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Thursday, 26h of March - Dean Frankel, Research Associate at Lux Research: Emerging Technologies and their Commercialization - Storage | 7:30 pm | 414 Sindeband (CEPSR) - Lux Research is a company that evaluates emerging technologies and advises companies on how to use them to gain a competitive edge.
Monday, 30th of March - Dr. Joe Woo, Research Scientist at Columbia's Sustainable Engineering Lab. Energy 101 Series: A Hands-On Introduction to Solar, Wind and Storage | 6:00 pm | TBD -With all this talk about renewables and their bright future, do you actually understand the technologies?
Thursday, 9th of April - Panel Event: Powering the Future, A Portfolio of Modern Technologies | 4:30 pm | Davis Auditorium - CEEC's Spring Signature Event: This panel event will cover the different emerging energy technologies that are to play an important role in the future.
Thursday, 16th of April - David Biello, Associate Editor for Environment & Energy at Scientific American Magazine: Battle Over Solar Power, Prospects of Low Carbon Energy and Anthropocene | 6:00 pm | TBD
In 1919 the German physicist Albert Betz published an upper limit to the power that could be theoretically produced with wind turbines that acted as obstacles to the wind stream.
Today, however, a few companies, among which is the noteworthy Ogin, with its down-to-earth project focused on implementation, are trying o to use concepts learned from the aerospace industry to overcome this physical limit.
The catch is surprisingly simple: while Betz created a model that characterized the wind turbine as a diverting obstacle that would only partly convert the kinetic energy contained in the stream that goes through it to electricity, the innovative approach uses a set of interestingly looking static nozzles and diffusers to, first, direct more flow into the device and, second, accelerate it in order to take the most out of the available energy.
According to the company, this technology also allows for the creation of vortexes that, without losing the capacity of providing power, end up to decrease the wake of the devices, allowing them to be installed closer to each other and, therefore, increase the density of power generation of plants that, due to the smaller size of the turbine, may need a larger number of them for the same production as the humongous traditional wind turbine design.
Their cost efficient modular design approach seems to have brought a breath of fresh air to issues faced by the industry such as increasing the limits of the wind speed to which wind turbines may operate, decreasing the number of moving parts (responsible for mechanical losses and the well known noise experienced by those devices), and contributing to distributed power market, since these equipments can be put in highly populated areas.
Learn more on Ogin's wind technology, watch the video below and access their website.
Check out other disruptive wind technologies
Makani Power: Energy Kites
This Google owned company is working to accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy by developing energy kites, a new type of wind turbine that uses lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software.
By using a strong flexible tether, energy kites can reach higher altitudes (80-350 meters) and eliminate 90% of the materials of conventional wind turbines, resulting in lower costs. The kite is launched from the ground station by the rotors, which act like propellers on a helicopter.
Once in the air, the kite generates power by flying in large circles where the wind is strong and consistent. Air moving across rotors mounted on the kite forces them to rotate, driving a generator to produce electricity, which travels down the tether to the grid.
Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the mission to deploy the world’s first commercial airborne wind turbine.
The developed technology of Buoyant Airborne Turbines (BAT) integrates aerospace and wind turbine technology in four main components: a hellium filled, durable fabric Shell; a conventional three blade horizontal axis Wind Turbine; lightweight, high strength Tethers to hold turbine in place in all weather conditions and bring power to the ground; and a Ground Station with autonomous control systems and power conditioning equipment.
The concept behind Altaeros BAT is the harnessing of higher altitude winds, known to be more consistent and reliable. In addition, high altitude winds can average around twice the velocity, resulting in five to eight times the power density, when compared to ground level winds.
Global energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014 Green News
Data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn.
Hawaii is On Course to Go 100% Renewable by 2040 Wind, biomass and geothermal
Hawaii is on track to pass legislation this year requiring the state to go 100 percent renewable by 2040. Earlier this month, committees in the Hawaii House and Senate both unanimously recommended bills that would raise the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from the current target of 70 percent by 2030 to the ultimate goal of 100 percent by 2040. Hawaii has had an RPS since 2001, and right now the state gets just over 21 percent of its power from renewable sources — a 12 percent increase in just six years.
Oil CEOs said to ask Obama administration to lift export ban
About a dozen U.S. drilling executives, including ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance, were in Washington this week trying to persuade White House officials and lawmakers to lift the 40-year ban on U.S. oil exports, according to two people familiar with the meetings. Read more: PowerSource
Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab in Canada opens Smart Grid
Schneider Electric with Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy and the Ontario Ministry of Energy have officially launched the Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab. The SESG Lab is Canada's first university-based smart grid and alternative energy research and development facility, according to a Ryerson University press release. It will be used for both commercial and academic projects, and all parties involved hope it will drive a new era of technologies for utilities.