Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

DOE RSS - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 15:11
December 28, 2016Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower

Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower.” These projects, required to share the cost at a minimum of 50%, will develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery.

"Energizing Policy Evolution for the Grid Revolution" White Paper Now Available

DOE RSS - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 11:15
December 28, 2016"Energizing Policy Evolution for the Grid Revolution" White Paper Now Available

The electricity sector is in the midst of unprecedented change, driven by rapidly evolving technology, changing customers demands, and new business opportunities. A new white paper entitled Energizing Policy Evolution for the Grid Revolution examines the landscape of new technologies that may disrupt electric sector markets, operations, and planning over the next 20 to 25 years, and highlights the potential laws, rules, and regulations that may need reexamination in light of these changes. The white paper was sponsored by the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability and produced by ICF International.

9 Myths About Car Batteries

GreenTechMedia - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 05:58
Car batteries are an essential part of any automobile. But although they are part of our daily life, we still have many misconceptions about them. In this article I want reveal some of these myths and misconceptions about car batteries.

9 Myths About Car Batteries
Storing a car battery on concrete pavement will discharge it. About one hundred years ago when car battery boxes were made from pieces of wood glued with resin, storing them on a concrete surface accelerate their discharge. Boxes of modern car batteries are made of polypropylene or hard rubber and are fully sealed. External leakage that causes discharge is no longer a problem. However the temperature stratification can accelerate battery discharge if it sits on a cold floor while it is hot in the room.

Driving a car will fully recharge its battery. There are several factors that influence the activity of the alternator to charge a battery: the amount of power transmitted to the battery, the time when it is available and temperature. In general, in case of frequent stops or short trips in cold seasons, driving will not charge the car battery completely.

On very cold days switch on the headlights to “warm up” the battery before starting the engine. While there is no doubt that the ignition of lamps will increase consumption in the intern circuit of battery, the capacity necessary to start a cold engine may not be achieved. Thus, switching on the lamps ahead of starting the engine is NOT recommended.

Lead-acid batteries have memory. The lead acid batteries have no “memory effect”. However, successive discharges will reduce battery capacity. Powerful discharges under 12.0 volt may affect the car battery and could shorten its life.

A higher capacity battery will damage the car. A starter motor will use a fixed amount of battery power, based on its resistance. A higher capacity car battery will increase power only if necessary. It will not affect the car.

Once formed, the car battery can not change its polarity. If a battery is totally discharged but still connected to active applications, it is possible that one or more cells change their polarity, as if the battery was recharged with reversed polarity. To change the polarity, full discharge your battery and then charge it with the correct polarity.

Attention: How To Improve Battery Life

A car battery will not lose power during storage. Depends on battery type and temperature. Batteries have an average rate of self-discharge (1-25% per month). With time, the car battery can totally discharge itself. High temperatures accelerates this process.

Defective car batteries will not affect the loading or starting. A weak or defective battery can affect the charging and the starting. If you replace the battery, alternator, voltage regulator or power, make sure all components are in good condition.

The Ninth myth about car battery is actually a fact: preventive maintenance of a car battery is very easy and should take place once a month in warm periods and every time you change the engine oil during the cold season.

Step-by-Step Guide That Teaches You How to Recondition Old Batteries

BC Hydro downgrades smart-meter savings – Kamloops This Week

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 23:09

Kamloops This WeekBC Hydro downgrades smart-meter savingsKamloops This WeekAccording to BC Hydro, the Crown corporation’s smart-meter system will still more than pay for itself through efficiency and prevention of power theft, but the savings are not as great as were estimated when the project was launched in 2008. BC Hydro’s …and more » Source: News Bot …

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BC Hydro downgrades smart meter savings – Vernon Morning Star

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 16:25

BC Hydro downgrades smart meter savingsVernon Morning StarBC Hydro’s smart meter system will still more than pay for itself through efficiency and prevention of power theft, but the savings are not as great as were estimated when the project was launched in 2008. BC Hydro’s final project report estimates the …and more » Source: News Bot …

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BC Hydro downgrades smart meter savings – Revelstoke Review

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 16:21

BC Hydro downgrades smart meter savingsRevelstoke ReviewBC Hydro’s smart meter system will still more than pay for itself through efficiency and prevention of power theft, but the savings are not as great as were estimated when the project was launched in 2008. BC Hydro’s final project report estimates the …and more » Source: News Bot BC…

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BC Hydro downgrades smart meter savings – North Delta Reporter

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 16:19

BC Hydro downgrades smart meter savingsNorth Delta ReporterBC Hydro’s smart meter system will still more than pay for itself through efficiency and prevention of power theft, but the savings are not as great as were estimated when the project was launched in 2008. BC Hydro’s final project report estimates the …and more » Source: News Bot …

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BC Hydro downgrades smart meter savings – Abbotsford News

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 16:17

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Global Smart Meters Market- Elster Group, Silver Spring Networks … – DailyHover

SmartMeters.com - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 09:03

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Global Smart Meters Market- Elster Group, Silver Spring Networks, Aclara, Nuri Telecom – DailyHover

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Sewa to increase smart meter efficiency – Gulf Today

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 12/26/2016 - 16:54

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gulftoday.ae | Sewa to increase smart meter efficiency – Gulf Today

SmartMeters.com - Mon, 12/26/2016 - 16:54

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Energy Certifications to Drive the Global Building-integrated Photovoltaics Market: Technavio

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Meralco rolling out more smart meters – The Standard

SmartMeters.com - Sun, 12/25/2016 - 13:01

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Smart meters: only another 19 years to go… – V3.co.uk

SmartMeters.com - Fri, 12/23/2016 - 09:48

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