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.

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KU Leuven team creates solar panel that produces hydrogen from moisture in air

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Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven have created a solar panel that produces hydrogen gas from moisture in the air. Twenty of these solar panels could provide electricity and heat for one family for an entire winter. It is not connected to the gas grid.

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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. The batteries will store energy for distribution during periods when there is insufficient solar power generation.

2014 125

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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Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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The joint research team designed an integrated system capable of adjusting the amount of battery charge/discharge and the amount of electrolysis hydrogen production in relation to the amount of solar power generated. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar

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Ford unveils C-MAX Solar Energi concept; “plug-in” hybrid not dependent on electric grid can fully recharge from sun

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Ford’s C-MAX Solar Energi concept combines a rooftop solar panel with an off-board solar concentrator—essentially an inexpensive Fresnel lens canopy. The vehicle moves beneath the canopy during the day to maintain maximum concentrated solar irradiance.

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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. The solar. 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.

New York to add solar to transportation hubs

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In the latest example, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to add solar panels to the rooftops of its rail yards and bus depots to help feed the local power grid. solar Buses Trains parking lotsElectric cars and public transportation go together in more ways than one. READ MORE: Forget light poles, British firm to build chargers from cable boxes The MTA.

2019 85

The Solangelist Learns To Install Solar & Loves It

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Luckily for me once we got past the conceptual to the nuts and bolts of designing, installing and wiring a solar system, Scott boiled down all the math to the essential Amps x Volts = Watts, and even taught us what amps, volts and watts are.

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Stanford team sets record for solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of solar water splitting: >30%

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Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated solar water splitting by photovoltaic-electrolysis with a solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency of more than 30%—a new record. Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

2016 125

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

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.

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DOE awarding up to $30M to 13 projects to integrate solar into US grid

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative will award up to $30 million to 13 new projects to support the integration of solar energy into US electric grid, while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid.

2017 60

Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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Alison Diaz (with scissors) along with ECHS staff and supporters about to cut the ribbon in front of Environmental Charter High School's new solar-powered greenhouse.

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

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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.

2015 149

Greenius Gets Groove On with Greenpeace & GRID Alternatives

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I’ve been up on roofs installing solar… among other things. In this case for GRID Alternatives at a low income home in my old neighborhood in Long Beach, California. Like these guys above securing the solar panels to the rack of the Long Beach house we worked on.

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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

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 109

Volvo Buses in project researching use of second-life electric bus batteries to store solar energy

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Volvo Buses is participating in a research project in which used electric bus batteries are used as solar energy storage units. Batteries from electric bus route 55 in Gothenburg, Sweden are being used for solar energy storage in a second-life application.

2018 118

The Coming Solar Power Boom: Charts Tell The Story, Grid Parity In 2 Years

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Home solar power has been around for a long time, but its relatively high costs have made it unattractive for many homeowners. Over the last decade, rapidly decreasing prices for photovoltaic cells are driving down the cost of solar power, potentially to where it achieves "grid parity"-- a point where getting electricity from solar panels costs

2014 88

Solar Grid Storage selects AllCell as preferred Li-ion battery system supplier

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Solar Grid Storage selected AllCell Technologies as a preferred supplier of large lithium-ion battery systems for their PowerFactor solar + storage systems. The Solar Grid Storage PowerFactor™ system provides commercial solar project developers with a turnkey energy storage solution bundled with an inverter, reducing project costs.

2013 76

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

U. Mich spinout Spider9 offering dynamic control systems for grid-scale batteries and solar arrays

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The control systems boost the cost efficiency of grid-scale batteries and solar fields by constantly monitoring individual cells within a battery or solar installation, and making real-time adjustments in electrical architecture to optimize system performance. The control system improves the energy harvests, reliability and life of both grid scale batteries and solar fields.

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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. the addition of solar panels, batteries, volt/VAR.

