The Energy Cloud

April 30th, 2015

Profound technology changes across the electrical grid are ushering in an era of decentralized electrons. This emerging energy cloud landscape, a concept that borrows from cloud computing, represents a range of technical, commercial, environmental, and regulatory changes that challenge the traditional hub-and-spoke grid architecture. Fueling this shift are the steady increase in distributed energy resources […]


Free Heating

April 30th, 2015

The Nerdalize heater contains high-performance servers in the form of a radiator and allows for them to be placed in your home safely and secure. As Nerdalize covers the cost of electricity, the heat generated by computations, such as medical research, heat your home for free. Together with Eneco, one of the largest energy suppliers […]


Wind power without horizon pollution

April 28th, 2015

One of the goals of the Dutch company Ampyx Power is to create a wind power product that produces little horizon pollution and can be a replacement for wind turbines. The product that they develop, PowerPlane is a novel and ground-breaking wind energy technology allowing sustainable production of power at significantly lower costs than fossil-fuelled […]


Energy Storage Enabling Technologies

April 28th, 2015

The grid-tied energy storage market is poised to take off. However, pricing remains inconsistent and economies of scale have yet to translate into accessible system costs for the end user. Energy storage systems (ESSs) consist of a core storage technology—such as an advanced battery or a flywheel—as well as power conversion systems, software, and controls. […]


Rapidly falling costs of battery packs for electric vehicles

April 28th, 2015

To properly evaluate the prospects for commercially competitive battery electric vehicles (BEV) one must have accurate information on current and predicted cost of battery packs. The literature reveals that costs are coming down, but with large uncertainties on past, current and future costs of the dominating Li-ion technology1, 2, 3. This paper presents an original […]