Supercapacitor-based energy storage for microgrids avoids over-sizing. Micro-grid engineering becoming a macro profession.

Supercapacitor-based energy storage, on the other hand, is much simpler. This technology stores energy on the surface of the electrolyte, which means there is no chemical reaction. “Electrical energy comes in and is stored as electrical energy. It releases electrical energy back into electricity when discharged,” Ghani explained.   Still supercapacitor-based energy storage hasn’t been used before because it has its …

Integrated planning and partnerships help deliver Smart Cities projects and savings

Integrated planning also can help uncover opportunities such as smart LED street lighting, which can simultaneously reduce energy and maintenance costs, increase public safety and security, and promote healthy lifestyles (well-lit bike paths) while providing a connected platform for networked sensors, broadband communications and other community services. El Paso, Texas, is a good example of a city that took advantage …

Hong Kong investing in a healthy, green-living future

On 26 January, Civic Exchange made a budget submission to the Financial Secretary, the Hon. Paul Chan Mo-po, as part of the Public Consultation for the 2018-19 Budget. For our full submission on “Investing in a Healthy, Green-living Future for Hong Kong,” click here. The submission presents how Government can best allocate its budget surplus, to meet its stated aims …

Some progress toward phase out of support for fossil fuel projects at the World Bank, though the IFC continues

Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels By Jason Kirk on 19 January 2018 RenewEconomy and The Conversation World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron. AP Photo/Francois Mori The World Bank, which provides developing countries about US$60 billion a year in financial assistance, is officially phasing out its support for the oil and gas industries. …

In NYC the subway as made real estate developers rich but nearly every expansion of transit since 1940 has been paid for by the riders and the general public

By JIM DWYER DEC. 14, 2017 NYTimes.com The Subways Made Them Rich. Is It Time for Them to Pay Up?  The Second Avenue subway line led to soaring property values along its first set of stops. When the next phase is completed, some transit officials say, the subway should benefit from the new wealth.CreditAlex Wroblewski for The New York Times By now, it …

Rooftop solar owners want a way to sell their surplus power, especially locally, cheaper, faster, more transparently

Bear in mind that most things that could be done with blockchain technology could also be done with centralized computer systems, too, so the real question is whether blockchain offers a more efficient, or more democratic, way of doing these things.  Ecowatch Jan 2018 A major obstacle to addressing climate change is that our energy system is highly centralized, while …

State carbon tax update

Washington State Carbon Tax Seattle Times, Jan 2018 Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday released an ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state. But will the Washington Legislature approve it? By Hal Bernton and Joseph O’Sullivan Seattle Times staff reporters OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday urged Washington lawmakers to embrace his ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state. In his State …

Regenerative Finance shows what non-extractive investing could look like

Araz Hachadourian posted Jan 10, 2018 in Yes! Magazine.  From the Winter 2018 issue on Solidarity: How to Build Joyful Economies In 2013, Kate Poole was at a conference for young people who wanted to put their vast wealth to good use. She had opportunities to invest in green technology and local food, but she felt that even well-intentioned investing often …