Energy

Electricity Storage

The Future of Energy

The Future of Energy

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The energy industry is in the midst of a dramatic transformation as it reevaluates and reconfigures the way that it generates, stores, and distributes electrons.

Energy demand worldwide increases by 2% each year as our culture becomes more energy-dependent. Meanwhile, mounting concern over CO2 emissions, fossil fuel usage, and sustainability have  … Read More

Just a Phase?

Just a Phase?

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Thermal energy storage offers tremendous potential for a variety of technologies. A common approach to thermal storage uses a phase change material. Phase change materials (PCM) are substances—often fatty acids, paraffins, or salt hydrates—that store and release energy by melting and solidifying at a specified temperature.

Typically, input heat melts the material  … Read More

How Residential Solar Coupled with Energy Storage Add to Grid Stability

How Residential Solar Coupled with Energy Storage Add to Grid Stability

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There are now more than one million individual solar installations nationwide, with the residential solar market remaining strong, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. The US installed 1,665 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in the first quarter of 2016 to reach 29.3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough  … Read More

Rolling Resources

Rolling Resources

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As temperatures heat up this summer and power companies scramble to juggle supply and demand, a pilot program called i ChargeForward presents a potential solution to demand response events. The program, a partnership between BMW and PG&E, aims to prove the practicality of using managed electric vehicle (EV) charging as  … Read More

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



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