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The Navy Yard in Philadelphia has opened a new facility designed to explore smart energy solutions. The GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center, one of several energy initiatives launched by Penn State at the Yard, features examples of energy technologies that can be implemented for building homes, commercial buildings, and campuses that are more power efficient.
S&C Electric Europe has provided reactive compensation equipment to the Bettyhill wind energy generation project in Scotland. The facility, developed and operated by Bettyhill Wind Energy, is a joint venture between North British Windpower and an affiliate of Invenergy Wind. The project is located on Scotland’s north coast and consists of two onshore turbines providing 5 MW of renewable electricity.
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has named Christian Breyer Professor of Solar Economy to oversee research on renewable energy, the first such position in Finland. Fortum is sponsoring his professorship for five years. Prior to LUT, Breyer was the managing director and scientific director at the Reiner Lemoine Institute in Germany. He says his unprecedented professorship is an important opportunity to research and teach sustainability.
Holly Springs, Mississippi, has contracted GE to provide its software as a service (SaaS) to modernize its utility grid. GE’s SaaS will provide Holly Springs with advanced outage detection capabilities on its monitored meters, immediately notifying utility managers when an outage or power loss has been detected. In addition, its asset monitoring capabilities enable the city to register and monitor all meters connected to its utility network, logging and classifying any issues that may occur. This information is then analyzed and reported, providing insight into the operational state of the city’s utility assets and an in-depth view of the city’s energy usage.
Google, with partner KKR, is investing in six solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities currently under development in California and Arizona that will be managed by Recurrent Energy. The solar facilities have a combined production capacity of approximately 106 megawatts (MW) and the energy produced is earmarked for local utilities and municipal off-takers under long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs).