Energy Storage in our Decarbonizing Electricity System

 Dan will talk about the energy storage system at the Mullins Center, which Borrego Solar developed and built with UMass-Amherst under the MA ACES program.  This big battery - along with a few other energy storage projects in Massachusetts that we'll discuss - provides insight into the role of energy storage in ISO-NE's decarbonizing electricity system.  Focusing on energy storage will help us appreciate the challenge of feeding New England's energy needs without carbon pollution, while also he

A Case for Carbon Dioxide Removal from Air

As a global society we have been burning fossil fuels to meet our energy and transportation needs since the start of the industrial revolution. This has resulted in atmospheric CO2 concentrations much greater than at any other time during the last 650,000 years. That concentration reached a record 415 parts per million in May 2019. The replacement of fossil fuels with renewables, advances in energy efficiency, and carbon capture and storage are among the key strategies required to prevent warming beyond 2°C within this century.

The Implications of City, State, and Business Climate Leadership in the United States

The U.S. climate policy environment has changed substantially over the last five years. While federal policy was formerly at the front of the U.S. climate policy engagement, a range of subnational actors are now taking leadership. An increasing number of cities, states, and businesses have pledged commitment to the Paris goals and putting policies in place to meet those goals. The current coalition of these actors represents roughly two-thirds of U.S. GDP and population and over half of U.S. emissions.

Offshore Wind – A Certifier’s Perspective

Certification Bodies serve a very unique and important role in the development of offshore wind farms.  Of course 3rd party certification can always been seen as an important role in ensuring compliance to standards for any structure, but in offshore wind farms in particular, Certifiers ensure a uniform and compatible design between the two most important structural components of the Wind Turbine Generator (WTG), the Tower and the Foundation.  What is often overlooked or misunderstood is that WTGs have two main designers, the Turbine Manufacturer and the Foundation Desig

Robust Pathways to Meeting Climate Commitment: The Case of Mexico

Mexico has set a series of ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals in response to climate change concerns. My research focuses on the implications these goals have on the development of Mexico’s energy generation portfolio. I examine the generation expansion planning (GEP) problem in the Mexican Electrical Grid while considering national emissions goals.

Sustainability and Optimal Demand Response in Power Markets.

This presentation describes stochastic optimization and simulation modeling for demand response (DR) in residential power markets.for the Texas power market (ERCOT), but which could also be applied to other regions. The models simulate a direct load-control technique where customers' power consumption is adjusted during certain time periods called DR events. During a DR event, customers' loads are adjusted by smart thermostats.



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