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Will EV demand threaten grid stability?

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 launches first university smart grid lab in Canada

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.

FirstEnergy investing $353M in 2015 infrastructure upgrades

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.

DOE puts up $12.5M to address energy-water nexus with China

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. 

Li-ion batteries dominating choice in grid storage tech

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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