Advanced Energy Perspectives

The Road to Intelligent Buildings Runs Through Technology

Posted by Casey Talon for Navigant Research

May 3, 2016 4:32:14 PM

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The energy industry is undergoing significant changes. From the adoption of renewables to energy storage, technology is changing how energy is generated and supplied. Navigant Research estimates that in 2015, global advanced energy markets reached $1.4 trillion in revenue. As AEE put it in the Advanced Energy Now 2016 Market Report, this means the advanced energy industry is as “big as fashion, twice the size of airlines, and close to worldwide spending on media and entertainment.” These numbers are impressive for illustrating the momentum in advanced energy adoption, but what does this mean for commercial buildings? It means it’s time for buildings to get smart.

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Topics: Guest Post

NEWS: More Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Apr 29, 2016 12:04:46 PM

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This week, advanced transportation was making headlines across the country… but this week it’s not just electric cars and charging infrastructure. The news was full of solar planes, storage trains, and automated automobiles, as well as some of those EVs we love (though not everyone is loving them). Read on for this week’s advanced energy news update.

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Topics: News Update

Distribution Planning in a Distributed Energy Future

Posted by Coley Girouard

Apr 28, 2016 6:55:47 PM

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Rapid improvements in advanced energy technologies, increased customer adoption of distributed energy resources (DER), and changing public policy goals are driving change in our electric grid. Utilities historically have not taken DER - such as solar PV, demand response, energy efficiency, energy storage, or electric vehicles (EVs) - into consideration in their resource planning. The result is a business-as-usual resource plan, as if no DER were deployed. Cost savings in utility distribution system spending may be going unrealized because of excess capacity or because of investments in equipment for grid services that could be provided by DER at a lower cost. Getting utilities to consider DER in competition with traditional investments can lead to a more flexible, reliable, resilient, and clean grid, all while saving money for customers. The question is: how to do it?

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Topics: PUCs

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Clean Diesel Vehicles

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Apr 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM

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Diesel engines are compression-ignition engines, meaning that they work by compressing air in the cylinders to heat it beyond the auto- ignition temperature of diesel fuel. When fuel is injected, combustion occurs without an external ignition source (such as a spark plug). Due to the higher compression ratio used in diesel engines and the higher energy content of diesel fuel, diesel engines can achieve 35% higher fuel economy than gasoline engines. Clean diesel engines are quieter, more efficient, more reliable, and cleaner than older diesel vehicles, thanks to innovations such as allowing for higher fuel-air mixing prior to combustion and the addition of re-circulated exhaust gas to the intake air stream. In addition, electronic controls and sensors throughout the vehicle ensure that just enough fuel is injected exactly when it is needed, improving efficiency. Using ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and exhaust treatment mechanisms such as on-board particulate traps and catalytic converters, clean diesel vehicles can achieve tailpipe emissions comparable to gasoline vehicles. 

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

Hydrogen Infrastructure Needed for Fuel Cell Vehicle Growth

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Apr 26, 2016 11:22:00 AM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2016 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

 

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The global market for light-duty natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) has grown significantly over the past five years. This growth is a result of finding a viable path in navigating the chicken-and-egg problem of vehicles and infrastructure. FCVs are grappling with an even more difficult form of that challenge. While BEVs and NGVs built off of existing electrical grids and natural gas distribution systems, hydrogen fuel infrastructure is essentially starting from scratch.

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Topics: Advanced Energy Now

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