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The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-05-07
Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;

  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;

  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);

  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity: AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);

  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;

  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today's dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Power,  


  • Solar4America Touts Res. Battery Storage System (Ind. Report)
    SPI Energy, Solar4America
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Santa Clara, California-based SPI Energy Co Ltd is reporting the launch of its UL-certified S4A-Hybrid (DC/AC compatible) residential battery energy storage solution.

    With up to 8.6-kilowatt max output, intelligent energy management, and on-grid/off-grid seamless switching, the battery system is outdoor rated and provides homeowners with complete control of the energy in their home using real-time data.

    The global battery energy storage market is widely expected to grow at a 20.4 pct CAGR to reach $19.7 billion by 2027. (Source: SPI Energy Co Ltd, PR May, 2021) Contact: SPI Energy Co. Ltd., www.spigroups.com; Colar4America, www.solar4america.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SPI Energy,  Solar4America,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Batter,  


    NY Utilities Tap CPower for Energy Management, Storage (Ind. Report)
    CPower
    Date: 2021-04-26
    Baltimore-headquartered energy management specialist CPower reports it has been tapped by Con Edison and National Grid subsidiary Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation to provide of Dynamic Load Management (DLM) to their networks -- peak shaving to reduce businesses' use of electricity during periods of high demand.

    Battery storage, charged with power from renewable energy or from the grid at off-peak times of lower demand, can be used to reduce businesses' draw from the grid at peak times and already the ability to use this peak shaving to lower Demand Charges, levied on commercial users of electricity in the US, offers a way to lower electricity costs significantly.

    New York State's climate protection policy aims to deploy 1,500MW of energy storage by 2025 and to meet 70 pct of electricity load through clean and renewable sources by 2030 on the path to 100 pct clean electricity by 2045. (Source: CPower, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: CPower, 844-276-9371, www.cpowerenergymanagement.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CPower,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  Fynamic Load Management,  


    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight, NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-04-26
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com. (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  NYSERDA,  


  • eEnergy Invests in UK Smart Metering Business (Int'l. Report)
    eEnergy Group
    Date: 2021-04-19
    In the UK, London-headquartered energy efficiency-as-a-service provider eEnergy Group is reporting a £ 0.13 million investment in newly-formed smart metering measurement equipment and analytics business eEnergy Insights (EIL).

    The investment, which was in the form of loan notes and a nominal equity investment resulting in a 33 pct equity interest, Includes proprietary hardware and software enabling customers to analyse and monitor itemised, or 'behind-the-meter', energy usage data via a live cloud portal. The investment will allow eEnergy to offer its customers validation of energy savings delivered on their energy efficiency projects, and facilitate additional efficiencies through a metering-as-a-service proposition. (Source: eEnergy Group, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: eEnergy Group, www.eenergyplc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News eEnergy Group news,  Energy Management news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Clean Fight Touts Startups Decarbonizing NYC (Ind. Report)
    The Clean Fight
    Date: 2021-04-14
    In the Big Apple, The Clean Fight, a clean energy startup accelerator backed by New York State energy agency NYSERDA, is reporting completion of its first funding programme to which the below-listed startups received up to $500,000 in grants to support their strategies, finances, marketing and product development to address climate change and energy efficiency:
  • 75F uses an IoT building management system to predict, analyse, monitor and react to a building's hot and cold spots before they happen by taking control of its HVAC, lighting and indoor air quality management systems. For example, 75F's lighting technology can regulate light by knowing when to take advantage of natural light and when there might be forecast clouds that will block the sun. www.75f.io

  • BlocPower funds retrofits in low-income communities, leasing and managing air-source heat pumps with no upfront costs. BlocPower aims to give these areas the economic, health and environmental benefits of modern, sustainable heating and cooling. Having retrofitted more than 1,000 homes in New York City, the startup has projects underway in 24 other cities. www.blocpower.io

  • CarbonCure takes recycled CO2 from industrial emitters and injects it into concrete so it becomes permanently embedded. The injected CO2 reacts with calcium ions from cement to form calcium carbonate, effectively mineralising the carbon and making the concrete stronger while cutting emissions. www.carboncure.com

  • Enertiv provides a single platform to monitor the performance of energy management, preventative maintenance, ESG reporting, capital planning, tenant submetering and billing. www.entertiv.com

  • enVerid air purifying technology cleans a building's indoor air at a molecular level to reduce the size of HVAC systems needed. enVerid aims to create a 'win-win-win' situation where building owners will require less costly HVAC equipment which results in lower operating costs, lower energy and carbon intensity and better indoor air quality. The technology removes CO2, aldehydes, volatile organic compounds and particulate matter (PM2.5). www.enverid.com

  • iHandal Energy Solutions offers 'hyper-efficient' temperature control in buildings by capturing wasted heat and recycling it for heating or cooling. iHandal carries out an energy audit for its clients, setting a guaranteed amount of savings before implementing the system. Captured heat is then compressed using its proprietary technology and channeled into other functions in the building. The startup's goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 200 million tpy by 2030. www.ihandal.com

  • Peak Power software platforms turns buildings into smart power plants. Using machine learning, the software analyses a building's energy use, forecasting demand levels and predicting spikes in energy market prices. A battery energy storage system within the building can then charge and discharge at the most profitable moments, potentially saving on energy costs and creating a new revenue stream. www.peakpowerenergy.com

  • Phase Change Energy Solutions provides easy-to-install phase change materials to maintain building temperature, reducing heating and cooling needs. These materials absorb and release large amounts of thermal energy when they melt and freeze. The company's BioPCM product can transition between solid-to-gel and solid-to-solid and can be designed to store and release thermal energy at a precise temperature. www.phasechange.com

  • Targeting steam-heated buildings, Radiator Labs incorporates radiator-level controls with real-time data visualisation to prevent overheating. The Radiator Lab Cozy, a smart internet-connected, thermostatic cover for radiators, saves on average 25 pct and as much as 45 pct on heating costs. www.radiatorlabs.com (Source: The Clean Fight, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: The Clean Fight, www.thecleanfight.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Energy Efficiency,  Decarbonization,  


  • Honeywell Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Honeywell reports it has committed to become carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035 through a combination of further investment in energy savings projects, conversion to renewable energy sources, completion of capital improvement projects at its sites and in its fleet of company vehicles, and utilization of credible carbon credits. These initiatives represent a continuation of the company's sustainability efforts since 2004, which have already driven a more than 90 pct reduction in the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities.

    Honeywell notes its carbon-footprint reduction will continue to be driven through the company's rigorous, end-to-end business operating system. Honeywell's reductions will be reported publicly and third-party verified pursuant to The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The company's efforts will result in carbon-neutral operations and facilities as it relates to direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from electricity and steam (Scope 2). In addition, Honeywell has committed to addressing Scope 3 indirect emissions by enhancing its existing tracking system and partnering with industry leaders to identify and implement best practices while encouraging customers to adopt Honeywell's climate solutions and products.

    In 2019, Honeywell set a new "10-10-10" target to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an additional 10 pct from 2018 levels, deploy at least 10 renewable energy opportunities, and achieve certification to ISO's 50001 Energy Management Standard at 10 facilities by 2024. Honeywell also provides: process technology to produce biofuels, building energy savings performance contracts; energy conservation; investing in energy storage solutions such as flow batteries; and technologies to support the decarbonization of residential, commercial, and industrial energy by replacing natural gas with hydrogen.

    The company notes it has implemented more than 5,700 sustainability projects since 2010, saving an annualized $100 million in costs. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, 8 April, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


    EGLE Submits Mich. U.P. Energy Task Force Report (Ind. Report)
    Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In Lansing, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) reports the submission of its Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Energy Task Force (UPETF) energy supply report to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office. Gov. Whitmer created the UPETF by Executive Order with the mandate to:
  • Assess the U.P.'s overall energy needs and how they are currently being met.

  • Formulate alternative solutions for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness -- inclding but not limited to, alternative means to supply the energy sources currently used by UP residents, and alternatives to those energy sources.

  • Identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the UP; the economic, environmental, and other impacts of such changes; and the alternatives for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs in response to such change.

    The report includes 16 recommendations for actions the state could take to improve affordability, enhance reliability, and promote energy security for U.P. residents includes:

  • Encourage electric providers to participate in an Upper Peninsula-wide electric plan.

  • Promote energy waste reduction and broadband expansion

  • Offer residential programs for energy efficiency and energy upgrade grants

  • Develop renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging

  • Examine the rate of disparity between customer classes.
  • Create brownfield and state land inventory for energy infrastructure development, and others. (Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy , U.P. Energy Task Force, www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3306_88771_93973---,00.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


  • Znergy Acquires Quantum Energy LLC (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Znergy,Quantum Energy
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Syracuse, Indiana-based energy efficient LED lighting products, lighting controls and energy management solutions specialist Znergy, Inc. is reporting acquisition of Quantum Energy, LLC. Under the terms of the agreement Znergy, Inc. will acquire the assets of Quantum Energy, LLC. without issuing any new Znergy shares.

    Quantum Energy has an extensive B2B book of business across most U.S. business segments, including Fortune 500 companies, state municipalities, universities and companies in Canada. Znergy's commonsense cost reduction program enables customers to reduce energy consumption, lower maintenance costs and realize environmental benefits, according to the company website. (Source: Znergy Inc., PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Zenergy Inc., Investor Relations , Rick Mikles, (800) 931-5662, rick.mikles@znergyworld.com, www.zenergyworld.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Quantum Energy,  Znergy,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Mnagement,  


    Nat. Offshore Wind R&D Consort. Projects Announced (Ind. Report)
    National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
    Date: 2021-03-31
    The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, which was established with funding from U.S. DOE, has selected 15 new projects to receive a total of $8 million for offshore wind support structure innovation, U.S.-based supply chain development, electrical systems innovation, and solutions for impacts on wildlife and radar.

    The selections announced today include:

  • Four projects to develop innovative support structures (including foundations and moorings) for very large fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind turbines to achieve economies of scale;

  • Three projects that propose innovative solutions to supply chain and installation challenges including spiral welded towers, a self-positioning blade installation tool, and unmanned aerial devices for inspections;

  • Five projects to support innovations in grid interconnection and transmission;

  • Three technology development projects to mitigate use conflicts, including wildlife monitoring and radar interference. The 15 new projects bring the Consortium’s total funding portfolio to $28 million for 40 projects. This announcement supports a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of U.S. offshore wind by 2030.

    DOE established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium in 2018 to address research priorities for offshore wind as defined in the National Offshore Wind Strategy, which was developed jointly by DOE and the DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

    The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with DOE and NYSERDA each providing $20.5 million to fund high-impact research projects that lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind.

    Download details HERE (Source: US DOE, Wind Energy Technology Office, National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, www.nationaloffshorewind.org; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium,  Offshore Wind,  


  • PSE Adding Landis+Gyr Smart Street Lighting Controls (Ind. Report)
    Landis+Gyr ,Puget Sound Energy
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Atlanta-based Landis+Gyr reports it has contracted with Bellvue, Washington-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to add Landis+Gyr Gridstream® street light control capabilities to the utility's smart grid and AMI network.

    PSE plans to deploy 25,000 street light controllers over the next five years. Landis+Gyr will host the street light control software used to program, monitor, and control the lights. Billing data will be processed through the utility's meter data management system which measures power consumption using the billing-grade metrology in the street light controller.

    Landis+Gyr's smart lighting solution is part of the Gridstream Connect comprehensive IoT platform. Built on a leading-edge smart grid network that connects intelligent devices, such as meters and sensors, across the utility distribution system, Gridstream Connect leverages hardware, software, and application development to provide a strong and flexible platform for smart city and utility IoT applications, according to the Landis+gyr release. (Source: Landis+Gyr, PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: Contact Landis+Gyr, Dan Jacobson, Senior Marketing Communications Manager, (320) 307-7486, Dan.Jacobson@landisgyr.com, www.landisgyr.com; Puget Sound Energy, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landis+Gyr ,  Puget Sound Energy,  


    Stoke-on-Trent Energy Efficiency Projects Funded (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In the UK, the city of Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been allocated funding from the government Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme for a series of energy efficiency and decarbonisation projects expected to cost the city roughly £4.3 million.

    According to a council report, work at various city facilities and building will include: replacement of gas boilers with low-carbon air source heat pumps: installation of photovoltaic panels on six council buildings; a new building energy management system (BEMS) for 30 buildings, replacing the existing system, upgrading windows, and other energy efficiency measures. The report notes the energy efficiency improvements are "in line with the city council's asset management strategy to reduce energy consumption across the corporate estate."

    When completed, the projects are expected to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by up to 1,659 tpy of CO2 and save an estimated £590,000 a year on energy costs. (Source: Stoke-on-Trent, PR, 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: Stoke-on-Trent City Council, www.stokesentinel.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  UK Energy Efficiency news,  


    Lincoln Wastewater Biogas RNG Project Completed (Ind. Report)
    RNG
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department (LTU) is reporting completion of the Theresa Street Water Resource Recovery Facility project to transform methane biogas into RNG fuel.

    The completed project is expected to produce 100 billion BTUs of RNG per year -- equivalent to roughly 875,000 gallons of gasoline -- and generate $2.6 million per year in revenue for a 3.3-year ROI.

    HDR Engineering, Building Crafts, and Black Hills Energy, which built the infrastructure to connect the RNG to the national natural gas pipeline system, and Bluesource, a national energy management company, worked on the project. (Source: City of Lincoln, Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Department, 402-441-7548, ltu@lincoln.ne.gov, www.lincoln.ne.gov/City/Departments/LTU

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Metane,  RNG,  


    Indian Energy Efficiency Specialist Raises $4.1Mn (Int’l.)
    Smart Joules,
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In New Delhi, Smart Joules, a platform focused on energy efficiency, reports it has raised $4.1 million in a Series A round from ADB Ventures, -- the venture arm of the Asian Development Bank, Sangam Ventures, a seed and early-stage fund; Max I Ltd; cKinetics Accelerator; Saket Burman of Dabur; and other angel investors from India and the United States.

    Smart Joules offers capital expenditure-free energy efficient retrofits of existing energy-intensive systems such as those related to cooling and heating in commercial and industrial facilities. The company’s technology stack, DeJoule, utilises sensors and Internet of Things-based controllers to track and optimise equipment. The company will use the new capital to strengthen its energy management team, enhance technological infrastructure, expand presence across hospitals, and scale cooling-as-a-service offerings for commercial buildings and industries requiring heavy air conditioning loads, according to the release. (Source: Smart Joules, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: Smart Joules, +91 11 4350 2232, www.smartjoules.co.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Joules news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Wartsila Wins Philippines Floating Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
    Wartsila,Aboitiz Power Corporation
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Finnish technology group Wartsila Energy reports landing an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to supply a barge-mounted energy storage system to Aboitiz Power Corporation subsidiary Therma Marine for deployment next to its existing 100-MW thermal power barge in the municipality of Maco, offshore the Philippines.

    Wartsila's 54 megawatt/32 MWh barge will include 10 Wartsila GridSolv Max systems supported by the company's advanced GEMS energy management platform. The project is expected to complete in Q4, this year.

    Wartsila presently has 26 power barge installations totaling 1500 MW worldwide. (Source: Wartsila, upstream, Mar., 2021) Contact: Aboitiz Power Corp., +63 32 411 1800, www.aboitizpower.com; Wartsilia Energy, Bent Iversen, Senior Bus. Dev., +358 10 709 0000, Fax +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com/energy/explore-solutions/energy-storage

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Energy Storage,  Floating Energy Storage,  


    Turntide Tech Completes Smart Motor Funding Round (Funding)
    Turntide Technologies
    Date: 2021-03-05
    Sunnyvale, California-based "Smart Motor" startup Turntide Technologies has completed an $80 million funding round that brings its total funding to date to $180 million. Investors include Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund, and others.

    The funding will be used to develop a building automation software program -- Riptide IO -- and extend its Building Operation System platform to more buildings, including schools and offices.

    The company's Smart Motor System -- the world's most energy-efficient, cost-effective, internet-enabled motors and controls -- has helped reduce energy consumption for clients by an average of 64 pct compared to the conventional electric motors used in home HVAC applications, according to the company. (Source: Turntide Technologies, Website, Fortune, Mar., 2021) Contact: Turntide Technologies, 669-224-4377, www.turntide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CenterPoint Energy Seeks Additional 400 MW Solar (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Energy,Capital Dynamics,
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Evansville, Indiana-headquartered CenterPoint Energy (CNP) reports its Indiana-based electric and natural gas business, CenterPoint Energy Indiana South, is seeking Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) approval for the acquisition of a 300-MW solar array as well as approval to enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for an additional 100 MWs of solar energy.

    CenterPoint Energy is seeking to enter into an agreement with global independent asset management firm Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI), the company that will build the 300-MW utility-owned project in Posey County, Ind. Arevon Energy Management and energy company Tenaska are co-developing the project.

    CenterPoint Energy aims to reduce operational emissions by 70 pct by 2035, avoiding approximately 700,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: CenterPoint Energy, PR 23 Feb., 2021) for Contact: Capital Dynamics,Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400 -- NYC office, www.capdyn.com; CenterPoint Energy, Steve Greenley, Senior VP, Generation Del., www.centerpointenergy.com; Tenaska, (402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tenaska,  Solar,  CenterPoint Energy,  Capital Dynamics,  ,  


    Tesvolt Touts New Battery, Energy Mgmt System (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Tesvolt
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Wittenberg, Germany-headquartered energy storage system manufacturer Tesvolt is reporting the launch of a storage system for commercial applications that integrates an inverter and an energy management system.

