Volkswagen launches new research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory & University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Volkswagen Group of America’s Innovation Hub Knoxville, the company’s technology unit for applied materials science, has expanded its research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT). transportation sector.

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

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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 four Kilovolt Devices OPEN+ projects will focus on a variety of challenges facing power electronics in the medium-voltage space, with a particular eye toward grid security and reliability. Marquette University, Ultra-Fast Resonant DC Breaker – $500,000.

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Study finds twin demand peak for residential time-of-use EV charging; implications for grid operators

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A researcher at the University of San Diego has used energy meter-level data from the San Diego region to analyze the energy load profiles of residential customers under the time-of-use (TOU) rate with and without EV charging requirements. The results, published in a paper in the journal Energy Policy , reveal potential issues for grid operations with greater EV adoption and the importance of careful TOU rate design.

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DOT to award up to $60M for advanced transportation and congestion management projects; V2X, ITS and mobility services

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration will award ( 693JJ317NF0001 ) up to $60 million to projects to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. Advanced transportation management technologies. Advanced public transportation systems.

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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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Hydrogen Battery "Sponges" Store Solar for the Grid

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Operators can use the systems to store energy from solar panels and deliver power to the grid during cloudy days or at night. The initiative comes as the global electricity sector is clamoring for grid-storage solutions. reduce pressure and add stability to the grid,” Yu said.

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DOE awards more than $7M for efforts to protect electric grid from cyber attacks on EVs and chargers

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $7 million in funding for Michigan-based cybersecurity company The Dream Team LLC (DTLLC) to develop a first-of-its-kind infrastructure that protects the electric grid from cyber-attacks on electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle charging systems. Once developed, testing of the electric roadways and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology will be conducted at the world-renowned American Center for Mobility (ACM).

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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 University of California, Riverside is opening its Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative to research the integration of: intermittent renewable energy, such as photovoltaic solar panels; energy storage, such as batteries; and all types of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

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Tesla donates $3.1M of $6M grant to Jeff Dahn’s Dalhousie University battery team

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A team of battery researchers at Canada’s Dalhousie University are the recipients of a $6 million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). million to help develop advanced batteries from electric cars and grid energy storage.

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Argonne and University of Illinois to form Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth. As a consequence, the Midwestern states have some of the highest levels of renewable energy on their grids.

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Royal Academy of Engineering Report Says EV Success Depends on Low-Carbon Electricity, Universal Broadband Provision and Smart Grids

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The introduction of electric vehicles on a large scale in the UK can only have a beneficial effect on CO 2 emissions if low-carbon electricity, universal broadband provision and smart grids are in place to support the transition, according to a new report published by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. The need for a national energy system and smart grid that can recharge millions of electric vehicles using low-carbon electricity without overwhelming local distribution circuits.

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

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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. This bidirectional charging is known as Grid-to-vehicle (G2V) and Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) respectively. …

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DOE announces Stage 1 CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize Winners

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The 10 teams selected in Stage 1 of this $4.5-million, three-stage competition will work to develop affordable, manufacturable materials that conduct electricity more efficiently and upgrade the US manufacturing and transportation infrastructures. The Clean Carbon Conductors team, with members from Rice University and DexMat Co, is designing enhanced-conductivity CNTs by improving fiber quality, alignment, packing density, and by electrochemically doping the CNTs.

Auburn University leads $2M DOE Co-Optima project to evaluate renewable butyl acetate as diesel fuel additive

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Auburn University researchers are leading a $2-million US Department of Energy Co-Optima project ( earlier post ) that will evaluate renewable butyl acetate (BA) as a bio-based fuel additive that can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and yield cleaner engine operation in cold-weather conditions. Joining as collaborators in the research are Cornell University, the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech and corporate partners Microvi Biotech Inc.

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Transportation details of LA Mayor’s proposed Green New Deal

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The LA Green New Deal seeks to “zero out” Los Angeles’ main sources of harmful emissions: buildings, transportation, electricity, and trash. The ambitious plans includes accelerated goals and new targets such as: Building a “zero-carbon” electricity grid — reaching an accelerated goal of 80% renewable energy supply by 2036 with 100% renewables by 2045. and Hollywood; and double annual Metro Bike Share trips in Downtown LA and University Park.

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NREL releases interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid applications

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a technical report that provides an interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. The test plan is designed to test and evaluate the plug-in vehicle’s capability to provide power to the grid, and to evaluate the vehicle’s ability to connect and disconnect from the utility according to a subset of the IEEE Std. Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2G

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. The most promising application identified for second use batteries is to replace grid-connected combustion turbine peaker plants and provide peak-shaving services. Laboratories, Universities, Future Repurposers, and other Third Parties.

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Univ. of Maryland team develops tin-film on wood fiber anode for Na-ion batteries; targeting grid storage

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A team at the University of Maryland has demonstrated that a material consisting of a thin tin (Sn) film deposited on a hierarchical conductive wood fiber substrate is an effective anode for a sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery, and addresses some of the limitations of other Na-ion anodes such as capacity fade due to pulverization. Grid scale storage requires a low cost, safe, and environmentally benign battery system. Pores in the fiber wall allow for intercellular fluid transportation.

