Advanced Energy Perspectives

NEWS: Street Lights That Do More, Energy from Waves, and DERMS for the Grid

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Feb 24, 2017 3:56:29 PM

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Image: Atlantis Resources has deployed the first AR1500 tidal energy turbine with new Lockheed Martin technology off the coast of Scotland. The installation, part of the MeyGen project, is designed to to provide clean, sustainable power for up to 175,000 homes.

This week, the headlines were full of AEE members doing what they do best: being on the vanguard of advanced energy technology and figuring out new ways to build the 21st century electricity system. Up this week: Street lights that get smart, aerospace technology put to work on ocean energy, and a new acronym for grid management in a distributed energy age.

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Topics: News Update

Why Advanced Energy Should Be Part of President Trump’s ‘America First Energy Plan’

Posted by Dylan Reed and Frank Swigonski

Feb 23, 2017 7:13:22 PM

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Now just a month into the Trump Administration, the new President has remained consistent with the promises he made on the campaign trail. Of note to the business community, including the advanced energy industry, President Trump has made it clear that he wants to grow the economy through unleashing the American private sector. One element of this strategy is the President’s energy agenda. President Trump’s America First Energy Plan, posted on the White House website on Inauguration Day, provides a window into this agenda. The Plan calls for boosting production of the nation’s oil and gas resources but makes no mention of the advanced energy products and services that are pumping $200 billion into the economy annually and supporting over 3 million U.S. jobs. For an “America First” approach to energy, that is a glaring omission.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

THIS IS ADVANCED ENERGY: Natural Gas Vehicles

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Feb 21, 2017 11:04:00 AM

This post is one in a series featuring the complete slate of advanced energy technologies outlined in the report This Is Advanced Energy

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Natural gas vehicles (NGVs) are internal combustion engine vehicles designed to run on either Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). There are three basic categories of NGVs: dedicated, bi-fuel, and dual-fuel. Dedicated NGVs are the most efficient as they are designed from the ground up to run only on natural gas. In contrast, both bi-fuel and dual-fuel NGVs have two separate tanks, one for natural gas and another for diesel or gasoline. Bi-fuel NGVs can run on either natural gas or a petroleum fuel (either diesel or gasoline), switching automatically when one fuel runs out. Bi-fuel technology is typically used in light-duty vehicles. Dual-fuel NGVs run on a mixture of natural gas and diesel. They rely mostly on natural gas, but use a small amount of diesel to aid in fuel ignition. Dual-fuel NGVs are more expensive, but their higher efficiency makes them an attractive option for heavy-duty vehicles. Most NGVs rely on less-expensive CNG, but some vehicles used for long-haul trucking run on LNG because its higher energy density increases driving range.

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Topics: This Is Advanced Energy

NEWS: Wind and Solar Smash Records; Why One Kansas Utility is Going Big on EV Charging

Posted by Lexie Briggs

Feb 17, 2017 12:22:07 PM

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Image: Wind turbines in Missouri.

Somebody call Guinness! This week’s advanced energy headlines were huge—record breaking, even. From wind-generated electricity supplying more than half the central U.S. grid to the near doubling of U.S. solar installations, advanced energy is on the rise everywhere—including Kansas, where one utility is diving into EV charging headfirst.

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Topics: News Update

How New York is REVving Up the Electric Power System

Posted by Lisa Frantzis, Coley Girouard, and Stuart Nachmias

Feb 16, 2017 5:35:04 PM

A version of this post was published by Crain’s New York Business as “A revolution in getting power to the people.”

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Audrey Zibelman, who chairs the New York Public Service Commission, is moving on next month to run Australia's electricity grid system. But she will leave an important legacy here: a foundation for the most significant transformation in the state’s electric power system in two decades. When her successors complete the job, New Yorkers will enjoy unprecedented new choices for how they meet their electricity needs—and set an example for the nation on how to build a clean, resilient, and more affordable energy system.

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Topics: State Policy Update, 21st Century Electricity System

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