IEEE Smart Grid

By Lee Stogner | IEEE: The Expertise to Make Smart Grid a Reality - http://smartgrid.ieee.org

The Transformers: Superheroes of Electrical Inventions

<b>I have always disliked exaggerated claims</b> of imminent scientific and technical breakthroughs, like inexpensive fusion, cheap supersonic travel, and …

Engineering

The Digital Economy And New Technology Will Drive The U.K.'s Energy Future

The U.K. is well positioned to draw on its expertise in the digital economy and its ability to innovate and develop new technologies in its efforts to better manage its domestic energy requirements while producing export opportunities.<p>The U.K.’s commitment to innovation and the digital economy will …

Renewable Energy

Warren Buffett is driving truckloads of money into electric companies.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway recently announced that it plans to buy Oncor, one of the country’s largest electricity-transmission companies, for $9 …

Warren Buffett

The world’s first floating wind farm could be a game changer for renewable power

Wind turbines are impressive structures, towering higher than some of the world’s tallest buildings. When installed offshore, the extent of the construction beneath the surface is just as impressive (and costly).<p>But now, the world’s first floating wind farm has begun to produce power in Scotland. …

Wind Farm

Electricity shake-up could save consumers 'up to £40bn'

BBC environment analyst<p><b>Consumers in the UK could save billions of pounds thanks to major changes in the way electricity is made, used and stored, the government has said.</b><p>New rules will make it easier for people to generate their own power with solar panels, store it in batteries and sell it to the …

Electrical Grid

Flow battery developer ViZn Energy says it can pair solar and storage for 4¢/kWh

Dive Brief:<p>ViZn Energy Systems says it can pair a solar power plant with an energy storage system for 4ٔٔ¢/kWh.<p>Pairing its 30 MW, 4 hour duration …

Renewable Energy

House Science, Space And Technology Gets Sage Advice From Energy Innovators

The witnesses testifying at Tuesday’s hearing on Energy Innovation in front of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology provided forceful and specific examples of the important role that the Department of Energy has played in supporting commercially valuable research and development.<p>They …

Innovation

California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing

In California, solar power is booming: The state leads the nation in solar production, and for a brief period on March 11, California pulled nearly 40 percent of its electricity from the sun.<p>But the state’s solar boom isn’t all sunshine, as the Los Angeles Times energy reporter, Ivan Penn, laid out …

Renewable Energy

Wind and Solar Don’t Harm the Power Grid, Says Dept. of Energy Study

The growth of renewable power, including wind and solar, has not harmed the reliability of the U.S. electricity grid, according to a draft U.S. …

Renewable Energy

How Nikola Tesla Sparked the Electric Age

As we swim in invisible waves transmitting energy all around us, and spend our lives with wireless devices catching a hail of transparent messages, we live in Tesla’s world.<p>With the launch of Tesla’s Model 3 electric sedan, inventor Nikola Tesla is about to become more famous than ever—and for all …

Nikola Tesla

Federal Government Wakes Up To Surging Rooftop Solar

Like a rocket on a radar screen, small-scale solar energy has muscled its way into the government’s meticulous portrayal of the energy landscape.<p>For many years, the U.S. Energy Information Administration only released annual estimates of solar installations on homes and businesses, which once added …

Renewable Energy

Tesla is building the world’s biggest battery. Here’s how it will work.

Get amped to learn about lithium-ion energy storage!<p>By the end of the year, the state of South Australia will be home to the world’s biggest battery, if Elon Musk and Tesla make good on an ambitious commitment. The battery installation will be hooked up to a 99-turbine wind farm (which is still …

Batteries

Large US electric utility Southern Company starts deploying Tesla Powerpacks

Southern Company, one of the US’ largest electric utility and the owner of the two most polluting power plants in the country, announced today that they are bringing online a new Tesla Powerpack station to test the deployment of energy storage.<p>They inaugurated the new 250 kW/1 MWh Tesla Powerpack …

Energy

Can Duke Keep Up With Peers?

Duke Energy is one of the largest regulated utilities in the country.<p>The company is transforming itself with the acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas, …

Stocks

Could a blockchain-based electricity network change the energy market?

