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Gravity Power's GPM energy storage system
Start-up Gravity Power has developed a new, high-efficiency method for storing energy that uses gravity to pump pistons in deep, water-filled shafts in the earth.
Date: 01/19/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
Call center
A recent thesis by an undergraduate at Purdue University found that many utility call centers can’t answer basic questions on the smart grid.
Date: 01/20/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Chinese currency
China currently does not have demand response as we know it, but--partly as a result of recent regulations--a subsidiary of China's State Grid Corporation has selected Honeywell to participate in a project to study demand management and advanced energy management in buildings.
Date: 02/28/2011
Type: Article
GE's new 530 megawatt power plant integrates wind, solar and natural gas.
Date: 06/07/2011
Type: Article
To address the unique demand response challenges in Europe, companies are pilot testing systems that can reduce load on local feeder transmission lines and integrate the continent's growing intermittent renewable energy sources.
Date: 10/07/2011
Type: News
Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison says its $2.6B smart grid project will reduce outages and save customers money, but critics have doubts about the technology's potential.
Date: 01/23/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Transphorm, the Santa Barbara startup founded by Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra, is working to boost the electric grid's efficiency using gallium nitride in the power conversion process.
Date: 01/30/2012
Type: News
Increasing production and declining consumption of gasoline and oil have unexpectedly brought the United States markedly closer to independence from foreign energy sources.
Date: 03/23/2012
Technologies: Transportation, Utilities
California's utilities need to produce 20,000-plus megawatts of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Governor Brown wants at least 12,000 megawatts to be decentralized generation. Rooftop and ground-mounted solar will be one of the main technologies used to accomplish this goal.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article
Making ice at night to augment air conditioning usage during the day can help save money by cutting down on the peak power demand. This thermal energy storage system gives the building owner cheaper power, and the utility gets a solution to its peak power problems.
Date: 06/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities

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