Hybrid generating systems for remote areas gain traction

May 23, 2016 Hybrid energy systems, which offer lower-cost power to remote off-grid locations, took another step forward with the launch in northern Spain of a new prototype. Developed by Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa, the prototype inaugurates a system which combines four power sources - solar, wind, diesel and batteries. If successful, the system in La … [Read more...]

Schneider reveals Silicon Valley tech play

May 20, 2016 A programme designed to scout out and develop start-ups focused on applications related to the intersection of energy and the internet of things (IoT) has been revealed by Schneider Electric. The energy management and automation major said that the goal of its Silicon Valley Innovation scheme is to explore new growth opportunities outside of existing markets … [Read more...]

Renewables set to steal a march on space heating

May 18, 2016 Existing renewable energy technology could provide nearly half of the energy used to heat Europe’s homes by 2040, slashing gas demand and helping to meet climate targets. This is the conclusion of a new study from research firm IHS Energy. Catherine Robinson, a senior director, said: “Our analysis strongly suggests that existing technology can transform … [Read more...]

3-D virtual environment for Russian reactor development

May 16, 2016 Russian nuclear engineering procurement and construction company Rosatom is to deploy a 3-D virtual environment as it builds and operates its new power plants. The 3-D plant design models, construction processes and resources are integrated and interconnected through a single source of data that is accessible and updated in real time. As a result, less … [Read more...]

Sodium ion battery strikes EV partnership

May 12, 2016 Low-cost batteries suitable for road-transport applications could be available by 2025. That is the goal of a new partnership between sodium-ion technology pioneer Faradion and UK-based cell developer and manufacturer AGM Batteries - backed with £400,000 of new Innovate UK funding. Unlike the typical lithium-ion battery found in the current generation … [Read more...]