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Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage

Belgium to Build Artificial Island for Wind Energy Storage | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Belgium is planning to build an artificial island in the North Sea that will be used as storage for wind energy.
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Surcharge on self-consumption deferred - Home - Renewables International

Surcharge on self-consumption deferred - Home - Renewables International | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
After a somewhat rushed and hasty legislative process, revisions to the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) went into force on August 1st. One of the more controversial amendments is the introduction of a surcharge on self-consumption of locally generated solar power. Now, the transmission grid operators (TSO) have announced that they'll defer the collection of this surcharge until further notice..
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Record streak for low power prices in Germany

Record streak for low power prices in Germany | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
In the 100 days since 1 April 2014, the wholesale power prices in Germany was below four cents on 77 days. At present, there is the longest streak of consecutive days this year. But the biggest finding is probably the far lower power prices in France..
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Introducing LiveWire: Harley-Davidson's First Electric Motorcycle - CleanTechies

Introducing LiveWire: Harley-Davidson's First Electric Motorcycle - CleanTechies | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The eBike of the future is now, with Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire expected to be available on the market in 2015. It’s the company’s first electric motorcycle – a sleek, futuristic looking ride that sounds like a jet airplane taking off.  But will cycling enthusiasts embrace a bike that doesn’t have the loud, torqued rumble associated with Harley-Davidson? 

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German power exports still more valuable than imports - 100% renewable - Renewables International

German power exports still more valuable than imports - 100% renewable - Renewables International | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Last year, the electricity Germany exported was 6.3% more valuable per unit than the power it imported – the exact opposite of the narrative that Germany is dumping excess renewable electricity on neighboring countries at low cost. France faces a particularly dire imbalance financial; German electricity is 24.4 percent more valuable..
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Efficiency and Individual Behavior

Efficiency and Individual Behavior | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Hundreds of behavioral energy efficiency programs have sprung up across the U.S. in the past five years, but the effectiveness of the programs -- both in terms of cost savings and reduced energy use -- can in fact be very difficult to actually gauge.
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Rooftops, Energy Storage, and IOU Business Model

Rooftops, Energy Storage, and IOU Business Model | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The crux of the problem is a positive feedback loop that raises utility rates as more customers produce more of their own power.  They use less power from the grid, and so the fixed costs of transmission, distribution, and generating assets must be recovered over a shrinking base  That drives up rates and gives customers that much more incentive to produce their own power.  Moreover, the fixed costs themselves increase, as the shrinking demand for kilowatt-hours torpedoes credit ratings and raises the IOU's cost of capital.  The end result could ultimately be wholesale bankruptcy.

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Ecofys - Renewable energy deployment possible even with delays in transmission grid expansion

Ecofys - Renewable energy deployment possible even with delays in transmission grid expansion | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Berlin, Germany, 28 August 2013 – A timely transmission grid expansion is important for the future electricity supply based on renewable energies.
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Are Solar Panels Facing the Wrong Direction?

Are Solar Panels Facing the Wrong Direction? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

New study finds that west-facing panels are far superior for cutting peak demand.

West-facing rooftop solar panels produced 49 percent more electricity during peak demand compared to south-facing panels, according to a new study from Pecan Street Research Institute.

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What We Heard You Say: Best And Worst Quotes About Energy Efficiency

What We Heard You Say: Best And Worst Quotes About Energy Efficiency | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Quotes about energy efficiency – funny, stimulating, brilliant or outrageous – are featured here. They come from energy industry insiders and observers.
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Annual Solar Installs to Beat Wind for First Time

Annual Solar Installs to Beat Wind for First Time | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Solar power capacity installed around the world this year will beat wind for the first time driven by stronger policy support in key markets, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid

Stanford scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The energetic efficiency of grid-scale batteries is adequate for storing solar energy but not for wind, a Stanford study finds.
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EV Battery Innovation and General Electric

EV Battery Innovation and General Electric | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

We were just fooling around with the notion that new fuel cell technology could shake up the electric vehicle market, when here comes GE with another alternative: a flow battery that combines with a fuel cell to push EV range up to the Department of Energy’s goal of 240 miles, and even farther. The official rated range of Tesla Motors’ highly regarded but highly costly Model S is already 265 miles on a lithium-ion battery pack, so the big factor here is going to be affordability. With that in mind let’s take a look at that GE flow battery and see what’s doing.

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Rechargeable flow batteries could be cheaper solution to renewable energy storage

Rechargeable flow batteries could be cheaper solution to renewable energy storage | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT have developed a battery that could bring us reliable and cheap large scale energy storage. Based on flow battery technology, the researchers took out the costly membrane and created a battery that has a power density that is an order of magnitude higher than lithium-ion batteries and three times greater than other membrane-less systems.

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eric roberts's curator insight, September 2, 2013 6:30 AM


There are many Universities now developing new types of batteries ?

Multiple-Electron Aqueous Battery

The University of Maryland UMD has just secured $32 million for research into to develop  electric vehicles (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs.

The short distances that are covered by using the Lithium-Ion batteries are

causing some concern in the auto industry and governments and car makers are looking for better ideas and products that will be safer, lower cost and more reliable than the Lithium-Ion batteries that are now in use.

