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MIT Develops Promising New Battery Storage Technology

Ken Silverstein

MIT has a new way to design batteries to store energy: Liquid flow devices whereby the positive and negative electrodes are liquid and separated from the membrane — something only those scientists and engineers really understand.


Smart Grid Partnership Announced in Europe

Carl Weinschenk

Three energy companies in Europe announced Regalgrid Europe s.r.l., a joint venture that aims to create a new generation of smart grids around the world. The partners are Regal Grid s.r.l., Archeide SICAV SIF – Empower Fund and Upsolar. The press release says that Realgrid Europe will use proprietary algorithms and patented technology to design,   …Continue Reading


US Military Taking No Risks by Going Green, Saving Lives and Energy

Ken Silverstein

The US Department of Defense is still known for its bravery but it’s now also known for its use of green energy, battery storage and microgrids — that is saving the lives of soldiers in the battle field while also producing cleaner energy.


MIT Says Its Ideas Will Make Microgrids More Efficient and Easier to Operate

Ken Silverstein

The MIT Energy Initiative says that says its Helia IQ microgrid technology will make owning and operating such localized networks a lot easier, and more efficient.


Microgrids are the In-Thing and They are Driving Savings and Opportunities

Sally Jacquemin

Microgrids have certainly become one of the power industry’s “hottest” topics due to several market and business drivers that include decentralized energy investment and positive financial impact of on-site power generation.


Oracle and Opower to Team Up to Make Big Data Even Bigger

Ken Silverstein

Oracle will buy Opower for $532 million.


Sub-Metering Moving into Non-Residential Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

The individual metering of building tenants – sub-metering — is an important trend to which energy managers must pay attention. It is a tool which, along with energy management systems and building management systems, will drive efficiency by enabling increasingly granular and creative control of building resources. Sub-metering to this point is more common in   …Continue Reading


Energy Managers Must Prepare as Changes to Solar Rules Accelerate

Carl Weinschenk

This week, solar power provider Soltage LLC announced a deal with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) in West Brookfield, MA. Under terms of the deal, a site in Worcester, MA – about 25 miles away from the school – will use 5,800 photovoltaic panels to generate about 2.4 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy for the school.   …Continue Reading


Microgrid Project Launches in Connecticut

Carl Weinschenk

The city of Hartford, CT, Constellation and Bloom Energy have begun construction of a fuel-cell powered microgrid system that will mitigate costs and supply backup for a part of the Parkville neighborhood of the city. The press release says that the 800 KW system during non-emergency operation will power four buildings – an elementary school, a   …Continue Reading


Distributed Energy Resources: Utilities Are Not Leaving Money on the Table

Ken Silverstein

Want to get a message to your family members? When was the last time you penned a letter, sealed it in an envelop and went to a mailbox? It was probably around the same time that you waited several hours to see the latest, breaking news on the TV as opposed to having it read   …Continue Reading


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