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Renewable Energy

August 2016
DoE to spend over $20M for wave and tidal energy projects

Marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems generate electricity from ocean waves and tidal currents

The Energy Department announced 10 organizations selected to receive more than $20 million in funding for new research, development, and demonstration projects that advance and monitor marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems, which generate electricity from ocean waves and tidal currents. These projects
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08/31/2016
NREL Research puts the wind in development sails

NREL Engineer Scott Lambert, left and Project Manager Mark McDade discuss calibrations being done on the dynamometer at the Dynamometer Test Facility at the NWTC

The National Wind Technology Center (NWTC), located at the base of the foothills just south of Boulder, Colorado, is the nation's premier wind energy technology research facility. Since the earliest days of wind energy, the center has provided an ideal environment for the research and development of advanced
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08/30/2016
The Energy Institute (EI) has received over 140 entries from across 23 countries to its 2016 energy industry EI Awards competition. This year's submissions once again capture the diversity of outstanding achievements across the global energy sector. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 10
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08/30/2016

PSDcast - Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard on smart green cities

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard

In this PSDcast Jim Brainard, the six-term mayor of Carmel, Indiana, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the needs of municipalities as we move forward into a smart grid/smart city environment. A city with a population of 86,000,Carmel is a suburb of Indianapolis Carmel is leading in the
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08/30/2016
For each month this year, renewable energy production in the U.S. has exceeded the same months in all previous years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That achievement is particularly notable because it happened in spite of below-average hydroelectric output caused by drought along the
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08/29/2016
Power MOSFETs have become the preferred choice as the main switching device within power supplies for a wide range of consumer and industrial electronics equipment. Because it has become more important to improve overall power supply efficiency to meet energy saving requirements from governmental and industry
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08/29/2016
thyssenkrupp and partners launch collaborative project EffiForm to lower Li-ion battery cost

The aim of Effiform is to optimize the material, process and systems technologies used in the initial charging (formation) of lithium-ion cells for industrial applications

Electric cars are still a rarity on our roads. The high cost of battery cells continues to be a major stumbling block to improving the cost-efficiency and popularity of e-mobility. Roughly a third of battery production costs are currently accounted for by the final step in the manufacturing process – the application
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08/26/2016
Better Lithium Batteries to Get a Test Flight

Last fall SolidEnergy showed a prototype that's half the size of an iPhone 6 battery but offers more battery life per charge

Scientists have known for decades that lithium-metal batteries offer a powerful combination of energy density and compactness. Unfortunately these batteries also present challenges: they are difficult to recharge and they have an unfortunate tendency to burst into flame. Boston-based startup SolidEnergy
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08/26/2016
Novel lithium-oxygen battery design greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity

Nanolithia cathode battery

Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: They waste much of the injected energy as heat
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08/25/2016
Semtech's Neo-Iso solid-state relays can harvest and store energy

Neo-Iso solid state relay

Semtech, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, announced the production release of the TS13102 and TS13103 solid state relays. These enhanced solid state relays expand the company’s Neo-Iso product platform and enable self-powered control systems in Internet of Things (IoT) applications,
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08/24/2016
Global battery energy storage system (BESS) installed capacity is set to grow from 1.5 Gigawatts (GW) in 2015 to over 14 GW by 2020, as large numbers of projects are planned to be commissioned over the forecast period due to increasing renewable installations and focus on grid stability, according to research
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08/23/2016
TUfast Eco Team achieves Guinness World Record for Most Efficient EV

TUfast Eco Team

After one year of preparation we achieved our goal: On Saturday, July 16 2016 our world record team undertook the official world record attempt and set a new high mark for vehicle efficiency. The team started at the break of dawn to prepare everything in time at the test track that our long-standing sponsor
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08/23/2016
PSDcast - Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy on batteries and renewable energy

Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy

In this PSDcast Virgil Beaston of Powin Energy talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about batteries and other renewable energy sources in the industry. Batteries are currently one of the bottlenecks in the wider expression of the Internet of Things, and creating better and smarter batteies are key.
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08/23/2016
Energy Department reports show strong growth of U.S. wind power

American wind energy more than doubled from about 95 million megawatt hours generated in 2010 to more than 190 million megawatt hours in 2015

