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NREL Conducts Tests with SolarCity, Hawaiian Electric

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The work includes collaboration with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at   …Continue Reading


Disturbing Reasons Google Stopped Renewables R&D

Linda Hardesty

An article in Spectrum IEEE explained why Google backed off a research and development project it began in 2007 known as RE<C, which aimed to produce a gigawatt of renewable power more cheaply than a coal-fired power plant could. RE<C research projects included such technologies as self-assembling wind turbine towers, drilling systems for geothermal energy   …Continue Reading


GDF SUEZ Tests Eos Energy Storage System

Linda Hardesty

European power producer GDF SUEZ has purchased Eos Energy Storage’s zinc hybrid cathode (Znyth) battery system. The sale marks the next phase in Eos’s pilot demonstration program, after third-party testing with DNV GL, and sets the stage for commercial deployment in European markets. Eos’s Znyth storage product, the Aurora, is a containerized MW-scale DC battery   …Continue Reading


Discrete Power Electronics Market Reaches $23B by 2024

Karen Henry

Power electronics—used to convert and manage electricity in devices ranging from mobile phones to pumps and motors—will grow to a market worth $23 billion for discrete components in 2024, up from $13 billion today, according to Lux Research. Silicon-based devices will remain the technology of choice, with an 87 percent share, but silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $425M for Supercomputing Technologies

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced two new high performance computing awards. DOE’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories will receive $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers. The joint collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) was established in early 2014 to leverage supercomputing investments, streamline procurement processes and reduce   …Continue Reading


Project Tests Energy Retrofits at 3 Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The Bricker Project is retrofitting three public buildings in Europe in three different climate zones: Spain, Belgium and Turkey. The projects are combining different active and passive technologies to achieve energy efficiency, including Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), solar Parabolic Trough Collectors (PTC), aerating windows and a ventilated facade, among other technologies. For the building in   …Continue Reading


Graphene Frontiers Partners with Madico

Karen Henry

Graphene Frontiers, a developer of graphene materials and device technology, has partnered with Madico, a multilayer film development manufacturer. According to the companies, the partnership will drive the commercial potential of graphene within the energy sector. Madico utilizes wide-format roll-to-roll processing to embed unique features into film constructs that help to solve segment challenges. Graphene   …Continue Reading


ACEEE Analyzes Papers on the Rebound Effect

Karen Henry

In 2012, ACEEE wrote a paper on the rebound effect, the tendency for a consumer or business to offset a portion of any energy savings by using energy more often. ACEEE found that while rebound exists, it is modest, averaging about 20 percent. Recently, E2e and the Breakthrough Institute each published a paper about rebound. ACEEE summarized   …Continue Reading


DOE Labs Move Clean Energy Tech into the Marketplace

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy launched a new $2.3 million pilot program to accelerate the transfer of innovative clean energy technologies from the DOE’s National Laboratories into the commercial marketplace. Lab-Corps aims to better train and empower national lab researchers to transition their discoveries into high-impact, real world technologies in the private sector. Lab-Corps is a   …Continue Reading


DOE Funds $10M for Wave Energy Device Testing

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department announced $10 million in funding for two companies developing marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy technology. Ocean Energy USA and Northwest Energy Innovations will test their wave energy conversion (WEC) devices for one year in new deep-water test berths at the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) off the waters of Marine Corps   …Continue Reading


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