    The TS-I HV 80 battery, according to the company, is able to shave load peaks thanks to registering load profile measurement, optimizing self-consumption, and supplying back-up power. The device can operate both in off and on-grid mode and is claimed to be black-start capable. It is also said to react to power requirements from the power network within milliseconds and to be suitable for recharging electric cars.

    The TS-I HV 80 is available from 76 kWh and can be modularly expanded to several megawatt-hours. The integrated three-phase inverter has an output of 75 kW and the storage system delivers up to 340 kW on a footprint of just half a square meter, according to the company website. (Source: Tesvolt, PR, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: Tesvolt, Daniel Hannemann, CEO, +49 (0) 30/221 83 82 49, www.tesvolt.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  


    BOEM Issues Pacific Wave Energy Research Lease (Ind. Report)
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
    Date: 2021-02-26
    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports it has issued a lease for the first wave energy research project to demonstrate the viability of wave energy in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast.

    The federal marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy research lease was offered to Oregon State University for the proposed PacWave South open ocean wave energy test center. The PacWave project will incorporate four test berths to support the testing of up to 20 wave energy converter (WEC) devices, with an installed capacity not to exceed 20 MW.

    MHK technology harnesses energy from ocean waves, tides and currents and converts it into electricity. A WEC device converts the kinetic and potential energy associated with moving ocean waves into electrical or mechanical energy, BOEM noted. (Source: BOEM, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,  Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  


    FOMO Acquiring Energy Intelligence Center Assets (M&A, Ind. Report)
    FOMO, SMart Cities
    Date: 2021-02-24
    Chicago-headquartered FOMO CORP. is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire the assets of the Energy Intelligence Center LLC (EIC), a U.S. solutions provider for energy efficient buildings. This LOI follows FOMO's 8-K filing on February 16, 2021, specifically relative to FOMO licensing the patent of Online Energy Manager, LLC (OEM) and FOMO's option to purchase OEM.

    EIC and OEM are strategic partner companies, and these two recent developments set the stage to further position FOMO in 2021 as a clean energy technology company within the growing "Clean-Tech" and smart building marketplace.

    FOMO's previous asset acquisition of Independence LED Lighting, LLC and Purge Virus, LLC serve as excellent complements to EIC for next generation clean air and energy efficient buildings.

    According to the Smart Cities Challenge, the global market for energy efficiency is pegged at $360 billion/year. (Source: FOMO CORP., PR, 28 Feb., 2021) Contact: Energy Intelligence Center, www.energyintelligencecenter.com; FOMO, Vik Grover, CEO, Wayman Baker, EVP Corporate Dev., (630) 286-9560, IR@fomoworldwide.com, www.fomoworldwide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Cities,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
    Electriq Power
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

    Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

    The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

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  • Telkonet, EnPowered Expands Intelligent Energy Offering (Ind. Report)
    Telkonet
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Telkonet, Inc., creator of the EcoSmart platform of intelligent automation solutions to optimize energy efficiency and operational analytics for commercial markets, is reporting a new partnership with Waterloo, Ontario-based energy software developer EnPowered.

    Licensed as an electricity and natural gas provider across North America, EnPowered's software platform simplifies market participation and increases value to end-users. EnPowered combines regulatory expertise, load forecasting, and IoT enabling end-users to seamlessly participate directly in electricity markets, automating enrollment in peak-load shifting, peak shaving, or demand response programs, end-to-end energy awareness and improved energy management for building owners, according to the company website. (Source: Telkonet Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Telkonet, Bridget Donofrio, Marketing Manager, 414.302.2299 bdonofrio@telkonet.com, www.telkonet.com; EnPowered, Janine Scott Marketing and Communications Manager 888-280-0790, janine@getenpowered.com, www.GetEnPowered.com

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    CleanSpark Launches Residential Microgrid Solution (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Salt Lake City-based diversified software and services specialist CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting the launch of mVoult www.mvoult.com, a stand-alone energy management controller capable of directing the operations of both existing and new energy assets for residential microgrids.

    mVoult will be offered as a smart controller and mobile app specifically designed for residential applications. The Company also plans to launch a fully integrated mVoult branded battery energy storage and controls solution. The home power solution will enable the selection of optional add-ons such as solar integration or back-up generators. The company expects to begin taking pre-orders for both the stand-alone controls and the fully integrated solution in April 2021. Installations of the solution are expected to begin summer 2021.

    CleanSpark, Inc. offers a suite of software solutions that provide end-to-end microgrid energy modeling, energy market communications, and energy management solutions. Offerings include intelligent energy monitoring and controls, intelligent microgrid design software, middle-ware communications protocols for the energy industry, energy system engineering and software consulting services.

    Through its wholly owned subsidiary, ATL Data Centers LLC, CleanSpark also owns and operates a data center that provides customers with traditional on-site and cloud-based data center services. (Source: CleanSpark, Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: CleanSpark, Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, (801) 244-4405, ir@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microgrid news,  Energy Stoarge news,  Energy Management news,  


    Wartsila Supplying Energy Storage for Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Corporation reports it has contracted to install a 10MW battery energy storage system at the Eolica Coromuel Wind Farm near the city of La Paz, Mexico. The 50MW wind energy project is under construction by San Diego-based by Eurus Energy America Corp. -- part of the Tokyo-headquartered Eurus Energy Group -- which operates wind and solar farms globally.

    Wartsilia will provide a grid-connected battery storage system and long-term servicing to the system including remote monitoring, performance guarantees and replacing and repairing components as needed. Wartsilia will use the Finland-headquartered energy storage system integrator's recently launched GridSolv Max containerised lithium-ion battery storage and run on the company's GEMS energy management software platform.

