PowerTrekk Portable Fuel Cell Provides Energy on the Go
Finally someone put an electrolyzer and a fuel cell together in a compact unit that fits in a backpack or briefcase!! People, hydrogen is, without a doubt, the best form of energy out there. All you do is split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen via a simple and inexpensive device called an electrolyzer. Then you pump the hydrogen into a fuel cell (not quite as inexpensive just yet) to create electricity. The waste products are chemically pure oxygen and water, which you can put right back into the system!!
Of course a Swedish company is responsible for this new portable hydrogen device. They’re called “PowerTrekk,” sharing their company name with the device itself. It seems the Swedes are second-to-none at making small convenient items to meet consumers’ needs (yes, I’m making an ‘Ikea’ reference).
PowerTrekk is a sleek-looking compact plastic unit that you just add water to, plug your phone, laptop, or other electronic device into, and voila, you have an instant charge! It seems so easy that there must be a catch, right? Well, it must be in the price, which is apparently a bit of a mystery at this point in the product’s unveiling. Nonetheless, I want one, and I hope PowerTrekk reads this article and sends me a freebee to test out for them.
As someone whose sole responsibility is to report on energy and its future on this planet, I’m placing my bets on hydrogen. What are three things crucial for human survival at this day in age? Energy, clean water and clean oxygen. Guess what? Hydrogen energy provides all of those things! It’s a win-win. Now if people would just get over this silly little myth about it being too dangerous-because its no worse than the natural gas that already runs through your home-we could get the ball rolling on a serious worldwide hydrogen makeover. We can solve our energy and water crisis, and even have fresh oxygen on hand for when we’re finished completely polluting the air with carbon emissions! All ranting aside, this is a REAL solution, and companies like PowerTrekk are going to be the billion dollar winners of tomorrow. Mark my word.
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".