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Massive Project Tests Battery Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Southern California Edison is opening the largest battery energy storage project in North America – the Tehachapi Energy Storage Project. The demonstration project costs about $50 million with matching funds from SCE and the Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The 32 MWh battery energy storage system   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage Market Continues to Grow

Karen Henry

The capacity of the energy storage market continues to grow, with an estimated 362 MW of projects announced in the 2013–2014 period, according to Navigant Research’s Energy Storage Tracker 3Q14. The energy storage market has started moving quickly across a number of technologies, with government funding, subsidies and regulatory reform encouraging market growth. Navigant estimates   …Continue Reading

EVs Get a Charge from Recycled Batteries

Karen Henry

The Eco2charge group, led by the French construction company Bouygues with car maker Renault, electrical engineering group Alstom and cable maker Nexans, has developed a multi-vehicle electric car charging system made from end-of-life Renault EV lithium-ion batteries, Reuters reports. The system works as a power storage bank that can absorb electricity at night and gradually charge vehicles   …Continue Reading

Smart Grid Research Center Opens

Karen Henry

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin joined representatives from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), ComEd, Silver Spring Networks and West Monroe Partners at the dedication of the Center for Smart Grid Application, Research and Technology (CSMART). CSMART is dedicated to researching, testing and analyzing the latest smart grid and smart city technology innovations in a real-world environment.   …Continue Reading

$8B Green Energy Initiative Proposed for LA

Karen Henry

Four companies have proposed an $8 billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023. The project would require construction of one of America’s largest wind farms in Wyoming, one of the world’s biggest energy storage facilities in Utah, and a 525-mile electric transmission line   …Continue Reading

USDA Invests $518M to Improve Rural Electric Systems

Karen Henry

The US Department of Agriculture is investing more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the delivery of electric power to communities in 15 states. This funding is part of nearly $50 billion the USDA has invested in infrastructure improvements since 2009. More than $23 million of the funding is targeted for smart   …Continue Reading

French Utility Picks Elster for 35 Million Smart Meters

Linda Hardesty

ERDF, the public electricity distribution network for 95 percent of continental France, has hired Elster to provide its customers with new smart meters. The Linky project will create a smart metering and communications network replacing 35 million meters in total. The smart meter project will also include development of a new manufacturing facility in France,   …Continue Reading

Microgrids Create Safe Alternative Power Option with Energy Storage on Alcatraz

Darren Hammell

Recent events like Hurricane Sandy and others have shown that the electrical grid is not resilient under all circumstances and that electrical power distribution can fail for larger periods of time. It is therefore of vital importance to provide solutions for emergency power generation and power distribution to at least sections of the electrical grid   …Continue Reading

Floating Power Plant Supplies Energy for Resort

Linda Hardesty

Vancouver-based Water Wall Turbine has selected The Switch to provide a 500 kW full-power converter for its floating power plant, which extracts potential and kinetic energy from large, fast moving water currents for conversion into electricity. The Switch will supply its first 500 kW converter in October 2014 for Water Wall Turbine’s prototype project, which   …Continue Reading

Stem Unlocks $100M in Project Financing

Linda Hardesty

Stem is creating a new fund to finance up to $100 million in new projects featuring its energy storage systems. Support for the fund is being provided through affiliates of investment firm B Asset Manager based in New York City. Stem combines advanced energy storage and real-time data analytics. Its system automatically draws on stored energy   …Continue Reading

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