    Mexico is aiming to reach 30 pct renewables by 2021 and 35 by 2024. (Source: Wartsilia, PR, Energy Storage, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, +81-3-5404-5300 / FAX: +81-3-5404-5301, www.eurus-energy.com; Eurus Energy America, Eurus Energy America, Nick Henriksen, VP, 858-638-7115, 858-638-7125 -- fax; info@eurusenergy.com, www.eurusenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

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    Enphase, Momentum Solar Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Enphase Energy,Momentum Solar
    Date: 2021-02-03
    Fremont, California-based energy management technology and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems supplier Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting U.S. residential solar contractor Momentum Solar will now promote and install Enphase Energy Storage systems in addition to Enphase Solar systems as their all-in-one home energy management solution.

    Enphase Encharge™ storage systems feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life, safe operation through excellent thermal stability, and a UL9540A fire safety certification.

    Enphase Storage systems are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. Homeowners have insight into their solar and storage systems through the Enphase Enlighten™ mobile app. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Dave Ranhoff, CCO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Momentum Solar, Arthur Souritzidis, CEO, www.momentumsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Momentum Solar news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


    Enphase, Momentum Solar Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-02-03
    Fremont, California-based energy management technology and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems supplier Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting U.S. residential solar contractor Momentum Solar will now promote and install Enphase Energy Storage systems in addition to Enphase Solar systems as their all-in-one home energy management solution.

    . Enphase Encharge™ storage systems feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life, safe operation through excellent thermal stability, and a UL9540A fire safety certification. Enphase Storage systems are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. Homeowners have insight into their solar and storage systems through the Enphase Enlighten™ mobile app, including the ability to go off-grid from the app.. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Dave Ranhoff, CCO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Momentum Solar, Arthur Souritzidis, CEO, www.momentumsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  Solar+Storage news,  


    Priority Power Snares Satori Energy Solutions (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Priority Power Management, Satori Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-02-01
    Texas-based Priority Power Management, LLC, an independent energy management services and consulting firm, is reporting acquisition of Chicago-headquartered Satori Energy Solutions, LLC.

    Satori provides expertise and service to more than 55,000 industrial, municipal, and residential clients in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. The company's capabilities span the spectrum of Energy Structuring and Market Intelligence Operations, including: energy procurement, market price monitoring, contract administration, review, and negotiation, transaction due diligence, demand-side curtailment program evaluation, energy and invoice auditing, capacity PLC notification, budgeting and forecasting, and utility account and service setup.

    Satori also has experience and expertise in energy transition, from sustainable energy and energy resiliency solutions, including community solar aggregation and behind-the-meter installations, to purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and carbon offsets, LEED certification, and ENERGY STAR® Certification and energy benchmarking.

    Priority Power is the #1 Independent Energy Solutions Provider focused on Energy Infrastructure, Energy Transition Program Management, Market Intelligence Operations, and Energy Structuring. Priority serves over 1,600 clients, totaling $2.4/BN in energy spend across 37 states. Priority is backed by Ara Partners, a private equity firm specializing in decarbonization investments in the industrial and manufacturing, chemicals and materials, energy efficiency and green fuels, and the food and agriculture sectors. (Source: Priority Power Management, LLC, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Ara Partners, (917) 439-3507, www.arapartners.com; Priority Power Management, LLC, John J. Bick, Managing Principal, (972) 314-9040, JBick@PriorityPower.net , www.prioritypower.net; Satori Energy Solutions, 312-850-2300, www.satorienergy.com

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    PNNL Releases New Bldg Energy Efficiency Software (Ind. Report)
    PNNL
    Date: 2021-01-20
    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is touting its Facility Energy Decision System (FEDS), an easy-to-use software tool that performs energy efficiency assessments by analyzing existing building energy use and identifying cost-effective savings opportunities.

    A key attribute of FEDS 8.0 is the ability to initiate assessments with a limited detail of characteristics. FEDS fills in unknown details based on the parameters specified with a sophisticated internal inference generator whose results can be reviewed and updated as appropriate.

    The highly scalable tool simulates building systems, including building shell, lighting, HVAC, and water heating technologies and calculates loads and energy use to analyze the cost and performance impact of thousands of potential efficiency measures.

    Development of FEDS was supported by the U.S. DOE Federal Energy Management Program in coordination with other government agencies.

    Download FEDS 8.0 licensing and other details HERE. (Source: PNNL, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: PNNL, Bob Dahowski , FEDS development engineer, www.pnnl.gov

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    Santee Cooper Touts "Smart" Energy Program (Ind. Report)
    Santee Cooper
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Berkeley County, South Carolina state-owned public utility Santee Cooper reports the launch of EmpowerSC -- an initiative to help customers take advantage of the latest "smart energy" technology trends and innovations to better manage power consumption by providing insight, expertise, resources and rebates, that put money back in their pockets.

    EmpowerSC includes four main focuses targeting specific areas of energy savings: EmpowerHome -- Offers rebates on equipment such as HVAC and water heating systems, ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances and smart thermostats. Some of the new rebates are also available for multi-family housing. Low-interest loans for home improvements and home energy audits, or House Calls, are also available.

    EmpowerBusiness -- Resources are available to help South Carolina businesses make the best choices when it comes to powering their organizations. EmpowerBusiness also provides rebates for qualifying equipment purchased, which can lead to substantial savings.

    EmpowerSolar -- Solar Home and Solar Business can help customers add solar panels to their property and pay part of the cost with rebates and credits. For those who aren't able or don't wish to put panels on their roof, Solar Share allows them to purchase a share of locally produced "community" solar power for as little as $10 per month.

    EmpowerAuto -- With the increasing number of electric vehicles on the road, EmpowerAuto provides information to help customers understand, choose and thrive with electric vehicles. Santee Cooper is offering up to $500 in rebates for a qualified, level 2 residential charging station. (Source: Santee Cooper, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: EmpowerSC, www.EmpowerSC.com; Santee Cooper, Mike Poston, Chief Customer Officer, www.santeecooper.com

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    Schneider Elec. Touts Wiser Energy System for Savings (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, reports its is partnering with builders across the country to help homeowners and builders make homes "smarter" more energy efficient and sustainable through the Wiser Energy System.

