Siemens Launches First Zero-Emission, Trolley-Style Electric Highway in the US

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With its zero-emission electric highway demonstration — the first of its kind in the US — Siemens aims to reduce the smog-creating emissions from heavy-duty trucks in southern California, the area's number one source of air pollution. The project creates a one-mile, trolley-style highway for heavy-duty trucks in Carson, near the ports of Long … [Read more...]

How EVs Can Support the Grid and Utilities — and Why They Don’t

EVs Can Support the Grid

Let’s count all the ways EVs can support the grid and utilities. Then let’s count all the reasons they don’t. That’s what a new report from Deloitte does. Called Powering the Future of Mobility, the report says that EVs can help stabilize the grid, absorb extra renewable energy, and help engage utility customers. To do this, however, … [Read more...]

Grid Cyber Attacks: How is Our Electric System Vulnerable?

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This is the second article in a Microgrid Knowledge series that explores why we need to focus on microgrid cybersecurity to protect the grid of the future. This post narrows in on grid cyber attacks and how our electric system is vulnerable.   The North American electric power grid has been described as a single enormous machine, one of the … [Read more...]

Microgrids and Electric Vehicles: How One Will Drive the Other

microgrids and electric vehicles

Schneider Electric’s Kevin Self illustrates the future of electrification by describing what it might be like in a coffee shop. Just as consumers today assume they will get Wi-Fi with their latte, those tomorrow might also expect some watts for the car. “You won’t need gas stations except to buy lottery tickets or get milk or beer. The cars … [Read more...]

Brain Research Tools Could Help Revolutionize Energy Storage Technology

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Duke University brain science researchers are hoping to use electronics they developed for non-invasive brain stimulation to revolutionize energy storage technology, making batteries safer, more efficient and less expensive. The idea to apply brain science technologies to battery technology came from Stefan Goetz, an assistant professor of … [Read more...]

Smart EV Charging Can Reduce Peak Demand: Sonoma County Study

smart EV charging

Smart EV charging in California's Sonoma County can help reduce peak demand and aid in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report,“Beyond Combustion: Electric Vehicle Trends, Goals and Recommendations for Sonoma County.” “Large numbers of EVs connected to the grid through smart charging technology offer a perfect place to … [Read more...]

Duke Energy Florida Aims for Hip, Two-Way Grid of the Future

two-way grid

Duke Energy Florida has plans to re-make its grid into a two-way grid that incorporates renewable energy, storage, electric vehicle charging stations and smart meters and boosts resiliency. The plan is a blueprint for re-making a dated grid into a more fashionable system that’s bidirectional, flexible, protects itself against power outages … [Read more...]

Energy Impact Partners Latest Bet on the Grid of the Future: EV Charging

Energy Impact Partners

Energy Impact Partners, a coalition of utility investors, is continuing its bet on the grid of the future, this time backing an electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Greenlots. The strategic investment group, whose partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy and other utilities, announced today that it has made a “significant … [Read more...]

Pacific Power Offers Funds for Renewable Microgrids and Other Advanced Energy

renewable microgrids

Oregon-based utility Pacific Power is offering funds for clean energy projects, with emphasis on renewable microgrids, electric vehicle charging, energy storage systems and other advanced energy that serves communities. The funding comes from the utility’s Blue Sky program, which has provided $10 million for clean energy projects since 2006. … [Read more...]

EVs Provide Valuable Grid Services, But Regulations Needed: Pilot

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EVs provide valuable grid services, but regulations are needed to ensure that the benefits are maximized, according to a report about a BMW/PG&E pilot program, BMW iCharge Forward. BMW and PG&E partnered in a demand response program involving 100 BMW i3 cars in the San Francisco Bay area plus a solar-powered stationary BMW 2nd life … [Read more...]