High power transmission lines cross the Superstition Wilderness area like giant robots who control the world.

Data show that Germany’s grid is one of the world’s most reliable

Monday, June 8, 2015

As the share of renewables in Germany’s electricity mix approaches 30%, the country’s power grid appears to be going strong. According to data released by the Bundesnetzagentur (Germany’s grid regulator), the country’s power grid remained one of the world’s most reliable in 2013. In fact, total unplanned outage time was down from 21.53 minutes in 2006 to 15.32 minutes in 2013. Overall,... 

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Data show that Germany’s grid is one of the world’s most reliable

High power transmission lines cross the Superstition Wilderness area like giant robots who control the world.

As the share of renewables in Germany’s electricity mix approaches 30%, the country’s power grid appears to be going strong. According to data released by the Bundesnetzagentur (Germany’s grid regulator), the country’s power grid remained one of the world’s most reliable in 2013. In fact, total unplanned outage time was down from 21.53 minutes in 2006 to 15.32 minutes in 2013. Overall,... Read More

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Energy efficient buildings – beware possible health risks

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Energy efficient buildings – beware possible health risks Melissa C. Lott, UCL The primary goal of home energy efficiency initiatives might be to reduce total energy consumption, but these projects could have a negative impact on public health if we do not take care. Global climate change has been called the biggest global public health threat of the 21st century – and energy efficiency is a key... Read More

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Will Solar Float to the Rescue in Japan?

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Land-constraints and a massive nuclear shutdown have intensified the debate over where to put new electricity generation capacity in Japan. Solar has risen to the forefront, as its panels take to the water. In the fall, the Kyocera, Century Tokyo Leasing, and Ciel et Terre announced their plans to build two floating solar power stations in the Hyogo prefecture in Western Japan. These two solar... Read More

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U.S. petroleum exports rise while East Coast continues to import

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Petroleum product exports are on track for another banner year, with total exports climbing to a 3.7 million barrels per day (bbpd) average for 2014 from just under 3.5 million bbpd in 2013. However, on the East Coast, imports for some fuels increased by almost 50% in the first half of 2014. According to a report published on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. exports of... Read More

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Photo Friday: Electric Utilities for the Household

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This Westinghouse advertisement was published in The Literary Digest on November 30, 1918. The text reads as follows: Westinghouse ELECTRIC UTILITIES FOR THE HOUSEHOLD Fuel and Labor Many are the steps that electrical appliances save, and many the tasks they lighten. More important, however, under present day conditions are the saving of feel and the releasing of labor which electricity is everywhere... Read More

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Photo Friday: Transporting Nuclear Waste

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The Transuranic Package Transporter (TRUPACT-II) is a specialized tractor-trailor used for radioactive waste. The design for the containers in this rig was originally approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use in 1989. In this photograph, the TRUPACT-II is shown entering the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear waste isolation pilot plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Photo... Read More

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Photo Friday: El Segundo Steam Station (December 1968)

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This photograph is a part of the online photography exhibit “Form and Landscape,” a collaborative project from William Deverell and Greg Hise. In this exhibit, Deverell and Hise share some of the more than 70,000 photos currently held by The Huntington Library in their Southern California Edison archive. These archives document the electrification of the greater Los Angeles area, with photographs... Read More

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Photo Friday: Beer for Biofuels

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Algae-based biofuels offer a potential solution to many of the concerns related to corn-based biofuels in the United States, including the food-versus-fuel debate. In Colorado, Superior Ecotech has developed technology that grows algae using the carbon dioxide released through brewing beer. The team’s hoped to use their algae oils to produce cost-effective and sustainable biofuels. After winning... Read More

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Photo Friday: Student team doubles the capacity of existing solar arrays

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The integrated circuit design pictured above was designed by Unified Solar, a student lead team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who won the regional price of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition at the MIT Clean Energy Prize at the end of April. The team claims that their design will double the average energy capture for solar arrays with... Read More

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Photo Friday: Order Coal Now (1918)

This poster of a man shoveling coal from a cart was created by J.C. Leyendecker for the Saturday Evening Post magazine. It was created with sponsorship from the United States Federal Fuel Administration. This World War I era agency that was orginally established in 1917 via the Food and Fuel Control Act, in part to address concerns over winter fuel shortages with responsibilities including setting... Read More