Windpower Engineering: New NRDC tool calculates cost of electricity by resource & region. “The [Natural Resources Defense Council] tool improves upon existing methods to compare, on an apples-to-apples basis, the cost of producing power from different technologies in each state and region of the country. They include onshore wind farms, large solar facilities, as well as gas, coal, and nuclear plants.”
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.
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.”
AM Online: Google Maps launches real-time EV charge point search function. “Google Maps has launched a new function which delivers real-time search results detailing electric vehicle (EV) charge point availability.”
University of Washington Tacoma: Tree Power. “UW Tacoma Endowed Professor in Engineering Systems Orlando Baiocchi and a group of researchers in Brazil and Portugal are working on projects involving wireless network sensors and energy harvesting. One of the projects involves using trees to power a network of sensors. ‘The buzzword nowadays is energy harvesting but this is a very old idea,’ said Baiocchi. ‘For instance, windmills utilize this concept to convert wind into mechanical or electrical energy.'”
Slashgear: DeepSolar Project uses machine learning, satellite imagery to calculate US solar panels. “As the use of renewable energy, in this case solar power, continues to rise in the US, there’s also a growing need to better understand not just how much of the country’s energy comes from solar, but also how many solar panels are in use and where they are installed. While the government and utilities can offer estimates on commercial installations, the lack of data on individual residential installations makes these inaccurate. That’s where Stanford University’s DeepSolar Project aims to help.”