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While some of these fires started from human carelessness—or arson—far too many were sparked and spread by the electrical power infrastructure and power lines. Power companies trim trees and inspect lines on a regular—if not particularly frequent—basis.


Greenius & Obama Celebrate Our First 100 Days!

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April 14, 2009 GRID Alternative solar install for Habitat for Humanity. And when I say “we&# I mean GRID Alternatives the non-profit whose mission is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training. That’s Steve from GRID on the far left. He’s a great guy, working for the modest Americorps paycheck he and the other GRID staff folks make.

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Canada, US and Mexico commit to align light- and heavy-duty fuel efficiency and GHG standards out to 2025 and 2027, respectively

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A key element of that partnership is a goal for North America to strive to achieve 50% clean power generation by 2025. As part of that effort, the leaders committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from light- and heavy-duty vehicles by aligning fuel efficiency and/or GHG emission standards out to 2025 and 2027, respectively. 50% clean power target.

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National Research Council Report on Americas Energy Future Highlights Vehicle Efficiency Technologies, Conversion of Biomass and Coal-to-Liquids Fuels, and Electrifying the Light Duty Fleet with PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs

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Estimates of potential for gasoline consumption reduction in the US light duty fleet in 2020 and 2035 relative to 2007. Source: America’s Energy Future, Fig. Among the wide variety of technologies under development that might become available in the future, this report focuses on those with the best prospects of fully maturing during the three time periods considered: 2008–2020, 2020–2035, and 2035–2050. the power grid) are urgently needed.

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Cree and ABB partner on silicon carbide high-power semiconductors

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and ABB’s Power Grids business are partnering to expand the rollout of silicon carbide in the rapidly-growing high-power semiconductor market. Cree’s products will be included as part of ABB’s power semiconductor product portfolio, across power grids, train and traction, industrial and e-mobility sectors. Specifically, Cree’s industry-leading silicon carbide devices will be assembled into ABB power modules. Cree, Inc.

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NSF awards UCSD team $39M to improve integration of distributed energy resources into grid; EV batteries also

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to build a first-of-its-kind testbed—DERConnect—to improve the understanding of how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. We will be replicating the entire California power grid on one campus.

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Daimler Trucks E-Mobility Group starts global initiative for electric-truck charging infrastructure

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In addition, the participants are also concerned with aspects such as optimized load management of the electricity grid and sustainable electricity supply.

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H2FUTURE building world’s largest green hydrogen pilot plant; targeting the steel industry

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The European H2FUTURE project consortium, comprising voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND, and Austrian Power Grid, together with the research partners K1-MET and ECN, officially gave the green light to the construction of a 6 MW “green” hydrogen pilot production plant—the world’s largest—at a voestalpine Linz steel plant. To integrate the volatile renewable energy from wind and solar power into the energy system, we will need even more storage capabilities in future.

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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The awardees went through a rigorous process including a review with CalSEED’s curated technical advisory committee, who volunteered their time and expertise to select the most promising future clean energy technologies. To help California mitigate its ever-growing wildfires, this year CalSEED has included companies that are innovating in technologies that will build wildfire resiliency into the grid.

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Mitsubishi Heavy says ground test validates wireless power transmission for space solar power systems; 10 kW sent 500m by microwave

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MHI) successfully conducted ground demonstration testing of “wireless power transmission,” a new technology presently under development to serve as the core technology of space solar power systems (SSPS). In the ground demonstration test, 10 kW of power was sent from a transmitting unit by microwave; the reception of power was confirmed at a receiver unit located at a distance of 500 meters (m) away by the illumination of LED lights, using part of power transmitted.

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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. Recharging a fleet of electric vehicles can be extremely expensive as it often requires upgrades to the external power grid, an option not attractive to most businesses or operators.

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DOE seeking feedback on regulatory barriers to hydrogen infrastructure

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light duty vehicles, medium duty vehicles, heavy duty vehicles) and as hydrogen technologies are more widely adopted, existing issues within the codes and standards and permitting community begin to have a greater impact. duty vehicles, marine or rail power, and information processing centers, including but not limited to the needs relating to large?scale Grid Support (H2@Scale). On topics related to the issues within this RFI that could be considered for future prizes.

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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 The Audi TT offroad concept provides a glimpse of how we might imagine a new model in the future TT family. in hybrid drive with the option of inductive charging is a major step toward the mobility of the future. In this case, the front drive unit is inactive, and the electric motor at the rear axle with its powerful torque can rapidly accelerate the four?door Audi TT offroad concept.

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IHS Global Insight Report Projects That Plugged-in Vehicles Could Capture 20% of the Global Market by 2030

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Plug-in electric vehicles—plug-in hybrids and full battery-powered—will represent nearly 20% of the global market for light vehicles in 2030, according to findings in a study on the business case for Plugged-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) by automotive industry analysts at IHS Global Insight.

