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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

Army Initiatives Focus on Energy

Karen Henry

The US Army is undertaking initiatives to make its bases more energy independent, instill a culture of energy efficiency and expand its Resource Energy Efficiency Manager (REM) program. The Army has partnered with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to increase energy security through improved energy efficiency and optimized renewable energy strategies   …Continue Reading

Air Force Outlines Energy Plan Priorities

Karen Henry

To maintain a state of uninterrupted readiness, the US Air Force has developed a strategic energy plan that includes improving resiliency, reducing demand, maintaining an assured supply, and fostering an energy-aware culture, according to an article in Defense One. To improve resiliency, the Air Force is diversifying its fuel sources. By including wind energy at   …Continue Reading

Where Urgency Meets Opportunity

Gary Lawrence

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the SXSW Eco Conference in Austin, Texas. I must compliment the organizers. This is one of those meetings that gets better every year as the learnings of the prior year are incorporated into the innovations that will be necessary to see the improvement in human development   …Continue Reading

Enphase Introduces System to Accelerate Mainstream Solar Adoption

Karen Henry

Enphase Energy has introduced a system that enables large-scale implementation of grid-ready solar power. The system integrates solar generation, storage, cloud-connected communications and load management, which allows solar installers and distributors to more easily manage the design, installation and management of solar arrays. The system provides utilities with a higher level of visibility, insight and   …Continue Reading

Greenbuild Features On-Site Microgrid

Linda Hardesty

The 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans features a Net Zero Zone where booths are fully powered by an on-site microgrid including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution. The Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild includes 1,500 square feet of exhibit space and an outdoor demonstration   …Continue Reading

How a JLL Building Saves Energy, Makes $80K

Sitar Mody

For 10 weeks this summer, EDF Climate Corps fellow Karan Gupta worked for JLL, a commercial real estate firm, to optimize energy use at one of the company’s largest buildings: 77 West Wacker Dr., a 1-million-square-foot commercial office building in downtown Chicago. At the core of Karan’s work was demand response – an energy savings tool that pays people to shift   …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

Nissan Does Demand Response via LEAF EVs

Linda Hardesty

In Japan, ENERES Co. is using Nissan LEAF electric vehicles paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system for demand response testing at several sales outlets run by Kanagawa Nissan. Usually, when curtailment is requested, consumers may respond by moderating their use of air conditioning and lighting. However, by using the storage capacity of electric   …Continue Reading

Kit Does Demand Response for Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

Universal Devices is offering its Energy Management In a Box – a demand response system configured for the small and medium business market. The system complies with California’s Title 24 building requirements and uses OpenADR. Energy Management In a Box combines Universal Devices’ ISY994 Automation platform with up to 64 smart thermostats. The programmability of   …Continue Reading

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