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Could Ammonia be the Future of Energy Storage?

Bryan Kilgore, ERS for Zondits, July 10, 2018 Siemens is testing the use of ammonia to transport hydrogen for energy storage, particularly in conjunction with renewable generation. Hydrogen has proven particularly challenging to transport; however, ammonia is a common industrial product that is already transported in large quantities. Currently, ammonia is predominantly produced using the […]

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“Smart Community” in Alabama Acts as Living Laboratory for Microgrid

Alabama Microgrid Studies Future of Energy Infrastructure Written by Andrew Soergel, usnews.com, July 2, 2018 At first glance, the newly constructed Reynolds Landing community in suburban Birmingham, Alabama, looks like any other newly constructed well-to-do neighborhood. The homes carry a modern, though not entirely futuristic, design. The streets wind in a rectangle, branching off in one […]

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The Irregular Economics of Solar Panel Manufacturing

Siddarth Panir, ERS for Zondits, July 2, 2018 The “photovoltaic phenomenon” was first noted by the French physicist Edmond Becquerel in the scientific journal Le Comptes Rendus de l’Académie. His experiment involved irradiating two metallic plates, immersed in an acidic solution, with uneven levels of radiation. While the uneven radiation knocks out extra electrons from […]

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How Russia is Powering the World Cup

Energy plays soccer in Russia More than 1.5 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup… Written by Nicholas Newman, eniday.com, June 26, 2018 This summer’s football festival takes place in eleven Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Sochi. Of the 12 venues, […]

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New York State Outlines Energy Storage Goal Roadmap

New York unveils roadmap to 1.5 GW storage by 2025 Written by Iulia Gheorghiu, utilitydive.com, June 21, 2018 Dive Brief: New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a comprehensive state energy storage roadmap — 1,500 MW by 2025, as a first stop toward a larger goal by 2030. The roadmap’s recommendations range from using the previously […]

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Clean Energy Technology in the 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing Winter Olympics cloud data center launched China.org.cn, June 13, 2018 Recently, the Beijing Winter Olympics Organizing Committee (BWOOC) and Alibaba Cloud unveiled the Beijing Winter Olympics Cloud Data Center in Zhangbei county, Hebei province. The digital communication and broadcasting of the 2022 Winter Games will rely on cloud computing technology empowered by clean energy […]

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Rocky Mountain Institute Report: The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios

Written by Ryan Pollin, ERS for Zondits, June 11, 2018 A new Rocky Mountain Institute report, “The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios,” considers four proposed gas plants in different areas of the United States, comparing the cost of their construction and operation to a locale-appropriate mix of clean energy resources – solar, wind, storage, and […]