Posted By: Stefanie Matteson - Vice President, Antenna Group
On: March 27, 2015
The buzzword in the solar industry these days is “storage.” Because solar only produces power when the sun is shining, technologies need to be developed to store solar energy so that it can be used when the sun is not shining in order for it to become a significant part  more...
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Posted By: Samuel T. Kelly - Test engineer/project engineer, Retired
On: January 29, 2015
THE DECADES LONG SEARCH for low cost grid scale energy banking has reached a new level of urgency with the burgeoning use of renewable energy from wind and solar energy collection as well as from increasing threats to our electrical power grid. Mass energy storage has long been seen as  more...
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Posted By: William Flanagan - President & CEO, VARTA Microbattery, Inc.
On: October 8, 2014
At the recent San Francisco, CA Intersolar conference and trade show, companies offering battery storage and microgrid solutions had a large presence, signaling to many the continuing emergence of a major energy storage market here in the United States. More than 25 companies - mostly large, very well-known firms -  more...
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Posted By: Joe D’Orazio - Vice President, HD Supply
On: September 12, 2014
Weather and nature are unstoppable forces but the results of their power are the same - the power is down and getting the lights turned back on is top priority. When the power goes down, often the damage is more than just downed lines. From breakers, outlets and lighting to  more...
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Posted By: Kimberly Klemm
On: August 11, 2014
There are several possibilities for furthering the efficiency and energy output of fuel cell systems that could be incorporated into the processes used for fuel cell energy production. Below are three areas for exploration in this relatively new arena: 1. In hydrolysis a covalent bond is formed between the oxygen  more...
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Posted By: Pete Stupple - Graduate Engineer, UK Power Networks
On: July 24, 2014
Moving the electricity sector into a low-carbon future presents many challenges. As supply becomes increasingly intermittent, so the need for fast-responding, flexible demand and generation sources grows. Energy storage is a key source of flexibility to meet this need and has been identified by the UK Smart Grid Forum as  more...
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Posted By: Ed Spears - Product Marketing Manager, Critical Power Solutions Division, Eaton
On: July 17, 2014
Co-autored by Allen Fowler, Service Manager, Eaton In today’s data center landscape, it has become increasingly important to maintain uptime for business continuity. To avoid costly downtime and sustain uptime in the case of a power event, facilities operators have to deploy a comprehensive power distribution scheme along with emergency  more...
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Posted By: Harry Valentine - Commentator/Energy Researcher, Langson Energy
On: May 7, 2014
Aluminum occurs is abundance in the earth’s crust and has directly and indirectly plays a role in the energy sector, with prospects to play an expanded role in the future. About a decade ago, one of the world’s large aluminum companies posted job openings for doctoral graduates in chemistry, to  more...
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Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: December 23, 2013
I recently joined a discussion about how gravity might be used to generate and store energy. One of the comments provided a link to Gravity Power, a company that has proposed a modified take on "pumped storage" whereby a vertical water reservoir is used with a heavy piston.  During the discussions  more...
Posted By: James Greenberger - Executive Director, National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries
On: November 18, 2013
Earlier this week I spoke with an old friend, who works in the utility practice group of a major management consulting firm.  We commiserated about the challenges of getting conservative electric utilities to adopt new technology.  My friend opined that the only way to get the attention of utility management  more...

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