Shedding new light on the charging of lithium-ion batteries

Argonne National Laboratory | October 31, 2019

Shedding new light on the charging of lithium-ion batteries
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have reported a new mechanism to speed up the charging of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. Simply exposing the cathode to a beam of concentrated light—for example, the white light from a xenon lamp—lowers the battery charging time by a remarkable factor of two or more. If commercialized, such technology could be a game changer for electric vehicles.

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This report outlines a vision and recommendations for the Federal Government to build a more modern and secure architecture for Federal IT systems.3 Agencies have attempted to modernize their systems but have been stymied by a variety of factors, including resource prioritization, ability to procure services quickly, and technical issues. Recommendations to address the aforementioned issues are grouped into two categories of effort: the modernization and consolidation of networks and the use of shared services to enable future network architectures. In addition to specific recommendations, this report outlines an agile process for updating policies and reference architectures to help the Government more rapidly leverage American innovation.

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This report outlines a vision and recommendations for the Federal Government to build a more modern and secure architecture for Federal IT systems.3 Agencies have attempted to modernize their systems but have been stymied by a variety of factors, including resource prioritization, ability to procure services quickly, and technical issues. Recommendations to address the aforementioned issues are grouped into two categories of effort: the modernization and consolidation of networks and the use of shared services to enable future network architectures. In addition to specific recommendations, this report outlines an agile process for updating policies and reference architectures to help the Government more rapidly leverage American innovation.

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Forward Networks Collaborates with Carahsoft to Provide Enterprise Network Verification, Visualization, and Cyber Security Tools to Federal Government

Forward Networks | May 18, 2021

Forward Networks, the industry leader in network assurance and intent-based verification, reported today that it has been named a manufacturer on the U.S. Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions contract (ITES-SW2) (CHESS). Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, holds this contract, which is valid until August 30, 2025. The ITES-SW2 contract vehicle is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract vehicle for commercial off-the-shelf software devices, as well as associated services and hardware. There are no costs associated with the deal, and ordering is available to all Army, DoD, and Federal departments, as well as approved systems integrators, on a global scale. Under this contract, Carahsoft provides Forward Networks of software, software maintenance, and ancillary services to support the enterprise software needs of federal agencies. By providing an always accurate digital twin of the network, the Forward Networks platform assists Army, DoD, and Federal Government customers in making their networks more predictable, agile, and safe. The Forward Networks platform is based on a mathematical model that can map any possible traffic route in the network, provide a complete device index with configuration and state details, and predict how improvements will affect the network before they are pushed live, based on years of Ph.D. and business research. Customers who use the platform report saving hundreds of hours per week on troubleshooting, reducing network outages significantly, and saving millions of dollars every year. The Forward Networks platform provides comprehensive visibility, that security teams appreciate. The verification feature includes an ongoing audit to ensure that the network is following security policies. When an incident occurs, the platform's diff application enables security analysts to determine when the network was compromised, what change caused the incident, and locate all affected hosts. The Forward Networks platform is available as an on-premises solution or as a SaaS solution. About Forward Networks Forward Networks is transforming how large networks are managed. Forward's advanced software creates a network's "digital twin," enabling network operators to verify intent, predict network activity, and simplify network management. Both major networking vendors' devices, as well as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform are supported by the platform. Forward Networks, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, was founded in 2013 by four Stanford Ph.D. graduates. Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Threshold Ventures, and A. Capital is among the investors.

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The Open Group Collaborates With International Telecommunication Union to Develop Digital Government Strategies

The Open Group | November 24, 2020

Today, The Open Group, the seller unbiased innovation consortium, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations office for data and correspondence advancements (ICTs), reported a joint effort to quicken public assistance development and change for better resident results and ideal use of ICT foundation. By cooperating, The Open Group and ITU will intend to advance, guide, and assemble abilities for digital government strategies and resident driven Enterprise Architecture (EA) over the globe. “Never before have digital public services had such a profound impact on the lives of citizens around the world,” said ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao. “With this partnership with The Open Group, ITU is redoubling its efforts to help governments everywhere accelerate the deployment and scaling up of impactful citizen-centric digital solutions in support of economic recovery and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” With the important direction and materials, asset compelled nations will be better positioned to change over digital strategies into implementable enormous scope frameworks. Thusly, the vital partnership among ITU and The Open Group will fill the hole between digital speculations and best practice engineering approaches for the accomplishment of the SDGs. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of ITU stated: "The utilization of digital arrangements and innovations to upscale digital public administrations is crucial for supporting the reaction to, and recuperation from, the COVID-19 pandemic. With regards to planning, executing, and turning out digital public administrations at scale, embracing building approaches is critical. EA permits governments to address the issues of areas with differing prerequisites, while simultaneously encourage the authoritative change measure and the modernization of government administrations overall. Close by The Open Group, we can make the instruments and direction required for nations to put an EA approach vigorously." The work embraced as a feature of the coordinated effort will be executed by The Open Group Government EA Work Group. The Work Group will develop measures that empower consistent data stream across different government environments, making existing EA assets – including guides, structures, use cases, and philosophies – simpler to utilize and accessible to all. Through giving admittance to these assets, both The Open Group and ITU will assist governments with building the abilities expected to execute design approaches at scale, in light of their nation explicit necessities. Steve Nunn, President and CEO of The Open Group, commented: “The Open Group is proud to collaborate with ITU to transform digital public services and, ultimately, enhance the experience for millions of citizens across the globe. It is evident that the countries able to yield the best outcomes from digital investments are those that have created and adopted a fit-for-purpose digital government EA. This is why, together with ITU, we will strive to democratize the use of methodologies and tools required to establish future-proofed digital architectures and infrastructures, particularly for countries with limited resources.” About The Open Group The Open Group is a global consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. Our diverse membership of more than 800 organizations includes customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool vendors, integrators, academics, and consultants across multiple industries.

