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COTEVOS Updates White Book “Business Opportunities and Interoperability Assessment for EV Integration”

COTEVOS Updates White Book “Business Opportunities and Interoperability Assessment for EV Integration”

The COTEVOS project (Concepts, capacities and methods for Testing EV systems and their interOperability within Smart Grids) presents an updated version of its white book “Business Opportunities and Interoperability Assessment for EV Integration” aiming to raise the awareness on the integration of Electric Vehicles.
The project ran from September 2013 until February 2016 and involved eleven partners, including DERlab, and three external parties. Led by TECNALIA, COTEVOS developed optimal structures and capacities to test the conformance, interoperability and performance of all systems making up the infrastructure for the charge of EV.

Besides the main topic of interoperability between EV and electric power system, the white book also focuses on technologies for EV integration, potential business models, and the EV system architecture. It further outlines a roadmap for interoperability assessment and interoperability test development. The white book also presents best practices as a valuable insight for industry actors into future EV development on the one hand, as well as insights into ways of enhancing ICT testing capabilities for researchers on the other. The updated version also looks deeper into exploitation aspects of EV integration.

In order to overcome the challenges in EV business development, the white book gives several recommendations to different stakeholders with regards to business models and standards development, plug-test events for standards validation, strategies to develop a pan-European interoperable testing infrastructure, and control strategies for the cost-efficient grid integration of EVs and other distributed energy resources.

You can find the COTEVOS white book available for free download here .

Sandia’s Solar Glitter closer to Market with New Licensing Agreement

Sandia’s Solar Glitter closer to Market with New Licensing Agreement

Power Technology,Inc., founded by a Sandia National Laboratories scientist-turned-entrepreneur, has received a license for a “home-grown” technology that could revolutionise the way solar energy is collected and used. The licensing agreement was signed between mPower Technology Inc. and Sandia for microsystems enabled photovoltaics (MEPV).


mPower focuses on Dragon SCALEs, small, lightweight, flexible solar cells that fit into and power devices or sensors of any shape or size, and is led by Murat Okandan who has worked for Sandia for the last 16 years before he started his own company. MEPV uses microdesign and microfabrication techniques to make miniature solar cells, also known as “solar glitter”. mPower is commercializing MEPV as Dragon SCALEs.

The high-efficiency solar cells can be integrated into satellites and drones, biomedical and consumer electronics, and can be folded like paper for easy transport. The technology is able to leverage the massive silicon PV and microelectronics infrastructure and supply chain already in place in order to deploy solar faster and more cost effectively. The Sandia license will allow mPower to ramp up commercialisation and attract more investment. It further applies to a portion of Sandia’s MEPV intellectual property portfolio associated with silicon solar cells.

Read the original press release here.

INESC TEC: Application open for Postdoctoral and Research Grants on Enhancing Smart Grids for Sustainability

INESC TEC: Application open for Postdoctoral and Research Grants on Enhancing Smart Grids for Sustainability

INESCTEC

INESC TEC is accepting applications for two grants on the topic of Enhancing Smart Grids for Sustainability.

Power Event at DTU on 4 May, 2017

Power Event at DTU on 4 May, 2017

The Center for Electric Power and Energy is organising a Power Event at the Risø Campus of DTU on 4 May, 2017.

Delegates from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) will give a talk on “Enhancing the Role of Distribution Networks for Unleashing Their Full Potential”.

The event is open for everyone. Please send an email in advance to Anne Due (atdue@elektro.dtu.dk).

More information can be found here.

DNV GL launches Smart Cable Guard 2.0 to locate and prevent outages in a more digitalised power grid

DNV GL launches Smart Cable Guard 2.0 to locate and prevent outages in a more digitalised power grid

As the number of renewables and smart electronics added to the electricity network is constantly increasing, the power grid must cope with more dynamic stress each year. Grid operators need to be able to locate and respond to faults in the grid quickly, in order to prevent power outages and to keep the electricity network reliable and affordable.

DERlab member DNV GL has launched its upgraded Smart Cable Guard 2.0, which is a data-driven online monitoring solution. Smart Cable Guard 2.0 enables system operators to digitalize their operations and to repair weak spots before the grid fails. This will keep power grids safe and reliable, resulting up to 25% fewer failures compared to traditional methods.

Read the original press release here.

NREL Researchers lend their DER Integration Expertise to IEEE Power & Energy Magazine’s March/April Issue

NREL Researchers lend their DER Integration Expertise to IEEE Power & Energy Magazine’s March/April Issue

The March/April issue of IEEE Power & Energy Magazine features new ideas and solutions on how to tackle challenges and take advantage of the opportunities of more distributed energy on the grid. The issue also presents case studies and lessons learned from those on the front lines.

NREL's Barry Mather served as guest editor for this issue which includes two articles by NREL staff. One of them is “Achieving a 100% Renewable Grid: Operating Electric Power Systems with Extremely High Levels of Variable Renewable Energy”.

Read the whole IEEE March/April issue here.

Original source by NREL.

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