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Is the End Really Nigh for Fossil Fuels? Or is the Future Simply Advanced Energy?

April 24, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy and Fossil Fuels

“Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” reads the hyperbolic headline from Tom Randall, writing for Bloomberg Business. This report of the death of fossil fuel-powered electricity generation is exaggerated. But look closely; the triumph of advanced energy seems even more of a sure thing.[read more]

Advanced Energy Tech of the Week: High Temperature Superconducting Transmission

April 23, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Advanced Energy Technology

The ability of high temperature superconductivity to relieve transmission bottlenecks allows for more efficient operation of the transmission network as well as allowing for more efficient generator dispatch, which can help lower emissions and reduce transmission energy losses.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Storage

April 17, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Energy Storage Tech

Several technologies can be used to store energy on the electricity transmission and distribution grid, including pumped storage hydro (PSH), compressed air energy storage (CAES), electrochemical batteries, flywheel systems and thermal energy storage systems.[read more]

The LNG Terminal Building Bonanza has Begun

April 9, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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LNG Terminal Bonanza

 

International marine construction companies are seeing a bonanza of new projects as countries around the world approve massive new terminals for liquefied natural gas – for imports in most cases, and for exports from North America, Australia, and some Southeast Asian countries.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Electric Vehicles

April 4, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Electric Vehicles

Plug-in electric vehicles are powered completely or in part by rechargeable batteries. PEVs include battery electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, which need to be recharged through external power, and plug-in hybrid vehicles such as the Chevy Volt, which contain both a battery and a gasoline-powered engine.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Distribution Automation and Network Efficiency

March 28, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Networking and Automation

 

In recent years, many transmission networks have been upgraded with new sensors and automated control equipment, which allow for more efficient centralized control. Distribution networks, however, are further behind in deploying these systems, which could improve system operations.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Advanced Metering Infrastructure

March 20, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Advanced Energy and Metering Technology

Smart meters, a device that records consumption of electricity and communicates this information, are the central component of Advanced Metering Infrastructure, the broader infrastructure that allows the utility to communicate, enabling new products and services as part of the “smart grid.”[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Anaerobic Digestion

March 13, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion is a process by which waste, such as livestock manure, food scraps, and municipal/industrial wastewater, is broken down by microorganisms in the absence of oxygen into a combination of methane and other gases, otherwise known as biogas.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Offshore Wind Power

March 6, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Offshore Wind

Offshore wind turbines are located on bodies of water where there is access to stronger wind resources than are typically available on land. These turbines convert the kinetic energy of the wind to electricity with no greenhouse gas emissions. Generally, these turbines are fixed directly to the sea floor.[read more]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

Advanced Energy: It's Kind of a Big (Business) Deal

February 21, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy and Business

Advanced energy is a big deal. Or, the industry is full of big business deals being made. First Solar partnered with Apple, Tesla sees stellar growth ahead, and a new report released by The Brattle Group confirms what most of us suspected – that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will not threaten the reliability of the grid.[read more]

Advanced Energy Leads California Jobs Growth [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 14, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

California Job Growth and Advanced Energy

Everyone knows that advanced energy is bringing jobs to California, but until recently, we didn't know just how many. Companies in California's advanced energy sector are "creating more jobs and investing more money than competitors in any other state."[read more]

Energy News: New U.S. Electricity Capacity is 99% Pure Advanced Energy

February 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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New Electricity Capacity and Energy News

53.3 percent of new U.S. electricity capacity in 2014 came from wind and solar, 42.8 percent from natural gas. Other advanced energy sources such as geothermal and waste heat capture brought the total new advanced energy capacity to 99.1 percent of the total capacity added in 2014.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Utility-Scale Solar Energy

February 6, 2015 by Maria Robinson
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Utility-Scale Solar

Solar PV has driven large expansions in U.S. utility-scale solar power installations over the last decade, such that solar was the second largest source of new electric capacity added in 2013. Nearly 2,900 MW of new utility-scale solar was installed in 2013, a 58% increase from 2012.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Residential and Commercial Building Solar

January 30, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Building Solar Energy

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV modules produce direct current, which is converted to grid-compatible alternating current through an inverter. The flat-plate PV modules are commonly mounted on the roofs of residential and commercial buildings.[read more]