Hydrogen/Fuel Cell News
- Microgrid Economics: It Takes a Village, a University, and a Ship
As a businessman exploring investments, I need simple answers, however complicated the problem. I wish to know: Are microgrids economical? How much investment is needed and for what? What are the factors that principally affect profitability, within the system and in the environment? If microgrids are not profitable at the present, when will they be? I recognize that understanding microgrids as a system requires complicated mathematics and modeling. I?m sympathetic to and respect those who do that.
- Japan Installs 11 GW of Renewable Energy in Two Years
Japan has added 11,090 megawatts of clean energy capacity since July 2012, when it began an incentive program to encourage investment in renewables, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
- 2030 Outlook: A Trillion Dollar Taxpayer Bailout for Electrical Utilities
After bailing out Wall Street in 2008, are Americans ready to provide a one trillion dollar bailout to our electric utilities in 2030? Even though worldwide demand for energy is estimated to rise 41 percent by 2035, Barclays recently downgraded their outlook for utilities. The question we should ask ourselves is what does it mean when you downgra
- Energy Storage: Progress and Promise
The pending boom of the energy storage industry is right around the corner, and the U.S. is taking a front seat. According to recent IHS research, the U.S. is the largest market for grid-connected energy storage installations through 2017, and global sales of combined solar energy storage systems are expected to reach nearly $30 billion by then. Th
- The MIT Curse Strikes Again: Lilliputian Systems Files for Bankruptcy
I?ll be up front. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the finest universities in the world. Numerous graduates have made lasting contributions to science. And the closest I could have ever got to being part of the MIT family would have probably been working as a stock boy in the campus bookstore. It is an academic beacon. But, somet
- A Grand Vision of a Potential US Energy System
If all energy production channels were employed, the United States has sufficient resources to eliminate all coal, gasoline and diesel combustion in all demand sectors and replace them with natural gas, wind and solar electricity firmed and shaped with both grid-scale and distributed energy storage. I believe that we can reach a zero-air-pollution, coal-free, crude-import free, all-electric low-cost energy future. We have energy rhetoric and technology to get there; do we have leadership and will?
- Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal
For locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin?s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin as part of the institute?s efforts to understand how indi
- From the Editor: It's Really All About Renewable Energy Projects
At Renewable Energy World, we understand that while we spend lots of time writing about the policies, technologies and intricacies of financing renewable energy, the only measureable result of all of this effort is steel in the ground (or on the roof?or in the water? as the case may be). The growth of renewable energy is measured through projects
- How Fossil Fuel Interests Attack Renewable Energy
Fossil fuel-funded front groups repeatedly spread disinformation on renewable energy standard and net metering policies in an effort to overturn pro-clean energy laws in 2013 and 2014.
- Why New Nuclear Technology Hurts the Case for Renewables
Does nuclear energy deserve a seat at the table alongside renewable energy technologies in weaning us off of fossil fuels and transitioning into a cleaner energy world? A new report published yesterday suggests not only will newer small modular reactor (SMR) technology be at least as expensive as larger reactors, it won't fit the needs of a more flexible grid system, and its development will siphon away funding from the truly renewable energy options that need it.
- Tax Code of Honor: US Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting Congress to let expire, including vital, commonsense policies that promote clean energy.
- Open Innovation & Solar: A New Horizon Emerges in the Heart of Coal Country
Many visions have been laid out and developed over the years that point towards what economist Jeremy Rifken calls the Third Industrial Revolution: a network economy where the entire system is interactive, integrated and seamless. This integration of energy sources is presently and will continue to create whole new opportunities for cross-industry
- Solar Decathlon Houses Make Up a Solar Village to Test Microgrid Technology
In yet one more example of the rising interest in how microgrids that incorporate renewable energy and energy storage will change the energy landscape, Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) has created what it says is the first ?Solar Village? in the U.S.