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Sunrise brief: Startup raises $200 million to back its ‘breakthrough’ energy storage battery

Also on the rise: Developers scrap an 850 MW solar project after local objection, Rivian plans a second EV plant in the U.S., Ohio regulators consider another 470 MW of solar, and more.

Tesla Powerwalls in California join the movement to create virtual power plants

Made up of distributed residential energy storage, these “plants” stabilize the grid and often end the need for new fossil generation. Tesla customers in California are the latest to join the movement.


Factorial achieves capacity retention milestone for its solid-state technology

The first startup to reach the 40 Amp-hour benchmark for a solid-state cell has now achieved a breakthrough capacity retention rate of 97.3% after 675 cycles.


New battery chemistry tweak could double electric vehicle range

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a revolutionary lithium-metal battery chemistry that they believe will allow EV batteries to almost double capacity, while also overcoming historic setbacks.

Sunrise brief: SEIA outlines solar priorities in the federal infrastructure bill

Also on the rise: Jinko Solar and Maersk agree to work to ease shipping bottlenecks; and House and Senate bills target interstate rights-of-way for clean energy development, EV charging, and high-speed internet.

Solar 101: Accessorize your rooftop PV with batteries, panels, and EV chargers

Rooftop solar is just the start, as energy storage, smart electrical panels, and EV chargers enter the mainstream for solar owners. Here’s a guide to matching your solar array with some of the most popular accessories.


Sunrise brief: Is the solar sector as healthy as it seems?

Also on the rise: Chinese solar group calls forced labor allegations ‘unfounded’, and two southwest utilities issue RFPs for solar and distributed energy resources.

Sunrise brief: Hunt Perovskite and 1366 Technologies merge to drive tandem solar cell adoption

Also on the rise: JinkoSolar says demand softened as polysilicon prices rose in Q1, battery EVs are forecast to rule the roads by 2050, and New York State issues site permits for two solar projects.


GM expands its electric vehicle investment and plans more U.S. battery manufacturing capacity

The automaker said it is accelerating plans for two new battery cell plants in the United States to complement the Ultium Cells LLC plants under construction in Tennessee and Ohio.


Department of Energy announces $200 million in new funding for batteries and EVs

The funds support DOE national lab efforts and create partnerships in batteries, electric vehicles, connected vehicles, and will span five years.

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