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Batteries: An Expensive Way to Store Energy

Linda Hardesty

Although energy storage is getting a lot of press as a great way to avoid peak energy spikes, using batteries for energy storage is not the most economical, according to The New York Times. “It costs hundreds of dollars to store a kilowatt-hour of energy in a battery, while nationally the average retail price of   …Continue Reading


Duracell, Volkswagen, Eaton, LG, Hitachi Join Energy Storage Group

Linda Hardesty

CalCharge announced the enrollment of Duracell, Hitachi, Volkswagen, LG, Eaton, Enovix, EnerVault, Farasis Energy, Halotechnics, Leyden Energy, and Primus Power as its first corporate members. CalCharge is a battery and electrochemical energy storage consortium of public and private organizations. Original members include Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the California Clean Energy Fund, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,   …Continue Reading


Redwood City Installs Energy Storage Systems

Linda Hardesty

Green Charge Networks signed an agreement with Redwood City, Calif., to install its GreenStation smart-grid-enabled energy storage systems at two facilities to offset demand charges. California is requiring its three largest utilities to install 1.3 GW of energy storage by 2020. A big motivation for enterprises is demand charges, says Green Charge Networks: over the   …Continue Reading


Ideal Power Secures 2 Energy Storage Contracts

Linda Hardesty

Ideal Power received initial purchase orders for 20 units of its 30 kW battery converter from two un-named commercial customers in California. The State of California requires at least 1.3 GW of energy storage to be procured by 2020, a part of which will be behind-the-meter commercial installations. The commercial energy storage systems can be   …Continue Reading


Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading


Hybrid Solar Microgrid Saves Paiute Tribe $700,000 Annually

Linda Hardesty

A 252 kW off-grid concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar hybrid system with energy storage has been activated on the tribal lands of the Moapa Band of Paiutes in Nevada. A USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) grant funded the construction of the off-grid system that includes nine Soitec dual-axis CPV trackers, a battery backup system, and three   …Continue Reading


AEG Creates Wireless Battery Management for Energy Storage Installations

Linda Hardesty

AEG Power Solutions is offering a wireless battery cell control and monitoring system for large battery energy storage applications. AEG has developed the new MoniStore-SC.BCCS wireless battery cell control system for operation with conventional batteries. The battery sensor is connected to the battery’s negative pole. It continuously monitors the functionality of the individual battery cells   …Continue Reading


GE, PowerStream Launch Ontario Microgrid Demonstration Project

Linda Hardesty

General Electric and PowerStream have launched a joint microgrid demonstration project at PowerStream’s headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario. For the project, GE provided its Grid IQ Microgrid Control System (MCS), as well as the engineering design services, to help PowerStream build a microgrid, which uses renewable energy resources (wind, solar), a natural-gas generator and energy storage   …Continue Reading


RES Americas Stores Energy for PJM

Linda Hardesty

Renewable Energy Systems Americas began operation of the company’s first energy storage system. RES Americas conceived, developed, and constructed the energy storage system, which it will own and operate in Sunbury, Ohio. The system is comprised of a +/-4 MW (8MW total range)/ 2.6 MWh lithium battery that will provide a service called “frequency regulation”   …Continue Reading


Energy Storage, EV Charging Save Museum $3,200 Per Year

Linda Hardesty

The City of Lancaster, Calif., has hired Green Charge Networks to install an energy storage system and electric vehicle charging station at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH). The project is funded by a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant at no cost to the City and will generate about $3,200 annually in cost   …Continue Reading


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