Why battery storage is becoming essential for backup in emergencies

By |2021-07-09T15:21:31+00:00July 9th, 2021|Energy and Climate Change, News, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery, Wildfires|

We have recently seen the Dandenong and Yarra Ranges lashed by severe storms that have caused widespread damage and taken out major network and NBN infrastructure. Phone coverage is limited, and electricity was cut in large areas that extended into Emerald, Montrose, Belgrave and Croydon. It was the latest sign of Mother Nature flexing her

How California Wildfires Are Driving Energy Storage Beyond Lithium-Ion

By |2020-10-10T11:12:15+00:00October 16th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Solar and Battery, Wildfires|

California needs batteries. When California is on fire, it needs batteries that can keep a home, a hospital, a fire station, a senior center running longer than the four-hour standard of lithium-ion. “What's happened that's brought this to bear has been the wildfires and the contingency issues we have in the PSPS (public-safety power shut-off)

‘They’re suffering now’: Americans scramble to adapt to daily reality of climate crisis

By |2020-10-04T10:29:35+00:00October 10th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Wildfires|

Heat and wildfire smoke force residents to seek respite – and buy cooling systems and air purifiers, if they can afford them. Wildfire smoke had painted the sky orange last week when Sam, a Bay Area resident, plugged in his newest purchase: an air filter with a car adapter that would turn his minivan into

California wildfires: Record 2 million acres torched in as entire towns evacuated

By |2020-09-20T09:04:37+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Wildfires|

The wildfires devastating huge areas of California are still roaring out of control, with more than two million acres of land devastated and more than 14,000 firefighters fighting the blazes across the state. The latest fires have already made this the state’s worst wildfire season on record – and what are typically the most dangerous

The climate crisis has already arrived. Just look to California’s abnormal wildfires

By |2020-09-02T15:23:44+00:00September 4th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Wildfires|

In the last decade, amid drought and searing heat, California has entered the ‘era of megafires’ and has become the ‘examplar for climate change extreme events today’ There’s an idea that when the climate crisis begins, we will know it. Movies present it as a moment when the world’s weather suddenly turns apocalyptic: winds howl,

Firenado: National Weather Service issues America’s first-ever warning for a fire tornado

By |2020-08-19T17:38:53+00:00August 20th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Wildfires|

The year 2020 continued to make history as a terrible time as America received its first-ever warning of firenadoes. “The Reno office of the National Weather Service warned Northern California of a fiery tornado Saturday afternoon that had sprung up near a large, fast-moving wildfire in the Sierra. That’s right: A firenado,” the Sacramento Bee

Solar and Tesla Powerwall offer Victorian town bushfire resilience

By |2020-07-28T12:59:46+00:00July 30th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, News, Powerwall, Solar and Battery, Wildfires|

A community sports centre in the central Victorian town of Hepburn has been given a solar and battery makeover that will slash the facility’s power costs while also bolstering its role as a dedicated place of last resort in the event of a bushfire. The 25kW solar array and 13.5kWh Telsa Powerwall 2 battery

Blackouts Have Triggered an Energy Storage Boom in California

By |2020-07-21T13:03:42+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Home Battery, Home Energy Storage, News, Powerwall, Solar and Battery, Wildfires|

As utilities turn off power to prevent wildfires, more homeowners are looking to install battery backup systems The threat of chronic blackouts is sparking a rush to install battery backup systems as California homeowners try to avoid disruptive power cuts related to wildfires. Blackouts are increasingly a part of life as Pacific Gas and

Climate Change Won’t Stop for the Coronavirus Pandemic

By |2020-04-27T19:28:35+00:00April 30th, 2020|Coronavirus, Energy and Climate Change, News, Opinion, Wildfires|

The next several months could bring hurricanes, floods and fire, on top of the pandemic currently raging through the country. How do you shelter in place during an evacuation? Two and a half years ago Hurricane Maria ripped open homes across the southern Puerto Rican city of Ponce, destroying the rickety electrical grid and sending

‘Overwhelming and terrifying’: the rise of climate anxiety

By |2020-02-27T12:39:51+00:00February 27th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, News, Prepping and Collapse, Wildfires|

Experts concerned young people’s mental health particularly hit by reality of the climate crisis Over the past few weeks Clover Hogan has found herself crying during the day and waking up at night gripped by panic. The 20-year-old, who now lives in London, grew up in Queensland, Australia, cheekbyjowl with the country’s wildlife, fishing

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