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Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites
Posted on Thursday September 10, 2020

Several case studies of storage installations supporting a variety of C&I solar+storage sites. Includes information on load profiles, goals of projects, and the specific solution each site chose. An example of a profile is below: Site: Church Load profile: This church in Bakersfield, Calif., is actually multiple facilities. It has two sanctuaries, a gymnasium, offices and classrooms. While certain small areas are occupied intermittently during the week, the primary activities are one Sunday service and an evening service each week. During these services, load is far higher than the rest of the week. Plus, the evening service starts just before sunset — so solar offsets almost none of the peak demand for the week. The facility had an electricity bill of around $40,000 per year — half on an energy charge, half on demand. The 100-kW solar system was sufficient to address the customer's entire annual energy usage but did essentially nothing to address demand. Goal: Boost the value (and reduce the payback time) of a solar array with Extensible Energy's DemandEx load flexibility software by reducing demand charges and shifting energy out of expensive time of use (TOU) periods. Solution: Software • 100-kW PV array• 16 controllable HVAC package ...

Batteries begin storing wind and solar energy for the Texas grid
Posted on Monday September 07, 2020

Conventional wisdom maintains that wind and solar power depend on affordable energy storage, and until battery prices drop, the United States will rely on natural gas and coal-fired power plants. A few years ago, most analysts thought it would take decades, but the clean energy future is much closer than most people think.

As Residential Solar Deployments Fell, the US Home Battery Market Powered On
Posted on Thursday September 03, 2020

Even the COVID-19 pandemic could not stop the residential storage market from growing in the second quarter, according to the new Energy Storage Monitor. Even as the coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy into free fall this spring, the energy storage industry delivered its second-best quarter ever in terms of megawatts installed. Despite social-distancing orders, more customers than ever before added batteries in their homes to store solar power and provide backup power amid hurricanes, wildfires and other types of grid outages. Residential storage companies installed 48.7 megawatts/112 megawatt-hours in Q2, up 10 percent from the previous quarter, according to the new Energy Storage Monitor report released Thursday by Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy Storage Association. That marks the fifth consecutive quarterly deployment record for residential storage, something that larger battery segments have never achieved.

Duke Energy contracts Wärtsilä for three battery storage facilities
Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2020

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has secured an engineering, procurement, and construction contract from Duke Energy for three battery storage facilities in the US. In North Carolina, Duke Energy's Asheville (8.8MW) and Hot Springs (4MW/4MWh) facilities will receive battery storage facilities under the contract. These are part of the company's $2bn grid modernisation programme in western North Carolina. The third energy storage facility is Duke Energy's Crane project, located in Indiana. All three storage project sites are expected to be commissioned during 2020 and 2021.

Power move by NYPA has energy battery project starting in Franklin County - Standard Freeholder
Posted on Saturday August 29, 2020

One of the largest energy battery storage projects in the U.S. will have construction starting soon and be in service early next year just 50 kilometres southeast of Cornwall. NY Power Authority has announced the start of construction, in the Chateaugay area of Franklin County, a 20-megawatt energy batter storage project that will help alleviate transmission constraints and advance Gov. Andrew Cuomo's clean energy target of 3,000 megawatts – the equivalent of 40 per cent of the homes in the state – of energy storage by 2030.

1.5GWh of 'Made in America' zinc batteries joining Texas, California grids from Eos Energy Storage
Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2020

Agreements to deploy 1GWh of novel aqueous zinc battery energy storage in Texas and 500MWh in California have been struck by technology provider Eos Energy Storage, marking a massive scale-up in expected installations for the systems. Eos Energy Storage said in a press release yesterday that its long duration zinc hybrid cathode batteries, which are best suited for 4-6 hour discharge but have the flexibility to go to higher power and longer run-times through de-rating power, have been ordered by 'technology agnostic' power producer International Electric Power for 1GWh of projects to be connected to the grid run by the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

Long-duration energy storage makes progress but regulation lags technology
Posted on Thursday August 27, 2020

The U.S. energy storage market was booming until the Covid-19 virus hit — and it continues to boom, despite, or because of the pandemic. The U.S. energy storage market is forecast to grow from 523 MW in 2019 to 7.3 GW in 2025, according to energy analyst Wood Mackenzie. Today's energy storage market is absolutely dominated by lithium-ion batteries, but a host of new energy storage technologies are being brought to market — offering longer durations and potential improvements in project economics and functionality.

How ahead-of-schedule energy storage adoption could help Nevada avoid blackouts, electric supply issues - The Nevada Independent
Posted on Monday August 31, 2020

Combined under-construction and pending storage projects will see NV Energy surpass a 1,000 megawatt energy storage goal seven years ahead of schedule. Still, as the state continues to move toward a greater reliance on renewable energy — including a gradual ramp up to a 50 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2030 — renewable energy advocates say the state needs to take proactive steps now to avoid future resource adequacy issues -- i.e. blackouts or brownouts.