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Mitsubishi Motors teams with USC on Smart Grid Living Laboratory Project; 12 i-MiEVs

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MMNA) is supporting the University of Southern California (USC) and the Viterbi School of Engineering as it develops a special campus-wide Smart Grid “Living Laboratory” project including the use of Mitsubishi i-MiEV 100% electric vehicles. The Mitsubishi Motors/USC Electric Vehicle Smart Grid Demonstration Project will work to further develop and improve virtually all phases of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure to accommodate widespread EV usage in the future.

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ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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These projects are supported through two new ARPA-E programs—Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)—and will focus on innovations in battery management and storage to advance electric vehicle technologies, help improve the efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid and provide important energy security benefits to US armed forces. transporting heat away from active materials in the battery is.

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University of Nottingham leading 3-year, £830K project on automotive power electronics

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The University of Nottingham (UK) is leading a 3-year, £830,000 (US$1.1-million) research project on power electronics—the EPSRC Challenge Network in Automotive Power Electronics. In aerospace and rail transport, for example, integrated power electronics will permit weight reduction and yield improved safety and reliability.

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Power-to-gas trial to inject hydrogen into Australia’s gas grid; A$5M award to AquaHydrex

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced a trial for a new type of electrolyzer which could see excess renewable energy stored in the gas grid and used to decarbonize Australia’s gas supply. Power-to-gas involves converting electricity into hydrogen by splitting water, then injecting this into the gas grid, providing long-term energy storage and stabilization of variable output solar and wind power.

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California Energy Commission awards almost $1.6M for energy research projects; $600K to Seeo for solid-state Li-ion grid-storage battery system

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $1,585,490 to spur research on projects including a solid-state Li-ion battery system for grid-scale energy storage. The project plans to develop a solid-state grid-scale prototype for advanced lithium-ion rechargeable batteries that addresses the safety, cost, lifetime and energy density issues associated with lithium-ion batteries. Green Dot Transportation Inc. Batteries Smart Grid

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DOE awarding $4.8M to 5 BIRD Energy projects with Israel; H2 storage, biofuel, sustainable transportation

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million in the areas of hydrogen storage, advanced biofuels, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency. The program encourages cooperation between Israeli and American companies through funding joint research and development in a range of technologies, including solar, wind, biofuels, energy storage, fuel cells, smart grid, and water and energy efficiency. Chelmsford, Massachusetts) will develop a safe hydrogen transport and storage system.

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California Energy Commission awards more than $36M to clean transportation projects

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The California Energy Commission awarded more than $24 million in grants today for clean energy freight transportation projects in Los Angeles and Long Beach and more than $12 million for other clean transportation projects. The projects support California’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan, which was developed in 2016 to help the state’s freight transport system become more efficient, more economically competitive, and less polluting.

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Update on JCESR’s progress toward 5-5-5 battery for EV and grid applications; convergent and divergent research strategies

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JCESR combines the R&D capabilities of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four private firms in an effort to achieve revolutionary advances in battery performance, with electric cars and the electricity grid as the targets. The question, he added, is whether or not that increased density—which will hit a limit—is sufficient to “conquer” the transportation and electricity generation markets.

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Cal Energy Commission adopts report outlining how state transforming transportation system to meet climate goals

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The California Energy Commission adopted its 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which outlines, among many things, how the state is working to transform the transportation system to zero- and near-zero technologies and fuels to meet its climate and clean air goals. This is the first IEPR to focus primarily on transportation. Key transportation-related elements highlighted by the report include: Hydrogen fuel cell technology. Integrating EVs with the grid.

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Endesa develops prototype charger enabling electric vehicle to return power to the grid; hoping for deployment by 2020

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Endesa, Spain’s largest utility, has developed a prototype V2G (Vehicle to Grid) charger that enables electric vehicles to return stored power to the grid. Developed by Endesa in conjunction with the CITCEA centre of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), this system is currently being validated in a lab before being rolled out to Endesa’s Smartcity in Malaga for testing in a real environment with real users.

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Chrysler Group in 5-year, $18.2M partnership with McMaster University to develop advanced electric and hybrid powertrains; funding from Canadian Government

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Chrysler Group LLC has entered a 5-year, $18.2-million partnership with McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, with funding support from the Canadian government, to develop next-generation, energy-efficient, high-performance electrified powertrains and powertrain components. Chrysler Canada employs more than 200 engineers at two assembly plants, a casting plant and the Chrysler Canada/University of Windsor Automotive Research and Development Centre in Windsor, ON.

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University of Delaware Licenses V2G Technology to AutoPort; 100 V2G EVs as Test Fleet

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The University of Delaware has signed the first license for its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with AutoPort, Inc., If the initial test is successful, and V2G vehicles are subsequently manufactured, the University would receive a royalty for each vehicle sold with V2G equipment. A minimum of 60 vehicles is needed to produce one megawatt of power when the vehicles are plugged into the grid. Vehicle to Grid Technology (Univ. Components of a V2G system.

