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UMass Prof. Funded for Wind Blade Damage R&D (Funding, R&D)
UMass Lowell
Date: 2020-05-06
In the Bay State, University of Massachusetts Lowell Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Murat Inalpolat is reporting receipt of $1.4 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE to develop technology to detect wind blade cracking and splitting damage using sound.

For the project, Inalpolat will mount wireless microphones inside blades, wireless speakers inside the turbine's cavity and another microphone near the turbine to monitor sound and identify damage from changes in audio frequencies, according to a UMass Lowell news release.

"There is no other technology in today's market that can monitor the condition and safety of turbine blades while they are operating. Our proposed system is low-cost, reliable, robust and it can be installed on both new and existing wind turbines," Inalpolat said in the news release. The turbines are being tested at the state Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, according to the release.

Inalpolat's project is also supported by the National Science Foundation, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and UMass Lowell's WindSTAR research center. (Source: UMass Lowel, The Sun, 3 May, 2020) Contact: UMass Lowell, Murat Inalpolat, Assist. Prof. Mechanical Engineering, Murat_Inalpolat@uml.edu, www.uml.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine Blade,  UMass Lowell,  


Battery Management Specialist Titan AES Raises $10Mn (Funding)
Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc
Date: 2019-10-02
In the Bay State, Salem-headquartered ultrasound-based battery management expert Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc (Titan) reports the conclusion of a $10-million Series A financing round. The new funds are earmarked for product development, staffing and marketing activities.

Titan's "ionView" technology is used to improve the performance and extending the life-cycle of existing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, including grid energy storage systems.

Schneider Electric Ventures, Energy Innovation Capital, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) participated in the transaction. (Source: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc., Oct., 2019) Contact: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc., 561.206.2324, info@titanaes.com, www.titanaes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-Ion,  Lithium Ion Battery,  Battery,  Energy Stoage,  Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc,  


Bay State to Name Offshore Wind Providers This Week (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind
Date: 2018-05-21
The Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reports Wednesday, 23 May, is the deadline to announce which of three proposed offshore wind projects can move forward in Bay State waters -- Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind - are vying to produce some or all of the initial 800 MW.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency, said the creation of 1,600 MW of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" over the next ten years. (Source: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, 1420 WBSM, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Deepwater Wind, www.dnwind.com; Bay State Wind, www.baystatewind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Bay State Wind,  Deepwater Wind,  


ITM Power Mass. P2G Feasibility Study Funded (Ind. Report, Funding)
ITM Power,Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre
Date: 2018-04-06
London-headquartered energy storage specialist ITM Power reports it has been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC) to undertake a multi-MW Power-to-Gas (P2G) feasibility study for the Massachusetts region.

The study will assess the potential for P2G energy storage and hydrogen (H2) fuel for the Massachusetts region in collaboration with Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E), a local gas and electricity utility. It will also determine the technical and economic feasibility for P2G and H2 fuel derived from renewable energy sources. The project is slated to get underway in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.

In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) adopted a 200 MWh energy storage target for electric distribution companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by 1st January 1 2020. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, ITM Power, GasWorld, 5 April. 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources; ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  ITM Power,  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center ,  


EnergySmart Touts Mass. Geothermal Rebates Success (Ind. Report)
EnergySmart Alternatives
Date: 2018-01-26
In the Bay State, Medford-based EnergySmart Alternatives, LLC reports it has installed over 200 geothermal heating and cooling systems since 2010 in 54 Massachusetts communities and secured over $385,000 in rebates since 2014 through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (Mass CEC) Ground-Source Heat Pump rebate program.

