Wired: To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source . “Unlike more predictable sources of energy, the energy produced by a wind farm can vary from day to day, forcing utilities to offload excess supplies and make up for shortages. The solar panels on residential rooftops that feed into the grid pose their own challenges because the grid wasn’t designed to facilitate a two-way flow of energy. To meet those technological challenges, the energy sector is turning to open source software.”
Data Center Knowledge: Google Takes Big Step Toward Powering Itself With Renewables Around the Clock. “Google, which competes only with Facebook for the title of the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, today announced another big round of investments in renewables, claiming it’s ‘the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.'”
Utility Magazine: AEMO a step closer to launching DER database. “The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is a step closer to launching Australia’s first database of distributed energy resources (DER), due for release in December 2019, with the publication of Australia’s DER register information guidelines. The release of the publication follows extensive consultation with industry participants and consumer representatives to determine the data collection process and database of essential information on DER installed in the National Electricity Market (NEM).” I wasn’t familiar with the idea of distributed energy resources, but the trade association Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) has a substantial overview.
Engadget: Facebook is financing a massive solar farm in Texas. “Facebook is investing heavily in a massive solar farm in Texas as it rumbles towards its goal of running entirely on renewable energy by the end of next year. Renewables company Longroad Energy has started building the Prospero Solar project in Andrews County, Texas.”
TechXplore: Release of solar panel dataset helps cities make power grids more safe, reliable. “Engineers from the Australian National University and Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany, have provided a freely available quality-controlled and tuned dataset from 1,287 residential installations across Australia. The dataset is presented in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy. Describing the dataset as ‘a gift’ for solar researchers, author Jamie Bright said, ‘No one has delivered a freely accessible piece of data that has six months’ worth of measurements from three different cities. That is a significant amount.'”
EC&M: Online Database Lists Nearly 600 Zero Energy Projects. “In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI released a new online tool that offers users access to information about the ZE buildings on the list and shows where they’re located on a map. The dynamic database allows searches on location, size and building type, and generates charts and graphics conveying the appropriate information.”
NREL: New I-JEDI Online Tool Examines Jobs and Economic Impacts of Clean Energy Around the World. “The USAID-NREL Partnership has launched the new International Jobs and Economic Development Impacts (I-JEDI) website, which houses the I-JEDI tool. I-JEDI can estimate the potential economic impacts of wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy projects. Countries represented in the I-JEDI tool include Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, and Zambia.”