Energy Storage News

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  • September 12, 2017 - 11:23

    UK Green Utility Good Energy to Begin 'First of Many' Energy Storage Projects This Year

    Good Energy, one of the first utilities in Britain to offer all-renewable energy for consumers, has said it aims to start work on its maiden commercial energy storage development in November this year. In March this year the clean energy utility announced that it was to move into the battery storage sector as part of a significant restructuring of its offering. In May the company also launched a US$10 million corporate bond offer to fund work in the stationary energy storage and EV charger sectors.

  • September 12, 2017 - 08:22

    EDF and STORNETIC Partnership Project: STORNETIC Flywheel Energy Storage System Delivered to EDF

    For the first time STORNETIC has delivered a Flywheel Energy Storage system to EDF. The storage device DuraStor® has safely reached the EDF Concept Grid site in Moret-sur-Loing near Paris where it will serve within a joint project on advanced smart grid storage solutions. The project serves to assess the performance of flywheel energy storage technology facing the demands of a modern grid environment and special customer requirements.

  • September 11, 2017 - 16:11

    Volkswagen Plans Electric Option for All Models by 2030

    VW will double investment in zero-emission vehicles to 20bn euros (£18bn) as it seeks to put the diesel emissions scandal behind it. The German firm plans to offer 80 new electric cars across the group by 2025. It comes as Mercedes-Benz also promised electric versions of all its cars. Mercedes chief Dieter Zetsche said the entire range would have electric or hybrid versions by 2022.

  • September 11, 2017 - 08:57

    Grid Resiliency and Critical Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

    While the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the West’s wildfires are fresh in our minds, it’s critical to start focusing on grid resiliency — and how distributed energy can contribute to it. Utilities and state regulators right now focus more on grid reliability than grid resiliency, said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association (ESA). But the two are very different. “Reliability is about normal operations and the grid being able to run with scheduled down times of generation and scheduled operations and maintenance — to be able to count on it when you’ve scheduled it,” she said.

  • September 8, 2017 - 16:15

    Amber Kinetics Wins Top Array Changing Technologies Award from PV Magazine

    UNION CITY, Calif.--Amber Kinetics, Inc., the developer and manufacturer of game-changing, four-hour discharge duration flywheel energy storage technology, was named the winner of pv magazine’s Array Changing Technologies Award 2017. The award has been given annually since 2015 to recognize excellence in innovation for solar components and PV power plant development and operation.

  • September 8, 2017 - 07:58

    Choosing the Right Grid Infrastructure in the wake of the DOE Grid Study

    Since its release last week, the Department of Energy’s grid study has been under the harsh scrutiny of a broad range of industry players.The study was roundly criticized well in advance of its release by many stakeholders expecting it to unjustifiably blame renewable energy for the challenges facing the grid. Thankfully, the study that emerged last week has failed to live up to those fears. Instead, the report is generally fact-based and well-researched, and the key findings–that low natural gas prices and flagging load growth are primarily to blame for the economic crunch facing coal and nuclear power plants and that renewables pose no threat to our grid–are well-documented and well-understood by stakeholders ranging from the U.S. military to utility CEOs.

  • September 7, 2017 - 13:30

    DOE Report: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly … and the Redemption (Blog)

    Last week the Department of Energy issued its much-anticipated Staff Report to the Secretary on Electricity Markets and Reliability, in the shadow of the August 21 eclipse and right before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston. The main takeaways of the report were clear: in the midst of a rapidly changing energy mix, much more needs to be done to reform electricity markets to incorporate the significant value of resiliency and flexibility into markets.

  • September 7, 2017 - 13:23

    Giant Batteries Help Renewable Energy Grow In New England

    Giant batteries are starting to make a mark on the electricity grid that serves all of New England — the unique characteristics of which could supercharge solar and wind energy development in the region.

  • September 7, 2017 - 13:21

    Historic Massachusetts Island Enjoyed Renewable Rummer with Solar-Plus-Storage

    Using just 351.9kW of PV and 1MWh of energy storage in a microgrid, a tiny island off the Massachusetts coast successfully met more than 50% of its electricity demand over summer. Historic Cuttyhunk Island, just a few miles from Martha’s Vineyard, a summer destination for the rich and famous, has less than 50 residents outside of seasonal tourist peaks and about 300 residents during the summer season.

  • September 7, 2017 - 13:18

    New Battery Technologies are Getting a Charge From Venture Investors

    Venture capital investors once again are getting charged up over new battery technologies. The quest to build a better battery has occupied venture investors for nearly a decade, since the initial clean technology investment bubble of the mid-2000s. Now, some of those same investors are returning to invest in battery businesses, drawn by the promise of novel chemistries and new materials that aim to make more powerful, smaller and safer batteries.