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Openshark Coordinates Digging Streets

A pilot project is underway in Southern California. It is currently up and running in one city and has plans to be expanded to two larger cities in California. A pilot is also planned for a larger suburban city in the eastern US, for later this year. All of the public and private utilities that serve these cities are involved in the respective pilots.

EEStor Ultracapacitor and Ultrabattery

There have been so many breakthrough battery claims, but here’s one that might deserve a careful look. The specs are impressive, and the entire manufacturing process has been thought through using processes and equipment already proven in a large-scale commercial operations. The founders bring a wealth of experience as senior technology managers in large companies and startups.

DG Update

Has DG (distributed generation) gone quiet, or mainstream, or both? Meanwhile, the DOE program has not done well in the proposed budget. Congressional earmarks are taking up so much money that DOE is forced to cancel some ongoing DG applications projects.

Plug Pulled on Regenesys

The big news was the stopping of all work on the big TVA Regenesys project, and the curtailment of the work on its sister project at Little Barford in the UK. The Regenesys flow battery works by storing or releasing electrical energy by means of a reversible electrochemical reaction between two salt solutions—the electrolytes.

Gas-to-Liquid: Its Time Has Come

Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) technology has been around for nearly a century. Known as the Fischer-Tropsch process (FT), it converts gas into a liquid fuel in the form of a refined crude or even a final product such as (clean) diesel. Until recently, conventional wisdom has been correct: use of GTL has been limited by high capital and operating costs.


05 Nov 2003 UFTO Note — Cost-Effective Dimmable Fluorescent Ballast 19 Oct 2003 UFTO Note – Short Subjects 17 Sep 2003 UFTO Note – DOE Office of Electric Transmission & Distribution (OETD) 01 Sep 2003 UFTO Note – Humid Air Injection Boosts CT Output 16 Jul 2003 UFTO Note – Update on Alchemix HydroMax 06 […]