'Sgt Pepper' artist's 'smart meters' work goes on show Leeds – ITV News

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 11/22/2016 - 03:04

ITV News’Sgt Pepper’ artist’s ‘smart meters’ work goes on show LeedsITV NewsIt’s fantastic that one of our greatest living artists has brought smart meters and the smart meter rollout to life in this way. And I’m delighted that he has included the real heroes of the rollout – the installers, who are travelling up and…

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New Report Shows Potential Growth of Distributed Wind Energy for On-Site Power

DOE RSS - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 18:03
November 21, 2016New Report Shows Potential Growth of Distributed Wind Energy for On-Site Power

The Energy Department today released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the potential future growth of distributed wind energy in the United States through 2050. Distributed wind differs from utility-scale wind in that it is installed at or near the point of end-use to meet on-site demand, such as at a farm, industrial or manufacturing facility, or rural home. The report titled Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects quantifies the size of the resource as well as the economic and market potential for locally-produced, clean distributed wind energy at homes and businesses nationwide.

SunShot Launches New Prize Competition

DOE RSS - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 11:11
November 21, 2016SunShot Launches New Prize Competition

The SunShot Initiative announces the launch a new prize competition that aims to expand solar access to all Americans, especially to communities that have been left out of the solar boom. The Solar in Your Community Challenge, informed by our work with the National Community Solar Partnership, aims to spur the development of new and innovative financial and business models that serve non-rooftop solar users and low- and moderate-income communities.

Smart meters system for district heating launched – Network (registration) (blog)

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 05:57

Network (registration) (blog)Smart meters system for district heating launchedNetwork (registration) (blog)A new smart metering system for district heating has been launched to enable housing associations and local authorities to solve debt management issues. Secure Meters has launched the smart heat meter and wireless in-home-display in a bid to “vastly … Source: News Bot Smart meters system…

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£11bn smart meters save just £11 a year – The Times (subscription)

SmartMeters.com - Sat, 11/19/2016 - 19:59

The Times (subscription)£11bn smart meters save just £11 a yearThe Times (subscription)The average family will save only about £11 a year with a smart meter, less than half the amount originally advertised by the government, according to official figures sneaked out during the frantic aftermath of the American election. The government … Source: News Bot …

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KCP&L: No safety issue with smart meters – KSHB

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 15:33

KSHBKCP&L: No safety issue with smart metersKSHBLike residents all over the metro, Kansas City Power & Light had put in a new smart meter at Roberts’s home. She said after a new smart meter was put in the first time, a crew came back out because the meter was running hot and not providing information. …

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Common Types of Laptop Batteries

GreenTechMedia - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 14:40
In today’s world we are increasingly dependent on immediate access to information and communication wherever we are. No matter whether we are business men, students or mechanics in the field or housewives, almost nobody finds it acceptable to be bound to a place close to a power plug. The spreading availability of Wi-Fi access has even increased the need for mobile energy sources. Without batteries that deliver performance and durability laptops and cell phones do not make a lot of sense.

Over time, technology has advanced and brought us many advanced battery types designed to make our life easier. To ensure portability of laptop computers, there are currently three types of modern batteries, each with it’s own strengths and flaws.

The first type does not actually hold up to modern standards and will soon completely disappear from the market. Nickel Cadmium batteries where the first type used for mobile computers. The choice was made mainly because of their good performance considering the price and quality. Due to their weight and size these batteries are not integrated in new laptops any more.

For the next generations of laptops Nickel Metal Hydride batteries were used. You still find this type of laptop battery in many devices, but usually these are older models. They are more compact than Nickel Cadmium batteries and have a greater energy density. Unfortunately, just like Ni-Cd batteries, they suffer from the memory effect. But taking all things into consideration, the price for NiMH batteries is still very reasonable.

Attention: What Makes Ni-Cd Rechargeable Batteries Popular

In modern laptops the power source of choice are Lithium Ion batteries. They are optimized to the maximum, much smaller and lighter and the energy density is superior to the other two. Also this type of laptop battery doesn’t suffer from memory effect. You can use it and charge it anywhere and anytime you want. The only minus for these laptop batteries is that their price is a little bit higher which is absolutely worth it when you consider the longer battery life.

