been moved to the back.

Both panels come with a 25-year limited warranty that covers product, performance, and labor. They’re guaranteed to produce at least 92.5% of their labeled power output. LG makes its own solar panels in both South Korea and the US. The company opened a solar plant in Huntsville, Alabama in 2019.

Spotlight

The term “geothermal” means “Earth heat” or “heat of the Earth.” Energy from geothermal resources has benefited humankind from its earliest origins. Prehistoric civilizations used hot springs and steam discharges (fumaroles) for cooking, heating, and therapeutic bathing; in modern terms, these uses are known as geothermal direct-use applications. In the United States, geothermal energy has provided affordable, reliable, and renewable energy since the 1890s, when the city of Boise, Idaho, began using geothermal resources for direct heating of commercial and residential buildings (Mink 2017). Since then, use of geothermal energy in the United States has expanded to include utility-scale electricity production, distributed heating and cooling applications, and the augmentation of various industrial processes.

Spotlight

The term “geothermal” means “Earth heat” or “heat of the Earth.” Energy from geothermal resources has benefited humankind from its earliest origins. Prehistoric civilizations used hot springs and steam discharges (fumaroles) for cooking, heating, and therapeutic bathing; in modern terms, these uses are known as geothermal direct-use applications. In the United States, geothermal energy has provided affordable, reliable, and renewable energy since the 1890s, when the city of Boise, Idaho, began using geothermal resources for direct heating of commercial and residential buildings (Mink 2017). Since then, use of geothermal energy in the United States has expanded to include utility-scale electricity production, distributed heating and cooling applications, and the augmentation of various industrial processes.

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ENERGY,PRODUCTS

Nomad Transportable Power Systems Launches Portfolio of Mobile Energy Storage Systems

Nomad Transportable Power Systems Inc. | August 02, 2022

Nomad Transportable Power Systems (“NOMAD”), a company founded by U.S.-based battery manufacturer KORE Power, unveiled a portfolio of mobile energy storage systems (units); these mobile-focused, lithium-ion storage units can disrupt fossil-fuel dominated sectors by removing traditional barriers to energy storage adoption such as cost, siting, and installation.At a ribbon cutting event in Waterbury, Vt., Jay Bellows, CEO of NOMAD, hailed the arrival of mobile lithium-ion storage as a new opportunity to slash pollution and deliver reliability. Today, we are proud to announce a trio of NOMAD products to meet this demand; with these transportable power systems, which are made right here in Waterbury with KORE Power cells, we open the door to a new day in clean energy solutions, he said. NOMAD unveiled three units in the portfolio: The Traveler (2 MWh) The Voyager (1.3 MWh) The Rover (660 kwh) Today’s unveiling shows what is possible when you put the experience of 50 years of designing energy storage solutions towards tackling the challenges of today,” said Lindsay Gorrill, KORE Power CEO and Co-Founder. “The NOMAD is safe, efficient, plug-and-play energy that can be dispatched to wherever it is needed, for as long as it is need. NOMAD is a first mover in the utility, commercial and industrial-scale mobile energy storage sector and was founded to meet demands for a more flexible, transportable battery energy storage system. NOMAD’s business objective is to sell mobile energy storage systems and provide energy storage as a service. The units combine a fully enclosed trailer chassis with high energy density lithium-ion battery cells and a proprietary docking system to deliver a plug-and-play energy storage solution to their customers. NOMAD units combine the benefits of a fixed-site energy storage system that can be relocated, enabling a single Unit to serve multiple locations for seasonal, intermittent (outages) or temporary use (capital deferral), increasing asset utilization versus a fixed asset. The units have a wide range of use cases including power back-up and emergency response to peak demand management and seasonal load mitigation. Mari McClure, CEO of Green Mountain Power, which is NOMAD’s first customer, said GMP was immediately interested in the NOMAD portfolio when they learned it was in development. “At Green Mountain Power, we are always on the lookout for innovations that will help Vermonters and continue to build on the clean, reliable energy system we have here. Mobile storage will add to our fleet of existing storage, increasing resiliency as we address climate change, while also cutting costs and carbon for customers.” “We have communities across Vermont whose populations swell seasonally, so their electricity demand surges at very particular times. Having an energy product that we can dispatch to meet these seasonal spikes, will enable us to better ensure demand can be affordably met without straining the grid.” -Kerrick Johnson, Chief Innovation and Communications Officer with VELCO Vermont Rep. Peter Welch praised the Vermont team that built NOMAD, I am thrilled to join NOMAD and KORE for this ribbon cutting. This project is grounded in Vermont’s values: working hard to strengthen our communities, protecting our environment, and innovating right here in our state. I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible KORE Power and NOMAD teams to help them thrive as they develop solutions to our energy challenges.” NOMAD said it will be delivering 10 units by the end of 2022 and has a pipeline of additional interested customers. About Nomad Transportable Power Systems Inc. Nomad Transportable Power Systems, Inc. (“NOMAD”), is a Delaware-based company formed by KORE Power in 2020 to provide the energy industry with a standardized mobile energy storage platform. NOMAD is the first entrant into the mobile lithium-ion energy storage space and combines its patent-pending, over-the-road storage units with a standardized docking platform capable of interconnection with any distribution or transmission utility. The NOMAD system was designed from the onset to provide its customers all the benefits of fixed site energy storage, while eliminating both the capital commitments and long-term obligations that traditional energy storage requires.

