Duke Energy, USF Launch Solar Battery Research Initiative

Karen Henry

Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg have launched a solar battery project aimed at exploring better ways to store solar energy. Funded by a $1 million grant from Duke Energy, the solar battery project is already underway with the installation of a solar PV system on the top of   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage Helps Hotel Reduce Demand Charges by 10%

Linda Hardesty

The Ocean Park Inn in San Diego installed Stem’s energy storage system and is expected to save an average of $4,500 per year, lowering its annual demand charges by more than 10 percent. The combination of San Diego Gas & Electric’s energy storage incentives and Stem’s financing plan allowed the hotel to activate the system   …Continue Reading

Eos Energy Storage Raises $23M

Linda Hardesty

Eos Energy Storage closed a $23 million Series C equity round, supporting commercial launch of the company’s grid-scale battery technology. The round was led by AltEnergy, an energy technology and infrastructure investment firm. Other investors included OCI and nearly all of Eos’s prior investors including NRG Energy and Fisher Brothers, a New York-based real-estate firm.   …Continue Reading

R&D Looks Into High-Volume Energy Storage of Heat

Linda Hardesty

The French company Babcock Wanson is conducting research and development into high-volume energy storage in the form of heat. Babcock Wanson, a subsidiary of the CNIM Group, offers a complete range of products and services for industrial boilers to help industries save energy. The company’s objective with its energy storage technology – EMR’Stock – is to   …Continue Reading

Demand Management vs Battery Storage

Josh Kessler

A column posted on The Energy Collective recommends that businesses consider demand management before pursuing battery storage. This process involves coordinating operations and using system controls to suppress demand at large commercial and industrial sites. The businesses or institutions can benefit by reducing the per-kW demand charges they pay. Often, they can find retail energy   …Continue Reading

Cable, Internet and Energy Services?

Josh Kessler

Comcast is the market leader in broadband Internet services, controlling a 56 percent share of the market, according to Ars Technica. The company also boasts 30 million cable subscribers, according to CNN Money. But now the company is entering a seemingly different business based on running wires to customer homes and businesses: energy services. Comcast   …Continue Reading

Musk’s Latest ‘First Principles’ Breakthrough

Sara Gutterman

Elon Musk thinks differently than most people do. Rather than applying logic to issues that is derived from and compounded upon existing reasoning, Musk reduces issues to their essential core, and then develops new intelligence based on the fundamentals of pure reason. Musk learned this “First Principle” methodology from the field of applied physics. A   …Continue Reading

GE Deploys Hybrid Power Plant in Berlin

Karen Henry

GE has deployed a hybrid power plant at its Power Conversion production site in Berlin, Germany. The plant enables primary energy savings of around 30 percent compared to systems that generate heat and power separately through conventional heating and external electricity procurement. The plant will not only supply power and heat to the GE production   …Continue Reading

Constellation Installs Solar, EV Charging for Community College

Linda Hardesty

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) hired Constellation to install a 5.1 MW (DC) solar generation project. The solar power system, spread among the college’s three main campuses in Dundalk, Essex and Catonsville, in Maryland is expected to generate enough electricity to meet about 27 percent of the college’s electricity needs. Constellation will also   …Continue Reading

Sunwave, Ideal Power Work Together on Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

The Sunwave Energy Efficiency division of ONEnergy has selected Ideal Power‘s power conversion systems (PCS) for use in its line of energy storage systems to be launched in Canada and select US states beginning in mid-2015. Ideal Power’s products will be included in certain Sunwave energy storage systems that address multiple commercial and industrial applications   …Continue Reading