In his award-winning technical paper at this year's HydroVision Voith's
Dr. Klaus Krüger presented a comparison of li-Ion batteries and pumped
storage for bulk energy storage in terms of raw material costs and
CO2-Footprints. In this webinar he will give an exclusive summary of his
findings expanded by an interesting outlook on how synergies between
both technologies could be leveraged.
Today, the California Senate passed S.B.700,
a bill that could result in nearly 3 GW of behind-the-meter energy
storage systems at schools, farms, homes, nonprofits and businesses in
California by 2026, according to the California Solar and Storage
The bill was passed today with a preliminary
25-13 vote and passed on Wednesday by the Assembly with a final vote of
57-18. It now heads to the governor’s desk for his consideration, says
The resulting program established by the bill would be on
par with the highly successful program California set in motion with the
Million Solar Roofs Initiative back in 2006, the association notes.
Zondits recently sat down with Eric Gribin, Program Coordinator of the Energy Management Program
at Tunxis Community College, to discuss how their program is shaping
the clean energy workforce of the future. The Associate of Applied
Science Degree in Energy Management is a unique two-year workforce
training program that prepares students for rewarding careers in the
“clean energy” sector.
What was the inspiration to start the Energy Management Program?
In 2009, five Connecticut community colleges were awarded a SOAR
(Sustainable Operations, Alternative and Renewable Energy Initiative)
grant. Norwalk Community College hired me to develop the BEST (Building
Efficiency & Sustainable Technology) 1-year certificate program. We
focused on sustainable building, energy efficiency, and renewable
energy. During my first semester at NCC, I discovered a unique 2-year
degree program at Lane Community College in Eugene, OR, that focuses on
energy analysis for commercial buildings. I knew that a program like
this needed to exist near New York, Boston, Hartford, etc. So I decided
to work to develop a commercial building energy degree program here in
Hoover Dam helped transform the American West,
harnessing the force of the Colorado River — along with millions of
cubic feet of concrete and tens of millions of pounds of steel — to
power millions of homes and businesses. It was one of the great
engineering feats of the 20th century.
Now it is the focus of a distinctly 21st-century
challenge: turning the dam into a vast reservoir of excess electricity,
fed by the solar farms and wind turbines that represent the power
sources of the future.
California became the first state to require new homes to include solar
power. Unsurprisingly, the announcement of this path-breaking decision
has been met with considerable interest and curiosity.
This webinar will put the requirement into context by describing the
California Energy Commission’s efforts over time to improve the energy
efficiency of new homes by strengthening building codes and encouraging
the installation of solar energy systems, which
laid the groundwork for the recent solar requirement. The webinar will
explain the requirement, how it will be implemented, and how other
states might adopt similar policies. The webinar will also discuss
California’s attempt to adopt a carbon metric in future
cycles of the state’s building energy efficiency standards and the
implications for buildings in the state. There will be opportunity for
Evidence is building in support of battery storage as a serious
challenger to the perceived dominance of natural gas in our current and
future energy system. Batteries are beginning to complete head-to-head
with natural gas peaker plants, and they’re starting to win.
Peaker plants are designed to fire up whenever electricity demand
rises above the level that baseload fossil plants, nuclear, and
renewables can satisfy – think hot summer days when air conditioners are
turned up full blast or cold winter nights when heating demand
skyrockets. There are more than 1,000 peakers currently in operation
across the U.S. Most of these are powered by natural gas, and many of
them are located in communities already burdened by poor air quality and public health issues.
Lance Wheeler looks at glassy skyscrapers and sees untapped potential.
Houses and office buildings, he says, account for 75% of electricity use
in the United States, and 40% of its energy use overall. Windows,
because they leak energy, are a big part of the problem. "Anything we
can do to mitigate that is going to have a very large impact," says
Wheeler, a solar power expert at the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.
A series of recent results points to a solution, he says: Turn the
windows into solar panels. In the past, materials scientists have
embedded light-absorbing films in window glass. But such solar windows
tend to have a reddish or brown tint that architects find unappealing.
The new solar window technologies, however, absorb almost exclusively
invisible ultraviolet (UV) or infrared light. That leaves the glass
clear while blocking the UV and infrared radiation that normally leak
through it, sometimes delivering unwanted heat. By cutting heat gain
while generating power, the windows "have huge prospects," Wheeler says,
including the possibility that a large office building could power
For the rest of the story visit: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/skyscrapers-could-soon-generate-their-own-power-thanks-see-through-solar-cells
This webinar highlights two winning programs from CESA’s 2018 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards: Massachusetts’ Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program, and Rhode Island’s Block Island Offshore Wind Farm.
Massachusetts, the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) Program
was created to jump-start the state’s energy storage industry by
piloting innovative, broadly replicable energy storage demonstration
projects with multiple value streams, thereby priming Massachusetts for
increased commercialization and deployment. ACES will demonstrate nine
storage use cases to accelerate the adoption of storage technologies,
provide benefits to customers and utilities, and highlight market and
regulatory barriers. The 26 demonstration projects supported by the ACES
program will collectively add 32MW/83MWh to the grid where only
4MW/7MWh currently exists.
For more info and to register visit: https://www.cesa.org/webinars/building-markets-energy-storage-in-massachusetts-and-offshore-wind-in-rhode-island/?date=2018-08-09
In New York or California, $1 million can get you a
middle-of-the-road house in a trendy part of town. At Wisconsin's
Madison College, that could just about pay your electric bill for a
The community college, which has about 37,000 students,
spends about $1 million every year to power the main building on its
Truax Campus. So to keep costs down, the college started construction
this month week on a massive solar rooftop project. It's set to be the
biggest solar project in Wisconsin when it's completed in the fall.
"It's about 20 tractor-trailers' worth of equipment," said Ken Walz, a Madison College instructor who is leading the project.
is great potential for electricity to replace liquid and solid fuels
for transportation, industrial processes, agriculture, and heating and
cooling. In April the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) published
U.S. National Electrification Assessment, which examines four
possible pathways of how electrification could proceed in the coming
years and decades. In the report’s most ambitious scenario,
electricity's share of total energy supply would rise from 19
percent today to 50 percent by 2050.
this webinar, Francisco de la Chesnaye, Senior Program Manager at EPRI,
will present the report’s findings and discuss the potential
for state renewable energy initiatives. There will be opportunity for
For more info visit:https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/270973932131618305