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Advanced Batteries’ Progress Cited in State of the Union

Advanced Batteries’ Progress Cited in State of the Union

The progress of advanced batteries got the attention of President Obama in yesterday's State of Union address.  America's potential "to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries" is one of the reasons to be optimistic about the future of the United States' manufacturing sector.    Innovative companies are responding to a number of marketplace demands with technologies to power our vehicles, improve electric reliability, gain efficiency, Read more [...]
Jersey Shore and Electric Vehicles? We Have a Situation!

Jersey Shore and Electric Vehicles? We Have a Situation!

While New Jersey has been in the headlines recently for MTV's hit reality show "Jersey Shore," that's not all the buzz these days. New Jersey plans to be a leader in the electric vehicle roll out over the next five years. "The intention is to move New Jersey to the forefront of electric car use," said Assemblyman Joe Cryan, D-Union, a sponsor of several of the bills. "That in turn helps the environment." Some proposed legislation would lead to installation Read more [...]
Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

In response to NEMA's eiXtra: January 11, 2011 Feature Article entitled EVSE Making Waves Across the Industries Leviton would like to clarify the comment that,  “There is some controversy surrounding the non-permanent EVSE installations right now, and whether or not they are allowable under code, but it appears that Ford is confident in Leviton's reading of the code.” Leviton Manufacturing’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment complies with applicable requirements Read more [...]
EVSE Making Inroads at CES 2011

EVSE Making Inroads at CES 2011

Industries are converging as electric vehicles (EV) hit the roads.  Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and Systems companies are beginning to strut their stuff as they support the charging of these electric vehicles. NEMA and its EVSES section members were well represented at the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, held last week in Las Vegas.  The EV market has begun to sneak into the picture, and by next year it will burst onto the CES scene.  Read more [...]
Smart Phones Gone Green!

Smart Phones Gone Green!

Starting in November, eco-enthusiasts can put down their organic lettuce wraps and pick up their smart phones to download a brand new application capable of tracking driving behavior through the use of your phones embedded GPS, and doing so almost completely independent of driver input. The Virtual Vehicle Company (VEVCo), developed at the University of California-Berkeley has become the first company that uses the latest smart phone innovations to unlock useful information about greener transportation. Read more [...]
A Plug-in Pilot

A Plug-in Pilot

I just heard about The EV Project, which officially launched last month. The Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), using a $99.8 million grant from DOE, plans to install 11,210 chargers for electric vehicles in five states. During the 36-month project, chargers will be installed in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington State to power 4,700 cars. I’m really curious to see how this pilot will progress. Electric cars are coming [back], and the question is how, Read more [...]
Where Do You Plug-in Your Electric Vehicle?

Where Do You Plug-in Your Electric Vehicle?

Plug-in vehicles, either hybrid or all electrical, are just around the corner.  The big question is how are they going to be recharged? The answer depends a lot on who you are asking.  In the US the most significant effort is made by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International).  A number of standards are in the works to cover vehicles charging.  That, by the way, includes a vehicle-to-grid option (V2G) that could become an interesting Smart Grid option in a not too Read more [...]
Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Often, important emerging technologies get caught up in misconstrued facts and misunderstandings of capacities and roles in an already technology-driven and confusing world. An example of this can be found in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, "Getting Real on Wind and Solar" by James Schlesinger and Robert Hirsch. It's great they included a reference to energy storage systems (ESS) as a necessary component of the smart grid architecture for renewable energy. And they're right Read more [...]
NIST on the Right Track

NIST on the Right Track

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced last week that it has created a new Smart Grid Interoperability Office to coordinate and accelerate the standardization framework initiative assigned to it under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  Good move.  An even better move is that NIST has selected Dr. George Arnold, formerly of Lucent Technologies and more recently Deputy Director of NIST Technology Services, as its  new Smart Grid Coordinator.  NEMA Read more [...]
Energy Storage Technology Is Vital For "Smart" Grid Efforts

Energy Storage Technology Is Vital For "Smart" Grid Efforts

NEMA is taking the lead in making Smart Grid and Energy Storage technologies a reality.  The NEMA Energy Storage Council (ESC) has held successful meetings where attendees have drafted a list of application categories that help define where Energy Storage (ES) and Distributed Generation (DG) technologies should play a role.  The NEMA ESC consisting of manufacturer, utility and government representative stakeholders further established and tasked a NEMA ESC Technical Committee (Stationary Read more [...]