Energy Storage

Microgrids, Now Mainstream, Continue to Advance

Carl Weinschenk

Fourth quarter numbers from Navigant Research show that for the first time more microgrids are remote than tied to the main grid. In short, microgrids are leaving home. The research found that there are 1,437 microgrids worldwide providing 13 GW of capacity. More than half of these are remote. Significant recent additions are 83 projects   …Continue Reading

From Coal Plant to Battery Storage Facility

Carl Weinschenk

Duke Energy, LG Chem, Greensmith and Parker Hannifin are re-purposing the W.C. Beckjord coal plant, which is in New Richmond, OH, to be a battery-based storage facility, according to Clean Technica. The re-purposed facility, which will store 2 MW of energy, will be a fast-response energy storage system for PJM. The story says that PJM   …Continue Reading

Companies Vie to Define the New Grid

Carl Weinschenk

AutoGrid says that it has struck a deal with Dutch power company Eneco Group. Eneco, which has more than 2 million customers, will use AutoGrid’s Predictive Controls and DROMS application to create a “software-defined power plant” that will enable Eneco’s customers to save, use, exchange or sell energy, according to AutoGrid. The deal is illustrative of   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage in the Fast Lane

Carl Weinschenk

The energy storage industry is growing quickly. It is being driven, according to experts, by the parallel growth of on-site energy generation and an increasingly attractive list of operational and financial benefits. Research of batteries for electric vehicles – by Tesla and others – and incentives from utilities completes the upbeat picture. During the second   …Continue Reading

5 Energy Trends Driving Climate Progress in 2015

Ben Ratner

What a difference a year can make. Even before the last weeks tick away, 2015 stands out as a remarkable and dynamic year for climate and energy in the United States. Read on for five bold trends that are beginning to reshape our economy – and our national discourse on climate change. 1. Investments in   …Continue Reading

Bromine Battery to Cut ICL Operating Expenses 16%

Karen Henry

ICL, a global manufacturer of products based on unique minerals, anticipates a 16 percent reduction to its annual operating expenses with the deployment of a bromine-based battery. The battery was deployed for energy storage purposes at its fire retardant production site in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The battery utilizes a Primus Power EnergyCell system to manage   …Continue Reading

HIGHMARK Brings Building Load Deferment System to the Northeast

Carl Weinschenk

HIGHMARK is bringing its Building Load Deferment energy storage system to the northeast, according to the company. The company offers what it calls a form of thermal energy storage and ice storage that enables energy production to be deferred to off peak hours, enabling energy cost reductions of as much as 50 percent. The system   …Continue Reading

Greensmith Releases GEMS5

Karen Henry

Grid-scale energy storage software and integration firm Greensmith has released GEMS5, the fifth generation of its energy storage software. The new version includes features that enable utilities, independent power producers, microgrid operators and commercial and industrial facility owners to expand the functionality, improve the availability, boost the performance and lengthen the lifespan of their energy   …Continue Reading

Royalpark Homes to Install Solar PV + Energy Storage System

Karen Henry

Royalpark Homes will be the first home builder to install residential solar PV plus battery storage systems as part of new home construction in the Simcoe Shores community in Barrie, Ontario. Panasonic’s Residential Energy Storage Solution captures solar energy in an energy storage solution that allows customers to choose their power source and manage their   …Continue Reading

Energy Storage Prospects Bright in Virginia, Ontario

Carl Weinschenk

Virginia is a prime state for the strategy of using batteries to reduce electric rates by storing energy when it is less expensive for use when prices are higher, according to a feature at Bacon’s Rebellion. The state has three things going in its favor: Peak rate demands are relatively high compared to other states – which   …Continue Reading