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Energy Storage Startups to Watch

Karen Henry

Gigaom has identified 12 battery technology and energy storage service startups that have completed sizable demonstration projects or started to deploy their energy storage systems more widely: Aquion Energy: This Pennsylvania-based startup has secured a deal to install a 1 MWh battery that will store electricity from a 176 kW solar energy system off Hawaii’s   …Continue Reading

Japanese Ministry Requests $1,479M for Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry wants to provide about $779 million to help factories and smaller businesses install devices to improve energy efficiency, reports Bloomberg. The ministry has submitted a request for a budget for energy saving devices such as LEDs and efficient boilers. In addition, the Ministry wants to spend about $700   …Continue Reading

Alpine Restaurant Installs Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Metronik Energija has installed two of Imergy Power System‘ ESP4 series vanadium-based flow batteries at Trojane, a restaurant located in the Slovenian Alps. The restaurant has already installed a 49 kW photovoltaic solar system, a 30 kW combined heat and power (CHP) system, and an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The energy storage project, sponsored   …Continue Reading

Need to Manage Electricity Use? There’s an App for That

Karen Henry

Fort Collins, Colo., is on track to become the first city in the United States to use Energy Engage Mobile, a new Web-based smartphone application for monitoring electricity consumption in near real time. The app displays current energy use, current cost of energy, the projected bill for the current month and the resulting savings—or extra   …Continue Reading

Peak Demand Response Offered via Energy New England

Linda Hardesty

Energy New England, an energy cooperative of municipal electric utilities operating throughout New England, and Tangent Energy Solutions are offering the Tangent-ENE Peak Management Program that monitors grid and facility conditions to predict ICAP and transmission peak hours, alerts customers to take action, and actively manages their response. The program also configures existing on-site generation   …Continue Reading

Clean Energy Investment Rebounds in 2014

Karen Henry

Global clean energy investment rebounded strongly in 2014, with investments totalling $310 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Boosted by demand for large-scale and rooftop solar PV and by the financing of a record $19.4 billion of offshore wind projects, clean energy investment in 2014 was up 16 percent from a revised $268.1 billio   …Continue Reading

Smart Building Predictions for 2015

Jim Sinopoli

Over the last few years companies have developed and demonstrated driverless car technology; Google, Audi, BMW and dozens of other companies and universities have been involved. With the use of cameras, sensors, “decision and driving strategy and logic,” traffic sign recognition, pedestrian spotting and lane departure warnings, many but not all of the technical aspects have been   …Continue Reading

Hawaiian Estate Creates Solar, Battery Microgrid

Linda Hardesty

Aquion Energy has signed an agreement to supply a 1 MWh battery system as part of an off-grid solar microgrid at Bakken Hale on the Island of Hawaii. Bakken Hale is a private estate located along the environmentally sensitive Kona Coast. The Aquion battery system will store energy generated from a large on-site solar installation   …Continue Reading

Eos Energy Storage Raises $25M

Linda Hardesty

Eos Energy Storage, a developer and manufacturer of grid-scale battery systems, announced a private sale of shares to investment firm AltEnergy. Eos expects to receive $15 million in gross proceeds from the private placement and plans to place an additional $10 million with accredited investors for total gross proceeds of $25 million. The placement has   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage Tested in UK

Linda Hardesty

A battery-storage project has been opened at Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, England. S&C Electric Europe, Samsung SDI and Younicos collaborated to deploy the technology onto a UK Power Networks substation. The fully automated 6 MW/10 MWh Smarter Network Storage project will assess the role of energy storage in supporting the UK’s Carbon Plan. S&C Electric   …Continue Reading