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Enphase Energy Technology Selected by Australian Government and Community Organizations

Enphase Energy, Inc. | November 29, 2021

Enphase Energy, Inc. , a global energy technology company and the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems, today announced that Enphase microinverter-based solar systems are becoming increasingly preferred for commercial installations by government and community organizations in Australia seeking to offset daytime electricity costs and make progress towards net zero goals. Wollongong City Council in New South Wales recently deployed a total of 549 Enphase IQ™7A microinverter-based solar panels totalling 220 kW on the Council's multi-story Stewart Street car park. The installation is expected to reduce the adjacent 6 Star Green Star-rated Administration building's electricity costs by as much as one quarter annually. "The project utilizes the roof of the car park to generate renewable energy that could offset energy consumption and make progress towards the Council's net zero goals. The Council selected Enphase microinverters for the car park’s rooftop solar system because it had used them successfully to optimize performance, simplify maintenance, and ensure safety on smaller systems and wanted the same benefits for this larger-scale project." Nicolas Noslier, project manager at Autonomous Energy, an Enphase installer Enphase IQ microinverters leverage Enphase's unique software-defined architecture and semiconductor integration for excellent reliability and economies of scale. Enphase microinverters are subjected to a rigorous reliability and quality testing regimen with more than one million cumulative hours of power-on testing to provide exceptional performance under heat, high humidity, salty air, extreme cold, and harsh climate conditions. The Company's microinverters are designed to be long-lived energy assets and are backed by a 10-year limited warranty in the Australian solar market, which can be extended for a fee for up to 15, 20, or 25 years. In another example from New South Wales, the Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club deployed a 215 kW, 581 solar panel system fitted with Enphase IQ™7+ microinverters. With 85 employees and 13,500 members, the Club has deep roots in its community, supporting many local sports and other community organizations, making system reliability and solar fire safety critical to the project. "Microinverters provide us with monitoring for each solar panel, so we can see how well a panel is working and easily identify a problem,” said Darryl Bozicevic, chief executive officer at Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club. "With an average of 1,000 to 2,000 people visiting the club daily, safety was an important part of our decision, which also encouraged us to choose Enphase. We've budgeted on a five-year payback." The ability to monitor each panel's performance is essential to improving diagnostics, fault identification, and reducing long-term maintenance costs for commercial systems. The Wollongong Council and Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club sites are both outfitted with the Enphase IQ Gateway™, which connects the solar systems to the Enphase App™ and helps make per-panel energy monitoring and insights for operations and maintenance easy. "We proved to the club that solar panels equipped with Enphase microinverter-based systems perform better than panels using string inverters," said Glenn Cooper, managing director at installer SunnyAfternoons, an Enphase Installer Network Platinum member. "In addition to the advantages of module-level reporting, safety was paramount. Enphase microinverters convert DC energy produced by the panels to AC energy right on the panel, so there are no high voltage DC cables running through the roof, which eliminates the risk of a DC arc-fault fire." "Our distributed and all-AC architecture combined with panel-level monitoring means there is no doubt that Enphase microinverter-based solar systems are smart and safer choices for solar assets installed on commercial facilities," said Dave Ranhoff, chief commercial officer at Enphase Energy. "We are proud to see our technology leveraged by government and community-based organizations in Australia to not only help reduce their energy bills, but also to help meet their renewable energy goals." About Enphase Energy, Inc. Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company based in Fremont, CA, is the world's leading supplier of microinverter-based solar and battery systems that enable people to harness the sun to make, use, save, and sell their own power—and control it all with a smart mobile app. The company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter-based technology and builds all-in-one solar, battery, and software solutions. Enphase has shipped more than 39 million microinverters, and over 1.7 million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries.

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