Distributed Power Articles

  • As renewable electricity is added to the grid, are power markets misfiring?

    When increasing megawatt-hours of variable solar and wind energy began coursing through the grid, the initial concern was an operational one—could grid reliability be maintained. But it turns out those megawatt-hours are creating market challenges, as well. What needs to be done to right the markets? Travis Kavulla, vice chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission, and Albert Cheung, ...

  • The Power of 243 Vertical Wells

    This is a comparison of a Horizontal Remediation System and a Verticle Well System at a theoretical site with an area of 388,800 ft2   where with a Radius of Influence (ROI) of 20 feet, 12 Horizontal Remediation Wells, depending on plume geometry, can cover the same area as 243 vertical wells with the same ROI per well. Not only ...

  • North of Scotland shines for Moray ‘super-solar’ site

    A massive solar project in Moray which could provide enough electricity to power the whole of Elgin demonstrates that the north of Scotland is a prime location for this type of renewable energy solution. The ambitious energy project will use around 200,000 solar PV panels and will provide enough electricity for 21,000 homes. It is being planned by Elgin Energy at the former RAF airfield at ...


    By AES Ltd

  • Geli Keeps the Lights On When Utilities Can’t - Case Study

    Challenge Imagine you’ve found the perfect plot of land and construction has started on your dream home, but in order to turn the lights on it will cost an additional $250,000. That’s exactly what happened to one couple in Marin county in Northern California. When local utility Pacific Gas & Electric quoted an exorbitant price to extend grid power to their new home, the ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Geli Enables BMW EV Demand Response Program - Case Study

    Challenge BMW Technology Group planned to launch a ground-breaking electric vehicle (EV) program called i ChargeForward that would allow individual BMW i3 owners to earn money by participating in demand response (DR) events. However, in order for BMW to participate in Pacific Gas & Electric’s day-ahead and real-time DR markets, it needed to guarantee 100 kilowatts (kW) of demand ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • How do Photovoltaic Cells Actually Work?

    Solar power is an abundant renewable source that could be the solution to our future energy needs, but just how does a solar array produce the electricity that powers our lives? The short answer is that, through a solar panel, photons (light particles) are able to knock electrons off atoms and this causes a flow of electricity. The long ...


    By Institut für Solartechnik

  • How to Choose a Site for a Shipping Container

    In our Renters Guide, we discussed many things to consider when renting or leasing a storage/shipping container.  Once you’ve made the decision that you need a shipping container, you will need to figure out where to place it.   There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a site.  They include: Accessibility ...


    By Pac-Van, Inc.

  • The three S approach to uncertainty

    Life seems to be getting more and more uncertain. We are being warned about a Brexit rollercoaster and the oil price, at least in percentage terms, seems to be doing a good impersonation of an elevator; up one minute, down the next. All this uncertainty makes decision-making complex , especially when they concern long-life assets. Against this background I have been thinking about the question of ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity

    Power companies that take initiative now can position themselves for a bright future in tomorrow’s clean energy economy The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Come out swinging in defense of the status quo or boldly jump into the cockpit, put on the ...


    By Ensia

  • Case Study - Aluto Langano Power Plant Rehabilitation

    Aluto Langano, Ethiopia – 2007 The Aluto Langano Geothermal Pilot Plant (ALGPP) is located on the Aluto volcanic complex of the Ethiopian Rift valley, close to the eastern escarpment between Lake Langano and Lake Ziway, some 200 km southeast of Addis Ababa. The Aluto volcanic complex is a young acidic system consisting of domes, lava, and pyroclastic interbeds. The geothermal field was ...

  • Case Study - 30MW Single Flash Power Plant and 20 MW Expansion

    Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea – 2005 In December 2003, Lihir Management Company awarded GDA a contract for supply and site supervision for a 30MW (net) geothermal power plant. In 2005, Lihir contracted with GDA for an additional 20 MW of plant equipment. The picture at the right shows the main power house and annex under construction. The power house is the larger open section which ...

  • Customer case: Telenor reaps the benefits of remote power

    The Norwegian telco operator Telenor applies Eltek's "remote power" concept in their mobile network, distributing 380 V DC to Remote Radio Units (RRUs) - with significant documented savings as a result. In collaboration with Eltek, the Telenor Technology Centre has developed a solution for High Voltage Distribution which offers completely new opportunities and savings for the development of the ...


    By Eltek AS

  • AST regional fuel distribution and services provider – Case Study

    The Challenge This Tanknology client is one of the largest regional wholesale petroleum marketers in the US, currently operating 15 bulk-fueling locations with more than 100 Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs), supplies, fuel and lubricants to thousands of clients across multiple states. The company is an expansion mode, with frequent acquisitions. Tanknology historically has supported the ...


    By Tanknology Inc.

  • Power Of Partnerships In Sports Greening

    Professional and collegiate sports teams, and their leagues, develop vital partnerships to green their venues, operations and supply chain, while engaging fans to adopt sustainable behaviors. An overarching theme of the 2016 Green Sports Alliance Summit, June 28-30 in Houston, Texas, is The Power of Partnerships. “Throughout the program speakers will share how unique partnerships are ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Twelve principles for introducing sustainable energy storage to the electrical grid

    Researchers have provided a set of guidelines to help policymakers, designers and operators develop sustainable solutions for energy-storage systems for electricity grids. The guidelines cover a range of energy-storage technologies and grid-integration options. As societies move towards decarbonising the world’s energy supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy storage is ...

  • Electricity: are we at the tipping point?

    On Wednesday 9 March, Durham Alumni and former Energy Institute (EI) President, Ian Marchant delivered a thoroughly engaging speech on the future of electricity. Co-hosted by Durham Energy Institute (DEI) and the EI, the event was very well attended and attracted a range of students, graduates, professionals and retired engineers. Ian’s presentation began with a review of the rapid & ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Large-scale PV power plants : Maintenance Pays Off

    Large-scale PV power plants are an investment in the future. Careful planning and SMA technology perfectly adapted to operator needs ensure that every plant is profitable and produces high yields. Regular maintenance is necessary to guarantee all plant components run safely and optimally, long term. They prevent smaller and larger defects from being overlooked and thus exert a considerable ...


    By SMA Solar

  • 7 Theses on Storage Systems in Commercial Applications

    Solar storage systems are now the focus of attention more than ever before. The application areas are as different as the requirements. While private PV system operators work toward optimizing self-consumption, storage systems in industry are mainly used to provide control reserve and thus ensure grid stability. In commercial storage ...


    By SMA Solar

  • Seagull Deterrent System to a Power Company

    Eco Environmental installed anti bird netting on large expanse of roof while allowing maintenance access Background Eco Environmental Services Ltd were introduced to the Bristol Office on the recommendation of their own staff at Taunton where we had previously completed a successful roof net. ...

  • Developing Decentralised Distributed Generation in Africa

    Many countries in the developed world created power generation networks based upon large centralised power generation stations with significant investment in power transmission and distribution networks. From the African context this has not happened yet there is a huge need to increase power generation capacity. The thought of addressing this through a small number of large gas, ...


    By Clarke Energy

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