Energy Storage in the News

September 23, 2019

University Team Developing Novel Low-Cost Energy Storage System

Two Cal Poly Pomona engineering professors have won a $149,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to continue development of a low-cost energy storage system using reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC), the byproduct of water desalinization plants. As droughts increase, more communities, especially in the Southwest U.S., are considering desalinization plants to meet their fresh water needs. However, ROC is harmful to the environment due to its high salt content, biocides, metals and coagulents. At the same time, the energy sector is looking for more cost-effective methods of energy storage.

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Energy Storage in the News

September 23, 2019

NEC to Develop Energy Storage Systems with Cells from Ambri Inc.

NEC will employ its proprietary AEROS® energy storage operating system and controls to optimize system performance of the Ambri-based energy storage systems for NEC customers that could include utilities, independent power producers and project developers.

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Energy Storage in the News

September 23, 2019

Energy Storage Legislation is Imperative for Us, and Our Birds

A slate of bipartisan bills proposed in Congress could go a long way to support energy storage research and development. We already know that clean energy solutions, including wind and solar, are key to eliminating the carbon pollution that causes climate change. We know the technology exists to make these systems a reality. What is needed is robust investment. Right now, a slate of bipartisan bills proposed in Congress could go a long way to support energy storage research and development.

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Energy Storage in the News

September 20, 2019

GE’s Largest Battery Deal Yet Will Support a 200MW Australian Solar Plant

GE won its biggest grid battery deal so far, to supply a solar plant in South Australia. The 200-megawatt Solar River plant will be coupled with a 100-megawatt/300-megawatt-hour GE Reservoir grid storage system. Solar River could start generating power as early as 2021. This battery will outrank South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve, the Tesla-supplied system that currently holds the title for world’s largest. Like that battery, it will provide fast-reacting capacity for a state grid dealing with rapid renewables growth and baseload coal retirement. But the GE system will use its longer energy duration to turn solar power into a dispatchable resource.

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Energy Storage in the News

September 19, 2019

ESA Energy Storage Seminar on Integrated Resource Planning — Minneapolis

The U.S. Energy Storage Association, with experts from the Brattle Group, will provide a 1.5-day seminar on topics that every system planner needs to know about energy storage. Sign up today and learn why 22 utilities have selected nearly 5 GW of storage in their IRPs and where state regulators are increasingly headed on prudency.

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Energy Storage in the News

September 19, 2019

ESA Energy Storage Seminar on Integrated Resource Planning — Atlanta

The U.S. Energy Storage Association, with experts from the Brattle Group, will provide a 1.5-day seminar on topics that every system planner needs to know about energy storage. Sign up today and learn why 22 utilities have selected nearly 5 GW of storage in their IRPs and where state regulators are increasingly headed on prudency.

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Energy Storage in the News

September 19, 2019

Energy Optimized: Wärtsilä Energy’s White Paper on Greensmith Technology

Today’s energy landscape is changing. There is a global energy transition underway in which renewable energy sources, led by wind and solar power, will ultimately replace legacy thermal generation. Falling supply costs, coupled with technology innovations in energy storage, software, and automation, are facilitating this change. This sponsored white paper explores:

  1. The diverse challenges facing electric grids today
  2. Optimization of energy generation
  3. Smart algorithms and the modular ‘rules-based engine’
  4. Greensmith’s GEMS optimisation software platform and controls suite

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Energy Storage in the News

September 19, 2019

Enabling Versatility: Allowing Hybrid Resources to Deliver Their Full Value to Customers

Hybrid resources are growing dramatically. Energy storage-paired generators offer enhanced capabilities and can respond to economic signals differently than traditional generator resources. Yet, many grid planning rules overstate the cost of interconnecting hybrid resources, and operating rules unduly limit the flexibility and other services that these resources can provide. Industry practices, market rules, and regulations need to be updated to remove barriers to entry and allow these resources to offer their full value to the power system, which will enhance market competition and ensure just and reasonable rates.

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Energy Storage in the News

September 19, 2019

Power Plants with Energy Storage Can Boost Electric Market Competition and Lower Costs

As electricity markets innovate with new technologies to increase system reliability and efficiency, a new industry white paper released today shows how energy storage projects integrated with power plants, such as wind and solar power, are crucial to providing greater value to the electric grid, facilitating greater market competition and lowering electricity costs for consumers. The white paper, entitled Enabling Versatility: Allowing Hybrid Resources to Deliver Their Full Value to Customers, is the product of a collaboration between Grid Strategies and the U.S. Energy Storage Association.

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