Largest US battery resource connects to CAISO grid, signaling next phase in California's storage growth
Posted on Tuesday July 14, 2020

Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association, said in a statement that the announcement reflects the relentless movement of energy storage into mainstream electric system operations. "It's also important to note that this project is a standalone battery storage system. While there can be benefits to integrating storage directly with generation as a 'hybrid resource,' the LS Power storage system in CAISO is a reminder that effective grid operations can utilize the flexibility of storage as a standalone asset," Burwen said.

RFP from Warren Buffet-owned utility PacifiCorp targets 600MW of energy storage alongside PV, wind
Posted on Tuesday July 14, 2020

US utility firm PacifiCorp has launched its largest request for proposals for energy projects yet, seeking bids for more than 1.8GW of new solar and 600MW of battery energy storage. The firm, which owns utilities Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power, issued the RFP as part of its latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which outlines its intent to massively scale up its renewable energy capacity.

Global power grids decentralise towards a flexible future
Posted on Wednesday July 15, 2020

Redesigning national power grids is central to the strategy of moving toward cleaner, greener energy supplies. Perhaps most crucial are the attempts of "decentralisation", which involve energy being generated closer to where the demand is, as opposed to coming from larger power stations. Building this greater flexibility into networks is creating investment opportunities and a new role for utilities, energy aggregators, storage suppliers, as well as engineers.

New group led by IREC aims to simplify energy storage interconnection
Posted on Wednesday July 15, 2020

Energy storage technologies have a crucial role to play in enabling the transition to a low-carboneconomy. Despite significant growth of the energy storage market in recent years, the process of connecting this technology to the electricity grid remains complex and unclear in many states across the U.S. A new project, supported by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, aims to simplify the interconnection process for energy storage.

Alliant Energy tries batteries over grid upgrades to boost solar energy in Iowa - Solar Builder
Posted on Monday July 13, 2020

The next frontier for solar energy is solutions that do not affect the performance and efficiency of the electric grid. An innovative battery-storage solution in Decorah, Iowa, jointly supported by Alliant Energy, US Department of Energy (DOE), and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), looks to seamlessly connect customer-owned solar while maintaining reliable electrical service across the community.

Pacificorp looks to add 4.3 GW of renewables and storage by 2023
Posted on Wednesday July 08, 2020

The utility giant is making this procurement in accordance with its 2019 integrated resource plan, under which Pacificorp intends to add 11 GW of wind and solar by 2038, with an additional 2.8 GW of battery storage.

Holding on to power - Why storage is a crucial part of the state's new energy vision
Posted on Monday July 13, 2020

Today, only 5 percent of New Jersey's total electricity generation is from renewable sources. This is mostly solar with some biomass and wind. However, the 2019 NJ Energy Master Plan sets a goal of 100 percent of the state's energy needs coming from clean energy by 2050. There are many pieces to hitting this target, but the state has mandated that 50 percent of its electricity should come from renewable sources by 2030. For example, 3,500 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind generation capacity is a part of this mandate. This figure represents 20 percent of today's 18,000 MW of total electric generator capacity.

Japanese telecom giant NTT plots major renewables play, partners Mitsubishi for clean tech
Posted on Tuesday June 30, 2020

Japanese telecoms giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) is plotting a major renewables play in the country, investing up to US$1 billion a year up to 2030. National newspaper Nikkei reported earlier this week that NTT is planning to invest some ¥1 trillion (US$9 billion) to establish itself as a major player in Japan's renewable energy market, deploying utility-scale generation and electricity transmission and distribution to complement its existing business units.

Utility Portland General Electric launches 4MW virtual power plant pilot in Oregon
Posted on Thursday July 02, 2020

More than 500 residential energy storage batteries will be aggregated into a virtual power plant (VPP) by US utility Portland General Electric (PGE), with some participating households offered US$5,000 rebates on battery system purchases as well as money off their monthly electricity bills.

Sunrun buys Vivint Solar for $3.2B
Posted on Tuesday July 07, 2020

The consolidation of the top two residential solar companies in the U.S. comes as both companies have adapted to growing demand in the distributed solar sector. Sunrun offers energy storage and grid services, working with utilities and grid operators on virtual power plants that combine distributed energy systems. Sunrun expects to offer battery storage to the combined base of nearly 500,000 solar customers.

Fluence unveils intelligent, modular storage product with 800 MW/2,300 MWh of projects
Posted on Wednesday June 17, 2020

Storage company Fluence was selected for 800 MW, 2,300 MWh worth of projects for its newest energy storage technology "stack," equipped with a modular building block "cube" and machine learning, the company announced Tuesday. The demand for the technology is indicative of a rapidly growing storage market, where a large number of independent power producers and utilities are building and installing storage systems, Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association (ESA), told Utility Dive "We never want to lose sight of the fact that businesses have the running room to do these kinds of innovations when they have a lot of customers and demand," he said, adding that it's important to reduce policy barriers to deploying these assets.

