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Browsing the "Smart Grid" Category

Verizon and NREL Partner to Reduce ICT Energy Consumption

July 29th, 2011 | by Andrew

Verizon and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced a first-of-kind partnership aimed at finding innovative ways to reduce energy consumption in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, which currently accounts for 3% of US electrical power consumption


GM Sells Security

July 21st, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind

GM is in the business of selling vehicles. They also usually make them. Anticipating objections was the object of GM's recent announcement of a “definitive agreement” with ABB, a back up power and energy storage company. For most an “Electric vehicle” means a battery car. Some question if electric vehicles are truly “clean.” GM wants us to imagine with confidence where batteries go when they “naturally die.”


Other Cleantech News of the Week

July 17th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Other cleantech news from around from the past week or so, stuff that didn't fit into my other five categories too well -- politics, solar energy, wind energy, transportation, and energy efficiency.


Cleantech Weekly Roundup

June 24th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Here's an extremely lengthy end-of-week roundup of cleantech stories. To make scrolling through your interests more manageable, I'm splitting it up into a few pages based on topic. Page 1 -->> Solar Energy Page 2 -->> Wind Energy Page 3 -->> Energy Efficiency & Energy Storage Page 4 -->> Transportation Page 5 -->> Politics Page 6 -->> Other Clean News & Commentary


8-Hour Live Convo to Wrap Up ecomagination’s 2nd Phase

June 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

You probably remember reading something about GE's ecomagination challenge. We've written about it a few times and it's been advertised all over the internet. Well, wrapping up it's second phase, GE is hosting a live conversation with leading innovators for 8 hours tomorrow on its website


1st Real-World Smart Grid Of Its Size In The Netherlands?

June 6th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

In what very well may be my favorite city on Earth -- bicycle heaven Groningen, in the Netherlands -- some Dutch firms have set up what they think may be the largest real-world application and study of a smart grid. In its first phase, it only includes 25 homes, but that's a start


Natural Gas Complements Wind & Solar — Or Does It?

June 2nd, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

We have been barraged lately with claims from the natural gas industry, from gas turbine manufacturers and fossil fuel apologists, that the “nice” fossil fuel is really a good complement to variable wind and solar energy.


IEA: Wind and Solar Intermittency NOT a Big Deal!

June 1st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Following up on a great guest post by Chris Varrone on wind intermittency and why it's not a big deal, apparently the International Energy Agency (IEA) now has a new book out, Harnessing Variable Renewables: a Guide to the Balancing Challenge, that tells us the same thing that Chris was explaining


GE Buying One of Its Ecomagination Challenge Contestants

June 1st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

GE, which you would think sponsors us given the large number of articles we've written about it this week (it doesn't), recently announced that it is buying one of the top contenders in its Ecomagination Challenge. FMC-Tech, a company based in Ireland that provides real-time power line monitoring to help with quicker commercialization of power grid technology, is the company about to get bought out by


Renewable Energy in Germany Going to Get a Boost from Wind Energy Superhighway

May 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

I was in Germany a little more than a week ago and can tell you from what I saw that Germany (or, at least, Northeast Germany) is a wind turbine paradise. Wind turbines are everywhere it seems (between cities that is). Germany is the clear wind power leader in Europe with 27,214 MW of installed wind power capacity. (Spain is second with 20,676 MW installed.) But, even in Germany, wind power could benefit from a better transmission network. Of course, German leaders recognize that and are doing something about it -- they are planning to build a wind energy superhighway


First HVDC Transmission Projects Beginning Globally

April 29th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

Finally. We are starting to get the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system we need to shift massive amounts of wind power from all those empty states where all the wind is, to all the full ones where all the people are. Green Car Congress reports that Siemens is starting to build the much-needed grid that it takes.


Why Big Solar is a Colossally Bad Idea (10 Reasons Decentralized Solar is Much Better)

April 27th, 2011 | by Aaron Fown

Of late there has been much talk about moving towards a solar energy future. This is a positive development (albeit one that is almost too late) and has been driven, no doubt, by recent studies that have shown that solar and wind power are now amongst the cheapest forms of power generation, several critical breakthroughs in related fields, and big moves by some major players. However, it seems that a lot of money is being thrown at a particular type of solar power plant; massive centralized solar plants. It is my opinion that this is a massive mistake


How your Cute EV Could Keep the Lights on in your Neighborhood

March 15th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

As we exit the age of oil, utilities have investigated the various ways that electric vehicles might help stabilize the smart grid. In the last several years, utilities like PG&E have researched using spent batteries from electric cars for grid storage - once they are too worn out for recharging cars any more



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