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KU Leuven Once Again Leads Ranking of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities

KU Leuven Once Again Leads Ranking of Europe’s Most Innovative Universities

For the second year in a row, KU Leuven leads the Reuters ranking of Europe’s most innovative universities.

According to Reuters, “KU Leuven earned its first-place rank, in part, by producing a high volume of influential inventions. Its researchers submit more patents than most other universities on the continent, and outside researchers frequently cite KU Leuven inventions in their own patent applications.”


The Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge are second and third on the list. Belgium had six universities in total in the top 100.
Rankings like this one increase the confidence of potential partners, investors, faculty, and students that an institution is really transforming science and technology and affecting the global economy. The criteria focused on academic papers, which indicate basic research performed at a university; and patent filings, which point to an institution’s interest in protecting and commercializing its discoveries.

Read the original press release here.

Enel Operates World’s First “Plug and Play” Micro-Grid Powered by Solar PV and Hydrogen-based Storage

Enel Operates World’s First “Plug and Play” Micro-Grid Powered by Solar PV and Hydrogen-based Storage

Enel through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile Ltda. (EGPC) has started operations at the world’s first 100% emission-free “plug-and-play” commercial-sized micro-grid powered by solar PV as well as hydrogen-based and lithium-based storage.
The facility is currently meeting part of the energy needs of the camp that hosts over 600 technicians working at the company’s geothermal plant Cerro Pabellón in the Antofagasta region, located in the North of Chile.


The micro-grid comprises a 125 kWp solar PV facility combined with two energy storage systems, one based on hydrogen and the other based on lithium, for a total storage capacity exceeding 580kWh. Enel’s hybrid facility is able to turn intermittent solar power into a steady energy source, boosting the micro-grid’s flexibility and stability. Moreover, an innovative micro-grid controller optimises the electricity flows produced by the PV modules making sure that such flows are efficiently shared between the two storage systems in order to guarantee continuous availability of the power supply.

Systems like this micro-grid can supply 24 hours of green energy a day, with no need for back-up diesel generators, to potentially any location, as they can be easily moved between places and work both on-grid and off-grid. This “plug and play” solution can be particularly useful to ensure energy access in remote, poorly electrified areas.

Read the original press release here.

NREL and EDF Co-Evaluate Microgrid Controller

NREL and EDF Co-Evaluate Microgrid Controller

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NREL participated in and provided technical input at an evaluation stage of a microgrid controller at EDF’s Concept Grid test facility.

The Concept Grid is a smart-grid test facility designed to anticipate and facilitate the transition from electricity distribution systems to smart grids. The EDF test setup included a 50-kW, 106-kWh battery with an inverter, 12-kW and 8-kW PV inverters, and controllable loads. The EDF evaluation followed NREL hardware-in-the-loop simulations of the performance of the controller, which was carried out by installing the controller in the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) of NREL.

The project for which the testing was performed aims to develop commercially viable and flexible microgrid controllers that can easily adapt to different end-user applications. Microgrids can create a more resilient electric grid by disconnecting from the main grid during disturbances, such as outages, and operate independently. NREL’s hardware-in-the-loop simulations can confirm the performance of microgrids and microgrid controllers before they are actually deployed.

Read the original press release or click here for more information on this project.

NREL’s Grid Modernisation Research in 2016

NREL’s Grid Modernisation Research in 2016

NREL’s Power Systems Engineering Center published 47 journal and magazine articles in the past year highlighting recent research in grid modernisation, all available in a new report.
 


The articles can be grouped into four categories:

  • Integrated Devices and Systems Research
  • Power System Design and Planning Research
  • Power Systems Operations and Controls Research
  • Sensing, Measurement, and Forecasting Research

Read the entire report here.

Enel Begins Operation of New 150MW Wind Farm in the US

Enel Begins Operation of New 150MW Wind Farm in the US

Enel S.p.A., through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGPNA), has started operations of Lindahl wind farm, which is Enel’s first project in the state of North Dakota.

Lindahl has an installed capacity of 150 MW and can generate approximately 625 GWh annually. This is equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 50,000 U.S. households, while avoiding the emission of about 450,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. The overall investment in the construction of the new facility amounted to over 220 million US dollars.

EGPNA is present in 23 US states and two Canadian provinces and focuses on four different renewable energy technologies: wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower. Lindahl is the second EGPNA wind farm to begin operations this year and enriches Enel’s global wind portfolio.

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Participate in Online Hearing for DNV GL’s Recommended Pratice on Grid-Connected Energy Storage Systems “GRIDSTOR”

Participate in Online Hearing for DNV GL’s Recommended Pratice on Grid-Connected Energy Storage Systems “GRIDSTOR”

 
Last year DNV GL has started updating the DNVGL-RP-0043 “GRIDSTORE”, the international Recommended Practice on grid-connected energy storage systems, to optimise safety, operation and performance of grid-connected energy storage systems.

All energy storage stakeholders are now invited to provide feedback on the updated GRIDSTOR RP before its publication by participating in the online hearing.


The purpose of this review is to increase quality, acceptance and awareness of the updated recommendations through interaction with industry stakeholders. Various topics are being added, expanded or refined, such as additional technologies, microgrids, cyber security, FAT/SAT testing, warranties, bankability and many more. Benefits of participating include being informed about the updated RP content well before publication, being able to bring up comments and suggestions for improvement that will be considered before publication, and possible industry visibility through official acknowledgement in the document used worldwide.

For more information and to participate in the online hearing, please click here.

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