Energy Storage News

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  • July 27, 2017 - 10:03

    Ontario's C&I Energy Storage Sector Kicks on with Utility-Developer Partnership

    Canadian utility Alectra Energy Solutions, which has over a million customers in Ontario, will offer large-scale energy storage to commercial and industrial operations in its service area, having formed a partnership with developer AMP. AMP Solar, which has developed over 520MW of energy assets to date, is headquartered in Ontario with offices in New York, Denver, New Delhi and Tokyo, executing and acquiring solar PV projects in the UK, Japan, Canada and elsewhere. The strategic agreement signed with Alectra appears to be AMP’s first publically announced foray into energy storage.

  • July 27, 2017 - 09:57

    34 New Fast-Charging Stations with Energy Storage for EVs to be Deployed Along Trans-Canada Highway

    Good news for Canadian electric car drivers or soon-to-be electric car drivers. A new network of DC fast-charging stations has been announced to cover the Trans-Canada Highway in a currently underserved region between Ontario and Manitoba. Interestingly, the stations will be equipped with energy storage systems in order to make sure it can deliver fast-charging even where there are grid limitations.

  • July 27, 2017 - 09:51

    Ofgem: We Want to Curb Costs for Energy Storage Projects

    Wide-ranging reforms set out this week by the government and Ofgem could reduce costs for energy storage operators and help unlock a new wave of investment in the fast-expanding smart grid market. That is the view of Andy Burgess, associate partner for energy systems at Ofgem, who writing on BusinessGreen today explains how the package of changes set out earlier this week will deliver particular benefits for energy storage developers and operators.

  • July 27, 2017 - 09:05

    LIPA's Battery Plans In Montauk Draw Early Fire

    A proposal for an industrial battery storage facility on a low-lying stretch of Montauk roadway drew concerns from neighbors and East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals members last week—and was probably a taste of what a public hearing on the project before the Town Planning Board next month will be like. Neighbors and zoning board members worried about flooding in the area, and the efforts of the project's developers to overcome that by raising the grade of the property and the building that will house the batteries to 10 feet above sea level.

  • July 26, 2017 - 16:06

    Panasonic, Xcel, NREL Team Up for 'Carbon Neutrality' at Development Near Denver Airport

    The Peña Station Next development near Denver International Airport already sports a solar panel-covered parking lot, a huge battery system and other smart technologies — and now it’s aiming for neutrality on carbon dioxide emissions. Several businesses — including Xcel Energy Inc., Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Co., developer LC Fulenwider Inc. and Denver International Airport — are joining with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to study how to turn the area into a “carbon-neutral energy district, they announced Friday.

  • July 26, 2017 - 08:26

    Toyota's New Solid-State Battery Could Make Its Way to Cars by 2020

    Toyota is touting its progress on a new kind of battery technology, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The car maker said that it’s near a breakthrough in production engineering that could help it put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. The improved battery technology would make it possible to create smaller, more lightweight lithium-ion batteries for use in EVs, that could also potentially boost the total charge capacity and result in longer-range vehicles.

  • July 26, 2017 - 08:21

    Energy Storage Group Outlines Ways for States to Promote the Technology

    The Energy Storage Association published a report with recommendations on cost effective state policies for energy storage. "State Policies to Fully Charge Advanced Energy Storage: The Menu of Options," says that current market structures and policies lack clear mechanisms to identify and capture the full value of energy storage systems. The report says states should focus on value, competition and access in order to achieve the maximum benefit from energy storage. 

  • July 26, 2017 - 08:21

    Energy Storage Association Outlines Ways for States to Promote the Technology

    The Energy Storage Association published a report with recommendations on cost effective state policies for energy storage. "State Policies to Fully Charge Advanced Energy Storage: The Menu of Options," says that current market structures and policies lack clear mechanisms to identify and capture the full value of energy storage systems. The report says states should focus on value, competition and access in order to achieve the maximum benefit from energy storage. 

  • July 25, 2017 - 16:27

    Funds for Battery Storage, Smart Grid, Energy Tech Tops $1B

    The first half of 2017 has been very rewarding for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies who received venture capital (VC) funding worth over $1.0 billion globally. Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications, and consulting firm, published its latest report for the first half of 2017, detailing the combined funding, mergers & acquisitions across the three separate sectors globally. According to Mercom, which covered 89 companies in its report, Investment in Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency reached a total of $1.03 billion, a 25 percent increase over the $807 million raised in the first half of 2016.

  • July 25, 2017 - 16:24

    Gas Plant Makers Embrace Batteries with Hybrid Machines

    New offerings from turbine manufacturers are blurring the line in the debate about whether or not an energy storage facility can replace gas-fired peaking plants. Earlier this month, Wartsila signed a memorandum of understanding with Southern Co. to develop two flexible gas-fired power projects. The MOU coincides with Wartsila’s acquisition of Greensmith Energy Management Systems. Wartsila said the acquisition would enable it to provide both stand-alone energy storage systems, as well as hybridized energy systems that combine conventional generators with energy storage.

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