PG&E, Tesla team up to boost battery backups for power grid

Green Car Reports

Utilities are racing to expand battery storage on the electrical grid. Batteries power gridThe latest example is Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which submitted a request Friday to the California Public Utilities Commission to build and install four large banks of lithium-ion battery storage, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The projects would include Tesla's.

Sumitomo Electric demoing ESS for power grid in California; US’ largest redox flow battery system

Green Car Congress

Following the start of the project in September 2015, a redox flow battery system (2 MW x 4 hours) was constructed for a power grid at a substation in San Diego. Data on performance in the transmission and distribution grid will also be collected to improve the system's economic value.

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EEA: large-scale roll-out of EVs will help EU shift to green transport, but may challenge power grid

Green Car Congress

However, widespread use of such vehicles would pose challenges for Europe’s power grid in meeting increased electricity demand. The need for extra power will be higher if other sectors like industry or households do not follow through on planned energy efficiency improvements.

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Study: Jump in electric vehicles may not stress California's power grid

Green Car Reports

Electric-car critics have said that more EVs on the road could stress already overburdened electric power grids past the breaking point. Now, a study released this week by a California nonprofit suggests that may not be true. San Francisco-based think tank Next 10 published reports this week that said Governor Jerry Brown's proposal to increase. California Home charging

State With Dirtiest Power Grid Has Highest Electric-Car Incentive

Green Car Reports

Life is full of little ironies. And life in the 50 states that make up the United States of America is full of inconsistencies, including those among electric-car incentives from state to state. West Virginia, for instance, turns out to offer a remarkably high income-tax credit of up to $7,500 for citizens (who can take advantage of it) who buy a. Carbon Footprint carbon dioxide plug-in cars renewable energy energy West Virginia

Colorado to launch smart-charging pilot program as it prepares for EVs

Green Car Reports

As it prepares to launch an electric-car mandate in coming years, Colorado is working to learn how electric cars can help it move to a more renewable energy grid. The non-profit Platte River Power Authority announced last month that it is teaming up with eMotorWerks, which sells home smart chargers, to sell and install 250 smart chargers for. smart grid charging power grid

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DOE, NREL and Toyota collaborating on integrating plug-in electric vehicles into power grid

Green Car Congress

The US Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America have launched a collaborative research effort on integrating plug-in electric vehicles into the power grid. NREL is also working with the US Army to develop the Consolidated Utility Base Energy (CUBE) System—a solar, battery and generator hybrid power system that provides electricity to forward operating bases.

2013 90

Hydro-Québec and Sony forming JV to develop large-scale Li-ion energy storage system for power grids

Green Car Congress

Hydro-Québec and Sony Corporation will establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Furthermore, the energy storage system for such power supplies must be highly safe and reliable due to the need for an efficient and stable source of high capacity power. Sony and Hydro-Québec plan to establish the new company in June, 2014.

2014 91

Policy Options for Expanding and Modernizing the US Power Grid

Green Car Congress

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.

The Solangelist is Back! Greenius & GRID Alternative Get to Work Installing Solar in Inglewood

Creative Greenius

Last Tuesday and Wednesday I lucked out and landed another volunteer slot on a solar installation gig with my old pals from GRID Alternatives. Tags: citizen volunteer climate change environment renewable energy solar power GRID Alternatives

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ExxonMobil invests $15M in University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute; renewable energy, battery technologies and power grid modeling

Green Car Congress

Research projects are expected to cover a range of emerging technologies, and will take advantage of the university’s capabilities in renewable energy, battery technologies and power grid modeling. to advance carbonate fuel cell technology to enhance the affordability of carbon capture from natural gas-fueled power plants.

