A Texas firm says a house can be built in one day, offering a way to provide shelter quickly in impoverished or storm-struck areas

New Story, a housing charity based in San Francisco, can build a community of 100 houses in El Salvador or Haiti in about eight months, with each dwelling costing about $6,000. But in a partnership with an Austin, Texas, technology company called ICON, New Story can look forward to building a new home in a single day at a cost of $4,000.

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Battery production has begun to influence global commodities prices for essential components like lithium and cobalt.

Lithium, cobalt and nickel are experiencing price fluctuations as global tech and auto giants race to lock down the crucial battery materials.

All three metals were rising in price through the early part of 2018, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie's newly launched Battery Raw Materials Service. The data chart out ups and downs in those metal prices over the next five years, which will play an increasingly significant role in the cost structure for advanced batteries.

The analysts expect lithium demand to grow by approximately 42 percent between 2017 and 2020, prompting an expansion of materials supply. But, they note, there’s a lag

Statoil says out with the oil, at least in name.

Statoil announced Thursday it plans to drop “oil” from its name. The Norwegian company said its new name, “Equinor,” combines the root of words like equality and equilibrium with “nor,” a nod at its Scandinavian roots. 

“Looking towards the next 50 years, reflecting on the global energy transition and how we are developing as a broad energy company, it has become natural to change our name,” said president and CEO Eldar Sætre in a statement. “The name Equinor captures our heritage and values, and what we aim to be in the future.” 

That future target is to be a diverse energy company with ambitions

Recent reports indicate utilities and states have begun to take more seriously an expected exponential increase in the number of electric vehicles in the U.S., with 227 EV-related actions nationwide in 2017. 

So far, though, it’s not enough. 

A report released Wednesday from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) found that among 486 American utilities surveyed, 74 percent remain in the early stages of planning for growth in electric vehicle ownership. That’s troublesome, according to EV advocates, because a utility’s responsibility to manage the grid and serve customers means they’ll be in the middle of the EV revolution. And as the report

Microsoft is contracting with Sunseap for 60 megawatts of rooftop solar in Singapore.

A bid by tech giant Microsoft to become the largest distributed solar offtaker in Singapore sounds ambitious. But it could actually be safer than buying a utility-scale project, according to Brian Janous, Microsoft's general manager of energy.  

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to procure 60 megawatts of solar energy in Singapore.

Speaking The Interchange podcast this month, Janous told GTM that plans to source that capacity from rooftop solar would not be as risky as trying to get the whole amount from a single plant.

“There is a small amount of volume risk,” he said. “But what you don't have is the risk

Holtec International is looking to build its 160-megawatt SMRs in Ukraine.

The slow-moving small modular reactor (SMR) market saw some positive activity in recent weeks, even as one expert predicted the technology would never achieve commercialization. 

Earlier this month, the World Nuclear Association reported that Ukraine had signed a memorandum of understanding with SMR developer Holtec International, aiming to turn the Eastern European nation into a manufacturing hub for Holtec’s SMR-160 reactors. 

The Association said Holtec is planning a Ukrainian manufacturing plant to allow for partial localization of its 160-megawatt SMRs, so Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom can use the design to replace two aging Russian VVER-440 reactors at its Rivne nuclear power plant. 


The problem with experiencing a year of explosive market growth is that it can make subsequent years look soft -- which is part of what happened to the U.S solar market in 2017.
A cumulative 10.6 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics were installed across the U.S. in 2017, according to the newly released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report 2017 Year-in-Review from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). That’s way down from the 15 gigawatts installed in the record-breaking 2016, but still represents 40 percent growth over the installation total in 2015.

The story doesn’t end there, though. 2017 wasn’t just a year

GE Says Its New Battery Product Can Cut Grid-Scale Storage Installation Times in Half

GE has released a containerized energy storage product with a competitive advantage for installation time.

The 1.2-megawatt, 4-megawatt-hour Reservoir system marks a new entry into the standardized, large-scale battery market. It reflects a strategic shift at GE’s storage practice, which recently reorganized after an initial foray into battery manufacturing and a detour in commercial and industrial energy services.

Reservoir sounds like many other containerized battery solutions already available from companies like Fluence, BYD, Mitsubishi, LG, Samsung and others. The goal is to lower costs to developers by standardizing the product and factory testing the enclosures for quality control.

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