If wind- and solar-generated electricity are changing the way we look at our relationship to the grid, the transformation is only visible when the sources of that generation are in full force or, more specifically, when the gusts are strong and the sun is high. Storage technology is the key to enabling renewables to overcome their intermittent nature. READ MORE
The volume of energy consumed by buildings and the importance of energy efficiency in reducing that consumption are both now well-established elements of today’s green power movement. At the point where the two converge, building commissioning services are about to take a spin. READ MORE
Transformative change often requires major societal shifts to reach and cross the proverbial tipping point. The transition to renewable power is no exception, where the occasional installation of rooftop solar systems and a few hybrid cars buzzing through the neighborhood will not be enough to propel a widespread conversion. READ MORE
As the consumption of power generated by unconventional sources grows, so does the need to store that power. Whether it is due to the intermittent nature of the power (as in the case of renewables) or the need for portability (as in the case of electric and hybrid electric cars), energy storage is becoming an integral component of the clean-energy movement. READ MORE
It’s not enough that technology is being described as smart. Now it even has the power to heal itself.
“Self-healing” and “self-aware” are two of the terms San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) is using to describe the new, super-resilient smart grid it is developing with various high-tech upgrades to existing infrastructure. READ MORE
If renewable energy is driven by innovation and creativity, then the state of New Jersey has taken these driving forces to a new extreme.
The Garden State is cementing an already well-established reputation as a leader in green power with its latest initiative and, in so doing, throwing a twist into the typical method of solar power installations and a clever way to cut costs. READ MORE
In march 2011, immediately following the triangular disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi reactor, Japan promptly shut down all of the nation’s 54 nuclear reactors. READ MORE