This has brought together the Army research Laboratory aka(ARL) and the UMD to create a new type of battery.

This new type of battery is expected to be with twice the cell voltage and capacity, this would cut the cost in half compared to the lithium-Ion battery.

The new battery would enable an electric vehicle to twice the length of the charge. if the new batteries development is a successful, then the EV is expected to drive up to 300 miles on a single charging. This would be a great improvement on the Lithium-Ion batteries that are used by some companies at present.

In my opinion, for what it's worth, we will one day discover the "magic battery", that will cut down our reliability on gasoline burning engines and will truly make for a better driving experience, without having to rely on fossil fuels, I think we are slowly getting there and whether this new development will be the answer or not, only time will tell.

Thanks... Eric Roberts www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk





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Smart Grid Development and Visions

Smart Grid Development and Visions | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” That’s the challenge for this generation when it comes creating Smart Grids out of today’s infrastructure for energy and water. We’re much further along in terms of envisioning a modernized electricity grid than we are when the aging infrastructure under consideration is water.
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Compared to the challenges of water, making the electricity grid smart is a walk in the park.

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Energy efficiency targets: what are they good for?

Energy efficiency targets: what are they good for? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

At the current rate of improvement, Europe is on course to miss its goal of a 20% energy efficiency saving by 2020.All the same, officials are developing plans for a 2030 energy efficiency target.



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Norm Miller's curator insight, July 9, 9:15 AM

The key in Europe has been disclosure and high energy costs.  If the US had a carbon tax and or more disclosure we would quickly see behaviors affected.

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Standards Not Sufficient for Preventing Failure

Standards Not Sufficient for Preventing Failure | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The insulation performance of PV modules is vital for sustained field operation and personnel safety. Yet, despite international standards for dry-insulation resistance test procedures, field failures remain prevalent. For some time PV module manufacturers and customers alike have been troubled by the following problem: Why do PV modules occasionally operate uncharacteristically in the field, yet operate normally when returned to a controlled laboratory environment?.
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Why Do More Than 50,000 Families in Bangladesh Buy a Solar Home System Every Month?

Why Do More Than 50,000 Families in Bangladesh Buy a Solar Home System Every Month? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
“Does the solar home system work? Do you really get better lights? Or, is it just a big fuss?’ I have been asking solar home systems households in rural Bangladesh these basic questions for the past five years as part of my implementation review missions for the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development program, which has installed over  2.8 million solar home systems since 2002. This has so far contributed to a 9% increase in access to electricity in Bangladesh.
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Energy Stories in 2013 In Review and Retrospective | The Energy Collective

Energy Stories in 2013 In Review and Retrospective | The Energy Collective | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to look back at the big energy stories of the year. Here's my top 10 stories from 2013.
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University creates "world's first walkable solar panel pathway"

University creates "world's first walkable solar panel pathway" | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
A team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world. It was...
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What can BACS do for energy performance in buildings?

What can BACS do for energy performance in buildings? | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

As a result of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), about 40 technical standards were developed to harmonize the energy calculation methods concerning buildings. EN 15232 is the standard that concerns the energy impact of building automation, controls and building management.
The basic principle of EN 15232 is to use building controls to ensure that energy is used only if a demand exists. The functions are being mapped to classes D to A. The resulting factor indicates the approximate amount of savings per function/class. These factors are of course dependent on building type (e.g. office, hospital).


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Diedert Debusscher's curator insight, November 21, 2013 8:50 AM

eu.bac, the European Building Automation and Controls Association, has developed a new certification scheme for improved energy efficiency of Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS), corresponding to existing classification systems such as LEED, HQE, and BREEAM. This article describes the 3-step procedure for eu.bac Certification Scheme (eu.bac System).

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Solar PV can support the grid, and at a reasonable price

Solar PV can support the grid, and at a reasonable price | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

New IEE research project results show that PV can support the grid with levels of uncertainty equivalent to those accepted by TSOs for conventional power.

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Ohio Coal Country and the Need For Demand Response Efficiency

Ohio Coal Country and the Need For Demand Response Efficiency | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Northern Ohio is coal country. These days, that’s a problem. The lack of coal capacity in coming years drove up prices in PJM’s capacity auction in 2012, so PJM responded with a solution: transmission.
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Research may make solar PV cheaper

Research may make solar PV cheaper | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada believe they have created one of the cheapest nanoparticles yet developed for solar photovoltaics, and it could help to further reduce the price of solar power technology.

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Integration success leads to easy curtailment

Integration success leads to easy curtailment | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Read Integration success leads to easy curtailment and other wind energy news & analysis on Windpower Monthly
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Sensors Could Make Electric-Car Batteries Smaller and Cheaper

Sensors Could Make Electric-Car Batteries Smaller and Cheaper | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Electric-vehicle battery packs could shrink 20 to 30 percent, and make electric vehicles more affordable, if new sensors were developed to monitor the cells in a pack, according to the U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). The agency says such sensors could have an even greater effect on hybrid gas-electric vehicle batteries, causing them to shrink by half.

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