Open data is changing society and will fuel smart cities and Internet of Things (IoT) startups, the Open Data Institute’s (ODI) chief executive has declared.
Speaking at Cloud Expo 2015, Gavin Starks outlined the importance of open data in a world where digital information is increasingly flowing from multiple devices and sources.
“Open data is not just changing our business, it’s reflecting a fundamental shift in culture to an open society,” he said. “These are fundamental shifts in how we are behaving, not just in technology.”
via Smart cities and IoT startups need open data to thrive – IT News from V3.co.uk.
In an effort to promote and encourage the development of fuel cell technology and vehicles that use it, Toyota will give away most of its patents until 2020 with no royalty fees or other compensation required. The reason for the unusual decision is simple: It does not make a lot of sense to be a leader in a market that is not going anywhere.
via Toyota to give away hydrogen-powered vehicle patents – SmartGridNews.
Americans “overwhelmingly” prefer solar and wind energy to coal, oil, and nuclear energy, according to a Harvard political scientist who has conducted a comprehensive survey of attitudes toward energy and climate for the last 12 years.
Americans see natural gas as a bridge fuel that falls somewhere in between, offering some benefits over traditional fuels but more “harms” than solar and wind, said Harvard Government Professor Stephen Ansolabehere during a December appearance at the University of Chicago.
via Americans Want America To Run On Solar and Wind.
The global cumulative installed capacity of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules will more than treble from 135.66 Gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to 413.98 GW by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The company’s latest report states that emerging economies in Asia-Pacific, South and Central America and the Middle East and Africa are expected to be the major markets in the future, due to an increasing focus on renewable energy proliferation to fuel economic growth.
via Global Solar Photovoltaic Module Installed Capacity to More than Treble by 2020, says GlobalData.
The United States Air Force has officially unveiled the federal government’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles — the largest in the country.
As the number of plug-in electric vehicles increases across California, understanding the impacts on the grid and how power for fuel can be effectively managed will be critical. This project represents an important step toward demonstrating the potential benefits these vehicles can have for electric utilities and, ultimately, customers.
via DoD launches first V2G fleet – FierceSmartGrid.
As part of the Obama Administration’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge — which aims, in part, to reduce dependence on foreign oil and transition to a clean energy economy — the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $55 million in funding for 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of critical vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs.
via DOE fuels next-gen vehicle technologies with $55M – FierceEnergy.
U.S. wind power prices have reached an all-time low, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The 2013 Wind Technologies Market Report, which details trends seen in the U.S. wind industry last year, says the national average levelized price of wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed in 2013 fell to around $25/MWh. That’s a new record well below the $70/MWh high seen in 2009. Notably, the report says the average price stream of wind PPAs executed last year also compares favorably to a range of projections of the fuel costs of gas-fired generation extending out through 2040.
via Renew Grid: Content / Up Front / DOE Report: U.S. Wind Power Prices Reach All-Time Low.
Solar growth across the nation has been strong, with New York setting a particularly impressive example — 30 percent in 2013 — according to a report conducted by Frontier Group for Environment New York Research & Policy Center. New York’s progress on solar has helped fuel a tripling of solar energy nationwide between 2011 and 2013, growing statewide from 175 MW to 250 MW.
via Leading solar states have more than just sunlight – FierceEnergy.
As part of the company’s strategy of providing more power from cleaner resources and relying less on any single fuel, Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 600 MW of new capacity.
“We are actively evaluating what future mix of fuel sources makes the most sense for our customers, the environment and our company,” says John Larsen, president of Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin utility. “We believe it is in the best interest of our customers to have flexibility in the power we generate or purchase. To achieve this, we expect natural gas and wind to become a larger part of our energy portfolio.”
via Renew Grid: Content / RFP / Wisconsin Utility On The Lookout For 600 MW Of New Power.
As the microgrid market continues to grow over the next 10 years, so too will the opportunities for energy storage in microgrids. High diesel fuel prices, a greater push toward renewable resources in microgrids, and ancillary service market reforms will underscore the business case for energy storage for microgrids. The services that energy storage systems (ESSs) will deliver to microgrids are not dissimilar to the services that an ESS delivers to the traditional grid: resource optimization (fuel, PV, wind), resource integration (PV, wind), stability (frequency, voltage), and load management.
via » Energy Storage for Microgrids Navigant Research.