Pecan Street @ 10: Creating an Army of Citizen Scientists, One Soldier at a Time

By Rachel Jenkins, director of operations, Pecan Street
Calling Dan McAtee an enthusiastic participant in Pecan Street’s research is a massive understatement. Not only does Dan volunteer for nearly every research project we announce, he makes suggestions about what we should research next. He’s a one man focus group.

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Austin SHINES testing solar + batteries as a clean, dispatchable grid solution

By Andrea Tosi, power systems specialist, Pecan Street

Solar energy is ideal as a clean energy resource in places like Texas, where sunshine is abundant. But even in Texas, the sun doesn’t shine 24/7. This variability results in reliability issues for the grid. Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are crucial as solar penetration increases in Austin.

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Pecan Street at 10: A Decade of Energy Innovation and Invention

By Colin Rowan, director of communication, Pecan Street – 2019 marks Pecan Street’s 10-year anniversary, and we’re thrilled to report that it’s been an incredible decade of innovation, invention, insight, and progress. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing what we think all of our individual accomplishments add up to — Pecan Street’s 10-Year Top 10.

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Power factor – a little known feature of a reliable grid

By Scott Hinson, chief technology officer, Pecan Street

Power factor is a measurement distribution engineers use to figure out how difficult it is to provide power to whatever we plug in. Every device that pulls electricity from the grid, from a small phone charger to large industrial loads, has a power factor that can be measured.

Exactly what is power factor (or PF)? The easiest way to understand it is to see it.

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