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If Volkswagen manages to steer its 2030 green technology vision as planned, it may well give its competitors a serious run on the e-road, writes Preeti Mehra

The distinctive four brown chimneys of the 1930s façade of the Volkswagen AG headquarters dominates the Wolfsburg landscape. Steeped in...

But will it be able to follow solar and become cheaper?

Just as every parent remembers and cherishes the first baby step his or her child took, every renewable energy aficionado will take to heart the fact that the contract for building the country’s first large-scale battery storage-backed...

Will slapping an anti-dumping duty on solar modules and cells really help domestic manufacturers, asks M Ramesh

During the last months of the UPA government, the Directorate General of Anti-dumping (DGAD) of the Ministry of Commerce made a determination that Indian solar modules and cells...

Energy saving certificates promise to enhance industry’s efficiency scenario

After carbon credits, it is energy-saving certificates (ESCerts) that are creating a buzz.

The country’s Perform, Achieve & Trade (PAT) Scheme is moving energy efficiency to the next level for industry, where...

With majority of State governments not on-board the renewable energy bandwagon, industry faces a neither-here-nor-there situation, writes M Ramesh

If the new Power Minister, Raj Kumar Singh, had wanted to do something that would make the industry sit bolt upright and listen, he could not have...

As GST completes 90 days, its impact on the scrap collecting sector is worrisome

Krishnan, 26, from Chennai is the sole breadwinner of his family. He is a waste picker and used to earn around ₹10,000 a month before July 1 this year. Today he earns only half the amount of what he used to get...

Country’s utilities and government regulators are focused on aggressive electrification, decentralization, and digitization efforts, report finds

A second structural impediment to fully realizing DER benefits is the current grid planning approach, which biases grid design toward traditional infrastructure rather than distributed alternatives, even if distributed solutions better meet grid needs. Outdated planning approaches rely on static assumptions about DER capabilities and focus primarily on mitigating potential DER integration challenges, rather than proactively harnessing these flexible assets.

Section II demonstrated how California could realize an additional $1.4 billion per year by 2020 in net benefits from the deployment of new DERs during the 2016-2020 timeframe. This state-wide methodology was then applied to the planned distribution capacity projects for California’s most recent GRC request, showing how the deployment of DERs in lieu of planned distribution capacity expansion projects in PG&E’s next rate case could save customers over $100 million. 

Motivated by the challenge faced in designing a grid appropriate to the 21st century, this report first focuses on determining the quantifiable net economic benefits that DERs can offer to society. The approach taken builds on existing avoided cost methodologies – which have already been applied to DERs by industry leaders – while introducing updated methods to hardto-quantify DER benefit categories that are excluded from traditional analyses. While the final net benefit calculation derived in this report is specific to California, the overall methodological advancements developed here are applicable across the U.S. Moreover, the ultimate conclusion from this analysis – that DERs offer a better alternative to many traditional infrastructure solutions in advancing the 21st century grid – should also hold true across the U.S., although the exact net benefits of DERs will vary across regions.

Designing the electric grid for the 21st century is one of today’s most important and exciting societal challenges. Regulators, legislators, utilities, and private industry are evaluating ways to both modernize the aging grid and decarbonize our electricity supply, while also enabling customer choice, increasing resiliency and reliability, and improving public safety, all at an affordable cost.

The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases.

Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e. biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e. ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind). VRE has four characteristics that require specific measures to integrate these technologies into current power systems: 1) variability due to the temporal availability of resources; 2) uncertainty due to unexpected changes in resource availability; 3) location-specific properties due to the geographical availability of resources; and 4) low marginal costs since the resources are freely available.

A transition towards high shares of VRE requires a re-thinking of the design, operation and planning of future power systems from a technical and economic point of view. In such a system, supply and demand will be matched in a much more concerted and flexible way. From a technical perspective, VRE generation can be ideally combined with smart grid technologies, energy storage and more flexible generation technologies. From an economic perspective, the regulatory framework will need to be adjusted to account for the cost structure of VRE integration, to allow for new services and revenue channels, and to support new business models.

