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Expectation vs. Reality

By Marcus Torchia – 1 Comment

Breathe deeply, clear your mind, go to your happy place. This blog will only take a moment to read and will be good for your health. If you are tuned into the smart grid ether, a wave has emerged carrying the notion of a market slowdown in smart grid activity.  Interpret what you may of this 'slowdown' but broadly I'm referring to market momentum. Specifically, I am referring to information & communication technology investments applied to the electric grid, which together forms the basis of the co

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ClearEdge Power Aims for the UPS Market

By Sam Jaffe

Fuel cells tend to be very good at providing slow and steady power, but quite poor at calibrating power generation up or down quickly in response to load demands. That's why they have not had a big impact yet on the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) market: such systems need to be prepared to send a massive surge of power immediately after the grid goes down. A new product introduced today by ClearEdge Power turns that requirement on its head.


The state of utility industry in Asia is far from ideal - at least that is what twenty-odd senior professionals from mainly Australia & New Zealand utility industry think. At the "Utility Leaders Think Tank" organized as part of the "Smart Utility Australia & New Zealand 2011" in Sydney earlier this month, the delegates brainstormed over the industry drivers, challenges, initiatives, maturity of factors conducive to smart grid roll outs and impact of emerging technologies in Asia over the next three

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Our visit to Málaga's SmartCity Center

By Daniella Muallem

"Smart" has been on the agenda for some time, but so far there are only a handful of examples, for which  a comprehensive array of smart technologies are being deployed together in an integrated way.  One of the most pioneering projects in Europe is Málaga's SmartCity project, which I visited last week during the NGU Europe Summit, along with a group of European utility executives. Smartcity Málaga, which is headed by Endesa, in partnership with Enel, is aiming to reduce energy consu

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An article in today's Sunday New York Times titled "Turn on the Server It's Cold Inside" caught my eye since it seemed to imply that servers could be used to provide space heating for homes.  Combined heat and power (CHP) systems have long been used to generate electricity and use the waste heat for other purposes, especially for industrial processes.  In some instances microCHP systems have attempted to use waste heat for residential space heating.  So why not use waste heat from servers for


Despite the fact that solar electricity has been around for decades, the technology still has tremendous potential for improvement in both cost and performance. I recently had the opportunity to sit in on the NREL Growth Forum in Denver, Colorado, where I heard a few solar startups give their pitches for additional funding before a panel of venture capitalists. Even after accounting for aggressive device performance predictions and wildly optimistic revenue projections, I saw concrete ideas that could produ

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As IDC Energy Insights, we have been following the development of Smart Cities around the world very keenly over the last several years, and just last month we published the first application of our IDC Smart Cities Index in Spain (IDC Energy Insights Pioneers the IDC Smart Cities Index ..... with First-Time Application in Spain). Last Friday I had the amazing opportunity to visit Évora, a city located in the south of Portugal around 130km from Lisbon, Portugal's capital. Évora is a beautiful

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Electrons don't like to sit still. That's why the electricity grid has developed over the last 150 years without the benefit of energy storage. Energy storage is--in whatever form it might take--an elaborate attempt at getting electrons to behave while in a passive state. It's been clear for thousands of years that energy storage is physically possible. What has held it back from widespread adoption (outside of fossil fuels and consumer electronics batteries) has been safety. Safety can be achieved, but the

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Today another group of software veterans (including Dana Jones formerly with Vignette, Scott Harmon former CEO of AlterPoint, and Scott Jones formerly with Computer Science Corporation) announced an energy management solution for the commercial and industrial building sector.  Noesis Energy is officially launched thanks to a $6.5M investment  backed by a $50M commitment from Austin Ventures.  This cloud-based, community-centric software platform will enable users to identify the inefficiencie

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