Energy Storage News

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  • May 18, 2017 - 12:28

    Op-ed: The Future of Cleantech Jobs

    The United States is entering its tenth year of the renewable energy revolution and there’s no slowdown in sight, only more adaptation. Over this time, clean energy jobs have grown 12 times faster than the overall job market, and renewables was one of the very few growth areas during the 2008 recession. The last two years have been no different, with both solar and wind growing at over 20% annually. Compare this to coal which has shed jobs for its fifth consecutive year. At a recent industry conference, a Colorado legislator said that his state is eliminating coal energy at an extraordinary pace—formerly, coal comprised two-thirds of the energy generated, now it is about 50%, and major goals are in place to reduce it to only 25% in a short period.

  • May 18, 2017 - 12:23

    Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar Team Up to Bring Automotive Battery Innovation to the U.S. Residential Solar Market

    LEHI, Utah and SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 18, 2017 - Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR) today announced an exclusive strategic collaboration to bring the Mercedes-Benz customizable home energy storage system to the United States. The two companies will introduce a joint offering that will provide customers with the German engineering and performance of Mercedes-Benz batteries coupled with Vivint Solar's expertise in designing, installing and servicing solar energy systems. For Vivint Solar, which has a proven track record of installing solar energy systems in more than 100,000 homes across the United States, this is the first collaboration to integrate batteries with its offering. This will also be Mercedes-Benz Energy's first collaboration with a U.S. solar provider, bringing its premium, high-performance, road-tested technology for home use to the residential battery market. These storage systems are made to Mercedes-Benz quality standards and based on the same automotive-grade battery technology used in its electric and hybrid vehicles.

  • May 17, 2017 - 18:28

    Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Announces Name Change to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

    Brooklyn, NY: Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced a new name and logo today during a live, virtual event held before hundreds of supporters across the country. Under the new name, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), the organization will continue to build on over 10 years of success working to advance women across the renewable energy spectrum.

  • May 17, 2017 - 14:55

    Stem to Expand Storage at California State University Campus with 4.2 MWh Battery

    The Dominguez Hills campus of California State University (CSU) has tapped Stem to develop software-driven energy storage services to reduce the school's electricity costs, the company announced this week. Stem said it is developing a 1 MW / 4.2 MWh system to be housed on campus in Carson, Calif., part of a larger company strategy in targeting academic institutions.

  • May 17, 2017 - 10:45

    8minutenergy Expands Into Energy Storage Market With 1 Gigawatt Project Pipeline

    SAN FRANCISCO-8minutenergy Renewables, LLC (“8minutenergy”), the largest independent solar power developer in the U.S., announced it has expanded into the energy storage market with a 1 gigawatt (GW) project pipeline. The company is focused on standalone storage and hybrid (solar PV + storage) systems, driven by its storage leadership team that has several decades of experience building some of America’s largest energy storage, renewable energy, and transmission projects.

  • May 17, 2017 - 10:35

    IID Demonstrates Battery's Emergency Black Start Capability

    Believed to be a first for the energy industry, Imperial Irrigation District has successfully demonstrated the emergency black start capability of its state-of-the-art battery energy storage system. Black start is the process of restoring an electric power station, or a part of an electric grid, to operation without relying on the external transmission network. On May 10, the district’s new battery energy storage system, which went online in October 2016, successfully supplied the electricity needed to start IID’s 44-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas turbine at the El Centro Generating Station. To stabilize the power plant, the battery energy storage system then converted, by design, to become an energy load consumer.

  • May 16, 2017 - 17:00

    EU Funding for Projects Developing Synergies Between Stationary Storage and Transport Sectors

    Over €12 million (US$13.18 million) in funding will be provided to two European projects to examine and exploit synergies between the stationary energy storage and transport sectors, through the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument.

  • May 16, 2017 - 12:23

    Tesla Launches First Aggregated 'Virtual Power Plant' in Us

    Tesla has announced the first programme to aggregate the capabilities of hundreds of its residential and commercial stationary storage systems in a partnership with Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. The pair will bundle together up to 2,000 of Tesla’s residential Powerwall and commercial and industrial (C&I) Powerpack systems to create a “single resource of shared energy”, Tesla said, calling it the “next step in tapping the potential” of energy storage systems in the field.

  • May 16, 2017 - 02:47

    Lyndon Rive Is Leaving Tesla to Focus on a New Startup: 'I Am an Entrepreneur at Heart'

    Lyndon Rive, the co-founder and former CEO of SolarCity, did not attend last week's call with reporters when Tesla unveiled new details about the Solar Roof. It was a sign of a coming change. Today, Rive announced that he will be leaving Tesla to focus on building a new company. "I am an entrepreneur at heart; starting and growing companies is what I do best. I want to pursue a new venture, but I didn't want to do that until the time was right.

  • May 15, 2017 - 13:36

    ESA Welcomes New Members and Officers to its Board of Directors

    Washington, D.C. (May 15, 2017) – The Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national trade association for the U.S. energy storage industry, announced today the results of its Board elections. Each year, ESA holds open elections among its members, and the resulting Board of Directors also holds elections to select executive committee officers.