Koolbridge’s Smart Load Tech Heads to NCCETC

Joanna Schroeder

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University has signed a five-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with North Carolina-based Koolbridge Solar, Inc. NCCETC will work with Koolbridge to test their Smart Load Center technology, a smart circuit breaker panel for integrating a photovoltaic and energy storage system with a home’s or commercial building’s loads and …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Energy Storage, Smart Grid, Solar, Video

Maine Utilities Partner to Improve Grid

Joanna Schroeder

Emera Maine and Central Maine Power (CMP) have agreed to jointly develop electric transmission projects in Maine. The goal of all projects is to improve links between southern New England and northern Maine, where more than 2,100 megawatts of wind power development have been proposed. The agreement between the utilities comes in response to a call by the six New …

bioenergy, Electricity, Smart Grid, Wind

ACORE Study: Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy

Joanna Schroeder

A new study has been released, “Evolving Business Models for Renewable Energy,” from the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). With aid from several members, the report explores key issues and provides recommendations related to evolving utility and other business models for renewable energy. The report was produced in conjunction with ACORE’s Power Generation and Infrastructure Initiative. “From potential storage …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Smart Grid, Solar

Equatorial Guinea Installing Solar Microgrid

Joanna Schroeder

The government of Equatorial Guinea is installing a self-sufficient solar microgrid project in Annobon Province in partnership with three American companies: the consulting firm MAECI Solar, GE Power & Water and Princeton Power Systems. This project will be Africa’s largest self-sufficient solar microgrid and will bring significant benefits to the West African nation. It will supply Annobon Island with reliable, …

Electricity, International, Smart Grid, Solar

UCR Unveils Sustainable Grid Initiative

Joanna Schroeder

The University of California, Riverside has launched its Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative to research the integration of intermittent renewable energy including photovoltaic solar panels, energy storage including batteries, and all types of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. The project is the largest of its kind in the state. “This project puts UC Riverside at the forefront of smart grid and …

Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Environment, Smart Grid, Solar

Georgia Tech Students Win ACC Clean Energy Challenge

Joanna Schroeder

A team of four students from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have taken the $100,000 grand prize in the ACC Clean Energy Challenge hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The team won with its electrical power grid technology that features an Internet-like control architecture. The $100,000 prize and ACC Clean Energy Cup were presented by Dr. Darryll …

advanced biofuels, biodigester, Clean Energy, Smart Grid

Green Charge Networks Help Save Green

Joanna Schroeder

Green Charge Networks can help retail chain customers and city municipalities save some green. The company, which specializes in intelligent energy storage, has signed agreements for 1 MW of energy storage with several organizations that are looking to reduce their electricity bills via smart grid technologies. For example, it is common in California and New York City for business to …

Electricity, energy efficiency, Energy Storage, Smart Grid

Princeton Power, EnStorage Awarded BIRD Grant

Joanna Schroeder

Princeton Power Systems and EnStorage have been awarded a $950,000 grant from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD). The grant will support the commercialization and deployment of an energy storage system based on EnStorage’s proprietary hydrogen bromide (HBr) flow battery and Princeton Power Systems’ inverters and site controller. The first system will be deployed to support a …

Alternative energy, Energy Storage, Smart Grid, Solar

Dynamometer Test Facility Sets Wind on New Course

Joanna Schroeder

Days before the holiday season, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) set the wind industry on a new course with the addition of a new 5MW Dynamometer Test Facility at its National Wind Technology Center (NWTC). The new facility will better enable NWTC engineers and their industry partners to verify the performance and reliability of wind turbine drivetrain …

Alternative energy, Electricity, Smart Grid, Wind

Ohioans Support Clean Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Ohio is voting “yes” for clean energy according to a new poll conducted by Yes for Ohio’s Energy Future. The survey found that Ohioans support the Ohio Jobs Initiative, the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative by a margin of 35 percent (64 percent likely to vote in favor versus 29 percent unlikely). The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), …

biomass, Clean Energy, Geothermal, Hydro, Smart Grid, Solar, Wind