Professor Saifur Rahman, is an IEEE Life Fellow, the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech and conference chair for the upcoming IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) conference in Washington, D.C., and Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin caught up with him to conduct this question-and-answer session in which Rahman discusses smart grid progress, trends and value propositions. Article
Although electric vehicles (EV) have been talked about as an important piece of the energy future for years, the percentage of EVs on the road is still far below many goals. There are companies -- and even countries -- out there that are doing what they can to raise the acceptance and adoption of EVs. Article
As the energy industry in the United States and across the world continues to innovate and look to what is next, many countries are just now looking to bring electricity to their customers for the very first time. Article
Parks Associates attended DistribuTECH this year to talk with executives, gather information on the pulse of the industry, and understand new and emerging trends, specifically focused on the consumer perspective. Article
IT/OT convergence delivers high degrees of grid automation, sensing and visibility; achieves greater control of distributed generation; and provides better support of regulatory compliance. Those are just a few points touched on by an expert panel of speakers during yesterday's Fierce Live! Webinar, "The IT/OT Integration Imperative," sponsored by ABB.
ComEd is already losing an estimated $168 million in smart grid funding as a result of the $100 million annual reduction in funding by the Illinois Commerce Commission beginning in 2014. Now, the utility faces a class action lawsuit and a $182 million penalty for delays and costs associated with its smart meter rollout.
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With numerous companies innovating on the future of the electric vehicle, will the high demand cause problems for the stability of the electric grid?
Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) has officially launched the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab (SESG Lab) at their Toronto campus, and is looking for proposals for research projects from utilities who work on smart grid applications.
Major projects include transmission enhancements to reinforce the systems and support economic growth, constructing new distribution circuits, and inspecting and replacing utility poles and underground cables. The projects are intended to meet increased load growth in the fast growing regions and enhance day-to-day service to customers.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a $12.5 million funding opportunity for a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) to address water-related aspects of energy use and production. The solicitation calls for the formation of a U.S-based consortium to work with Chinese counterparts to help ensure energy, water, and environmental security and combat climate change.
In terms of technology within the Li-ion battery chemistries, lithium iron phosphate (LFP) is the largest cathode deployed by MW and MWh, with market shares of 39 percent and 38.1 percent, respectively, according to Lux, followed by nickel-manganese-cobalt (NMC), which is rapidly becoming the cathode of choice among developers.
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