ABB: tests show up to 27% fuel savings on ship with Onboard DC Grid

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Dina Star with Onboard DC Grid. ABB, the power and automation technology group, released third-party testing results showing that ABB’s Onboard DC Grid helps vessels reduce their fuel consumption, cut noise and trim their environmental impact. Onboard DC Grid system.

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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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Norwegian Electric Systems to provide hybrid electric systems for three new ferries; Odin’s Eye DC grid system

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Norwegian Electric Systems’ main DC system ensures the safe charging and discharging of the batteries. The DC system also includes NES’ Odin’s Eye solution, allowing for future upgrades of the vessels, such as larger battery capacity and/or higher charging power from shore.

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Audi e-tron charging service on-grid in 10 markets, more coming

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The Audi e-tron Charging Service is going on-grid in ten markets. for DC charging (up to 50 kW), regardless of the charging duration and how much energy is drawn.

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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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Honda opens Smart Home US in California; produces more energy than it consumes; direct DC-DC EV charging

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Honda’s HEMS leverages the battery to balance, shift and buffer loads to minimize the home’s impact to the electric grid. The system will also enable Honda to evaluate the second life, or re-use, of EV batteries in grid applications, home-to-grid (H2G) connectivity and other concepts.

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ABB introducing new DC fast-charger in Europe for €9,988

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ABB launched the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a low-cost DC fast-charger that the company says will significantly improve the business case for installing electric-vehicle (EV) fast chargers throughout Europe. Output DC voltage range is 180 – 500 V. The Terra SC. Click to enlarge.

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Overflow crowd at DC plug-in conference

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The state of the grid was discussed by advocates and utility executives. Some concern was voiced about the day tens of millions of cars charge up from and contribute to the grid. Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Orrin Hatch, and Democratic Congressmen John Dingell and Jay Inslee spoke to the attendees, with each recognizing the need for policies promoting grid electrification of automobiles.

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Eos Energy Storage introduces grid-scale battery system at $160/kWh

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Eos’s standard Aurora 1000|4000 product, a containerized 1 MW DC battery system providing four continuous hours of discharge, offers a cost-effective energy storage solution competitive with gas peaking generation and utility distribution infrastructure.

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Honda to unveil wireless V2G system at CES; leveraging WiTricity DRIVE 11 system

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At CES 2019 in January, Honda will debut its Wireless Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system, co-developed with WiTricity—a bi-directional energy management system that has the potential to reduce CO 2 and create new value for customers.

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8 automakers to demonstrate DC fast charging with Combined Charging System at EVS26

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Combined Charging System – Plug for DC-charging up to 100kW. Eight global automakers will participate in a charging display and will demonstrate a harmonized single-port DC-fast charging technology at the upcoming EVS26 event in Los Angeles.

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ABB wins order to install OnBoard DC Grid on a ship; up to 20% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20%

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Leading power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply the first direct current (DC) power grid on board a ship. The OnBoard DC Grid ( earlier post ) will allow a new offshore platform support vessel, under construction in Norway, to operate at the highest energy efficiency level to minimize emissions.

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Boulder Electric Vehicle and Coritech Services demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging with electric truck

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Boulder Electric Vehicle and Coritech Services have demonstrated bi-directional DC fast charging, making Boulder Electric Vehicle the first electric truck company to implement Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging.

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US and Japan collaborating on smart grid project in Hawaii; EV operation and charging, including grid-balancing services

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have been selected as contractors for a joint US-Japan collaboration supporting a Smart Grid project on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The project goal is to verify the use of advanced technologies in a smart grid under the use of large volumes of renewable energy already in place, to contribute to smart grid standards, and to implement a low-carbon social infrastructure system that efficiently uses renewable energy on a remote island where electricity costs are relatively high.

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Ener1 Partners With Russias Federal Grid Company to Develop Grid Energy Storage Opportunities

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signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Russia’s Federal Grid Company (FGC) to help develop new opportunities to use high-performance battery systems to improve the reliability and performance of the Russian electricity system, which is facing record setting demand on an aging grid. Rapid introduction of smart grid technology combined with energy storage capabilities is seen as a crucial tool for building a robust and modern system. Li-ion manufacturer Ener1, Inc.

Transphorm introduces Gallium Nitride diode; >99% efficient DC-DC boost converter

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is showcasing a GaN-based, dc-to-dc boost converter running at more than 99% efficiency. Its ARPA-E project seeks to enable compact motor drives and grid-tied inverters operating at high power (3-10 kW) with efficiency greater than 96%. At the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), Transphorm Inc. announced the availability of its first product: power diodes based on its patented, high-performance EZ GaN (gallium nitride) technology.

