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

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A new computer model tests how a 100-percent renewable power grid would have held up to the recent polar vortex. GM renewable energy Wireless charging Rivian AmazonTech 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.

2019 72

Energy Dept grid report downplayed renewables, stressed coal, fossil fuels

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The Trump administration hasn't been coy about trying to champion traditional fossil fuels while downplaying the importance and falling costs of renewable energy. Earlier this year, Department of Energy secretary Rick Perry, previously governor of fossil-fuel producer Texas, called for a 60-day review of the United States' energy grid. Politics energy policy Department of Energy DOE renewable energy fossil fuels

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Pecan Street launches Texas’ first grid-connected vehicle-to-grid research and testing center

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launched Texas’ first grid-tied vehicle-to-grid (V2G) testing center at its lab in Austin, turning electric vehicles into a dispatchable load shaving tool for the municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy. Austin, Texas-based energy research organization Pecan Street Inc.

2019 148

Trump DoE to critique renewables against coal for grid reliability

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coal production will fall as a percentage of the total electric grid mix. It is also widely accepted that renewable energy sources. Politics energy policy Department of Energy DOE electric utilities renewable energy fossil fuels Donald TrumpIt is widely accepted in the energy industry that U.S. That has little to do with its high carbon footprint per kilowatt-hour generated; it is largely due to far greater supplies of much cheaper fracked natural gas.

2017 63

Polar vortex tests viability of renewable power

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Energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie used the opportunity of this event as a chance to measure demand on the power grid. global warming renewable energyThere's nothing like a good polar vortex to put the power system to the test—unless maybe it's a summer heat wave. In a detailed study of power demand during the severest week of this 2019 Polar Vortex, from Jan. 27 to.

2019 81

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.

2018 104

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.

2014 110

NREL study finds that uncoordinated plug-in vehicle charging could prove challenging to the grid

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An influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) charging without coordination could prove challenging to the nation’s electric grid, according to research conducted by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Earlier studies on how PEVs might affect the grid assumed utilities would have some control over when charging occurs, referred to as coordinated charging, which will greatly facilitate PEV integration.

2018 98

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

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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.

2015 147

Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

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A 2015 study on the potential for renewable energy use in the U.S. electric utilities renewable energy solar wind energy grid storageScientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into science. has now produced not only a stringent attack, but a harsh rebuttal to that attack in language rarely.

2017 76

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

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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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Blowing away dirty energy: Wind to pass hydro as top renewable in 2019

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electric grid has been getting gradually greener as utilities replace coal fired powerplants with primarily wind and natural gas. renewable energy wind energyFor electric-car drivers looking to emit less pollution as the drive, 2019 could be a banner year. The U.S. That trend is due to reach a tipping point in 2019, according to numbers by the Energy Information Agency at.

2019 86

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

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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

California's solar energy grid survived the eclipse without incident

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Solar power provides 10 percent of California's energy supply, which meant electric-grid operators had to be prepared for potentially disastrous effects during Monday's solar eclipse. California renewable energy solarTo the surprise of many, there were no serious repercussions as the moon blocked a significant source of energy for many California utility companies. The solar.

Bloom Energy announces hydrogen-powered energy servers to make always-on renewable electricity a reality

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Bloom Energy, a developer of solid oxide fuel cell power generators, announced the ability of its Energy Servers to operate on renewable hydrogen. At peak times, some US states and countries already have more renewable power than their grids can handle.

2019 131

BNEF ups forecast for global investment in stationary energy storage, sees majority of capacity likely to be grid-scale

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In the near term, renewables-plus-storage, especially solar-plus-storage, has become a major driver for battery build. This is a new era of dispatchable renewables, based on new contract structures between developer and grid.

2019 98

Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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Through the JuiceNet platform, these facilities can be remotely controlled and aggregated for grid balancing purposes relying on unidirectional and bidirectional (vehicle-to-grid, V2G) electricity flows. Electric vehicles have the potential to be one of the most disruptive technologies the modern electricity grid has faced in the last one hundred years. eMotorWerks has deployed more than 25,000 smart-grid enabled charging stations to date. Enel S.p.A.,

2017 65

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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UC Riverside opening Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative; integration of solar energy, battery storage and electric and hybrid vehicles

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Schematic of the “New Grid Testbed” components, including renewable energy generation, energy storage, smart distribution and electric transportation Click to enlarge. It is the largest renewable energy project of its kind in California.

2014 125

Battelle introduces Grid Command Distribution services and software for rapid modeling of smart grid distribution circuits

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Screen shot of a Grid Command Distribution “heatmap” analysis for a neighborhood. Battelle recently unveiled its new Grid Command Distribution services and software for utilities. Battelle staff developed the new Grid Command Distribution software internally as part of its work over the past two years as part of an ongoing smart grid demonstration project in Ohio: AEP Ohio’s gridSMART program, sponsored by the DOE. Simulation Smart charging Smart Grid

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New EU/US lab for interoperability of e-vehicles and smart grids

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Following the Transatlantic Economic Council’s decision to promote electric vehicles and smart grid interoperability, on 29 October the European Commission inaugurated the European Interoperability Centre, a laboratory operated by the JRC. Smart grids and electric vehicles are rapidly evolving, but we have not yet harnessed their full potential. Electric (Battery) Europe Regulations Smart Grid Standards

2015 88

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

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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 92

Bosch on importance of renewable synthetic fuels to reach climate goals; e-fuels

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One path to achieving this is with renewable synthetic fuels (e-fuels). Bosch outlines seven reasons why renewable synthetic fuels should be part of tomorrow’s mobility mix: Time. Renewable synthetic fuels have long since left the basic research phase. First, apply electricity generated from renewable sources to obtain hydrogen from water. emitted by burning renewable synthetic fuels is reused to produce new fuels.

