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EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. Earlier post.). Auto manufacturers are American Honda Motor Co.;


EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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For the first phase of the program, EPRI and the participating companies will work to develop a standardized Demand Response solution. —Dan Bowermaster, EPRI manager of Electric Transportation. Automakers would be expected to develop and deploy technologies compatible with these smart grid communications. Automakers and V2G.


EPRI: lifetime cost of ownership of plug-ins is roughly comparable with conventional vehicles

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Consumers who purchase an electric vehicle will find that lifetime costs to own the vehicle are competitive with conventional and hybrid vehicles, according to an analysis conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation research at EPRI. —Dr. Resources.


Electric Cars Cut Greenhouse Gases, Energy Use: New EPRI-NRDC Study

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Electric cars charged on the grid generally have a lower carbon footprint than internal-combustion vehicles--and their wells-to-wheels carbon emissions only shrink as more renewable energy comes online. That's the conclusion of a new study on the environmental effects of future transportation electrification, jointly conducted by the Electric.

EPRI publishes basic consumer guide about EVs

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has published a basic consumer guide that addresses questions about electric vehicle technology and performance. —Mark Duvall, director of EPRI’s Electric Transportation Program. Charging and purchasing considerations are among the topics covered in this section. Brief

EPRI study finds US energy storage market could be as large as 16 GW of capacity if systems can meet $700–$750/kWh and all benefits can be monetized

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Source: EPRI. —Mark McGranaghan, vice president of Power Delivery and Utilization at EPRI. Positioning energy storage technologies.

Eight carmakers unite for EV smart grid management

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The new system would allow utility companies to commu[.]. Electric cars


Hydro-Qubec Joins Ford-EPRI PHEV Program

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Hydro-Québec has joined a Ford-EPRI North America-wide demonstration and research program on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). EPRI has identified nine utilities across North America to test drive the vehicles and collect data on battery technology, vehicle systems, customer use and grid infrastructure. Earlier post.).

EPRI Collaborative Aims to Improve Efficiency of Transmission Grid

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More than 20 organizations and proposed 33 transmission demonstration projects will be providing data, and EPRI is actively recruiting more utilities and system operators to participate. EPRI estimates a 40% improvement in grid efficiency would result in a savings of 54 terawatt hours, enough electricity to power 4.8 Resources.

EPRI-NRDC report finds widespread vehicle electrification and a cleaner grid could lead to substantial cuts in GHG by 2050

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Widespread adoption of electric transportation, including electrification in the off-road sector, could lead to substantial reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and could modestly improve air quality, according to a new analysis released by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

EPRI Initiative Aimed at Improving Transmission System Efficiency

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) disclosed plans for an industry-wide transmission efficiency demonstration collaborative that will identify technologies leading to greater efficiency in the bulk power system, an increase in system utilization and a reduction in line and equipment losses.

EPA, NSF, NOAA, Southern Company and EPRI contribute >$20M to fund SouthEast Atmosphere Study

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Southern Company, and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) are together contributing more than $20 million in research funding to support the SouthEast Atmosphere Study (SAS).

EPRI Analysis estimates costs of fully developing US smart grid could reach $476B; benefits up to $2T

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Source: EPRI. The analysis updates EPRI’s 2004 EPRI assessment, which estimated the cost of implementing a smart grid at $165 billion.

EPRI/NRDC Plug-in Hybrid Enviro Assessment to be Released

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The long awaited report assessing the environmental impact of plug-in hybrids undertaken by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council will see the light of day on Thursday morning in Washington DC. I'll report on the details soon as they're available.

EPRI / SCE Report Measures Consumers Interest in and Infrastructure Expectations for Plug-in Vehicles

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Source: EPRI/SCE. EPRI, Palo Alto, CA and Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA: 2010. Click to enlarge. Acquisition interest.

NIST Releases EPRI Report on Smart Grid Development; Priorities, Standards, Architecture

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Earlier this year, NIST awarded a contract to EPRI for assistance in developing the standards framework. Click to enlarge. Resources.

Webchat with EPRIs Mark Duvall and GMs Britta Gross on Electric Infrastructure at 4pm EDT

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GM will host a webchat with Mark Duvall, Director of Electric Transportation Power Delivery and Utilization at EPRI and Britta Gross, GM Director Global Energy Systems and Infrastructure Commercialization today at 4:00 pm EDT. Britta Gross, Chevrolet and Mark Duvall, EPRI.

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EPRI Report Shows That DC Superconductor Cable is Feasible for Development Using Todays Technology

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has published a report that describes the design of a superconducting direct current (DC) cable system capable of moving thousands of megawatts of electricity between regions, and which is practical and ready for commercial development, using today’s technology. Resources. Superconducting DC Cable.

ClipperCreek and Silver Spring Join PGE and EPRI in EV Smart Charging Pilot

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ClipperCreek, Inc., a producer of plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and partner Silver Spring Networks, a provider of smart grid solutions, are participating in a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) pilot program sponsored by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Eaton Advances Integrated Solar-Assisted Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Collaboration with Tennessee Valley Authority and EPRI

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Eaton Corporation is collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on a prototype integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station to be erected at EPRI’s research laboratory in Knoxville, Tenn. Source: EPRI. Simple block diagram of the SMART system.

