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Cheaper Storage, Bigger Markets, Lots of EVs…. Are you Ready?

Cheaper Storage, Bigger Markets, Lots of EVs…. Are you Ready?

We’ve talked a lot about falling energy storage costs, and you’ve heard me say cost reductions of 8-15% per year have been the historical norm, at least for the last decade. But you might have been wondering, like me, how long this can last? ...

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The “Happy Hour Effect” – PV, Electric Vehicles and Learning Thermostats Walk into a Bar…!

The “Happy Hour Effect” – PV, Electric Vehicles and Learning Thermostats Walk into a Bar…!

Utilities are facing the confluence of three residential trends over which they have little or no control, but are tasked with meeting its consequences.  The effects of all three of these trends coincide at about the same time of day, potentially wr ...

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8 Reasons Electric Trucks will be better at off-roading

8 Reasons Electric Trucks will be better at off-roading

In 2013, I published a blog about electric vehicles from the motorhead perspective. Four years later, nearly every supercar brand uses a hybrid or full-electric as its halo car, electric cars have broken 0-60 marks that were never dreamed of by p ...

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2017 in Review: Our Top 10 Energy in Transition Blogs

2017 in Review: Our Top 10 Energy in Transition Blogs

As we find ourselves at the beginning of 2018, we’d like to take a moment to look back at our most popular blog posts from the past year, which included hot topics around energy storage, wind, energy efficiency, cybersecurity and electric vehic ...

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EV uptake will be fast and vast

EV uptake will be fast and vast

By Bent-Erik Bakken, Onur Özgün, Anne Louise Koefoed and Mark Irvine After more than a century of fine-tuning, the internal combustion engine (ICE) is an engineering wonder. Yet, suddenly, its future doesn’t look so turbo-charged. ...

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Inductive charging: a boost for electric mobility?

Inductive charging: a boost for electric mobility?

Inductive charging is one of the latest developments to spark global interest in the world of electric mobility. The concept sounds as simple as it is attractive – simply drive your vehicle over a charging plate, and it starts charging itself. ...

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The Engineer, The Energy Trilemma and The Smart Nation

The world population is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050, and up to eleven billion by 2100. Meanwhile, energy consumption is expected to continue growing at the rate of 0.7% per capita per annum. However, we continue to live on a finite pl ...

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Best storage for grid applications – The EV factor

Best storage for grid applications – The EV factor

Since the mid-2000s, around the time I launched utility-scale storage projects in US, people have asked me: “What’s the best energy storage technology for grid applications?” My answer then is the same as it is now—and in fact, over these las ...

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How will energy compression technology for fast charging of Electric Vehicles affect the future power grid?

How will energy compression technology for fast charging of Electric Vehicles affect the future power grid?

The number of Electric Vehicles (EV) on the road is growing, propelled in part by fast-charging battery technology. Imagine if fast inductive EV charging stations become reality. What will that mean for the power grid? We need to start thinking ahead ...

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Resurrection of residential energy storage

Resurrection of residential energy storage

The desire to have residential energy storage is not new and some products have been available in the past. In the US, barely any of the companies offering residential storage products before 2010—mostly lead acid batteries—survived the harsh mar ...

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