Energy Storage News

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  • June 17, 2019 - 13:42

    The Future of Hydrogen: Seizing Today's Opportunities

    The Future of Hydrogen provides an extensive and independent survey of hydrogen that lays out where things stand now; the ways in which hydrogen can help to achieve a clean, secure and affordable energy future; and how we can go about realising its potential.

  • June 14, 2019 - 06:19

    The Business Using A.I. to Change How We Think About Energy Storage

    California-based Stem is using artificial intelligence to help businesses store energy on a large scale.The idea is to pair artificial intelligence (AI) with energy storage so that businesses and organizations can, according to Stem, “automate energy cost savings and protect against changing rates.” Customers include major firms like Adobe Systems, Bed Bath & Beyond and Whole Foods Market.

  • June 13, 2019 - 16:22

    ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Financing Our Energy Future Act

    The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) supports the efforts of Senators Coons and Moran and Representatives Thompson and Estes to introduce the bipartisan Financing Our Energy Future Act. Including energy storage as an eligible asset for master limited partnerships would allow energy infrastructure providers to build and acquire energy storage technologies at lower cost, accelerating the transition to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable energy infrastructure. Coupled with the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (S. 1142 / H.R. 2096), which ESA also endorses, the Financing our Energy Future Act will help establish a long-term tax framework to accelerate storage deployment.

  • June 13, 2019 - 11:01

    Iowa Officials Consider Energy Storage Tax Credit, 'Value of Storage' Study

    Iowa economic development officials are tentatively endorsing a tax credit for battery storage to complement the state’s wind and solar generation. The tax credit is one of several recommendations made in a recent report on energy storage opportunities by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Others include targeting grant money and conducting additional research, including a “value of storage” analysis.

  • June 12, 2019 - 12:16

    Siemens Gamesa Begins Operation of its Innovative Electrothermal Energy Storage System

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system (ETES). The system contains around 1,000 tonnes of volcanic rock as an energy storage medium. It is fed with electrical energy converted into hot air by means of a resistance heater and a blower that heats the rock to 750°C. When demand peaks, ETES uses a steam turbine for the re-electrification of the stored energy. The ETES pilot plant can thus store up to 130 MWh of thermal energy for a week. In addition, the storage capacity of the system remains constant throughout the charging cycles.

  • June 11, 2019 - 11:56

    Consultants: Faster PV, Storage Roll-Out Possible in Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico has been urged to embrace PV and energy storage more decisively as it works to rebuild its battered power grid, fortifying it against future storms. Siemens' new advice, submitted to Puerto Rico power regulator PREPA this month, urges the island to roll out 920MW of battery energy storage by 2023. The new figure – revised upwards from the 600-900MW recommended by Siemens in February – would include 400MW of six-hour storage systems and 200MW of two-hour counterparts.

  • June 11, 2019 - 11:36

    ESA CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Tariffs for Lithium-ion Batteries and Related Equipment

    The U.S. Energy Storage Association and its members are deeply concerned that tariffs on Chinese lithium-ion batteries and related equipment would have an immediate and adverse effect on grid energy storage deployments in the United States.

  • June 11, 2019 - 11:22

    How to Determine the Right Mix of DER

    Recognizing that versions of the same dilemmas are playing out for utilities across the U.S. in many different markets, geographies and regulatory climates, Austin Energy sought funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office's Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar (SHINES) program. The objectives of the Austin SHINES project is to not only help Austin Energy to achieve its goals but also contribute to advancing utility knowledge for the industry at large.

  • June 11, 2019 - 01:36

    Cordova Cuts Ribbon on New Energy Future

    Senator Lisa Murkowski and energy leaders were in Cordova, Alaska over the weekend for the ribbon cutting of Cordova Electric Cooperative's battery energy storage system. Hydropower produces 70% of Cordova's energy, while diesel fills in the gap producing 30% of their energy. In the summers, the fishing industry and processing plants produce a higher demand on the energy grid, and the load goes up and down; the battery will help them cut down the amount of times they have to start and stop the diesel generator in half.

  • June 10, 2019 - 19:51

    World's Largest Battery System Planned for Nevada Solar Plant

    Last week, one of the largest solar and battery projects in the world just got one step closer to approval. On Friday the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the colossal Gemini Solar Project, a behemoth planned for 11 square miles of the Nevada desert northeast of Las Vegas. The paperwork shows few exact details of the project, however it notes that there has been an upgrade to the scale of the battery storage component, with a mammoth 531 MW / 2125 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery planned accompany the 690 MWac of solar that will be deployed.