Policy Options for Expanding and Modernizing the US Power Grid

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The US will need to expand and modernize its outdated power transmission grid to incorporate more renewable energy sources, but balkanized ownership and regulation are going to make that process slow and difficult, according to a new Duke University analysis.

Audi involved in EEBUS standard for intelligent connection of EVs and buildings

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The electric car will play an important role as a power consumer in the digital energy world. Buildings, electric cars and household appliances, heat pumps, and other consumers can coordinate their particular power requirements, thereby preventing overloads.

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GE Energy launches fully networked Wattstation and Wattstation Connect software; pay by smartphone

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GE’s WattStation Connect for mobile device users. GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business unveiled the new WattStation and WattStation Connect software at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit, Mich. GE’s Immelt on EVs and the Smart Grid. Smart grid demo.

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Southern California Edison to buy 261 MW of energy storage projects; largest grid-connected storage purchase in US

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Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the selected suppliers and projects for 261 MW of energy storage resources, representing the largest grid-connected energy storage purchase yet in the US, and more than five times greater than the utility’s minimum energy storage procurement authorization of 50 MW, per California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) ruling. The selection was part of a larger contracting for 2,221 MW of power from diverse new resources.

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Audi opens 1.9 MWh battery storage unit on EUREF Campus in Berlin

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MWh and uses used lithium-ion batteries from development vehicles to test various interaction scenarios between electric cars and the power grid. Connecting electric cars with renewable energies in an intelligent way can have a positive effect on the energy transition.

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NREL researchers evaluating blockchain for transactive energy applications

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Distributing grid operational decision-making is revolutionary. Today, utilities use complex software platforms called an energy management system (EMS) and advanced distribution management system (ADMS) to manage the demand, supply, and reliable delivery of electricity on the power grid.

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Intermountain Power Agency orders MHPS JAC Gas Turbine technology for renewable-hydrogen energy hub, operated by LA DWP

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The Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) has awarded Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) a contract for two M501JAC power trains for the Intermountain Power Plant (IPP) in Delta, Utah. The ACES project will use renewable power to produce hydrogen through electrolysis.

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Volkswagen Group sets up new group company for energy and charging: Elli

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Elli Group GmbH , with headquartered in Berlin, is to develop products and services connected with energy and charging for the brands of the Group. A brief overview of the business areas in which Elli is active: @home – charging at home: green power.

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Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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Researchers from Japan’s NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science), the University of Tokyo and Hiroshima University have jointly conducted a techno-economic analysis for hydrogen production from photovoltaic power generation (PV) utilizing a battery-assisted electrolyzer.

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Fastcharge consortium presents prototype for 450 kW charging station; Porsche research vehicle charges at 400 kW

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The new charging station is suitable for electric models of all brands with the European standard Type 2 variant of the widely used Combined Charging System (CCS), and is now available for use free of charge.

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IBM, Honda, and PG&E partner on smarter charging for EVs; utilities to communicate charging instructions directly based on grid conditions

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and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a new pilot project that will allow communication between electric vehicles (EVs) and the power grid. This project will demonstrate and test an electric vehicle’s ability to receive and respond to charge instructions based on the grid condition and the vehicle’s battery state. Using this aggregated data, the vehicle has the intelligence to charge to the level that is needed while factoring any current grid constraints.

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GE and Nissan Get Into Smart Charging

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General Electric and Nissan plan to research “smart charging&# technologies for electric vehicles to help consumers take advantage of cheaper electricity rates and keep the power grid stable. smart-grid lab for three years. The second phase will work on integrating electric vehicles in the power grid, according to the companies. “Initially the small numbers of electric vehicles will not strain the grid.

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

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Nissan Motor Corporation has begun testing in Japan of a system to use electric vehicle technology to help power grids cope with peaks in demand. Nissan is using Nissan LEAF EVs paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system ( earlier post ) for demand response testing at several of its sales outlets run by subsidiary Kanagawa Nissan Co., This is particularly useful in commercial establishments where it is difficult to turn power off to save electricity.

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UPS-led SEUL consortium switches on smart-grid fleet charging solution in London; maxing out on EVs without expensive grid upgrades

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A UPS-led consortium has deployed new smart-grid charging technology in London that overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) without the need for the expensive upgrade to the power supply grid.

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Ideal Power Converters and NREL demonstrate vehicle-to-grid capabilities

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Ideal Power Converters (IPC) announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable. Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. IPC’s Battery Converter will provide bi-directional power between the EV. battery and a 480Vac power grid. Converter and EV, enabling power flow and communications in a single wired connection.

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Momentum Dynamics CEO: 25kW wireless charging will be the norm in 5 years

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In his remarks at the IEEE-PELS (Power Electronics Society) meeting in Korea, Momentum Dynamics Corporation’s CEO Andy Daga said he believes that 25 kW wireless chargers will be the norm for all EVs within 5 years, with commercialization beginning next year (2016). Momentum Dynamics is developing high-power inductive (wireless) chargers for electric vehicles. There isn’t enough power available on residential streets, and the fact is, most people do not have a garage.