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PRODUCTS

VIGORPOOL Introduces the Captain 1200, a New Generation of Smart Solar Generators

VIGORPOOL | June 09, 2022

On June 15th, EST, VIGORPOOL, a company that delivers portable, green energy solutions, will launch the Captain 1200, its new flagship product, on Indiegogo. With a continuous output power of 2400W and a peak power of 4800W, the power station provides a parallel function, allowing customers to connect two units and quadruple the capacity to 2560Wh. It also has a dual rapid charging mechanism that allows it to charge completely in 1.5 hours. When the Captain 1200 is combined with solar panels, it forms a green solar generator that produces safe, clean, pollution-free, renewable electricity. It is also more durable and safer than similar items with similar power capacities. Its battery will last around nine years if used and recharged every day. FEATURES OF VIGORPOOL CAPTAIN 1200: 1. Perform a parallel function The introduction of the Parallel Function marked a watershed moment in the mobile power supply business. When two Captain 1200s are connected in parallel, the capacity is increased to 2560Wh, and the continuous output power is increased to 2400W. The Captain 1200's longer battery life and higher power output make it more suited for a wider range of mobile power applications. 2. Longer-lasting and more cost-effective The Captain 1200 employs a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery, which is both safer and more robust. In comparison to ternary lithium batteries, which lose roughly 20% of their charge capacity after 500 cycles, LiFePO4 batteries withstand 3500+ charge cycles before reaching 80% capacity. Because of the improved durability, even if the unit is used and recharged every day, it will last for 9 years without losing substantial capacity. As a result, the requirement for product replacement and recurring purchases is greatly decreased. 3. A Portable Energy Station on Wheels Because of its high output and 12 different types of power ports, the Captain 1200 is compatible with 99 percent of equipment and appliances on the market. There's also a built-in wireless charging station for charging cordless phones on the road. 4. It Only Takes 1.5 Hours To Recharge The Captain 1200 accomplishes actual fast charging while keeping the unit and battery safe thanks to the smart built-in BMS system. The Captain 1200 can be charged by both the main charger and the solar panel at the same time to accomplish Duel Fast Charging, which takes only 1.5 hours to complete. 5. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) (UPS) Any devices plugged into the Captain 1200 will run straight from the power supplied by the outlet if it is kept plugged into a wall outlet. The Captain 1200's UPS feature restores power within 10 milliseconds following a power outage, safeguarding the operation of important equipment such as household freezers, CPAPs, and computers. 6. BMS Protection System with Three Layers VigorPool prioritizes safety beyond anything else. The VigorPool Captain 1200 features a three-layer BMS system to assure the safety of the user and the equipment, whereas similar products only enable two-layer BMS protection. 7. A Sustainable Energy System The VigorPool Captain 1200 may be combined with 100W, 200W, or 400W solar panels to create a solar generator that can be used anywhere. Furthermore, its built-in MPPT charge controller intelligently adjusts the charging power, resulting in a 30 percent higher solar charging efficiency than standard solar charging systems. 8. Intelligent Control System Users may check battery data, control charge and discharge operations, and access other options via their phone or tablet using the VIGORPOOL APP.

