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The technologies that will shape our energy future are in development today in private and public funded laboratories around the world. Follow R&D initiatives related to the electric grid in this section.

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WSU building ‘smart city’ lab to test smart grid technologies

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technologies, smart grid testing, Washington State University, R&D
With a $500,000 grant in hand, scientists at Washington State University are building a smart city laboratory to test smart grid technologies. The idea behind the project is to create a sufficiently realistic test bed to ensure that its research will be practical in the real world.

Energy efficiency: DOE zeroes in on commercial and residential HVAC systems

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, building efficiency, HVAC systems, DOE
HVAC systems in commercial and residential buildings draw a lot of the energy those buildings use. The advantages to trimming that number are obvious and many different approaches are underway to do it. Now DOE is kicking in money to come up with alternative technologies that could make real energy savings possible.

Really? Breakthrough said to be the “next big thing” in battery technology

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, battery technology, EV batteries, EV charging, electric vehicles, energy storage
Scientists from a Singapore technical university have come up with a battery capable of recharging to 70% capacity in two minutes, and it will last much longer than today’s lithium-ion batteries. The development could affect many industries and markets, particularly electric vehicles.

North America's two biggest energy storage projects

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, grid-scale energy storage, research and development
Two grid-scale energy storage technologies are being put to the test, one in California and another in Utah. The large projects, involving lithium-ion batteries and compressed air, are expected to yield serious answers to questions regarding storage capabilities, benefits and value. Click to learn more about the projects.

Smart grid funding: DOE, other agencies continue to invest in projects and R&D

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, smart grid R&D, DOE, smart grid investments
The era of billions in smart grid investment and demonstration grants may be gone, but DOE and other federal agencies continue to steadily invest in grid resilience and a more secure energy future. We take a look at some recent examples in a variety of technologies.

A very different kind of wave energy device (it operates well below the waves)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, marine energy, wave energy, renewable energy, research and development
Many industry observers see wave energy as a remote possibility, one of those “out there” technologies, if they consider it at all. However, several companies have quietly gone about their business building and testing a variety of devices to convert marine energy into electric power. Pete Danko of Breaking Energy shares one of the latest developments.

National laboratories team for much-needed distributed energy test bed

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid R&D, research and development, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Testing new technologies in a realistic setting is obviously the best way to ensure they will function properly at actual load levels, before they're integrated into the power grid. Click to learn about a distributed energy resources test bed developed by two national labs and how it will benefit both utilities and equipment manufacturers.

7 cutting edge resiliency technologies (New York is investigating them now)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid R&D, grid resiliency, outage management, energy, New York state
While superstorm Sandy is long gone, its harsh lessons remain fresh for the states affected by the devastation. New York recently funded seven research projects, most of them related to technologies for grid resilience, outage mitigation and improved energy efficiency, including microgrids.

DOE to beef up public access to its research (and it’s free)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid R&D, Department of Energy, DOE
In an effort to increase public access to its scientific research, the Energy Department has launched a web-based portal that will offer research publications and digital data. The Department says it hopes the move to make its research more readily available will support more innovation, commercial opportunities and accelerated scientific breakthroughs.

What we're learning from Europe's first campus-wide microgrid (think cogen)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, microgrids, combined heat and power, cogeneration, smart grid R&D, smart grid projects
Europe has taken microgrids on a different path with its first campus-wide system at Italy’s University of Genoa. It incorporates renewables and storage as American microgrids do, but also features cogeneration, a technology that’s far less common in the U.S. than it is in Europe. The project is worth following because there could be much to learn from it.

Grid-scale storage breakthrough? Flow batteries get new life

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, energy storage R&D, flow batteries, electric utilities
Today’s energy storage technologies aren’t all about lithium-based batteries. Much improved and more cost efficient next-generation flow batteries are attracting a lot of interest and investment. Here are two examples of the new technologies that could very well make it to the grid-scale energy storage market.

Checking in with Pecan Street’s latest project

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy efficiency, energy management, customer engagement, Pecan Street
Austin’s Pecan Street, the community-scale test bed for smart grid technologies, has taken on a new project that could significantly change how we use electricity and monitor consumption. We thought you’d like to take a look at what they’re up to now.

Forget lead and lithium. How about grid-scale batteries based on... water?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, grid-scale energy storage technologies, smart grid research and development
In an attempt to sidestep the disadvantages of today’s grid-scale energy storage technologies, researchers are developing a water-based battery that does not include expensive rare metals or toxic chemicals. The project is in its early phase, but an interesting one to follow.

DOE invests $33 million to develop fuel cell technology

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, fuel cells, DOE, distributed generation, smart grid projects
DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy is funding 13 projects focused on developing efficient intermediate-temperature fuel cell technology for distributed generation applications. Click to learn about three approaches developers will use and the state of fuel cell technology today.

Are you taking advantage of these three research facilities? (They're often free.)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid research and testing, U.S. national laboratories, DOE
Most utilities probably would not consider taking on the expense of developing their own research and testing facilities. As it turns out, they may not have to. A number of DOE’s national labs have grid-related facilities, with many features available to qualified researchers.

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