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Serving the Power Grid

August 2013
Hydrogen fuel from sunlight

Gary Moore is a chemist with Berkeley Lab's Physical Biosciences Division and principal investigator for the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis.

In the search for clean, green sustainable energy sources to meet human needs for generations to come, perhaps no technology matches the ultimate potential of artificial photosynthesis. Bionic leaves
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08/30/2013
Wind turbines don't hurt home values, study says
Wind-power turbines, which are increasingly dotting California's mountain and desert regions, don't appear to be having a negative effect on home values, according to a new report by the Lawrence-Berkeley
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08/30/2013
Over the last decade, growth in population, and advances in technology and communications have placed a continuously increasing demand on power generation, distribution, control and storage. To
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08/29/2013

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In the midst of an intensifying global water crisis, scientists are reporting development of a more economical way to use one form of the "ice that burns" to turn very salty wastewater from fracking
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08/29/2013
BlueBOLT announced that the company has introduced a network management feature to its cloud-based power and energy management platform. The new feature allows users to query (ping) any device with
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08/29/2013
Is the US electrical grid on the edge of failure?
Facebook can lose a few users and remain a perfectly stable network, but where the national grid is concerned simple geography dictates that it is always just a few transmission lines from collapse. That
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08/28/2013
The UK's grid-storage initiative
In this PSDcast Marieke Beckmann, the CCM Research Lead at the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL), talks with Power Systems Design's Alix Paultre about the UK's Dynamic Demand Challenge, supported
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08/28/2013
Germany just broke its monthly solar power generation record once again. In July, the grey-skied country logged 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from solar power, slightly better than the 5
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08/28/2013
Lawrence Livermore NIF laser fusion experiment delivers record energy output
Recently Lawrence Livermore's National Ignition Facility (NIF) focused all 192 of its ultra-powerful laser beams on a tiny deuterium-tritium filled capsule. In the nanoseconds that followed, the capsule
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08/28/2013
NC State creates open-source energy model to enhance comparison & collaboration
Computer models are used to inform policy decisions about energy, but existing models are generally "black boxes" that don't show how they work, making it impossible for anyone to replicate their
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08/28/2013
Metallized Carbon appoints Roxanne Andrian quality assurance manager
Metallized Carbon has appointed Roxanne Andrian to fill the position of Quality Assurance Manager to oversee the operations of the Quality Assurance department, and ensure that all products produced
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08/27/2013
AutoGrid Systems, a leader in Big Data analytics for the energy industry, announced that its flagship software application, Demand Response Optimization and Management System (DROMS), and its embedded
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08/26/2013
NTT DATA, an IT services leader, and AutoGrid Systems, a leader in Big Data Analytics for the electricity and energy industry, announced a strategic research and development (R&D) agreement to develop
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08/23/2013
Littelfuse's compact, surge-tolerant fuses serve systems with high lightning exposure
Littelfuse, a leader in circuit protection, has introduced two series of compact, high surge withstand fuses, both capable of withstanding up to 20 lightning-induced high current surges without performance
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08/23/2013
Rugged 3kW AC/DC power supply accepts 480Vac 3-phase Input
The HVI 3K series of AC/DC power supplies from Absopulse was designed for applications that require 3-phase, high voltage ac-inputs. These 3kW units are typically used in industrial plants, power
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08/23/2013
Chemical engineers' research may lead to inexpensive & flexible solar cells
Work by a team of chemical engineers at Penn State and Rice University may lead to a new class of inexpensive organic solar cells. "Imagine if you could make solar cells as easily as you can print
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08/23/2013
Germany to create largest PV facility to serve internal markets
Building on their renewable energy and energy storage research, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is transferring its theoretical findings into practice and will build what is expected to
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08/22/2013
With wind energy capacity growing at a rapid pace, the value of the operations and maintenance (O&M) market is expected to increase from $3 billion in 2008 to $19 billion by 2020, says research and
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08/22/2013
A coalition of Latino groups, clean energy supporters, environmentalists, and health advocates will rally outside Southern California Edison's headquarters in Rosemead. The rally will protest the
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08/21/2013
Novel battery design may support grid-stiffening for alternate energy sources
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to
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08/21/2013
India and Australia to Invest more in renewable energy, but China leads the Asia-Pacific market
Powered by policy support from the government, India and Australia will increase their share of renewable energy projects in the near future, while China will remain the largest market in the Asia-Pacific
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08/20/2013
Once upon a time, to be an engineer who spent time trying to reduce power consumption meant you were either a power supply designer, or worked in the few application spaces that needed high-efficiency
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08/18/2013
Transient thermal resistance (Zth) of power modules determined by simulation and measurement.

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Fig. 1. Comparison of measurement with FEM-Simulation and calculation results

The transient thermal resistance (Zth) of a power module describes a key performance that is used to estimate the maximum output current for transient loads. It can also be used to calculate the temperature
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08/16/2013
Despite demonstrating a slowed growth rate, China will continue to be the largest wind power market in 2020, as it attempts to reduce its carbon footprint while increasing electricity production in
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08/16/2013
Gore's Series VE9 adhesive vent extends life of outdoor electronic enclosures
W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE® Protective Vents with a product specifically engineered to increase the reliability of outdoor electronic enclosures that are commonly exposed
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08/16/2013
High visitor satisfaction noted from PCIM 2013
The 7,883 visitors (from 53 different countries) were very satisfied with PCIM Europe 2013, according to the final analysis. Thanks to the exhibitor variety and the huge topic diversity, 95% of all
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08/15/2013
Master limited partnerships and the impact on renewable-energy industries
Legislation expanding Master Limited Partnerships (MLPS) for renewable energy categories is projected to find a path through partisan gridlock this fall. While the effect that this change in the tax
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08/13/2013
Putting a test case for integrity management
Widely-publicized catastrophic failures of forged materials in deepwater applications have called into question the structural integrity of such products and focused industry attention on the need
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08/12/2013
The August ESF Roundup of select ESF Research news and industry events feature the EnerCom Oil & Gas Conference, happening in Denver, CO, next week. Last month brought a wide range of activity, from
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08/09/2013
Climate-KIC - Europe's largest public-private innovation partnership working to address the challenge of climate change - has awarded more than £125,000 to a project aimed at shifting electricity
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08/08/2013
California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman, who earlier issued a ruling proposing that the state's investor-owned utilities procure 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2020, will deliver
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08/08/2013
Is wireless power transmission a step backwards?
In this PSDcast, Arnold Alderman of Anagenesis and Alix talk about wireless power, its potential in the market, and issues to adoption. Although wireless power has a great amount to offer in the
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08/08/2013
Genscape reports lowest US July power demand since 2009
Genscape's recent US power demand estimates show average daily demand fell -3% in July when compared to 2012. After a slow start to the month, temperatures for much of the country warmed into the
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08/07/2013
Each turn of the technology wheel brings with it new disruptions and new opportunities. In the area of power, the recent explosion of advanced microcontrollers has enabled designers and product
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08/05/2013
FuelCell Energy, a leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, today announced that FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH has
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08/05/2013
Alternative Energy Systems Consulting (AESC), a leading provider of high-quality engineering and management services that enable the rapid deployment of reliable and cost-effective energy solutions,
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08/05/2013
FuelFX brings augmented-reality tech to the energy industry
Houston-based multimedia and interactive application firm, FuelFX, is offering complex energy training, communications, sales and marketing materials into a new era of immersive, experiential media.
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08/01/2013
Toshiba International, a leader in power transmission and distribution, announced a joint agreement with Pennsylvania Breaker (PAB). The strategic alliance brings the high performing high-voltage
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08/01/2013

 



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