Archive: 2020

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The Energizer – Volume 64
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More Federal Interest in Private Fusion: DOE Seeks Input on Possible Cost Share Program to Support Private Fusion Energy Companies
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FERC to Convene Technical Conference on Generation Resources Paired with Energy Storage
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The Energizer – Volume 63
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‘Fitness for Purpose’ and Conflicting Obligations in Offshore Wind Projects
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Join us for a Webinar: COVID-19: Impacts on Solar Supply Chain
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The Energizer – Volume 62
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Overview of Policy and Technical Progress in Fusion Energy Development Around the World
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Join Us For a Webinar
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The Energizer – Volume 61

The Energizer – Volume 64

By: Buck B. EndemannDaniel S. CohenMolly K. BarkerOlivia B. MoraAbraham F. JohnsNatalie J. ReidMatthew P. Clark

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology, distributed energy resources (“DERs”), microgrids, and other technological innovations in the energy industry. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumer and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology, DERs, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward. To subscribe to The Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Researchers Develop Ultraflexible Solar Cell with 13% Efficiency
  • Long-Duration Solar Energy Storage to Power Mines in Latin America
  • Ansaldo Nuclear Developed a Machine Retrieval System to Handle Nuclear Waste
  • Power Ledger Partners with Perth Residential Communities for Blockchain-based Energy Trading

To view more information on these topics in Volume 64 of The Energizer, CLICK HERE.

More Federal Interest in Private Fusion: DOE Seeks Input on Possible Cost Share Program to Support Private Fusion Energy Companies

By Tim L. Peckinpaugh, R. Paul Stimers, Michael L. O’Neill, Abraham F. Johns

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a formal Request for Information (“RFI”)[1] seeking input from all interested stakeholders regarding a “possible cost share program in fusion reactor technologies.”[2]  DOE is requesting comments by May 15, 2020.

This RFI process offers an opportunity for the private fusion community[3] to present its views on how a federal cost-sharing program can leverage private capital, nimble entrepreneurship, and technological advancement to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of fusion energy systems in the United States.  Please reach out to our team to explore ways that fusion energy stakeholders can take advantage of this opportunity.

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FERC to Convene Technical Conference on Generation Resources Paired with Energy Storage

By William H. Holmes, William M. Keyser, Michael L. O’Neill

On April 7, 2020, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced that its staff will host a technical conference in July 2020 to discuss so-called “hybrid resources.”  In its notice, FERC explained that it is using the term “hybrid resources” to refer to projects that are comprised of more than one resource type at the same plant location.  For this summer’s technical conversation, FERC states that it will focus on scenarios where a “generation resource and an electric storage resource [are] paired together as a hybrid resource.”

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The Energizer – Volume 63

By: Buck B. EndemannDaniel S. CohenMolly K. BarkerOlivia B. MoraAbraham F. JohnsNatalie J. ReidMatthew P. Clark

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology, distributed energy resources (“DERs”), microgrids, and other technological innovations in the energy industry. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumer and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology, DERs, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward. To subscribe to The Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Researchers Develop Innovative Method to Monitor Battery Health
  • Uppsala University Scientists Create Organic Proton Battery
  • Power Ledger and ekWateur Partner to Provide Blockchain-based Renewable Energy Trading Platform
  • Drax Group’s Carbon Capture and Storage Facility Becomes Fully Operational
  • Insolar and TRCA Collaborate on Distributed Energy Resources

To view more information on these topics in Volume 63 of The Energizer, CLICK HERE.

‘Fitness for Purpose’ and Conflicting Obligations in Offshore Wind Projects

By Charles Lockwood and Owen Chio

Two recent cases in the UK illustrate the tricky issues Employers and Contractors have to grapple with in defining the responsibilities of contractors involved in the construction of offshore wind projects.

There are no established standard form contracts for offshore wind farm projects. The standard forms that are often adapted for this purpose include traditional offshore forms used in the oil and gas industry such as the LOGIC forms and standard engineering contracts more commonly used for onshore projects such as FIDIC, particularly the FIDIC Yellow Book.

Neither form is ideally suited for use in the offshore wind industry and they are often heavily amended, particularly in relation to design obligations. The cases summarized below illustrate some of the tensions that can arise, particularly in relation to design and fabrication of monopiles and transition pieces and requirements that they should be fit for their intended purpose.

To read the full alert, please click here.

Join us for a Webinar: COVID-19: Impacts on Solar Supply Chain

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, March 17, discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the solar supply chain. Industry leaders will be hosting a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 related measures on the solar supply chain. Moderated by K&L Gates’ Elizabeth Crouse, panelists will discuss the improving situation in Asia, the Europe travel ban, and concerns about labor and components availability in the United States, with an emphasis on (1) troubleshooting supply chain and development disruption now and as the global manufacturing industry comes back online, and (2) the broader impact of the pandemic on the American solar industry.

For more information and to register, please click here.

For more information on our response to COVID-19, please click here.

The Energizer – Volume 62

By: Buck B. EndemannDaniel S. CohenMolly K. BarkerOlivia B. MoraAbraham F. JohnsNatalie J. Reid, Matthew P. Clark

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology, distributed energy resources (“DERs”), microgrids, and other technological innovations in the energy industry. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumer and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology, DERs, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward. To subscribe to The Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Researchers Create Nanowire Device That Can Generate Electricity “Out of Thin Air”
  • Shell’s Offshore Wind Farm Wades into Deep Waters for the World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project
  • EWF Completes Joint Test of Renewables Blockchain Market in Japan
  • University of British Columbia Engineers Combine Microgrids and Low-Power Systems to Reduce Blackouts
  • Think Tank Envisions Artificial Intelligence Solutions to Combat Climate Change

To view more information on these topics in Volume 62 of The Energizer, click here.

Overview of Policy and Technical Progress in Fusion Energy Development Around the World

Authors: Tim L. Peckinpaugh, R. Paul Stimers, James Green, Michael L. O’Neill, Francis E. Iyayi, Abraham F. Johns

Fusion energy is moving towards technological and commercial reality.  Fusion involves the release and harnessing of energy by fusing two atomic nuclei to form a heavier nucleus.  Fusion reactions differ from nuclear fission, which is the splitting of relatively heavy atoms to release energy.  Fusion avoids potential downsides to nuclear fission by leaving behind no long-lived and highly dangerous radioactive waste and creating no risks of a runway chain reaction or meltdown.  Fusion also releases substantially more energy, such that it is capable of replacing fission to become baseload power that operates 24/7 and releases no CO2 emissions.

To read the full alert, please click here.

The Energizer – Volume 61

By: Buck B. Endemann, Daniel S. Cohen, Molly K.D. Barker, Olivia B. Mora, Abraham F. Johns, Natalie J. Reid, Matthew P. Clark

A biweekly update on blockchain technology applications, distributed energy resources, and other innovative technologies in the energy sector.

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology, distributed energy resources (“DERs”), microgrids, and other technological innovations in the energy industry. As these innovations develop, energy markets will undergo substantial changes to which consumer and industry participants alike will need to adapt and leverage. Every other week, K&L Gates’ The Energizer will highlight emerging issues or stories relating to the use of blockchain technology, DERs, and other innovations driving the energy industry forward. To subscribe to The Energizer newsletter, please click here.

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Local Swiss Blockchain-Based Electricity Market Pilot
  • Virginia General Assembly and Senate Pass Similar Versions of the “Virginia Clean Economy Act”
  • Certain Attorneys General File Amicus Brief in National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners v. FERC
  • British Petroleum Sets Carbon Neutral Emissions Goals

To view more information on these topics in Volume 61 of The Energizer, CLICK HERE.

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