Energy Storage News

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  • September 12, 2017 - 15:50

    Is the DOE Really in Love with all of the Above?

    Nearly four weeks after it was released, we are still marveling at how the U.S. Department of Energy’s much anticipated grid generation report could seemingly make everyone happy and angry at the same time. In some ways, it seems that readers of the DOE’s “Staff Report to the Energy Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability” saw endorsements for new technologies that, in fact, the report was calling into question. And they may be ignoring what that could mean in the future. “Staff Report” did not re-invent the turbine, but will provide fuel for thought in the years ahead. Our great nation is at a crossroads, where the road from one-way, fossil-fueled generation is turning in the direction of two-way, highly automated and renewable-friendly generation. There is no going back…

  • September 12, 2017 - 14:55

    8.3 GW of Solar PV Managed by GreenPowerMonitor Including 10 Projects Larger Than 100 MW

    LAS VEGAS, Nevada, US - 12 September 2017 - DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, announced a key milestone today with GreenPowerMonitor (GPM) providing monitoring, control and asset management solutions for 10 uber-large PV energy power plants in production globally. The total solar PV capacity monitored by GPM is currently 8.3 GW and is expected to reach 9 GW by the end of the year. According to DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook 2017, Solar PV is expected to become a major contributor to the energy supply of the future and play a significant role in decreasing the world’s carbon footprint. By 2050, PV will provide around a third of the world’s electricity representing an increase of 85 times compared to 2015.

  • September 12, 2017 - 11:42

    Utilities See Benefits in Energy Storage, Even Without Mandates

    The fact that California’s three investor-owned utilities were at the top of the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s recent rankings is not surprising, but the presence of utilities in Indiana and Ohio is notable. California has been a leader in energy storage, with a 2010 law that requires the state’s IOUs to procure 1.3 GW of storage capacity by 2020 and then a 2016 law requiring each IOU to procure another 166 MW of storage.

  • September 12, 2017 - 11:23

    UK Green Utility Good Energy to Begin 'First of Many' Energy Storage Projects This Year

    Good Energy, one of the first utilities in Britain to offer all-renewable energy for consumers, has said it aims to start work on its maiden commercial energy storage development in November this year. In March this year the clean energy utility announced that it was to move into the battery storage sector as part of a significant restructuring of its offering. In May the company also launched a US$10 million corporate bond offer to fund work in the stationary energy storage and EV charger sectors.

  • September 12, 2017 - 08:22

    EDF and STORNETIC Partnership Project: STORNETIC Flywheel Energy Storage System Delivered to EDF

    For the first time STORNETIC has delivered a Flywheel Energy Storage system to EDF. The storage device DuraStor® has safely reached the EDF Concept Grid site in Moret-sur-Loing near Paris where it will serve within a joint project on advanced smart grid storage solutions. The project serves to assess the performance of flywheel energy storage technology facing the demands of a modern grid environment and special customer requirements.

  • September 11, 2017 - 16:11

    Volkswagen Plans Electric Option for All Models by 2030

    VW will double investment in zero-emission vehicles to 20bn euros (£18bn) as it seeks to put the diesel emissions scandal behind it. The German firm plans to offer 80 new electric cars across the group by 2025. It comes as Mercedes-Benz also promised electric versions of all its cars. Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche said the entire range would have electric or hybrid versions by 2022.

  • September 11, 2017 - 08:57

    Grid Resiliency and Critical Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

    While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the West’s wildfires are fresh in our minds, it’s critical to start focusing on grid resiliency — and how distributed energy can contribute to it. Utilities and state regulators right now focus more on grid reliability than grid resiliency, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association (ESA). But the two are very different. “Reliability is about normal operations and the grid being able to run with scheduled down times of generation and scheduled operations and maintenance — to be able to count on it when you’ve scheduled it,” she said.

  • September 8, 2017 - 16:15

    Amber Kinetics Wins Top Array Changing Technologies Award from PV Magazine

    UNION CITY, Calif.--Amber Kinetics, Inc., the developer and manufacturer of game-changing, four-hour discharge duration flywheel energy storage technology, was named the winner of pv magazine’s Array Changing Technologies Award 2017. The award has been given annually since 2015 to recognize excellence in innovation for solar components and PV power plant development and operation.

  • September 8, 2017 - 07:58

    Choosing the Right Grid Infrastructure in the wake of the DOE Grid Study

    Since its release last week, the Department of Energy’s grid study has been under the harsh scrutiny of a broad range of industry players.The study was roundly criticized well in advance of its release by many stakeholders expecting it to unjustifiably blame renewable energy for the challenges facing the grid. Thankfully, the study that emerged last week has failed to live up to those fears. Instead, the report is generally fact-based and well-researched, and the key findings–that low natural gas prices and flagging load growth are primarily to blame for the economic crunch facing coal and nuclear power plants and that renewables pose no threat to our grid–are well-documented and well-understood by stakeholders ranging from the U.S. military to utility CEOs.

  • September 7, 2017 - 13:30

    DOE Report: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly … and the Redemption (Blog)

    Last week the Department of Energy issued its much-anticipated Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability, in the shadow of the August 21 eclipse and right before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston. The main takeaways of the report were clear: in the midst of a rapidly changing energy mix, much more needs to be done to reform electricity markets to incorporate the significant value of resiliency and flexibility into markets.