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ECONOMY

CerraCap Ventures invests in soil microbiome focused AgTech firm Solena AG

CerraCap Ventures | June 13, 2022

CerraCap Ventures, a Global Venture Capital fund headquartered in Southern California, has announced an investment in Solena AG, a soil microbiome startup helping farmers improve agricultural yields and optimize agrarian input costs. Solena's proprietary, AI-powered Prometheus platform is the most extensive soil microdata repository in the world that turns diagnostics data into insights and customized microbial inoculant recommendations. Solena analyses the soil biome, identifies shortcomings and recommends custom microbial inoculants to help farmers maximize the crop quality and, hence, their RoI and profitability. Solena has covered 500 acres in California and Mexico and aims to focus on select high-value crops and global expansion next. On the investment, Ritesh Agarwal, Partner, CerraCap Ventures, said, "CerraCap has an established track record of supporting high potential B2B startups usher in the next wave of digital innovation. Solena AG, with its competent leadership team and CEO Irving Riviera, are on a mission to help the agriculture industry solve an imminent soil crisis. Their customized approach to helping a large cross-section of farmers improve their output and quality is unique and harnesses the potential of modern technology for scale. Their pilots on high-value crops and the high repeat action of farmers before each crop cycle are great indicators of their analytical prowess and tangible value provided to farmers. We are optimistic that Solena and CerraCap will be able to greatly impact the need to provide global food security ten years in the future." The agricultural industry is facing multiple challenges, like the dependence of certain crops on fertilizers and pesticides, the exhaustion of aquifers, the pollution resulting from these activities, and the increasing demand for food products versus the decrease of returns due to climate change. The market demand for corrective soil action is primarily on account of the over-exploitation of soil by farmers and using a one-size-fits-all approach. The company measures, appraises and improves farmers' biological capital and offers a sampling kit to provide measurement and valuation results for the soil, enabling farmers to access tools to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to current-day agriculture. Welcoming CerraCap Ventures on this mission-critical journey, Irving Riviera, Co-Founder and CEO of Solena AG, said, "We are tackling the constant degradation of the very foundation of agriculture, the soil. We hope they can reduce their dependence on inorganic chemicals and pesticides by empowering farmers and agricultural organizations to improve their soil health. Our approach is simple, affordable and yet impactful. By collating the world's largest data set of the soil microbiome, we are confident that we can achieve scale and positively impact farmers globally. By making agriculture harmonious with nature, we will help farmers raise profits while improving the quality of food we eat every day. Solena's proprietary Prometheus data mining platform is an ever-growing biorepository that turns data into insights driving molecular soil health diagnosis and developing customized microbial-based bio-inoculants. Farmers receive a personalized recommendation to improve crop profitability through a functional characterization, biocontrol activities in soil, and production of solutions specifically tailored for each farm and crop type and before each crop cycle. Solena will expand its reach of soil testing centers, bolster team composition and improve R&D capabilities with this latest round of funding. About CerraCap Ventures CerraCap Ventures, a Global Venture Capital fund headquartered in Southern California, is dedicated to early-stage technology investments in enterprise (B2B) solutions focused on the new fundamentals of the digital age - Enterprise AI, Cyber Security and Healthcare. It enables rapid growth of technology startups leveraging its unique Sales & Scale™ business model, driving revenue from large enterprises into its portfolio companies. For more details, please visit www.cerracap.com About Solena AG Solena AG, Inc. is an Agtech company dedicated to studying the microbiome of agricultural soils to increase farmer profitability with a customized and end-to-end solution for improving soil microbiota. Founded in 2017, Solena aims to prove that innovation and technology can empower farmers to bring health and fertility to their soils through understanding their biodiversity.

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