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Serving the Power Grid

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
PSDcast - Dwight Stewart of Igor Tech on smart lighting

Dwight Stewart of Igor Tech

Dwight Stewart, Founder & CTO of Igor Technology talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the exploding world of smart lighting. Smart lighting is far, far more than intelligent control, it can be the backbone of a building or facility's smart infrastructure for both monitoring and managment. Igor’s
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08/26/2016
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
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
PSDcast - Dan Carnovale of Eaton on their Experience Centers and Young Guns program

Dan Carnovale of Eaton

In this PSDcast Dan Carnovale of Eaton talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Deisgn about their Experience Centers and Young Guns program. It is pretty obvious that the electronics sector will need thousands of skilled workers to replace those who will be retiring the coming years, and is working to help train
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08/16/2016
Aclara Technologies, a leading supplier of smart infrastructure technologies to water, gas and electric utilities globally, has acquired the Smart Grid business of Tollgrade Communications, Inc., a global market share leader in the smart grid sensor market. The transaction includes the award-winning LightHouse
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08/12/2016
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
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 - John Day of Anord on advanced power distribution

John Day of Anord

In this PSDcast John Day of Anord talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about critical power systems, and the need for advanced control and increased efficiency in data centers. The company recently unveiled the Anord Modular Product (AMP) Power Distribution Unit (PDU). This offering is presented as
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08/03/2016
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
LEM launches first surface mounted SO8 isolated current transducers with integrated current conductor

GHS series integrated circuit transducer

LEM introduced the GHS series: miniature, integrated circuit transducers for AC and DC isolated current measurement up to 100 KHz. These new components offer full isolation despite their small size, integrating the primary conductor for nominal current measurements of 10A, 12A, 16A or 20A with a measurement
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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 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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