Energy Storage News

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  • April 11, 2018 - 09:17

    Energy Storage Charges Forward

    Use it or lose it. Few products in the world have a shorter shelf life than electricity. That's why pretty much everyone involved in the power sector — from utilities to buyers to startups to state regulators — is putting more energy than ever behind ways to extend it. That's fueling a boom in projects and investments centered on advanced battery chemistries and alternative energy storage approaches, such as hydrogen fuel cells and thermal options that use hot water or ice to conserve power. The holy grail over time is to create a network of resources that can be used in concert with solar and wind farms. The idea is to balance those intermittent renewable resources, help their production output become more predictable and make it easier to integrate distributed power plants into the grid.

  • April 10, 2018 - 23:50

    BP Selects Tesla As Supplier For New Energy Storage System At Titan 1 Wind Energy Installation

    Tesla will build and supply the energy storage facility to be installed at BP’s Titan 1 wind energy power plant in South Dakota, US, the company has revealed. The new energy storage facility is expected to be installed during the second half of 2018, according to the company.

  • April 9, 2018 - 19:19

    New Hampshire Utility Proposes Virtual Power Plant with Tesla Powerwalls

    A proposal to install 300 Tesla Powerwall batteries in homes in Lebanon, N.H., is just the latest example of utilities turning to distributed storage, as well as the growing battle to supply these Virtual Power Plants (VPP). Valley News reports Liberty Utilities tapped Tesla to supply the batteries, but the proceeding has grown as SunRun has called for a competitive bidding process to supply the batteries. The Liberty Utilities pilot will eventually be expanded to 1,000 customer homes.

  • April 9, 2018 - 18:37

    Sungrow Partners with Greensmith to Deliver State-of-the-Art Solar Plus Storage Technology to Massachusetts

    OAKLAND, Calif., April 9, 2018 -- Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, recently announced to work with Greensmith Energy, a part of the Wärtsilä technology group, to provide an advanced energy storage system to Origis Energy USA in Sterling, Massachusetts. The project couples a 1MW rooftop solar installation with a 1MW/2MWh energy storage system to deliver an annual base load of 1.7MWh in dispatchable clean energy to the town's ratepayers.

  • April 9, 2018 - 10:17

    Battery Storage Comes to the Blockchain

    An alliance announced in March could result in one of the most complete blockchain-based energy trading pilots to date — by adding batteries into the mix. Sonnen’s decision to join the NEMoGrid project in Europe is thought to be the first instance of a battery vendor taking part in a blockchain energy trading experiment. The project will look at the economic and technical impact of electricity trading between households within a region, said Sonnen in a press release.

  • April 9, 2018 - 08:50

    The Spectrum of Resiliency – What Role Does Energy Storage Play in a Microgrid?

    Microgrids and energy storage are highly promising and frequently discussed topics in the energy community. Growing cybersecurity threats and frequent natural disasters that pose risk to the electric system have made microgrid solutions a desirable infrastructure improvement for customers and utilities.

  • April 6, 2018 - 00:35

    Tesla Built the World's Biggest Battery. This One Could be Three Times Bigger

    An energy company wants to build another huge solar farm in the open desert east of Palm Springs — and maybe the world's biggest battery. The Crimson solar project would span 2,500 acres of public lands south of Interstate 10 in eastern Riverside County, at the base of the Mule Mountains. The San Francisco-based developer, Recurrent Energy, has asked the federal government for permission to build 350 megawatts of solar power at the site, and up to 350 megawatts of battery storage. That would be several times larger than the biggest battery currently in existence, a 100-megawatt system that Elon Musk's Tesla Inc. installed in Australia last year.

  • April 5, 2018 - 08:45

    CEO Statement on U.S. Section 301 Tariffs Announced Yesterday

    “The Energy Storage Association (ESA) anticipates that the inclusion of Chinese battery components in the tariffs, as drafted, will likely represent a negligible impact on the growth of the energy storage market. Nonetheless, ESA is concerned by the battery tariffs announced yesterday because the Administration is creating unnecessary uncertainty for the U.S. energy storage market,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA. “If these tariffs are adopted, the companies and people who plan, build, and service battery storage facilities will be faced with risk that may inhibit storage deployment, even as the U.S. looks to strengthen its energy infrastructure and enhance resilience.”

  • April 4, 2018 - 19:03

    Latest Trump Tariffs Spare Batteries Used in EVs

    A new wave of tariffs on Chinese goods targets batteries, but those tariffs are unlikely to have a major impact on batteries used for energy storage or electric vehicles, according to the Energy Storage Association, an industry trade group.

  • April 4, 2018 - 18:04

    French Utility Company EDF Plans Energy Storage Push

    French utility company EDF has a goal of 100% carbon-free power by 2050. Energy storage will be a big part of achieving that goal. The company already has 5 gigawatts of installed grid-scale storage, but plans to increase that to 15 gigawatts by 2035. Adding the extra 10 gigawatts of storage called for by its new Energy Storage Plan will cost about $10 billion.