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Incorporating solar harvesting into the side of buildings could enhance energy sustainability

In research published recently in Renewable Energy, a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, led by Diana-Andra Borca-Tasciuc, a professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering, demonstrated the potential of wedge-shaped luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These efficient modular solar units could easily be…

As the world transitions toward carbon neutrality, using vertical surfaces effectively for solar power harvesting will be a necessity for the solar industry. Particularly in urban settings, the roof area of taller buildings is usually dedicated to HVAC equipment and cannot be used for solar panel installations. In these same buildings, however, there is extra room on the walls.

Duncan Smith, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer

UA developing efficient system to purify waste water

Engineers and scientists at the University of Arizona are developing a more efficient way to purify waste water. Using a grant of $500,000, the team of researchers is developing a solar-powered desalination system that combines several types of technologies – including concentrated solar power, photovoltaics and membrane distillation – to recover water…

The benefit of using both CSP (concentrated solar power) and PV (photovoltaics) is that we can double the energy efficiency compared to existing thermal desalination systems that just use PV or CSP. This off-grid system will use renewable energy resources to transform the way we manage high-salinity concentrate typically considered as waste streams.

Kerri Hickenbottom, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering

ChargePoint Raises Another $127M as EV Charging Wars Heat Up

ChargePoint has raised $127 million, its latest massive round of equity financing to build out a U.S. and European charging network to meet the needs of a fast-growing global electric vehicle fleet. Wednesday’s round brings ChargePoint’s total funding to $660 million, with a panoply of previous investors including American Electric Power…


BP’s Strategic Shift To Renewables

BP announced its shift away from oil to greener energy resources including natural gas, renewable fuels, wind, solar and hydrogen. This change in course is evocative of when Netflix abandoned DVD rentals in favor of streaming. Netflix shareholders had a big win. Will this work out similarly for BP shareholders? BP’s statement that it will reduce its…


Play the Long Game With Renewable Energy ETFs

The ALPS Clean Energy ETF (ACES) is one of the best-performing industry exchange-traded funds this year, a sentiment that extends behind the confines of the renewable energy segment. An important fact of ACES is that its 2020 bullishness isn’t new. It produced a stellar showing last year, too, confirming that investors can be rewarded for taking a…

It’s a remarkable swing from the last big economic slump, in 2008, when investors fled a renewables industry that was then almost completely reliant on government subsidies—and viewed by many as science experiment.

Bloomberg

China promotes grid price parity for renewable energy

China will strengthen the construction of projects that facilitate wind and photovoltaic power to connect to the grid with price parity, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Wednesday. The country will implement subsidy-free projects for wind and photovoltaic power to further increase installed capacity and power output by…


Australian Mine Lays Out Path to Make its Microgrid 99% Renewable

The global resources company behind a ground-breaking project that shifted a West Australian gold mine to a more than 50% mix of wind, solar and battery storage says it could aim much higher in future projects — and has set its sights on a target of 99% renewables. South Africa-based miner Gold Fields has gained a name in Australia for making its…

As big as [the Agnew] battery is, it only provides the microgrid with supply security as a buffer for gas generators starts. It does not give us the ability to store renewable energy for arbitrage.

Gold Fields Australia’s unit manager of electrical operations, James Koerting

Britain installs first-ever polyphase SMETS2 smart meter

The device, installed by meter asset provider SMS plc for a customer of Good Energy, will provide homes and businesses connected to a three-phase electricity supply with the option of a smart meter. Three-phase power provides heavy loads of electricity and is predominantly used by industrial and commercial (I&C) or high-usage…

The DCC’s network is the digital backbone of the energy industry, and the smart meter roll-out is an essential part of Britain’s journey to net zero. Polyphase smart meters will make the DCC’s network available to even more homes and businesses, from farms to tech start-ups. We congratulate SMS plc and all those involved in making this greening technology a reality.

Dan Lambert, the CEO at the Data Communications Company

UL Fire Safety Testing Confirms Cadenza Innovation’s Battery Design Prevents Thermal Propagation in Grid Energy Storage Applications

Validating the safety features of its patented lithium-ion (Li-ion) technology, Cadenza Innovation today announced that UL9540A testing verifies that the company’s supercell battery architecture stops propagation when thermal runaway is induced inside the battery itself. By doing so, Cadenza’s technology solves a global industry safety issue…

The energy transition is accelerating around the world, increasingly driven by new technologies and true working partnerships between forward-thinking startups and the public sector.

Cadenza Innovation Founder and CEO Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud

IoT, blockchain and the future of the energy sector

The energy sector is changing. Deregulation and innovation have opened the energy market not only to competition between suppliers but also to businesses and homeowners to invest in their own energy production and storage systems. Distributed assets, like solar panels, heat pumps, or even storage batteries have become readily available and are…


Microsoft Kept Servers Running on Nothing but Hydrogen for 2 Days

As part of its plan to go carbon-neutral by 2030, Microsoft is considering replacing its diesel backup generators with hydrogen battery storage. The company has successfully kept part of one of its data centers online for 48 hours on hydrogen power alone. Datacenters are massive facilities that are usually full of servers and any variety of other…

[A Microsoft] Azure datacenter outfitted with fuel cells, a hydrogen storage tank, and an electrolyzer that converts water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen could be integrated with the electric power grid to provide load balancing services. Hydrogen-powered long-haul vehicles could [pull up] at data centers to fill their tanks.

Microsoft

How Blockchain Benefits From Artificial Intelligence

AI development and evolution can significantly improve blockchain tech and the crypto industry, from security to trading. From performing simple commands on smartphones using Alexa or Siri to high-end technical operations in big tech firms, one thing is sure: Ease is a necessity in the modern human experience…


Bosch and Vattenfall sign 12-year contract for solar power

Vattenfall and Bosch have signed a corporate power purchase agreement, PPA, for solar power in northern Germany. Vattenfall will supply Bosch with renewable electricity for twelve years from a 10 Megawatt solar park that Vattenfall is currently planning to build in the region of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in north-eastern Germany…

Vattenfall wants to make fossil-free living possible within one generation. This applies to our own operations and also to our partners in industry that we want to support in achieving their sustainability goals.

Christine Lauber, Director Sales and Origination Germany in Vattenfall

What’s Driving the Big Change in Global Energy?

For nearly a century, utilities have generated electricity from huge, centralized fossil fuel-fired power plants. This electricity is sent to users over large transmission grids. This system works, but it has its limitations. For instance, there’s often only one provider. If you want power, you’ll have to pay its going rate, whatever that may be. And the power…

Today, DERs like residential solar plus storage and utility-scale wind and solar are in turbogrowth mode. By 2028, global DER capacity could exceed 500 gigawatts. Venture capitalists (VCs) are pouring money into energy storage. In 2019, VCs closed 32 investment deals totaling $1.7 billion, a 103% increase from 2018’s total.


Vision for the Future — Microgrids as Teaching Tools and Community Partners

Microgrids are impressive on their own, but what if they could work together? What if they could communicate and share resources via market participation— automatically with no human intervention —to achieve even greater efficiencies than they accomplish alone? In fact, what if the electric grid eventually became a grid of self-supporting…


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