Nantucket to be powered by a 48 MWh Tesla Powerpack system

November 9, 2017 by  
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Over 10,000 people live on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts . To deal with electricity demand and replace old diesel generators, National Grid is turning to Tesla . They plan to install a 48 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage system (BESS) provided by Elon Musk’s company. Two submarine cables currently power the small island, with two six megawatt (MW) diesel generators as backups should a cable fail. But National Grid said the diesel generators are old and have to be replaced. They’re solving the problem with the BESS and a new diesel generator. Electrek said a 48 MWh system will require more than 200 of Tesla’s Powerpacks , so it will be one of the largest energy storage projects Tesla has tackled so far. Related: New Tesla Powerpack system to offer energy savings of 40-50% With the demand for electricity, and considering the growth forecast, National Grid said Nantucket’s backup systems had to be expanded, and they had originally expected a third submarine cable would be necessary in around 12 years. But thanks to the BESS, they think they can delay the third cable for 15 to 20 years past the 12-year forecast. President of National Grid’s FERC Regulated Businesses and New Energy Solutions Rudy Wynter described the BESS as an effective and efficient solution. The town of Nantucket’s energy coordinator Lauren Sinatra said in a statement, “We are confident that the proposed project, combined with targeted energy-savings programs and other planned electric infrastructure upgrades, will play a transformational role in meeting Nantucket’s near- and long-term energy needs.” Tesla has been busy moving the clean power revolution forward. They’ve made progress on the biggest battery installation in the world : the 100 MW/129 MWh battery system in Australia. They’ve also been among the companies responding to Puerto Rico’s electricity crisis following Hurricane Maria, with Powerwalls and solar power at a children’s hospital . Via National Grid and Electrek Images via Depositphotos and Wikimedia Commons

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Scientists just transmitted data across a national electricity grid for the first time

October 11, 2016 by  
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For the first time anywhere on Earth, UK scientists have successfully transmitted data through a national electricity grid . The achievement marks a leap toward ‘virtual’ power grids which allow homes and businesses to use energy more wisely. Because the system uses the electricity grid itself to send data signals, the technology can be installed and implemented quickly and without the need for additional infrastructure. In a test of 20 receivers on UK’s national grid, 100 percent of the signals sent were successfully received. Technology like this could help people lower their energy bills, cut peaks in energy use that strain the grid, and reduce or even eliminate the need for dirty generators that are often employed to supply extra energy during peak times. The new Grid Data and Measurement System (GDMS) was developed by Reactive Technologies (RT). It works a little bit like a smart thermostat, which monitors usage and sends signals to lower temperature settings in order to conserve energy. On the scale of the national electricity grid, the new data system could instruct a freezer to make a 0.5C temperature increase, or it could signal a water heater to power up in the middle of the night when utility rates are lower. Although the system works with meters reading energy usage, the data is logged anonymously, so homeowners and building managers need not worry about their privacy. Related: Energy 101: What is a smart grid? Reducing energy consumption translates into less wasted energy, boosting the efficiency of the overall grid while promising a direct financial benefit for end users. The UK government’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) estimates that a smart virtual grid could save consumers $9.8 billion (£8bn) each year by 2030. Across a country of 64 million people, that’s a substantial difference. Smart power technology also helps reduce reliance on fossil fuel -based generators, which are often called into action to supply surplus energy during peak usage times. By making smarter use of electricity already flowing through the national grid, the RT data system promises to reduce the strain of peak times by directing all sorts of power-drawing devices, from home appliances to commercial HVAC systems, to run during off-peak times instead. Via The Guardian Images via National Grid and Reactive Technologies

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LED lighting gaining traction in commercial retrofits

February 6, 2013 by  
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Massachusetts-based Atlas Box reduces energy in warehouses by 55 percent thanks to LED lighting retrofits and innovative National Grid finance program.

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Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

December 21, 2012 by  
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It seems that irony is a dish best served coal. The Wales National Coal Mining Museum located in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales has just installed a huge solar panel array to save money. The 400 panels are estimated to offset about $648,000 over the next 25 years. The electricity generated on site will be used to power the facility, and any excess will be sold back to the National Grid, adding another source of income for the museum. Read the rest of Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abergavenny , big pit , blaenavon , china , craig anderson , green technology , India , national grid , Peter Walker , solar panels , UK , Wales , wales national coal mining museum , world heritage site

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Scotland’s Fife Council Calls for a Ban on All Wind Farm Applications

June 26, 2012 by  
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Wind Turbine photo from Shutterstock It’s been a troubling month for wind power in the UK – the government announced plans to cut subsidies for onshore wind farms by 2020 , and now the Scottish council of Fife has called for a temporary suspension on all wind farm applications in order to stop inappropriate and “opportunistic” bids from developers. Fife is now the second Scottish council (after Aberdeenshire ) to stop wind farm applications following claims that developers were ignoring guidelines and besieging landowners with applications. Read the rest of Scotland’s Fife Council Calls for a Ban on All Wind Farm Applications Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , aberdeenshire council , fife council , national grid , scotland wind power , uk wind power , wind energy , Wind Farms

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Pylon of the Future: 6 Designs for an Advanced Electrical Grid

September 17, 2011 by  
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Cape Wind Gets Final Approval, Could Begin Construction This Fall

April 20, 2011 by  
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It’s official:  the U.S. is definitely getting its first offshore wind farm!  Cape Wind has gotten final approval and could begin construction as early as this fall. Yesterday, the Interior department signed off on the construction and operation plan for the large offshore wind farm and said it should send a signal that the U.S

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Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

February 13, 2011 by  
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Flatulence as fuel may sound like a joke, but it’s becoming a reality in Brooklyn. Already in the works, National Grid is building a gas processing facility in Greenpoint, set to open in 2012. The facility will capture the excess methane from the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, which already treats 1.2 million cubic meters of raw sewage everyday

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John Patrick Organic’s Fall 2011 Collection is an Eclectic English-Countryside-Inspired Mix

February 12, 2011 by  
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John Patrick of Organic gave us lots of reasons to actually not mind the NYC chill this afternoon with his cozy knit-filled Fall/Winter 2011 collection .

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Rhode Island Wind Farm Plans Double in Size

December 10, 2010 by  
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A large Rhode Island wind farm project called the Deepwater Wind Energy Center has just gotten bigger.  Deepwater Wind has announced that the project size has now more than doubled from a 100-turbine, 350-MW project, to a 200-turbine, 1,000-MW project!  That makes it one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world. Deepwater Wind says that the new scope of the project will increase the cost of building it to $6 billion, but that the cost of the electricity will go down.  The previous plan had utility National Grid paying 24.4. cents per kWh, but the new plan will lower the price to the mid-teens per kWh, more in line with the Cape Wind agreement that will cost them 18.7 cents per kWh.

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