Eos Energy Storage to Deploy its Latest Generation Battery System in Pala, California Energy Storage Yard
Posted on Monday June 22, 2020

Eos Energy Storage, the leading manufacturer of safe, low-cost and long-duration zinc battery storage systems, is proud to announce plans to deploy its latest technology battery energy storage system (BESS) in partnership with the California Energy Commission(CEC). The BESS will be used to evaluate performance across multiple utility energy storage use cases. In light of the wildfires impacting much of California in recent years, non-flammable, non-combustible batteries like the one made by Eos provide a way for the state to continue to install more grid-connected battery storage capacity without exacerbating the risk or severity of fires.

Used EV batteries for large scale solar energy storage
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2020

MIT scientists have suggested used electric vehicle batteries could offer a more viable business case than purpose-built systems for the storage of grid scale solar power in California. Such 'second life' EV batteries, may cost only 60% of their original purchase price to deploy and can be effectively aggregated for industrial scale storage even if they have declined to 80% of their original capacity.

Lithium-ion Batteries For Under Water Use: Battery Technology Trends
Posted on Saturday June 13, 2020

Li-ion battery technology is maturing, but is a relatively new technology compared with lead-acid batteries and is a significant improvement as it offers high energy density, high efficiency, long-cycle life, and lower maintenance. These batteries work on an electrolysis model with lithium metal oxide cathode and graphitic carbon anode placed in an electrolyte made up of lithium salts dissolved in organic carbonates.

PG&E Keeps Adding Electrons To Energy Storage Plans
Posted on Friday May 29, 2020

California utilities are ahead of much of the world in the transition to clean technology. They have a lot more rooftop solar power on the grid than many places, and they're led by progressive voters and politicians. There is no waffling on battery energy storage for these big dogs at this point. They're all in.

California To Fight Wildfires With Microgrids And Batteries
Posted on Tuesday June 16, 2020

California's energy regulators just laid the framework for utilities to develop localized microgrids with battery storage — a move that comes in the aftermath of the state's wildfires that have ravaged local economies and left consumers without power. Just how effective will this order be?

Energy storage market for microgrids may exceed $40B by 2030, Guidehouse finds
Posted on Wednesday June 10, 2020

Nearly 37 GW of new energy storage for microgrids capacity is expected to be installed globally over the next 10 years, generating approximately $40.1 billion in revenue, a report released Tuesday by Guidehouse Insights concludes. "Innovation in business models and financing" in energy storage systems for microgrids "are key drivers propelling the market forward, and the most successful companies are unlocking the potential of these new business and financing models to reduce the risk and upfront costs to customers," Guidehouse Insights said in a statement.

Texas to get 15 utility-scale battery storage sites - Houston Chronicle
Posted on Wednesday June 10, 2020

Broad Reach Power, a Houston energy storage company, said it will install 15 utility-scale batteries at sites in Houston and Odessa as it seeks to store electricity when it's cheap and sell it into wholesale power markets when prices jump. Six sites, including five in the Houston area, are expected to be operating this summer. The other batteries will be installed in the fall.

Panasonic and Span team up for home battery backup and energy management
Posted on Tuesday June 09, 2020

Panasonic has entered into an alliance with Span to deliver a combined energy storage and residential energy management product. Span recently landed $10.2 million in venture capital to modernize and replace one of the more basic and ubiquitous pieces of home electrical hardware — the electrical panel. Span's electrical panel will be paired with Panasonic's EverVolt residential battery system, which comes in two sizes: 11.4 kilowatt-hours and 17.1 kilowatt-hours — depending on how many of the 55-pound battery packs are incorporated into the field-serviceable housing.

Clean energy groups band behind target of majority renewables by 2030
Posted on Tuesday June 02, 2020

U.S. clean energy industry trade groups unveiled Tuesday a collective target of reaching at least 50% renewable generation in the next decade, a tripling of the country's current capacity. The move — announced by the CEOs of the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Energy Storage Association, and the National Hydropower Association — is a bid to align the sectors' policy agenda. That way, the industries can speak with one voice when advocating for federal and state policies to support clean energy, the CEOs said during remarks at the virtual CleanPower 2020 conference.

US residential energy storage posts record quarter, but COVID-19 threat looms: report
Posted on Wednesday June 03, 2020

Residential energy storage rose 10% in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the prior quarter, setting a new record for deployments while non-residential deployment dropped 20%, according to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report by the U.S. Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie.

