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wtblanch5 246 posts  |  Last Activity: Apr 5, 2013 3:45 PM Member since: Dec 16, 2010
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  • Excellent article worth Googling/reading
    "Xtreme Power to Sell Battery Factory, Focus on Software"

  • Reply to

    With ZBB news and the Itron

    by mooselope69 Mar 21, 2013 9:11 AM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Mar 21, 2013 2:28 PM Flag

    Not my memory; today's PR mentioned the exact date, so I searched ZBB's PR archives.

  • Reply to

    With ZBB news and the Itron

    by mooselope69 Mar 21, 2013 9:11 AM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Mar 21, 2013 1:44 PM Flag

    The 9/82010 PR was all about SunPower. How did this turn into iTron????

    Sentiment: Hold

  • Google "Rainbow Rider electric hybrid buses hit the skids"

    "Cummins purchased the design from VTM last fall. VTM, as a business, has ceased operations.
    ...

    The new product is in the validation and verification stage. Becker said Cummins Crosspoint is testing durability, reliability and software code.

    “Most of the design changes are in software,” Becker said. “There’s more technology and CPUs [central processing units] on vehicles now than there probably ever will be.”

    If timelines go well, the Cummins Crosspoint product could be launched this year. Becker said the company hopes to offer everyone experiencing complications similar to Rainbow Rider a solution."

  • Reply to

    Connecticut Microgrid Projects

    by wtblanch5 Mar 2, 2013 10:27 AM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Mar 2, 2013 10:29 AM Flag

    Rats ... that should be

    "feasibility analysis" LINK

  • Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

    February 27, 2013

    DEEP Announces First Round Results of Nation’s First Statewide Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program

    27 of 36 project applications move to final funding round

    The "feasibility analysis" has details on specific projects.

    Both of the ZBB related/referenced projects (that I know of, both associated with Schneider Electric) made it:
    CTTransit Hartford
    UConn Depot Campus

    I suspect Schneider carried a lot of the water/weight. Wonder if they may become a source of "financing" for ZBB at some point ...

    Sadly YaDumb won't let me post links

  • Reply to

    News out on new zbb partnership in Russia

    by mooselope69 Jan 30, 2013 9:22 AM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Jan 31, 2013 1:10 PM Flag

    Google Capstone BPC ... you will that BPC has sold a fair amount of Capstone Turbine Equipment. So they could have done worse ...

  • Reply to

    Any feedback on the call?

    by mooselope69 Nov 6, 2012 3:25 PM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Nov 6, 2012 5:47 PM Flag

    Initial transcript of the call is up on Seeking Alpha. If last time is any indication, there will be edits!

  • "GE's (NYS: GE) Energy Storage business announced today $63 million in new Durathon battery orders since the business launched in July. In its first weeks of operation, the business secured 10 new telecom customer orders across several regions, including Africa, Asia, India and the U.S. - powering a total of more than 3,500 cell towers. The breakthrough battery provides reliable and cost-effective energy storage options for a broad range of global customers and is being produced at GE's advanced manufacturing factory here."

  • has been posted on Seeking Alpha!
    Q&A starts on last page (7)

  • wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Sep 4, 2012 4:41 PM Flag

    And a better twist in my opinion. Gives everyone time to digest what's there and prepare better questions for the call.

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    ZBB announced ETL Certification today!!!

    by mooselope69 Sep 4, 2012 8:56 AM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Sep 4, 2012 10:29 AM Flag

    well if we can't post links ...

    MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire -09/04/12)- ZBB Energy Corporation (ZBB), a leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, today announced it has received Edison Testing Laboratory (ETL) listing to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) 1741 standard for its 125 kW grid-tie inverter module of the ZBB EnerSection™ power and energy control center. The 125 kW grid-tie inverter is a device that allows stored direct current (DC) energy to be converted to alternating current (AC) energy and put back on the grid.
    The ETL listing to test to UL 1741 standard was performed by Intertek Testing Services. The UL 1741 standard incorporates Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1547 requirements for the interconnection of distributed generation (DG) resources. This certification signifies that the 125 kW inverter module of the ZBB EnerSection meets, or exceeds, all of the product safety standards for connection to a utility power grid anywhere in the United States or other countries where UL standards are accepted, similar to the ETL certification of the Company's 25 kW inverter modules received earlier this year.
    "We recently announced and field labeled two ETL 125 kW inverters in Chicago which are currently in service for the Illinois Institute of Technology's micro grid project. This final certification is a significant milestone because it allows us to manufacture, test and certify that all 125 kW units shipped from our facility are ETL listed to UL 1741," said Eric C. Apfelbach, President and CEO of ZBB Energy. "This certification allows us to ship our 125 kW inverters to projects in China, Hawaii and North America."
    The ZBB EnerSection is a modular, controllable, bi-directional, hybrid power conversion platform that intelligently integrates, manages and optimizes multiple renewable and/or conventional power generation sources simultaneously while incorporating energy storage. Its configurable architecture integrates multiple AC and DC power generation sources discreetly with one or multiple types of energy storage units with any combination of utility grid-tie inverters, stand-alone inverters for off-grid AC power and/or DC outputs to provide DC power.
    Based upon the Company's current market assessment of required ratings from customers of grid-tie inverters, it will focus on the 25 kW and 125 kW inverter products and schedule a later date for introduction of the 60 kW inverter when a market need is firmly established.

