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Global Smart Grid Federation

Global Smart Grid Federation | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The Global Smart Grid Federation was established in April 2010 to bring together Smart Grid initiatives from around the world.

Over the past several years, various countries have initiated projects and programs to explore the potential of the new generation of information- and communication-based technologies emerging across the power sector. As these efforts matured, formal public-private initiatives were formed. The first, in 2003, was the GridWise Alliance in the United States. It was followed by similar initiatives in the European Union, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, India, and Ireland. Many other countries are in the formative stages of their own initiatives.

 


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IEC - PC 118 Smart grid user interface

IEC - PC 118 Smart grid user interface | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Standardization in the field of demand side interfaces of smart grid from the perspective of guaranteeing the safe and economic operation of power grid. Targeted at the relationship and common requirements of key demand side objects, including smart home/smart neighborhood/smart building/smart park, distributed generation, power storage, EV, etc., and considering the characteristics of resident users, business users, and industrial users, the standards will cover the architecture of smart grid user interface, function and performance requirements of demand side systems (including different kinds of demand side power management systems), information exchange interfaces among demand side systems/equipment, with the aim to support applications, such as demand response. The main aspects include terminologies, use cases, functional specifications, general interface requirements, information model, information exchange model, communication protocol, security and protection, as well as conformity tests. (draft provisional scope)
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AMOLF / Philips Research develop new coating for solar cell efficiency using SCIL lithography | Philips Innovation Services

AMOLF / Philips Research develop new coating for solar cell efficiency using SCIL lithography | Philips Innovation Services | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Researchers from FOM Institute AMOLF, together with Philips Research, have developed a new type of anti-reflective coating that can reduce the reflection of a silicon wafer, the base material for solar cells, from 40% to 1%. This can significantly increase the efficiency of solar cells. The new anti-reflection coating can also find applications in coatings for lenses, cameras and photo detectors.

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Understanding Your Electric Utility Bill

Understanding Your Electric Utility Bill | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

To truly comprehend avoided cost, you must first understand how electric utilities bill for electricity, specifically time of use (TOU) pricing.


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Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany

Energy cooperatives are booming in Germany | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The move away from conventional scources of energy in Germany is driven primarily by citizens. An increasing number of people work together by forming cooperatives to build wind farms and solar plants.

 

Cooperatives have experienced a revival in Germany. In 2006, eight new energy cooperatives were founded. In 2011 alone, this number was 167. And the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation expects the figure to be even higher for 2012.


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Grid storage costs to decrease

Grid storage costs to decrease | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Lux Research has released a forecast that expects lithium-ion and molten-salt battery costs to fall to US$500/kWh by 2022. This is predicted to bring down the high capital cost of emerging grid storage technologies.
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NASA researchers aim to help get airborne wind power systems off the ground

NASA researchers aim to help get airborne wind power systems off the ground | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
There are two basic types of kite-based airborne wind-energy systems. “Flygen” systems see turbines built into the kite that generate the electricity and feed it via a tether to a storage or distribution device on the ground. The second features a ground-based generator that is powered by the reeling out of the tether as the kite catches the wind. By tacking the kite upwind like a sailboat, the periodic reeling-in phase takes much less energy – around 10 percent – than is produced by the reeling-out phase, resulting in a 90 percent net energy gain
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Solar powered government buildings coming for Barbados ...

Solar powered government buildings coming for Barbados ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Barbados will shortly be replacing almost all its public street lights with energy efficient lamps, retrofitting at least 12 government buildings with solar power systems, and deploying energy efficiency and conservation technologies throughout the public sector.
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Smart Energy Basics: - AutomatedBuildings.com

Smart Energy Basics: - AutomatedBuildings.com | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Smart Energy Basics:AutomatedBuildings.com (press release)On the smart grid roadmap team, we would declare “Every end node is a microgrid!

