Energy Storage News

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  • September 10, 2018 - 00:00

    CEO Statement on California Governor Brown SB100 Bill Signing

    The Energy Storage Association (ESA) applauds Governor Brown for signing into law today SB100 – legislation that will position California definitively as a leader in the nation to move to 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045. The innovation of California within the energy sector is welcomed by the storage industry as we stand on the precipice of realizing our own goal of 35 GW of new storage deployed by 2025. Together, our collective visions of the future will result in a better world through a more resilient, efficient, sustainable, and affordable electricity grid.

  • September 7, 2018 - 00:00

    How Big Is the Residential Energy Storage Market?

    For the first time ever, the U.S. saw more home energy storage than front-of-meter storage deployed in a single quarter. According to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor from the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables (formerly known as GTM Research) 156.5 megawatt-hours of energy storage were deployed in the second quarter of 2018, triple what was deployed in the second quarter of 2017. The residential segment led the way, growing tenfold year-over-year.

  • September 6, 2018 - 05:17

    Powering a Decentralized Grid

    In Chandler, Ariz., Salt River Project (SRP)—a nonprofit water and energy utility—is kicking off a new endeavor that will deliver power to about 1,000 homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area. But plans don’t involve a natural gas plant or even solar or wind turbine installations. In a sign of the decentralization of the nation’s power grid, this project centers on battery-based energy storage. Per a 20-year power purchase agreement between SRP and The AES Corporation, a 10 MW four-hour-duration energy storage system will inject power into the grid during peak demand periods. Fluence is supplying the Advancion battery storage system, which will be charged by an SRP distribution substation, and is taking the lead on deploying and maintaining the system. Mortenson is the EPC contractor responsible for the balance-of-plant portion of the project.

  • September 6, 2018 - 05:15

    California's BTM Energy Storage Moves Forward, but is it Good for the Climate?

    he California legislature last week approved SB 700, which extends funding for the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), the state’s chief vehicle for expanding behind-the-meter energy storage. While solar and storage advocates cheered the bill's passage for the positive impacts it will have on deployment, the bill also seeks to bring the SGIP more in line with the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals.

  • September 6, 2018 - 05:13

    Grid-connected Battery Energy Capacity Grew 68 Percent Last Year

    A utility survey shows battery storage capacity growing sharply, including solar + storage installations in several states. Looking ahead, FERC Order 841 could spark extensive new storage for grid services, helping more utilities become familiar with storage and its benefits.

  • September 6, 2018 - 04:58

    Grid Storage batteries Help Electric Vehicles Go Truly Green

    In October 2015 a ruptured well in a natural gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon north of Los Angeles leaked 97,100 tonnes of methane into the atmosphere — making it one of the worst environmental disasters in the US since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years earlier. Thousands of people were displaced. The following year utility Southern California Edison decided to invest in batteries to reduce the region’s reliance on gas for electricity — a contract that was won by Tesla. It was a turning point for electric utilities, which have relied on natural gas plants to provide power for over half a century.

  • September 5, 2018 - 22:00

    Maxwell Technologies Announces Ultracapacitor Grid Energy Storage Subsystem Design-in with Siemens Transmission Solutions to Stabilize Global Power Grids

    SAN DIEGO, Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. , a leading developer and manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery solutions, today announced a grid energy storage subsystem design-in with Siemens to deliver economical, fast responding, long life grid voltage and frequency support solutions. The new Siemens Static VAR Compensator plus Frequency Stabilizer (SVC PLUS FS) enables ISOs, electric utilities and transmission system operators to have better control of their grids and reduce the risk of blackouts.

  • September 5, 2018 - 17:04

    Powin to Deliver 70MWh in Energy Storage Projects in North America and Italy by Early 2019

    TUALATIN, Ore., Sept. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy storage system provider Powin Energy, Inc.  has installed or will deliver over 32.8MW/70MWh of energy storage projects by early 2019 as demand for its battery systems continues to rise.  The longer-term market is also strong as the Company has secured contracts to install an additional 94.7MW/411MWh between Q4 2019 and late 2021.  These successes are giving Powin strong momentum into 2019 while competitors continue to face critical material shortages.

  • September 5, 2018 - 14:39

    US residential storage capacity sees 317% growth

    Utilities in the United States connected almost 217 MW / 524 MWh of energy storage capacity to the grid in 2017, and while those numbers were driven by utility-supply projects, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) says the strongest growth is seen on the residential side. From 2016 to 2017, residential capacity additions grew by 202% in terms of MW, while non-residential additions grew by a modest 9% and utilities even saw the rate decline slightly, according to SEPA's 2018 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot, released last month. In terms of MWh, residential projects tallied an even more impressive growth rate: 317%, compared with 105% in the non-residential sector and 89% growth in utility storage.

  • September 5, 2018 - 14:02

    US Triples Energy Storage Installations, Residential Grows 10X to Become Largest Sector

    Wood Mackenzie projects that the U.S. energy storage market will reach well over $500 million in sales this year, following on 61.8 MW / 156.5 MWh of installations during the second quarter. Residential storage has grown at 61% per quarter since Q1 2017.