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Giving back to the grid | IBM Research

Giving back to the grid | IBM Research | Urban design tools | Scoop.it

What do you get when you combine electric vehicles, household appliances, homes and cold storage refrigerator warehouses? (Here’s a hint, it will help keep the lights on.)

 

The answer: a more stable and predictable electric utility grid.

 

In 2009 the EDISON consortium was formed to develop an intelligent infrastructure that will make possible the large-scale adoption of electric vehicles powered by sustainable energy. The consortium partners include Dansk Energi, Dong Energy, Denmark Technical University, Eurisco, IBM, Ostkraft and Siemens.

 

The small Danish island of Bornholm was selected for the project due to its unique location and its ability to completely sever itself from the mainland grid. In fact, only one power cable goes to the island. Perhaps most importantly, the Danes living there are incredibly supportive of renewable energy technologies.

 

The concept behind EDISON is based on smart algorithms which synchronize the charging of electric vehicles on the island based on the availability of wind energy on the grid. Therefore, when the wind is gusting the vehicles plug in and charge. When it’s not, the vehicles remain plugged in - but instead of charging they give energy back to the grid, creating a more sustainable balance.

 

Dieter Gantenbeln, an IBM scientist on the EDISON project says, “There is no point in using electric vehicles if you are burning fossil fuels or nuclear energy to charge it, so we thought about adding some intelligent analytics that would use the vehicles as a buffer for the irregular production of electricity from future renewable sources.”

 

EDISON was a successful demonstration, but electric vehicles - while making great strides - are still a niche product. This got the scientists thinking. What else could be used as a buffer for the irregular production of wind and solar energy? The answer was two different projects designed to create a buffer for Smart grid - the first one looking at household appliances – the second focusing on industrial cooling warehouses.

 

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These "Parasitic" Robots Are Designed To Suck Pollution From City Air

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Claude and Duval: Le Corbusier's Only Industrial Building Continues to Operate

Claude and Duval: Le Corbusier's Only Industrial Building Continues to Operate | Urban design tools | Scoop.it
The city of Saint-Die-des-Vosges has the only industrial building the famous Swiss architect Le Corbusier conceived. It has always remained active, and the site of the Claude and Duval hosiery houses eighty workers even to this very day.
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Braving the New World of Performance-Based Zoning

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How Land Prices Obviate the Need for Euclidean Zoning

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Strava, a popular fitness-tracking app for runners and cyclists, just announced a new initiative. Because the app collects so much location information about people on the move, the company is now selling its data to local governments, where city planners can put it to use. Good idea!
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Aux États-Unis, qui comptent un demi-milliard de places de stationnement, des parkings non conventionnels rompent avec l'habituelle image grisâtre de ces lieux.


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Jean Nouvel's Sydney towers boast vertical gardens and a huge sunlight reflector

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French architect Jean Nouvel teamed up with botanist Patrick Blanc to create this pair of plant-covered Sydney towers that reflect light into their lower levels with a huge cantilevered panel of mirrors. Named One Central Park, the complex is the centrepiece of a AUS$2 billion masterplan in downtown Sydney.

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Can Urban Agriculture Work on a Commercial Scale?

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If You Need Any Convincing That Solar Roadways Are The Future, This Video Will Help | EliteDaily.com

If You Need Any Convincing That Solar Roadways Are The Future, This Video Will Help | EliteDaily.com | Urban design tools | Scoop.it

The brilliant minds behind Solar Roadways published a video detailing their world-changing project earlier this month, but its language didn’t really grab anyone’s attention.

 

This new one from creator Scott Brusaw, however, most definitely does not make this mistake.

 

“Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!” is filled with passionate excitement and specifically targets young adult minds while explaining the capabilities of this invention, which may seriously be the key to the next stage of human evolution.

 

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3D-printed house built in Amsterdam

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Architects in Amsterdam have started building what they say is one of the world's first full-sized 3D-printed houses.
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If Cars Really Could Drive Themselves, How Many Would We Need?

If Cars Really Could Drive Themselves, How Many Would We Need? | Urban design tools | Scoop.it
With cars shuttling themselves about from one task to the next, cities of the future might need about a third as many vehicle as we have now, a new study finds.
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Transformer des bureaux en logements? Plus facile à dire qu'à faire | Slate

Transformer des bureaux en logements? Plus facile à dire qu'à faire | Slate | Urban design tools | Scoop.it
Ce qui est merveilleux avec le problème du logement, c’est que, à entendre la multitude de solutions proposées, il devrait être résolu très vite. La transformation des bureaux en habitation fait partie aujourd’hui de la panoplie obligée du sauveur des mal-logés. Avec peut-être quelques ...
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Energy Storage: California's New Green Tech Battleground

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California’s goal to increase the use of energy storage to complement solar energy generation will open up a new battle ground between utilities and renewable energy proponents.

That tension is already present even though the state is just gearing up to be what its policy makers hope will be a testing ground and booming market for innovative storage technologies.


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