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Sep 21, 2019

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PLMA Global Load Management Group Meets in St. Petersburg

Sep 21, 2019:  International Distributed Energy Resource Projects to be Explored During Interactive Session of Energy Industry PractitionersSt. Petersburg, Florida – PLMA, the voice of load management practitioners in the energy utility industry, announces its Global Load Management Interest Group will gain insights from three international distributed energy resource (DER) projects during..

Asia Embraces Onshore Wind

Sep 21, 2019: Asia (excluding China) will more than double its onshore wind capacity, rising from 4.6 gigawatts (GW) in 2018 to 11.6GW by 2028, according to Wood Mackenzie. National power plans to increase the share of renewables, robust power demand growth, and competitive onshore wind costs are driving the market.  India is the area leader with more than 15GW of new onshore wind capacity in the..

Boost in Distributed Renewable Sales

Sep 21, 2019: Distributed Renewable revenue is expected to rise from $85.3 billion in 2019 to $165.7 billion in 2028, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.7%., according to Navigant Research. Technology improvements, declining costs, and innovative long-term price-based instruments are a few of the reasons for the rise. What do you think is driving this market sector?

Hawaii Wants to Lead the Renewable Revolution

Sep 21, 2019: The state has positioned itself as a pioneer in the quest for a fossil fuel-free future, but there are plenty of obstacles in the way -- Read more on…

Vision for Blockchain Led Transformation to Empower Customers with “Flexi-Grid”

Sep 21, 2019: AbstractUsing Blockchain led technology, is entirely a new concept and quite complex considering the existing distribution and retail scenarios in a de-regulated market where means of electric production are less centralized. Under the DER’s (Distribution Energy Resources) reforms program, ‘Flexi-Grid’ via Blockchain technology has a capability to hold ‘Duck..

What Future Holds for Blockchain in the Energy Sector?

Sep 21, 2019: I have always been intrigued by technology and the way it evolves and makes our life easy. So making a career out of it came quite naturally. The years spent in Silicon Valley helped me hone my knowledge and skills into becoming the professional that I am today. When blockchain debuted alongside Bitcoin in 2009, it marked the beginning of a revolution in the technological sphere. It might have..

Blockchain Networks Enable Charging Incentive Programs for Utilities

Sep 21, 2019: Transportation Electrification is emerging as one of the most interesting applications of transitive energy and blockchain technology as utilities seek solutions to align customer charging behavior with their operational needs. The electric vehicle (EV) charging process involves several entities, including the utility, charging network provider, charging equipment manufacturer, vehicle..

The Kodak moment

Sep 21, 2019: There comes a time in every industry, lifecycle and business where a paradigm shift needs to occur.For businesses that have huge investments in their infrastructure, that are often by their nature conservative - such as electric utilities; Paradigm Shifts take a large amount of courage, thought, leadership and risk in order to get it right and invest ahead of the curve. On the flip side here..


Sep 21, 2019: DISCLAIMER:  The viewpoints in this article are the personal opinions of the author and are in no way meant to represent any of the firms mentioned in the article.   The list of firms discussed in the article is not meant to be comprehensive, but to highlight the application of use cases in the electricity industry.  Blockchain technology has found several use cases..

New utility policy aims to reduce energy burden for Pennsylvania's poor

Sep 20, 2019: Here's an interesting story from Pennsylvania about how utility financial assistance programs may change. All utilities should be promoting their programs to assist financially troubled customers -- partly for information purposes, partly for feel-good press coverage…

Conn. Regulators OK Contract to Keep Nuclear Plant Online | American Public Power Association

Sep 20, 2019: "The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on Sept. 18 approved a contract between Dominion Energy, owner of the Millstone Nuclear Facility, and Eversource and United Illuminating, the state’s two electric distribution utilities, that will keep the 2,100-megawatt Millstone facility online. The contract requires the utilities to purchase approximately 50 percent of..

New IFC Study Details Environmental, Economic, Health Costs of Fossil-Fuel Generators

Sep 20, 2019: Washington D.C. - September 20, 2019 ( Newswire) Fossil fuel burning back-up generators in developing countries produce as much power as 700-1,000 coal-fired power stations, consume up to $50 billion in fuel costs annually, and emit dangerous chemicals into homes and businesses, according to a report released Wednesday by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group.

Yosemite camping site unveils series of ADA-compliant tiny cabins

Sep 20, 2019: :os Angeles-based firm, M-Rad have unveiled a Related: + M-Rad Via Dezeen M-Rad cabins, universal design, tiny cabin, tiny cabin design, cabin living, cabin architecture, movable cabin, mobile cabins, X-Suite dwelling, universal design,…

Climate change is a public health issue amounting to billions in medical costs

Sep 20, 2019: The environment shapes our society. Hence, as climate change worsens, so do healthcare costs.

How to predict crucial plasma pressure in future fusion facilities

Sep 20, 2019: Feature describes improved model for forecasting the crucial balance of pressure at the edge of a fusion plasma.

