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Clean, green, renewable energy is one of the biggest drivers of the Smart Grid. Put simply, the world cannot meet its renewable energy goals without an intelligent, interconnected grid. This section will help you find the latest research and reports on key issues such as interconnection, integration, intermittency (and how to handle it), and growth projections.

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SunEdison to become world’s biggest renewables company with First Wind buy

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, wind energy, mergers and acquisitions, SunEdison, First Wind
With the acquisition of wind power developer First Wind, solar power giant SunEdison will become the world’s leading renewable energy development company. SunEdison and subsidiary Terra Forma partnered for the First Wind acquisition.

Toshiba to demo renewables + hydrogen power system

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, Toshiba, fuel cells, photovoltaic power, energy storage
Toshiba Corporation will conduct a demonstration of an independent power supply system that incorporates renewable energy and hydrogen. The system, which will run on water and sunlight, will be able to provide electricity and hot water during emergencies, and act to help manage changes in power demand at other times.

A cheaper, practical battery solution for renewables in remote locations?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, energy storage, renewable energy, microgrids, distributed generation
Startup Aquion Energy has introduced a new battery energy storage solution designed for use with renewables in remote locations. It is said to have a life cycle comparable to other long-lasting battery systems, with the added appeal of being relatively inexpensive.

Denmark plans to join the 100 club (100% renewables, that is)

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, wind power, Denmark, energy efficiency
Denmark is the latest European country to announce plans to be 100% reliant on renewable energy, and expects to accomplish that goal by 2050. The country also is expanding on what most countries in the region have done by including transportation in its plans: no fossil fuel by 2050 either.

The Netherlands takes its first steps toward solar roads

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, solar power, solar roads
Granted, it may not sound terribly ambitious: building a relatively short stretch of solar road, or more accurately, bike path. But it is the initial phase of a test to evaluate if the concept will pan out to be a practical and efficient way to harness solar energy. Click for details.

Scotland’s wind farms pumped out more power than the country needs

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, wind power, solar power, Scotland renewable energy program
Scotland has had very aggressive smart grid and renewable energy programs for some time, and it seems to be paying off. In September, the country’s wind farms provided more power than was needed to keep the lights on in every Scottish home.

DOE’s new Lab-Corps to bring clean energy technologies to market faster

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, DOE, DOE laboratories, clean energy technology
DOE has committed to a pilot program to better train its national laboratory researchers to take their work in clean energy technologies to the marketplace faster. Click for details on the technology accelerator and training program and the anticipated results.

Tiny German village builds its own smart grid, and goes off grid

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, energy self sufficiency, German renewables
The debate over whether Germany’s aggressive renewables adoption initiative is working or failing has grabbed the headlines, but sometimes it’s worth taking a look at a situation from a different point of view. Fed up with buying thousands of gallons of heating oil, a small German village built its own smart grid. And promptly went off grid.

Army, NREL partner on large-scale net zero energy pilot

smarr grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, net zero energy, NREL, U.S. Army, energy efficiency, renewable energy
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Army are working together on a pilot program to reach net zero energy use status at nine Army installations. If all of those sites can reach net zero, 8% of the Army’s current installation energy consumption will be replaced with renewables.

USDA boosts rural electric power with $1.4B in loan guarantees

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rural electric cooperatives, USDA loan guarantees
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is spending a tidy sum to upgrade electric grids in rural communities, and part of that investment is earmarked for smart grid technologies. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said that in addition to improving grid reliability, the upgrades will bring jobs and economic opportunities to rural areas.

Solar’s biggest integration challenge: overgeneration?

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, solar power, solar integration
Utilities have fretted over how to successfully adapt their operations to integrate increasing amounts of solar power. Now some solar stakeholders say their industry needs to make some changes of its own to avoid economic failure.

Innovative Kansas biofuel plant provides vehicle fuel AND electricity

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, biofuels refining, Abengoa, renewable energy, cogeneration
Abengoa refers to its new biofuel plant, the country’s third commercial-scale cellulosic refinery, as a ‘one of a kind’ facility. In addition to the plant’s innovative process for converting biomass into motor vehicle fuel, the refinery will be powered by its own cogeneration plant.

Survey says the majority of Americans don’t know solar’s getting cheaper… yet

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, rooftop solar, solar leasing, consumer attitudes
A new survey found that 70% of Americans haven’t considered solar installations because of the cost. But when they were told about solar leasing options, they became a lot more interested. Read the story for a more detailed look at American consumer attitudes toward solar.

Smart grid wins from around the world

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, smart grid companies, smart grid projects
This week’s roundup includes new projects like Scotland’s first large-scale offshore wind farm and South America’s largest smart grid project, a milestone for DTE Energy’s smart meter program and Innovari’s recent acquisition.

Please! No more solar! Japanese utilities want to slow the rush to renewables

smart grid, modern grid, smart grid technology, renewable energy, solar power, Japan, electric utilities
Japan just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to meeting its power needs. With few fossil fuel resources, the country relied on nuclear until the Fukushima disaster all but ended its nuclear program. Now, half of Japanese utilities won’t take on any new renewable energy until the grid has been upgraded to accommodate it safely.

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