Energy

Electricity Storage

Stacking the Deck

Stacking the Deck

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Today virtual power plants are able to integrate an array of energy resources into networked systems that produce efficient and flexible power. The addition of energy storage can create an enhanced solution.

Two British companies, developer Anesco and electric utility company Limejump, have partnered to bring 185 MW of energy storage  … Read More

Will the Election Results Affect Your Plans and If So How?

Will the Election Results Affect Your Plans and If So How?

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In the wake of the election, my email has been besieged with dire predictions of the eminent demise of a wide range of environmental initiatives, including those having to do with renewable energy. I have no doubt that we will be witness to continuing debate on these and other issues  … Read More

Load Bank, ATS, and UPS Applications Provide Secure Power

Load Bank, ATS, and UPS Applications Provide Secure Power

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the November/December 2015 edition of Business Energy.

Facilities depend on an uninterruptible power supply or power source (UPS) to provide nearly instant power to a load when the main power fails, or an automatic transfer switch (ATS) to switch the load between the utility power and a backup  … Read More

Can Your Water District Use Stored Energy to Reduce Grid Demand?

Can Your Water District Use Stored Energy to Reduce Grid Demand?

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Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and the Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) announced last week that they will install the largest network of energy storage systems at a public water agency in the US. No doubt sparked by the closure of nearby San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station that placed greater demands  … Read More

Energy Storage Systems in Microgrids

Energy Storage Systems in Microgrids

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The Borrego Springs microgrid is perhaps the best-known microgrid in the energy industry, and it is being expanded. The desert town of Borrego Springs is located in eastern San Diego County. It has four golf courses, no stoplights, a tourist-driven economy, and is served by a single electric transmission line  … Read More

Fuel Cells Heading for a Brighter Future

Fuel Cells Heading for a Brighter Future

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Back in 1990 I was a member of our local (Santa Barbara, CA) transit district’s governing board that decided to build a fleet of 22-foot battery-electric shuttles to serve the city’s downtown and waterfront areas. From their launch in 1992 through today, the nifty little people-friendly vehicles have provided a  … Read More



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