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Serving the Power Grid

June 2014
GreenPeak Technologies, an industry-leading Smart Home low-power radio communication semi-conductor company, has created a white paper that details how Small Data, the tiny bits of information collected from billions of small sentrollers (sensors, controllers and actuators) in homes, offices, factories, cars,
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06/30/2014
NREL supercomputer tackles grid challenges

"Big data" is playing an increasing role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid

"Big data" is playing an increasingly big role in the renewable energy industry and the transformation of the nation's electrical grid, and no single entity provides a better tool for such data than the Energy Department's Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) located on the campus of the National
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06/30/2014
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to announce
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06/30/2014

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has launched a new website that provides state and local decision makers easy access to a wealth of energy data specific to their location. The resources and data
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06/27/2014
Smartenergy ramps up crystalline silicon solar panel production

Smartenergy Renewables completed the conversion and upgrade of its fully-automated solar panel manufacturing facility

Smartenergy Renewables completed the conversion and upgrade of its fully-automated solar panel manufacturing facility in Luckenwalde, near Berlin, Germany. The factory is certified to DIN ISO 9001, 14001, and 50001 standards. The currently manufactured 295W Utility panels are fully IEC certified. To-date 1.9MW
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06/27/2014
Two DC universities ink major deal to get over half their power From solar

American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital have agreed to purchase more than half of their power from three new solar farms in North Carolina

American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital have agreed to purchase more than half of their power from three new solar farms in North Carolina. The Washington, DC-based institutions signed a 20 year power purchase agreement to buy 52 megawatts of solar PV from Duke Energy Renewables. Enough
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06/25/2014
The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) recognized Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) of Virginia and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) of Illinois as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. The awards were presented at the
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06/25/2014
VARTA Storage to feature the Engion home energy storage system at Intersolar North America

Engion Home solar energy storage system

VARTA Microbattery, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of an extensive variety of high-technology rechargeable and primary batteries, announced that VARTA Storage is featuring the Engion Home solar energy storage system at Intersolar North America, held July 8 through 10, 2014 in San Francisco,
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06/24/2014
Space-Time Insight releases Smart Grid situational intelligence software update

SI Suite 5.0 facilitates decision-making by correlating, analyzing and presenting data from disparate systems

Space‐Time Insight, a leading provider of next‐generation situational intelligence solutions, has introduced SI Suite 5.0, a major update of its advanced real-time visual analytics software for Utilities and the Smart Grid. SI Suite 5.0 excels at helping organizations gain actionable insight into massive
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06/24/2014
SolarEdge unveils inverter-embedded rapid-shutdown functionality

Rapid Shutdown is now available in all SolarEdge inverters

SolarEdge Technologies, a leader in power optimizers, PV inverters, and module-level monitoring services, announced that the functionality required by NEC 2014 690.12 Rapid Shutdown is now available in all of its inverters. This functionality is available in both new installations and easily upgradable in existing
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06/24/2014
Malcolm Loro of Ciena on smart grid networks

Malcolm Loro of Ciena

In this PSDcast Malcolm Loro of Ciena talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of a robust and fast network in a functional Smart-Grid infrastrucutre. Recently Salt River Project, an Arizona public power utility and water supplier, announced it will modernize its backbone network with
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06/20/2014
FuelCell Energy, al leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of fuel cell power plants, announced the development of a project to install a 1.4 megawatt (MW) fuel cell power plant to provide both electricity and usable high quality heat to the University of California,
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06/20/2014
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to welcome nearly 100 social scientists, energy researchers, and policy experts to a two-day workshop titled “Applying Behavioral Strategies to Energy Decisions and Behaviors,”
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06/19/2014
John Streicher of MTE on grid infrastructures

John Streicher of MTE

In this PSDcast, John Streicher, application engineering manager at MTE, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about grid infrastructures and the hardware involved. WIth all of the discussion on the Smart Grid, it's important to remember that the hardware is as important. MTE manufactures line/load reactors,
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06/18/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Doble Engineering explains some of their asset-management tools for large critical electrical systems for Power Systems Design. Doble offers a complete line
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06/17/2014
CEMS-Global has been successfully organizing the `Power Sri Lanka Intl Expo' in Colombo for the last 4 years, bringing under one roof all important stakeholders of the Power & Energy Industry of Sri Lanka. CEMS-Global brought the Power Series of Exhibitions to Sri Lanka in 2010 and is pleased to once again
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06/17/2014
CIGS photovoltaic pilot production facility launches in South Africa

Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property officially launched the successful commissioning of its pilot production line for the manufacturing of CIGS thin-film solar modules

