Energy market's 'all-of-the-above' strategy
“In the context of the U.S. Energy Policy, What is ‘All-of-the-Above’ and ‘How Do We Get There?’” Keynote speaker Charles D. McConnell, executive director, Energy and Environment Initiative, E2I, Rice University and former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, will answer those questions and more at the national CHP2013 and WHP2013 conference and trade show held Oct. 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza in Houston, Texas,
As former assistant secretary for fossil energy, U.S. Department of Energy, McConnell was responsible for the strategic policy leadership, budgets, project management, and research and development of the Department's Coal, Oil and Gas, and Advanced Technologies programs. The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve operations and management, as well as the National Energy Technologies Laboratories, were also included in his responsibilities.
“Competitive energy advantage with a positive environmental impact is derived from the combined heat and power, as well as waste heat recovery, cycles,” said McConnell. “A broad-based marketplace of applications is integral to an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy.”
The conference will also address PACE Financing for energy and water conservation. The discussion about, PACE Financing for Energy and Water Conservation Projects will be led by attorneys from Thompson and Knight who will give insights on the newly enacted legislation in Texas (SB 385), which authorizes municipalities and counties in Texas to work with private sector lenders to enable owners of commercial and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for water conservation, energy-efficiency improvements, and renewable retrofits. These improvements align perfectly with the technological benefits CHP and WHP provide.
Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative, The Heat is Power Association, and World Alliance for Decentralized Energy together host the fourth annual conference for cogeneration technologies. The conference brings business and energy leaders together with industry experts, project developers, policy specialists and end-users to examine new technologies, market opportunities and installation case studies of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP).
On-site generation with CHP provides energy security during times of grid strain and extreme weather conditions while reducing the emissions and driving down power costs. By providing secure reliable power, CHP technologies are gaining favor by hospitals, universities, data centers, manufacturers, and other mission critical facilities. CHP systems also help reduce the enormous amount of water consumed by power plants during the production of electricity.
WHP systems, which require no combustion and produce no emissions, improve overall industrial energy efficiency and competitiveness and are considered renewable energy systems in over 15 states, making WHP a natural and integral part of all clean energy and jobs discussions.
Prior to joining DOE, McConnell served as vice president of Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio, with responsibility for business and technology management, including leadership of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. McConnell also spent 31 years with Praxair Inc., in various positions in the U.S. and Asia and most recently in Houston, Texas, as global vice president.
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.
Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.