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Tesla Model 3 production, self-driving car pros for electric cars, and battery power grid backups: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

PG&E partners with Tesla to provide power grid backups. Tesla Model 3 production reaches a milestone. Self-driving cars will provide numerous benefits to electric cars. And the results are in from our latest Twitter poll. All of this and more on Green Car Reports. In the last week of June, Tesla built 5,000 Model 3 electric cars—a

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Renault plans Europe's largest battery storage network

Green Car Reports

Renault announced on Tuesday that it will install used (and some new) electric car batteries in three locations: two Renault factories in France, and the site of a former coal-fired power plant in. Batteries power gridEuropean electric-carmaker Renault plans to build the continent's largest stationary battery storage network next year using old electric-car batteries.

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

Green Car Congress

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. In the project, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, Ltd. MPSE), the business base for MHI’s power system operations in Europe, and SSE Generation Ltd., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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China Southern Power Grid and Better Place open EV battery switch experience center in Guangzhou

Green Car Congress

China Southern Power Grid (CSG) and Better Place opened their Switchable Electric Car Experience Center in Guangzhou’s Pearl River New Town. A switchable battery electric car today drove out from the experience center, marking Guangzhou as the starting point for EV network infrastructure in the five Southern provinces served by CSG. Earlier this year, CSG and Better Place signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement in Guangzhou to develop EV infrastructure in China.

No, Electric Vehicles Won't Bring Down the U.S. Power Grid

Green Car Reports

Last week's heat wave prompted another eruption of that perennial question: Won't electric cars that recharge from grid power overload the nation's electricity system? power grid? Or put more bluntly: Will electric vehicles bring down the U.S. The answer, equally bluntly, is: No. They won't. And we rather wish that certain news

GE VC Firms Announce $200M Open Innovation Challenge to Accelerate Power Grid Technology Through Open Collaboration

Green Car Congress

GE announced a $200-million open innovation challenge that seeks breakthrough ideas to create a smarter, cleaner, more efficient electric grid, and accelerate the adoption of more efficient grid technologies. GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt unveiled the challenge, the “GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid,” in San Francisco 13 July. Proposals are sought in three, broad categories: Renewables, Grid and Eco Homes/Eco Buildings.

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

Green Car Congress

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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Types of Fuel Cells

Electric Cars are for Girls

The different types of fuel cells are used for various jobs, from powering cell phones to generating electricity for power grids

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EPA plans to roll back emissions standards on power plants

Green Car Reports

After wiping out plans to continue boosting fuel economy standards earlier this month, the EPA on Tuesday proposed rolling back emissions standards on electric power plants. The new proposed rule, which the EPA calls the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule, would eliminate Obama-era standards that would have required power plants to reduce carbon. EPA air pollution power grid

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Daimler and partners deploying world’s largest 2nd-life EV battery storage unit for grid support

Green Car Congress

With an increasing supply of electricity from fluctuating renewable energies, such as wind farms or solar power stations, they can help stabilize power grids, levelling out energy fluctuations with virtually no loss—a role that is partly fulfilled by fossil power plants at present.

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Audi e-gas plant qualified to participate in balancing market to stabilize grid

Green Car Congress

The Audi e-gas plant in the city of Werlte in Lower Saxony ( earlier post ) produces CO 2 neutral-fuel (synthetic methane from water, renewable electricity and CO 2 ); it now also contributes toward stabilizing the public power grid.

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Will Electric Cars Destroy Your Neighborhood Power Grid? No, But.

Green Car Reports

One question that's frequently asked of GreenCarReports.com--and many others too: Does recharging electric cars pose a threat to the electricity grid? Over the next 12 months, carmakers will introduce several new plug-in electric vehicles. The 2010 Fisker Karma and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids, among other electric-drive vehicles, are

Mitsubishi Motors, NewMotion, Nuvve in vehicle-to-grid pilot in Netherlands with Outlander PHEV

Green Car Congress

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has launched a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) pilot, with the first charge point already being utilized with Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s in-vehicle storage batteries. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

Danish Parker project developing universal definition for EV integration with electric grid for V2G services

Green Car Congress

Nissan, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe, NUVVE, Frederiksberg Forsyning, Enel, Insero and DTU (Technical University of Denmark) Electrical Engineering (PowerLabDK) are partnering in the Danish project Parker to develop a universal definition for grid integration for electric vehicles. Grid readiness certificate: Parker will specify the technical parameters (grid keys) needed by electric vehicles to provide power and energy services to the grid.