Researchers Propose New Diamond Nanostructure For Efficient Energy Storage
Posted on Sunday May 31, 2020

One of the biggest challenges for renewable energy research is energy storage. The goal is to find a material with high energy storage capacity and energy storage material with high storage capacity that can also quickly and efficiently discharge a large amount of energy. In an attempt to overcome this hurdle, researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have proposed a brand-new carbon nanostructure designed to store energy in mechanical form.

Agilitas Energy Secured Site for Non-Wires Energy Storage Project in Long Island City
Posted on Wednesday June 03, 2020

Agilitas Energy, a leading Northeast energy developer, has recently secured a project site to install a 4.95 MWac / 20.6 MWh battery energy storage system in Long Island City after winning one of the largest competitive energy storage projects in New York City - Con Edison's Newtown Non-Wires Solutions Energy Storage System Request for Proposals published in August 2019.

Global Energy Storage to Rebound and Witness Strong Capacity Additions Despite Pandemic: Report
Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2020

Despite the current covid-19 pandemic, the medium-term future for energy storage remains bright. That's according to Frost & Sullivan's recent analysis, "Outlook for the Global Energy Storage Industry, 2020." Just last month the US Energy Storage Association (ESA) released survey results that showed the impact that the novel coronavirus will have on the industry. The study focused on analyzing the covid-19 effect on energy storage companies' revenue, employment and projects in the second quarter.

Green Mountain Power expands BYOD and Tesla battery programs as it targets fossil peakers
Posted on Thursday May 28, 2020

Vermont regulators approved on Wednesday a Green Mountain Power program that offers rates for customer-sited battery storage, including a bring your own device (BYOD) option. Starting June 5, customers can enroll in GMP's Tesla Powerwall program or subscribe to rates with their own storage system for the next 15 years, based on GMP's previous pilots. The utility claims to be the first in the country to use customer-sited stored energy to lower peak energy use across its system, lowering costs for all customers.

San Diego Blood Bank adds solar + storage system to power electric blood mobile fleet - Solar Power World
Posted on Thursday May 28, 2020

Enel X, the Enel Group's advanced energy services business line, continues to grow its energy storage business in California, signing an agreement to manage a battery storage system as part of a solar + storage project at the San Diego Blood Bank. By combining onsite solar generation with a battery storage system, the Blood Bank will be able to self-generate, store and consume electricity, providing the facility with cost savings, while also reducing its environmental footprint.

Landfills emerge as promising battery storage sites to back up renewable energy
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2020

Solar panel installations have been one of the fastest-growing types of energy infrastructure in recent years and landfills have become fitting sites due to the sheer amount of land required. Now, for many of the same reasons, energy project developers are looking to landfills for a technology growing even faster than solar: battery storage. Storage on landfills is still a novel idea, with closed sites seen as largely the most suitable, and only a few examples of these projects exist.

El Paso Electric sees record low solar prices as it secures New Mexico project approvals
Posted on Monday May 18, 2020

The projects were proposed to serve southern New Mexico and west Texas customers, and start service in the summer of 2022. One project will add 100 MW of solar for $0.015 per kWh while the second will add 100 MW of solar and 50 MW of storage for $0.021 per kWh, record-low prices for solar and storage in New Mexico.

Eos Energy Storage providing zinc battery system at Greek oil refinery
Posted on Wednesday May 20, 2020

Zinc battery storage manufacturer Eos Energy Storage was awarded contracts for systems providing on-site power resiliency at an oil refinery in Greece. New Jersey-based Eos has partnered with Motor Oil Hellas and Ingeteam on the two projects. Eos will design, build and deliver a 1-MW/4 MWh behind-the-meter battery system at Motor Oil's Corinth Refinery in Athens.

Siemens Gamesa to supply innovative hybrid plant in the Philippines for Berkeley Energy, reducing fossil fuel use in a remote location
Posted on Monday May 18, 2020

The plant will help provide stable electricity supply to island and reduce dependence on diesel, in turn further cutting emissions. Commercial hybrid project manages an existing 16MW wind power facility with battery storage integrated through Siemens Gamesa's Hybrid Plant Controller (HPC). Siemens Gamesa has signed a 5-year maintenance contract for plant operations which can be optimized remotely using its Energy Management Service (EMS). Plant expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2020; additional 10MW wind farm facility is under negotiations.

Energy storage poised to tackle grid challenges from rising EVs as mobile chargers bring new flexibility
Posted on Monday May 18, 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 likely mean flat electric vehicle (EV) sales this year, but a trio of new reports say the long-term outlook is for strong growth — which means the electric grid will need to respond.

Replace NYC peakers with renewables+storage? Plant owners say they're working on it
Posted on Tuesday May 12, 2020

New York City ratepayers shelled out $4.5 billion in capacity payments in the last decade to keep 16 fossil fuel-based peaking plants available, according to a recent analysis. Owners of the plants say they are already working to add energy storage and make the facilities more efficient and concede that running them less would help improve air quality.


 

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