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A123 Systems expands portfolio of grid storage solutions

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A123 Systems has expanded its portfolio of Grid Storage Solutions (GSS). The modular architecture and flexible design of A123’s GSS optimize performance and increases system efficiency to increase the stability and reliability of the grid while enabling the seamless integration of renewable power sources. A123’s fully integrated, grid-ready GSS are designed as complete solutions capable of achieving greater than 90% AC to DC to AC roundtrip efficiency.

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Sendyne IC achieves ten-fold increase in dynamic range of current measurement; targeted for EVs and grid applications

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a company that develops semiconductor components and advanced circuits for the management of battery systems used for grid storage and EVs, has introduced the SFP100, a high-precision current sensing IC, that extends by at least an order of magnitude the range of accurate measurements of current through a resistive shunt. Batteries Plug-ins Smart Grid Vehicle Systems Sendyne Corp.,

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Coritech Services orders Ideal Power’s bi-directional battery converters for DoD vehicle-to-grid program

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Coritech intends to install the battery converters in its bi-directional electric vehicle charging system for use in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications for the Department of Defense (DoD). Ideal Power Inc.,

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CLEVER chooses ABB to supply 51 DC fast chargers for network in Denmark

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CLEVER, a leading electric mobility operator (EMO) in Denmark has chosen ABB to supply 50 Terra 51 DC fast chargers at multiple locations throughout Denmark. CLEVER’s network of DC fast chargers and AC chargers builds on Denmark’s commitment towards becoming independent of fossil fuels by 2050. ABB’s connected chargers are ready to be connected to any smart electricity distribution system or smart grid.

Commerce Secretary Releases Draft Smart Grid Interoperability Plan; Plug-in Vehicle Standards One of the Priorities

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US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke released the draft of an accelerated plan for Smart Grid interoperability. The Smart Grid will employ real-time, two-way digital information and communication technologies in the operation of the nation’s electricity grid. The Smart Grid will ultimately require hundreds of standards; at this point, some are more urgently needed than others. Smart Grid Standards Specific to PEVs.

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PG&E, Calif. Energy Commission launch 4MW sodium-sulfur grid storage pilot in San Jose

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Energy Commission today unveiled a utility-scale sodium-sulfur battery energy storage system ( earlier post ) pilot project to better balance power needs of the electric grid. The Yerba Buena Battery Energy Storage System Pilot Project charges batteries when demand is low and then sends reserved power to the grid when demand grows.

UPA installs 500 kWh containerized Li-ion system from BYD for grid storage

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BYD mega-watt-scale energy storage stations are installed in several locations in the US and are rated at a 91% AC-DC-AC round-trip-efficiency but have shown actual performance at this site as high as 95.3%—a AC-DC-AC efficiency shown to be as high as 94%, an industry benchmark high; DC to DC efficiency as high as 96%.

SwRI deploys novel vehicle-to-grid aggregation system in SPIDERS program

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has deployed the first electric vehicle (EV) aggregation system using the new Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standard for bidirectional power using direct current (DC) fast charging. The system, part of the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Phase II program, is controlling five DC fast-charge stations at the Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Electric Vehicle Initiative Launched at Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington DC

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At the Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington, DC, 19-20 July, ministers reaffirmed their commitment to previously-announced targets for the deployment of electric vehicles, which the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates will create global market momentum leading to at least 20 million electric vehicles on the road worldwide by 2020. EVI commenced at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington, DC. International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN).

Saft Supplying Li-ion Storage for ABB SVC Light Grid System

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The technology can play an important role in integrating renewables into the grid. It compensates for fluctuations in the voltage and current of an electric grid, thereby allowing more power to flow through the network while maintaining safety margins and increasing stability.

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CEC awards Eos Energy Storage $2.1M to demo AC-integrated zinc hybrid-cathode battery technology for grid storage

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million to Eos Energy Storage, LLC to demonstrate an AC-integrated system incorporating the company’s zinc hybrid-cathode battery technology (“Zynth”) to enhance renewable energy generation and provide grid-scale, multi-hour energy storage. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $2.1

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Sendyne module precisely measures DC current from 3 mA to 500 A over the automotive temperature range

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The module was created for applications where accurate current measurements under conditions of widely-changing temperature are essential, such as battery monitoring for industrial, automotive, grid and off-grid storage, as well as photovoltaic arrays, drive controls, and precision current flow measurements (including battery cells characterizations). Sendyne has introduced the SFP100EVB, a turnkey module for precision measurement of current, voltage and temperature.

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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. The report also points to the cable system’s potential to enhance the safety, reliability and efficiency of the existing AC power grid. A Superconducting DC Cable.


The Solangelist Learns To Install Solar & Loves It

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By “ utility interactive&# they mean what’s commonly called grid-tied solar. That’s a PV system that’s connected to the same electric grid you currently get your electricity from.

