May 2015

Solar Impulse plane begins Pacific crossing – BBC News

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg has begun his bid to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse aeroplane. The experimental aircraft, which has a wingspan bigger than a jumbo but weighs little more than a large car, left Nanjing at 02:39 (18:39 GMT). It is likely to take Mr Borschberg five to six days of continuous flight to reach his central Pacific destination. Source: Solar Impulse plane begins Pacific crossing – BBC News

E.ON Saving Energy Toolkit Passes One Million UK Signups | Engerati – Energy Management

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Saving Energy Toolkit provides customers with personalized insights and tips on the actions they can take to save energy such as unplugging unused devices, setting thermostats more wisely and turning off unused lights. Of those that have signed up for the toolkit, more than 500,000 customers have completed a simple ‘What Uses Most’ online audit to help them understand what drives up energy costs the most. Source: E.ON Saving Energy Toolkit Passes One Million UK Signups | Engerati – Energy Management

Honeywell And TPDDL Deploy First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid Project To Improve Energy Reliability | Reuters

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) today announced that they have successfully implemented the first ever automated demand response (ADR) project for commercial and industrial facilities in India. Given the gap between the power required for homes and businesses in India, and what utilities can produce, many cities across the country face severe brownouts and blackouts. The demand for electricity in Delhi, for example, has almost doubled over the past decade. With nearly 50 percent of the country’s peak load tied to commercial and industrial sites, the ability to adjust related energy use is critical. Grid operators like TPDDL can use ADR to help reduce peak load in a facility 15 percent on average, creating a “virtual power plant” that generates “negawatts” or reduced demand. The project will give TPDDL the ability to reduce approximately 11.5 megawatts of peak demand. However, if the same technology were deployed in all buildings in India, electricity consumption could drop an estimated 10.5 gigawatts, close to 7 percent of the peak energy currently required nationwide. Source: Honeywell And TPDDL Deploy First-of-its-Kind Smart Grid Project To Improve Energy Reliability | Reuters

Massachusetts Pushes to Become Energy Storage Leader with $10M Plan – Microgrid Knowledge

May 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Massachusetts signaled today that its new administration plans to continue the state’s march into the world of microgrids and other disruptive energy tech with plans for a $10 million energy storage program.The previous administration of Gov. Deval Patrick (D) helped make the state a green-energy leader, including maintaining a multiple-year top national ranking for energy efficiency. Since Patrick left office in January, energy industry insiders have been watching new Gov. Charlie Baker (R) for a sense of how he’ll model the state’s energy future. Source: Massachusetts Pushes to Become Energy Storage Leader with $10M Plan – Microgrid Knowledge