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6 Cities With Plans To Use 100% Renewable Energy | Care2 Causes

Although it’s depressing that the president of the United States seems fixated on relaxing renewable energy goals, the good news is that federal government can’t necessarily stop some of the country’s biggest cities from adopting ambitious and earth-saving energy goals on their own accord.

These cities don’t need to wait for the federal government to institute timetables to utilize green energy. #savingenergy #energy #renewable  #environment #sustainable

Full speed ahead: renewable energy market goes mainstream

The renewables sector is entering an exciting new phase. Rapidly evolving technology, economies of scale and regulations and changing attitudes among policy makers means that, despite reductions in subsidies, renewables are winning market share from fossil fuels around the world.

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency Commits $4.1M to Advance Energy Storage

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) this week said it has committed $4.1 million in funding for Sydney-based company Ecoult to commercialize its battery technology.

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said providing support for battery storage technologies, such as Ecoult’s UltraBattery, is at the core of ensuring a smooth transition to a renewable energy future.

“ARENA is working hard to accelerate the energy storage revolution as part of its efforts to bring down costs and increase the reliability and security of renewable energy,” Frischknecht said in a Feb. 14 statement. “Storage is critical for increasing the reliability of our on-grid and off-grid power systems. It can give customers more control over their energy by storing solar through the day to use during the evening peak.

This latest funding, he added, supports a $10.6-million effort by Ecoult to pursue large-scale commercialization.

“It will enhance the battery’s performance and improve its ability to support both grid and off-grid applications,” he said.

In 2013, ARENA provided Ecoult $583,780 for the early development of its technology, including optimizing it for off-grid applications. This led to the creation of the small, kilowatt-scale battery storage device known as the UltraFlex.

According to ARENA, Ecoult has signed a deal with Exide Industries, India’s largest battery manufacturer, which will see the UltraBattery manufactured and distributed in India and South Asia.

Ecoult CEO John Wood said ARENA’s new funding would support the expansion of the company’s engineering team in Sydney.