There are several technological options that can help to integrate VRE into the power system grid: system-friendly VREs, flexible generation, grid extension, smart grid technologies, and storage technologies. New advances in wind and solar PV technologies allow them to be used over a wider range of conditions and provide ancillary services like frequency and voltage control. Flexible generation requires changes in the energy mix to optimise production from both dispatchable and non-dispatchable resources. Smart grid technologies can act as an enabler for VRE integration, given their ability to reduce the variability in the system by allowing the integration of renewables into diverse electricity resources, including load control (e.g. Demand Side Management (DSM), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and enhancing the grid operation and therefore helping to efficiently manage the system’s variability by implementing advanced technologies (e.g. smart inverters, Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) and Fault Ride Through (FRT) capabilities).

Energy storage technologies can alleviate short-term variability (up to 2 Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids | Technology Brief several hours), or longer-term variability through pumped-storage hydroelectricity, thermal energy storage or the conversion of electricity into hydrogen or gas.

Two immediate applications for deploying innovative technologies and operation modes for VRE integration are mini-grids and island systems. The high costs for power generation in these markets make VREs and grid integration technologies economically attractive since they can simultaneously improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of these power systems. This is, for example, the case of the Smart Grid demonstration project in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Furthermore, the right assessment and understanding of VRE integration costs are relevant for policy making and system planning. Any economic analysis of the transition towards renewables-based power systems should, therefore, consider all different cost components for VRE grid integration, such as grid costs (e.g. expansion and upgrading), capacity costs and balancing costs. Integration costs are due not only to the specific characteristics of VRE technologies but also to the power system and its adaptability to greater variability. Therefore, these costs should be carefully interpreted and not entirely attributed to VRE, especially when the system is not flexible enough to deal with variability (i.e. in the short-term).

Moreover, RE integration delivers broader benefits beyond purely economic ones, such as social and environmental benefits. Even though not straightforward, these externalities should be considered and quantified in order to integrate them into the decision-making process and maximise socio-economic benefits.

Due to the rapid technological progress and multiple grid integration options available, policy makers should build a framework for RE grid integration based on the current characteristic of the system, developing technological opportunities and long-term impacts and targets. In particular, policy makers should adopt a long-term vision for their transition towards renewables and set regulatory frameworks and market designs to foster both RE development and management of greater system variability. Such regulatory frameworks could include new markets for ancillary services and price signals for RE power generators that incentivise the reduction of integration costs.


The firm bagged two orders totalling Rs 913 crore for design, supply and construction of 500 kV and 225/90 kV transmission lines in Thailand and Africa.

PGCIL had complained about renewable project developers who had obtained connectivity rights at its sub-stations and taken control of one or more bays there, but were not using them to transmit power.

Power Grid Corp, the central power transmission utility, has an ambitious investment plan and has budgeted CAPEX including investment in joint venture.

The move follows another large state-run power utility Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) switching to Ola cab service for its employees in June.

Anand Kumar, secretary at the ministry of new and renewable energy, has communicated this to the CERC days before the quasi-judicial body hears the matter.

The company was incorporated by RVPN in May 2016 for development of 220 KV and 132 KV grid sub-station, along with associated transmission lines and schemes and works in PPP mode.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy today declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.890 per share payable on Dec. 18, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business Nov. 17, 2017.

Duke Energy has paid a cash dividend for 91 consecutive years.

BETHEL, Conn., Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GTM Research (the market analysis and advisory arm of Greentech Media) and SOLICHAMBA (a consulting firm specialized in solar PV O&M and asset management) conducted their annual global market analysis of PV monitoring. The "Global PV Monitoring 2017-2022" report confirmed Solar-Log® as the global market leader for residential and commercial-size PV plants (under 1 MWp), in the independent software vendor (ISV) category. In the overall global ranking, Solar-Log® continued its impressive run over the years by achieving third place.

GTM Research "Global PV Monitoring 2017-2022" report (https://www.greentechmedia.com/research/report/global-pv-monitoring-2017-2022-markets-trends-and-leading-players) confirmed Solar-Log® as the global market leader for residential and commercial-size PV plants (under 1 MWp).
GTM Research "Global PV Monitoring 2017-2022" report (https://www.greentechmedia.com/research/report/global-pv-monitoring-2017-2022-markets-trends-and-leading-players) confirmed Solar-Log® as the global market leader for residential and commercial-size PV plants (under 1 MWp).

GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) and SOLICHAMBA (San Francisco, California, U.S.) release the numbers for the global PV monitoring software market every year in their research report. More than 60 companies active in the residential, commercial, industrial and utility-scale segments were analyzed.

In the report, 80% of the top 15 international companies provide inverter-independent systems. Solar-Log® achieved second place in this highly competitive market of inverter-independent monitoring. The company's global leadership in the commercial plant segment, with an installed power output up to 1 MWp, clearly reflects that the strategy to operate as an inverter-neutral monitoring and management system. The GTM report finds the Solar-Log® system is ahead of the competition with 9.24 GWp, more than any other monitoring system, including inverter-integrated solutions.

Dr. Frank Schlichting, CEO of Solare Datensysteme GmbH, sees the study as a confirmation of SDS's corporate strategy. "We believe the results of the new GTM Research study confirm that we are very successful with our broad portfolio that focuses on the residential, commercial and industrial markets. For the future, it is clear that we not only have to become more globally active, but also have to provide a wider range of services and to bring our know-how to markets that are at the initial stage of the transition to clean energy."

Global PV Monitoring 2017-2022: Markets, Trends and Leading Players:

About Solar Data Systems, Inc. and Solare Datensysteme GmbH

Solar Data Systems, Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Solare Datensysteme GmbH, manufacturer of Solar-Log® web-enabled monitoring and metering solutions for photovoltaic plants. Solar-Log® is a global market leader with over 270,000 plants monitored world-wide, with a generating power of 11.8 GWp. The Solar-Log® product family monitors plant performance, integrates yield forecasting, provides real-time error detection, automatic status information, and offers revenue-grade metering for incentive reporting. This industry-leading functionality maximizes PV plant performance, optimizes self-consumption, provides intelligent grid feed-in controls, and best-in-class PV plant fleet management. Solare Datensysteme GmbH is based in Binsdorf, Germany and is a subsidiary of BKW AG (Bern, Switzerland) – a global company for energy and infrastructure.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hurricane Maria roared ashore in Puerto Rico on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 20. The powerful storm packed sustained winds of more than 150 mph, whipping through an island nation already impacted by another hurricane just weeks earlier.

Veterans and residents in Puerto Rico are still dealing with hardships more than a month after Hurricane Maria. Wounded Warrior Project has been working closely with other organizations to provide assistance throughout the island, visiting with families and delivering food, water, and other supplies.
Veterans and residents in Puerto Rico are still dealing with hardships more than a month after Hurricane Maria. Wounded Warrior Project has been working closely with other organizations to provide assistance throughout the island, visiting with families and delivering food, water, and other supplies.

As the sun rose, the island of more than 3 million people – including about 75,000 veterans – discovered terrible devastation. Puerto Rico's electric grid was in shambles. More than three weeks after Maria, the utility that provides water to 97 percent of the island struggles to meet demand.

Puerto Rico veterans have played a significant role in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. More than 700 injured veterans and family members on the island are registered with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Like much of Puerto Rico, they have all been impacted by the hurricane.

WWP sent staff to the island recently and is focused on sending more people and supplies in coming weeks. Armed with food, water, hygiene kits, and baby formula, WWP staff Jonathan Pruden and Helbert Asparillo joined veterans Frankie Perez and German Rivera on a humanitarian mission. Thanks to the generous donations of the American public, they are able to crisscross the island, targeting small neighborhoods not yet reached by larger agencies.

"We have been focused on helping as many people as we can," said Jonathan Pruden, WWP warrior relations specialist. "We went to the mountains west of Cayey at the request of the Department of Veterans Affairs to check on an amputee warrior living with post-traumatic stress. We found hundreds of individuals in desperate need of assistance. We helped all we could, veteran or not."

Some of the warriors they reached need electricity to power health-aid equipment like CPAP machines and breathing devices. WWP is now sending generators to the island.

WWP is working closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs, FEMA, and other agencies and nonprofits to ensure assistance reaches as many Puerto Ricans as possible.

In more populated areas where electricity is available, that means providing food, water, and gift cards to purchase supplies.

"We are reaching warriors across the island, but more help is needed," Jonathan said.

About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors. Read more at http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.

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BORDEAUX, France, le 26 Octobre 2017 /PRNewswire/ --


  • Approbation de l'ensemble des résolutions

L'Assemblée Générale extraordinaire des actionnaires de la Société EUROPLASMA (ALEUP, ISIN FR 0000044810), a réuni en deuxième convocation le 26 octobre 2017 sous la présidence de Pierre Catlin, ses actionnaires représentant 37 956 617 de titres (présents, représentés ou votant par correspondance) correspondant à 24,95 % du capital. Le résultat détaillé des votes est disponible sur le site Internet de la Société, au lien suivant http://www.europlasma.com/investisseurs-et-actionnaires/espace-actionnaires.

L'Assemblée a approuvé l'ensemble des résolutions soutenues par le Conseil d'administration, et notamment :

  • l'attribution à titre gratuit de bons de souscription d'actions remboursables (BSAR C) au bénéfice des actionnaires de la Société à raison d'un BSAR C pour une action ordinaire enregistrée comptablement à l'issue de la séance de bourse du 31 octobre 2017.
  • les autorisations données au Conseil d'administration permettant à la Société d'avoir accès au marché des capitaux afin de poursuivre son développement.

Le Président, Pierre Catlin, a déclaré «Je remercie tous les actionnaires qui, par leur vote, ont témoigné leur volonté de donner au Groupe les moyens nécessaires à sa croissance. Ainsi, Europlasma va pouvoir mettre en œuvre ses projets qui répondent pleinement aux enjeux de la transition écologique en France et dans le monde ».


Au cœur des problématiques environnementales, EUROPLASMA conçoit et développe des solutions plasma innovantes destinées à la production d'énergies renouvelables et à la valorisation des déchets dangereux ainsi qu'à des applications sur-mesure pour les industries soucieuses de réduire leur empreinte environnementale. L'action EUROPLASMA est cotée sur Euronext GROWTH™, (FR0000044810-ALEUP). Pour plus d'informations: www.europlasma.com

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BERLÍN, 26 de octubre de 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Frases llamativas como Dieselgate o dispositivo de manipulación moldean el actual debate sobre los motores de diesel, y el futuro del motor de combustión se cuestiona. ¿Qué motores de diesel y de gasolina llegarán al futuro, reflejando el espíritu de la movilidad sostenible de bajo nivel de emisiones? ¿Qué papel puede tener el sector del transporte para reducir las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero en el 40 por ciento aproximadamente para el año 2030 con el propósito de asegurar la protección climática? El objetivo más estricto de 95g CO2/km para todos los automóviles recién registrados de 2020 es una importante fuerza impulsora para alcanzar esta meta. Esta medida y cláusulas adicionales sobre la reducción de CO2 en los automóviles y los vehículos comerciales ligeros incrementan la presión del mercado sobre la industria automovilística, aumentando la necesidad de innovar.

El enfoque fundamental del debate es la "descarbonización" del sector del transporte y el cambio a tecnologías alternativas, trenes motrices y combustibles. En el 15º Congreso Internacional "Combustibles del Futuro", que se celebrará el 22 y el 23 de enero de 2018 en Berlín, expertos y participantes debatirán esta diferenciada colección de temas.

Debido al escaso margen de tiempo, toda la industria automovilística afronta enormes retos para implementar la requerida mejora en la tecnología de accionamiento para cumplir con los límites en los valores de CO2 mientras simultáneamente tiene en cuenta las preferencias del consumidor. Los participantes del mundo de la política, la ciencia y la investigación, y las asociaciones comerciales y ambientales presentarán sus posiciones y estrategias para responder a los desafíos de la protección climática que surjan en este contexto, e identificarán posibles vías futuras para que la industria automovilística incorpore opciones viables para la integración de sistemas.

Junto con la optimización técnica de los motores de combustión, en combinación con el accionamiento eléctrico (hibridación), la descarbonización del combustible debe tener un papel importante para lograr los objetivos de protección climática dentro del marco de tiempo estipulado.

Más: http://www.fuels-of-the-future.com

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy today declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.890 per share payable on Dec. 18, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business Nov. 17, 2017.