2019 96

State With Dirtiest Power Grid Has Highest Electric-Car Incentive

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Carbon Footprint carbon dioxide plug-in cars renewable energy energy West VirginiaLife 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.

Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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Seeking to slash CO 2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. As a result of the deal, Honda is one of the top automakers globally in the adoption of renewable energy to power its operations. will deliver to the grid by the end of 2020.

2019 99

California ISO releases five-year strategic plan; grid integration of renewable power, support for electric vehicle charging

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The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), California’s non-profit grid operator, released its new five-year (2012-2016) strategic plan. Between now and 2020, wind and solar generation will quadruple within the ISO transmission grid at the same time electric vehicle charging increases significantly. Advancements in technology including distributed generation such as storage as well as smart grid developments are also reshaping grid and market operations.

2012 85

Renault creates new grid-energy subsidiary: Renault Energy Services

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The aim of this new subsidiary is to have an active presence in the energy and smart grid sectors, both of which are fundamental to the expansion of electric mobility. Renault Energy Services will function much like a start-up and its objective is to invest in smart grid-related projects by forging privileged ties with the energy industry’s various stakeholders. Renault electric vehicles connected to smart grids will benefit from more economical, lower-carbon electricity.

2017 71

EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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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. The open platform will simplify and streamline V2G (vehicle-to-grid) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.

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

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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. smart grid charging power gridThe 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.

2019 83

Bill McKibben’s Comments on GRID Alternatives and Rooftop Solar in an Exclusive Greenius Video

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I asked Bill about the work my friends at GRID Alternative are doing and his thoughts on the adoption of rooftop solar in this final segment of my video interview with him. The Greenius asks Bill McKibben a question at his L.A. Times Book Festival appearance at UCLA.

2010 163

Obama Announces $3.4B Investment in Smart Grid Technologies and Projects

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Map of the 100 smart grid awards. billion in grant awards to 100 private companies, utilities, manufacturers, cities and other partners—the largest single energy grid modernization investment in US history—to fund a broad range of smart grid technologies and projects.

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CNG Fuels and National Grid unveil first high-pressure grid-connected CNG filling station; biomethane option

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UK-based CNG Fuels, in partnership with National Grid, has unveiled a new state-of-the-art filling station in Leyland, Lancashire, allowing vehicles to fill up on compressed natural gas (CNG) directly from the high-pressure local transmission system.

2016 78

Small Islands Are Biggest Beneficiaries Of Renewable Energy

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When it comes to sites where renewable energy can have the biggest impact, it's best to look offshore. Islands are often cut off from mainland grid infrastructure, which drives up energy costs for the people who live there. That creates a powerful incentive for switching to renewable sources, and often means there's little if any local competition. energy infrastructure renewable energy energy wind energy Rhode Island

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

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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 balancing serves as a versatile energy reserve that can be used to even out fluctuations in the grid.

2018 92

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. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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EIA: natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are being deployed more to balance renewables

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Because these units can start and stop quickly and operate at partial loads, they have become increasingly important in areas with high shares of renewable electricity generation from wind and solar.

2019 146

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

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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?

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

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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 85

Home energy storage batteries lose to grid-connected solar on environmental impact

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At first glance, renewable-energy sources like solar power and energy-storage battery packs seem like a logical match. Study electric utilities renewable energy energy energy storageEnergy storage allows excess power collected by solar panels to be stored for later use, addressing the intermittent nature of solar power. It's a concept that has already won over policymakers, electric utilities, and some.

OnStar opens up APIs for Smart Grid applications for EVs

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OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM, is inviting utilities, energy companies and tech firms to develop Smart Grid solutions using a set of proprietary OnStar application programming (APIs). OnStar is opening up its APIs to give developers the ability to broaden the potential for integrating EVs such as the Volt with Smart Grid technology. The Smart Grid set of APIs is among the first to be offered outside of the company.

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US DOE releases Grid Energy Storage report

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released its Grid Energy Storage report to the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The report identifies the benefits of grid energy storage, the challenges that must be addressed to enable broader use, and the efforts of the Energy Department, in conjunction with industry and other government organizations, to meet those challenges. Europe and Japan have notably higher fractions of grid storage.

CA Renewable Hydrogen Rule: Forcing The Carbon Numbers To Work

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Recharging batteries from the electric grid is relatively simple, but producing hydrogen fuel requires a good deal of energy to split pure hydrogen out of other compounds. hydrogen California Air Resources Board CARB hydrogen fuel cell renewable energy state lawsCalifornia's plan to reduce carbon emissions from transportation anticipates a mix of battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

2015 85

Evonik and Siemens launch phase 2 of Rheticus: butanol, hexanol from CO2 and water using renewable electricity and bacteria

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The goal is to develop an efficient and powerful test plant that will use carbon dioxide and water as well as electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to produce specialty chemicals. Evonik and Siemens launched phase two of their joint research project Rheticus.

2019 78