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Audi unveils e-gas project: synthetic methane from the methanation of green hydrogen; series production of CNG models in 2013 powered by e-gas

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Starting in 2013, Audi will begin series production of TCNG models whose engines—derived from TFSI units—will be powered by e-gas: synthetic methane produced via the methanation of hydrogen produced by electrolysis using renewable electricity. Audi A3 TCNG for e-gas project.

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AeroVironment licenses PNNL EV smart charger controller technology

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The PNNL technology tells a vehicle’s battery charger when to start and stop charging based upon existing conditions on the electrical grid. If an unexpected event on the grid causes a rapid drop in the AC frequency, the charging system will stop charging, providing a grid “shock absorber.”

European consortium developing modeling and simulation tools for optimal integration of EVs into grids

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A European consortium, comprising DNV KEMA, Fraunhofer ISE, EMD International, RAH and RFVV , has begun an EU funded project to develop modeling and simulation tools for optimally integrating electrical vehicles (EVs) into electricity grids. The project— Novel E-Mobility Grid Model (NEMO)—plays a key role in the further development of electric mobility in Europe and will be an important element in the further development of smart grids, the partners said.

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Coming Soon – The Electric City

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And at the headquarters of Pacific Gas and Electric, utility executives are preparing “heat maps” of neighborhoods that they fear may overload the power grid in their exuberance for electric cars.&#. And at the headquarters of Pacific Gas and Electric, utility executives are preparing “heat maps” of neighborhoods that they fear may overload the power grid in their exuberance for electric cars. And local electrical grids may need reinforcement.

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Siemens, Duke Energy and Ford demonstrate lower cost home smart charging technology for plug-ins; due on market next year

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million in development funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support research aimed at significantly reducing the current costs of electrical vehicle (EV) chargers and developing “smart” charging capabilities that support power grid efficiency and consumer demand. Utilities can also take advantage of the technology to offer programs that help manage the time and level of EV charging across the grid to increase grid reliability and efficiency while minimizing peak demand.

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ABB and Fincantieri to Collaborate on Shore Power Systems

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ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, and Fincantieri, the Italian merchant and naval shipbuilder, have signed an agreement to collaborate on the construction, marketing and supply of high-voltage shore connection (HVSC) systems to provide electricity to vessels in port. Harbor facilities around the world are taking a close look at shore-to-ship connections as a way of reducing emissions from ships in port and improve air quality for surrounding communities.

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REV Technologies Inc. is chosen by SAIC to supply vehicle-to-grid technologies for TARDEC project

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to provide EV conversion technology and integrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-site (V2S) networking solutions under the Aloha Micro Grid program for the U.S. These vehicles all have built-in connectivity to REV’s AutoGrid Network. The REV vehicles act as dynamic energy storage devices on the power grid, together acting as an extension of the power plant whenever they are plugged in.

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LG Chem and Eguana partner on Li-ion residential energy storage system for North America

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Eguana Technologies, a supplier of power control and conversion solutions for distributed energy storage systems and Li-ion manufacturer LG Chem have combined their technologies under a multi-year agreement to deliver a certified, fully integrated energy storage system (ESS) Eguana calls “AC Battery”. The low voltage design enables high-capacity batteries to operate in lower power ratings needed for decentralized systems (i.e. Batteries Smart Grid Solar

Audi presents plug-in hybrid TT offroad concept car at Beijing; wireless charging

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miles) solely on electric power, and has a total range of up to 880 kilometers (546.8 We chose to present the Audi TT offroad concept in China, our second domestic market, because it represents the urban mobility of tomorrow: It is sustainable, dynamic, intelligent and connected.

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Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration to demonstrate integration of home appliance technology, plug-in vehicle and renewable energy source; Georgia Tech model predicts 60% cut in home energy costs

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If every home in the US were to implement these energy-saving technologies, it would be the equivalent of taking all the homes in California, New York and Texas off the power grid (32 million homes). Connected appliances can use less energy during peak periods. Connected devices enable smarter use of energy. Most of today’s residential electrical load on the grid occurs in the daytime hours.

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ARPA-E awards $35M to 12 new projects to support medium-voltage devices for grid, industry and transportation

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The US Department of Energy announced $35 million in awards for 12 projects that find new ways to harness medium-voltage electricity for applications in industry, transportation, on the grid and beyond. The 8 BREAKERS projects will work to develop new direct current (DC) devices to better manage power by eliminating electrical faults, improving efficiency and reaction times, and potentially enabling greater proliferation of energy storage and renewable resources.

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BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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The system utilizes BMW i3 high-voltage batteries and can be expanded to incorporate second-life batteries as they become available in the market. —Cliff Fietzek, Manager Connected eMobility at BMW of North America.

