A senior solar energy researcher from the University of Queensland has questioned the role of grid-scale battery storage as the “missing link” of Australia’s shift to renewables, and suggested that much more research needs to be done if the technology is to be rolled out successfully. Professor Paul Meredith – who is the head of solar at UQ, and oversees the University’s world-leading research project, the Gatton PV Pilot Plant, which is being conducted in conjunction with First Solar – says that while the technology is available, adding grid-scale battery storage to the NEM will be highly complex, and just one part of the future grid puzzle.
Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), a world leader in storage, cloud infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity and multimedia semiconductor solutions, today launched a highly optimized suite of IoT application processors for home automation, industrial, and wearable applications. Purpose-built as part of Marvell’s IoT Application Processor (IAP) family of products, the IAP220 System-on-Chip (SoC) enables the low-power and high-performance computing necessary for many IoT products, and features an ARM® Cortex®-A7 dual core processor.
Computers and mobile devices running rich operating systems have a plethora of security solutions and encryption protocols that can protect them against the multitude of threats they face as soon as they become connected to the Internet. Such is not the case with IoT.Of the billions of IoT devices presently in use, a considerable percentage are sporting low-end processing power and storage capacity and don’t have the capability to become extended with security solutions. Yet they are connected to the Internet, nonetheless, which is an extremely hostile environment.
In a previous article, I discussed ways in which the smart grid and smart home technology could impact a customer’s electric service and utility bill. At the end of that article I promised to “do the math” and provide a few examples, so here it is. I examine several possible scenarios, including different rate plans, load shifting via smart appliances, and the addition of solar panels and on-site energy storage. Yeah, my spreadsheet has been busy this week!
The success of solar plus storage is defining the growth potential of renewable energy. Solar plus storage is a key necessity for solar to overcome limitations like intermittency and the lack of power after dark.In fact, Lux Research predicts that distributed storage for solar systems will be worth $8 billion in 2026, as solar combines with storage to continue its remarkable growth.
Solar plus storage got a big boost this week with $18 million in SunShot Initiative grants from the Department of Energy.While SunShot is striding briskly toward its goal of getting the cost of installed rooftop solar down to $1 per watt or 6 cents per kilowatt hour, the DOE is taking it one step farther now. Its new SHINES program, short for Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV, has a price target of 14 cents per kilowatt hour. That’s for fully integrated solar and storage solutions.
Having already moved into practically every other arm of technology, Amazon has announced that through one of its subsidiaries it is to produce a processor for use in internet of things (IoT) devices. The subsidiary producing the new chip for Amazon, Annapurna Labs, announced it was taking on the job of producing the line of chips called Alpine, which it says will provide high performance for UHD video streaming, secure storage, IoT and cloud applications for connected homes.
Like all computing revolutions (thus far), the semiconductor is the backbone of the IoT. It allows all the other computing functions and facilitates the analytics upon which all of the Big Data collections processes rely upon for intelligent value.MegaChips Technology America Corporation, a fabless semiconductor company and a leader in the industry, is focusing on the development of products that incorporate original algorithms and architecture to help customers automate building operations, improve networking and meet storage needs for imaging, audio, home networking, power management, security and communications environments.
The city of Breda, in the Netherlands, has created an Internet of Things (IoT) solution that links the physical sensors of its water and sewage plants to optimize pumping levels and power consumption. In Helsinki, Finland, the city-owned bus system has been using sensors to collect and analyze fuel usage data and help cut costs. In Oakland, California, the police department is capturing and managing video from 600 body-worn cameras, using a cloud storage platform developed by a Microsoft partner.
Raspberry Pi is starting to look like an IoT design platform.The designer, US-based Pi 2 Design has incorporated in the 1Tbyte SSD add-on module Wi-fi 802.11b/g/n interfaces. There is also a real-time clock with battery backup and a temperature sensor.The shield also carries out Pi’s dual USB interfaces to bring in bring 5V at 1A.