In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown made history by signing the revolutionary Senate Bill 100 (SB 100). The truly ground-breaking requirement is the stipulation for California to be 100 per cent carbon free by 2045. Achieving such an ambitious target will require innovative technological solutions. Read Oliver Forsyth’s writing on what circumstances and factors to consider.
Variable renewable energy (VRE) is forecast to reach 50% of total generation by 2050. To balance the inherent variability, a surge in storage technology with respect to grid power and quality is expected. The most popular technology, lithium ion battery storage does not come without its constraints. Read Peter Lo’s writing on the trends surrounding storage and variable renewable energy.
The increasing focus on renewable energy sources and low carbon technologies is triggering a substantial shift in the automotive industry. Supported by government policies and public interest, the number of electric vehicles are swiftly increasing, exceeding predictions year to year. Is the electricity system ready to cater for such a vast new demand?
Rapid acceleration of changes in the energy sphere renders preparations for their implicit challenges difficult. Bloomberg’s recently published 2018 New Energy Outlook (NEO) highlights key market drivers and integrates insight from a variety of experts to evaluate how the energy market will evolve in the coming decades.
From a pragmatic perspective, the electricity system will have to technologically adapt to enable these trends without inflating costs or dangerously destabilising the system. Electrical Engineer, Alex Kleidaras reviews some of the claims of NEO, with regards to their implications and requirements for their feasibility.
A team led by Senior Engineer, Jagadeesh Gunda will represent Faraday Grid at the Conference on Sustainable Energy Supply and Energy Storage Systems – NEIS 2018 in Hamburg this September.
Voltage swells can disrupt the operation of various equipment, ranging from consumer electronic devices and sensitive medical apparatus to a production/process-line of a manufacturing plant, leading to millions of dollars of industrial revenue loss. Current mitigating technologies are limited to specific power quality problems, and their wide adoption would be economically unsustainable. Faraday Grid Limited (Faraday) has developed an entirely new technology , the Faraday Exchanger – a single device, which comprehensively resolves most power quality problems and fits seamlessly into the existing infrastructure. To demonstrate the voltage swell-resolution capability of the Faraday Exchanger compared to a transformer, the Faraday team conducted laboratory experiments. For a thorough review and analysis, read this white paper.
Faraday’s intellectual property is integral to building the energy platform of the future. The recent publication of some of Faraday’s original patents was a significant milestone that provided additional external validation of the authenticity of the technology.
To understand the specifics, I asked Matthew Williams, founder and Chief Technology Officer, for an introduction to the process of patent writing, Faraday’s strategic approach, and the unique technology covered by Faraday’s published patents.
The New York State electricity grid’s challenges – similarly to other grids worldwide - derive from the fact that the current network architecture restraints the system’s ability to accommodate shifting electricity uses and generation types.
Reactive problem solving is not sufficient to sustainably provide the system flexibility such rapid changes require. It is a resilient systemic solution that is required to relieve the system from its pressures and provide an opportunity for further innovation.
Faraday Grid Ltd. (Faraday) has developed a completely new technology that provides a systemic, cost-effective solution. Read Jagadeesh Guda’s white paper that documents the techno-economic implications of the Faraday Grid technology in specific to the New York state electricity grid.
Electricity systems are failing. Today’s great economic and environmental challenges cannot possibly be resolved with 19th century electricity architecture. People are being asked to constrain their ambitions to meet the limitations of energy systems. Technological advances in energy remain focused on addressing symptoms of failing electricity networks.
Faraday Grid seeks to build systems from first principles rather than precedent. The fundamental objective is the delivery of cheap, clean and reliable electricity.
The Power Network Demonstration Centre (PNDC), a smart grid demonstration and testing facility, carried out an independent third-party validation of the Faraday Exchanger. The tests carried out by PNDC reconfirmed that the Faraday Exchanger does offer the intended functionalities (voltage regulation, power-factor correction and power-quality control) that are beyond what can be provided by one single technology to utilities and end-users of electricity. This means that wide adoption of the FG technology will result in improved power quality and reliability, increased equipment lifetime, and reduced-capital investment in mitigation technologies. Employing the key findings from PNDC validation report, this whitepaper by Jagadeesh Gunda summarises the capabilities of the Faraday Grid technology.
The tenth annual Advanced Energy Conference took place in New York City to bring together influential leaders, key researchers, and policy makers from every part of the energy sector. On the opening day of the conference, Andrew Scobie, Faraday Grid CEO took stage to speak about the pioneering Faraday Grid solution, specifically, the possibilities it can open up for progressing microgrid technology.
Faraday Grid is ramping up its U.S. activities this week as we present at the tenth annual Advanced Energy Conference (AEC) taking place in New York City in addition to meeting potential future partners. Our presence is part of a Scottish Development International ‘Mission and Learning Journey’ delegation that seeks to bring high-value, innovative solutions to companies and organisations in the U.S. market. Richard Dowling, Chief Economist and Head of Government Affairs outlines the benefits the Faraday Grid can bring to New York and the world.
Companies who become truly successful are the leaders in their field and icons of industry that command significant followership. They do not only carry the responsibility of representing their own brand but they also have an impact on the reputation of their whole sector. Accordingly, true leaders face far-reaching implications if the fundamentals of their culture fail. Chief Marketing Officer, Jacqui Porch reviews a recent Australian cricket scandal from the viewpoint of company culture and founding brand values.
CEO, Andrew Scobie joined industry leaders at the Energy Storage and Connected Systems 2018 conference to present at a panel discussion focusing on the systemic evolution of grid operation and its relation to new technologies. The presentation analysed the current energy challenge, mitigating technologies, and the Faraday Grid's solution.
WHITE PAPER ATTACHED
The secure operation of modern electricity networks is becoming an increasingly difficult task as grids continuously employ complex interconnections, intermittent non-dispatchable renewable generation, and nonlinear loads. While these actions aim to improve power system reliability and meet sustainable energy requirements, they significantly reduce the system’s fault tolerance, inertia, and damping levels. The Faraday Exchanger (FE) technology delivers key technical and economic benefits, as demonstrated through results obtained from detailed simulations on numerous electrical networks from various countries.
To celebrate International Women’s Day I took the opportunity to shine the light on the women in our team at FGL. I sat down with 2 of our engineers, Emilia and Elizabeth, to discuss their thoughts on being an engineer now how they got here and where they’re headed into the future. Here’s what they had to say..
When rolled out across a wider system of LV networks, the Faraday Grid technology can enable a quantum shift in energy system architecture to a new decentralised, flexible and reliable system.
Three sets of simulations measuring network performance of LV networks using conventional transformers, Online Tap Changers (OLTCs), and Faraday Exchangers were carried out to demonstrate the Faraday Grid’s superior capabilities. Read the white paper describing the simulation results via the link.