In many ways administrators at University of Cincinnati like to think they’re helping to put together the college campus of the future.
And after the latest joint effort between the university’s Parking Services Department and a handful of its environmentally conscious students, it’s hard to argue with them.
On Saturday, UC officials unveiled the first electric vehicle-charging station on or even around the Clifton campus. It’s in Lot 13 near the west façade of Wherry Hall on the school’s medical campus, at 3225 Eden Ave.
via Earth Day, UC eletric car charger: University of Cincinnati unveils new electric vehicle-charging station – Local News Story.
Automakers love concept cars and, as per usual, you’ll find an oddity or two at this week’s New York International Auto Show. Of those concept vehicles, few are unlikely to ever get off, or rather on, the ground.
via BMW’s all-electric i3 slips easily into New York state of mind.
Ambient Corporation (NASDAQ: AMBT), provider of a secure, flexible, and scalable communications and applications platform, and IntelliSAW, a leading provider of next-generation passive, cable-free sensor systems for smart grid applications, today announced the successful integration of their products to provide temperature and humidity monitoring of energized switchgear to IEC61850 or DNP3-based SCADA systems, via Modbus protocol translation.
via Ambient Corporation and IntelliSAW Collaborate to Offer Utilities Plug-and-Play Functionality for Temperature and Humidity Monitoring of Electric Power Assets – WSJ.com.
The majority of electricity transmission systems in service today are high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) systems that rely on many of the same technologies that existed at their conception more than 100 years ago. Today, however, the rapid worldwide expansion in large-scale wind and solar projects, coupled with the growth of heavy industry in Latin America, South Africa, and other regions, is providing new opportunities for flexible alternating current transmission systems (FACTS). Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from FACTS will surpass $5 billion annually in 2022.
via Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems Will Surpass $5 Billion in Annual Revenue Worldwide by 2022, Forecasts Navigant Research | Business Wire.
SmartEnergy IP™, a division of SmartMark Communications, announced today that the 2014 Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium will bring together leaders in the energy and utility industries to talk about the increasing importance of the role of the customer in Smart Grid programs. The event will take place on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the W Hotel, Union Square in New York City.
via Symposium to Bring Together Utility Industry Leaders to Focus on Increasing Importance of Smart Grid Customer Experience | Business Wire.
The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has produced three resources of value to those seeking help for the ever-growing cybersecurity threat to utilities.
SGIP was established to support the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is an agency that promotes U.S. innovation and competitiveness. SGIP seeks to coordinate all smart grid stakeholders to accelerate standards and improve interoperability.
via Smart Grid: Three cybersecurity resources you can put to work NOW.
At the recent staging of the Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany, more than 850 experts from politics, business and research representing 46 countries discussed the most recent worldwide developments in energy storage. At the accompanying exhibition with almost 70 stands, visitors were able to get information about the latest state-of-the-art technology and to conclude concrete business deals. The exhibitors included companies such as Siemens, Areva, FIAMM Energy Storage Solutions, SMA Solar Technology and Younicos, Hydrogenics as well as Varta Storage, RWE and E.ON. One of the highlights was the new e-car with iDrive technology presented by BMW.
via Smart Grid: The future of energy storage in Europe. (Subsidies? A boom in Germany?).
When Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, the startup quickly stated that it would never share its user data with other Google services and outside companies. But according to a recent report by Forbes, the company is taking advantage of its data to create a lucrative revenue stream from electric utilities.
via Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows | TechCrunch.
Recently Google acquired the home automation company Nest. Nest is a company that sells IoT (Internet of Things) enabled devices that allow homeowners to control the temperature of their homes through their smartphones, plus it sends notifications if it detects dangerous levels of smoke or carbon monoxide. This company is a great example of how IoT is expanding beyond its industrial roots.
via IoT Devices and Apps for Industry and Consumers | Ulitzer.
New York has opened its new $38 million (£22.6m) smart grid and control centre which is expected to help improve grid reliability as well as avoid blackouts in the city.
New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) – which oversees the city’s bulk electricity grid and wholesale electricity markets – said its facility in Rensselaer will manage the complexity of modern electric grid operations through smart grid technology as well as improve integration of renewable energy.
via Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – New power control centre in NYC ‘to help avoid blackouts’.
