Industry Research

Next-gen SWASA part new technology, IT data apps

Today, wide area situational awareness systems, particularly synchrophasors (synchrophasors/wide area situational awareness - SWASA), are being used to collect and transmit data to identify high-speed disturbances before outages occur, Navigant reports. In fact, they predict annual transmission synchrophasor revenue is expected to grow from $8.5 billion in 2014 to $16.7 billion in 2023.

New flow battery holds promise but not without challenges

PNNL's new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. And its energy density is approaching that of a type of lithium-ion battery used to power portable electronic devices and some small electric vehicles.

Cities need a new outlook for infrastructure upgrade financing

While lobbying to help government and utilities understand the importance of the smart grid and other new energy innovations, the cost of new projects is often overlooked. A new study by the New Cities Foundation (NCF) suggests ideas for government entities to secure their funding.

Investment in Central America and Caribbean smart grid expected to grow by 2025

Central America and the Caribbean's smart grid investment is growing. According to a new study, it will grow to $3.3 billion in infrastructure investment between 2015 and 2025.

Hydrogen and fuel cell development plans could help Northeast increase grid reliability

The development plans outline cumulative goals for each state, including approximately 1,300 megawatts of installed stationary fuel cell capacity; 10,800 fuel cell electric vehicles; 640 fuel cell powered buses; and 110 hydrogen refueling stations to support the fuel cell electric vehicles and buses.

NIST research center to support community comparison of resiliency

The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a $20 million cooperative agreement to Colorado State University (CSU) to establish the Community Resilience Center of Excellence, which will develop computer tools to help local governments decide how to best invest in resources that would lessen the impact of extreme weather and other hazards on buildings and infrastructure and allow rapid recovery in their aftermath.

IER: Biggest threat to the grid is bad policy

While threats to the grid often take the form of cyber attacks or extreme weather, a new report is focusing on threats that are "completely avoidable," including bad policy.

10 smart grid trends to watch in 2015

The smart grid industry is growing -- according to Navigant Research, who conducted a study: "Smart Grid: 10 Trends to Watch in 2015 and Beyond" -- but some are slower than others. According to the study, electric utilities are working are falling behind, for a variety of reasons, including deregulation, the proliferation of distributed generation (DG) installations, and environmental concerns.

Smart grid experts discuss hurdles to future of the grid

According to Parks Associates, nearly two-thirds of broadband customers in the United States are willing to pay for a smart energy management service, but a lack of information and knowledge is hindering progress. The group delivered their results during their Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer this week in Austin, Texas.

Charging market growing steadily along with EVs

With the number of PEVs in use projected to reach 12 million globally by 2023, the market for EV charging services is likely to continue to evolve as it responds to growing demand.  There will be growing pains, however.