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Clean Energy Is Growing in Popularity

Karen Henry

Clean energy is becoming a popular energy choice for mainstream America. Eleven states generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with Iowa and South Dakota exceeding 25 percent, according to the 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index. The Index tracks the clean-tech activities, such as electric vehicle (EV) and   …Continue Reading


Finding the True Energy Ecosystem

Jennifer Hermes

As the lights from 4th of July fireworks fade to distant memory and as today more than 3.2 billion viewers tuned in to watch the grand finale 2014 FIFA World Cup, it’s worth considering what exactly we were celebrating in between the beers and BBQs. The 4th represents more than just the declaration of independence   …Continue Reading


Energy Storage Projects Integrate Renewable Energy, Improve Power Grid

Karen Henry

Three Washington state utilities have been awarded $14.3 million in matching grants from the state’s new Clean Energy Fund to lead energy storage projects with ties to federally funded research at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Avista Utilities of Spokane, Wash., was awarded $3.2 million to install a UniEnergy Technolgies   …Continue Reading


CA’s Battery Cluster Has Moment in the Sun

Jennifer Hermes

Batteries are having a big moment. The reason: a couple of major trends are reshaping the way we use our available energy resources. Their impact on our electrical power grid is driving energy storage to the top of innovators’ minds. The first big trend: we are moving away from fossil fuels for power generation. The   …Continue Reading


Energy Storage Website Launched for NY Building Owners

Linda Hardesty

Agrion, Con Edison and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) created a new web platform to help promote the use of energy storage in New York buildings. The site, GridMarket.com, aims to simplify the process for a building owner or manager to implement an energy storage project to reduce grid demand   …Continue Reading


JuiceBox Builds Lithium Ion Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

JuiceBox Energy’s storage system features an 8.6 kWh lithium-ion battery for renewable energy installations and a system controller that enables peak shifting and back-up power. The JuiceBox system is capable of both grid-tied and off-grid operation. The system controller interfaces to a battery-based inverter and the battery management system. A gateway to a secure cloud-based   …Continue Reading


Greensmith Integrates 4 New Battery Types

Linda Hardesty

Greensmith Energy Management Systems, a provider of grid-scale energy storage technologies, says it is on track to integrate four new battery types in 2014, bringing the company’s total to integration with 12 different battery types. Greensmith’s software platform enables the integration of both current and future battery technologies from third-party providers, which are selected and   …Continue Reading


FastCAP Achieves Breakthrough in High Temperature Energy Storage

Karen Henry

Ultracapacitors developed by FastCAP Systems have successfully completed third party validation testing by Sandia National Laboratory. The ultracapacitor (ultracap), which reliably operates in extreme temperatures (roughly 400˚F), is paving the way for cheaper geothermal energy, the company said. The devices were developed under a 2012 grant from the Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO). They   …Continue Reading


Finland Wants More Solar, Wind Energy

Karen Henry

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has joined forces with Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku to launch the Neo-Carbon Energy program, a project aimed at developing new solar and wind energy systems and their associated business sectors in Finland. The purpose of the project is   …Continue Reading


Stem ‘Virtual Power Plants’ Help California ISO

Linda Hardesty

Stem is participating in the California Independent System Operator (ISO) market with distributed energy storage devices on the California grid. Host customers for the energy storage devices include the InterContinental San Francisco and InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotels. Stem combines behind-the-meter energy storage and real-time data analytics for “virtual power plants” to quickly dispatch power to   …Continue Reading


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