Energy Storage News

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  • December 13, 2017 - 16:39

    Batteries Could Replace Three California Power Plants

    Three California power plants burning fossil fuels might be replaced with batteries, under a proposal state utility regulators will discuss in January. If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, the proposal would direct Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to search for energy storage projects that could replace the output of the three plants, two of them located in Yuba City, the third in San Jose. The commission’s five voting members are scheduled to vote on the issue on Jan. 11.

  • December 13, 2017 - 11:49

    4 signs of progress on climate change

    I’m in Paris for the big meeting on climate change hosted by President Macron. Leaders from around the world are here to take stock of the progress the world is making on this urgent challenge. This is a pivotal moment. We need to adapt to the climate change that is already affecting the planet, and develop new tools that will keep the problem from getting worse. Innovation is key to doing both. Scientific advances in crop science, for example, will help farmers deal with changing weather patterns. And energy research will make it possible to power modern life—the way we live, work, travel, and make things—without adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

  • December 12, 2017 - 20:08

    Sempra Energy : University of California-Irvine and SoCalGas Partner to Design "Advanced Energy Community"

    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2017 -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced that it will partner with the University of California-Irvine's  Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an "Advanced Energy Community" in an underserved neighborhood in Huntington Beach.  The community will be planned as a replicable model that optimizes a full spectrum of diverse energy options, including solar, wind, and renewable natural gas. It will also consider the capability of storing wind- and solar-generated energy with power-to-gas technology. "We're excited to co-fund this worthy project in collaboration with the California Energy Commission," said Lisa Alexander, vice president of customer solutions and communications at SoCalGas. "Creating an Advanced Energy Community will serve as a guide for future policy and planning in California to keep our energy system sustainable and make a difference in our clean-energy future."

  • December 12, 2017 - 16:06

    India's Hybrid Solar-Wind-Storage Projects Take Shape with Tenders and Innovative Steps Forward

    Plans are in place for a combined 160MW solar and wind project with up to 40MWh of energy storage in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, while a smaller scale demonstration project experimenting with multiple technologies is being developed for Kerala. Bharat Reddy, deputy general manager, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), told PV Tech that AP Solar Energy Corporation, AP Nedcap and APTransco are planning to tender a project involving 120MW of solar, 40MW of wind and 20-40MWh of storage by March next year. The storage element will be technology agnostic.

  • December 12, 2017 - 14:30

    ViZn Energy Systems Supplies Flow Battery to CMI Energy Headquarters

    AUSTIN, Texas and SERAING, Belgium, Dec. 12, 2017 - ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of utility scale energy storage systems, and CMI Energy, a division of worldwide industrial leader Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie (CMI), are pleased to announce a strategic partnership on energy storage projects. The initial project features a 400 kilowatt, 3-hour, zinc redox flow battery system that will be integrated with 2 MWp of rooftop solar PV and installed at CMI’s headquarters in Seraing, Belgium. “CMI is a leading EPC and has the engineering expertise to assimilate our zinc redox flow batteries into projects with business cases like peak shaving, time shifting, and numerous on-grid applications in addition to providing ongoing operations and maintenance over our systems’ 20-year lifespan,” said Ron Van Dell, CEO of ViZn Energy.

  • December 12, 2017 - 12:53

    Younicos Recommissions Duke Energy Renewables' 36 MW Battery Storage System in Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas and BERLIN, Dec. 12, 2017 -- Younicos has completed the installation and commissioning of an upgraded 36-megawatt (MW) battery-based energy storage system at the site of Duke Energy’s 153 MW Notrees Windpower Project in West Texas. The company replaced previously deployed lead-acid technology with advanced Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries.

  • December 12, 2017 - 08:53

    How California's New Time-of-Use Rates Will Affect C&I Customers Considering Solar PV

    On December 1, San Diego Gas & Electric became the first of California’s investor-owned utilities to implement a new time-of-use period that shifts the peak period later into the evening, to align with the "head" of the duck curve. Commercial, institutional and industrial customers in SDG&E territory are subject to some of the most expensive demand charges in the country, making it an attractive market for demand-charge management. Unlike residential customers, many non-residential customers are subject to demand charges that are billed based on the facility’s highest monthly demand (measured in kilowatts), which can often exceed half of their total monthly utility bill. An energystoragesystem optimized for demand-charge management can reduce demand charges by forecasting when the load will spike and then discharging the energy storage system to mitigate the peaks measured by the utility meter. 

  • December 12, 2017 - 08:29

    Biggest U.S. Nuclear Owner Exelon Invests in Storage Startup

    Exelon Corp., the biggest U.S. nuclear operator, is investing in the batteries of the future. The company is a lead backer of Volta Energy Technologies, a startup that plans to evaluate and test new energy-storage technologies. Albemarle Corp., the Charlotte-based lithium supplier, is also a lead investor in Volta.

  • December 12, 2017 - 00:00

    Tesla and Sunrun Among Winners of Massachusetts Storage Grants - Renewable Energy World

    Tesla Inc., Sunrun Inc. and National Grid Plc are among recipients of energy-storage grants totaling $20 million from Massachusetts. Massachusetts had initially committed $10 million in grants in an effort to become an energy-storage leader. It ended up doubling that, awarding grants to 26 projects. Tesla won more than $2.3 million in grants. National Grid received $875,000, and Sunrun got $561,000, according to an emailed statement Thursday from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s office. Other winners include NextEra Energy Inc., EnerNOC Inc. and Advanced Microgrid Solutions LLC.

  • December 11, 2017 - 23:58

    Energy Storage Well Past the 'Tipping Point,' Panel Says

    WASHINGTON — Speakers at the GridWise Alliance’s GridCONNEXT conference last week left no doubt: Electric storage is long past the “tipping point.” Moderator Ram Sastry, vice president of infrastructure and business continuity for American Electric Power, had posed the question: “Are we going to see large-scale deployment of energy storage systems? And if not, what’s stopping that?”