Energy Storage News

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  • March 24, 2017 - 09:53

    SGIP IS COMING and It's Bringing You Free Money to Protect Your Home

    SGIP stands for Self Generation Incentive Program, or California’s way to motivate people to use alternative energy sources to generate and store their own electricity. SGIP has had a rocky history of letting big businesses soak up a majority of their funds… but this year, that’s not going to happen. In Spring of 2017, SGIP is going to reopen for residential customers with a whole new set of rules to make sure homeowners get plenty of money to protect their homes… free money.

  • March 23, 2017 - 11:22

    Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery's Right and the Grid Isn't

    The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation that’s been notoriously slow to fully electrify. Only 77 percent of the population has access to electricity, up little from 71 percent in 1990, according to the World Bank.

  • March 23, 2017 - 11:18

    Big Batteries Needed: Increase in Renewable Energy in Seychelles Shows Need for Energy Storage

    As the amount of renewable energy being produced in this island nation increases, the Seychelles’ Public Utility Corporation (PUC) is seeking professional expertise to conduct a study to evaluate the optimal battery storage size to maintain the stability of the national electricity grid. PUC’s chief executive, Philippe Morin, said that “as the contribution of renewable energy increase in the network, there is always the risk of the power system becoming unstable.”

  • March 23, 2017 - 11:17

    Duke Energy Researches Microgrids in Mount Holly with Help of AT&T, General Electric, Siemens

    Duke Energy and other companies are researching self-contained electric generating systems called microgrids in Mount Holly. The systems can serve as backup power, make better use of renewable energy or work as energy “islands” without outside connections.

  • March 23, 2017 - 11:04

    7 Energy Storage Disruptors to Watch

    According to market research firm IHS, the energy storage market is set to “explode” to an annual installation size of 6 GW in 2017, exceeding 40 GW by 2022. Such forecasts reveal a huge jump from an initial base of only 0.34 GW installed in 2012 and 2013. Here is a list of seven energy storage disruptors that are innovating and changing the industry as we know it:

  • March 23, 2017 - 11:02

    Hawaii Lawmakers Defer Energy Storage Tax Credit Bill, Cash Rebate Measure Remains Viable

    In the Hawaii State Legislature, a bill (SB-365) that would have provided a tax credit for energy storage projects has been shelved, Pacific Business News reported on March 20. Senate Bill 365, related to energy storage, failed to cross over to the House after being deferred by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy. State Senator Lorraine Inouye, (D-Hilo-Kona), chairwoman of the committee, also was one of the sponsors of the bill. The bill received lots of support from the state’s renewable energy industry, according to PBN,  including the Distributed Energy Resources Council, which noted that the investment in energy storage is seen as a crucial next step toward the development of a resilient and reliable electrical grid that can accommodate more renewable energy resources and help Hawaii achieve its clean energy goals.

  • March 23, 2017 - 09:55

    Li-ion Energy Storage Takes Microgrids to the Next Level

    Saft explains how microgrids that combine diesel generators, renewable energy resources and lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage can enhance security of supply while reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. When an energy storage system (ESS) is added, an operator can maximize the contribution of renewables, increasing the penetration of PV power and allowing diesel-off operation. It is possible to realize fuel savings of 50 to 75 percent. Li-ion battery systems have emerged as the technology of choice for energy storage. This is due to their high energy density that enables significant levels of storage capacity to be packed into a relatively compact footprint. Li-ion ESSs are now able to store energy at the megawatt scale, and integrated containerized systems can be connected in parallel to deliver multiple megawatt-hour storage capacity.

  • March 22, 2017 - 16:17

    Vattenfall Uses BMW Car Batteries for Storage Projects at Winds Farms

    German car maker BMW will provide Vattenfall with 1,000 lithium-ion car batteries. Vattenfall will use the batteries, which are also used for the vehicle BMW i3, for storage projects at wind farms.

  • March 22, 2017 - 16:14

    With Battery Storage, the Kodak Moment Has Finally Arrived

    Who would have thought that, scarcely five weeks after Treasurer Scott Morrison, paraded a chunk of coal in parliament, planning for Australia’s energy needs would be dominated by renewables, batteries and hydro? For months now, the Coalition has been talking down renewables, blaming them for power failures, blackouts, and an unreliable energy network. South Australia was bearing the brunt of this campaign. The state that couldn’t keep its lights on had Coalition politicians and mainstream journalists vexatiously attributing the blame to its high density of renewables.

  • March 22, 2017 - 16:00

    Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla, Flywheels in Clean Energy Race

    A Canadian firm is hoping to cash in on the burgeoning market for electricity storage -- no matter which technology breaks out first. NRStor Inc. is positioning itself to be the go-to distributor, developer and operator of lithium-ion batteries, magnetically-levitated flywheels and other technologies seeking to solve the age-old question of how to save electricity for later use. The Toronto-based company is the only distributor of Tesla’s Powerwall residential battery in Canada and is working to turn a giant salt cavern into a compressed air energy storage system.