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UCLA, Korean Institute Collaborate on Smart Grid R&D

Rajit Gadh visiting Jeju Island, Korea (UCLA)

The engineering school at University of California at Los Angeles and the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) have begun a 10-year partnership to collaborate on smart-grid research and the development of new related technologies. The project, funded on the U.S. side by the Department of Energy . . . → Read More: UCLA, Korean Institute Collaborate on Smart Grid R&D

Report: Electrical Grid Needs Technology, Regulatory Changes

Richard Schmalensee (A. Kotok)

The electrical power grid in the U.S. faces significant changes in technology over the next two decades, says a new report from the MIT Energy Initiative, but the grid also needs regulatory, economic, and security upgrades to meet these changes. The authors — 13 MIT faculty members plus one author . . . → Read More: Report: Electrical Grid Needs Technology, Regulatory Changes

Report: Research Triangle Becoming Smart-Grid R&D Cluster

(Brookhaven National Lab)

A new report by Duke University’s Center for Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness (CGGC) assesses the capabilities of North Carolina, particularly the 13-county Research Triangle region, to serve as a hub for developing advanced technologies to better manage electrical power. A smart grid, as this collection of technologies is called, promises to . . . → Read More: Report: Research Triangle Becoming Smart-Grid R&D Cluster

ARPA-E to Fund $130 Million for New Energy R&D

(Department of Energy)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced the availability of funding of five new research areas in its fourth round of grants for new energy technologies. The projects to be funded will involve rare earth alternatives, biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics.

ARPA-E is modeled after the Defense . . . → Read More: ARPA-E to Fund $130 Million for New Energy R&D

Engineers Research Grid Upgrades to Handle More DC Power

(Brookhaven National Lab)

Engineers at University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania have begun research on upgrades needed in the U.S. electrical grid to better integrate direct current (DC) power in an infrastructure designed for alternating current (AC). Funding for the project includes a recent $600,000 support grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology . . . → Read More: Engineers Research Grid Upgrades to Handle More DC Power

ABB, GM to Research Spent Car Batteries for Grid Storage

Chevy Volt (courtesy, GM)

ABB, a developer of power and automation technologies in Cary, North Carolina, and General Motors will collaborate in a research and development project focused on uses for electric vehicle batteries once their useful life in the vehicle is over.

The project will examine the reuse of spent lithium-ion battery packs . . . → Read More: ABB, GM to Research Spent Car Batteries for Grid Storage

GE Leads $200 Million Smart Grid Challenge

GE and four venture capital companies unveiled a $200 million innovation challenge for ideas to improve and accelerate a smarter and more efficient electrical grid. The challenge is open to ideas from individuals or teams in business or other sectors.

The ideas sought from challenge participants cover three broad themes …

Renewable energy Grid efficiency . . . → Read More: GE Leads $200 Million Smart Grid Challenge

Semiconductor Partnership to Focus on Energy Technologies

Semiconductor Research Corporation, a university-research consortium for semiconductors and related technologies has established a $5 million industry-university partnership to bring new energy systems and technologies to the marketplace. Founding industry members include ABB, Applied Materials, Bosch, First Solar, IBM, Nexans and Tokyo Electron.

The new Energy Research Initiative will team companies from semiconductors and . . . → Read More: Semiconductor Partnership to Focus on Energy Technologies