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Mexico Border Wall Won’t Stop Cross-border Power Push

Mexico and its U.S. neighbors are planning expanded electrical trade even as President Trump continues pushing to build a border wall. New …

Energy

Does Nuclear Power Have a Robust Future in the U.S.?

Supporters say reforms would allow the industry to scale up and reduce costs. But skeptics say market forces working against the industry are too strong.<p>Here’s one sign that nuclear energy has been struggling: Operators shut down six reactors in recent years before their licenses expired, and …

Energy

Compliance Above and Beyond

Exceeding Compliance Standards for Smart Grid Security

Cybersecurity

Daimler and HPE want to power green data centers with hydrogen

Hydrogen fuel cells have mainly been used to power vehicles so far, but they could soon find another use: the server farms powering your internet services. Daimler, HPE, Power Innovations and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are expanding fuel cell use to "micro-grids" inside data centers. …

Energy

Pittsburgh's Microgrids Technology Could Lead The Way For Green Energy

When President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, he said he represented "Pittsburgh, not Paris."<p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto disagreed. He traveled to Germany this week as part of an unofficial delegation of more than 100 Americans, American officials and …

Renewable Energy

Solar inverter from Enphase to run when the grid crashes or doesn’t exist – without batteries

Enphase Energy, in their 4th quarter earnings call, made references to their upcoming ‘Ensemble’ line of solar inverters. Their Chief Product Officer, Raghu Belur, suggested that the new hardware will allow solar power to run a house – even without a power grid or batteries.<p>This is an interesting …

Renewable Energy

Meet the startups changing the future of energy

How we distribute, store and generate energy is undergoing a massive disruption. Startups in the energy sector are leading the way into a new era of …

Energy

New smart grid solution heals itself amid central grid outages

Renewable energy may offer emissions-free electricity, but it isn’t always easy for electrical grids to integrate that energy. Dutch company Alfen is …

Electricity

Smart shipping container offers power grid resilience with ‘self healing’ capability

Electrical grid complexity has increased immensely. Recently, weather damage and intermittent renewable energy production have increased the dynamics that must be managed in a large power grid. In order to address that, the Dutch company Alfen is currently field testing their new ‘cellular smart …

Electrical Grid

Transparent Solar Cells Like This Could Deliver 40% of America's Power

Here's how they work.<p>Solar energy is off the charts. Not only is uptake skyrocketing, but solar is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of …

Clean Energy

Energy giant bets on battery breakthrough within the next 5 years

• <b>Duke Energy believes that efficient battery technology will boost solar and wind power in the next five years.</b>• <b><br>The cost of generating and storing solar power dropped from $800 per kilowatt hour to $281 over the past four years.</b><p>North Carolina-based utility provider Duke Energy is betting on the rise …

Renewable Energy

The Little Secrets Behind Apple’s Green Data Centers - MIT Technology Review

Apple this week said that all of its data centers are powered by renewable energy. How Apple achieved that impressive goal reflects the complexity of …

Renewable Energy

Your Next Home Could Run on Batteries

A combination of solar power and the rise of residential energy storage paves the way for a new kind of cable cutting<p>By<p>Christopher Mims<p>Christopher Mims<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@mims<p>christophermims<p>christopher.mims@wsj.com<p>In the near future, your home could be battery operated.<p>This is …

Renewable Energy

The electricity required for a single bitcoin trade could power a house for a whole month

LONDON — Bitcoin transactions use so much energy that the electricity used for a single trade could power a home for almost a whole month, according to a paper from Dutch bank ING.<p>Bitcoin trades use a lot of electricity as a means to make verifying trades expensive, therefore making fraudulent …

Bitcoin

How Power Grid Hacks Work, and When You Should Panic

In 2017, it can sometimes seem like power grids are practically crawling with digital intruders. Over just the past four months, news has emerged …

Cybersecurity

New technologies lead Edison-era electricity grid into the future

It’s not as though Calgary entrepreneur Brent Harris set out to take on Elon Musk and beat the legendary innovator at his own game. “That’s not our …

Energy

The 4 Main Pillars of Enhancing Utility Grid Resilience

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have increased the urgency of acting to make our electricity grids more resilient. While America’s utilities have …

Energy

DOE: EV charging typically consumes less energy than water heating

Charging an EV consumes less energy than several common household appliances, according to data compiled by the DOE.<p>For the typical US household, …

Energy

MIT's new flow battery breathes air to cut costs of renewable energy storage

Renewable energy might be clean, but it's not always reliable if the Sun ducks behind clouds or the wind slacks off. To counter that variability, the …

Batteries

Here’s how Tesla uses its giant batteries to power small islands

As Puerto Ricans continue to suffer without power in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Tesla and other companies are proposing alternative solutions.<p>Puerto Rico's 3.5 million residents lost power after Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 store, destroyed the island's electric grid. It may take six months …

Puerto Rico

Deep-sea wind farm the size of INDIA could generate enough sustainable energy to power the entire planet

A massive deep-sea wind farm in the North Atlantic covering an area the size of India could potentially power the entire world, research has …

Climate Change

This New Charging System Lets Electric Cars Pay For Themselves By Selling Energy Back To The Grid

A new charging system will let the cars serve as batteries for the grid–making you cash as they sit in your driveway.<p>If you buy a Nissan Leaf in the U.K. in 2018, you probably won’t ever have to pay to charge your new electric car.<p>Anyone who has a garage will be able to sign up for a new program …

Nissan Leaf

Microsoft inks 15-year deal to buy energy from GE’s new wind farm in Ireland

Microsoft has inked a 15-year agreement with General Electric (GE) to purchase all wind energy produced at GE’s new 37-megawatt wind farm in County Kerry, in the southwestern corner of Ireland.<p>Through this deal, the duo will also delve into energy storage solutions that look at ways to harness …

Wind Farm

Minus Electrical Grid, Puerto Rico Becomes Generator Island

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Like many other frivolous things on the island these days, the shiny motorcycles at the Planet Honda showroom have been pushed to the side.<p>In their place are dozens of folding chairs, and on Thursday morning, they were all filled with Puerto Ricans waiting to buy the most essential …

Caribbean

Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with solar

<b>Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico's shattered electrical infrastructure with his solar energy technology.</b><p>The vast majority of the island territory remains without power, weeks after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.<p>On Twitter, Mr Musk said his technology, which …

Caribbean

'Fatbergs', faeces and other waste we flush could be a fuel

The stuff we flush down the toilet and the fat washed down the drain could be the surprising fuel of the 21st Century – improving sanitation and creating green energy worldwide.<p>Our planet has a problem. Humans, like all living creatures, produce a lot of… well, unpleasant waste. In the form of pee …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The era of expensive renewables is over and that's more bad news for fossil fuel producers

After a record-breaking year in 2016 for solar PV, the IEA overhauled its forecast for the next five years, significantly raising the projected growth profile for renewable energy.<p>In its new report, Renewables 2017<i>,</i> the IEA argued that it now sees renewable energy as a serious global force, …

Renewable Energy

Here’s the electric car charging infrastructure needed to support 7 million EVs, study says

Industry analysts have tried to compare the petrol and diesel infrastructure with electric car charging infrastructure in the past, but it’s a hard comparison to make due to the important part that home charging plays in EV ownership.<p>Now the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy …

Electric Vehicles

Storms Spur $22 Billion Investment in Battery-Backed Grids

Growing demand for more resilient power supplies will spur $22.3 billion of global investment in battery-backed local energy systems over the next …

Energy