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

Green Car Congress

MWh and uses used lithium-ion batteries from development vehicles to test various interaction scenarios between electric cars and the power grid. This would allow charging with solar or wind power, depending on what is available. Electric (Battery) Power Generation Smart Grid

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Daimler enters stationary energy storage market with ACCUmotive battery systems; 500 kWh unit already on line for grid stabilization

Green Car Congress

Daimler’s first industrial-scale lithium-ion unit is already on the grid and is being operated by the partner companies The Mobility House AG and GETEC Energie AG. Batteries Infrastructure Smart Grid

2015 153

TenneT and Daimler testing use of automobile battery systems for grid stabilization and recovery

Green Car Congress

Transmission system operator TenneT and Daimler AG, through its wholly owned subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, have researched and tested the feasibility of innovative system services in the transmission grid as part of a joint development partnership.

2019 91

Scotland power boss: Peak charging could cause grid problems

Green Car Reports

Vastly greater numbers of electric cars on United Kingdom roads could pose problems for the power supplies used to recharge them—if, that is, they all plug in during the day. could burden the power grid if owners opt to charge those. smart grid UK electric utilities charging Scotland charging infrastructure Charging stations

Hawaii study finds vehicle-to-grid discharge detrimental to EV batteries

Green Car Congress

Results of a study by a team at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa, suggest that the additional cycling to discharge vehicle batteries to the power grid in a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) scenario, even at constant power, is detrimental to EV battery cell performance.

2017 98

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

Green Car Congress

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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Greenius & Obama Celebrate Our First 100 Days!

Creative Greenius

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.

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

Green Car Congress

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.

2014 88

ARPA-E issues $5M funding opportunity to support upcoming grid optimization competition

Green Car Congress

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) issued a funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0001952 ) of up to $5 million for research and development of algorithms to modernize the electric grid. If successful, awardees will participate in Challenge 1 of ARPA-E’s Grid Optimization (GO) Competition , set to launch in fall 2018. the generating plant’s control set points of active and reactive power output and terminal voltage.

2018 60

Rivian buzz, renewable-grid deep freeze, wireless charging deal: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

A new computer model tests how a 100-percent renewable power grid would have held up to the recent polar vortex. Tech giant Qualcomm sells its Halo wireless charging business to rival WiTricity. GM and Amazon could be in talks to invest in startup electric pickup-maker Rivian. And results of last week's Twitter poll show how you think automakers. GM renewable energy Wireless charging Rivian Amazon

2019 59

IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

National Green Transportation

Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

IBM, Honda and PG&E testing electric car smart grid technology

National Green Transportation

Claiming electric cars might overstress the electric power grid, IBM, Honda and PG&E have begun a pilot project exploring integrating electric cars to the smart grid, allowing grid operators to manage the charge rate of all plugged-in

BMW i ChargeForward Program to demo contribution of intelligent EV charging to grid efficiency

Green Car Congress

Working with a select group of BMW i3 drivers, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership. In the managed charge pilot program, select BMW i3 owners will allow PG&E to request a delay in the charging of their vehicles by up to an hour, when grid loads are at their peak.

2015 84

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

Green Car Congress

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.

2018 91

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

Green Car Congress

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.

2014 109

Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

Green Car Congress

Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. Vehicle to grid is more valuable when there is a bi-directional power flow; can inverter technology be successfully adapted for vehicle to grid applications? Power Capacity.

Utility V2G test with BMW shows electric cars can aid the grid

Green Car Reports

As the demand for electric cars grows, utility companies are considering their effect on local power grids—both positive and negative. Recently, California's PG&E and BMW recently wrapped up a pilot program testing experimental vehicle-to-grid technology to see if electric cars could actually aid the grid—and they did.

2017 74

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

Green Car Congress

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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