Energy Storage

Bosch, Toyota Join CalCharge Energy Storage Effort

Linda Hardesty

CalCharge, an initiative designed to accelerate breakthrough energy storage technologies, welcomes six new member companies: charter members Bosch and Toyota, along with general members Blue Current, Ensor, EnZinc and ITN Energy Systems. The new members will have access to CalCharge’s programs, services and network, designed to help clear the path to commercialization. CalCharge’s technology acceleration   …Continue Reading


Direct Current Powers Building

Linda Hardesty

Adolfson & Peterson Construction is beginning Phase I of a project to redevelop the city of Fort Collins, Colorado’s municipal services complex. The first project is the erection of a new 3-story, 37,500-sq-foot Utilities Administration Building that will rely on Direct Current Power, as opposed to traditional Alternating Current. This will make the building unique   …Continue Reading


Ideal Power, KACO Converge Energy Storage, Solar

Linda Hardesty

KACO new energy, a manufacturer of solar inverters and power conversion systems, will resell Ideal Power‘s products under the KACO label. In addition, KACO will use Ideal Power’s patented Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA) to develop its own products and integrated energy storage systems. KACO new energy has more than 8 GW of installed solar   …Continue Reading


GE Reignites Energy Storage Business

Karen Henry

General Electric is relaunching its energy storage business and has its sights set on becoming a sizable player in the market, Reuters reports. In the wake of diminishing demand for its Durathon industrial battery, GE has overhauled its approach to the energy storage market and is now positioning itself as a provider of energy storage   …Continue Reading


Energy Awards Offers 7 Entry Tips from Judges

Jennifer Hermes

Early Bird Deadline for the energy awards from Energy Manager Today arrives July 29. Awards prove to potential customers, existing clients, investors and other stakeholders the worth of your product or the project you implemented. Writing a tight, informative entry for the energy awards, being precise about why your product or project deserves recognition as   …Continue Reading


EV Charging Stations with Energy Storage Save City $7,000 per Year in Demand Charges

Linda Hardesty

In 2014, Redwood City, California, installed five electric vehicle charging station locations from ChargePoint combined with energy storage from Green Charge Networks. The installations include two DC Fast Charging stations installed at Redwood Shores library and at the City’s downtown parking garage. The partners say the EV charging stations are heavily used with an average   …Continue Reading


Greensmith Offers ‘Second Opinion’ on Energy Storage Systems

Linda Hardesty

Greensmith launched StorageCheck, an audit service for energy storage systems. The new service will provide energy storage system developers and owners with a report that evaluates the design of their energy storage systems and recommends design changes to improve performance and increase system return on investment. Greensmith is launching the new service in response to   …Continue Reading


Australian College Uses Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

The University of New South Wales in Australia installed Gildemeister’s CellCube FB 30-130 vanadium-redox-flow energy storage system with a power output of 30 kW and a storage capacity of 130 kWh. It is able to take up surplus energy from a 150 kW photovoltaic system. Additionally, it is used for research at the Australian Energy   …Continue Reading


ViZn Integrates Battery with Princeton Power Control System

Linda Hardesty

ViZn Energy Systems launched its ZAC energy storage system to benefit commercial and industrial customers and solar PV integrators. Deliveries of initial customer units are scheduled for Q4 of 2015. The system integrates ViZn’s Z20 zinc-iron redox flow battery with Princeton Power System’s inverters, grid connects and auxiliary components into a single-unit system. The ZAC   …Continue Reading


Gridtential Boosts Lead Acid Battery Performance

Linda Hardesty

Gridtential Energy says that despite Tesla’s recent declaration that lead acid is “dead” compared to lithium-ion batteries, recent independent tests have confirmed that Gridtential’s silicon-based approach to advance traditional lead acid significantly improves performance, while using 40 percent less lead. Gridtential has been selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to pursue validation analysis at Sandia’s   …Continue Reading