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Interdisciplinary team wins Department of Energy Optimization Challenge

A team of Penn State researchers is part of the first round of winners for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. Presented by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA‑E), the selective competition presents challenges for the development of optimization algorithms for a crucial set of…

Keeping the lights on is a necessity, and optimization plays a key role. Optimization theory can help provide a foundation for developing, implementing, and analyzing algorithms that can be applied in settings of profound importance.

Uday V. Shanbhag

The POWER Interview: Modernizing the Grid with DERs

Energy industry experts have for years talked about the need to modernize the power grid. The focus can be on replacing and upgrading infrastructure, improving the efficiency of power delivery through digitization and smart grid technologies, or on the dispatch of renewable energy resources. Often, it’s all of the above…


Marine energy devices likely pose minimal impacts to marine life, report shows

Marine scientists from around the world spent the last four years reviewing numerous studies and other data on the possible environmental effects of marine renewable energy (MRE) devices and found that the potential impact to marine life is likely small or undetectable. However, scientists say there is still uncertainty around some issues, as there have…


The Energy Transition And What It Means For European Power Prices And Producers: Midyear 2020 Update

The financial impact of the lower prices on our rated European power generators is generally manageable in 2020, thanks to price hedges. However, generators’ hedging positions are less secure for 2021, with only about 30%-50% of total power generation contracted on average. This leaves 50%-70% that still needs to be hedged in an environment of…


NYPA’s AGILe Lab Speeds Up Smart Grid Innovation

Striving to become a fully digitalized utility, the New York Power Authority is exploring advanced innovative technologies and showing how it can effectively incorporate them into the state’s electricity grid. The key to this effort has been the development and operation of the Advanced Grid Innovation Laboratory for Energy (AGILe), part of an…


Japan’s Tepco Plans $18 Billion Green Power Push by 2030

The renewable power unit of Japan’s biggest utility plans to spend more than 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) over the next 10 years to boost its green generation by as much as 70%. The push by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc. comes as the nation’s institutions are under increasing pressure to curb support for coal, both at home and abroad, and as Prime…

To cope with climate change, we are moving toward a carbon-free society. Our target is to make renewable energy a main source of power.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Researchers advance fuel cell technology

Washington State University researchers have made a key advance in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that could make the highly energy-efficient and low-polluting technology a more viable alternative to gasoline combustion engines for powering cars. Led by PhD graduate Qusay Bkour and Professor Su Ha in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of…

The carbon-induced catalyst deactivation is one of the main problems associated with the catalytic reforming of liquid hydrocarbons.

PhD graduate Qusay Bkour

‘Huge benefit’ to using batteries in Ontario’s industrial peak reduction opportunity

Reducing peak demand for commercial and industrial (C&I) electric utility customers in Ontario remains a big opportunity for using battery energy storage to reduce costs and decarbonise, three partner companies working on a 2MWh project have said. Energy-Storage.news spoke with battery storage technology provider Powin Energy…

SunGrid and Powin Energy were extensively researched, with particular attention paid to the safety of battery storage. In the end, their lithium iron phosphate cell composition really stood out – unparalleled, long life, non-toxic, landfill safe, and no cobalt usage.

Cyrus Etemadi at Kruger Energy

Blockchain can Lead Humanity into Digitized Future

Bitcoin and blockchain have remained as the most vital inventions since the invention of the internet. The bitcoin blockchain came along with decentralized technology which made it possible for data to be stored by individual nodes in a network. The rule of decentralization has achieved useful applications beyond blockchain and bitcoin…


To Save the Climate, Look to the Oceans

Learning to swim, in a pool in the Florida Keys, was pure joy. I was five and reveled in blowing bubbles and doing cannonballs. A few years later, when I learned to swim in the ocean, the vibe was different, not purely playful. The mantra was: never turn your back on the ocean. Because, I was warned, you need to keep an eye on the waves, to avoid…


A Million-Mile Battery From China Could Power Your Electric Car

The Chinese behemoth that makes electric-car batteries for Tesla Inc. and Volkswagen AG developed a power pack that lasts more than a million miles — an industry landmark and a potential boon for automakers trying to sway drivers to their EV models. Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. is ready to produce a battery that lasts 16 years and…

Our team has made achievements in competing with our global rivals in overseas markets.

Chairman Zeng Yuqun

IBC back-contact solar roof for electric vehicles

Dutch EV start-up Lightyear is already producing prototype roofs to extend the range of its Lightyear One solar car. The roofs will feature interdigitated back contact solar cells made by U.S. company SunPower and backsheets from Dutch multinational DSM. Dutch companies Lightyear and DSM NV are working to start commercial production of the…

Our backsheets are well suited for the integrated and double-curved solar modules that fit in the aerodynamic design of the car. With the application of lossless and aesthetic, back-contact technology to high-tech solar roofs for automotive, we demonstrate the viability of this technology for high-end solar systems, like DSM did already for high power modules for the residential market.

Nathan Arbitman, strategy director at the DSM Advanced Solar division of the business

Tidal turbine without gearbox built as sector seeks to drive down costs and push innovation

A business in Scotland has completed work on a new turbine which it claims will drive tidal energy costs down by 30% thanks to design modifications. In an announcement at the end of last week Nova Innovation said that the 100 kilowatt Direct Drive Tidal Turbine, or D2T2, had been built at its manufacturing site in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh…


What lies beneath: our love affair with living underwater

In November 1966, the Gemini 12 spacecraft, carrying two astronauts, splashed down in the Pacific. The four-day mission was a triumph, proving that humans could work in outer space, and even step into the great unknown, albeit tethered to their spacecraft. It catapulted the US ahead of the USSR in the space race. From then on, Nasa’s goal was to beat…


Australian Government Awards $13.2 million for Microgrid Feasibility Studies

The Australian government has awarded about $13.2 million (U.S.) for microgrid feasibility studies as part of a growing effort to bolster grid reliability and provide electricity in unserved areas across the continent. The June 5 awards were the first to be made by the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, which intends to provide…


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