Energy Storage

SoCalGas Launches First Power-to-Gas Project in US

Karen Henry

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) has joined with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) to create and test a carbon-free, power-to-gas system for the first time in the United States. The technology converts electricity into gaseous energy and could provide North America with a   …Continue Reading


Wells Fargo Helps Finance 4 Energy Start-ups

Linda Hardesty

Wells Fargo & Company selected four clean technology startups for the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a five-year, $10 million program to foster innovative environmental technologies. The program is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In this first of   …Continue Reading


Solar-Plus-Battery Systems Could Significantly Reduce Grid Loads

Karen Henry

Grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems could soon supply the majority of customers’ electricity needs, according to a new analysis from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). In its 2014 analysis, The Economics of Grid Defection, RMI found that in the coming years, some residential and commercial customers will find it economical to defect from their utilities and the electricity   …Continue Reading


Oncor Microgrid Includes Battery Storage and Onsite Renewables

Linda Hardesty

S&C Electric Company and Schneider Electric completed one of the most advanced microgrids in North America for Oncor, an electric transmission and distribution company serving 10 million customers across Texas. The microgrid will improve energy efficiency and power reliability for Oncor customers while maximizing newly installed energy storage and renewable generation. The state-of-the-art facility also   …Continue Reading


Energy Storage Enabling Technology Market to Surpass $20B by 2024

Karen Henry

Global installed revenue for the energy storage enabling technology (ESET) market is expected to grow from $605.8 million in 2015 to $21.5 billion in 2024, according to Navigant Research. While battery prices have fallen anywhere from 40 percent to 60 percent in the past 18 months, energy storage systems (ESSs) still vary widely in terms of   …Continue Reading


Baker Electric Installs Energy Storage at Headquarters

Linda Hardesty

Sharp Electronics installed its SmartStorage energy storage system at Baker Electric‘s headquarters in Escondido, California. The 30 kW storage system is coupled with Baker’s existing 90 kW solar PV system. Baker Electric is also a channel ally of Sharp and will promote the energy storage system to its commercial building customers to help them cap   …Continue Reading


Princeton Power Systems Converters Chosen for NYC Energy Storage Projects

Linda Hardesty

Princeton Power Systems is providing technologies at the heart of energy storage projects in a group of New York City buildings owned by Glenwood. Recently, Glenwood, which builds and owns luxury rental property in Manhattan, contracted with EnerSys and Demand Energy to install 1 MW of energy storage in nine buildings throughout New York City. The project   …Continue Reading


New Jersey Awards $2.9M for 13 Energy Storage Projects

Linda Hardesty

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved the state’s first energy storage incentive commitments totaling $2.9 million for 13 proposed projects that will install energy storage systems integrated with customer-sited renewable energy generating facilities. The incentive commitments support the installation of renewable electric storage systems for the purpose of providing emergency back-up power for   …Continue Reading


Green Charge Networks Allies with Japanese Conglomerate

Linda Hardesty

Green Charge Networks is partnering with the Japanese company ITOCHU wherein ITOCHU will distribute, supply and procure Green Charge Networks’ energy storage systems internationally. Vic Shao, Green Charge co-founder and CEO, says ITOCHU is involved in many different kinds of businesses, including real estate holdings and investments in major companies. ITOCHU also has a huge   …Continue Reading


Building Software Created by National Lab is Licensed to Private Firm

Linda Hardesty

An un-named Connecticut firm recently licensed Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Volttron software platform for managing building energy use, according to the PNNL. The open source software was created to meet the need to integrate renewable energy generation, energy storage and electric vehicles into building energy systems. Volttron lets users take advantage of the ever-increasing number   …Continue Reading