Energy Storage News

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  • May 24, 2019 - 14:08

    Eversource Turns to Non-Wires Solution in Outage-Plagued New Hampshire Town

    Eversource Energy is turning to efficiency and energy storage to help maintain reliability in a small, rural New Hampshire town prone to outages, rather than spend $6 million to construct a new 10-mile distribution circuit. The largest component of the Westmoreland Clean Innovation Project is a 1.7 MW / 7.1 MWh lithium-ion battery, estimated to cost $7 million. Despite being costlier than the new-circuit alternative, the utility says the project will deliver savings to Eversource customers by reducing peak costs. The project aims to improve service in the town, which is served by a single major power line.

  • May 23, 2019 - 18:05

    GE Looking at Reservoir Pumps for Renewable Energy Storage

    Scientists from General Electric's Global Research Center in Niskayuna recently won a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the viability of so-called pumped storage hydropower technology that essentially stores up power generated from solar and wind farms for use on the electric grid. The grant, which was awarded by the DOE's Water Power Technologies Office, will be shared by GE Research, GE Energy Consulting and GE Renewable Energy's hydro team.

  • May 23, 2019 - 10:46

    CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman's Statement on Introduction of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019

    Energy Storage Association CEO Kelly Speakes-Backman issued a statement on the introduction of the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act and the Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019.

  • May 23, 2019 - 01:00

    Adding Giant Batteries To This Hydro Project Creates A 'Virtual Dam' With Less Environmental Impact

    A Chilean utility has broken ground on a 50 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage project paired with a run-of-river hydroelectric facility. The battery will be capable of storing electricity produced from the hydro generation without needing to construct a dam or make use of a water reservoir, creating instead a “virtual dam” that can deliver 10 megawatts (MW) of power for 5 hours.

  • May 22, 2019 - 23:26

    Senators Collins, Heinrich Lead Bipartisan Group in Introducing Energy Storage Bill to Bolster Renewables, Fight Climate Change

    In order to accelerate the development of next-generation energy storage, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Martha McSally (R-AZ), and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act today.  Their bipartisan legislation will support grid-scale energy storage research and development and improve the efficiency of the nation’s electric grid, while helping to align research efforts on energy storage technologies.

  • May 22, 2019 - 22:06

    Energy Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development: Microgrid 2019

    Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to store excess electrons in batteries that would release that energy when it is needed. Energy storage provides a Swiss army knife of services, from shaving peak load to storing and injecting wind and solar electrons onto the grid. It enhances reliability while also increasing efficiencies and allowing for more green energy on the grid.

  • May 22, 2019 - 17:55

    U.S. to Become World's Largest Grid-Connected Energy-Storage Market

    The United States will this year become the world’s largest market for grid-connected battery energy storage, as solar-plus-storage and peaking capacity requirements drive increased procurement, according to IHS Markit. Deployments of grid-connected energy storage in the United States this year are expected to amount to 712 MW, almost double of 376 MW in 2018.

  • May 22, 2019 - 06:08

    Better Energy Storage will Raise the Bar for Renewables

    Solar and wind are clearly the future of energy, yet the adoption of renewables has been largely constrained by their intermittent nature. Innovations in energy storage technology might change that. In the last year alone energy storage has grown by 6 GWh of capacity globally and it has the potential to grow 13 times present levels by 2024. With energy storage costs having fallen by 85% since 2010, solar-plus-storage suddenly becomes a great option, especially when combined with the fast growth of solar and wind markets. All these developments are set to remake the renewable energy landscape.

  • May 21, 2019 - 16:43

    This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

    Working with scientists at the Schatz Energy Research Center at nearby Humboldt State University, and the local utility PG&E, the Rancheria Casino has developed its own solar-powered microgrid, allowing it to disconnect from the main grid and run off battery power. The setup powers six buildings, including a 55,000-square-foot casino and 102 hotel rooms—over 140,000 square feet of total building space.

  • May 20, 2019 - 01:42

    Hot Dam: How Hydro Storage Will Allow Uruguay To Join The 100% Renewables Club

    In recent years, 50-60% of Uruguay’s power has been generated from the country’s four hydroelectric dams on the River Uruguay. Most of the remainder comes from renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. That combination has turned the country into the world’s poster child for low-carbon energy. The one remaining sticking point is storage. Without it, renewables can only be used as they are generated. Hydro storage provides reliability and flexibility to a renewables-based grid by creating a huge, continuously rechargeable battery that is entirely powered by the elements.