In the presence of numerous honorary guests from Germany and South Africa including high-ranking politicians, business and technical partners, Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property officially launched the successful commissioning of its pilot production line for the manufacturing of CIGS thin-film solar
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06/16/2014
Located twenty miles west of Akron, Ohio, Medina City School District recently searched for an environmentally friendly way to power and heat its only high school and reduce utility costs. After examining several options, the district selected a combined heat and power (CHP) system from the Rolls-Royce Power
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06/13/2014
VYCON, a designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-speed kinetic energy storage systems, announced that its VDC-XE systems will provide eight megawatts of battery-free power protection to a large lights-out data center located in Texas. VYCON’s kinetic energy storage systems were chosen due
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06/13/2014
Paolo Casini of ABB on the Power-One acquisition

Paolo Casini of ABB

In this PSDcast Paolo Casini of ABB talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their recent acquisition of Power-One and some of the motivations behind it. The Power-One Renewable Energy Business was transitioned to the ABB brand in May 2014 as part of the planned integration of its Power-One acquisition.
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06/12/2014
As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced it has issued a lease to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) for marine hydrokinetic technology testing offshore
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06/12/2014
Global renewable energy-generation capacity jumps to record Level

For the first time, more solar PV than wind power capacity was added worldwide

The number of emerging economy nations with policies in place to support the expansion of renewable energy has surged more than six-fold in just eight years, from 15 developing countries in 2005 to 95 early this year. Those 95 developing nations today make up the vast majority of the 144 countries with renewable
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06/12/2014
SolarEdge Technologies, a leader in power optimizers, PV inverters, and module-level monitoring services, is unveiling an expanded product portfolio. On display for the first time during Intersolar Europe in Munich, SolarEdge will showcase its smart energy management solution which reduces electricity costs
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06/10/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Amantys goes over their latest intelligent IGBT gate drivers for Power Systems Design at PCIM 2014. He also talks about their partnership with Avago and
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06/10/2014
Don Soifer of EnergyTrends on Smart Grid issues

Don Soifer of EnergyTrends

In this PSDcast Don Soifer of EnergyTrends talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the developing SMart Grid and the challenges and opportunties it provides to both society and the electronic design engineering community. EnergyTrends.org was created by the Lexington Institute to provide useful information
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06/10/2014
CE Week announced a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to bring local up-and-coming startups to CE Week 2014. Known as the CE industry’s top annual mid-year event, CE Week brings together media, analysts and technology thought leaders for product debuts, a robust conference
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06/10/2014
Tesla to open up its Supercharger patents to boost electric car adoption

Tesla to expand its Supercharger network

Tesla's CEO has been carefully dropping hints that he might "do something controversial" with his company's collection of technology patents, and now we know what he's on about. Speaking at the UK launch of the Tesla Model S yesterday, Elon Musk said that he specifically wants to open up the designs
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06/09/2014
Chris Beekhuis of Gridtential on grid-level energy storage (Podcast)

Chris Beekhuis of Gridtential

In this podcast Chris Beekhuis of Gridtential talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about grid-level energy storage and the issues around the storage methods involved. Gridtential has developed a proprietary technology for an advanced lead-acid battery that replaces the metal grid in current lead-acid
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06/09/2014
In this episode of PSDtv Cree demonstrates a solar inverter solution based on their latest silicon carbide semiconductors for Power Systems Design. This demo has delivers 50 kW in
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06/09/2014
Global energy demand is expected to rise dramatically as the world's population grows, economies flourish, and standards of living increase, enabling greater access to modern energy. By 2040, consumption is projected to increase by more than 56 percent worldwide, with the industrial sector accounting for over
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06/07/2014
Cree claims first silicon carbide 1200V/25mΩ MOSFET in a TO-247

Cree's C2M0025120D SiC 1200V MOSFET

Cree has hurdled the on-resistance barrier of traditional 1200V MOSFET technology by introducing the industry’s first commercially-available silicon carbide (SiC) 1200V MOSFET with an RDS(ON) of 25mΩ in an industry standard TO-247-3 package. The MOSFET, designated the C2M0025120D, is expected to be widely
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06/05/2014
Novel children’s museum exhibit powers up energy education through play

Kid Grid, located at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, N.C.

The U.S. is lagging behind other countries in science and math, but some companies are taking unique steps to encourage future engineers. Global power and automation leader ABB and Marbles Kids Museum are launching a one-of-a-kind, play-based power grid exhibit, called Kid Grid, to generate interest in science,
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06/03/2014
In this episode of PSDtv GaN Systems walks us through their recent advances and their latest products for Power Systems Design. GaN Systems provides a range of gallium nitride power
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06/03/2014
USI, Universal Scientific (Shanghai) Industrial, a leading expert in the design and manufacturing of wireless module solutions, has joined forces with GreenPeak Technologies, a leading Smart Home low-power radio communication semi-conductor company, to develop a high performance and low cost ZigBee module for
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06/03/2014
The June ESF Roundup is a monthly communication of select ESF Research, the ESF Calendar of upcoming industry events, and the featured event of the month. This month ESF features its own annual event series New York Energy Week , happening June 16 to June 20. ESF Research Pro: EXPIRE Act Supports
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06/03/2014
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