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CA Energy Commission awards CSE $1.5M for development of standards-based smart EV charging platform; first employment of ISO/IEC 15118

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CSE will work closely with KnGrid , a leader in vehicle-grid communications, to create a standardized platform that optimizes charging benefits for both grid operators and vehicle owners. The result will be the first data platform to employ the international ISO/IEC 15118 standard for flexibly managing vehicle charging with data from the power grid. Group 2: Grid communication interfaces for plug-in electric vehicle charging to support vehicle-to-grid services.

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BMW Group plants stepping up activities in balancing-power market to contribute to grid stability

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The energy control stations at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut are stepping up their activities in the balancing-power market in Germany. Electricity balancing serves as a versatile energy reserve that can be used to even out fluctuations in the grid.

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NIST releases final Smart Grid Framework 2.0

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An updated roadmap for the Smart Grid is now available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which recently finished reviewing and incorporating public comments into the NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0. In addition to the comments received through the public review, we vetted the draft framework in advance with the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and other groups.

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IBM Teams With ESB ecars to develop EV smart charging IT system in Ireland

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Additionally, this project will provide utilities with access to energy usage data that can help improve smart grid operations, reduce power strain during peak charging times, and ensure reliable energy distribution to customers. With approximately 1,000 public charging-points currently available, ESB Networks is on track to deliver one of the largest integrated and operational electric vehicle infrastructures in Europe.

Porsche introducing new plug-in Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV; third plug-in from Porsche

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The power of the electric motor was more than doubled from the previous Cayenne S Hybrid—from 47 hp (34 kW) to 95 hp (70 kW)—resulting in an all-electric top speed of 125 km/h (78 mph). The traction battery can be charged from the electric power grid or while driving.

IBM and ZSE team on Central European e-mobility project; “green highway”

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The study will help identify the possibilities of connecting two neighboring metropolitan areas—Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria with a “green” highway. The aim of the VIBRATe project is to interconnect the “twin cities” of Vienna and Bratislava by a network of charging stations and make electric cars and scooters available to the public. Additionally, energy suppliers will have the ability to store energy for use when natural sources of energy are not available.

NREL releases interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid applications

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a technical report that provides an interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2GSimple block diagram of an EV with V2G.

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Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Electric cars and a smart electric grid have a bright future, according to panelists at a roundtable discussion on the subject that I attended last Friday in Boston. “I In effect, cars would be acting like tiny power stations. ’s power generation, he said.

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Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables

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The aim of charge@work is to design a micro smart grid (MSG) capable of supplying the EV fleet with electricity produced exclusively from renewable sources. The MSG can be run in island mode in parallel to the grid operated by the local energy provider.

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Ricardo, National Grid study explores market potential for grid-balancing services for plug-in vehicles

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The report, Bucks for balancing: can plug-in vehicles of the future extract cash—and carbon—from the power grid? , To achieve this, grid operators look to balancing services. Plug-in vehicles for grid balancing. Vehicle-To-Grid (V2G).

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Volkswagen intends sales of 150K e-cars by 2020; 100K ID, ID SUV; >1M in 2025; more on MEB

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The zero-emissions drivetrain in the ID family primarily consists of an electric motor integrated into the rear axle with power electronics and a transmission, a high-voltage flat battery pack installed in the vehicle floor to save space, and auxiliary powertrains integrated into the front end of the vehicle. The power electronics are effectively a link that controls the flow of high-voltage energy between the motor and the battery.

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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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This is from "Commercializing Plug-In Hybrids" (pdf), the current CalCars 24-slide presentation about PHEVs available along with other documents at CalCars Downloads. We believe such production models could be available for sale in three years."Furia

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Berkeley Lab researchers develop Bchain protocol to make blockchain more robust

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A blockchain is essentially a fault-tolerant, decentralized collection of records, or blocks, that are connected and secured by cryptography. More importantly, transaction records are only available to a small group of invited members—which is why financial and medical industries, as well as science research, tend to favor the private blockchain. The Iroha team details the BChain connection in its development documents.

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Shipping industry eyeing hydrogen fuel cells as possible pathway to emissions reduction; work by Germanischer Lloyd and DNV

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The concept design, which targets Northern European feeder services, uses liquid hydrogen as fuel to generate power with a combined fuel cell and battery system. The vessel is powered by a fuel cell system which delivers up to 5 MW to two podded propulsors.

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Audi presenting plug-in hybrid Sport quattro concept show car at Frankfurt; 700 hp and 94 mpg

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Power flows through a modified eight-speed Tiptronic to the quattro powertrain, which features a sport differential on the rear axle. The Audi Sport quattro concept can cover up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) on electric power alone. A choice of three modes is available. In Sport mode, the operating strategy sets the drive system for maximum power and performance. Tautly tuned springs and dampers connect the Audi Sport quattro concept firmly to the road.

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