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How to Safeguard Against Cyberattacks on Utilities

Last fall, in Northern California, the United States experienced its first-ever long-lasting and deliberate, large-scale blackout. Fueled by increased fears of devastating fires due to its century-old equipment, the region’s utility companies shut off power to more than 1.5 million people forcing many evacuations. The impact was…

Some have asked me why such a major cyber attack of this nature hasn’t already occurred. I believe there are three necessary conditions for one to happen: opportunity, capability, and motivation.


From 2% to 20% – Accelerating Renewable Energy Development in Malaysia, part 3

The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology Environment, and Climate Change (MESTECC) and SEDA lined-up policies and strategies for a faster development of renewable energy in Malaysia. Some of these strategies, like the Feed-in Tariff, has been in effect for several years. On the other hand, Large Scale Solar auction, a public bidding targeted to boost…

The government of Malaysia should exhaust all avenues from public-private partnerships and private funding, to push forward and reach the target.


Why is grid modernisation so complicated? Is there an easy button?

The traditional utility grid has often been labelled the “most complicated machine ever built”. Given the charter of Grid Mod is to modernise an already complicated machine, it comes as no surprise that complexity will only compound not lessen. The shear breadth of topics encompassed by an evolving and futuristic two-way power flow grid system is…


Hypergiant Is Using AI And Algae To Take on Climate Change

Algae, that green scum often seen on the surface of ponds, and credited with harmful ocean algal blooms that kill ocean life might just hold an important key to addressing climate change. Algae, much like trees, uses carbon dioxide to conduct photosynthesis, sequestering CO2 as it grows. Hypergiant, an AI products and solutions company…

A problem as big as climate change needs a concerted and global effort on multiple fronts. We decided to open-source the algae bioreactor technology as a means of accelerating its innovation and scale.

Ben Lamm, Hypergiant Industries CEO

Lithium-ion startups attract lion’s share of energy storage venture capital in 2019

Venture capital firms poured nearly $2 billion into battery storage companies in 2019. The new report by Mercom Capital keeps tabs on how publicly known VC funding was allocated to energy storage, smart grid and energy efficiency companies. These transactions would include mergers and acquisition activity, as well. Mercom reported that battery…


Thinking Of Going Green? Cost And Other Realities Of Electric Vehicles

Owning a new compact electric vehicle, based on more than five years and 75,000 miles of driving, is only slightly more expensive – about $600 annually – than its gas-powered counterpart, and the experience of actually having a plug-in car eases a common fear: range anxiety. Those are the highlights of new research that examined electric vehicle…

Although 40 million Americans have shown interest in buying electric for their next car, actual adoption is happening at a much slower rate.

Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of automotive engineering and industry relations

UofL researcher making fuel from water and sunlight wins prestigious NSF award

University of Louisville researcher Joshua Spurgeon has earned a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation to study the production of hydrogen fuels from water and sunlight. The NSF CAREER Award supports promising early-career faculty who are potential role models in research and education…

This would enable low-cost solar energy storage and sustainable fuel production. Such a technology could revolutionize the energy industry and greatly expand the energy independence of the United States.

Mahendra Sunkara, director of the UofL Conn Center

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