    The system is connected solution integrated into the home's electrical panel providing real-time information to optimize home energy usage and track savings. The system gives homeowners greater insight into energy usage and their carbon footprint. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Schneider Electric, Bradford Wills, Director: Strategic Customers & Programs, Home & Distribution, www.se.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


    SunPower Shuttering Hillsboro, Oregon Plant (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2021-01-11
    SunPower reports it will cease production at its SunPower Manufacturing Oregon solar panel plant in Hillsboro, Oregon by March 2021 and complete the wind-down of the facility in early June. The company is looking into the possible sale of the plant, exploring a joint venture option or assessing potential partnerships.

    As previously reported, SunPower completed the spin-off of Maxeon Solar Technologies last August. The spin-off encompassed international panel manufacturing and associated sales, which is now run by Maxeon. Following the split, SunPower is focused on solar and battery storage system sales and services for customers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as developing downstream energy services products like energy management software. (Source: SunPower, PR, GreenTech, 9 Jan., 2020) Contact: SunPower, Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Solar,  


    Sunnova Offering Enphase's Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Enphase Energy, Sunnova
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Fremont, California-based global energy management and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems specialist Enphase Energy, Inc. reports it is expanding its long-term relationship with residential solar and energy storage service provider Sunnova Energy International Inc. to include Enphase Encharge™ energy storage systems.

    As a power service provider, Sunnova's network of solar dealers in the U.S. will be able to provide a simple upgrade path for existing Enphase homeowners as well as homeowners who are new to solar and storage. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 6 Jan. 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy, Inc., Badri Kothandaraman, CEO, Christian Zdebe, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Sunnova Energy International Inc., John Berger, CEO, Kelsey Hultberg, Kelsey.Hultberg@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy,  Sunnova,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Residential Energy Storage,  


    EnergyCAP Energy Info Management FedRAMP Approved (Ind. Report)
    EnergyCAP
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Pennsylvania-based EnergyCAP, Inc. reports its EnergyCAP® software platform and data hosting energy management information solution (EMIS) service has been granted an Authorization to Operate under the U.S. Government's FedRAMP program and is now an authorized participant in the FedRAMP Marketplace.

    According to the release, EnergyCAP, Inc. has helped more than 10,000 energy managers in government, education, and commercial organizations derive value from their utility bills and energy data. Clients use EnergyCAP software-based solutions to streamline utility bill processing and auditing, track energy and greenhouse gas data, process campus chargebacks, target reduction goals, benchmark facilities, submit to ENERGY STAR, measure and verify energy & cost savings, create budgets, forecasts and others. (Source: EnergyCAP Inc., PR, Jan., 2020) Contact: EnergyCAP Inc., Steve Heinz, CEO, 855.315.5117, 719.623.0577--fax, www.energycap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyCAP,  Energy Management,  


    Rhode Island National Energy Efficiency Program Leader (Ind. Report)
    ACEEE
    Date: 2021-01-08
    According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Rhode Island ranks fourth in the nation as a leader in cost-effective energy efficiency programs, incentives, and energy efficiency investments that help residents and businesses use less energy to provide the same output. In doing so, these investments reduce energy consumption and costs as well as shrink the state's carbon footprint and create jobs throughout the green economy.

    According to the press release, Rhode Island has set aggressive energy savings targets for electric and gas utilities' programs that help residential and commercial customers save energy as part of its energy efficiency resource standard. The State government is also adopting cost-saving efficiency measures that are reducing energy demands and operating costs and has also entered into an innovative Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) with National Grid that is actively supporting the deployment of cost-effective efficiency investments across public sector facilities. (Source: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, PR, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: State of Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families, www.dcyf.ri.gov; ACEEE, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    STM, Schneider Electric Partner on Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Singapore, global semiconductor specialist STMicroelectronics (STM) reports the selection of energy management and renewable energy specialist Schneider Electric as a strategic partner to support its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2027.

    Under the agreement, STM and Schneider Electric will increase their cooperation on reducing STM's energy consumption, and increased use of renewable energy and identify and implement ocarbon avoidance and sequestration programs across all of STM locations. The companies will develop additional joint products, technologies, and solutions focused on energy efficiency improvements, supporting digital transformation in buildings, datacenters, industrial applications, and infrastructure.

    STM is stepping up its planned global energy procurement of 100 pct renewable energy and to become carbon neutral by 2027, according to the release. (Source: STMicroelectronics, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, Pres. & CEO, www.st.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com

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    Ecolohas Building Smart, Green Homes in Taiwan (Int'l. Report)
    Ecolohas Energy Technology
    Date: 2021-01-04
    Taiwan-headquartered energy efficiency solutions specialist Ecolohas Energy Technology reports it is delivering smart energy storage systems, smart microgrid systems, and distributed microgrid energy storage systems that allow homes to generate their own power, cut energy costs and decrease carbon emissions.

    The smart microgrid system consists of three main elements: renewable energy power generation system, independent small-scale energy storage system, and centralized large-scale energy storage system. Moreover, the system integrates battery and energy management systems providing better quality and improvement on efficiency.

    The "social enterprise" company combines solar power, home energy storage, and concentrated energy storage technologies to build a microgrid system to substitute utility power. The company also introduced its residential Wolf ZE hybrid energy storage system to the Japanese market and has developed various energy storage systems for different applications. (Source: Ecolohas Energy Technology, PR Saur News , 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Ecolohas Energy Technology, Kevin Yang, Pres., www.ecolohas.com.tw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Dominion Files Virginia Offshore Wind Plans with BOEM (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy, BOEM
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy reports it has filed the construction and operations plan (COP) for the 2,640-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project 27 mi off the coast of Virginia Beach with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

    If approved by the State Corporation Commission, the project would begin construction in 2024 for 2026 completion when it would generate sufficient power for as many as 660,000 homes. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy, Joshua Bennett, VP Offshore Wind, www.DominionEnergy.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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    Vineyard Wind Withdraws from BOEM Review Process (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind, BOEM
    Date: 2020-12-18
    In Washington, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports Vineyard Wind has withdrawn from the BOEM review process for its Vineyards Wind 1 offshore wind project. The company noted it needed to further evaluate the General Electric turbines it plans to use for the offshore wind project.

    the BOEM release noted that "because the construction and operations plan has been withdrawn from review, there is no longer a proposal for a major federal action awaiting technical and environmental review, nor is there a decision pending before BOEM."

