Nova Scotia Power pioneers new energy storage system using Tesla Powerpacks

February 19, 2018 by  
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Nova Scotia Power has established a pilot project that utilizes Tesla’s Powerpack 2 home batteries and their utility-grade Powerpack batteries to form an improved energy storage system for local wind power. Based in Elmsdale, the Intelligent Feed Project aims to bridge any gaps found in the electrical grid by installing Powerpacks where wind turbines are generating surplus energy. These batteries would allow power to be stored for later use, perhaps when there is a power outage or a windless day. While the Powerpack’s expansion into Nova Scotia isn’t quite as massive as its application in places like South Australia , this latest move demonstrates its potential to improve energy storage in power grids. The Elmsdale battery station will serve 300 homes, 10 of which will have Tesla Powerpack 2 batteries. Partially funded by the Canadian government, the trial program will begin at the end of February and will continue until 2019. The physical infrastructure of Powerpacks will remain even after the trial has ended. If the trial is successful, Nova Scotia Power may decide to offer additional programs to local communities. Related: Nantucket to be powered by a 48 MWh Tesla Powerpack system Simply bringing the Powerpacks into the homes and neighborhoods of Elmsdale seems to be having a positive impact on engagement in clean energy infrastructure. “The Powerwall, that was something I hadn’t heard about,” said homeowner Mark Candow . “I was definitely intrigued.” The ease-of-installation and the interactive app provided by Tesla are certainly selling points for consumers. “The ability to monitor their home usage is really making them think more about how they’re using electricity in their home,” said smart grid engineer Rob Boone , “and I think it’s going to make them more energy efficient .” Via Engadget Images via Nova Scotia Power

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Nova Scotia’s Sacred Albino Moose Killed by Visiting Hunters

October 16, 2013 by  
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Three hunters have sparked outrage both online and amongst the indigenous Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia by killing a rare albino moose that is considered sacred. The three unnamed hunters were unaware of the animal’s spiritual significance when they killed it in the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia, Canada. It was only after photos caused a backlash on Facebook (which have since been taken down) that the trio realized the gravity of their mistake. Read the rest of Nova Scotia’s Sacred Albino Moose Killed by Visiting Hunters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Albino Moose , canada , Cape Breton Highlands , Hunters , Mi’kmaq , Nova Scotia , Sacred Animal , Spirit Animal , taxidermy , Trophy Head , Unamaki Institute of Natural Resources , White Moose        

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17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan

October 16, 2013 by  
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A “once-in-a-decade” typhoon has hit the Japanese coast, and while its winds weakened from a peak of 130-156 mph—Category 4 status—heavy rain and landslides have claimed 17 lives on Oshima Island and caused over 20,000 to evacuate from Japan’s eastern coast. Meanwhile the threat of flooding and storm surge brought about by typhoon Wipha has put the operators of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on alert as efforts are undertaken to prevent further leaks of irradiated water. Read the rest of 17 Dead, Fukushima on Alert as Typhoon Wipha Hits Japan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , environmental destruction , evacuation , flooding , Fukushima , global warming , infrastructure , Japan , landslide , natural disaster , oshima island , rainfall , TEPCO , Tokyo , tokyo electric and power , typhoon , typhoon wipha        

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Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown

October 16, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock When the government shut its doors, the national parks closed down with it, which means that no one can see the Statue of Liberty, check out the presidents at Mount Rushmore or visit Delicate Arch in Utah (no one except oil and gas companies , that is). But a few state governors decided not to take the situation sitting down. Governors from New York, Utah, Colorado and others have petitioned the Obama administration to open their national parks during the federal government shutdown on the condition that each state will foot its own bill. Read the rest of Some States Petition to Re-Open National Parks During Government Shutdown Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arches national park reopens , Colorado national parks , Federal government shutdown , federal parks close , federal parks shutdown , furloughed national park employees , government shutdown , government shutdown 2013 , national parks , National Parks closed , National parks reopen , New York national parks , state budget , states open parks , states reopen national parks , statue of liberty reopens , Utah national parks        

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Skye Halifax Green Skyscrapers To Be the Tallest Towers in Nova Scotia

October 12, 2011 by  
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The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is renowned for its natural beauty and fisheries, but it isn’t as well known for its skyscrapers. After all, the tallest building in Halifax, the capital city, has just 32 floors. That could all change if developer United Gulf Developments Ltd. gains approval to build Skye Halifax , a pair of curved, 48-story towers that are planned for downtown Halifax. The towers, designed by Toronto-based architectsAlliance , are meant to resemble the sails of a ship in a nod to the city’s maritime history. Read the rest of Skye Halifax Green Skyscrapers To Be the Tallest Towers in Nova Scotia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architectsAlliance , canada , geothermal , Green Building , green roof , high rises , leed certified , Nova Scotia , Skye Halifax , skyscrapers

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Modern Cocoon Fireplaces Have a Thermal Energy Rating of 75%

October 12, 2011 by  
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Now that fall is well underway, Cocoon Fires have launched their ultra modern fireplaces, which offer an environmentally friendly alternative to coal-guzzling fires. Featuring an immaculate curved spherical form, these sleek fireplaces are not only a unique concept, but have a thermal energy efficiency rating of more than 75%. Read the rest of Modern Cocoon Fireplaces Have a Thermal Energy Rating of 75% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cocoon fires , energy efficient fires , environmentally friendly fires , green fires , italian fire design , modern fires , steel fires

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