A new agreement between the United States and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) signed today will pave the way for renewed collaboration in particle physics, promising to yield new insights into fundamental particles and the nature of matter and our universe.
Members of the media are invited to attend the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Catalyst prize Demo Day in San Francisco on Thursday, May 14.
The SunShot Catalyst prize program is designed to address many of the challenges preventing ubiquitous, affordable solar energy deployment by connecting American innovators to the tools, capabilities, data assets, and resources developed by the Energy Department and its national laboratories. The competition leverages each of these assets to launch cutting-edge solar companies and tackle time-sensitive market challenges.
On Demo Day, 17 finalists who have successfully completed the competition’s ideation, business innovation, and prototyping contests will publicly demonstrate their products to a panel of judges. The five winners will be eligible for up to $100,000 to help bring their early stage solutions to market. Audience members will participate by voting live on their favorite business pitches.
Press release announcing the authorization of Dominion Cove Point LNG in Calvert County, Maryland to export Liquefied Natural Gas.
The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar entitled "Overview of Station Analysis Tools Developed in Support of H2USA" on Tuesday, May 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar will provide a basic introduction to two new models—the Hydrogen Refueling Station Analysis Model (HRSAM) and the Hydrogen Financial Analysis Scenario Tool (H2FAST)—developed by Argonne National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, respectively.
EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.
Skagerak Nett has selected Ericsson as sole supplier of 180,000 smart meters to be deployed in Norway beginning in 2016. The project is part of a large-scale modernization of the Norwegian power grid. Geir Kulås, Skagerak Nett chief executive officer, says: “We are very pleased with the choice of Ericsson and look forward to a…
Battelle—a nonprofit research and development organization that operates many of the national laboratories—reached an Energy Department project milestone to demonstrate at least 1,000 hours of bio-oil hydrotreatment on a single catalyst charge. Typically, it takes many catalysts to convert a bio-oil intermediate into biofuel, making the conversion process expensive. Battelle’s new process substantially reduces the cost and risk of biofuel production and helps make the process more commercially viable.
Energy Department Invests $4 Million to Strengthen Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation
As part of the administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced $4 million to develop and demonstrate new energy efficiency solutions for the nation's homes.
Energy Department Invests $6 Million to Increase Energy Efficiency of Schools, Offices, Stores and other U.S. Buildings
As part of the Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings and double energy productivity by 2030, the Energy Department today announced nearly $6 million to accelerate energy efficiency in offices, shops, schools and other buildings that will help businesses and communities save money, create jobs, and reduce pollution.
A New Zealand-based online electricity company is giving away free power for an hour a day during one of the two off-peak times. Electric Kiwi caters only to consumers who have smart meters installed. According to the start-up, “Rates will differ region to region and household size but all customers will pay a fixed rate…
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Energy Department announces nine research and development projects designed to save consumers money, reduce energy consumption.
Date: 5 May 2015
IEEE Smart Gird
The Grid 3.0 Workshop held on March 26-27, 2015 built on the success of the November 13, 2015 “Electricity Sector Issues Roundtable: Grid 3.0 and Beyond” is part of a planning process that aims to help shape the grid’s future. The Grid 3.0 activity series was organized by a partnership of several government and industry organizations, including IEEE Smart Grid. The Grid 3.0 Workshop was designed to dive in deeper into the interoperability challenges identified at the Roundtable and to work collaboratively to develop the action plans needed to overcome these challenges.
The Grid 3.0 Workshop brought together experts from a variety of stakeholders including utilities, ISOs / RTOs, regulators, federal agencies, manufacturers and researchers to key topics emerging from the Roundtable discussion, such as: Resilience; reliability (including efficiency and sustainability); emerging and evolving markets; new actors in the grid ecosystem; and the pace of technology innovation. These key topics were developed by the organizing committee, including several derived from the IEEE Smart Grid focus areas.
Some of the “common themes” that emerged from the workshop include the need for:
- Ubiquitous, low cost, reliable, resilient communications
- Clearly defined common and stable (control) business, data management, communications, and physical systems architecture
- Well defined points of interoperability with built in security
- Reference designs (e.g. microgrid systems, distributed generation support systems)
- Regulatory jurisdictional certainty (state/feds) – also need clear metrics
- Education of the workforce
- Broad, equitable collaboration model
Following up on the information that came out of the workshop, the Grid 3.0 Organizing Committee will continue its work to identify the critical actions needed to realize the Grid 3.0 vision. Specifically, it will:
- Continue to refine the common themes from the workshop
- Develop aspirational “future statements” for each theme
- Conduct a gap analysis of: What organizations are working in this space? What relevant work is each organization doing? What’s missing?
- Develop Action Plans around priority gaps
Several of the gaps identified are uniquely suited to being addressed by IEEE Smart Grid and its member societies. Several IEEE PES standards activities such as IEEE 1547 and IEEE 2030 series directly address the gaps identified in architecture, interoperability, and reference designs. The Grid 3.0 Leadership Committee looks forward to working with IEEE Smart Grid and its other members to conduct the gap analysis and suggest specific work items to accelerate progress. Public discussion of Grid 3.0 is encouraged on the IEEE Smart Grid LinkedIn group.
A summary report of the Grid 3.0 Workshop may be found here.
The presentations that were made during the panel sessions can be found here.
Participate in the Ongoing Discussion During the Next Webinar
A webinar will be held on May 12 at 1 pm (EDT) to provide an update on the process.
Registration information can be found here.
Date: 5 May 2015
IEEE Smart Gird
IEEE announced its support of the first installment of the White House Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) report developed under the leadership of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Domestic Policy Council. Development of the QER involved 22 federal agencies and was coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The first installment of the QER was released on April 21, 2015 and highlighted at an event in Philadelphia by Vice President Joe Biden and DOE Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz on behalf of the Obama administration.
The IEEE and its membership were actively engaged during the development of the QER. In October 2014, the IEEE Joint Task Force on QER— spearheaded by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), IEEE-USA and the IEEE volunteer community, under the leadership of co-chairs Veronika Rabl, chair of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee and Damir Novosel, president-elect, IEEE PES—submitted a report to the DOE that addressed a specific set of priority issues.
An example of IEEE involvement and plans for on-going cooperation with DOE is underscored in the Chapter III “Recommendations in Brief” section on Modernizing the Electric Grid:
Improve grid communication through standards and interoperability.
In conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and other Federal agencies, DOE should work with industry, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, state officials, and other interested parties to identify additional efforts the Federal Government can take to better promote open standards that enhance connectivity and interoperability on the electric grid.
Access the full version of the final QER report.
Via C-SPAN, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz testified at a hearing on the first installment of the QER. Watch the video now.
According to an international report on bioenergy and land use, informed management of bioenergy crops can actually alleviate factors contributing to food insecurity, as well as provide practical avenues to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote sustainable energy production, and preserve biodiversity.