New technology

Analysis and announcements of any and all new energy innovation and technological grid developments within the energy sector. This includes any products and solutions within the grid research and development phase, testing or currently in use. New technology includes but is not limited to e-mobility, energy storage, grid enhancements, IoT, digitalisation, smart meters, clean energy, renewable energy, distributed energy etc.

UK storage

UK: Diamond battery could store energy for thousands of years

Scientists at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) are working with academics at the University of Bristol to make diamond batteries, which could provide decades or thousands of years’ worth of energy without a recharge.
Scotland wave energy

Work starts on new Scottish wave energy prototype

Work has begun on a 30-tonne wave machine which will take to the seas this Autumn. Fife-based fabricators AJS Production Ltd will begin fabrication of the 20-metre long Blue Star wave energy converter, designed by Edinburgh start-up Mocean Energy.
GIS

GIS partners recognised for exceptional achievement

Esri, a provider of location intelligence, recently honoured select partners for their outstanding application of GIS software.
5G, Telefonica Deutschland

Ed’s note: Corona, 5G and F.O.G

Last week we considered some of the impacts of the virus on the power sector in the long term, and this week, I’d like to consider some additional news related to the outbreak.
funding

‘A new kind of energy firm’ gets much needed pre-seed funding

‘A new kind of energy provider’ has announced the close of its $1.5 million pre-seed funding round.
Hydrogen production

Rust and light boost hydrogen production 25x says Tokyo University

Hydrogen production is an expensive and intensive process, but a new discovery by researchers at the Tokyo University of Science has led to a novel technique of using rust and light to speed up hydrogen production as much as 25 times current production norms.
blockchain applications

Ignore blockchain at your peril, but don’t drive blindly

Almost 75% of senior executives view blockchain as a strategic priority for their organisations in 2020 and beyond whilst 1% say the tech is not relevant.
customer experience

Itron and Smart Energy Water partner on customer experience

Itron has partnered with Smart Energy Water (SEW) to promote customer experience in the global energy and water industries.
grid digital twin

Washington utility creates digital twin of electricity network

This week, IQGeo said that it is helping Peninsula Light, a small electric coop in Washington state, to create a digital twin of its electric network, which will include a new mobile meter deployment capability.
ABB solar investor

ABB completes sale of solar inverter division to Italy’s Fimer

ABB has completed its divestment of its solar inverter business to the Italian company FIMER SpA one year after signalling its intent to do so. Fimer will honour ABB’s current warranties for this business segment, and ABB took an after-tax non-operational charge of approximately $430 million for the deal.

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