Fuel Cells

DoE Pushing Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Research

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy is making as much as $35 million in funding available to advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technology research, according to NGT News. The funding will go toward research in hydrogen production, delivery and storage research and development, according to the story. In addition, the DoE will support demonstration of infrastructure   …Continue Reading


Developing Economies Increasing their Share of Renewable Capacity

Carl Weinschenk

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported this week that in 2014 developing nations attracted more investment in renewable power generation than developed economies, according to North American Wind and Power. The story says that BNEF made the claim based on work done by Climatescope, an index used by the U.K., U.S. and the Inter-American Development   …Continue Reading


LG Chem In Big German Battery Project

Carl Weinschenk

LG Chem Power will integrate six large-scale batteries at STEAG power plants in Germany, according to LG. The release says that the deployment will be part of the largest energy storage system project in the world. The plants are in the North-Rhine Westphalia and Rhineland Palatinate regions. The storage systems offer 140 MW of power   …Continue Reading


Connecticut, The Microgrid State

Carl Weinschenk

Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and a number of lower profile emergencies have had a great impact on Connecticut. Instead of just nervously watching The Weather Channel, the state is taking action. The latest example of efforts to ensure that key functions kept operating in emergency – and to give a boost to the traditional grid in the   …Continue Reading


Cell Towers Seek Powering Options

Carl Weinschenk

Telecommunications companies need to find better ways to power cell towers as demand increases and structures are built in more isolated areas that lack reliable grid service. A feature at RCR Wireless suggests use of DC to DC converters. Most towers, the story says, use rectifiers to convert AC to DC. DC systems are very complex. The answer   …Continue Reading


IKEA Plans Big Solar System at Las Vegas Store

Carl Weinschenk

IKEA this week said it is putting the largest single-use solar energy system atop a commercial building in Nevada on its store in Las Vegas, which is slated to open next summer. The press release says that the installation will begin during the winter and be completed this spring. The store itself is huge: It will   …Continue Reading


Walmart Aims for 7B kWh of Renewable Energy by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The main goal of Walmart’s drive to be 100 percent sustainable and renewable is to reduce costs and provide savings to customers, according to comments made by the company’s vice president of energy to the Arkansas Advance Energy Association (AAEA), according to The City Wire. The executive, Mark Vanderhelm, said that the interim goal is   …Continue Reading


Hilton Upgrades LightStay to Better Track Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

Hilton Worldwide said this week that it is upgrading LightStay, its corporate responsibility measurement platform used in its properties worldwide. The press release says that the next-generation of LightStay tracks historical energy and weather forecasts to predict needs going forward and predict impacts on cost and consumption. LightStay will provide a three-month forecast of energy and water   …Continue Reading


HITECH Unveils Power Pro UPS Series

Carl Weinschenk

HITECH Power Protection has introduced the Power PRO series. The UPS is optimized for mission critical facilities for loads exceeding 1.5 MVA. The company says that it offers a 20 percent energy consumption improvement, presumably over the previous version of the product. The new product offers a 17 percent smaller footprint and a battery-free design aimed   …Continue Reading


Temecula Valley (CA) Schools to Use Solar, Batteries

Carl Weinschenk

The Temecula Valley Unified School District in California soon will get most of its electricity from on-campus solar panels and batteries, according to Inside Climate News. SolarCity is installing 20 solar arrays and five storage batteries across 19 schools and the district’s administrative building. The electrical capacity will be 6 MW, which the story says   …Continue Reading