Archive for August, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
By Rick Fioravanti
Grid-scale storage offers potential benefits to transmission and distribution systems of utilities in regulated and market environments. These benefits derive from cost reductions due to the time and location shifting of energy for congestion relief, reliability via enhanced stability and outage response, and incremental voltage support—once the storage device and its power electronics are in place.
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Aug 27, 2010
Renewable energy technologies, fueled by worldwide government support in the form of stimulus programs and other incentives, have improved the global economic outlook with new jobs and industry. Six will hit double digit growth in the next five years — and change our lifestyle, according to a series of market studies from SBI Energy. Here’s what the industrial market research company found:
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by Ralf Sigrist, Nordex USA Published: August 20, 2010
Recently, when Senator Harry Reid put forth a “spill bill” rather than an energy bill, my theory that the energy debate in this country has been framed upside down seemed to be confirmed.
Arguments for renewable energy legislation have mixed messages on jobs creation with those of climate change, national security, energy independence and environmental disaster. After two years of debate and millions spent in lobbying, no one has been persuaded.
Why? Because clean energy got stuck on the wrong side of the cost debate. Guardians of the carbon economy have promoted the axiom that More >
ERIC WESOFF: AUGUST 20, 2010
“Utility-scale energy storage is one of the game changers,” according to veteran investor and energy thought leader Gunderson.
Maurice Gunderson, senior partner at CMEA Capital, believes that grid-scale storage is a “game changer” in the alternative energy battle. Gunderson has been working in the energy industry for more than 30 years and co-founded the first greentech investing firm, nth Power.
We spoke to Mr. Gunderson about technology, policy and the investment landscape for energy storage.
Greentech Media is no stranger to this topic; we understand its importance in renewable More >
Posted Aug 19th 2010 7:57AM by Eric Loveday Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Green Daily DuPont has just introduced the world’s first nanofiber-based polymeric lithium-ion battery separator that could prove to be a remarkable innovation in the rechargeable automotive battery industry. DuPont claims that its Energain nanofiber separators can increase battery power by 15-30 percent while also lengthening battery life by up to 20 percent. In addition, DuPont’s nanofiber separator is said to improve battery stability at high temperatures, leading to safer operation.
DuPont believes that automakers will utilize the power-boosting Energain technology to extend the range of electric vehicles (EVs) and to provide hybrids with More >
RENEWABLES COULD ADD TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN TEXAS (Former Chief Dpty. Comptroller, Billy Hamilton)
August 16, 2010
RENEWABLES COULD ADD TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN TEXAS
If lawmakers next year expand the renewable portfolio standards for electric generation to 13,000 with about one-fourth of that set aside for solar power, Texas could expect to add nearly 23,000 jobs a year for the next decade and almost $279 million more in state and local tax collections, a study released today shows.
The study, Texas’ Clean Economy … What We Need to Succeed, by former Chief Deputy Comptroller Billy Hamilton, argues that the state has a vast untapped potential More >
Aug 11, 2010
In a landmark event for the energy industry, four major industry players have joined forces to form the Hybrid Energy Consortium (“HEC”), focused on the design of next generation utility-scale commercial integrated solar combined cycle (“ISCC”) power plants. The founding members of the consortium are QGEN of the USA, FLABEG Group and Schlaich Bergermann und Partner Sohne GmbH, both of Germany and JGC Corporation of Japan – all known as innovators in their respective specialties in the energy industry.Download Press More >
Ceres Sustainability Podcast: Investing in Renewable Energy INFRASTRUCTURE (Bill Green, Macquarie Capital)
Thu, 5 August 2010 Appetite for Infrastructure: Building the Renewable Energy Sector
In the aftermath of the financial collapse, big investors are returning to some market fundamentals — abandoning flimsy derivatives for tried and true physical assets. One of the concrete investments investors are eyeing is infrastructure. Specifically, renewable energy infrastructure.
The renewable energy market is poised to explode in the coming years, and is already booming in countries like China, Brazil and Germany. And investors are eager to tap into it. Although a price on carbon — which would give renewables the punctuated equilibrium needed to free up investment dollars and More >