Energy Storage News

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  • February 8, 2018 - 21:01

    Fluence, Battery Makers to Gain as Arizona Considers Storage Goal (Corrected)

    Arizona is poised to join states that have adopted or are considering adopting energy storage goals for solar and wind in a possible move that’s expected to benefit large-battery makers such as Fluence. The Arizona Corporation Commission is expected to vote in late February on whether to move forward with a proposed energy modernization plan calling for 3 gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, which, if adopted, could become the largest energy-storage mandate in the country. The plan also calls for 80 percent of the state’s electricity to be generated using renewables by 2050.

  • February 8, 2018 - 13:43

    Leclanché Building Complete Energy Storage Systems for Commercial and Industrial Applications with NRStor C&I in ...

    YVERDON LES BAINS, Switzerland and DALLAS and TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2018-- Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN), a leading global and vertically-integrated battery energy storage solution company, has been selected by NRStor C&I, a subsidiary of NRStor Inc., to build a complete battery energy storage system under a turn-key EPC agreement for an Ontario-based industrial company seeking to reduce its energy costs through emissions-free technology. NRStor C&I, based in Toronto, is the principal investor in this project and will serve as the project owner and operator. It is a leading Canadian energy storage project developer and owner in the commercial, industrial and institutional space. NRStor C&I operates under a build, own and operate structure with a goal of reducing customers' electricity cost via peak demand reduction and optimizing multiple cashflow streams while utilizing a fossil fuel-free technology that helps customers reduce their carbon footprint.

  • February 8, 2018 - 12:31

    Energy Storage: 2017 Year in Review

    Many experts view 2-17 as the year in which energy storage turned the corner, from nascent technology to full-fledged energy market participant. Major milestones included the construction of a large-scale energy storage facility to replace a natural gas plant in California, completed in less than six months; a large-scale solar-plus-storage PPA in Arizona priced substantially below prior market floors; and Tesla's announcement in December of the successful powering of a 100MW mega battery in South Australia, completed in less than 100 days, as promised by Elon Musk. 

  • February 8, 2018 - 12:07

    Sterling Municipal Light Department Signs Solar-Plus-Storage PPA

    Sterling Municipal Light Department in Massachusetts has signed a power purchase agreement for a community solar project paired with energy storage. The project developer, Origis Energy USA, says it is the first solar-plus-storage project in Massachusetts. Origis Energy is developing the 1 MW rooftop solar array that will be combined with a 1 MW, 2 MWh energy storage system and will sell the output to public power utility Sterling Municipal under a power purchase agreement. Origis says the solar-plus-storage facility will be able to deliver 1.7 MWh annually.

  • February 8, 2018 - 09:31

    New York Could be Headed for the Country's Most Ambitious Energy Storage Goal

    New York State could be on its way to crafting the most aggressive energy storage goal in the country. The target is still a work in progress, but based on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) recent announcement and interviews with analysts, it could be set above 1,500 MW by 2030. “I think the target would be higher than 1,500 MW,” Conor Bambrick, air and energy director at Environmental Advocates of New York, told Utility Dive.

  • February 8, 2018 - 09:03

    More Big Energy Storage Projects For South Australia

    South Australia’s standing as a renewable energy powerhouse will soon be matched by its reputation for energy storage uptake, boosted by news of more major projects announced today. Just days after SA’s 50,000 solar + battery system strong virtual power plant project was announced, developer Tilt Renewables has unveiled plans for a 300MW/1350MWh pumped hydro energy storage project at Highbury, 14km north of Adelaide’s CBD.

  • February 8, 2018 - 09:01

    Arenko and GE to Build Grid-Scale Energy Storage System in UK

    UK-based energy company Arenko Group (Arenko) has partnered with GE Power (GE) to build a grid-scale energy storage system in the country. As part of the deal, GE is set to deliver a 41MW, fully integrated battery storage solution to meet the consumer demand in real-time under the deal. The grid-scale energy storage system is said to be one of the largest projects in the UK and will have the capacity to meet the power requirements of approximately 100,000 homes across the country.

  • February 7, 2018 - 12:03

    Greensmith Energy Starts Operations at Texas Waves Energy Storage Project

    Wärtsilä's Greensmith Energy has completed two 9.9MW grid-scale energy storage systems in partnership with E.ON Climate & Renewables in the US state of Texas. The system already responded to the recent cold snap in Texas, delivering short term energy to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).The two 9.9MW, short-duration Texas Waves storage facilities are fed by E.ON’s 249MW Pyron and the 197MW Inadale wind farms, both near Roscoe, Texas. The advanced energy storage systems are programmed for multiple applications including rapid response to shifts in demand, power quality and overall grid reliability.

  • February 6, 2018 - 09:54

    Honolulu Storage Permits Surge 1,700% in One Year, New Report Says

    New data from Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) shows energy customers in the capital city of Honolulu are increasingly interested in adding battery storage to rooftop solar, evidence by an 18-fold increase in the number of permits issued for residential projects. The new report from DBEDT, based on data from the city's Department of Planning and Permitting, finds 731 residential battery storage related projects received permits last year — compared with a mere 40 in 2016.

  • February 5, 2018 - 10:13

    Six Forces Disrupting the Power Sector

    Another key marker of disruption, according to Ghosh, is the rapid—“rapid being the code word here”—advancement of technology. Since 2007, the cost of wind and solar power has fallen dramatically as capacity factors have soared, contributing to their quick uptake across all markets, including as offshore and distributed sources, he said. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), variable renewable energy penetration is approaching a 20% to 30% share in many markets, and the wider industry is already seeing repercussions. In Germany, for example, conventional thermal plants—and particularly coal plants—have adopted equipment, software, and operational modifications to be more flexible in order to achieve higher ramp rates, more starts and stops, and much lower minimum generation.