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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


Set-Top Box Trial Uses Onset Plug Load Monitors

Linda Hardesty

Alternative Energy Systems Consulting (AESC) will use 25 Onset HOBO Plug Load loggers to identify the energy savings potential of cable set-top box (STB) optimization. The monitoring project will investigate the energy consumption of cable television STBs in active and passive states at 25 California locations. To identify the energy savings potential of STB optimization,   …Continue Reading


Sandia Evaluates Powerful Batteries for Modular Grid Energy Storage

Karen Henry

Sandia National Laboratories has begun lab-based characterization of TransPower’s GridSaver, the largest grid energy storage system analyzed at Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad in Albuquerque, NM. Sandia will evaluate the 1 MW, lithium-ion grid energy storage system for capacity, power, safety and reliability. The lab also will investigate the system’s frequency regulation, which grid operators   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards $53M to Cut Solar Cost

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing more than $53 million for 40 research and development projects to drive down the cost of solar energy, addressing key aspects of technology development in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly. These awards upport the development of next-generation PV solar technologies and advanced   …Continue Reading


Heliocentris Develops Fuel Cell Technology for Mobile Phone Base Stations

Linda Hardesty

Germany-based Heliocentris Energy Solutions is to receive subsidies amounting to $1.9 million for the development of a new kind of hydrogen-based fuel cell emergency power supply. Among other things, these funds are to be used for grid-connected mobile phone base stations to ensure full connectivity in the event of blackouts. Heliocentris’ technology works with an   …Continue Reading


Danish Island Serves as Testbed for Integrating Renewables into Grid

Linda Hardesty

The biggest smart grid project in Europe – the EcoGrid pilot – is being conducted on the Danish island of Bornholm. The project is trying to coordinate the fluctuations in the price of electricity with the volume of renewable energy available at five minute intervals, reports PennEnergy. In order to conduct the pilot, Bornholm’s local   …Continue Reading


Lockheed Makes Breakthrough in Fusion Energy

Karen Henry

Lockheed Martin has demonstrated the feasibility of building a compact 100 MW reactor—a technological breakthrough in fusion energy that could pave the way in developing new power sources, Reuters reports. Measuring seven feet by 10 feet, the reactor is 10 times smaller than current reactors. Not only would compact nuclear fusion produce less waste than   …Continue Reading


‘Supercharger’ Makes Heat Pumps Viable for Cold Climes

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy says up until now, heat pumps have only been popular in more mild, Southern regions, and have failed to gain traction in cold climates. This is because as air temperatures drop, air source heat pump performance suffers. However, the DOE has been working with Mechanical Solutions (MSI), a small business   …Continue Reading


DOE Wants 75% Increase in LED Lumens per Watt

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is offering $10 million to support research, development and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies, both LED and OLED. Today, available LED technology is about 150 lumens per watt; DOE’s target is 250 lumens per watt – a 75 percent increase. The funding opportunity is open to applications in the following   …Continue Reading


NY to Invest in Microgrid Technology

Karen Henry

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a microgrid feasibility study for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn. Spearheaded by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the study will explore the viability of creating a microgrid that is powered by new local energy sources to ensure power resiliency for the   …Continue Reading


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