    In a Dec. 14 press release, Vineyard Wind said it expects financial close on the project in the second half of 2021 and the project to come online in 2023. (Source: BOEM, Vineyard Wind, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020))Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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    Posey County Indiana Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Arevon Energy
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Global solar energy developer Arevon Energy Management is reporting their planned 2,500 -- 3,000 acre solar farm project in southern Posey County, Indiana is underway and awaiting regulatory and permitting approvals. Construction is slated to begin in 2022 with the project going online in 2023.

    Arevon is North America's leading renewable energy company, offering comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure solutions to institutional investors and long-term owners that maximize value across the entire lifecycle of assets. Arevon is an affiliate of Capital Dynamics, benefiting from the global scale and extensive market insight of the global Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) platform.

    Arevon's global fleet of PV Solar and Onshore Wind assets now exceeds 6.5GWdc, representing over $9 billion in invested capital. Arevon operates the 2nd largest portfolio of operating solar assets in North America, with over 3.5 GWdc of commercially operating utility-scale, commercial/industrial, distributed generation, and Battery Storage assets, according to the company website. (Source: Arevon Energy, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Arevon Energy Management, Tiago Sabino Dias, CEO, 480-653-8450, www.arevonenergy.com

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    ClearTrace Raises $4Mn for Carbon Accounting Platform (Ind. Report)
    ClearTrace
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In the Lone Star State, Austin-based energy and carbon accounting software specialist ClearTrace reports it raised $4 million in Series A financing, led by Clean Energy Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage climate tech innovations. Brookfield Renewable Partners and Clean Energy Venture Group also participated in the round.

    ClearTrace's carbon accounting platform enables auditable, 24/7 monitoring of energy generation and consumption. The platform creates verifiable digital records of energy usage, can track third party energy supply, financial power purchase agreements, demand response activities, and true multi-stakeholder management of behind-the-meter energy assets. (Source: ClearTrace, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: ClearTrace, Lincoln Payton, CEO, sales@cleartrace.io, www.cleartrace.io

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    Hydro-Quebec Launches EVLO Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
    Hydro-Quebec
    Date: 2020-12-11
    In Montreal, Canada's largest electricity producer Hydro-Quebec is reporting the launch of its subsidiary EVLO Energy Storage Inc. (EVLO) to design, sell, and operate medium- and large-scale energy storage systems for power producers, transmission providers and distributors, as well as the commercial and industrial markets.

    EVLO's lithium-iron phosphate batteries and modular design can be scaled to meet a wide variety of needs and includes power control and energy management software. They also have a smaller environmental footprint, are made from naturally abundant, nontoxic materials, and can be recycled using a process that allows 99 pct of the active materials to be recovered and reused. Moreover, EVLO systems do not contain any cobalt or rare earth elements. (Source: Hydro-Quebec, Website, PR, 9 Dec., 2020)Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Sophie Brochu, Pres., CEO, www.hydroquebec.com; EVLO, www.evloenergy.com/en

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    Warsaw Joins EBRD Green Cities Framework (Int'l. Report)
    EBRD Green Cities Framework
    Date: 2020-12-07
    The Polish capital city of Warsaw last week announced it is joining the EBRD Green Cities Framework in cooperation with Taiwan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

    Partly sponsored by the TaiwanBusiness-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund, the Green Cities Framework aims to achieve the carbon reduction targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement and attract foreign investment by strengthening environmental protection, reducing emissions and conserving energy. The EBRD regions are home to vibrant and diverse cities that span across central Europe to Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the southern and eastern Mediterranean region, according to the EBRD Green Cities website. (Source: City of Warsaw, Taiwan News, 5 Dec., 2020) Contact: EBRD Green Cities Framework, greencities@ebrd.com, www.ebrdgreencities.com

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    Southern Power 136-MW WA Wind Farm Online (Ind. Report)
    Southern Power, Puget Sound Energy
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Atlanta, Southern Company's subsidiary energy wholesaler Southern Power reports its 38-turbine, 136-MW Skookumchuck Wind project in Lewis and Thurston counties, Washington, is now online. The electric power and associated renewable energy credits generated by the facility will be sold to Puget Sound Energy under a 20-year PPA.

    Southern Power is the majority owner with TransAlta Corporation holding a minority ownership position in the Skookumchuck Wind Facility which was developed and constructed by Renewable Energy Systems.

    Southern Power's wind portfolio includes more than 2,115-MW of wind generation -- part of the company's 4,510-MW renewable fleet of 41 wind and solar facilities operating or under construction. (Source: Southern Power, PR, Power Eng., 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Southern Power, Bill Grantham, Pres.,(404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com; RES Group,www.res-group.com; PSE, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

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    Univ, Wisc. Lauded for Energy-Saving Initiatives (Ind. Report)
    University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Date: 2020-12-02
    The University of Wisconsin--Madison reports it has been recognized in the Philadelphi-based Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2020 Sustainable Campus Index for its water and energy saving initiatives at the Charter Street Heating and Cooling Plant. The plant improvements stem from an improved cleaning system for heat exchangers covering over 50,000 tons of the campus's central plant chillers.

    The Sustainable Campus Index highlights innovative and high-impact initiatives from colleges and universities that submitted a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report in the most recent calendar year. (Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, PR, Dec. 2020) Contact: University of Wisconsin-Madison, www.wisc.edu; Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 303-395-1331, www.aashe.org

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    COI Energy, NJII Partner on Energy Management (Ind. Report)
    COI Energy
    Date: 2020-12-02
    Tampa, Florida-headquartered digital energy management platform COI Energy is reporting a partnership with the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) in Newark to help hospitals, medical offices, long-term care facilities and other New Jersey businesses digitize their energy management to reduce energy waste and costs.

