Lithium Price Spike Has Moderate Effect on Batteries

Battery prices have fallen in the past 12 months even as prices of lithium carbonate, or LCE, rose between 24-55 percent, and the cost of cobalt doubled. This may not last through next year. While battery prices have continued to fall, from $273/kWh in 2016 to $209/kWh this year, rising commodity prices could have more of an effect in 2018, when price spikes begin to filter through to battery makers, according to the latest analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Smart Grid, Smart Inverters for a Smart Energy Future

Smart grid infrastructure can provide the technology necessary to reliably attain high levels of solar integration in the United States’ electric grid—so what, exactly, is a smart grid?  The electric power infrastructure in the United States—also known as the grid—is an engineering marvel, with more than 1 million megawatts of generating capacity and over 300,000 miles of transmission lines that provide power to residents in urban New York City and rural Wyoming alike.

The Internet of Insecure Things

From home appliances to health applications and security solutions, everything we use at home – and outside of it, is getting connected to the Internet, becoming the Internet of Things (IoT). Think about how many connected devices you have at home: tablets, laptops, e-readers, fitness devices, smart TVs – how about your thermostat, light bulbs, refrigerator and security system?

India Transforms Market for Rooftop Solar

India has a massive need for energy. Its per capita consumption of electricity is less than one third the world average. To meet its target of generating 100 GW of solar energy by 2022, India has installed solar parks on large tracts of unused land across the country. Now, thanks to a new partnership between the World Bank and the State Bank of India (SBI), India’s largest bank, the market for rooftop solar has also begun to take off.

Top 10 AI technology trends for 2018

Artificial intelligence is front and center, with business and government leaders pondering the right moves. But what’s happening in the lab, where discoveries by academic and corporate researchers will set AI’s course for the coming year and beyond? Our own team of researchers from PwC’s AI Accelerator has homed in on the leading developments both technologists and business leaders should watch closely. Here’s what they are and why they matter.