Energy Storage News

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  • 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.

  • May 15, 2017 - 12:36

    Wärtsilä Takes Over U.S. Storage Specialist Greensmith

    Finnish provider of energy solutions Wärtsilä has signed an agreement to acquire Greensmith Energy Management for an undisclosed sum. According to a company announcement, the acquisition of the U.S.-based provider of intelligent energy storage technology and solutions will enable Wärtsilä to expand its business in energy storage and to position itself on the global energy system integration market. The transaction is yet to be confirmed by U.S. regulatory approvals/authorities, but rumours have been circulating for months. It follows a recent trend of large firms taking over small but growing energy storage companies.

  • May 15, 2017 - 09:13

    Public Service Company of New Mexico Selects Enbala Power Networks to Manage Peak Saver Program

    Enbala Power Networks has been selected by Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) to administer the utility’s Peak Saver demand response program beginning in 2018, pending New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission approval. As the state’s largest electricity provider, PNM services more than 500,000 residential and business customers. It has a well-established base of demand response (DR) resources that the company has used since 2008, and its Peak Saver load management program is one of the two key components. Designed to help large commercial and industrial (C&I) customers reduce the amount of energy they require during peak demand periods, the Peak Saver program is dispatched during the hottest days of the year, and participants are paid an annual incentive based on the amount of peak demand managed by the program.

  • May 15, 2017 - 09:08

    The Next Step in Energy Storage: Aggregation

    Today, modern utilities and grid operators are utilizing battery technology like never before. The next step in tapping the potential of energy storage is putting together thousands of batteries to form an energy network that utilities can use to deliver immediate value for the electric system. Tesla can now bundle Powerwall and Powerpack batteries into a single portfolio, also called aggregation, to make the grid cleaner and more efficient. Meanwhile, Powerwall customers who allow Tesla and the utilities to use their battery when energy demand is highest will not only have home backup power, but will also receive compensation for its use on the grid.