Blockchain-enabled energy trading could help lower carbon emissions but efficiency and privacy issues must first be overcome<p>The blockchain. It is the much-hyped, virtually foolproof digital ledger that allows cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to flourish without the need for banks and governments, …

Bitcoin

Grid Batteries Are Poised to Become Cheaper Than Natural-Gas Plants in Minnesota - MIT Technology Review

When it comes to renewable energy, Minnesota isn’t typically a headline-grabber: in 2016 it got about 18 percent of its energy from wind, good enough …

Energy

Siemens and AES team up on industrial-size batteries

Transnational engineering giant Siemens is taking aggressive steps to expand into the ­alternative energy market through a new partnership with AES, an Arlington-based power company that operates in 17 countries.<p>The two firms said in a Tuesday regulatory filing that they are forming a new …

Energy

World's largest redox flow battery being built in underground salt caverns

Just last week, Tesla announced it was building the world's largest lithium-ion battery in Australia, but a German energy company looks set to nab …

Batteries

Warren Buffett Readies Elephant Gun for Big Energy Buy -- The Motley Fool

Oncor could be Warren Buffett's next big energy buy. It fits his investing profile, but may not be the safe bet it appears to be on the surface.<p>It's …

Stocks

Elon Musk's big battery brings reality crashing into a post-truth world

For months, politicians and fossil fuel industry have lied about the viability of renewables. Now Tesla’s big battery in South Australia will prove them wrong<p>• Tesla to build world’s biggest lithium ion battery in South Australia<p>Elon Musk’s agreement to build the world’s largest battery for South …

Elon Musk

Smart startup has a new idea for renewable energy, and it involves giant kites

Why it matters to you<p>New wind power technology could be used where it's difficult for conventional wind turbines to be installed.<p>“Let’s go fly a …

Renewable Energy

Elon Musk sticks to Twitter bet to build world's biggest lithium-ion battery

The bet is on.<p>South Australia will work with Tesla and renewable energy provider Neoen to install the world's biggest lithium-ion battery, in a bid to curb energy concerns that have plagued the state.<p>The announcement was made on Friday months after Tesla founder Elon Musk made a Twitter bet in …

Autos

Warren Buffett’s Oncor Play Shows Berkshire’s Energy Ambitions

Deal would cement electricity as one of the conglomerate’s largest businesses<p>Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. struck a deal to buy one of the country’s biggest power-transmission companies, cementing electricity as one of the conglomerate’s largest businesses.<p>Berkshire said it would buy …

Stocks

We’re a Cheap Battery Away From Phasing Out Fossil Fuels

The CEO of Europe's biggest solar company tells us why Big Oil is facing an imminent threat.<p>Scientists are embroiled in a bitter debate about whether or not renewable energy can power the world. But new research—and insights from a leading industry insider—suggest that the dialogue overlooks an …

Renewable Energy

Are North American utilities safe against cyber attacks?

Last month, public reports from ESET and Dragos outlined a new, highly capable Industrial Controls Systems (ICS) attack platform — the one reportedly used in 2016 against critical utilities infrastructure in Ukraine.<p>CRASHOVERRIDE (alternately named Industroyer), the malware framework used on a …

Cybersecurity

Groundbreaking new energy storage system mounts to existing poles

Grid reliability is a growing concern as the world transitions to renewable energy and existing infrastructure ages. To address these challenges, …

Energy

Battery storage: The next disruptive technology in the power sector

Low-cost storage could transform the power landscape. The implications are profound.<p><b>Storage prices are dropping</b> much faster than anyone expected, due …

Carbon-Free Nuclear Fusion Is Coming, if It Survives Trump’s Budget Cuts - Bloomberg

In the rolling hills of East Tennessee, a team of scientists and engineers is working to create a sun on Earth. They’re at Oak Ridge National …

Energy

Next-Gen Flexibility is The Mantra for Grid 3.0

For most veterans of the utility industry, discussions about the next generation distribution grid hearken back to the 1990s with the introduction of …

Energy