This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy. Fast Company, Oct 2017.  “The end goal is to produce a true peer to peer energy platform, where people would sell renewable energy and also be able to get energy back from the grid.” [Photo: Sebastian Kanczok] BY BEN SCHILLER Residential solar customers are …

‘This is the future’: solar-powered family car seats five, averaged 69 kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid

As the annual solar race across Australia wraps up, a Dutch entry averaged 69kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid.  “Team Eindhoven are to be congratulated on their achievement to date – clearly the most energy efficient solar car in the field, capable of generating more power than they consume.  “This is the future of solar electric vehicles. When …

World’s First Technology To Measure Electricity Grid Stability Announced

October 4th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica Reactive Technology and the UK’s grid operator National Grid have this week announced the completion of the world’s first technology which is able to continuously measure and monitor an electricity grid’s stability, or system inertia. UK-based environmental engineering company Reactive Technology partnered with the national grid operator for the UK, National Grid, to …

Making the grid more efficient, modulating demand with electric vehicles, updates and recommendations for utilities and cities

Making the Grid More Efficient As a large new source of electricity demand, electric vehicles can cut transportation-related pollution and give grid managers unprecedented ability to make the electricity system more efficient.  Timed charging of electric vehicles means afternoon surges in electricity demand can be smoothed out (shown right) by steadily increasing demand from electric cars. Additionally, electric cars can …

Why ubiquitous broadband and green ICT go hand-in-hand

Utility/Smart City Dive, By Charles Despins, 15 Aug 2017 Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Charles Despins, co-chair of IEEE Green ICT Initiative. The opinions represented in this piece are independent of Smart Cities Dive’s views. Today, efforts to create “smart communities” bring critical trends, too often considered as unrelated, into sharper focus. However, the solutions to all of these trends – including …

EV and grid policies move the transition along in New York and California

September 1st, 2017.  Excerpt from a piece by Matt Pressman, originally published on EV Annex. California EV sales rose 91 percent in the first quarter of 2017 from the same time last year. And, this week it was reported that electric cars now represent 5% of California’s new car sales. The California Air Resources Board has reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining stronger vehicle emissions standards. Volkswagen plans to …

Buried in DOE-Perry Grid study is solution to going 100% renewable

By Joe Romm, Think Progress, August 2017 Renewables were at most a minor contributor to the shutdown of baseload coal and nuclear power plants in recent years — the real culprit was cheaped fracked gas and the fact that many of those plants were 60 or 70 years old. And buried deep in the report is the fact that renewables …

NREL: There are many ways to achieve high renewable penetration levels, 80% is not a problem

Overview from Clean Technica There are many ways to achieve high renewable penetration levels. According to an NREL study examining high renewable energy integration in the US, 80% of US electricity could be coming from renewables by 2050. Feel free to copy the above paragraph & link and use in response to incorrect claims that renewable energy can’t provide most of our electricity needs. For responses …

V2G algorithm find the right level of two-way power exchange with the grid can extend a battery’s useful life: “reduce the EVs’ battery pack capacity fade by up to 9.1% and power fade by up to 12.1%.”

By David Roberts, Vox.com, 15 Aug 2017  Hooked up to the grid, chillin’.  (Shutterstock) One of the hottest questions among energy nerds these days has to do with the interaction of electric vehicles and the electricity grid. Will EVs remain passive consumers of electricity, like toasters or refrigerators, the way they are now? Or will they be able to communicate with the grid …