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Is the European Union Forcing Investors to Go Green?

The European Union (EU) wants to be carbon-neutral by 2050, and knows it may need far more than the hodgepodge of policy pledges it made at the start of the year—the “European Green Deal”—to achieve a goal that the European Commission’s (EC) chief, Ursula Von der Leyen, has equated to “Europe’s man-on-the-moon moment”. Its latest effort to…


NeoVolta Helps Homeowners Prepare for the Unexpected

Survivalists, also known as “doomsday preppers,” no longer inhabit the fringes of society. Extreme weather events, wildfires, and now the coronavirus are exposing the importance of planning for the worst. Preparing for an extended crisis has become second nature in many quarters—this includes many affluent Americans strategically…

We know the electric grid is vulnerable, and backup power needs to be part of any home emergency plan. Don’t wait until it’s too late. NeoVolta’s NV14/NV24 solar energy storage system is a smart investment for every California household. Homeowners can enjoy significant savings on their monthly utility bill, while enjoying the peace of mind that comes with energy security.

NeoVolta CEO Brent Willson

Neural networks facilitate optimization in the search for new materials

When searching through theoretical lists of possible new materials for particular applications, such as batteries or other energy-related devices, there are often millions of potential materials that could be considered and multiple criteria that need to be met and optimized at once. Now, researchers at MIT have found a way to dramatically…

Through that process, the neural net both gets increasingly smarter about the [design] space, but also increasingly pessimistic that anything beyond what we’ve already characterized can further improve on what we already know.

MIT professor of chemical engineering Heather Kulik

Planning for the unknown: Lessons for energy sector from Covid-19

The health, economic and political systems of countries around the world have been exposed as being woefully unprepared for the current crisis. How could they not have been, you may ask? After all, it is a novel virus. But we have been here before, several times in recent decades: SARS in 2002-2004; the 2009 swine flu; several Ebola outbreaks…


Renewable energy developments threaten biodiverse areas

More than 2000 renewable energy facilities are built in areas of environmental significance and threaten the natural habitats of plant and animal species across the globe. A University of Queensland research team mapped the location of solar, wind and hydropower facilities in the wilderness, protected areas and key biodiversity areas…

Aside from the more than 2200 renewable energy facilities already operating inside important biodiversity areas, another 900 are currently being built.

UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences lead author Mr José Rehbein

Innovative Energy Storage Solutions to be Explored on Advancements, Hosted by Ted Danson

DMG Productions will explore recent developments in energy storage technology on an upcoming episode of Advancements with Ted Danson, scheduled to broadcast 3Q/2020. Check your local listings for more information. Energy storage can take many forms, including pumped hydro, flywheels, and batteries. Focusing on recent…

Indie Power Systems was the first to integrate secondary-use batteries into a commercial energy storage system. This is both ecologically responsible and can provide the lowest-cost energy storage. To accomplish this, the company designed and built a complete energy management system that includes the software logic, the electronics hardware, and of course the Battery Management System.

Founder and CEO, Steve Tolen

NextEra’s secret recipe for energy storage: Planning

One of the biggest criticisms of power produced by renewables is that the wind does not always blow and the sun does not always shine. Since renewable electricity generation can be intermittent, it is at a disadvantage compared to coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants that produce steady power. As a result, energy storage is…


Harnessing marine energy at all scales, from a village microgrid to a vast tidal inlet

The nation’s largest yet least densely populated state, Alaska is a land of superlatives and contradictions. For centuries, its remote communities, rugged terrain, extreme weather, natural wonders, and abundant wildlife have sparked the imaginations of intrepid explorers from around the world. Expedition leaders in days gone by hitched huskies to their…

That’s where we step in. Our assessments inform the development of more reliable and affordable marine energy technologies. We’re helping identify short-term solutions that meet the needs of Alaska’s rural communities, and we’re delivering public data needed to design the large-scale marine energy projects of the future.

NREL Senior Scientist Levi Kilcher

Less Risk, More Arbitrage Income for Microgrid Operators and Owners?

Often, microgrid operators have the choice of either purchasing a fixed supply contract or playing in the market, but not both, said James McGinniss, CEO and co-founder, David Energy, a competitive retail electricity supplier. “Microgrid customers are often faced with a bad choice: They can take an indexed contract in order to capitalize on…

What matters is that we will structure the deal however a customer likes. What we’re offering that is different in the market is a willingness to structure future arbitrage potential into a fixed product. We’ll take the performance risk on an asset in commodity markets. Or, the customers can stay on a variable rate if they want to take that risk, and use our algorithms to manage their assets and achieve further savings.

James McGinniss

Fuel Cells: The Better Backup Power Solution for Scandinavia

With Scandinavia’s 5G network rollout and upcoming Tetra network upgrades, lawmakers are implementing policy changes to better protect critical communication infrastructures. To avoid vulnerabilities as a result of a network power outage, Scandinavia needs longer-lasting and more reliable backup power to protect the networks…

The time for fuel cell technology is now. We’re all set to help better protect Scandinavia’s critical communications infrastructure.


Prospects of India-UK partnerships in creating digitalized energy systems

Artificial intelligence and data economy, future of mobility, clean growth and aging society are the four grand challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future—according to the ‘Industrial Strategy White Paper’ released by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy…


Solar-powered desalination system provides WaterKiosk in Africa with clean water

Particularly in dry areas, it is important to make optimal use of water as well as treat wastewater – and use renewable energies to do this. In its policy paper dated August 2019, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) clarifies that these very regions will be better equipped for the effects of climate change when…

Under standard conditions, salt retention of our reverse osmosis elements for brackish water is approximately 99.7 percent. The retention of organic compounds is often even better, so that critical substances can also be removed from the water.

Dr. Jens Lipnizki, head of Technical Marketing Membranes in the LANXESS Liquid Purification Technologies business unit

Joined at the hip: A hybrid future for onshore renewables

Such is the maturation of the renewables sector as we enter the 2020s that simply co-locating generation with storage is almost old hat. Now, renewables developers the world over are pushing the envelope even further, adopting their onshore wind cousins to bring forward hybrid projects that profess to unlock the full value of a grid connection and…

Grid is your limiting factor, [and] you have a 30% utilization on that. It’s sitting there doing nothing for 70% of your time and, even though it’s not as simple as that, why wouldn’t you co-locate?

Nick Boyle, chief executive at prolific solar developer Lightsource BP

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