  • How China Will Impact the Grid-Scale Energy Storage Market

    China’s market for energy storage is unique and may soon enter a new phase of rapid growth.


    STAFF: JULY 30, 2012

    "Despite high growth, China’s energy storage market will remain in the demonstration market stage for several reasons. China’s grid power market is not yet structured to provide incentives for certain important energy storage applications, and needed reforms may be too complex and far-reaching to implement in the next few years. Chinese power producers and grid operators are just beginning to work with energy storage."

    green tech media: articles/read/How-China-Will-Impact-the-Grid-Scale-Energy-Storage-Market

  • Reply to

    Princeton Power fights the good fight

    by wtblanch5 Jul 30, 2012 12:46 PM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Jul 30, 2012 1:46 PM Flag

    For a private company, it looks like to me they're making steady progress offering innovative products that are wanted. Somebody(s) in their leadership seems to know what they're doing!

    Wouldn't surprise me if someone bought them even before they go public.

    Of course we know nothing about their financials ... yet. But if the energy storage wave really hits over the next few years, I think they'll be surfing it just fine.

    And I know it's silly, but I've always found a lot of technical details on the website and Spec pdfs that I've really appreciated, and that I thought was well done (though admittedly I'm no power expert!!)

  • Princeton Power Systems Power On Energy Storage System at BMW Technology Office

    http://www.princetonpower.com/blog/?p=683

    If they were public, I would certainly diversify some of my ZBB holdings into them.

  • Reply to

    News today

    by mooselope69 Jul 30, 2012 8:43 AM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Jul 30, 2012 11:24 AM Flag

    And leave it to these guys to take what should be some much needed really good news, and detract from it.

  • Reply to

    News today

    by mooselope69 Jul 30, 2012 8:43 AM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Jul 30, 2012 11:22 AM Flag

    No kidding. If this PR hadn't come from ZBB I would have guessed someone from IIT just "misspoke."

    It's stunning really that we find out this way, assuming it's really official.

  • Reply to

    ZBB .42 possble this week

    by vulturefeathers Jul 2, 2012 12:41 PM
    wtblanch5 wtblanch5 Jul 3, 2012 12:03 PM Flag

    So, this

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/zbb-energy-announces-appointment-chief-153000957.html

    didn't do it for you?

    You would think they might announce the UL certs being official before they promoted the guy.

    Most likely he's very good and deserved the promotion, and the delays were out of his control.

    The "optics" are just a little off ...

  • wtblanch5 by wtblanch5 May 31, 2012 11:56 AM Flag

    Interesting general article on inverters in Europe that have features not yet allowed in US.

    "The Solar Inverter-Smart Grid Connection

    Experts at The Networked Grid 2012 lay out the potential for solar PV inverters to manage grid instability—and how regulations can aid or hinder that process.


    JEFF ST. JOHN: APRIL 5, 2012"

    Article appears on greentechmedia [dot] com which for some reason Yahoo finance will not allow me to post links to.


    Another (newer) article of interest related to Microgrids and Net-Zero Energy communities:

    The Solar-Powered Microgrid, Courtesy of Forest City and Japan

    A Japanese consortium showcases a self-sustaining, solar, energy storage and backup turbine-powered project in Albuquerque, with Forest City as host.


    JEFF ST. JOHN: MAY 29, 2012

  • wtblanch5 by wtblanch5 May 31, 2012 11:11 AM Flag

    Tier? New hire or replacement?

    Company:
    ZBB Energy Corporation
    Job Location(s): Menomonee Falls, WI
    Employment Term: Regular
    Employment Type Full Time
    Start Date: Immediate
    Starting Salary Range: based on experience
    Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
    Required Experience: 10 to 20+ years
    Related Categories: IT - Software Development

    http://www.milwaukeejobs.com/j/t-Software-Engineer-e-ZBB-Energy-Corporation-l-Menomonee-Falls,-WI-jobs-j2741414.html

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