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A U.S. firm has introduced a database analysis system that provides detailed energy use for distributed generation technologies in residential or commercial markets.
A U.S. firm has released a software program that provides detailed energy use and market analysis of distributed generation technologies.
Think power outages are only a problem in the Northeast? Think again. Sure, two of the largest blackouts in history happened in the Northeast (in 2003 and 1965, counted by the number of people affected and duration). With a dense settlement pattern and major economic hubs, outages in the eastern part of the country tend to affect a lot of […]
About seven months ago, a unit of Shenzhen Energy Group Co. started looking for ways to find new sources of capital for solar plants that wouldn’t compete for cash with its parent company’s hydro and coal projects. The answer was a new kind of security and a first for China.
Several U.K. cities are looking to initiate smart projects and developments to improve the efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability and develop their competitiveness. Smart city initiatives improve the ‘liveability’ of a city, helping to attract business and talent to support economic and business growth.
To achieve a modest reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, global investment in renewable energy assets would need to increase from current levels of about $100 billion per year to $500 billion per year. Some of this increase can be accomplished by investment in existing, commercially proven technologies; but to meet the challenge of rapidly scaling renewable energy, we also need to roll out cutting-edge technologies.
Okay, so we all know that the output of solar photovoltaic systems vary with the available resource by the season, month, day, and hour. This so-called variability of solar, like wind, creates challenges for grid operators who are accustomed to turning up and down power plants to balance the grid.
Energy storage has become an everyday element of grid planning and energy network management – driven by technology advances, proven benefits, and steadily falling prices. As storage goes mainstream, it’s no longer unusual to see deployments in the tens of MWh. Although about 95 percent of operational storage in the U.S. is in the form of pumped hydro, which can store massive amounts of energy cheaply for days, virtually all of the remaining storage resources are lithium-ion batteries.
Standardization within the PV equipment supply chain remains a challenge, but production trends over the next few years may provide some salvation. Coherent's Finlay Colville presents three scenarios for PV cell production that impact differently on equipment and process standardization, and how the supply chain can play a proactive role.
As a venture capitalist active in emerging technologies, I meet with countless entrepreneurs looking for seed capital. Many of the start-up founders I meet are scientists with PhD's. These individuals are brilliant - indeed they are passionate about their ideas, inventions and products - but too often they lack the business and marketing acumen they need to turn ideas into successful companies.