Tagged with Technological Innovation

Can Technology Unblock Unburnable Coal?

Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) Imperial College London http://www.sustainablegasinstitute.org/technology-unlock-unburnable-carbon/ [Oil and Gas Journal] Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology offers more hope than generally is believed as a way to allow use of fossil energy while meeting aggressive targets for mitigation of climate change, says a new report. A study by the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) … Continue reading

Analytic Research Foundations for the Next-Generation Electric Grid

National Academies Press http://bit.ly/21RXR6v Electricity is the lifeblood of modern society, and for the vast majority of people that electricity is obtained from large, interconnected power grids. However, the grid that was developed in the 20th century, and the incremental improvements made since then, including its underlying analytic foundations, is no longer adequate to completely … Continue reading

Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Technical Potential in the United States: A Detailed Assessment

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / by Pieter Gagnon, et al. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy16osti/65298.pdf [From an E&E News PM article by Christa Marshall, sub. req’d]  U.S. rooftops could generate 80 percent more energy from solar panels than previously thought, according to a new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Using a combination of aerial surveys, on-the-ground counting … Continue reading

On the Road Toward 2050: Potential for Substantial Reductions in Light-Duty Vehicle Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

MIT Energy Initiative http://mitei.mit.edu/publications/reports-studies/on-the-road-toward-2050 [Green Car Congress]  A new MIT Energy Initiative report spearheaded by John Heywood, Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at MIT, identifies three important paths forward reducing light-duty vehicle energy use and greenhouse gas emissions: improve the existing system and technologies for shorter-term benefits; conserve fuel by changing driver habits … Continue reading

Performance-Based Regulation in a High Distributed Energy Resources Future

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / by Mark Newton Lowry, Tim Woolf and Schwartz, Lisa C. https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/performance-based-regulation-in-a-hig [Utility Dive] As new energy technologies proliferate and eat into electricity sales, utilities and regulators are searching for a rate design that addresses growing load defection. One currently popular response is tinkering with rate design in a way that … Continue reading

A Pathway to the Distributed Grid: Evaluating the Economics of Distributed Energy Resources and Outlining a Pathway to Capturing their Potential Value

Solar City http://www.solarcity.com/sites/default/files/SolarCity_Distributed_Grid.pdf [Clean Technica] Solar rooftops could go a long way to strengthening California’s aging power grid, and save its residents more than $1.4 billion annually. These are the conclusions from a new white paper published by SolarCity’s Grid Engineering team, which describes in detail how distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar, batteries, … Continue reading

3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index

GridWise Alliance http://gridwise.org/uploads/reports/GWA_16_3rdGridModernizationIndex_Final.pdf [From an Energy Wire article by Daniel Cusick, sub. req’d]  …According to a newly published state index by the GridWise Alliance, California, Illinois and Texas lead the nation in grid modernization. They’re followed by Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Rising quickly is New York, which is making sweeping changes to its electricity … Continue reading