    Organizations within the NJII network can enroll in COI Energy's programs to monetize energy flexibility, reduce energy waste and unnecessary spend by improving the efficiency of their facilities. The COI Energy management platform enables customers to benchmark their carbon reduction and earn new revenues monthly through the sale of their unused or excess energy and/or generate savings by continuously monitoring and improving their energy efficiency.

    COI Energy's scalable energy management platform facilitates two-way communication between their customers to reduce costs, eliminates energy waste, and better support the electric grid with real-time energy insights and customized alerts. (Source: COI Energy, Website, PR, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: COI Energy, SaLisa Berrien, CEO, 813.501.4814, coi@coienergyservices.com, www.coienergyservices.com; New Jersey Innovation Institute, Dan Kaminski, VP, GM, Data & Technology Division, 973-596-5800, www.njii.com

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    Partnership Accelerates Green Building Certifications (Ind. Report)
    USDGBC, ENERGY Star
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Dublin-based Wattics Energy Management Ltd. and Washington, DC-headquartered US Green Building Council affiliate Arc Skoru, are touting the recent integration of the two software platforms that together will deliver the following features and benefits:
  • Automate building data collection and management to monitor, improve, and steer toward energy efficiency certification;

  • Leverage real-time data monitoring toward a project's performance score in ARC -- eg. electricity, water, gas, air quality data, GHG data, etc.;

  • Scale green building certification for large building portfolios;

  • Analyze and compare performance across building portfolios and/or individual buildings within a portfolio;

  • Compare the performance of certified buildings to non-certified buildings and determine US Green Building Council LEED, ENERGY Star, BREEAM and other third party certification "readiness" for buildings

    The software platform enables the collection, management, and analysis of utility/IoT/sub-meter data to conduct energy audits, forecast savings, benchmark building portfolios and analyse KPIs, measure and verify efficiency and renewable energy projects, analyse tariffs and create sustainability reports at scale.

    The ARC platform allows buildings, city and community projects to collect data, manage and benchmark progress, measure impact and improve sustainability and calculates a performance score based on global building data and action-oriented strategies across five categories, including energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. (Source: Wattics Ltd, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Wattics Energy management, Antonio Ruzzelli, CEO, Amy Ryan, +353 1 415 1241, amy.ryan@wattics.com, www.watics.com; Arc Skoru, Dave Witek, COO, www.arcskoru.com

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  • sonnenCore Home Energy Storage Launched (New Prod & Tech)
    sonnen
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Smart residential battery energy storage and virtual power plant specialist sonnen is touting the launch of sonnenCore, a new compact and affordable home battery solution.

    sonnenCore provides customers with straightforward access to reliable emergency backup power, intelligent energy management, and round-the-clock access to stored solar energy with an easy-to-install, competitively-priced system.

    sonnenCore is equipped with 4.8kW/10kWh of maximum usable capacity and pairs with new and existing PV systems, with an MSRP of $9,500. The system uses long-lasting, cobalt-free, recyclable and safe lithium iron phosphate batteries designed for stationary energy storage and backed by a limited warranty of 10 years / 10,000 charge cycles. (Source: sonnen, Website, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: sonnen, Blake Richetta, CEO US Operations, www.sonnenusa.com

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    Clallam PUD Designated APPA Smart Energy Provider (Ind. Report)
    American Public Power Association
    Date: 2020-11-18
    In Washington State, the Clallam County PUD is reporting receipt of Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for demonstrating commitment to, and proficiency in, energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe and reliable electric service.

    The SEP designation, which lasts for two years recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in : smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives, and customer experience.

    The APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations for not-for-profit, community-owned utilities in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. More than 85 public power utilities nationwide presently hold the SEP designation. (Source: Clallam County PUD. PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Clallam County PUD , Doug Nass, GM, 509-663-8121, www.chellampud.net; American Public Power Association, www.publicpower.org

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    Pearl Offers Home Energy Efficiency Management App (Ind. Report)
    Pearl Certification
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Old Dominion State, Charlottesville-based Pearl Certification is reporting the launch of its Green Door Web App, the virtual entryway to manage, maintain and improve a home's energy efficient performance.

    Pearl Certification drives demand for home improvements like efficient heating and cooling systems, solar, and smart home devices by capturing their value for resale and appraisal. Pearl qualifies a network of contractors who improve home performance, and real estate professionals who ensure these homes are properly marketed and valued when sold. When marketed correctly, Pearl Certified homes can add 5 pct or more to a home's sale price, according to a company release. (Source: Pearl Certification, PR, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Peral Certification Green Door App, www.greendoor.app; Pearl Certification, Rachel Davis, VP, Lindsay Bachman, 412.443.2996, lindsay.bachman@pearlcertification.com, www.pearlcertification.com

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    Espoo, Caverion Ink Energy Efficiency Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    Espoo, Caverion
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In Finland, the City of Espoo is reporting the selection of Caverion Finland as its service provider for the energy efficiency and remote management of building automation in its roughly 400 properties as well as renovated buildings and future new buildings.

    Under the agreement, Caverion is responsible for the continuous monitoring and reporting of energy use, energy audits and certificates. Caverion is also responsible for the remote management of building automation and developing the related technical infrastructure. With the 24/7 monitoring of the property conditions and energy use, negative developments can be prevented. The collected data can also be utilized to further improve and develop the buildings' infrastructure. A dedicated energy manager will follow the effectiveness of energy efficiency related actions, and guide and calculate the savings potential. (Source: City of Espoo, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Caverion Finland, Laura Karotie, Head of Managed Services , +358 50 326 9314, laura.karotie@caverion.com, www.caverion.com; City of Espoo, Mauri Laurila, Head of Premises, www.espoo.fi/en

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