Tag: energy resources

The world’s energy resources can be divided into fossil fuel, nuclear fuel and renewable resources. The estimates for the amount of energy in these resources is given in zettajoules (ZJ), which is 1021 joules. The 2C target in global warming means only a quarter of existing, exploitable fossil fuel reserves are burnable.

Benefits of Community Microgrids

Benefits of Community Microgrids

However they are defined, everyone agrees community microgrids provide benefits. Centralized utility systems and aboveground distribution lines expose customers to regional and local outages, “and while they are highly reliable, centralized utility grids can’t ensure local resilience,” notes Peter Douglass, project manager for the Microgrid Institute, a collaborative organization supporting global development of microgrids and distributed energy

A Silver Lining After the Storm

A Silver Lining After the Storm

The images of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico are shocking—trees stripped of their foliage, splintered buildings, drowned cattle, and the twisted remnants of cars. The destruction is unfathomable.

When the hurricane’s winds and torrential rains hit the US territory on September 20, they not only destroyed buildings and flooded the

Kilowatts from Kelp

Kilowatts from Kelp

Seaweed is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth.  It stretches from the seafloor to the surface at an astonishing rate of two to three feet a day. And scientists believe that someday this quick-growing resource could provide a significant source of power.  

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has

The Power Industry’s Patchwork Quilt

The Power Industry’s Patchwork Quilt

My great-grandmother was a quilter. She pieced together colorful fabric scraps to create mosaic patterns on each blanket. I remember her dismay one day after tacking a design together when she discovered an additional set of pieces that needed to be included. After a moment of reevaluation, she cut the

Editor’s Comments: Paths to Reliable Power

When I was a child, the words “Choose Your Own Adventure” rang with the same exhilarating thrill as the recess bell. As the title of a popular book series, the phrase was indicative of freedom. Books like By Balloon to the Sahara, Search for the Mountain Gorillas, and Mystery of the Maya let shy kids like me

SEPA’s New Snapshot Report Tracks Energy Storage Market Growth

SEPA’s New Snapshot Report Tracks Energy Storage Market Growth

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) announces the release of a new publication, the 2017 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot.

Like SEPA’s Utility Solar Market Snapshot, a standard industry resource now in its 10th year, this first-ever Energy Storage Market Snapshot relies on data and survey responses submitted directly by U.S.

Aclara Shortlisted for Prestigious UK Energy Innovation Awards

Aclara Shortlisted for Prestigious UK Energy Innovation Awards

Selected for Losses Award Category in Recognition of Aclara Grid Monitoring Platform as Innovative Technology to Reduce Technical Losses

Aclara, a leading supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to electric, gas, and water utilities around the world, has been shortlisted for the 2017 UK Energy Innovation Awards in the Losses Awards

Energy Storage North America 2017 Concludes with International Collaboration Reflecting the Global Transition to a Clean, Resilient Grid

Energy Storage North America 2017 Concludes with International Collaboration Reflecting the Global Transition to a Clean, Resilient Grid

Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the largest conference, exhibition and networking event for the North American energy storage industry, concluded its fifth annual event this month in San Diego, Calif. ESNA’s record attendance and multi-country representation reinforced global progress in the transition to an efficient integration of energy resources, shifts

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