13. July 2016 · Comments Off on Upgrading the US power grid for the 21st century · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The US Department of Energy has announced $220m in funding for projects from a host of national laboratories to help upgrade the country’s power grid over the next three years. What work needs to be done to make the grid ’cleaner, more productive and more secure’, and what are the implications for the integration of more grid-connected renewable energy projects in the future?

Source: Upgrading the US power grid for the 21st century – Power Technology

10. December 2015 · Comments Off on Nissan is making an electric car that doubles as a renewable energy hub · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Unveiled at the 21st annual UN Conference on Climate Change, the new partnership between Nissan and multinational energy provider Enel aims to bring Smart Grid technology to Europe in the near future.The concept behind the tech centres around using an updated version of the traditional underground power grid, known as a Smart Grid. Nissan proposes creating a symbiotic relationship of sorts between the grid and a new wave of electric cars. Known as Vehicle-to-Grid, the process will see energy used to charge up your car can then be redistributed back into other areas, essentially turning your motor into a rolling energy hub.

Source: Nissan is making an electric car that doubles as a renewable energy hub | T3

06. November 2015 · Comments Off on Test Bed Advances Washington State as Hotbed of Energy Innovation · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

The U.S. Department of Energy is matching a $2.25 million Clean Energy Fund grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to research, develop and demonstrate the technologies needed to create “smart” buildings, campuses and cities to better manage energy usage. Once buildings and devices are smarter — managing energy resources optimally on their own — they can also be more responsive to the needs of the power grid.

Source: Test Bed Advances Washington State as Hotbed of Energy Innovation

18. June 2015 · Comments Off on Could one million smart pool pumps ‘store’ renewable energy better than giant batteries? · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

As more wind and solar energy comes online, the people who run the power grid have a problem: how do they compensate for the variable nature of the sun and wind?California plans to spend billions of dollars for batteries to even out the flow of power from solar and wind, much the way shock absorbers smooth out bumps on the road. But do they need to? Not at all!

Source: Could one million smart pool pumps ‘store’ renewable energy better than giant batteries?

04. June 2015 · Comments Off on Wyoming’s Smart Grid Reality Hasn’t Caught Up To The Promise · Categories: News · Tags: ,

Early in his presidency Barack Obama made a pledge to modernize the nation’s power grid, comparing its state at the time to early roads before the Interstate system.”It was a tangled maze of poorly maintained back roads that were rarely the fastest or the most efficient way to get from point A to point B,” the president said.

Source: Wyoming’s Smart Grid Reality Hasn’t Caught Up To The Promise | KUNC