Water may be scarce for new power plants in Asia

Sep 20, 2019: Climate change and over-tapped waterways could leave developing parts of Asia without enough water to cool power plants in the near future, new research indicates. The study found that existing and planned power plants that burn coal for energy could be vulnerable.

Technology uses banana leaves as a biodegradable alternative to single-use plastic

Sep 20, 2019: Find out how banana leaves can be transformed into a sturdy, durable alternative to single-use plastic.

Asia-Pacific Wind technology contracts activity drops 13% in Q2 2019

Sep 20, 2019: September 20, 2019 ( Newswire) Asia-Pacific wind technology contracts in Q2 2019 saw 47 contracts announced, marking a drop of 13% over the last four-quarter average of 54, according to GlobalData's power industry contracts database.

German wind industry loses momentum as onshore wind auction fails to attract investors, says GlobalData

Sep 20, 2019: September 20, 2019 ( Newswire) Following the announcement that the onshore wind power market in Germany has awarded only 187 megawatt (MW) of new onshore wind capacity against 500 MW that was available in the September auction…

An abandoned market becomes a light-filled homeless shelter in London

Sep 20, 2019: We love it when old buildings can be put to good use, but it especially warms our hearts when communities use adaptive reuse to convert empty spaces into spaces specially designed to help those in need.

The best of two worlds: Magnetism and Weyl semimetals

Sep 20, 2019: Imagine a world in which electricity could flow through the grid without any losses or where all the data in the world could be stored in the cloud without the need for power stations. This seems unimaginable, but a path towards such a dream has opened with the discovery of a new family of materials with magical properties.

Award-winning sustainable retreat offers a stylish defense against fire

Sep 20, 2019: Australian architectural firm Steendijk’s Bellbird Retreat is proof that designing for fire safety doesn’t have to mean compromising aesthetics.

Betting On Renewable Diesel: Valero or Darling?

Sep 20, 2019: Valero Energy (VLO:  NYSE) recently disclosed ongoing discussions to expand its renewable diesel production to a second plant that would be built and managed by its Diamond Green Diesel joint venture with Darling Ingredients (DAR:  NYSE).  The proposed plant that would be located in Port Arthur, Texas and turn out 400 million gallons of renewable diesel and […] The post Betting On Renewable Diesel: Valero or Darling? appeared first on Alternative Energy Stocks.

Electric tech could help reverse baldness

Sep 19, 2019: Reversing baldness could someday be as easy as wearing a hat, thanks to a noninvasive, low-cost hair-growth-stimulating technology.

Sono Motors self-charging solar electric car will feature an air-purifying moss interior

Sep 19, 2019: German mobility startup Sono Motors recently unveiled the first interior renderings for the Sion, a fully electric vehicle with full-surface solar integration that will feature a strip of air-purifying moss inside.

New York allows students to miss class for the climate strike

Sep 19, 2019: Tomorrow, on September 20, a global climate strike is scheduled to bring awareness about the need for transformative action against the growing climate crisis.

Even short-lived solar panels can be economically viable

Sep 19, 2019: A new study shows that, contrary to widespread belief within the solar power industry, new kinds of solar cells and panels don't necessarily have to last for 25 to 30 years in order to be economically viable in today's market.

Spectacular rammed-earth dome home is tucked deep into a Costa Rican jungle

Sep 19, 2019: Located in the idyllic area of Diamante Valley, the House Without Shoes is an incredible rammed-earth complex made up of three interconnected domes, which are joined by an open-air deck that looks out over the stunning valley and ocean views.

Algae Lamps are a work of art and natural shade in one

Sep 19, 2019: Algae is one of the newest materials to hit the market as a multi-purpose fiber. While it has been hauled out of the ocean, cultivated, dried, and processed into myriad products, it typically loses some of its allure in the process. So one designer spent years figuring out a way to use algae so that it maintains its natural essence, even when molded into a final product.  Algae Lamps are a product of this effort with lamp shades that are contoured for unique outcomes in shape and style. Each...

Lighting the path to renewable energy

Sep 19, 2019: Scientists have developed a novel, standardized way of quantifying and comparing these variations in solar power. The new study may help guide the development and performance of solar photovoltaic farms -- systems that harness the sun's energy and convert it to electricity.

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Sep 19, 2019: Help Inhabitat publish the most accurate, up-to-date environmental news stories.

Engineers create tunable, nanoscale, incandescent light source

Sep 19, 2019: Engineers have created what may be viewed as the world's smallest incandescent lightbulbs, collections of near-nanoscale materials called 'selective thermal emitters' that absorb heat and emit light. Their research could have applications in sensing, photonics and perhaps in computing platforms beyond the limitations of silicon.

MAD Architects unveils solar-powered Hyperloop transit system

Sep 18, 2019: The avant-garde architecture of Beijing-based MAD Architects has merged with Hyperloop’s futuristic transportation technologies with the unveiling of a new, solar-powered rapid transit system.