Annual reports analyzing the wind energy industry released today by the Energy Department show continued rapid growth in wind power installations in 2015, demonstrating market resilience and underscoring the vitality of the U.S. wind energy market on a global scale. Wind power provides clean energy to homes
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08/22/2016
Interior announces milestone for wind energy development offshore North Carolina

The Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced a proposed lease sale for 122,405 acres offshore
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08/17/2016
The Energy Department announced up to $40 million in available funding, subject to congressional appropriations, to support the site selection, design, permitting, and construction of a national open-water, wave energy testing facility within U.S. federal or state waters. The Department anticipates the facility
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08/17/2016
Geoffrey Brown named Powin Energy’s President

Geoffrey Brown

Powin Energy, a leading designer and developer of safe and scalable energy storage solutions for utilities, C&I, and EV fast-charging stations, announced that energy industry leader Geoffrey Brown has been named the company’s new president. Brown brings over a decade of international project financing,
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08/12/2016
Novel anode material promises to boost Li-ion batteries

Prof. Jaephil Cho and his research team are posing in their lab at UNIST. From left are Sujong Chae, Namhyung Kim, Prof. Cho, and Jiyoung Ma

A novel approach developed by a team of researchers, led by Prof. Jaephil Cho (UNIST School of Energy and Chemical Engineering) could hold the key to greatly improving the performance of commercial lithium-ion batteries. Prof. Cho and his research team have developed a new type anode material that
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08/12/2016
ORNL optimizes formula for cadmium-tellurium solar cells

The amount of selenium incorporated into the cadmium-tellurium controls how the small crystals inside the solar cell form

Solar cells based on cadmium and tellurium could move closer to theoretical levels of efficiency because of some sleuthing by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A team led by Jonathan Poplawsky of the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences used advanced microscopy
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08/11/2016
PSDcast - Lorandt FÃlkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos talks about Energy Harvesting

Lorandt Fölkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos

In this PSDcast Lorandt Fölkel of Wuerth Elektronik eiSos talks about Energy Harvesting with Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design. A very hot area of the industry, energy haervesting will empower devices from industrial sensors to advanced medical wearables. The company is currently partnering with (among others) Silicon
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08/11/2016
One of the more interesting aspects of the migration towards renewable energy is that many assume that the goal is to eliminate fossil fuels. That is patently impossible, as there will always be a need for more and more energy in a developing world. The key is to create the best balance of energy sources and
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08/09/2016
The Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking 81FR52196 proposing new energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies, a class of battery chargers and is holding a public meeting to receive comment on these proposed standards and associated analyses
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08/08/2016
Eaton’s XLR supercapacitor module now at TTI

Eaton’s XLR supercapacitor module

Eaton’s new XLR supercapacitor module, providing energy storage for high power charge/discharge cycling and peak power shaving applications, and improving power quality for voltage spikes and brown outs, is now available in Europe through TTI, a leading specialist distributor of electronic components. The
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08/08/2016
Phihong rolls out 10kW portable EV DC charger

Portable EV DC charger

Phihong, a leading supplier of OEM power solutions, announced a new 10kW portable EV DC charger for roadside assistance and remote area charging applications. Mounted on four wheels for easy portability, the new 10kW EV DC chargers deliver 12V and 24V to power electric passenger cars and busses, and also function
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08/04/2016
NREL technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells

NREL researcher Mengjin Yang examines hybrid perovskite solar cells

Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility. The research, funded
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08/02/2016
â€Disruptive Innovation’ seen driving electricity costs to zero

Near zero-variable cost energy sources such as solar will continue to drive down energy costs

Global investment bank Citi is predicting that the combination of near zero-variable cost energy sources such as solar and wind, along with smart analytics and “big data”, may deliver what the nuclear industry promised nearly half a century ago – free energy. “The notion of free energy came
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08/02/2016
The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. This first-of-its-kind
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08/02/2016
The SunShot Initiative announced changes and a new face, while saying goodbye to leadership team members who have shaped their office’s work since the beginning. Here is an overview of the changes to the leadership team: Dr. Becca Jones-Albertus has transitioned
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08/01/2016

 



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