Energy Storage News

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  • January 18, 2017 - 14:27

    Eguana and LG Chem to Expand Energy Storage Partnership

    CALGARY, ALBERTA -01/18/17- Eguana Technologies Inc. announced today that it has expanded its energy storage partnership with LG Chem. Development has begun to optimize integration and delivery of LG Chem's new industry-leading JH3 battery cell technology for stationary storage systems as part of Eguana's AC Battery portfolio. Since the product was first announced, the US Residential AC Battery, based on LG Chem's JH2 cell technology, has been certified to meet US national standards and passed rigorous internal testing at both Eguana and LG Chem. Deployments in the Hawaii and California markets have taken place in both homeowner and utility applications.

  • January 18, 2017 - 10:40

    RES Announces Substantial Completion of 198 MW Bluestem Wind Project

    BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 18, 2017 -- Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, engineering, and construction of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas, is pleased to announce substantial completion of the Bluestem Wind Project located in Beaver County, Oklahoma. The project, which consists of 60 Vestas V117-3.3 MW™ turbines, will distribute power via OG&E's transmission system, feeding the grids of cities and industries across the state, in addition to the broader Southwest Power Pool region. The project is expected to generate approximately 845,000 MWh per year, enough electricity to power 77,000 U.S. homes. RES developed the project and also served as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. The project is RES' seventh operational wind farm in Oklahoma and the first in the state for Exelon Generation, who purchased the project in December 2015.

  • January 17, 2017 - 22:24

    Oregon PUC Issues Guidance on Energy Storage Program

    Actions are underway  at the Oregon Public Utility Commission (the “PUC”) to implement HB 2193, Oregon’s energy storage legislation.  HB 2193 requires that PacifiCorp and Portland General Electric (“PGE”) submit proposals for energy storage systems capable of storing at least 5 MWh of energy – with an aggregate capacity not to exceed one percent of each company’s peak load in 2014 – by January 1, 2018. On December 28, 2016, the PUC issued Order No. 16-504 (the “Order”), setting forth guidelines and requirements for PacifiCorp and PGE to follow in submitting these proposals.  Approved by Chief Administrative Law Judge Michael Grant on January 5, 2017, the Order adopts project guidelines, proposal guidelines, storage evaluation requirements, and competitive bidding requirements for PacifiCorp and PGE storage project proposals.

  • January 17, 2017 - 15:54

    Why Surging Lithium Prices Haven't Stopped Cost Declines for Battery Energy Storage

    The price of lithium, one of the key mineral commodities of lithium-ion batteries, has risen dramatically over the past couple of years. Under ordinary circumstance those costs would be passed along to manufacturers and, ultimately, consumers. But with respect to li-ion batteries, the current business cycle does not seem to be ordinary.

  • January 17, 2017 - 13:41

    U.S. Military Could Save Over $1 Billion and Boost Energy Security, New Research Finds

    The U.S. Defense Department (DOD) could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually and boost energy security by installing more microgrids and renewable power systems, and increasing energy efficiency on military bases, according to new research conducted by Noblis Inc. and commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • January 17, 2017 - 10:17

    Oncor Demo Center Tests DG, Energy Storage — and Gives Visitors a Jolt

    LANCASTER, Texas — In a darkened room, seven video screens flicker to life. A crack of lightning lights up the darkness as the rumble of thunder suddenly explodes through six speakers in the ceiling and a sub-woofer in the corner. That’s about the time most visitors have to be peeled off the ceiling. “We like to give people a little jump … and we’re only running the [sound system at] about 60%,” Oncor Chief Technology Officer Michael Quinn says with an impish grin.

  • January 17, 2017 - 08:47

    How Can Energy Storage Mini-Grids and Utilities Become Best Buds?

    The term microgrid used to give utility executives sleepless nights and indigestion. These small, self-reliant systems would pop up, seemingly like mushrooms, within a utility’s service territory, threatening both the utility’s resource plan and its obligation to serve reliable power. They completely went against the grain of what utilities were all about: providing a standard level of electricity service to all customers from large, centralized power plants based around economies of scale.

  • January 17, 2017 - 08:19

    German Battery Maker Sonnen A Zayed Future Energy Prize Winner

    Germany’s sonnen is among the winners of the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, taking out the Small/Medium Enterprise (SME) category. Sonnen CEO Christop Ostermann accepted the award and US$1.5 million prize purse during the opening ceremony of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. The $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize was created in 2008 by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, in honor of his late father’s vision for such an award.

  • January 16, 2017 - 16:15

    Nanoscale View of Energy Storage

    In a lab 18 feet below the Engineering Quad of Stanford University, researchers in the Dionne lab camped out with one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to capture an unimaginably small reaction. The lab members conducted arduous experiments - sometimes requiring a continuous 30 hours of work -- to capture real-time, dynamic visualizations of atoms that could someday help our phone batteries last longer and our electric vehicles go farther on a single charge.

  • January 16, 2017 - 08:30

    A Big Test for Big Batteries

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. — In Southern California in the fall of 2015, a giant natural gas leak not only caused one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation’s history, it also knocked out a critical fuel source for regional power plants. Energy regulators needed a quick fix. But rather than sticking with gas, they turned to a technology more closely associated with flashlights: batteries. They freed up the utilities to start installing batteries — and lots of them.