The Grid Signature Event Library energizes utility and researcher understanding of grid behavior by providing access to datasets of waveforms from grid operations. Credit: Adam Malin/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Library of Operating Data Enables Analysis of Complex Electric Grid — “Check Out” That Power

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have opened a new virtual library where visitors can check out waveforms instead of books. The Grid Event Signature Library is an open-access online collection of datasets containing waveforms, which are visual representations of behaviors of the electric grid. Utilities and research institutions contributed anonymized … [continued]

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Tripling Renewables by 2030 Requires a Minimum of 16.4% Annual Growth Rate

Record growth in renewables must be significantly topped up in the remaining 7 years to meet the UAE Consensus energy target set at COP28 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — The Renewable Energy Statistics 2024 released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) today shows that despite renewables becoming the fastest growing … [continued]

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Breakthrough Energy Ventures Has Bad Investment Theses Therefore Bad Investments

Eight years ago, Bill Gates and group of his closest billionaire acquaintances launched an incredibly well funded venture capital group. Its noble mission was funding and supporting transformative technologies aimed at mitigating climate change. Many of its investments are sound and if commercialized, would assist, at least a bit. However, … [continued]

Senior Scientist Tim Silverman installs a PACT minimodule at the Outdoor Test Facility at NREL. Photo by Werner Slocum, NREL.

Escaping the Lab Into the Sunlight: Research Examines Durability of Outdoor Perovskite Solar Cells

Research on Ultraviolet-Driven Degradation Receives Independent Testing From the Perovskite PV Accelerator for Commercializing Technologies (PACT) Center Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are promising next-generation solar photovoltaic (PV) cells with high performance and low production costs compared to silicon. However, one of the primary challenges to widespread adoption of PSCs is … [continued]

Utilities: Batteries Are Most Commonly Used for Arbitrage & Grid Stability

Electricity utilities increasingly report using batteries to move electricity from periods of low prices to periods of high prices, a strategy known as arbitrage, according to new detailed information we recently published. At the end of 2023, electricity utilities in the United States reported operating 575 batteries with a collective capacity of … [continued]

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Plug Into Newly Released 2024 US Electricity Sector Data

10th Annual Technology Baseline Features New Data on Offshore Wind Energy, Nuclear Power, Pumped Storage Hydropower, and More Today—nicknamed “ATB Day” by a superfan—marks the release of the 10th annual electricity sector data for the Electricity Annual Technology Baseline (ATB). “For a decade, the Electricity ATB has been supporting consistent, … [continued]