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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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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.

A better way to charge EVs? Scientists devise "packet-based" approach

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, electric transportation, EVS, EV charging, R&D, electric utilities
Utilities have good reason to worry about EVs, as in what could happen to a distribution transformer when several neighbors plug their vehicles in to charge every evening at the same time? University of Vermont researchers have a new proposal to duck that problem by reducing the impact of simultaneous charging. Check out the story to find out what they have in mind.

Philadelphia's Navy Yard maps its energy future

Smart Grid, Alstom Grid, Navy Yard grid, Modern Grid, Smart Grid Deployment, AMI, Smart Meters, Power Grid, Smart Electric Grid, Electric Utilities,
With help from industry heavyweights such as Alstom Grid, Philadelphia's Navy Yard has a new energy master plan to take it into the future. Click to see what's next for the private electric grid – including its role as a testing ground for new technologies.

Smart grid wins: from AMI and Big Data to DR and more

smart grid, smart grid technology, demand response, smart grid communicaitons, AMI, smart meters, smart grid investments, smart grid vendors
This week’s smart grid wins roundup includes projects, financing and more from companies both familiar and not so familiar. Read about the new AMI and smart grid services project with Itron and Tantalus and other recent smart grid developments.

Innovation brings needed safety to large-format lithium-ion cells

smart grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, lithium-ion batteries
Steve Minnihan of Lux Research writes that the absence of a safety track record for lithium-ion batteries has been the only thing standing in the way of the technology’s broader adoption. He explains an innovation that just might solve that problem.

4 unusual (but intriguing) clean energy schemes: Turkeys or genius, you decide

clean energy, renewable energy, energy researchers, lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur batteries, energy efficiency
Inventors often come up with ideas that seem pretty wacky at the time - but often end up making someone rich or famous and the rest of us thankful. Which brings us to our latest roundup of mind-bending ideas from clean energy labs. Who knows? Maybe a mutated virus can help build a better battery and human urine really will produce electricity.

Clemson U. unveils new energy systems research and testing center

smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid research and development, R&D, smart grid testing facilities
Clemson University has taken the wraps off an energy systems research and testing facility it bills as “one of a kind.” It includes an advanced wind turbine drivetrain testing facility, but it also will concentrate on smart grid and microgrid technologies, grid security and other areas.

This week’s smart grid winners: new projects, new partnerships

Smart grid, smart grid technology, smart grid projects, R&D, analytics, energy storage, smart grid wins
Once again it’s a broad array of smart grid projects and accomplishments this week: energy storage, a strategic U.S.-Japan partnership, a new testing facility and pilot projects in the U.S. and China.

Smart Grid Projects in Europe: Lessons learned and current developments

This study is the 2012 update of an inventory carried out in 2011 focusing specifically on smart grid research, development and demonstration projects in Europe.

A mixed bag of smart grid wins: projects, milestones, collaborations

Smart grid, smart grid technology, metering, demand response, R&D, smart grid projects, honors and milestones, smart grid collaborations
From Texas to small villages in Pakistan and from metering systems to R&D, this week’s smart grid wins is a variety pack of projects, achievements and strategies. A little something for everyone.

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