January 29, 2018
When you think of the current threat environment that developed nations face, one of the last things normally mentioned is the power grid. Power grids are an essential part of any developed and developing countries in so that without it, the country would be unable to operate like it should. Communications would be cut off, hospitals and other essential services would slowly be weened[…]
January 22, 2018
Dreaming of Alternative Energy In 1901, Serbian inventor Nikola Tesla outlined his plans for wireless distribution of clean, free energy. His Wardenclyffe Tower on Long Island was but the first structure built to test his idyllic system upon a planned utopian community called Radio City. Alas financier J.P. Morgan pulled the plug on Tesla’s dream, concerned that energy consumption should not be free for[…]
January 17, 2018
Introduction The Blockchain has allowed cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin to flourish without the need for banks or governments. Ensuring of instant payment on delivery of goods and services agreed to in immutable smart contracts. However, the technology is developing beyond the digital currency phase. The evolution of the energy market is one of the most exciting to date. The world’s energy demand is forecast[…]
January 8, 2018
The principles of gamification have been applied in user-centric product and process design to influence participant behavior. Many of the applications have been in the form of software design or online marketing programs. But can these same principles, which have been used successfully in other areas, be applied to large challenges such as electrical load management across a utility’s grid?
November 27, 2017
Despite a challenging political climate in the US, the renewables energy sector is growing. So too is the market for electric vehicles, but while both of these advances will help to mitigate our effects on the environment, what impact will they have on the stability of the grid and what should utilities firms be doing now to prepare themselves for these impacts? In 2016,[…]
November 23, 2017
At times, electric vehicles have proved a conundrum to consumers looking to contribute to a greener environment. Although you can get them down to zero emissions, many people are wondering if an accelerated demand for EVs will trigger a greater consumption of fossil fuels. Approximately 41% of electricity worldwide is fueled by coal, with some of the biggest producers, like China, rising each year[…]
October 11, 2017
It’s hard to imagine life on earth without electricity. In fact, electricity has become so ingrained in our daily lives, that it is pretty much impossible to imagine living without it. Power grid systems, a critical resource for any nation, ensure uninterrupted power supply to keep our homes, workplaces, and gadgets running. One of the major threats to the power grid is, which has[…]
September 4, 2017
Electric utilities are seeking solutions to problems resulting from clustered electric vehicle charging. Electricity generation is not an obstacle, instead it is at the local level, the so called ‘the last mile’, that the problem occurs. Local distribution grids are not built to accommodate the huge spikes in demand where electric cars will be particularly prevalent. Transformers, which connect every home and business to the power grid, are the most vulnerable and affected elements of the system. Most residential transformers serve between 10 and 50kVA of load, a single plug-in vehicle (PEV) with a 240V (Level 2) charging system consumes approximately 7kVa.
August 28, 2017
The market for electric vehicles (EV) is growing and is expected to reach 3.8 million by 2020. Tesla and other players are expanding the production of electric vehicles to meet the rising demand. The EV models are becoming more affordable as a result, which in turn fuels the adoption even further. The charging infrastructure has been growing along, often supported by local governments. But how will the shift to electric vehicles impact the grid? Are the utilities prepared to accommodate this extra load? What will happen to peak demand? And can the grid benefit from wider electric cars deployment?
July 24, 2017
Electric Utility led EV incentive programs help grid stability, reduce emissions, manage costs, and provide greater efficiency
The United States has come to realize the benefits offered by cost-saving, emissions-limiting renewable energies such as electric vehicles (EV). EVs, indeed, are the most-tangible, fastest-growing example of renewables’ momentum, offering a multitude of benefits for consumers, businesses, utilities, and the environment. With utilities incentivizing consumers and joining states and the federal government in supporting the rise of EVs, it is important to understand[…]