What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together?
The Flying Microgrid: Solar Impulse Completes Fuel-free Around-the-world Solar Flight Solar Impulse 2 landed its final leg this week, a 100% solar flight from Cairo to Abu Dhabi that completed a one-year journey around the world. With this landing, Solar Impulse became the first airplane to circle the globe using only solar power–and no fuel whatsoever. The aircraft first took off from Abu Dhabi last March and after 17 legs, landed back in […]
Alpha Energy, created as the answer to meeting the power needs of clients across all sectors, is the logical and natural extension of the Alpha Group’s collective technological and manufacturing expertise as a global power solutions leader. Recognized as an innovator in packaging hybrid energy technology into turnkey systems, Alpha Energy has earned a reputation for unparalleled performance in Total Power Solutions. With its comprehensive portfolio of successful microgrid installations in remote locations throughout […]
Northern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines and provides engineering development services and technology licenses for energy applications into the global marketplace from its US headquarters and European offices. With almost 40 years of experience in technologies and products generating renewable energy, Northern Power Systems currently manufactures the NPS™ 60 and NPS™ 100 turbines. Northern Power wind turbines provide customers with clean, cost effective, reliable renewable energy, boasting over 5 million run-time […]
The next evolution of the conventional grid is ABB’s microgrid solution, which can safely integrate the maximum possible renewable energy into small scale power networks, or microgrids. For the customer, this means the lowest long-term energy costs, grid stability, and the best outcome for the environment. Importantly, these solutions merge the best of power and automation technologies to create a more flexible and adaptable grid. Pioneers in microgrid technology ABB is a leading […]
Google, Warren Buffett May Be Next Wind-Turbine Buyers, Suzlon, Vestas Say Coal Use Criticized by IEA as Energy Leaders Meet in Abu Dhabi What green thinkers think about green What America Gains by Greening the Grid 150 Million HAN-enabled Smart Meters by 2020 ZBB Energy to Provide Energy Storage for Army’s Micro-Grid Project
Despite recent experiments with deregulation, the current top-down utility paradigm has remained essentially unchanged for a century. Large central station generators provide an undifferentiated power product over a high voltage transmission system. Consumer needs are not undifferentiated in two important ways. Electric applications vary dramatically in terms of the value of reliability. Consumers vary dramatically in their willingness to pay to reduce the environmental impact of their energy consumption. Utilities have started to […]
There is a lot of optimism about the potential for the Smart Grid. That optimism is justified because communication and control technologies have advanced tremendously in the last decade. Also, the carbon reduction goals will require more renewables, more distributed power, and more load management. Each of those innovations will require more intelligence in the way we manage the grid. Unfortunately, adapting the current utility industry to these changes is an enormous challenge. […]