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Renewable Energy

April 2014
Bill Radvak of American Vanadium on grid stability

Bill Radvak of American Vanadium

In this PSDcast Bill Radvak of American Vanadium talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the development of the smart grid and some of the challenges and opportunities it is presenting to the industry. American Vanadium is an integrated energy storage company that markets and sells GILDEMEISTER’S
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04/30/2014
Blocking the sun

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

There is a very real problem in the USA right now in the development and deployment of alternate energy into the grid, as the country fights amongst itself over how energy will be generated, distributed, and managed in the future. This is especially the case with solar, as it continues to mature in both energy
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04/30/2014
BEAR Power releases self-monitoring AC/DC converter with auxiliary DC input

BEAR Power 75-Watt industrial power supply

BEAR Power Supplies introduced a self-monitoring AC-DC converter for outdoor industrial applications. An auxiliary 24 V DC input provides back-up power to the universal AC input, and facilitates operation in remote areas using generators, photovoltaics or other alternative sources. The self-monitoring feature
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04/29/2014

The Energy Department today announced $10 million to test prototypes designed to generate clean, renewable electricity from ocean waves and help diversify America’s energy portfolio. The Energy Department-supported demonstrations at the U.S. Navy’s wave energy test site off Hawaii’s island of Oahu will
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04/28/2014
Nanogenerator empowers acoustic energy harvesting

Triboelectrification-based thin-film nanogenerator

As a vastly available energy source in our daily life, acoustic vibrations are usually taken as noise pollution with little use as a power source. Now scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Chongqing University and Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems we have developed a triboelectrification-based
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04/28/2014
The final agenda for Advanced Energy 2014 has been released, including the latest additions to our list of distinguished keynote speakers and panelists for the conference plenary sessions. The agenda includes the dates, times and details of every conference event, including all 23 sessions of the educational
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04/25/2014
CIS thin-film PV module leader and manufacturer Solar Frontier of Japan and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) announced they have entered into an agreement to explore development and implementation of a joint research, development, and manufacturing initiative in New York State, with
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04/24/2014
The Department of Energy recognized the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) for boosting its use of clean energy at the first campus in America to be heated by geothermal energy, achieving a major milestone toward its goal of making all seven schools in the Oregon University System carbon-neutral by 2020. Partially
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04/24/2014
American Vanadium announced it will partner with the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to demonstrate the CellCube™ vanadium redox flow energy storage system. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the New York City Transit (NYCT) Office of Strategic Innovation and Technology
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04/23/2014
IBC SOLAR shows their latest solutions at Intersolar Europe 2014

IBC SOLAR AG will be showcasing mounting systems and application innovations

IBC SOLAR, a leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems, will once again be showcasing its products and services at this year's Intersolar, Europe's most important trade fair for solar technology. In hall B2, booth 150, the photovoltaics specialist from Bad Staffelstein will be presenting an innovative and particularly
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04/22/2014
Largest solar array on U.S. military installation coming to Fort Huachuca

Fort Huachuca

The U.S. Army announced plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25 percent of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Ariz. "This will be the largest solar array in the department of defense on a military installation," according to Katherine Hammack,
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04/22/2014
ABB, in conjunction with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), is proud to announce it will again host a free training seminar on the latest technologies and best practices involving grid connection technologies unique to the wind industry. The half-day technical training, called “Wind Farm
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04/21/2014
A pioneering initiative designed to accelerate the development of the energy storage sector in California has signed its first corporate members – from international giants to emerging startups. CalCharge announced the enrollment of Duracell, Hitachi, Volkswagen, LG, Eaton, Enovix, EnerVault, Farasis Energy,
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04/21/2014
New York Energy Week is the first collaborative energy event series to unite all sectors of the energy industry. With participants from utilities, generators, renewables, fossil fuels, startups, tech, finance, media and law, New York Energy Week is the only industry summit that brings together all the decision
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04/21/2014
In support of the Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department announced $15 million to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses. The United States continues to be a global
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04/18/2014
Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells

This schematic shows how the quantum dots are embedded in the plastic matrix and capture sunlight to improve solar panel efficiency

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), Italy. Their project demonstrates that superior light-emitting properties of quantum
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04/17/2014
Invest in Photonics, a two-day international business partnering convention focused exclusively on photonics venture capital investment, announced that registration is open for innovative SMEs seeking funding. Interested candidates are invited to submit an application to present an elevator pitch to a panel
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04/16/2014
On April 22 (Earth Day), the Geothermal Energy Association will host the GEA International Geothermal Showcase, bringing together representatives from 34 countries and representing more than half of all geothermal projects worldwide. “The International Showcase is the perfect opportunity for investors
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04/15/2014
Are you interested in applying for a SunShot Initiative competitive award? Do you have questions about SunShot’s upcoming funding opportunities and priority focus areas? Learn all this and more at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Anaheim, CA, May 19-22. Reserve your spot now. At the Summit
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04/14/2014
Ikea Just Bought a wind farm big enough to power all its US stores