There are a few things to consider if you use the NiMH type of laptop battery. The most important is that you must not use the laptop connected to a Dc power supply when the battery is still inside the laptop. Due to the memory effect, it will soon die. To avoid the memory effect, charge the battery only after it is completely discharged. If you use a Li-Ion type of laptop battery you don’t have any worry about that.

All laptop batteries need careful treatment to a certain degree. This does not mean that they are very dangerous but inadequate usage like extreme temperatures and moisture can damage the environment and at the same time can irreparably damage the battery.

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Energy Department Announces $30 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

DOE RSS - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 12:00
November 18, 2016Energy Department Announces $30 Million Investment for Innovation in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced approximately $30 million in available funding, subject to appropriations, for research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells to advance the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles.

Energy Department Makes Up to $6 Million Available to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy on Indian Lands

DOE RSS - Fri, 11/18/2016 - 11:34
November 18, 2016Energy Department Makes Up to $6 Million Available to Deploy Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy on Indian Lands

In support of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to strengthening partnerships with tribal nations and advancing tribal energy and economic development, the Energy Department today announced up to $6 million to deploy energy efficiency and clean energy on Indian land.

Smart Metering in Europe – 12th Edition – PR Newswire (press release)

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 20:08

Smart Metering in Europe – 12th EditionPR Newswire (press release)As a consequence, annual shipments of smart electricity meters will reach a peakof around 28 million units per year in the final years of this decade. The majority of the newinstallations will take place in France, Spain and the UK, with significant … Source: News Bot …

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DOE Issues Request for Information for Oil and Gas Research & Development

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 16:16
November 17, 2016DOE Issues Request for Information for Oil and Gas Research & Development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have issued a Request for Information (RFI) for input on critical gaps in oil and natural gas technology that must be addressed through scientific research.

Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought • The … – The Register

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 13:34

The RegisterSmart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought • The …The RegisterThe UK government has been accused of burying a report on its hated £11bn smart meters project by releasing revised spending data just hours after the …Smart meter benefits millions of pounds less than first thought …ComputerWeekly.comall 2 news articles » Source: News Bot Smart…

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Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought – The Register

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The RegisterSmart meter benefits even crappier than originally thoughtThe RegisterThe UK government has been accused of burying a report on its hated £11bn smart meters project by releasing revised spending data just hours after the election of Donald Trump. The scheme will require energy suppliers to offer 53 million meters to …and more » Source: News…

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DOE Laboratory Water Patents with a High Potential for Commercialization by the Private Sector

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 13:10
November 17, 2016DOE Laboratory Water Patents with a High Potential for Commercialization by the Private Sector

The Department of Energy (DOE) has been continuously engaged in the energy-water nexus since issuing The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenge and Opportunities in 2014. This factsheet contains a selection of patents from DOE’s National Laboratories that align with the energy-water initiative and have high potential for commercialization.

Smart meter benefits millions of pounds less than first thought … – ComputerWeekly.com

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Smart meter benefits millions of pounds less than first thought, admits BEIS – ComputerWeekly.com

SmartMeters.com - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 13:00

Smart meter benefits millions of pounds less than first thought, admits BEISComputerWeekly.comThe government may be heading for another major IT failure, after a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) cost benefit analysis report revealed the gross benefit of the delayed smart meter programme was likely to be £16.7bn …and more » Source: News Bot …

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Insulated-gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) Market to Reach $11 Billion by 2022, Globally-Allied Market Research

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:00
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CompuCom Survey: Building and Home Automation, Environmental Monitoring to See Earliest Adoption of IoT Technology

Smart Grid.tmcnet.com - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:20
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DOE Announces Webinars on Current Practices in Efficiency Financing and Accessing Incentives

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:00
November 17, 2016DOE Announces Webinars on Current Practices in Efficiency Financing and Accessing Incentives

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.  Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required.

Upcoming Webinars November 17:  Live Webinar on Current Practices in Efficiency Financing

Webinar Sponsor:  Weatherization and Intergovernmental Affairs

Energy Department Highlights Top Three Hydrogen and Fuel Cell States with More Focus on Domestic Manufacturing

DOE RSS - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 10:30
November 17, 2016Energy Department Highlights Top Three Hydrogen and Fuel Cell States with More Focus on Domestic Manufacturing

The Energy Department's (DOE's) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has announced the top three states in hydrogen and fuel cell industry activities while now seeking stakeholder feedback to improve standardized manufacturing in the industry.

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