IEEE Smart Grid

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Hydropower Catches The Digital Wave

Digital solutions promise to improve economic and environmental outcomes, write Debora Frodl, Global Executive Director at GE Ecomagination, and …

Renewable Energy

New Japanese solar cell is closest to reaching maximum efficiency

Solar energy is the hottest thing in eco-living, and everybody wants in on it. People are installing solar panels in their homes, governments are creating smart grids and companies like Google want to run completely on renewable energy and help people do the same.<p>However, the more we start to …

Solar Power

Cloud and Edge Computing for an IoT-Based Smart Grid

The electrical grid as we know it is one of the most advanced technologies out there, and it's been powering our homes and businesses for more than a …

Renewable Energy

The Impressive Sprawl of the U.S. Power Grid

Nationwide infrastructure with a singular purpose is understandably expansive.<p>Infrastructure in America has been in the news a lot lately, with folks on both sides of the aisle discussion more spending in the area.<p>But before any of those endeavors get underway, it's worth noting the massive scope …

Renewable Energy

How Utilities Are Using Blockchain to Modernize the Grid

In New York state, neighbors are testing their ability to sell solar energy to one another using blockchain technology. In Austria, the country’s largest utility conglomerate, Wien Energie, is taking part in a blockchain trial focused on energy trading with two other utilities. Meanwhile in …

Renewable Energy

Flexible new solar panel is almost 80% lighter than traditional panels

Solar panels just got a lot slimmer. Zhengrong Shi, a.k.a. the Sun King, is now marketing eArche, a super flexible, ultrathin solar panel that could …

Solar Power

The Wonder Material That May Make Spray-On Solar Cells a Reality - Bloomberg

Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles -- and at prices …

Solar Power

Here Are 15 Things That Tesla's Batteries Are Already Powering

From breweries to entire islands.<p>As Tesla prepares for its long-awaited Model 3 launch, the company is also investing more in its renewable-energy …

Renewable Energy

Tesla’s $169 Million Battery Play Is Just the Beginning

Tesla is ready to power some grids. And not just in California or Australia.<p>Last week, Elon Musk wagered he could address South Australia’s energy …

Should you install solar panels on your roof? Ask Google

In 2015, Google launched Project Sunroof, a map that shows which houses have enough sun exposure for solar panels to be a viable energy source. However, the original map was very limited, covering only the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, California and Boston.<p>Now, Google has greatly expanded the …

Google

Inside the Race To Build Next Generation Battery Technology

To solve truly big and complex problems, we need to build new platforms for collaboration.<p>The garage startup has become as much of an American icon in the twenty first century as the automobile and the drive-in were to earlier generations. The idea that anyone with an idea can change the world is …

Low carbon drive 'cuts household bills'

<b>Britain's low carbon energy revolution is actually saving money for households, a report says.</b><p>Households make a net saving of £11 a month, according to analysis from the Committee on Climate Change.<p>It calculates that subsidies to wind and solar are adding £9 a month to the average bill, but that …

Budgeting

The outdated US electric grid is going to cost $5 trillion to replace

The electric grid is an amazing integrated system of machines spanning an entire continent. The National Academy of Engineering has called it one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.<p>But it is also expensive. By my analysis, the current (depreciated) value of the US electric …

Renewable Energy

Tesla's massive batteries are powering everything from exotic islands to breweries

As Tesla prepares for its long-awaited Model 3 launch, the company is also investing more in its renewable-energy division.<p>Tesla has had an energy division committed to selling its at-home battery, the Powerwall, and commercial battery pack, the Powerpack since 2015. But after acquiring SolarCity …

Energy Storage
Renewable Energy

Business Model Innovation Will Help Make Make Energy Storage Work

We know energy storage is coming, but who provides it could be answered by how business models are set up.<p>Energy storage is coming to closer to a …

German Coal Mine to Be Reborn as Giant Pumped Hydropower Battery - Bloomberg

A coal-mine that powered German industry for almost half a century will get a new lease on life when it’s turned into a giant battery that stores …

Renewable Energy

Europe's renewable energy revolution

A tunnel under construction beneath a Norwegian mountain is just one link in a new grid that will cross national borders<p>More than 2km down a dark tunnel deep inside a Norwegian mountain, a drilling machine is boring out holes in the rock. It’s part of a major project that will connect Britain to …

Renewable Energy

The clock is ticking on the energy market's smart meter revolution

Energy companies are worried. The industry's woeful record in customer service and regulator run-ins is well known. So is its battle against the lack of public trust in the industry as a whole. But for years a potentially greater concern has been brewing at the headquarters of established and …

Renewable Energy

Tesla’s $169 Million Battery Play Is Just the Beginning - Bloomberg

Tesla is ready to power some grids. And not just in California or Australia.<p>Last week, Elon Musk wagered he could address South Australia’s energy …

Renewable Energy

Google: 4 out of 5 US homes have solar power potential

A five kilowatt rooftop solar installation now costs just $12,500 on average after tax credits, and pretty soon, installing one might soon be a matter of re-tiling your roof. Whether it's right for you, however, depends in large part on how much sun your house gets. That's where Google's Project …

Renewable Energy

Wind Power Takes to the Seas

<b>The first U.S. offshore wind project is up and running. Is it a sign of things to come?</b><p>It was a brisk Sunday morning in October 2015, and Deepwater …

Renewable Energy

A Startup in Brooklyn Will Let People Collect and Trade Solar Power, Bypassing Utility Companies

A new startup in Brooklyn is bringing solar panels to the New York borough's rooftops while letting local residents buy and sell electricity among …

Renewable Energy

Germany’s High-Priced Energy Revolution

<b>It has made huge but costly strides toward renewables. Can any other nation afford to follow it?</b><p>As many generations of Dieter Dürrmeier’s family as …

Renewable Energy

How to get the most out of grid modernization, in 5 simple steps

Across the nation, there’s few topics are hotter with state utility regulators than grid modernization.<p>From California and New York to Hawaii and …

Biofuel

National Grid’s ‘unnecessary’ power reserve cost £180m - and wasn’t used

National Grid has been forced to defend payouts of £180m to a string of reserve power plants which were never called on over the three years of the scheme.<p>It set up the reserve system over fears that the steady shutdown of old power plants would put the UK at risk of potential blackouts.<p>However, …

Renewable Energy

Google's Deepmind wants to cut 10% off the entire UK's energy bill

DeepMind wants to help the UK cut its energy consumption by up to 10%, according to a report published in The Financial Times on Sunday.<p>The artificial intelligence (AI) lab — acquired by Google for £400 million in 2014 — has developed algorithms that can anticipate energy demand and supply.<p>They're …

Renewable Energy
Nuclear Energy

Full Cost of Electricity: Modeling Natural Gas Prices Offers Insight for Future Fuel Prices

​<p>In any business investment, price forecasting plays an important role in determining the viability of the project. Energy investing is no different, …

Renewable Energy