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US Commerce Secretary to Present Major Report on Smart Grid Interoperability Standards

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US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present a major new report for public comment next Thursday (24 Sep) on the Smart Grid in Washington, D.C. The draft report, entitled “NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0”, was developed during the first phase of NIST’s three-phase plan to identify technical standards to support the interoperability of Smart Grid devices and systems.

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Mitsubishi Heavy to supply 500 kWh (normal) containerized Li-ion energy storage system to power grid of Orkney Islands

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MHI), jointly with SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc), will begin an energy storage system demonstration project using the power grid in the UK’s Orkney Islands, which has a high proportion of renewable energy generation in relation to demand. The power conditioning system container houses a system for conversion of direct current (DC)/alternating current (A/C) and the associated input/output controls. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

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Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology is a bi-directional electric grid interface that allows a plug-in to take energy from the grid or put it back on the grid. The Smart Grid Consortium, established in December 2007 by Xcel Energy, will select a community of approximately 100,000 residents to become a Smart Grid City using V2G. Smart Grid City will use a realtime high-speed two-way communication throughout the distribution grid.

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Axion Power to supply PbC mini Power Cube in Zero Energy Building in Washington DC Naval Yard

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for participation in a Zero Energy Building in the Washington DC Naval Yard. The mini-Cube, which will provide demand response energy storage that will be grid-network tied, will be linked to a 32kW solar panel array and will supply standby power service for this Zero Energy Administration Building. Axion Power International, Inc., the developer of advanced lead­carbon PbC batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), was awarded a purchase order from SilTek Inc.

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Hyundai Mobis develops on-board bi-directional charger for V2G applications

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The bi-directional onboard charger (OBC) allows the vehicle to supply electricity in its battery to the grid. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins Power Electronics Smart charging Smart Grid V2XHyundai Mobis has developed an on-board, bi-directional charger for plug-in vehicles.

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INEES report shows intelligent integration of EVs reduces power fluctuations, but not currently economically viable

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The findings of the report show that it is technically possible to absorb grid power fluctuations by connecting electric vehicles to the power supply. The vehicles could store excess electricity as well as put surplus energy back into the power grid.

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Nissan to launch the “LEAF to Home” V2H power supply system with Nichicon “EV Power Station” in June

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Output voltage range: DC 50-500V (CHAdeMO Protocol). Input voltage range: DC 150V-450V. Input current range: DC 0-30A (Limited by cable specifications). Batteries Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2GLEAF to Home with EV Power Station. Click to enlarge.

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European Auto Manufacturers Agree on First Phase of Specifications to Connect Plug-ins to the Grid

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The European automobile manufacturers have agreed to a first phase of joint specifications to connect electrically chargeable vehicles to the electricity grid in a safe and user-friendly way. Further agreements will follow for long-term, DC charging (quick charging) and heavy-duty vehicles. However, a third party certification of the household electricity grid should be conducted before the electrically chargeable vehicle is first charged.

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Smart-grid project matches wind to electric cars | Green Tech - CNET News

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Smart-grid technologies can help utilities better integrate renewable energy sources and run the transmission grid more efficiently, said Allan Schurr, the vice president of strategy and development at IBMs Global Energy and Utilities practice, which is participating in about 50 projects. Along with other industry executives, IBMs Schurr spoke Wednesday morning about smart-grid technologies in Washington, D.C.,

REV Building Four Converted Battery-Electric Vehicles for US Military TARDEC Program; Electric Ford Escape and F-150 Vehicles as Part of Micro-Grid Project

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Canada-based Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) has begun production of four converted electric bi-directional charging Ancillary Power Vehicles (APVs) ( earlier post ) as part of the US Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC) Micro-Grid project at Wheeler Air Base, Hawaii.

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

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The Eguana power control system manages system power flow and handles the core power conversion functions—AC→DC and DC→AC—as well as connectivity with power grid. The AC Battery is pre-integrated and fully certified, and requires only a grid connection and a dispatch signal to provide a fully functional and durable energy storage installation to the consumer. Batteries Smart Grid Solar

Honda and Ford separately launching smart home demos

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The Honda Energy Management System introduces a smart-grid technology that will actively manage energy use and communicate with the homeowner and utility provider, allowing the home to maximize its energy efficiency while responding to the needs of the electrical grid, thereby minimizing the impacts of solar generation and electric vehicle charging on the utility grid. Market Background Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid Sustainability American Honda Motor Co.,

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Exploring the adoption of EVs in the US, Europe and China; charging scenarios and infrastructure

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Source: “Electric Vehicle Grid Integration”. The report identifies insights about the choice of charging infrastructure in each region that will both maximize benefits to consumers (thus helping to drive EV adoption) and maximize benefits to the grid from greater EV use.

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