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State With Dirtiest Power Grid Has Highest Electric-Car Incentive

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Making electric-car battery cell anodes more sustainably

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

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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.

Policy Options for Expanding and Modernizing the US Power Grid

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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.

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

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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.

Saudi Arabia Uses Your Gas Dollars To Fund.Solar Energy

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

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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

Electric car battery switching comes to China

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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.

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

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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

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

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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.

University of Waterloo opens new automotive research facility

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Research areas include longer-lasting batteries to extend the range of electric vehicles, methods to feed excess energy from vehicles back into the public power grid, emissions, wheel force measurements and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as adaptive cruise controllers that maintain safe distances between vehicles while also optimizing fuel consumption.

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

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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

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

Oil sands production accounted for 28.8% of total Canadian gas demand in 2016

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An increasing number of cogeneration facilities in the oil sands use natural gas to produce heat and electricity for both project operations and for sale to the power grid. Alberta’s oil sands operations accounted for 28.8% of Canadian natural gas demand in 2016, up from 11.8%

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

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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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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.

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

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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.

Greenius & Obama Celebrate Our First 100 Days!

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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.

ABB wins orders of over $300 million for world’s first 1,100 kV UHVDC power link in China

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The Changji-Guquan UHVDC link will transmit power from the Xinjiang region in the Northwest to Anhui province in eastern China and will set a new world record in terms of voltage level, transmission capacity and distance. —Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division.

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TU/e student team unveils solar-powered family car for World Solar Challenge

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The Solar Team Eindhoven (STE) of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) presented the world’s first solar-powered family car. The solar cells of Stella generate more electricity on average than the car uses; surplus electricity could be returned to the power grid, thereby making the car energy-positive. Stella ” is the first “energy-positive car” with room for four people, a trunk, intuitive steering and a range of 600 kilometers (373 miles).

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Denmark to examine vehicle to grid technology

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The Technical University of Denmark will look into vehicle to grid operation after AC Propulsion delivered its eBox to its research team. With the aim of advancing integration of electric vehicles with Denmark’s electric power grid, which has extensive wind power generation capacity, the team will look into buffering intermittent renewable energy resources.

Nevs in strategic cooperation with China’s State Grid for EVs

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (Nevs) and State Grid Electric Vehicle Service Co., have signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework agreement under which State Grid will use Nevs as a preferred partner for mobility solutions and as a supplier of electric vehicles. State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) was established as a state-owned enterprise on 29 December 2002. State Grid Electric Vehicle Service Co.,

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

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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

Fraunhofer ESK demonstrating vehicle-to-grid communications based on ISO/IEC 15118 and IEC 61850 standards

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Fraunhofer ESK is developing underlying communication methods for a uniform energy management system for power grids and electric vehicles. The reference system is intended to help charging station and e-vehicle manufacturers and grid operators implement the communication standards and test their products for standards compliance. Fraunhofer ESK demonstrating vehicle-to-grid communications based on ISO/IEC 15118 and IEC 61850 standards.

$50M Battery500 consortium targeting battery pack with specific energy of 500 Wh/kg

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Though the immediate goal is to make effective, affordable batteries for EVs, consortium director and PNNL materials scientist Jun Liu expects the consortium’s work could also advance stationary grid energy storage. PNNL’s lead role in the consortium builds on its decades of leadership in materials science, chemistry, transportation and power grid modernization.

Renault & Eneco collaborate on smart renewable energy charging solution for electric vehicles

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To reduce CO 2 emissions, it is essential that this vehicle fleet will use green power. It is also important to prevent power grid overloads as a result of peaks in demand if all the cars would be charged at the same time. Renewable energies feature in 56% of the new electricity power plants built in the world today. Renault and energy supplier Eneco will collaborate on a smart charging solution for electric vehicles.

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

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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.

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Navy and Marine Corps to lease 205 new EVs for use at California installations; largest integration of EVs in federal government

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Recent joint projects between the Department of the Navy and the Energy Commission include a demonstration of a waterless cleaning process for Kevlar vests, flame resistant garments and other ballistic gear at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme and the installation of a solar microgrid system with battery storage to ensure mission readiness should the commercial power grid fail at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

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

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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

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BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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The battery storage system also includes a voltage converter and power electronics to manage the energy flow between renewable energy sources, the house interface, and the Li-Ion high-voltage battery from the BMW i3.

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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.

Truck diesel PM emissions at Port of Oakland down 98% in past decade; ship emissions down 75%

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a $60-million project to construct a power grid that ships can plug into at berth rather than relying on auxiliary diesel engines. Diesel PM emissions from trucks serving the Port of Oakland, California declined 98% between 2005 and 2015, according to an emissions inventory released by the Port. In that same timeframe, ship emissions dropped 75%. The results indicate the Port is advancing its 2008 commitment to reduce seaport-related diesel health risk by 85% by the year 2020.

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First Fastned fast-charging stations broke-even in March

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This means that the operating expenses, such as the purchase of power, grid connection fees, licence costs, land lease, cleaning and maintenance costs were covered by the revenues generated at those stations. The Netherlands-based Fastned, the company building a European network of fast charging stations, saw its first two stations break-even in March.

Grid balancing could earn electric car users cash

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Technology allowing the UK’s power grid to balance the additional demand caused by a rising use of electric cars would correct only 6 per cent of the additional imbalance in supply and demand by 2020, a study released today concludes. Landmark research from Ricardo and National Grid reveals that through the use of grid balancing [.]. Electric cars electric vehicles National Grid plug-in Ricardo