As predicted, and right on schedule, the acquisition of Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy’s acquisition of its second California solar installation is official, and construction of the facility is complete.
The 20 MW Adobe Solar Facility is the sixth solar project that has culminated as the result of the partnership between the Southern Company subsidiary and Ted Turner’s renewable energy company. Commercial operation of the plant is expected to begin in May.
via Turner, Southern Company solar acquisition complete – FierceEnergy.
California’s sustainable water future would be achieved through a system management approach utilizing innovations in science, technology and management, according to a report from the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), conducted at the request of a bipartisan group of legislators. The approach would rely on both currently available and new science and technology, yielding greater efficiencies and opening new sources of supply for managing California water through future multi-year cycles of drought and flooding.
via Legacy of technology innovation could sustain CA water future – FierceEnergy.
New drilling techniques and pipelines have made natural gas (NG) a significantly more competitive vehicle fuel than it was a decade ago, even as truck and bus fleet operators increasingly look for alternative fuels to fulfill their needs at lower costs and with lower emissions. The result is an expansion of the market for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses that run on natural gas. According to a recent report from Navigant Research , the total number of natural gas trucks and buses on roads worldwide will grow from 1.5 million in 2014 to 3.7 million by 2022.
via Natural Gas Trucks and Buses on the Road Worldwide Will Reach 3.7 Million by 2022, Forecasts Navigant Research – MarketWatch.
With the help of power company money, Clemson University professors are helping develop smart grid technologies. Keith Corzine is working on securing the nation’s flow of electricity, a challenge he says was underscored in April 2013 when gunmen attacked a Silicon Valley substation.
via GSA Business | Greenville, SC | Spartanburg, SC | Anderson, SC.
Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center has officially entered commercial operation, replacing the previous Riviera Beach facility. FPL calls the new plant one of the cleanest, most energy efficient in the nation. The new energy center can produce more than 1,250 MW — double the amount generated by the previous plant — without using any additional water or land.
via $1.3B FPL clean energy center enters operation – FierceEnergy.
The smart grid can foster an “energy divide” for low-income consumers, according to a new research report published by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC).
The SGCC, a nonprofit organization that aims to advance the adoption of smart grids, says that with a substantial portion of the consumer benefits of smart grids coming from greater awareness of energy usage, many low-income consumers – particularly older consumers – lack access to utility Web portals and other online resources.
via Renew Grid: Content / Up Front / Does Income Determine Who Benefits The Most From Smart Grids?.
The U.S. wind industry ended 2013 on a high note with 61,110 MW operating in the U.S. — across 905 utility-scale wind projects, with a combined 46,100 wind turbines, in 39 states and Puerto Rico, and billions of dollars of continued private investment — according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2013 annual market report. An average of $15 billion a year is invested in new projects, AWEA reports, resulting in the industry posting 19.5 percent average annual growth over the past five years.
via Wind ends 2013 on high – FierceEnergy.
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer attended the grand opening of the new New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) Utility Control Center, which received a $74 million investment thanks in part to Senator Schumer’s efforts to secure a $37 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant for Smart Technology Initiatives. Schumer said that this Utility Control Center – and the federal investment in smart grid technology – will lower energy costs for families and small businesses across New York, and protect the grid from future blackouts
via Schumer Opens State-of-the-Art Utility Control Center that Will Save Ratepayers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars | LongIsland.com.
Globally, wind power installations will increase by 34 percent — to 47.3 GW in 2014 and hit 64 GW in 2018 — driven up by growth in China and recovery in the United States, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). Brussels-based GWEC sees a rebound this year after a 22 percent decline, to 35.5 GW, in 2013. The global cumulative installations for 2014 are estimated to reach 365.5 GW, while in 2018 installations could be as high as 596.4 GW.
via China, U.S. driving wind capacity – FierceEnergy.
ComEd has announced that work related to its sweeping smart grid initiative supported 2,871 full-time equivalent positions in 2013. The positions included nearly 1,000 direct full-time equivalent jobs at the utility and its contractors as well as more than 1,800 indirect positions created by the program. The data was submitted in the company’s 2013 grid modernization progress report to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).
via Smart Grid Program Supports More than 2,800 Jobs in 2013 | Grid Opt Smart Grid content from TDWorld.