Energy Storage News

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  • 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.

  • March 22, 2017 - 15:55

    Gas Station Resiliency is a New Clean Energy Focus in Massachusetts

    Massachusetts is looking for innovative ideas to shore up gas station resiliency as part of its wider effort to boost clean energy. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is seeking expressions of interest — a precursor to a funding offer — for demonstration projects that can help keep the lights on at gas stations during power outages. Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy and other disasters revealed the electric vulnerability of gas stations, with many unable to operate, in some cases leading to gasoline rationing.

  • March 21, 2017 - 17:03

    This Week in Batteries: Sifting Through Two Big Bankruptcies

    The past week was a tough one for cleantech. We had a double feature of bankruptcies -- saltwater battery maker Aquion and top-five residential solar installer Sungevity. With so much destruction around us, it needs to be said: This doesn’t mean the whole sector is doomed. It does, however, bring into focus the fact that it's still a tough market and there isn’t a lot of room for error.

  • March 21, 2017 - 16:49

    Fire Safety Issues Dog Battery Storage Growth in New York City, Slowing Deployment

    Last fall, New York City became one of the few cities in America to implement an energy storage mandate when Mayor Bill Di Blasio announced a 100 MWh by 2020 solar-plus-storage target, but progress has been slow. By the end of 2016, the city had only installed 4.8 MWh of storage.  A new report by the City University of New York, the National Renewable Energy Laboratories and Meister Consultants examines the barriers to deploying solar-plus-storage installations in New York City. The report cites the high cost of battery storage and the lack of city and state incentives for storage. The report also identifies the city’s arduous permitting process as one of the barriers developers face.

  • March 21, 2017 - 13:12

    Locational Capacity: A Growing Use Case for Energy Storage

    Matching supply to demand is, and always has been, one of the most complex elements of planning for the future of the electrical grid. The challenges multiply at the most congested sites on the grid, which tend to be located far from the largest generation assets and see the most fluctuation in demand. Under the “hub and spoke” configuration, these are the places where locational capacity – the ability to co-locate generation and load – is most critical. Traditionally, two remedies have been available to meet locational capacity needs: add new capacity through carbon-intensive “peaker” plants, or upgrade and extend transmission and distribution lines.

  • March 21, 2017 - 08:56

    US Authorities Ban Electronics Larger Than a Phone From Flights From 13 Countries

    According to numerous reports, U.S. authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone. That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage for the foreseeable future. There is still a lot of confusion around this ban. It’s unclear which countries and airlines are actually affected by this, for example. CNN’s Jon Ostrower reports that more than a dozen airlines are affected by these new procedures, but it’s unclear which airlines we’re actually talking about.