Energy infrastructure News for September 2009

Energy infrastructure News Archive

DoE: Smart Grid Vision and US$144m for transition to smart grid

In his keynote speech to the GridWeek 2009 Conference on 21 September, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu detailed his vision for implementing the smart grid and modernising the USA’s electrical system.

NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index launched

The NASDAQ OMX Group and Clean Edge have introduced the NASDAQ OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure IndexSM (NASDAQ:QGRD), a new benchmark for the smart grid and electric infrastructure sector.

Open standard from Cambridge Consultants to accelerate rollout of smart meters

Cambridge Consultants has launched the Universal Metering Interface (UMI™), a new standard for metering systems. This low-power, low-cost, open communications standard is expected to speed up the rollout of smart meters, and help Europe meet its 2020 climate change targets.

GE helps bring smart grid technologies to Korea

GE has signed an agreement to help build an advanced smart grid infrastructure in Korea, together with Korea’s NURI Telecom.

NREL-led team aims to resolve PHEV fuel economy conundrum

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab has joined forces with researchers from Idaho National Lab (INL) and Argonne National Lab, to take the lead in developing and testing a new method for predicting the real-world fuel and electricity consumption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). After examining data on the only PHEV currently available in non-trivial numbers, the method shows promise for reasonably predicting the PHEV’s average fuel and electricity use.

AMSC India and Korea divisions formed to capitalise on wind energy and power grid markets

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) has formed two new divisions: AMSC Korea and AMSC India to serve the rapidly growing wind energy and power grid markets in these Asian countries.

UPS Systems complete Yorkshire fuel cell installation

UK-based UPS Systems has completed the fuel cell installation for the Environmental Energy Technology Centre (EETC) in Rotherham, Yorkshire as this carbon-free building moves another step closer towards opening in early 2010. The facility is intended to showcase and encourage the development and commercialization of environmental energy technologies.

GE Smart Grid Technologies addresses power failure issues in India

North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) is building a smart grid in India with GE Energy’s PowerOn Outage Management System.

Eddie O’Connor wins Leadership award at Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards for offshore energy commitment Eddie O’Connor wins Leadership award at Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards for offshore energy commitment

Dr Eddie O’Connor won the individual Leadership award for major contributions to the renewable sector and offshore energy at the annual Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards in London. These contributions are notably his founding of Mainstream Renewable Power, its subsequent success and his advocation of the European Offshore Supergrid concept.

Canada’s Hydrogen Village hooks up with Birmingham engineers

A collaborative agreement has been signed between the Hydrogen Village in Ontario, Canada and the University of Birmingham Fuel Cell Group in the UK. The collaboration will see the exchange of researchers and academics, and will facilitate commercial relationships with the Province of Ontario and West Midlands companies.

SMA announces deal to buy Dutch firm’s micro-inverter technology

SMA has announced the acquisition of micro-inverter technology from Dutch firm OKE.

Call for entries: Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy Call for entries: Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy

The organisers of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy is seeking entries from "inspirational and innovative" local sustainable energy programmes from Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroën join forces to develop European electric car Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroën join forces to develop European electric car

Mitsubishi and Peugeot Citroën have signed an agreement in Paris to jointly develop an electric car for the European market.

Preview: Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards 2009

Organisers of the prominent global renewable energy awards report that nominations are reflecting the structural changes to clean energy markets…

Masdar Institute aims to lead the way in alternative energy research

Masdar Institute of Science and technology has welcomed its first intake of 92 graduate students, representing 22 different nations.

Automakers pull together to support fuel cell vehicles

The world's leading fuel cell vehicle manufacturers – Daimler, Ford, General Motors/Opel, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, the Renault-Nissan alliance and Toyota – have issued an unprecendented joint statement, with a Letter of Understanding (LoU) that commits them to the market introduction of fuel cell vehicles from 2015. This is just the blink of an eye in automotive development terms, and thus the signing marks a major step towards the serial production of such zero-emission vehicles.

Södra and Statkraft collaborate on renewable energy

Swedish forestry and timber product company Södra and Norwegian energy company Statkraft have signed a SEK 10 billion (~€1bn) agreement of intent on renewable energy.

Zayed Future Energy Prize open for renewable energy nominations

The US$2.2 million Zayed Future Energy Prize awarded every year for innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and technologies is open for nominations until 16 October 2009.

Prominent author given key UK climate change role

David MacKay, Professor in the Department of Physics at Cambridge University and author of the influential book ‘Sustainable Energy - without the hot air' has been appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.

UK government proposes faster grid access for renewable energy

UK Secretary of Energy and Climate Change, Ed Miliband, has proposed to address the way power plants are connected to the UK’s power grid in the hope of getting new generation, including renewable energy, connected faster.

Hydro Group offers “time-saving alternative” for subsea connections

Hydro Group plc will be presenting its new product for speeding up subsea connections within marine environments - the Hydro bond Renewable Connector (HRC) - at the BWEA31 renewable energy conference in Liverpool, taking place on 20-22 October.