Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Most people don’t realize it, but their relationship with electricity is odd.
Ed White, vice president of customer & business strategy for National Grid US, summed it up in a recent interview by relating a vignette from a colleague with a 13-year-old son. The boy ran from the house one day shouting, “We don’t have Internet. We don’t (more…)
Monday, April 1st, 2013
In the last month several green patent complaints were filed in the fields of LEDs, advanced batteries and smart grid.
Bayco Products, Inc. v. Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (more…)
Monday, August 27th, 2012
In my time spent working on Brooklyn apartments, I’ve seen some strange things, but nothing as odd as the time I witnessed a man harnessing the power of his elliptical to send electricity to the other lights in the home. Weird, right? Nonetheless – this may be the direction in which we’re heading!
Recently, an inventor named Ryan Jongwoo Choi (more…)
Friday, July 6th, 2012
The temperature is 100 degrees and we have no air conditioning, no running water, no telephone and no Internet. It’s been 60 hours since our household lost electricity because of the super derecho, a rare surprise storm that swept ten US states and the nation’s capital on June 29. (more…)
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
The Obama Administration will invest $180 million in innovative offshore wind projects over the next six years as part of an initiative to promote a renewable energy sector that in the U.S. remains largely untapped.
The Department of Energy will select four projects (more…)
Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
New transmission is a major issue and permitting is complex, time-consuming, and expensive. Overhead HV often takes 5-7 years to permit. HVDC lines take far less time, because they are laid underground and require only a small right-of-way, which speeds up the process to a two- to three-year average. Such lines also don’t have cooling or freezing issues and (more…)
Friday, September 23rd, 2011
The popular Spanish holiday destination will clean up its energy mix with an underwater connection to the mainland.
Back in October 2007 Siemens announced on its website that its Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) would connect the resort island of Majorca to the power grid on the Spanish mainland for the first (more…)
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Plugging in an electric car is very well and environmentally good, but what about the emissions reductions of connecting a large yacht or even an entire cruise ship to the grid? Currently, ships must burn fuel to maintain onboard systems, even at port. Linking just one cruise ship at port to the electricity grid could (more…)
Monday, August 8th, 2011
I am not going to lie — when I first heard about solar battery storage, I was not overly excited. Because I usually work with our efficiency programs – and communicating how our customers can conserve energy and save money – I was way out of my comfort zone. And I’d missed lunch, so I was cranky. (more…)
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
The sun is ready to go to work in the Empire State. Why, it can even clean a subway car. And these hot summer temperatures serve as a timely (and toasty) reminder that solar is ready and able to help today.
As was excellently articulated by ClimateProgress reporter Stephen Lacey last week, solar is a prime (more…)