High levels of plastic byproducts discovered in children, study finds

Sep 18, 2019: Rather alarmingly, the study found toxic levels of plastic byproducts in 97 percent of the blood and urine samples gathered from 2,500 children tested.

'Poor man's qubit' can solve quantum problems without going quantum

Sep 18, 2019: Researchers have built and demonstrated the first hardware for a probabilistic computer, a possible way to bridge the gap between classical and quantum computing.

Ireland plans to ban single-use plastics

Sep 18, 2019: In a move that has environmentalists cheering, Ireland recently overhauled its waste sector by announcing a ban on single-use plastics.

These works of art record and provide shelter to urban wildlife

Sep 18, 2019: The Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, University of London is proving that you don’t have to leave the city to experience wildlife. Inspired by both art and nature, the studio has created a series of habitats that use hidden cameras to capture images of wildlife.

The future of 'extremely' energy-efficient circuits

Sep 18, 2019: Data centers are processing data and dispensing the results at astonishing rates and such robust systems require a significant amount of energy -- so much energy, in fact, that information communication technology is projected to account for 20% of total energy consumption in the United States by 2020. To answer this demand, a team of researchers have developed a framework to reduce energy consumption while improving efficiency.

IFC and FRV Secure Financing for Potrero Solar

Sep 18, 2019: September 18, 2019 ( Newswire) México City, México. September 18th 2019. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), member of the World Bank Group, and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and a leading global developer of renewable utility-scale projects, has announced the financial close for Potrero Solar (296 MW dc), the company's second solar farm in Mexico.

North America Solar technology contracts activity rises 14% in Q2 2019

Sep 18, 2019: September 18, 2019 ( Newswire) North America solar technology contracts in Q2 2019 saw 84 contracts announced, marking a rise of 14% over the last four-quarter average of 74…

Sustainable tech powers the Corten steel-clad Cube in Denmark

Sep 18, 2019: When Danish architectural firm Christensen & Co. Architects was asked to design the new headquarters for the Helsingør Power Plant, they felt it would be fitting if the project serve as an extension of the client’s commitment to sustainable supply technologies. Clad in Corten steel as a nod to the surrounding industrial architecture, the sustainably powered Forsyning Helsingør Operations Center has been dubbed The Cube after its geometric shape. For a reduced energy footprint, the office...

Marine market emissions reduced with new Wartsila 31SG pure gas engine

Sep 17, 2019: September 17, 2019 ( Newswire) The technology group Wartsila launches the Wartsila 31SG pure gas engine for marine market applications.

Kengo Kuma unveils bold timber museum in Turkey that pays homage to the region's Ottoman heritage

Sep 17, 2019: The world-renowned architects of Kengo Kuma and Associates have just unveiled a stunning museum in Turkey. Located in Eskisehir, the Odunpazari Modern Museum features several stacked timber boxes that rise out of the ground at various angles, paying homage to the city's Ottoman heritage.

This year's ozone hole could be the smallest it has been in 30 years

Sep 17, 2019: For decades, scientists have closely observed the ozone layer, which protects Earth from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This year, just in time for World Ozone Day, the European Union's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) announced the state of the ozone hole — its size is the smallest it has been in the past 30 years.

LOOPShare (TSXV: LOOP) (OTCQB: LPPPF) Announces Partnership with OpenStreet - for Electric Scooter Sharing Technology Integration in Japan

Sep 17, 2019: Vancouver, British Columbia - September 17, 2019 (Newsfile Corp.) ( Newswire) LOOPShare Ltd. (TSXV: LOOP) (OTCQB: LPPPF), the world's first fully-integrated electric scooter sharing platform, has entered into a partnership with OpenStreet Co., Ltd. with the goal of integrating LOOPShare's electric scooter telematics and digital dashboard technology with OpenStreet's service in Japan.

Robotic fish offer a solution to controlling invasive species

Sep 17, 2019: Invasive species have become a growing environmental challenge, causing serious harm to ecosystems. An interdisciplinary team from New York University (NYU) and the University of Western Australia are utilizing robotic fish to curb the damaging effects of invasive species by scaring the invaders enough so that they reproduce less.

Scientists create fully electronic 2-dimensional spin transistors

Sep 17, 2019: Physicists have constructed a two-dimensional spin transistor, in which spin currents were generated by an electric current through graphene. A monolayer of a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) was placed on top of graphene to induce charge-to-spin conversion in the graphene.

Studio Gangs Solstice tower in Chicago is shaped by the sun

Sep 17, 2019: In Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood rises Solstice on the Park, a 26-story residential tower with an angular design that has been shaped by solar studies.

Wartsila again included in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Sep 17, 2019: September 17, 2019 ( Newswire) The technology group Wartsila has for the fourth year in a row been selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), both in the DJSI World and DJSI Europe indices.

Global power industry tenders in Q2 2019: Hydro technology down 30%

Sep 17, 2019: September 17, 2019 ( Newswire) Hydro technology tenders activity in Q2 2019 saw 93 tenders announced, marking a drop of 30% over the last four-quarter average of 133…