Energy Storage

The Importance of Energy Storage System Software

Carl Weinschenk

David Miller, the Director of Business Development for Greensmith, describes the importance of software to energy storage systems in a commentary at Clean Technica. The proper software optimizes system performance, runs complex applications and future-proofs systems as technology shifts. There are important elements to consider during the design, integration and operational phases. Overall maintenance also is   …Continue Reading

Small Utility Deploys Energy Storage in Customer’s Homes

Linda Hardesty

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board (EPB) in Kentucky is installing Sunverge‘s energy storage devices during times of peak demand. The municipally-owned utility, which serves a town of 14,000, will install the Sunverge system in 165 homes, providing utility-grade storage at individual homes along with cloud software to manage the storage. The devices will capture power from   …Continue Reading

Ice Energy Opens R&D Center

Linda Hardesty

Ice Energy, a provider of distributed thermal energy storage technology, is establishing a new research and development center in Riverside, California. Among other projects, Ice Energy will pursue a line of smaller residential systems and extend the range of applications supported by its Ice Bear energy storage technology. The company recently was awarded a five-year   …Continue Reading

Sonnenbatterie Selects Ideal Power for Commercial Energy Storage

Linda Hardesty

Sonnenbatterie, a European energy storage provider, selected Ideal Power‘s power conversion systems for integration with its commercial Sonnenbatterie system. The first product from Sonnenbatterie for the North American commercial market is based on a 30 kW and 24 kWh building block creating energy storage systems from 24 kWh to 240 kWh, which will be used for   …Continue Reading

Reforming the Energy Vision Unveils 7 Projects

Linda Hardesty

The New York State Department of Public Service announced the first seven Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) demonstration projects. While the traditional utility business model is based on spending electric consumer dollars and earning a regulated rate of return, these projects include private investment from third-party partners and are intended to demonstrate how new revenue   …Continue Reading

Solar Is a Serious Threat to Electric Utilities

Karen Henry

Eighty percent of electric utilities believe distributed generation (DG), particularly solar photovoltaic (PV), is a serious challenge to their business, according to the 2015 Strategic Directions: US Electric Industry Report released by Black & Veatch. The global engineering consulting company conducted an industry-wide survey from May 14 through June 5, 2015, to examine how electric utilities balance the   …Continue Reading

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