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California Energy Roadmap Targets Outlines Activities to Support Electrified Transportation; Sufficient Charging Stations to Support 1M Plug-ins by 2020

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Four California state agencies and the independent power grid operator have released a new plan and vision for California’s energy future in advance of the Air Resources Board consideration of a first-in-the-nation rule requiring that a third of California electricity come from renewable sources by 2020. As we plan for the future, it is important to consider the nexus between transportation and electricity. California’s Clean Energy Future.

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PNNL study finds that PHEVs and BEVs could serve as feasible resource to offset grid imbalances caused by integration of large amounts of intermittent wind generation

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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) or battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have the potential to serve as a resource—under certain market scenarios and penetration levels—to meet the significant energy imbalances on the power grid that can be created by the integration of large amounts of wind generation (which can be highly variable), according to a new report by researchers from the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

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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. Together with other highly-flexible controllable systems in the BMW Group production network, they will contribute to the stability of the public grid outside of the plant. Electricity generation from variable renewable electricity sources (VRE) such as wind and solar power has grown rapidly and is expected to continue to do so.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Germany to be supplied with CO2-neutral energy from 2022

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In Germany, Mercedes-Benz Cars has eight vehicle and powertrain plants (Bremen, Rastatt, Sindelfingen, Berlin, Hamburg, Kamenz, Kölleda, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim), which either purchase electricity or operate their own power plants. In the future, 100% of additional purchased electricity will come from verifiable renewable sources, such as wind- and hydropower. Already existing highly efficient gas CHP systems additionally generate local heat and power at the factories.

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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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Audi introducing Audi prologue Avant diesel plug-in hybrid show car at Geneva; 147 mpg, wireless charging

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speed tiptronic directs engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. AWC technology provides energy from a floor plate which is connected to the power grid and which can be embedded on or into the asphalt. kW of power as provided by a wall socket with a maximum of 16 amps of charging current. The adaptive air suspension sport—an air suspension system with controlled damping—offers a wide spread between smooth power transmission and tight handling.

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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. If the driver wants to retain a certain amount of electric range or to drive certain route segments on electric power, he or she can use the Hold or Charge function to precisely adjust the charge of the battery even without charging from the power grid.

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

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GE’s Immelt on EVs and the Smart Grid. I think every aspect of the electric vehicle can be done; every aspect of a smart grid can be done. In addition to global positioning systems (GPS), the GE WattStation Connect data will be available through the Internet, mobile app/device and future in-vehicle (built-in navigation) systems. LED indicator lights help to identify when it’s available for use, charging an EV or if a fault has occurred. Smart grid demo.

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OSU team develops new aqueous lithium-iodine solar flow battery; 20% energy savings over Li-I batteries

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The square piece of solar cell (center) is red, because the researchers are using a red dye to tune the wavelength of light it absorbs and converts to electrons. Aqueous flow batteries have attracted significant interest because they could theoretically provide affordable power grid-level energy storage someday. The solar flow battery could thus bridge a gap between today’s energy grid and sources of renewable energy.

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UC Davis researchers suggest we may be at the beginning of a real hydrogen transition in transportation

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Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are technically ready; what is still to be determined is the required confidence in hydrogen’s future for investors, fuel suppliers, automakers and consumers, they suggest. If these regional rollouts succeed, hydrogen FCVs might be just a few years behind plug-in vehicles in the commercialization process and might ultimately capture a larger share of the light-duty vehicle market.

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Study Finds UK Power Infrastructure Has Capacity for Significant Rise in Use of EVs and PHEVs

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and Amberjac Projects, a substantial medium-term rise in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles would have a much lower impact on the UK national power grid than has previously been estimated. Since it will be a number of years before a 10% level of market penetration is achieved even with the recently announced UK government incentive plans, grid capacity at a national scale should be adequate for this significant electrification of the vehicle fleet.

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Smart Meters and Electric Cars

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While many people are wringing their hands over how the grid, old and cranky as it is, will be able to handle the millions of EVs that will be on our roads in the years to come, several forward-thinking utilities are beginning to implement the smart meters that will enable the grid to handle the added load by timing the charging to when the capacity is there to handle it. The grid today could handle many millions of EVs charging late at night when rates are lowest.

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JRC assesses EU RD&D investments in electric-drive vehicles; controls and energy storage top the list

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Academia and research partners are very strongly involved in energy storage related projects, indicating a large bias towards more fundamental research activities for future energy storage solutions that are investigated in publicly funded R & D projects in the field. R&D in this area is looking into controls for vehicle energy management systems, power grid communication, battery life monitoring, temperature management systems, EV sensors, and predictive control.

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Babcock Wilcox Company Introduces Scalable Nuclear Energy Plant Concept; MoU with TVA

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The B&W mPower reactor design is a passively safe Advanced Light Water Reactor (ALWR) with a below-ground containment structure. The scalable nature of nuclear plants built around the B&W mPower reactor would provide customers with practical power increments of 125 MWe to meet local energy needs within power grid and plant site constraints. The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) plans to deploy a North American-manufactured, scalable nuclear reactor.

