Energy Storage in the News

January 16, 2020

SPP Committee Looks at Energy Storage Integration Plans

The growth in energy storage is rapidly evolving the power industry and the Southwest Power Pool is the latest entity grappling with how to integrate the new resource. In a new white paper, SPP averred that energy storage can serve as a substitute for transmission by resolving short-term reliability issues such as voltage support and congestion, which could avoid costly transmission upgrades.

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Energy Storage in the News

January 15, 2020

PV Tech Power 21: Flow in Focus, Long-Duration Contenders and the ESA

“Energy storage is certainly there to integrate intermittent resources like solar and wind and help enable our grid to get cleaner, but it’s also there for grid operators to improve the efficiency of the grid, to improve resilience. We are there for an efficient, affordable and sustainable grid.” – Kelly Speakes-Backman

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Energy Storage in the News

January 15, 2020

NEC Energy Solutions to build 100 MW of storage capacity in Northern Ireland

The company will provide two 50 MW systems for investor the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund and project developer Low Carbon. The projects will be completed by the first quarter of 2021. NEC Energy Solutions has revealed plans to install 100 MW of energy storage capacity at two sites in Northern Ireland, backed by engineering, procurement and construction services. Under the terms of the deal, NEC will also provide its GSS end-to-end grid storage solution, as well as AEROS, its proprietary energy storage control software.

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Energy Storage in the News

January 13, 2020

Contenders: Long Duration Energy Storage Technologies, and Who's Behind Them

As the global energy market, piece by piece, slowly but surely, moves towards a renewables-centered paradigm, dispatchable solar and uncurtailed wind, along with other forms of clean energy, are requiring longer and longer durations of storage to integrate them to the grid. While there’ll be a place for lithium-ion for many years yet, the technology really excels at applications of up to around four hours. For everything else, there’s a growing list of contenders, with diverse technologies and at different stages of commercialization. Here’s a handy guide to some of those technologies and their providers, electrochemical and otherwise, that promise anything from five hours to even days or weeks of storage.

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Energy Storage in the News

January 13, 2020

What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy Storage Manufacturing Powerhouse?

U.S. entrepreneurs have led the world in creating new technologies for storing grid power, but they largely rely on other countries for their core ingredients. When a global supply crunch constrained those top tier suppliers, integrators turned to a growing roster of Chinese producers and found that they measured up. The Trump administration’s Department of Energy last week proposed a different vision, one in which the U.S. establishes a domestic supply chain for energy storage by 2030. It’s calling this a “Grand Challenge,” and promising millions of dollars and considerable institutional resources to achieve it.

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Energy Storage in the News

January 10, 2020

U.S. Department of Energy Launches Energy Storage Grand Challenge

Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette announced the launch of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage. 

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Energy Storage in the News

January 09, 2020

CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019

“ESA commends Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and their bipartisan colleagues for introducing the Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act of 2019, which looks to establish a longer term, technology-neutral tax structure for all emerging energy technologies,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. 

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Energy Storage in the News

January 09, 2020

First Large Battery in Republic of Ireland Targets Super-Fast Grid Services

The Republic of Ireland recently received its first grid-scale battery, which will help manage volatility as the island nation ramps up renewable power plants. The Fluence-supplied battery system will make money via a new product that rewards high-speed frequency response. Developer Statkraft and battery supplier Fluence announced Wednesday that the battery had been installed in County Kerry and will enter commercial operation a few weeks after commissioning. The Kilathmoy battery packs 11 megawatts/5.5 megawatt-hours and sits alongside a 23-megawatt wind farm.

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Energy Storage in the News

January 09, 2020

Maryland Regulators Urged to Consider Climate, Grid Benefits of Energy Storage

Maryland regulators should create new value streams for energy storage projects that would compensate them based on their ability to reduce emissions and defer the need for distribution grid upgrades, among other factors, a group including utility, government, and other stakeholders including ESA said in a filing with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC). The document is the next step toward determining how Maryland utilities will solicit energy storage projects 5 MW to 10 MW in size, as the state’s investor-owned utilities are mandated to do as part of a pilot program created by the state legislature last year.

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