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. —Dan Bowermaster, manager of EPRI’s Electric Transportation Program.


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. The Electric Power Research Institute, 8 automakers and 15 utilities are working to develop and to demonstrate an open platform that would integrate plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with smart grid technologies enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location.


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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). The EPRI analysis focused on the LEAF and Volt because the plug-in vehicles have been on the market the longest, have generated the greatest sales volume and provide data on real-world performance.


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. Environmental emissions research Study plug-in cars natural resources

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. With a variety of electric and hybrid technologies now available commercially, potential buyers are looking to understand which options might best match their needs.

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. The analysis looks at 10 energy storage applications that EPRI considers would serve the bulk of the energy storage market and includes applications to support wholesale energy services and renewable integration. Positioning energy storage technologies. Click to enlarge.

DOE partners with EPRI to develop innovative manufacturing technologies for small modular reactors

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million to a four-year Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)-led project ($8.1 EPRI is working with a number of US manufacturers to demonstrate six critical advanced manufacturing technologies with the ultimate objective to reduce the cost by 40% and the schedule by 18 months for full-size SMR reactor pressure vessels. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is contributing $2.5

Eight carmakers unite for EV smart grid management

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Eight carmaker, 15 utility companies and the US-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will unite to work together in the development a new standardised smart grid system which should make the management of electric car charging easier.


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). Ford, in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), is undertaking a three-year test program on the Ford Escape PHEV designed to develop and evaluate technical approaches for integrating PHEVs into the electric grid.

EPRI Collaborative Aims to Improve Efficiency of Transmission Grid

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) launched an industry-wide transmission efficiency demonstration collaborative with a group of utilities and transmission system operators that will compile and analyze performance data from transmission lines, substations and grid operations to assess the cost, benefit and technical criteria for implementing efficiency measures.

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). —Mike Howard, EPRI president and CEO.

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). It is a collaboration that brings together resources and facilities from NSF, NOAA, EPA, and EPRI.

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

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Source: EPRI. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has released a broad assessment of the costs and benefits to modernize the US electricity system and deploy the smart grid. EPRI’s Prism analysis estimates a potential CO 2 emissions reduction in 2030 of 9.3%

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. Roger Duncan from Austin Energy and Plug-in Partners is participating in the press conference, so the results must be positive.

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

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Source: EPRI/SCE. Additionally, EPRI envisions that the combined survey responses will provide a rich source of data to address issues related to preparing electric utilities as they accommodate PHEVs and other types of electric vehicles.

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

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The nearly 300-page report, developed and delivered to NIST by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), is part of the first phase of NIST’s three-phase plan, announced in April, to expedite development of key standards for the Smart Grid.

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. Arshad Mansoor, vice president of Power Delivery and Utilization for EPRI. EPRI also has published two companion superconducting reports.

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

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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). The pilot will enable PG&E and EPRI to test and validate the security, scalability and functionality of smart charging technology integrated with the smart grid.

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.

Gov’t, industry, national labs collaborate on comprehensive cradle-to-grave LCA study and economic assessment of LDV GHG reductions

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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. Smit and his UC Berkeley group worked with study co-author Abhoyjit Bhown, a technical executive at EPRI, to establish the best criteria for a good carbon capture material.


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 (epri-reports.org) 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? The EPRI/NRDC study is an exceedingly detailed assessment using modeling analyses of various scenarios to determine the impact of plug-in hybrids.

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. 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.


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 two studies—EPRI-NRDC and ANL—serve as “ excellent bookends ” for comparing minimal and maximal electrification of passenger transportation, the researchers concluded.

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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. The largest public multi-standard electric vehicle charging facility in California officially opened in Santa Clara.

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. Department of Energy (DOE) electrification initiative.

Obama inspects hybrid truck project

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President Barack Obama previewed a pioneering plug-in hybrid truck project this week developed by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in collaboration with the Eaton Corporation and Ricardo plc. Tags: Hybrid cars EPRI hybrid Obama Ricardo

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. LG Chem successfully executed the project in close collaboration with Southern Company, EPRI, and ABB, who supplied enclosure and power conversion equipment.

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.

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

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US DRIVE is a voluntary, non-binding, and non-legal partnership among the US Department of Energy; USCAR; Tesla Motors; five energy companies—BP America, Chevron Corporation, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corporation, and Shell Oil Products US; two utilities—Southern California Edison and DTE Energy; and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

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. Regionally, the increase is markedly greater for the East Coast than the West Coast and Alaska, because the 2004 EPRI estimates were rounded to the nearest 5 kW per m, and such rounding has a much greater effect for the lower wave power densities of the East Coast.

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 expects the plug-in to have about 4 hours of electric operation, depending upon the duty cycle, said Andra Rogers, senior project manager of Electric Transportation at EPRI.

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

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The contract is administered by the California South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) acting as project manager.

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Here's one of the announcements that came out of the conference : EPRI, GM, 34 Utilities Collaborate to Advance Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles PALO ALTO, Calif. The entire PHEV environmental assessment is available on the EPRI website.

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. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) also has signed an LOI to provide USPS integration tools.

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. In its new report Energy Storage on the Grid (ESG), Pike Research forecasts that global spending in the ESG market will reach a little over $22 billion over the next 10 years.

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. Report to NIST on the Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Roadmap (EPRI, June 2009).