This week in energy efficiency news…
Penn State, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, the Department of Energy, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania launched an advanced energy storage system as part of its new GridSTAR Smart Grid Experience Center at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The experience center features energy storage, a smart grid home demonstration, electric vehicle charging stations, and a training facility that will be used to illustrate functioning smart grid technologies. The energy storage aspect of the project includes a 500 kWh battery system that will initially help maintain the frequency of AC power on the grid. In the future, the storage system could be used to help smooth out solar photovoltaic energy produced at the Navy Yard and to reduce peak demand energy costs.
Osram Sylvania announced that the Progress Committee of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America selected 24 Osram Sylvania and Traxon branded products for its 2013 report of innovative industry developments. All selected products for the report represent significant advancements in the art and science of lighting over existing products available in the industry.
Harris Utilities announced the launch of its SmartWorks Compass, a new utility decision management solution that makes the benefits of smart infrastructure investments available to all utilities by transforming massive volumes of data into insights and automated actions. Its modular design enables utilities to deploy targeted functionality that serves their immediate priorities, while providing flexibility to grow the solution as their business evolves. The SmartWorks Compass helps utility staff make better financial and operational decisions. It correlates data from various utility enterprise operations and displays a holistic view of the smart infrastructure, automating business processes, and measuring the financial operational impact of various actions.