Announced last month, the increase in the value of the Mass CEC rebate to $3,500 per heating ton (up from $1,500) is expected to give a boost to the residential geothermal industry in Massachusetts. The value of the base rebate is capped at $17,500. However, there are "adders" that can increase that value for public and non-profit entities, affordable housing developments, or households below 80 pct and 120 pct of the state median income. These range from an additional $750 to $1,500 per ton heating capacity. (Source: EnergySmart Alternatives, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: EnergySmart Alternatives, LLC, Melanie Head, (617) 858-6748, info@ EnergySmartAlternatives.com, www.EnergySmartAlternatives.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergySmart Alternatives,  Geothermal,  Renewable Energy Rebate,  Geothermal,  


CT Green Bank Accepts Aurora Solar Remote Shading Simulation Software (Ind. Report)
Aurora Solar,CT Green Bank
Date: 2018-01-17
North Vancouver, BC-based Aurora Solar Technologies reports the Connecticut Green Bank has joined rebate authorities around the country in declaring Aurora's remote shading simulation software an acceptable replacement for onsite inspections previously required when applying for rebates associated with solar system installations.

Aurora's technology incorporates the measurements of a site's solar potential as part of a standardized "Solar Shade Report" that consolidates all the information solar companies need in making financing, installation and rebate decisions.

Rebate authorities that accept Aurora's remote shading include: CT Green Bank; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC); New Jersey Clean Energy Fund; City of Roseville Residential Solar Energy Program; Oncor; and the Energy Trust of Oregon. The US National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) has also validated Aurora's shade reports as statistically equivalent to on-site measurements. (Source: CT Green Bank, Aurora Solar, Solar Power World, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Connecticut Green Bank, Bryan Garcia, Pres., CEO, (860) 563-0015, www.ctcleanenergy.com; Aurora Solar Technologies, Michael Heaven, CEO, Pres., (778) 241-5000, info@aurorasolartech.com , www.aurorasolartech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aurora Solar,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  CT Green Bank,  


Massachusetts Awards $20Mn to Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
Mass. Department of Energy Resources
Date: 2017-12-22
In the Bay State, grants totaling $20 million were recently awarded to 26 matching funds energy storage and efficiency projects as part of the Massachusetts Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program. The program is funded by the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) through Alternative Compliance Payments and administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).

Among the grant recipients, West Boylston Municipal Light (WBMLP) Plant will receive 50 pct of a proposed $486,000 Amber Kinetics flywheel energy storage system interconnected with WBMLP's 370-kilowatt solar project. (Source: Mass. Department of Energy Resources, Worchester Telegram, 19 Dec., 2017) Contact: Mass. Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/doer

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mass. Department of Energy Resources,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  Flywheel,  


WPI Solar Energy Capture & Storage R&D Funded (R&D, Funding)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Date: 2017-10-13
In the Bay State, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), funded by $800,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and an award from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, reports it is developing less expensive and more efficient materials to generate and store solar energy.

The first project is focused on discovering new materials for solar cells while a second project aims to lower the cost of producing hydrogen using solar energy or electricity from other clean energy sources. Generating hydrogen could be an effective way to store solar energy, according to the research team.

The researchers are investigating electrocatalysts like tungsten disulfide, a crystalline material that tends to form sheets that are just three atoms thick. Electricity generated from a renewable energy source, such as a solar cell or wind turbine, can be transferred to the tungsten sulfide sheets through an electrically conductive supporting material. The electricity makes its way to the catalytically active edges of the sheets, where it is transferred to the water molecules, causing them to split into oxygen and hydrogen, according to the WPI release.

In addition to the NSF funding, the solar cell materials project was supported by a three-year, $68,885 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in 2016. The WPI research teams are collaborating with colleagues at Boston College (electrocatalysts project) and the University of Texas at Arlington (solar cell materials project). (Source: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 11 Oct., 2017) Contact: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Alison Duffy, Public Relations, (508) 831-6656, amduffy@wpi.edu; WPI Energy Research Group, Prof. Pratap Rao, http://energy.wpi.edu; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9355, www.masscec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Clean Energy Center,  Worcester Polytechnic Institute,  Solar Cell,  Energy Storage,  

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