Tesla and Panasonic to develop more solar energy products next year

Solar Energy Partnership

Tesla forms a new deal with Panasonic Tesla Motors has announced that it will be working more closely with Panasonic in the solar energy space. Together, the companies will begin work on manufacturing photovoltaic cells and modules. Plans to do so were first outlined two months ago, when the companies signed a non-binding letter of intent. Per the letter of intent, the companies aim to use their new photovoltaic cells to provide power for Tesla’s energy storage solutions, the Powerwall and Powerpack. New facility to be built in Buffalo, New…

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SunPower’s solar panels break world record

SunPower claims to have the most efficient panels in the world. The American solar energy company announced that it can produce highly efficient solar panels that can convert 22.8 percent of the sun’s light into electricity and can generate 70 percent more energy in the same space, compared to less efficient panels, over the first 25 years. According to SunPower, that is a new world record, reported Fortune. Panels with greater efficiency use less material. The more efficiency solar panels have, the fewer materials are required to make them. The…

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Panasonic claims solar panel efficiency top spot over SolarCity

Panasonic has announced a new solar module prototype that has set a new world record. The Japanese electronics giant has revealed only days after U.S. green energy company SolarCity announced that its forthcoming rooftop solar panels will be the most efficient in the world, that it has produced a new solar module prototype based on mass-production technology, that is even more efficient than SolarCity’s panels. Both companies have created new records for solar energy panel efficiency. Last Friday, SolarCity announced that it had made a breakthrough in solar panel technology…

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Residential hydrogen fuel cells coming to Japanese homes

Japan begins to support the concept of residential fuel cell systems for homeowners Japan is moving closer to becoming a hydrogen society. This means that the country is planning to rely more on hydrogen as a primary energy source as it continues to distance itself from fossil-fuels. The Japanese government has already begun heavily supporting fuel cell vehicles, and clean transportation in general, by building a hydrogen fuel infrastructure and offering consumers tax credit for purchasing clean vehicles. Now, the government wants to see fuel cells be used for residential…

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Green technology partnership formed between Panasonic and National Trust

Some of the historic properties in the UK will run on renewable energy. Panasonic has announced that it will be working with National Trust, a conservation charity, to install innovative green technology at some of the most famous historic properties in the United Kingdom that are managed by the charity. During the long-term partnership, Panasonic will be able to “showcase” its technologies. The first phase of the partnership will involve Panasonic carrying out marketing initiatives at the National Trust properties. Visitors will be able to try out Lumix cameras and…

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Tesla’s gigafactory could help the solar energy field

Gigafactory batteries could have an impact on the solar power sector Tesla Motors recently formed a partnership with Panasonic. Through this partnership, Panasonic will be providing technology and services to Tesla’s forthcoming “gigafactory,” which will be responsible for the manufacture of batteries. These batteries are primarily meant to be used in Tesla’s electric vehicles, but they could also have major implications for the solar energy sector. Batteries are becoming very important for the clean energy sector, which is in dire need of efficient and effective energy storage solutions. New gigafactory…

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Panasonic may have a major role to play in clean transportation

Panasonic could be the sole manufacturer of Tesla’s batteries Panasonic may end up being the only company manufacturing batteries for Tesla Motors at the automaker’s new gigafactory. The factory is meant to reduce the overall cost of battery technologies by producing them at a rapid pace. The batteries produced at the factory will make use of new technology themselves, making them more efficient, less expensive, and more viable for transportation purposes. Panasonic is on track to become the sole manufacturer of the batteries that will be produced by the gigafactory.…

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Panasonic and Tesla team to address issues with electric vehicles

New partnership could usher in a new generation of electric vehicles Electric vehicle maker Tesla has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Japanese technology firm Panasonic. Through this partnership, the two companies will work to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries over the next four years. A significant degree of focus is expected to be placed on the storage capacity of these batteries, making more attractive to the transportation sector by improving the operational range of electric vehicles. Lithium-ion batteries must be improved for electric vehicles…

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Panasonic to build new solar energy system for University of Colorado Boulder

Panasonic Solar Energy

Panasonic announces plans for new solar energy system Panasonic, a leading electronics corporation, has announced that its North American arm will be embracing solar energy more aggressively. Panasonic Eco Solutions has commissioned a 500 kilowatt solar energy system that will be build at the University of Colorado Boulder. The system will be entirely developed by Panasonic, with the company relying on auxiliary support provided by Lighthouse Solar, a solar energy company based in Colorado.  The endeavor will be funded by the Renewable Social Benefits Fund, which often works with Panasonic…

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Macerich launches new solar energy initiative with Panasonic

Solar energy projects in malls

Macerich stores to be equipped with solar energy systems Panasonic Eco Solutions North America and Macerich, owner and operator of regional shopping malls in the Western U.S., have begun the first phase of an ambitious project that will install twelve solar energy systems at several shopping centers located in Arizona, California, New York, and Connecticut. The initiative is expected to be completed at some time in 2013. Combined, the solar energy systems that will be installed at the shopping malls will generate more than 12 megawatts of electricity, enough to…

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Panasonic officially welcomed to Cardiff

Panasonic - Clean Transportation

  Technology company’s new research and development center finds a home in Wales Panasonic has been developing hydrogen fuel cells that have been used in Japan to power homes for several years. The company believes that other markets are prepared for its fuel cell products and is taking steps to enter into the UK and European sectors. In the UK, The Welsh government has responded well to this move, embracing Panasonic in Cardiff, where a new fuel cell research and development center is taking root. Edwina Hart, an official with…

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Panasonic to build fuel cell research center in Cardiff

Panasonic - Clean Transportation

Japanese technology company Panasonic has announced plans to construct a new fuel cell research center in Cardiff, UK. The company’s plans were revealed this week by Prime Minister David Cameron while on a mission in Japan to promote trade between the two countries. Panasonic has chosen to reserve more specific information on the initiative until a later date but has plans to do so at a later date. The fuel cell research center will cost more than $3 million and will be partially funded by the Welsh government. The research…

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New survey shows General Motors leading the charge in fuel cell technology

General Motors Electric Vehicles

General Motors is leading the charge amongst companies investing in hydrogen fuel cell technology. The company currently holds the highest amount of patent points, an esoteric value given to patented concepts depending on their quality and practicality. The results are listed in a recent survey released by JP Patent Publication, a Japanese patenting firm, which covered a period between 1980 and 2011. Throughout that time, GM has remained on top in terms of fuel cell technology development. GM is followed closely by Honda, who has also been a pioneer in…

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Panasonic opens new research and development office in Germany, hopes to expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Panasonic, the famed electronics company, is taking the next step in their effort to expand hydrogen fuel. The company has announced that it will be launching a new research and development office in Germany. The office will focus on developing fuel cells to be used in residential areas throughout Europe. The initiative will draw together some of the more alternative-fuel-minded utility companies in Europe in the effort of expanding hydrogen acceptance. Fuel cells are becoming a staple for the transportation industries future, but Panasonic believes that the technology can have…

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Generating green power for Japan

The Tokyo Gas Company and the Panasonic Corporation are joining forces to produce a new model of their “Ene-Farm” home fuel cell. The “Ene-Farm”, whose name is inspired by the concept of generating homemade energy, is a hydrogen powered fuel cell co-generation system. The system pulls hydrogen from the city’s gas supply and causes a reaction with oxygen in the atmosphere to generate heat and electricity. The cell is hailed for its eco-friendliness. All the heat and electricity is produced in the same spot that it is being used so…

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