Computer data centres are springing up around the world to create enormous power and cooling loads. Here, David Blair describes what has been called the ‘world’s greenest’ installation, at Syracuse University in the US, which incorporates combined uninterruptible power, heating and cooling technology based on microturbines.
Jonathan Howes of UK.based energy storage solutions provider Isentropic weighs up seasonal versus short-term storage, looking at the annual cycle of power generation from typical renewable sources like wind power.
Local, distributed energy systems (DES) are the key to protecting the planet by using resources more efficiently, according to a new report: Distributed Energy Systems: Global Energy Crisis to Local Communities published by the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
UK-based UPS Systems has completed a fuel cell installation for the new Environmental Energy Technology Centre (EETC) being built in Rotherham, south Yorkshire. The building will also include an on-site wind turbine.
The energy security issue is one that promises to be ever-more vexing and complex as geopolitics and technologies evolve.
America's Vice President Joe Biden has detailed plans by the Department of Energy to develop a smart electrical grid, that is likely to support the development of distributed and on-site power generation.
Local, decentralized energy storage permits flexibility in power generation and use.