Industry Research

Battery costs expected to boost EV market

Lux Research is predicting that the electric vehicle (EV) market will expand as the price of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs drop. The estimate is based on a new bottom-up cost model built by Lux, which accounts for differences in battery chemistry, form factor, production scale, location, and other nuances. The research is significant for an industry that is known for being highly secretive about its costs.

IPL planning energy storage facility

Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) is planning to construct a $25 million energy storage facility in Indiana, and municipalities are already petitioning the utility to choose their location.

VGI tech can help utilities balance generation with demand

As more PEVs populate roads, utilities are likely to become increasingly concerned with managing and making use of these "mobile assets."

Climate change could have significant affect on western electricity grid

A new report has found that climate change could significantly affect the electric grid in the future due to extreme heat and drought events.

Students and faculty may be the key to the smart city of the future

New York State has been working to create a more resilient -- and smarter -- grid. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) faculty and alumni gathered earlier this month to showcase projects at the "Building a More Resilient NYC Through Big Engineering" event.

North America leading microgrid market…for now

A host of new government programs supporting microgrid deployments has been launched in North America in the last 12 months, the majority of which are proposed or are under early development.

Federal government has little to show for cybersecurity investment

A new report has found a small amount of Return on Investment (ROI) by the federal government for cybersecurity investments. The report, commissioned by (ISC)2 (ISC-squared) and conducted by Frost & Sullivan, surveyed nearly 14,000 information security professionals worldwide -- including 1,800 in the U.S. federal government sector.

Utility support critical to growth of EV market

Both residential and commercial markets exhibit different trends at national or state levels, depending upon population density, utility involvement, and policy push for PEV adoption.

Smart cities, energy management driving IoT in India

The Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining popularity among Indian enterprises, government and consumers, but security concerns and the lack of relevant business cases may limit adoption in the shorter term, according to analysts at Gartner Inc. 

Report: Idle energy load costs $19B a year

As homes become smarter, it's important to look at the energy use in smart appliances. A new report looks at the energy used by inactive appliances, electronics, and other electrical devices, and found that those devices use up to $19 billion a year in the United States. That equals around $165 per household.