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An Energy Storage Market develops

Renewable Energy World reports in an article titled “Energy Storage Market Outlook 2017” on exactly this subject.

Currently there is not overly much available in terms of capacity in an Energy Storage Market, but what is there is growing very fast, with a forcast of 30GW new installation through the year of 2020, and a compount annual growth rate of 60%.

For the near future, the dominant form of energy storage, pumped hydropower, is sure to remain the principal method of storing energy, occupying a global market share of over 95 percent. Aside from pumped hydro, a plethora of energy storage technologies exist with a growing number of new solutions being tried, tested and installed on a commercial basis. An even larger number reside anywhere between blueprint designs and various levels of research and development.
Going forward, battery storage — of the lithium-ion variety — is expected to retain its majority market share, according to Roberts.

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Solar Cell manufacturing yield

The MIT is reporting on its own research, trying to explain why certain high-efficiency solar modules are losing efficiency after a few months of operation The difference seems to be in the manufacturing process, in which lower temperatures during firing and keeping out certain impurities seems to reflect favourably on the stability of the produced cells.

Getting higher yield and better long-term stability is key to achieving cheaper solar modules, which will in turn lead to cheaper electricity from sustainable sources.

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Daimler to convert engine production to electric in Untertürkheim

Elektrek reports:Daimler to convert engine production to electric at its largest factory, fewer workers required causing labor issues

According to that, the Untertürkheim Plant is going to be the place where Daimler will be developing and building their electric motors. Currently 19k people are working there, specialised in ICE building and construction. Electric motors are simpler, have less parts and are easier to construct, so less people will be needed.

The transition will be challenging and structurally transformative for the whole region.


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Opel: Giving up or going all in?

GM is considering one of two strategies: Giving up and selling the Opel Brand to Peugot, or going all-in electric cars, with the sell-off being more likely.

Selling off Opel would likely kill the Ampera, though.

Being deep into the red for many years, Opel does not have the resources to do both, develop electric cars and new models with ICE, says CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann in an article in Automotive News.

The purported end-date for ICE cars at Opel is weird, though, because they speak about 2030. That’s actually quite late, considering that Smart is ending ICE variants in North America and Norway this year.


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What will become of Hangouts?

Last year in August we got the news that Google is hating us all. And by that I do not just mean the new and “improved” Google plus sans Hangout integration and Search, but also their announcement to kill Chrome Apps for no reason at all instead of fixing the independent restart and focus problems.

For Hangouts, that means we are left with Which looks half Material Design and Half Gmail-Retro-Industrial. Also, the chat window is narrow, cannot be resized, and generally manages to transmit the vibe that Google has fired all UX and UI designers they never managed to talk to in the first place.

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Sorting M&M

For all your M&M sorting needs…

So if you have a bag of M&M to sort, here is help.

It takes approximately 2-3 minutes to sort a 300 g bag of Skittles / M&M’s and sorts about 2 pieces per second. The machine is 250 mm in diameter and approximately 300 mm in height.


USAgile Testing Days – canceled

USAgile Testing Days canceled

USAgile Testing days in Boston are canceled:

Sadly, we have to inform you that we decided to cancel the conference due to the current political situation in the USA. Our hearts are bleeding, but we believe it is the right thing to do. The Agile Testing Days (ATDs) stand for diversity, openness, respect and support the observance of human rights. We despise any sort of hostility or harassment.

The behavior of the current US Government Authority is unacceptable for us and against our values and views. As international organizers we also aim at a diverse and international conference crowd – audience and speakers alike. Many people of the community are expressing their concerns, and even speakers are withdrawing from their attendance now.

All of them feel unconfident about the next months and are unsure of potential problems when entering the country, including us as organizers.

I am waiting for their announcement of an alternate Venue in Cancun.