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Ford, DTE Energy to Build Michigan’s Largest Solar Array

Karen Henry

Ford Motor Company’s world headquarters will soon be home to Michigan’s largest solar array. The project, funded by DTE Energy, will provide employees with 360 covered parking spaces and 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. An onsite kiosk will provide visitors with general information about solar power and details about the Ford carport. The   …Continue Reading

Open Grid Integration Platform Created for Electric Vehicles

Karen Henry

With the number of plug-in electronic vehicles (EV) on US roads—225,000 and growing—they are likely to play a significant role in electricity demand side management. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), eight automakers and 15 utilities are developing an open platform that would integrate plug-in EVs with smart grid technologies, enabling utilities to support EV   …Continue Reading

KT Expands into Energy Sector

Karen Henry

KT, formerly Korea Telecom, is expanding its services offerings to include energy services. According to a Korea Bizwire article, KT will be turning its 400 branch offices and data centers into advanced energy centers. Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at each of KT’s branch offices. The EV charging infrastructure will be further   …Continue Reading

Automotive Market on Track to Be Biggest User of Energy Storage

Karen Henry

The automotive market is on its way to displacing consumer electronics as the biggest user of energy storage, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Finding Growth Opportunities in the $50 Billion Energy Storage Market.” Energy storage will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent to $50 billion in 2020,   …Continue Reading

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

Hotel Installs Energy Storage System to Flatten Peak Usage

Linda Hardesty

Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel installed Green Charge Networks’ GreenStation energy storage system, which will save the hotel an estimated 50 percent in demand charges annually. GreenStation combines historical energy use patterns with real-time weather data to predict demand and store and discharge energy accordingly to avoid usage spikes. Along with the energy storage system, Shore   …Continue Reading

NREL’s Microgrid Mission

Leon Walker

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., is using its newest building – the Energy Systems Integration Facility - to test the latest microgrid concepts. NREL is using the ESIF for work on devices that can intelligently manage energy from batteries, electric cars, wind, solar, and biofuels as it aims to move the US grid further towards   …Continue Reading

Caltech Announces 2014 Resonate Awards Winners

Leon Walker

Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has announced the winners of the 2014 Resonate Awards, which aim to promote innovative solutions to some of the hardest problems in alternative energy. The work being recognized is in several key areas, including: development of safe and cost effective energy storage; the most sophisticated mathematics for optimizing the smart electric grid;   …Continue Reading

Vehicle-to-Grid Program Uses Ideal Power Battery Converters

Linda Hardesty

Coritech Services intends to install battery converters from Ideal Power in its bi-directional electric vehicle charging system for use in vehicle-to-grid applications for the Department of Defense. Vehicle-to-grid technology allows electrified vehicles to supply power to the local grid to improve the energy independency and grid resiliency of commercial and government installations. In 2013, Coritech   …Continue Reading

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