In the US, the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) this week announced it has secured federal funding of US$2.1 million for grid modernisation projects.The non-profit organisation confirmed the US Department of Commerce had selected it for the Grid Interoperability Standards Cooperative Agreement Programme.
The nation’s largest wind-power contractor, Mortenson Construction, said Tuesday that it formed a new business unit to install large battery storage systems for the electric grid and commercial operations.The company said it will offer engineering, construction and integration of energy storage in the new unit based in its Golden Valley headquarters.It is the second Minnesota renewable energy contractor to enter the large-scale battery storage market. Blattner Energy, based in Avon, Minn., completed its first grid battery installation in February in Illinois and recently was chosen to construct a combination solar and battery project for a New Orleans utility.
As part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to increase energy productivity, reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil and cut harmful emissions the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing nearly $55 million in 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies that will strengthen the U.S. clean energy economy.
Smart cities are all the rage when it comes to urban development projects driven by the dynamic growth in the devices and infrastructure that enable the Internet of Things (IoT).What once started with only a handful of cities implementing various urban improvement pilot projects is expected to explode. According to Gartner, smart cities will use 1.1 billion connected “things” in 2015, rising to 9.7 billion by 2020. Meanwhile, IDC projects that spending on connected devices and the services to support them will reach $1.7 trillion by the year 2020.
The solar rush in America is on. With every company moving as quickly as possible to finish projects before federal tax credits get slashed at the end of 2016, U.S. installation figures aren’t going anywhere but up — at least for the next year and a half. Yet again, the latest quarterly figures from GTM Research and SEIA show unabated growth for utility-scale and small-scale PV projects.
The innovation of commercial drones, self-driving vehicles, electricity storage, 3D printing and the Internet of Things are pushing the North American infrastructure market toward a tipping point, according to the research from infrastructure advisory firm CG/LA Infrastructure.
The Building Prosperity: 2015 Strategic 100 North American Infrastructure Report identifies those strategic projects, all incorporating transformative technologies to unleash $376 billion in infrastructure opportunities over the next 12 months.
Southern California Edison (SCE) is investing in grid batteries — again — but this time they are looking to break new ground. They are working on numerous projects to increase their energy storage footprint across their portfolio.
The Samsung Group selected ten candidate technologies that are expected to lead the Internet of Things (IoT) era. They are about new techs that can connect to smart sensors and mobile devices, which are essential for continued growth of Korean industry, including Samsung.On July 13, Samsung announced this year’s 10 support projects to nurture future technology. Smart sensors and system software were designated as two major themes for this year, and five projects were selected for each theme. The company is going to throw its full support behind 10 projects through the Samsung Science & Technology Foundation and the Future’s Technology Nurturing Center inside Samsung Electronics.
Although all eyes are on solar in California, the southeast United States is producing impressive amounts of solar — and it’s only growing.Solar potential across the country. Three of the newest projects include the installation of the first ever utility-owned solar projects in the state of Mississippi. The projects are being constructed as a solar pilot installation around the state, by Entergy Mississippi. The second of the three projects, in DeSoto County, is currently under construction and will produce 500 kilowatts (kW) of electricity.
Bill Gates has announced he will invest $2bn (£1.3bn) in renewable technologies initiatives, but rejected calls to divest from the fossil fuel companies that are burning carbon at a rate that ignores international agreements to limit global warming.