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Plug Power secures fuel cell order for material handling vehicles

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 15:40 -- Laura Varriale
Plug Power fuel cells

New York’s fuel cell system manufacturer Plug Power has inked a supply order of 39 fuel cells to California-based fast-food distributor Golden State Foods.

The 39 GenDrive zero-emission fuel cells are aimed to power 39 material handling vehicles at the Golden State Foods’ new distribution centre in Chicago, US.

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NRG and Green Charge team up for energy storage for EV charging

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 12:52 -- Laura Varriale
eVgo charging station

NRG Energy’s subsidiary eVgo and energy storage company Green Charge Networks (GCN) have partnered for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with integrated energy storage.

The Californian partnership is aimed to combine GCN’s energy storage systems (ESS) with eVgo’s DC fast charging installations. The ESS uses lithium-ion batteries and allows end-users to reduce consumption as well as to avoid high demand charges during peak times, according to GCN.

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Demand response market to reach $51m in 2025 – study

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:31 -- Laura Varriale
Demand response market to reach $51m in 2025

The global smart demand response (DR) market is to increase to $51m by 2015, according to a study by Transparency Market Research.

The report “Smart Demand Response Market By End User - Residential, Commercial, and Industrial) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2025” forecasts that growing power demands will foster installations of smart grid technologies, including smart meters and communication systems.

Policies by governments will also be a driving factor that will stimulate growth and investments in the global DR market, states the report.

Although the price of DR programmes and limited awareness of them by energy consumers are likely to depress the growth, technological advancements will further accelerate the market.

The industrial end-user segment will dominate the DR market, despite the residential end-user segment is expected to grow at the highest rate in the future.

DR programmes are designed primarily to shift or curtail load for a short period of time and allow customers control of loads.

At the moment, the US is dominating the DR market by 80%, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific.

This week, the Californian government signed a DR legislation to increase DR management programmes in the state and in order to meet the growing electricity need.

The study can be downloaded here: http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/smart-demand-response.html

Reactive Technologies introduces cloud-based DSM service

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 08:50 -- Laura Varriale
Reactive Technologies introduces cloud-based DSM service

Britain’s smart-grid company Reactive Technologies has launched a cloud-based demand-side management (DSM) service for commercial and industrial electricity customers.

The so-called Tradenergy service is designed to manage energy consumption in a flexible and profitable way, offering recurring “risk-free” revenue streams without long-term contracts with aggregators participating in the Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR).

The DSM service uses software control to shift energy demands of each consumer in order to minimise energy consumption and enable consumers to benefit from other revenue sources.

According to Oxford-based Reactive Technologies, the Tradenergy technology increases the responsiveness and reduces operational impact by remotely optimising how and when individual electrical assets consume power.

“We believe the only cost- effective way of preventing the UK’s lights going off due to shrinking capacity margins is to focus on allowing end customers to be better prepared for the future by enabling flexibility of how and when energy is used," said Marc Borret, CEO and founder of Reactive Technologies. "Not just when the grid operator calls for it during times of grid stress or peak demand,” he added.

The company said that the DSM service replaces the need of backup diesel generators.

A study by Navigant Research forecasts that the demand response load curtailment in Europe will grow from 30.8GW in 2014 to 196.7GW in 2023.

Schneider Electric launches smart panels for energy efficiency in India

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:04 -- Laura Varriale
Schneider Elcetric smart panel

Schneider Electric’s India branch has introduced low-voltage switchboards for energy efficiency and energy management in buildings in India.

According to Schneider Electric, the smart panels are equipped with metering, control, and communication systems. They are designed to ensure that energy consumption metering at the source is automated and to enable data access locally as well as remotely over cloud.

The panels are featured with the Enerlin’X digital system.

“In recent months, power blackouts have occurred frequently in many parts of India. While the Government devises long-term measures to address the situation, we believe all stakeholders should consider it their individual responsibility to address the situation at the ground level,” said Shrinivas Chebbi vice president at Schneider Electric India.

Beginning with Bangalore, Schneider Electric will launch smart panels in ten other cities across India.

“With buildings accounting for almost 40% of energy use in most countries, there is immense potential for improvement in their energy efficiency. Apart from assisting to meet regulatory compliances, the owners and occupants of buildings will benefit from long-term energy and financial savings through Smart Panels,” added Chebbi.

India has started to focus on “smart cities” in order to accommodate the need to curb energy costs and meet the requirements for green buildings.

Win Inertia integrates Maxwell ultracaps in energy recuperation system for Spanish rail

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:07 -- Laura Varriale
Maxwell ultracapacitors

Power electronics firm Win Inertia has incorporated Maxwell Technologies’s ultracapacitors in its energy recuperation system at an electric rail system in Cerro Negro, Spain.

The braking energy recuperation system comprises Win Inertia's hybrid control technology that integrates batteries and Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitors to increase energy recovery efficiency and reduce stress on the batteries as well as extending the battery service life by 20% to 25%.

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Second team announced for E-racing series

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

China Racing has announced it will be taking part in the Formula E Championship electric vehicle race series in 2014. China Racing is the second of ten teams to be confirmed for the zero-emission race after UK-based Drayson Racing Technologies.

The teams will race on street circuits in ten cities across the world in electric cars. The cars for the inaugural year are being designed by McClaren, Spark Racing Technology and Dallara. All teams have the opportunity to use the customer car for the first year and encouraged to build their own cars for races in the following years. With support from Chinese automotive makers China Racing hopes to build a team car within three years.

(L-R): CEO Team China Racing – Steven Lu, Chairman Team China Racing - Yu Liu, FIA President - Jean Todt, First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy - Mr. Liang JianSheng, CEO Formula E Holdings - Alejandro Agag.

Alejandro Agag, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E Holdings said: “China has enormous potential for the expansion of electric vehicles as a tool to fight pollution in cities. We think the FIA Formula E Championship can be a powerful tool to make electric cars popular with the Chinese public, particularly the younger generations. Having a Chinese team with us in the Championship will be key to succeeding in that challenge.”

Cummins launches data centre website

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Cummins Power Generation has launched a website specifically focused on product and technical information to support the needs of its data centre customers.

In a statement, Cummins said the launch of http://cumminsdatapower.com reflected the need for information in one of the biggest growth segments in the world today – backup power for data centres.

Brent Ness, Global Data Centre Segment Leader for Cummins Power Generation, said: “We continually hear from data centre customers and from consulting engineers around the world that they want fast, easy access to information directly related to data centre product offerings,” said

“This website not only contains product information, it also includes technical bulletins, white papers and other information relevant to the application, operation and maintenance of the complete backup power system in data centres.” 

Energetix gets new Pnu Power patent

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Energetix subsidiary Energetix Pnu Power has received a UK patent for an important method relating to the core technology within its compressed air uninterruptible power supply products.

The patent - titled 'Lubrication of Positive Displacement Expanders' - describes the method by which efficiency of the conversion of compressed air into electrical power can be optimised with minimal lubrication of mechanical components. Pnu Power produces back-up power solutions, using compressed air, for utility switching, telecommunications, data centres and other mission critical industrial operations.

Energetix says the grant of this patent provides additional protection to the company's core product platform and builds on the company's intellectual property portfolio relating to its Pnu Power technology.

The company has a core patent granted in 20 countries which protects its compressed air driven UPS system as well as two further patents providing additional protection. 

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