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Serving the Power Grid

November 2014
Power plants and grids are stretched to their limits. To ensure the operational safety, critical factors such as "Hot-Spots" inside high voltage transformers, power factor correction capacitors and alternators are monitored. Other possible capabilities are temperature measurement on high voltage distribution
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11/28/2014
Energy Vision, a national non-profit analyzing and promoting clean, renewable, petroleum-free transportation fuels, presented its 2014 Leadership Awards in the renewable energy field. The awardees are leading innovative projects to scale up renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicle fuel made from organic waste such
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11/25/2014
Non-hydro utility-scale energy storage solutions are landing record-setting contracts in multiple regions, marking a transition beyond small-scale ancillary services. IMPACT Fast-reacting and flexible energy storage resources can efficiently provide ancillary services to free-up
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11/24/2014

Green energy needs legacy tech to work

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

One of the problems with the debate over the development and deployment of alternate energy is that people on both sides of the discussion act as if energy delivery is a zero-sum game. Whenever electric cars come up people act as if the end goal is 100% usage of one technology or the other. The same goes for
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11/21/2014
The electronics industry needs net neutrality

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The current state of technology debate in America boggles the mind. Instead of discussing the engineering and development challenges involved in moving the USA towards a brighter future of advanced manufacturing, smart cities, and an Internet of Things enabling and empowering everyone with new products and services,
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11/21/2014
Energy Vision, a national non-profit analyzing and promoting clean, renewable, petroleum-free transportation fuels, presented its 2014 Leadership Awards in the renewable energy field. The awardees are leading innovative projects to scale up renewable natural gas (RNG) vehicle fuel made from organic waste such
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11/20/2014
BC SOLAR extends partnership with Solsquare in Namibia

Solsquare is specialised in turn-key installed PV systems for the residential and commercial sector

IBC SOLAR, a leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems, has extended its partnership with Solsquare Energy. The Namibia-based solar power specialist now is IBC SOLAR’s exclusive distribution partner for the growing Namibian PV market. The agreement marks a decisive step for both companies to strengthen their long-time
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11/20/2014
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies
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11/20/2014
Big Data, a term that seems to encompass many of today’s technology buzzwords including the Internet of Things (IoT), machine to machine (M2M), wireless communication, cloud computing, and more is driving the need for increased bandwidth. Among the problems that became apparent even at 10Gbps is the power
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11/19/2014
State energy efficiency resource standards (EERS) outline near- and long-term energy use reduction requirements for utilities and third-party program administrators. EERS play an instrumental role in reducing power-sector emissions growth and could help reduce electricity consumption by as much as 10 percent
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11/18/2014
Interior offers first right-of-way for renewable energy transmission in federal waters

Block Island Transmission System

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced that BOEM has offered a right-of-way (ROW)
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11/18/2014
Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the standard for reliability at the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced the availability of its LightHouse® Medium Voltage (MV) Power Sensor for Europe. European grid operators are under increasing pressure
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11/06/2014
Supporting the goals of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department today announced $15 million in available funding to help integrate distributed, on-site solar energy systems into the nation’s electrical grid. With more solar power installed in the United States in the last 18
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11/06/2014
RTI's eGauge two-way driver performs real-time energy monitoring

eGauge power monitoring

Remote Technologies (RTI) has introduced a new two-way driver for eGauge Systems products. Developed by RTI, the driver allows installers to integrate the eGauge 3 Series and eGauge2 electric energy meters into an RTI control system, giving customers convenient, real-time measurements of a building's electrical
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11/06/2014
Based on the latest research by IDTechEx analysts, the market for energy harvesting is expected to reach $2.6 Billion by 2024, as analyzed in detail in the report 'Energy Harvesting and Storage 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players'). The market segments that have adopted and will lead the proliferation
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11/05/2014
Nanoparticle-based material turns up the heat on concentrated solar power

A new coating material developed by UCSD researchers could help make concentrated solar power (CSP) plants more efficient

The key factor when it comes to solar power plant efficiency – be they of the photovoltaic or concentrated solar power (CSP) variety – is the amount of light that can be captured by the light-absorbing material and converted into electricity or heat. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego
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11/05/2014
Erik Christian of Tollgrade on smart-grid managment

Erik Christian of Tollgrade

in this PSDcast Erik Christian, VP Smart Grid at Tollgrade Communications, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about providing oversight and management of grid funtionality. Tollgrade’s LightHouse MV Power Sensors claim to be the first battery-free, ‘all-in-one’ Smart Grid Sensor capable of monitoring
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11/04/2014
Alevo Group, an energy service provider, announced that it will deploy and commission production lines at the Victory Industrial Park in Concord, North Carolina, for the manufacture of its innovative battery technology and GridBanks. Alevo, a vertically-integrated manufacturer with global operations, has purchased
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11/03/2014
Furthering Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s entrepreneurial vision for education in New York State, the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) announced that Eonix, a clean energy startup born at SUNY Poly and led by CNSE graduate students, has been awarded
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11/03/2014
Computational model predicts superconductivity

The 15 boxes in this image show the simulated intensity of spin excitations in 15 iron-based materials, including iron compounds that are high-temperature superconductors (images d–h). The x axis shows the momentum of the spin excitation in selected locations of 3D space, and the y axis shows the energy measured in electron volts (eV). The color code indicates the intensity of spin excitations with a given energy and momentum

Researchers studying iron-based superconductors are combining novel electronic structure algorithms with the high-performance computing power of the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)’s Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to predict spin dynamics, or the ways electrons orient and correlate
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11/03/2014
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