As global warming worsens condition, the climate summit held in Paris discussed ways on how to properly deal with this worldwide crisis. And one country announced their outstanding performance in dealing with it – Uruguay’s smart move by shifting into renewable energy.In just 10 years, Uruguay has shifted to getting 95% of its electricity from renewable energy. They use wind and solar energy to back-up their hydro power plants which was able to sustain the country’s electricity demands.
At the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, Nissan has announced the development of an innovative Vehicle to Grid system which will allow drivers to operate as individual ‘energy hubs’ with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid. Nissan will commence Smart Grid trials in partnership with multinational energy manufacturer and distributor, ENEL.
Schneider Electric has launched a smart energy storage solution to increase the use of renewable energy.The EcoBlade was launched by the company at COP21 in Paris. It is a scalable energy storage system for domestic, industrial or commercial environments and for electricity grids.Powered by Li-ion batteries, it consists of blades the size of a 30-inch flat screen, weighing under 25 kg.The equipment also contains a smart connected battery module and is ready to use in standalone mode.
In a show of support for the Obama administration’s push for a strong international agreement on climate change, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) stood with the president and senior administration officials at the White House today as they announced new pledges by major companies to reduce greenhouse gases and address the impacts of global warming.PG&E was among the companies signing on to the administration’s American Business Act on Climate initiative, which is aimed at rallying U.S. companies behind the need for action on climate change ahead of international climate talks in Paris next month. The utility’s pledge outlined a series of actions it plans to pursue.
The narrative around renewable energy sources is typically framed almost entirely in terms of their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and thereby providing a means to tackle climate change. From this perspective, the drive for renewables is inseparably linked to international negotiations over reducing carbon emissions, which will come to a head at the United Nations summit in Paris towards the end of this year.
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Sequans Communications S.A. (NYSE: SQNS) are to collaborate on enabling key technologies for the ‘Internet of Things’ by providing the ‘4G Kit for IoT,’ a principal building block in the new Internet of Things prototyping platform launched yesterday by communications operator Orange in order to stimulate interest by the IoT market in 4G connectivity.The 4G Kit for IoT, announced by Orange at the Futur-en-Seine event in Paris, will be powered by Sequans’ LTE chipset and technical implementation by Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent.
Today, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE:SSNI) announced an expansion of its relationship with EVESA, the operator responsible for managing the street light and traffic control systems in the City of Paris, to deploy a citywide canopy network connecting the above-ground and subterranean cabinet-based controllers for street and traffic lights across the city, including such iconic neighborhoods as the Louvre, Hotel-de-Ville, Palais-Bourbon, Elysee, the Bourse, and remaining arrondissements.
Bouygues Telecom announced the commercial rollout of France’s first Internet of Things (IoT) network based on the LoRa (Long Range) technology, which the Operator says will take place in June, as it concludes trials of the technology in the city of Grenoble, in close collaboration with its technology partner, Semtech. By the end of this year, around 500 towns and cities including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Rennes, Nantes, Montpellier and Angers will be covered by this network. According to the Operator, Bouygues Telecom will be the first French operator to launch a complete commercial offer for IoT, responding to the increasing need for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connectivity in this segment.
The Eiffel Tower is going renewable. Two wind turbines have been installed on the iconic landmark in Paris as part of a first-floor renovation. The renovation — the first for the building in 30 years — was done in a partnership between Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel (SETE) and UGE International Ltd.
Delta Electronics, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions headquartered in Taiwan, announced today the launch of a new Battery Energy Storage Solution (BESS), at a press conference in Paris. This innovative energy-saving solution is complementary with renewable energy production systems in smart grids, and helps managing energy demand to ultimately reduce or defer the overall costs of grid investment and power dispatch.