Microgrids are one of the most intelligent, efficient, reliable, and secure ways to create and manage power for the needs of a 21st century power market.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the University of California- Berkeley to lead a consortium of university, nonprofit, utility, and national laboratory partners in a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use.
In the United States alone, data centers consumed an estimated 91 billion kilowatt hours in 2013, equivalent to the entire output of 34 of the world's largest power stations.
Increasing the use of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and alternatives for petroleum fuels will meet California's energy needs, and create jobs and grow businesses-- and with it, California's economy. That is according to a group of advanced energy business leaders who flocked the California Capitol building last week to express support for Governor Jerry Brown's energy and climate goals for 2030 and Senate President Pro-tempore Kevin de Leon's bill to put those goals into law.
Shore power is a highly effective way to reduce marine diesel air emissions and improves local air quality by enabling ships to shut down their engines and connect to the electrical grid in order to provide necessary power while docked.
Annapolis is joining many other cities in adding renewables to their energy mix, but they are doing it in an innovative way.
Particularly in the United States, the emergence of shale technology is challenging the conventional rules of the global oil markets – an observation made by Olivier Appert, president of the World Energy Council (WEC) French Committee. In fact, he says shale could become be the new 'swing' producer in setting the price of oil on global markets.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has developed a new technology that significantly reduces the cost for residential customers considering rooftop solar-- and installations have already begun.
To determine how much sunlight hits a given roof, the system takes information from Google's database of aerial imagery and maps; 3D modeling of the roof; shadows cast by nearby structures and trees; all possible sun positions over the course of a year; and historical cloud and temperature patterns that might affect solar energy production.
The Wave Energy Prize-- a public prize challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Water Power Program-- has brought out a quality pool of diverse ideas, so much so that it was difficult to narrow down the finalists. But a panel of expert judges was able to do it and 20 teams will now advance to the next round.