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Grail Engine Adopts Enerpulse Pulse Plugs for Forced Semi-Homogeneous Charged Compression Ignition in Concept Two-Stroke Engine

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The Pulstar product offers very high power spark discharge, on the order of 1MW, to accelerate combustion pressures enabling forced semi-homogeneous combustion for all conditions. Hurdles facing HCCI implementation include the difficulty of control, a limited power range and incomplete combustion; the Grail Engine is being designed to overcome these hurdles, according to Matthew Riley, CEO and Chief Research Scientist at Grail Engine Technologies. Rendering of the Grail Engine.

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Torrance Enviro Commish - From Curious to CringeWorthy

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He also had some good, practical advice for the Commish on better practices for the planning and inspection departments when interacting with green builders in the future. She talked about the ability of a Torrance solar co-op to sell excess solar power back to the grid - even though that kind of feed in tariff doesn’t exist in Torrance and in fact exists in only one city in the United States - Gainsville Florida.

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ZAP, Zhejiang Jonway Partner to Target China and Export EV Markets

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The conventional A380 is powered by a 1.6- Jonway Group and its subsidiaries also produce motor parts, light building materials, air-compressors and plastic components while managing a portfolio of real estate holdings. Over the past 30 years Holley Metering helped pioneer electric power meters in China. As part of this relationship, ZAP Hangzhou plans to begin the installation of manufacturing operations at Holley’s Hangzhou facilities in the near future.

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US National Research Council Report Finds Plug-in Hybrid Costs Likely to Remain High; Fleet Fuel Consumption and Carbon Emissions Benefits Will Be Modest for Decades

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NRC projections of number of PHEVs in the US light-duty fleet. Costs of light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are high—largely due to their lithium-ion batteries—and unlikely to drastically decrease in the near future, according to a new report from the National Research Council (NRC). The lithium-ion battery technology used to run these vehicles is the key determinant of their cost and range on electric power.

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DOE awarding $35.4M to 13 projects to advance deepwater drilling technologies

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Deepflex researchers will design concepts for light-weight, flexible risers that allow for safe installation, will be capable of faster and easier repair than conventional risers and provide a stronger product that is less apt to rupture. The successful development of durable, lower-weight flexible riser technology with low intervention costs and greater than 3,000-meter water depth capability is a key enabling technology for future ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico production.

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DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. Solar ADEPT: Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology ($14.7 several genes that allow the plant to use light more efficiently, increase its carbon uptake, and divert more energy to the. light energy. QM Power.

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BMW to Premiere the Concept ActiveE at NAIAS 2010 in Detroit; Electric 1 Series Is The Second EV Project Under i Megacity Vehicle Initiative

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The field tests with the MINI E as part of Project i in the US and Europe have already provided insights into the demands required of future production electric vehicles. The insights gathered in the process will be fed into the development of an electrically powered serial production vehicle which the BMW Group will put on the market under a sub-brand of BMW in the first half of the next decade. During Brake Energy Regeneration function, the vehicle’s brake lights are illuminated.

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BMW’s “CO2 Champion” Performance Concept is a Plug-in Diesel Hybrid; 50 km/31 mile All-Electric Range; Thermo-electric Generator for Waste Heat Recovery

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The plug-in full hybrid BMW Vision EfficientDynamics all-wheel drive concept car is powered by a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbodiesel; two electric motors, one on each axle; and a 10.8 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is able to run completely under electric power for up to 50 km (31 miles), with the power of the turbodiesel engine alone, or through an infinite combination of the three power sources. The powertrain of the plug-in hybrid BMW Vision EfficientDynamics.

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UK power infrastructure has capacity for significant rise in use of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles

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and Amberjac Projects, a substantial medium-term rise in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles would have a much lower impact on the UK national power grid than has previously been estimated. Since it will be a number of years before a 10 per cent level of market penetration is achieved even with the recently announced UK government incentive plans, grid capacity at a national scale should be adequate for this significant electrification of the vehicle fleet.

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

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

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 I would say that electricity is a vastly superior fuel for the light vehicle fleet,” said Willett Kempton , a professor and alternative energy specialist at the University of Delaware. In effect, cars would be acting like tiny power stations. ’s power generation, he said.

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Electric Car Manufacturers Inspire New Paradigms -- Seeking Alpha

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Creature comforts include air conditioning, power steering, sunroof, and electric windows and mirrors. There are at least a half dozen different technologies to power cars with electricity under construction. It is reminiscent of the early 1900’s, when steam, electric, diesel, biomass, and gasoline power options competed on a level playing field for consumers’ attention. The electricity for recharging has to come from somewhere, which means power plants.

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