Electricity generation

Sanyo Partners with UCSD

Sanyo is partnering with the University of California at San Diego to research and develop the next generation of solar energy systems and energy management. Under the agreement, Sanyo and UC-San Diego will collaborate on multi-year, multi-disciplinary projects that fcus on renewable energy and energy storage research, development and education. Sanyo will also invest $3 million over three years to underwrite the collaborative research projects.

Maine Seeks to Establish Smart Grid

Central Maine Power Company has presented an innovative proposal to the state’s Public Utilities Commission that offers solar panels connected to smart meters feeding electricity into the power grid; subsidizing low-income residents to weatherize homes; and a special ombudsman to assist landowners resolve disputes over power line, in exchange for approval on a transmission project sought by the utility to upgrade its aging, high-voltage network, which spans 350 miles from Orrington to the New Hampshire border. The PUC plans to debate the proposal this week, which .

GE and GAMA Announce Wind Farms

GAMA Energy A.S., a joint venture between GAMA Holding A.S. and GE Energy Financial Services, have announced the partnership’s first wind energy projects in Turkey, a 22.5-megawatt wind farm in Sares and a 10-megawattwind farm in  Karadag. Both are located in the western region of Turkey. The projects have a combined cost of €54 million ($71 million) and feature thirteen of GE’s 2.5-megawatt wind turbines.

GE Introduces New Battery for Utilities

GE Energy Storage Technologies has unveiled its new Durathon battery technology for utility companies. Thanks to its proprietary chemistry, the Durathon battery has the ability to last up to two decades while providing optimal charge and discharge times. As part of a simple energy storage system, GE’s Durathon battery provides an alternative to costly new power structures, which enables energy to be utilized when it’s needed.