Study finds drone-based delivery could reduce GHG emissions and energy use in the transportation sector, if deployed sensibly

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New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector. Emissions from battery and fuels production, as well as fuels combustion and electricity production required for transportation and warehousing, are included.

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US DOE to Award More Than $327M in Recovery Act Funding for Science Research; Includes Support for Biofuels, Smart Grid and Fusion Energy

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award more than $327 million for scientific research, instrumentation, and laboratory infrastructure projects including biofuels, smart grid and fusion energy research, among others. million is slated to go to universities, nonprofit organizations, and private firms, generally on a competitive, peer-reviewed basis. Tags: Fuels Policy Research Smart Grid

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A123 Systems, Hydro-Quebec, and the University of Texas settle lithium metal phosphate battery chemistry patent dispute

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A123 Systems, Hydro Québec, and the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, on behalf of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have settled their patent disputes regarding lithium metal phosphate technologies, entering into a Settlement Agreement and related Patent Sublicense Agreement that will resolve the existing litigations and create licenses going forward.

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Liquid Air Energy Network forms in UK; focus on transportation and energy storage

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The UK Centre for Low Carbon Futures published a multi-partner research report— Liquid Air in the energy and transport systems: Opportunities for industry and innovation in the UK —and presented the results at a a conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. The main potential applications are in electricity storage, transport and the recovery of waste heat. Williams, University of Birmingham. Liquid Air in Transportation Applications.

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President’s 2016 Budget requests $29.9B for DOE; 9% boost over FY 2015 enacted; $793M (2.7%) for sustainable transportation

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billion for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), $809 million above the FY 2015 Enacted level, to continue a diverse suite of sustained investment in sustainable transportation technologies ($793 million), renewable energy generation technologies ($645 million), and development of manufacturing technologies and enhanced energy efficiency in our homes, buildings and industries ($1.03 Sustainable transportation. President Barack Obama’s 2016 Budget requests $29.9

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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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Researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies University of California, Davis suggest that a number of positive trends indicate that we may be seeing the beginning of a real hydrogen transition in transportation, despite earlier starts that fizzled. This is far from certain, they acknowledge in a new NextSTEPS whitepaper, as hydrogen faces a range of challenges, from economic to societal, before it can be implemented as a large-scale transportation fuel.

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U. Maryland and Redox Power partnering to commercialize low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells for distributed generation and transportation

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University of Maryland researchers have partnered with Redox Power Systems LLC to commercialize low-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (LT-SOFC) technology for distributed generation—and ultimately transportation—applications at about one-tenth the cost and one-tenth the size of current commercial fuel cell systems. The fuel cells, based upon patented technology developed by professor Eric Wachsman, director of the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC) in the A.

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Three Battery-Electric Opel Merivas to Participate in MeRegioMobil Research Project; Vehicle-to-Grid Integration

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The research project has the goal of integrating electrical vehicles as mobile energy storage units in the future intelligent power grid (smart grid). The demonstration will also explore the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability of the car via the bi-directional charging system when the car is not in use and the driver permits it. KIT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research have built a “Smart Home” on the south campus of Karlsruhe University.

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WTW analysis with four economies of sustainable automotive transportation finds CNG vehicles scoring highest

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Brown at Iowa State University propose the evaluation of four economies in well-to-wheels (WTW) analysis of automotive transportation—primary energy consumption, GHG emissions, water usage, and cost of vehicle operation—in a paper published in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. Clearly, economizing on the use of primary energy sources and the amount of GHG emissions associated with automotive transportation are important sustainability metrics.

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I t's fair to say that the plug in hybrid ( watch video ) was born in California at UC Davis through the vision and tenacity of Andy Frank; but now, as the idea and the technology begins to mature and spread, another State and another University is joining the effort: Here's the story from Channel Nine news : N.C. said they have both pledged to participate in the project and are already developing a grid system that would allow drivers to charge their car batteries while away from home.

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Groupe PSA and partners launch GridMotion; reducing electric vehicle usage cost with smart charging

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Groupe PSA, Direct Energie, Enel, Nuvve, Proxiserve and the Technical University of Denmark have launched the GridMotion project with the aim of evaluating possible savings achieved by real-life electric vehicle (EV) users through the implementation of smart charging and discharging strategies for EVs. Even further savings could be achieved by providing grid balancing services through a Vehicle to Grid (V2G) system. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Smart charging Smart Gri

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Oak Ridge AMIE demo integrates 3D-printed building, natural gas hybrid with bi-directional wireless power transfer

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The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy ( AMIE ) demonstration, displayed at DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Industry Day event, is a model for energy-efficient systems that link buildings, vehicles and the grid. The 38x12x13-foot building was designed by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) through the University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Energy and Urbanism.

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ARPA-E to award up to $130M in fourth round of funding; focus on biofuels, thermal storage, rare earth alternatives, grid controls, and solar power electronics

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will make up to $130 million available to develop five new program areas including biofuels, thermal storage, rare earth alternatives, grid controls, and solar power electronics. More than 90% of energy technologies involve the transport and conversion of thermal energy.

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