Prediction about smart cities

The number of smart cities worldwide will quadruple within a 12-year period — with at least 88 by 2025 — proliferating as local governments work with the private sector to cope with a multitude of…

Large-scale renewables driving flexible AC transmission systems

Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS), which mitigate voltage drops on the power grid, have evolved significantly during the past 40 years. With the rapid growth of large-scale renewable energy projects, which often supply intermittent…

For $1M, Google wants you to build a solar inverter that’s ‘the size of a small laptop’

Google’s Little Box challenge, first announced in May, is now open to applications from anyone who thinks they can design and build a very small solar inverter. Google is offering $1 million in prize money. Google…

Smart meter data shown to change customer behaviors

  Newly available and independently validated data from the MyMeter program used by four rural electric co-ops in Minnesota and from two Massachusetts programs suggests that behavioral programs in which utilities feed detailed electricity usage…

Energy storage being driven by transportation and renewables

Energy storage, driven largely by electronics and plug-in vehicles, will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent to $50 billion in 2020 — with dramatic shifts coming from the transportation industry…

Sponge breakthrough could expand range of electric vehicles

Through research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a porous, sponge-like nanomaterial made of silicon that could help lithium-ion batteries…

Solar Disruption? Yes. Utility Death Spiral? Not Necessarily

Suddenly, we have seen a spate of “death spiral” talk about electric utilities. Grid parity — through lowered costs — is supposedly triggering this decline. Homes are expected to defect from the grid, or maintain…