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Wood pellet boilers pros and cons | Green Energy Saving Tips

Wood pellet boilers are a good heating option for your home especially if you are in the process of choosing one. They are environmentally friendly and at the same time can save you money.
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Integrated Energy Master Plan Released

Integrated Energy Master Plan Released | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
This audit also showed that academic, office, student life and residential buildings are performing well below the national benchmarks for energy efficiency while the science buildings are performing about average. According to the 2010 Campus Master Plan, the Bloomington campus could “realize an overall 30% greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050, including anticipated development".
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Can increased energy access levels go hand-in-hand with lowering emissions

Can increased energy access levels go hand-in-hand with lowering emissions | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Of the three inter-linked objectives improving energy efficiency has the clearest impact on saving money, improving business results, and delivering cost-effective results for consumers: for example better refrigerators that cost the same but use...
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Energy efficiency yields tax dollars: study | iPolitics

Energy efficiency yields tax dollars: study | iPolitics | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
A new report says provinces that promote energy efficiency may forfeit some tax revenue from lower sales of fuel and electricity, but will make up for the loss — and more — through competitive economies that help fill their treasuries.
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Making Sustainable Energy viable

Making Sustainable Energy viable | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

The team’s research yielded a novel solution that combines the strengths of batteries and supercapacitors while also negating the scalability problem. The “electrochemical flow capacitor” (EFC) consists of an electrochemical cell connected to two external electrolyte reservoirs - a design similar to existing redox flow batteries which are used in electrical vehicles.

This technology is unique because it uses small carbon particles suspended in the electrolyte liquid to create a slurry of particles that can carry an electric charge.

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Renewables Still Need Support: An Interview with Arthourus Zervos

He argues that it's vital to have dialogue between the various energy sectors saying: 'It's important to have this exchange and mixing up.' Nonetheless, looking at future options in Europe, he says renewables are going to be ...
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Battery technology charges ahead - McKinsey Quarterly

Battery technology charges ahead - McKinsey Quarterly | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

Most experts agree that prices for energy storage will fall in coming years, but disagree over how far and how quickly. This is an important debate because a significant drop in battery prices could have wide-ranging effects across industries and society itself.

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MIT researchers develop chip that can harvest energy from multiple sources

MIT researchers develop chip that can harvest energy from multiple sources | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
We've seen a number of different devices that can harvest energy from various sources, but none quite like this new chip developed by...
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Americans Want Power Companies To Embrace Renewables - Care2

Americans Want Power Companies To Embrace Renewables - Care2 | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
In general, those who had a utility that was helping them buy or produce green energy were more satisfied overall. Are you listening utility companies?
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Path to Breakthrough in Financing Energy Efficiency? | Sustainable Business Forum

Path to Breakthrough in Financing Energy Efficiency? | Sustainable Business Forum | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
With a sound knowledge base and considerable proven technology, energy efficiency nevertheless suffers from a delivery gap attributable to widespread perceptions of financial risk and uncertain performance. While a number of seemingly practical project finance prototypes exist, to date there has not been sufficient commercial-scale demonstration of those models to confirm their economic viability – that is, profitability at acceptable risk.
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Clean Energy Highlights of Paris - Energy and Metals

“The City of Lights,” as it is commonly referred to as, provides numerous avenues for the promotion of clean technologies, including engineers, researchers and research centers, exit markets, and early adopters of the technology.
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California Energy Commission Approves 2013 Energy Efficiency Standards

California Energy Commission Approves 2013 Energy Efficiency Standards | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
The California Energy Commission has unanimously approved a range of energy efficiency standards for residential and commercial buildings to be included in the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) which ...
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ACEEE | Three Decades and Counting: A Historical Review and Current Assessment of Electric Utility Energy Efficiency Activity in the States

Over three decades of experience with energy efficiency programs have demonstrated their ability to reduce energy use and thereby provide significant economic, environmental, and system benefits. The emergence of energy efficiency as a valuable, cost-effective, and significant energy resource has established the foundation for a new era of energy efficiency, an era marked by continued expansion and innovation.

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New Energy Department Report Finds Lower Environmental Impact for Energy Efficient Lighting

New Energy Department Report Finds Lower Environmental Impact for Energy Efficient Lighting | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
As the market transitions from incandescent sources to energy-saving light sources that save consumers and business money, LEDs and CFLs are expected to achieve substantial reductions in environmental impacts–on the ...
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Renewables Make German Power Market Design Defunct

Renewables Make German Power Market Design Defunct | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
Electricity generation from renewable energy in Germany is reducing power prices and has left the country with a market whose design no longer works, according to Stadtwerke Leipzig GmbH.
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Is Big Oil Really Serious About Renewables? | The Energy Collective

Is Big Oil Really Serious About Renewables? | The Energy Collective | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it
However, everything is relative, and delve beneath the surface and it becomes clear that Big Oil’s relationship to renewables is far more complex than the bold taglines and mission statements might imply.
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