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The Coming Age of the Smart Green City Building

Date: Oct. 17, 2016

What kind of buildings will be in the smart cities of tomorrow? While the cities of the future will still be home to older historical and other buildings that are not energy-efficient good citizens of the power grid, the move will increasingly be to smart green buildings.

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Will Hydrogen Be the Savior of Overloaded Microgrids?

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Grid Alternatives on Tribal Communities

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Where Batteries and Water Meet . . . Irvine, CA, Equips its City Water System with Tesla Batteries

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 –

What happens when you equip a city’s water system with advanced batteries made by Tesla? We don’t know for certain yet. However, we do know that Irvine, CA, is partnering with Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) to do it.

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American Cities and Highways Counted on LED Lighting. Were They Wrong?

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

Thanks to their long life and low power consumption, light emitting diodes (LEDs) have become the lighting source of choice on about 13% off all American streets and highways. That might not be such a wise choice, according to “Human and Environmental Effects of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Community Lighting,” a report issued in June by the American Medical Association. 

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Columbus OH Thinks that Mass Transit Is Going Away

Date: Oct. 4, 2016

City planners in Columbus, OH had some thinking to do in June when their city won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. The Challenge gave Columbus $40 million to invest in transit. Where would that grant money go?

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The Role of Passive Radiation in Smart Grid Design

Date: Sept. 27, 2016

The smart cities of tomorrow will be increasingly powered and heated by the sun. But not all solar-generated power will come from solar panels located on buildings or in fields nearby. A lot of the energy will be passively collected by the buildings themselves. And thanks to increasingly intelligent designs, smart self-heating buildings are posed to have a bigger impact on the design of smart grids.

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The World Starts to Light Up with Battery Power

Date: Sept. 21, 2016

Lots has been happening in the world of batteries since July, when Tesla opened its $5 billion Gigafactory in the Nevada desert. Battery production is ramping up there in two distinct product areas: batteries for use in Tesla automobiles and sleek-looking new Powerwall batteries for use in buildings. According to Tesla, each Powerwall battery can store up to 6.4 kilowatts, enough to provide overnight power to most homes.  

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Is the Age of Supergrids about to Dawn?

Date: Sept. 21, 2016

As the “make electricity here, use it here” philosophy takes hold, many trend-watchers are focused on microgrids.

But supergrids are attracting attention too. The MIT Technology Review, named them one of its “10 Breakthrough Technologies,” because of their ability to utilize high-voltage direct current power lines to carry electricity much further than AC power cables can.

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Why Microgrids Will Become Cheaper, Smarter and More Agile in the Next Two Years

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

How are microgrids changing?

Let’s take a quick look at how microgrids that will be installed in two years could be dramatically different from today’s advanced installations.

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Government’s Projects to Enhance the Grid with Advanced Technologies

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

“ARPA-E: The First Seven Years,” an extensive new 135-page report from the U.S Department of Energy, offers a comprehensive overview of the U.S. Government’s many programs to enrich the efficiency of our nation’s power grid.

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The David vs. Goliath Factor: Why Micro Beats Macro in the World of Power

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

We all know stories about little characters who beat bigger ones. David beat Goliath. In a famous children’s book, a “Little Engine That Could” climbed a high mountain when bigger locomotives refused to try. The slow-moving tortoise outsmarted the faster, more powerful hare . . . and the list of stories where the little guy or gal wins could go on and on.

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Why the American Power Grid Is Still at Risk

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

“13 Years After Northeast Blackout, U.S. Power Grid Remains Vulnerable,” an article by Karen Weigert in the August 17th Wall Street Journal, spells out some sobering reasons why the American power grid is still susceptible to catastrophic failure.

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New Smart Cities on the Rise in Florida and Colorado

Date: Sept. 1, 2016

“How Florida and Colorado Are Trying to Build Smart Cities from the Ground Up,” an article that Matthew Wheeland wrote for The Guardian on August 9, offers some tantalizing insights into microgrid- enhanced smart cities that are being built in Florida and Colorado.

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Eight Reasons Security-Conscious Consumers Will Use More Microgrids

Date: Aug. 26, 2016

When you boil it down to the basics, every domestic consumer in America who installs a backup electrical generator is already making use of a microgrid to protect his or her home from the dangers of electrical outages.

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