MIT honors ABB, GE, Semprius, others for technology contributions to utilities

MIT Technology Review, the official science and technology journal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named several energy companies and technology providers to its 2013 list of top 50 global innovators.

ABB earned a place on MIT’s list for developing a high voltage DC breaker will help utilities make greater use of renewable energy.

Aquion Energy was named on the list for selling a new, cheap to produce battery that utilities could use in grid energy storage projects.

BrightSource Energy was recognized for opening a concentrating solar power tower project.

Dow Chemical was honored for producing roof shingles that use photovoltaic materials that can generate solar power.

GE was named for helping utilities incorporate wind energy and solar power. The company was also recognized for natural gas turbine technology that ramps up electricity production when renewable energy is not available.

Nest was recognized for marketing a smart thermostat that learns about users electricity use, helping consumers improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Semprius earned a place on the list for using a technology that uses tiny lenses to concentrate solar energy, thus boosting the efficiency of solar generation.

Siemens won a spot on the list for developing energy storage batteries and wind power technologies that will assist Germany in integrating more renewable energy.

Toyota was honored for evolving its design of the Prius to include plug-in electric vehicle technology.

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