Blockchain technology for Microgrids

Blockchain technology

At its core, blockchain technology is a way to transfer any kind of data or information in a fast, tracked, and secure way without the need for an intermediary institution. Initially developed to allow peers to directly exchange digital currency faster and at lower cost, blockchain is now yielding a variety of promising new solutions beyond financial services.

The blockchain technology has attracted public interest as it provides an effective instrument to satisfy the needs of people to cooperate horizontally with each other in economic and social spheres like energy microgrids.

Blockchain technology is an innovative method of storing and validating data that permits direct transactions between energy producers and consumers.

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7 US States where Energy Storage Works

7 US States where Energy Storage Works

Tehachapi is nominally a wind energy-related project attached to the 4.5 GW Tehachapi Wind Resource Area, although in actual fact the plant was conceived as a two-year test bed for a wide range of potential grid applications.
When it opened, in September 2014, it was credited with being the largest battery storage project in the North of the US, with 604,832 Li-ion cells housed in 10,872 modules.

Everyone knows California and New York do have behind-the-meter energy storage at a large scale. But there are some sleeper states where the economics already work. 

A new report from GTM Research, The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage in the U.S, outlines the states where demand charges at the largest utility in each state would create a favorable rate of return for commercial batteries. Read More

The power grid gets climate proof

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The application proposed a $2.4 billion spending increase through 2016, of which $1 billion would go toward making the grid more resilient to future storms and flooding.

The short-term $1 billion resiliency plan, is the first step in what is expected to be the USA’s most extensive effort to climate-proof an electric grid. The Con Edison (power supplier) plan involves:

  • floodwalls around substations and transformers to help prevent storm water from swallowing and frying the equipment
  • strengthen poles to withstand thrashing winds, move many high-voltage power lines underground
  • install back-up fuel supply systems to prevent soaring demand during heat waves from crashing the grid

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Lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy

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National Audit Office warns: be prepared for more floods.

Sandy was actually predicted by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (UK), a week before it arrived.

But, in the wake of superstorm Sandy, much of New York City was plunged into darkness.

What can we learn from this big floodings in New York? Read More

Is New York saved from the rising sea level?

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Adding in green infrastructure systems is not only good for managing water, but also good for communities.

Large parts of the Netherlands are below sea level. They deal with it every day. But they are not the only once.

New York is also figuring out how te respond to major climate disasters like the rising sea level and future hurricanes. 

The first 3 actions are:

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New York gets free internet

New York is sustainable, recycling phone cells into wifi hotsports

New York is sustainable, recycling phone cells into wi-fi hotsports

New York recyles old phone cells into wi-fi hotspots.

Who ever was in New York, knows that there is no city in the world with so many (modest) phones. Most of them are now useless. Almost, because while – as a result of Hurricane Sandy – almost all communication failed by the power outage, the phones were working. Read More

Amazing proposals to aim and protect New York against a hurricane

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At least 48 dead across the US east coast as Superstorm Sandy, a former hurricane, causes widespread flooding and power cuts. October 30, 2012

Organized by a project called ‘Rebuild By Design’, some of the plans have evocative names, like ‘Blue Dunes’. They share a bottom-up approach for creating urban and regional design solutions that invest in the concerns and needs of local communities. This gallery below 

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