Duke Energy has paid a cash dividend for 91 consecutive years.

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International collaboration enables the sharing of risks, rewards and progress, and the co-ordination of priorities in areas such as technology, policy, regulation and business models. In order to reach the goals set out in this roadmap, smart grids need to be rapidly developed, demonstrated and deployed based on a range of drivers that vary across regions globally. Many countries have made significant efforts to develop smart grids, but the lessons learned are not being shared in a co-ordinated fashion. Major international collaboration is needed to expand RDD&D investment in all areas of smart grids – but especially in standards, policy, regulation and business model development. These efforts will require the strengthening of existing institutions and activities, as well as the creation of new joint initiatives.

The old definition of a microgrid was usually an electricity source, often a combined heat and power natural gas plant or a reciprocating engine generator, that provided fulltime or backup power for an industrial site, military installation, university, or remote location.

Today’s definition is much broader, incorporating cleaner technologies and more diverse customers, establishing microgrids as a key component of tomorrow’s more resilient, efficient and low-emissions electricity system.

Market Research Hub (MRH) has recently announced the inclusion of a new study to its massive archive of research reports, titled as “Global Microgrid as a Service (MaaS) Market Status, Size and Forecast 2012-2022.” This report provides an in-depth evaluation on the market for Microgrid as a Service (MaaS), elaborating on the prime dynamics influencing the development of this market. These dynamics include the major drivers, opportunities, restraints etc. Geographically, the global market is categorized into EU, United States, China, India, Japan and Southeast Asia.

With an extensive forecast period of 2016 to 2021, the analysts have studied major dynamics for the market, which can be helpful for the established players as well as new entrants in this market. In terms of geography, with constant rising industrial sector, countries such as China, India, Japan and South Korea are gaining extensive market share of the MaaS market.

A grid-connected microgrid can be defined as, a set of distributed energy resources and interconnected loads mainly use to supply power to the main grid or utility grid. Microgrids can operate as stand-alone 'islands' and are able to provide reliable electricity even during bad weather. According to the key findings, from several years, the escalating demand for power, along with an increased need for secure, reliable and emission-free power propels the demand for microgrids. Also, it is projected that the microgrids as a service market are recording healthy growth due to various benefits offered by Microgrids, such as highly reliability, economical & effectual energy power, improvement of renewable energy sources and smart grid integration etc.

These microgrids can be divided into Grid type and Service type.

On the basis of grid type, it covers:

Grid Connected

By service type, it includes:

Monitoring & Control Service
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Engineering & Design Service
Operation & Maintenance Service

On the other hand by applications, the report has segmented the market into Military, Industrial, Government & Education, Utility, Residential & Commercial. The Microgrid as a Service Market is having significant growth in many areas where continuous power is must such as industries, Residential & Commercial, hospitals and universities among others.

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) said last week that global annual revenue from microgrids rose 29 percent between 2015 and last year, according to Microgrid Knowledge. The revenues totaled $6.8 million at the beginning of 2017. The report, which was prepared by Navigant Research, said that the market in the United States has more than doubled since 2011. The sector reached $2.2 billion last year after enjoying a 16 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), between 2015 and 2016.

Today, the microgrid technology only produces 0.2 percent of U.S. electricity (about 1.6 GW). That capacity is expected to double in the next three years, however.

Microgrids not only improve reliability and resilience – keeping the lights on during a widespread disaster that affects the main grid -- but also increase efficiency, better manage electricity supply and demand, and help integrate renewables, creating opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.
But financial and legal hurdles stand in the way of accelerating their deployment.

Each microgrid’s unique combination of power source, customer, geography, and market can be confusing for investors. Microgrids can run on renewables, natural gas-fueled turbines, or emerging sources such as fuel cells or even small modular nuclear reactors. They can power city facilities, city neighborhoods, or communities in remote areas. As we heard during our research, “If you’ve seen one microgrid, you’ve seen one microgrid.”

The legal framework can be confusing, too. Most states lack even a legal definition of a microgrid, and regulatory and legal challenges can differ between and within states. Issues include microgrid developers’ access to reasonably priced backup power and to wholesale power markets to sell excess electricity or other services. Also, franchise rights granted to utilities may limit microgrid developers’ access to customers.

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