Fast-charging technologies are essential to the growth of electric vehicle (EV) use. Fortunately, the number of worldwide fast-charge stations is projected to expand. According to a report from IHS Automotive, the industry will grow by a factor of more than 100 times from 2012 to 2020.
A lot can be learned about changes in the energy sector by looking at the various markets that serve it. For example, demand for energy service companies mirrors building energy efficiency and renewable-power expansion. Market research firm Navigant confirmed this dynamic in its study, “The U.S.
In a slightly different twist on the meaning of “wireless,” residents of one Southern California community are getting their wish as the local power provider rips out above-ground transmission lines and moves them underground.
While renewables’ overall contribution to worldwide energy production may still be relatively small compared to traditional sources of power, they have generated no small amount of buzz and hype by always managing to outsize themselves with some newer, bigger and better model that sets the standard
Like all renewables, solar power faces a number of obstacles in its quest for mainstream growth. Overcoming those obstacles demands creativity, innovation and an open mind—and not just on the level of engineering and science.
MISO, the regional transmission organization responsible for maintaining reliable transmission of power in 15 states and the Canadian province of Manitoba, recently became one of the first grid operators in North America to use new synchrophasor technology for real-time system monitoring and analysi
Storage is the missing link that will enable renewables to become a reliable supply of mainstream energy. It is no wonder then that, as renewables expand in their reach, new and innovative forms of storing that energy also become more relevant.
Reputations are hard to live down. Take, for example, rigid aluminum—used for electrical conduit—and its reputation for high cost. According to a recent study, that may be more misperception than fact.
New York recently strengthened its power supply with the completion of two projects: an underground and underwater 660-megawatt electric transmission project between New Jersey and Manhattan and a low-cost, commercial battery-storage system on the campus of the City College of New York (CCNY).
As digital innovation, green power and energy efficiency become increasingly intertwined in our daily lives, it makes sense that manufacturers recognize the growing interconnectedness of their products and the importance of that interconnectedness to the consumer.
Success in the renewable-energy revolution seems to be measured at least in part by bragging rights and record-breaking, as states leapfrog over each other for the title of largest wind farm, highest portfolio standard or some other bar-raising, eye-catching announcement.
Renewable power and greenhouse gases have always been closely intertwined. As one goes up, the other comes down. Of course, the benefits of clean power extend far beyond reduced emissions, but as long as there is a need to fight global warming, the demand for clean power will be strong.
Until the end of time, pundits and politicians will debate the role of government as an engine of change. One thing is certain, however, when it comes to change in the realm of technology and energy, government is a driving force.