New materials could cut parasitic energy costs for CO2 capture by up to 30-40%

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The research by scientists at Rice University; the University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) was published in the journal Nature Materials. —Lin et al. The amines are then boiled to release the CO 2. —Abhoyjit Bhown. —Berend Smit. Brie


NY Times using Plug-in Hybrid Van

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Plug-in Hybrid Study: Electricity Better

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The basic question addressed, which appears on the study homepage ( is this: How would air quality and greenhouse gas emissions be affected if significant numbers of Americans drove cars that were fueled by the power grid? truly hope we have turned a corner. billion metric tons.

Nissan begins testing combination of LEAF EVs and “LEAF to Home” for grid demand response services

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For example, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with 8 automakers (not including Nissan) and 16 utilities and regional transmission organizations is demonstrating the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. to 8:00 p.m. Earlier post.)


Study: even with high LDV electrification, low-carbon biofuels will be necessary to meet 80% GHG reduction target; “daunting” policy implications

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The paper is published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. —Meier et al. They based their low electrification scenario (0.3%

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Largest public EV charging center in California opens in Santa Clara

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Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) collaborated with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Joint Venture Silicon Valley, ChargePoint and MJR Electric to obtain a grant of $393,000 from the California Energy Commission to pay for the equipment and construction of the charging center. Brief

Johnson Controls to supply Li-ion batteries for plug-in hybrid trucks in DOE project

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Odyne, in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District of California, has been selected to participate in a $45 million dollar DOE grant. Johnson Controls will supply Lithium-ion batteries to power large plug-in hybrid trucks as part of a U.S. Brief

Obama inspects hybrid truck project

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Southern Company commissions 1 MW/2 MWh grid energy storage system from LG Chem

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A 1 megawatt (MW)/2 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy system powered by LG Chem batteries has been commissioned for Southern Company and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) at a solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in the Southeastern region of the US. —Sunghoon Jang, SVP, Energy Solution, LG Chem. Brief

UC Davis study identifies toxicity of particulate matter from specific sources

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The California Air Resources Board and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a report they commissioned by investigators at the University of California, Davis that looks at how to distinguish health effects caused by different types of fine and ultrafine airborne particulate matter (PM) from different sources. Resources.

USCAR helps to develop charging-readiness tools for plug-in & electric vehicles through US DRIVE

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Team members, which include USCAR, utility partners, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), EVSE installers, DOE and national laboratories, also identified ways to streamline the EVSE installation and permit process as the number one priority to support the adoption of PHEVs and EVs. Brief

DOE reports show major potential for wave and tidal energy production near US coasts

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Overall, as compared with the preliminary wave energy resource made by EPRI in 2004, this represents a 26% increase in the available resource estimate. The United States uses about 4,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per year. —Mapping and Assessment of the United States Ocean Wave Energy Resource. Resources. Brief

VIA Motors receives $20M contract to supply extended-range electric pickups and vans to >50 fleets

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Technology installed in each vehicle that will record and transmit data to the Idaho National Lab (INL) for analysis by the DOE and EPRI. Brie

Converted Plug-In Hybrid Electric Terminal Tractor to be Tested at Port of Long Beach

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is coordinating the project among several ports and will also compile and analyze project data related to the tractor’s performance, including emissions, charging, diesel fuel reduction and other aspects. EPRI also will evaluate performance and benefits relative to conventional diesel vehicles.

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The entire PHEV environmental assessment is available on the EPRI website. Sacramento Municipal Util. Aptera, of Carlsbad, Calif.,

Chrysler unveils new electric minivan for the US Postal Service

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In addition to the USPS, ConEd, Duke Energy, DTE Energy and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will participate in the test program.

Pike Research forecasts worldwide grid energy storage spending to reach $22B by 2021, down from 2010 forecast of $35B

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In December 2010, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) revised its methodology and cost figures for technologies within specific applications. Installed revenue by ESG technology, worldwide. Click to enlarge. This is a downward revision from the $35B the firm forecast for ESG spending through 2020 in a report published last August.

GMs Approach to Integrating Smart Plug-ins to the Smart Grid Leverages Emerging Standards and OnStar

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This market is going to grow slowly ,” said Sunil Chhaya, of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in another presentation at Plug-in 2009.

INL analysis of 5 large-scale PEV and charging projects finds public charging infrastructure not needed everywhere to enable PEV adoption

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SCAQMD/EPRI/Via Motors: PHEV vans and pickups. Idaho National Laboratory has released the voluminous findings from its analysis of five large-scale PEV and charging infrastructure projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The five projects and technologies researched were: ChargePoint America: charging infrastructure.

Right Here, Right Now

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T he Fall edition of the EPRI Journal has a feature story called The Plug In Hybrid Vehicle: Beyond Gasoline by Lucy Sanna Here is the PDF.