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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. Energy 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. Study electric utilities renewable energy energy energy storage

JCAP team reports first complete “artificial leaf”; >10% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency

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Researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) report the development of the first complete, efficient, safe, integrated solar-driven system—an “artificial leaf”—for splitting water to produce hydrogen. Fuels Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

2015 116

DOE announces achievement of SunShot goal, new research focus; $82M in two new solar power opportunities

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In conjunction with the annual Solar Power International conference, the US Department of Energy (DOE) released new research showing that the solar industry has achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target set by the SunShot Initiative. Power Generation Solar

2017 78

Solar Power Initiative By DoE Could Make Grid Electricity Cleaner, Cheaper

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Some of our electric car-owning readers already reap the benefits of solar energy with roof-mounted panels, but on a grid level solar still has a long way to go. energy demands could be satisfied by solar by 2050.

2013 87

Solar Smackdown in Torrance – Installer Sues City on Behalf of the Sun

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After a decade in the solar power installation business, Bradley Bartz is tired of being Mr. Nice Guy. He’s filed suit against Torrance, the proud home of Exxon/Mobil’s refinery, for stopping him from installing solar panels in the Hillside Overlay district.

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New $30M ARPA-E program to develop new solar conversion and storage technologies; targeting higher solar penetration in mix

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The primary goal of this funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0000949 ) is to provide disruptive new solar conversion and storage technology options to enable a much higher penetration of solar energy generation into the US energy mix. a) Hybrid solar converter (award Categories 1A and 1B).

2013 126

Tesla and Panasonic to manufacture solar cells and modules in Buffalo, NY; 1GW by 2019

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These high-efficiency PV cells and modules will be used to produce solar panels in the non-solar roof products. When production of the solar roof begins, Tesla will also incorporate Panasonic’s cells into the many kinds of solar glass tile roofs that Tesla will be manufacturing.

2016 85

Li-ion Supplier Saft Partners with Apollo Solar on US DOE Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) Project

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Saft is supplying a lithium-ion battery system to provide energy storage for one of the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) projects funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems concept paper (2007).

2009 96

The Net-Zero Neighborhood: Advanced Energy Storage and Highly Efficient Photovoltaics Take Transportation Off the Gasoline Grid and Residential Off the Electric Grid

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The NZN concept relies on high energy density storage systems incorporated into the local grid, as well as efficient photovoltaic generation. NZN can integrate with the centralized grid. Tags: Batteries Power Generation Smart Grid Solar

Oklahoma Adds Fee For Homes To Connect Solar, Wind Power To Grid

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Renewable-energy advocates have cranked up the outrage machine at a surcharge imposed by Oklahoma on homes that connect rooftop solar panels or wind-turbine generators to the grid. Ten days ago, the Oklahoma House passed S.B. 1455 without debate, and Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign it. The bill provides that by the end of next year

Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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The first eye-opener for large scale solar was the Austin Energy PPA last year that was priced at 5 cents. In the commercial sector, and in the case of community solar, there is more flexibility and tracking arrays may make sense, especially when mounted on the ground.

2015 152

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 91

Stanford team increases power of corrosion-resistant solar cells; advance for solar fuels

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Researchers at Stanford, with colleagues at University College Cork in Ireland, have shown how to increase the power of corrosion-resistant solar cells, setting a record for solar energy output under water. Instead of pumping electricity into the grid, the power these cells produce would be used in the production of solar fuels. Four years ago, McIntyre's lab made solar cells resistant to corrosion in water. Fuels Solar Solar fuels

2015 65

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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Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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The technology could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun far more economical and reliable. With a whole field of turbines or a large solar farm, one could imagine a few very large storage tanks.

2014 155

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 84

Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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A plot of ESOI for 7 potential grid-scale energy storage technologies. Benson from Stanford University and Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has quantified the energetic costs of 7 different grid-scale energy storage technologies over time. The Stanford study considered a future US grid where up to 80% of the electricity comes from renewables. The current total energy storage capacity of the US grid is less than 1%, according to Barnhart.

2013 100

EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo has integrated second-life BMW i3 batteries to store energy from the grid generated during peak solar hours and later use that stored energy to fast-charge EVgo customers during periods of high demand. In addition to reducing curtailment of solar or wind power, a benefit to all grid users, EVgo is also commercially demonstrating the reuse of EV batteries for grid benefit.

2018 84

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

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Map of the 100 smart grid awards. Speaking at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, President Barack Obama announced $3.4 Integrating and Crosscutting Across Different “Smart” Components of a Smart Grid: $2 billion. Tags: Smart Grid

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