Wind energy

It takes a lot of energy to keep the lights on as you greedily pile ¢59 kitchen dongles and weird cookies into that blue bag, which is why Ikea is making a push to offset its total energy consumption by 2020. This week, it took a big step towards doing so by buying a wind farm in Illinois. Incredibly,
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04/14/2014
IBC SOLAR AG, a leader in photovoltaic systems, has begun construction on a 5.5MW photovoltaic (PV) plant in Bhadla, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Bhadla marks the first multi-megawatt plant in India that the company is realising as an EPC contractor (engineering, procurement, construction) in cooperation
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04/14/2014
The Energy Department today announced $4 million to engage America’s research universities in the effort to accelerate the development of the emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy industry in the United States. This funding will support high-impact research projects designed to enable the capture of
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04/11/2014
DAW SE integrates organic photovoltaics from BELECTRIC OPV

BELECTRIC Energy Solutions Grid-stabilizing Solar Power Plant

Photovoltaics specialist BELECTRIC OPV and construction paint and insulation system manufacturer DAW SE (Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke) have joined forces to work on the integration of cutting-edge organic photovoltaics (OPV) into different construction product-lines and their respective components. The department
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04/11/2014
ABB and Solar Impulse form technology alliance

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg with their Solar Impulse endeavor,

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced it will support Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in their attempt to fly around the world in a solar powered airplane in 2015. The first-ever flight through the night with a solar airplane as well as record-breaking missions across
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04/10/2014
Highlights from IDTechEx's Berlin 2014 Show

Perpetua thermoelectric generator alongside a wireless sensor by GE Sensing and Inspection Technology

This year's IDTechEx event on energy harvesting and storage was held in Berlin, Europe. Following attendee feedback and a successful introduction of parallel tracks on the topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Santa Clara, California at the end of 2013, the event saw the transformation of the wireless sensor
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04/10/2014
In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today awarded more than $3 million to Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy for a project that could increase U.S. competitiveness in the fuel cell market and give businesses more affordable, cleaner power options. This project
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04/09/2014
Moxa, a leader in embedded computing solutions for renewable energy solutions, announced today that it has collaborated with the SunSpec Alliance to host the 2014 Solar Securitization & Grid Control Symposium. The one day event will be held at Moxa headquarters located at 601 Valencia Avenue, Brea, California,
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04/08/2014
The 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit is only six weeks away! SunShot is excited to announce our thought-provoking lineup of Grand Challenge Breakout Sessions. Grand Challenge Breakout Sessions: Solar industry leaders and subject matter experts across 17 breakout sessions
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04/08/2014
SCIGRIP sponsors World Cup Solar Challenge boat team

World Cup Solar Power Challenge

SCIGRIP, a global supplier of smart adhesive solutions, has announced it is sponsoring the Polish Green Solar Team in the DONG World Cup Solar Power Challenge 2014, taking place in Holland this summer. Participants must complete the 150-mile (250km) staged course from June 28th -- July 5th in highly customized
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04/07/2014
Cheaper fuel from self-destructing trees

Lignins designed to easily degrade have been engineered into the vascular tissues of leaves and wood of poplar trees

Wood is great for building and heating homes, but it’s the bane of biofuels. When converting plants to fuels, engineers must remove a key component of wood, known as lignin, to get to the sugary cellulose that’s fermented into alcohols and other energy-rich compounds. That’s costly because it normally
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04/07/2014
The fifth annual Energy Harvesting & Storage 2014 will provides insight into energy harvesting technologies, case studies and markets, ranging from consumer electronics and sensors all the way to vehicles, building and industrial automation. Best Technical Development
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04/03/2014
The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy offers free webinars on subjects from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to training for the clean energy workforce. Advanced registration is typically required, but you can also watch archived webinars and browse previously
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04/03/2014
The classical, centralized power supply grids today face a transition into a so-called smart grid. This smart grid can be understood as a system of systems or the sum of interlinked minigrids with massively decentralized energy generation, storage and consumption. Though today’s large-scale power plants will
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04/03/2014
Advanced Energy 2014: smart grid, advanced lighting, & manufacturing

Advanced Energy 2014

The Smart Grid Track at Advanced Energy 2014 examines the future of electricity generation and distribution from microgrids to utility-scale systems, and the integration of renewable energy sources. The Manufacturing Energy Efficiency session explores process-related technologies that reduce both energy consumption
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04/02/2014
Dr Ferdi SchÃth of the German Research Foundation on Germany's energy future

Dr Ferdi Schüth of the German Research Foundation

In this PSDcast Dr Ferdi Schüth of the German Research Foundation talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the future of Germany's energy infrastructure, especially in the areas of grid stability and managing the variable supply from alternate and renewable energy sources.
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04/01/2014
RGGI Auction Indicates Renewed Northeast Carbon Market Last month, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) held the first carbon allowance auction under the new Model Rule. Auction prices reached record levels and high market participation and allowance demand exhausted the 5 million
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04/01/2014
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