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.

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

Electric cars could ‘overload power grid’ warns French energy firm

Green Cars News

No sooner has it launched than the Renault ZOE electric car is being blamed with threatening France’s power grid.

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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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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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.

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.

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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

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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

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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Electric car battery switching comes to China

Green Cars News

China Southern Power Grid has teamed up with Better Place to open what is known as the Switchable Electric Car Experience Centre, in Pearl River New Town in [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Better Place China Southern Power Grid electric car battery electric car battery switchingBattery switching for electric cars is already established through the Better Place model in countries such as Israel and Denmark– and now it is coming to China.

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

Japan V2G demonstrator project using EVs as virtual power plant resource; METI funding

Green Car Congress

Seven companies—Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. TEPCO Power Grid, Inc.; Hitachi Systems Power Service, Ltd.; Stabilizing the power grid requires the use of thermal power but this incurs costs in owning and maintaining such power generating plants.

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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

One electric car owner's experiences in adding solar panels: why, what, and how

Green Car Reports

The purchase of an electric car that plugs into the power grid to recharge its battery often gets drivers thinking about the source of their energy. We haven't seen data from recent years looking at the overlap between electric-car drivers and home solar panels. But early analyses in California indicated as many as four in 10 electric-car drivers. plug-in cars renewable energy solar

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Ethical sourcing for electric-car minerals: Toyota, Honda, VW, Ford, others sign pledge

Green Car Reports

As automakers develop more efficient electric motors, EVs pulling electrons from dirtier, coal-powered grids are as clean or cleaner than even the most efficient fossil-fueled cars when it comes to equivalent tailpipe emissions. But electric vehicles still have a supply-chain problem. A partnership between some of the world's largest automakers is. Batteries battery pack plug-in cars Electric motor conflict minerals

Tesla's First Solar-Powered Supercharger-Store-Service Center Is Almost Ready

Green Car Reports

But despite its goal of providing solar-generated electricity at those sites, Superchargers thus far have drawn on electricity from the conventional power grid. Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has rapidly been opening Supercharger DC fast-charging stations throughout the U.S. and outside the country. That''s about to change. DON''T MISS: Tesla To

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EVgo adds used BMW i3 battery packs to charging stations in California

Green Car Reports

The two batteries each store 22 kwh of electricity to help balance the load on the power grid when electric cars are charging at peak times, according to a report in Charged EVs. Charging network EVgo has installed second-life batteries from two BMW i3s to its charging station in Union City, California, the company announced last week.

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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 71

Stamp of Approval

Plug In Partners

Plug-in hybrids seen as vehicles for change A study projects lower emissions and sufficient power grid capacity. It shows that even with today's power grid, plug-in hybrids are a great idea."

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Under Paris agreement, electric cars will hurt oil demand well before power supply: report

Green Car Reports

According to a recent report by Wood Mackenzie, the global power grids are likely safe for quite a while, but another market may be turned on its head. Electric vehicles have the potential to upend energy markets as their adoption becomes more widespread. But how much of an effect will they have? And on which specific markets? DON'T MISS: Decline. Gasoline oil Plug-In Hybrids electric utilities plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) fossil fuels

2017 59

Making electric-car battery cell anodes more sustainably

Green Car Reports

Studies have found that even cars charged on dirty, coal-powered grids have overall emissions no higher than a very fuel-efficient internal-combustion car. With no tailpipe emissions, electric cars have a clear advantage over their gasoline and diesel counterparts when it comes to carbon emissions. But are there any other potential environmental. Environmental Manufacturing Batteries plug-in cars

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If you own an electric car, what's your at-home charging source? Take our Twitter poll

Green Car Reports

Drivers who buy an electric car that plugs into the power grid to recharge the battery often start to consider the source of their energy. A 2012 analysis from California, in the earliest days of modern electric cars, indicated as many as four in 10 electric-car drivers were already using or considering the addition of home solar panels to. electric utilities plug-in cars charging renewable energy solar Home charging Polls

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Nissan LEAF helps power company’s NA facilities with V2G; Nissan Energy

Green Car Congress

Working with Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems company, Nissan North America is launching a new pilot program under the Nissan Energy Share initiative which leverages bi?directional The system charges the connected electric vehicle, which then shares power with the home.

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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

Test Pays BMW i3 Electic-Car Owners To Let Utility Delay Charging

Green Car Reports

The rise of modern electric cars has brought concerns that their cumulative charging needs could have an increasing impact on electric power grids. California san francisco electric utilities plug-in cars charging charging infrastructure GRIDToo many cars charging at once might simply overwhelm the ability of the infrastructure to handle it, electric-car critics say. While most studies and utility executives discount much of this fear, BMW.

2015 79

PG+E Data: Electric Cars Have Almost No Grid Impact So Far

Green Car Reports

Electric cars lessen dependence on fossil fuels, but what effect are they having on power consumption? The concern often comes up that large numbers of electric cars will increase the demand for electricity and overwhelm power grids--despite studies to the contrary. Now we have data: Electricity usage doesn''t seem to be affected, at least thus

2013 77

New Plug-In

Plug In Partners

Furia, Chairman and CEO of AFS Trinity, said, “The power electronics, ultra-capacitors, batteries, motors and other related advanced components that we will integrate with Ricardo’s help into the Extreme Hybrid™ drive train are all advancing rapidly and reducing in cost.

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Saudi Arabia Uses Your Gas Dollars To Fund.Solar Energy

Green Car Reports

power grid, but it's a very slow process. But there's another country that plans to invest heavily in solar power, hoping to provide fully 30 percent of its energy needs from the sun in Renewable energy, especially solar, is making inroads into the U.S. And especially in the wake of the Solyndra collapse, it's one fraught with political wrangling.

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

Green Car Congress

The reuse and recycling of batteries is a key issue as increasing numbers of cities plan transition to electrically powered transport. This energy warehouse allows a larger proportion of Viva’s solar-generated electricity to be used for the housing association’s power needs.

2018 109

V2G Test Drive

Plug In Partners

Xcel Energy announces six-month test drive of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles DENVER - Six plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) will be on the road by the end of 2007 as part of a demonstration test of vehicle-to-grid ( V2G ) technology by Xcel Energy.

2007 130

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

The Cash Back Hybrid

Plug In Partners

Here's an example from Spectrum Online : Can plug-in hybrid electric vehicles keep the electric grid stable? It also encourages utilities to upgrade to “ smart grid ” technology, allowing electric appliances to communicate with the grid and charge themselves based on real-time power prices.

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