Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

… changer” in the power industry. The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night. He said homes can also go off the grid with the Lotus Butterfly™, a solar-powered cogenerating system with natural gas backup, now in the final phases of development. “Think Superstorm Sandy,” said Hui. “The electric grid went down. People scrambled to buy gasoline-powered backup generators. With the Lotus Butterfly cogenerating system, your home remains powered and …

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

By Valerie Howes | June 10, 2015 The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka published her bestseller The Not So Big House almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in early 2016, the small-minded can go next level, in an off-the-grid, 86-square-foot micro-house. Slovakian architecture firm Nice Architects Studio is taking pre-orders for …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… and buildings on up to grid-scale energy storage and stabilization. But Li-ion isn’t the only game in town when it comes to emerging advanced battery and energy storage technologies. And there are those who believe proponents are stretching their case too far in touting the advantages of Li-ion battery storage across such a broad range of applications. Developers of flow batteries, for instance, say utilities and other large end-users would be ill-served by acquiring Li-ion battery storage, …