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  • Time-of-Use Rates Will Turn the Tables for Energy Storage
    on 13th October 2017 at 4:26 pm

    It is not always good to be first. Last June, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was the first utility in California to hit its net-metering cap and move to Net Energy Metering 2.0 (NEM 2.0). Now, SDG&E will again be the first utility to start the shift to time-of-use (TOU) period, effective on Dec. 1, 2017. […]

  • How to Submit Comments on Perry’s Proposal for Grid Reliability
    on 12th October 2017 at 12:59 pm

    If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the process for approving Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed rule on grid reliability and resilience pricing, it’s important to get to know the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) online system. […]

  • Stanford Team Takes Ambitious Car to the World Solar Challenge
    on 11th October 2017 at 8:24 pm

    The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. […]

  • Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?
    on 11th October 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is looking toward energy storage solutions in a bid to improve wind power economics and grid integration. […]

  • This Is the Microsoft Deal That Will Boost Wind-Turbine Battery Tech
    on 10th October 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. yesterday said it is supporting a new project in Ireland that will be the first European wind farm to integrate batteries in each wind turbine. […]

  • Are Batteries Destined for Explosive Growth in the EU?
    on 10th October 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Investors seeking exponential growth may want to take a look at batteries, according to the European Union’s top energy official. […]

  • All PV Predictions Were Wrong
    on 10th October 2017 at 3:29 pm

    At the Intersolar Middle East Conference, which took place on September 26 and 27 in Dubai, 86 international speakers presented past, present and future solar PV market developments. A total of 408 attendees made the Intersolar conference in Dubai the biggest standalone PV conference in the region. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: The Solar Vortex, Renewables, and Puerto Rico
    on 9th October 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Today's topics include an examination of how two large and looming events in the U.S. power industry could seriously undermine the growth of renewables. Plus, how the industry is mobilizing to offer new hope to hurricane-damaged islands.  &nbs […]

  • World Solar Challenge is an Amazing Adventure in Engineering
    on 9th October 2017 at 4:41 pm

    In its 30th year, the organizers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have made the journey even more challenging in 2017 by reducing the size of the solar array that powers the cars. […]

  • Will Solar, Storage Arrival In Puerto Rico Be a Breakthrough?
    on 9th October 2017 at 3:12 pm

    The U.S. solar industry is about to airlift rooftop solar panels and batteries to Puerto Rico, where more than 90 percent of homes and businesses remain without electricity after Hurricane Maria destroyed the grid. The first plane of supplies is set to leave this week. […]

  • Grid Resiliency is a Problem, But Stockpiling Coal isn’t the Answer
    on 6th October 2017 at 8:42 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s recently proposed rulemaking, which directs FERC to “properly value” coal and nuclear power plants for their ability to be “resilient” by having a 90-day pile of fuel onsite, totally misunderstands the problem of grid resiliency.&nbs […]

  • How To Shine In The Solar Village
    on 6th October 2017 at 4:39 pm

    At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website. […]

  • Project of the Year 2017 Finalists Announced
    on 6th October 2017 at 10:00 am

    Fourteen outstanding power projects were selected from industry-nominated projects in five categories: Coal, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), Energy Storage, Natural Gas, and Renewables. […]

  • Trump Has a Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy
    on 5th October 2017 at 1:03 pm

    President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving. […]

  • How Catastrophic is Perry’s NOPR for Renewables?
    on 3rd October 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Rocky Mountain Institute’s Mark Dyson is an expert who studies grid resilience as part of RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab. He offered his thoughts on what the NOPR means for renewable energy. […]

  • Sunnova Works to Restore Solar Systems, Build Up Resilient Grid in Puerto Rico
    on 3rd October 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Houston-based Sunnova Energy Corp. yesterday said that it is working to send energy storage systems to Puerto Rico as part of an effort to solve the immediate needs of Puerto Rican solar customers and to create a more resilient, long-term power service for the island’s energy infrastructure. &nbs […]

  • From Black to Green: DONG Energy is Now Ørsted
    on 2nd October 2017 at 9:04 pm

    DONG Energy on October 2, announced to shareholders that it was changing its name to Ørsted to better reflect the profound strategic transformation from black to green energy and the company’s recent divestment of the upstream oil and gas production. […]

  • Tesla Charging Stations to Link South Australia Capital with World’s Largest Battery
    on 2nd October 2017 at 2:57 pm

    A network of car charging stations is being developed in South Australia to allow Tesla drivers to visit the world’s biggest lithium-ion batterybeing built by Elon Musk in the state’s north. […]

  • Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Eyeing Solar, But It Won’t Come Cheap
    on 2nd October 2017 at 2:11 pm

    For Caribbean islands plunged into darkness after hurricanes Irma and Maria, more resilient, small-scale electric systems powered by the sun are looking increasingly attractive. Transforming a grid, though, doesn’t come cheap. […]

  • Secretary Perry Seeks Market Rules That ‘Properly Value’ Coal, Nuclear Generation
    on 29th September 2017 at 6:39 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy today said that energy markets are not fairly valuing certain bulk power generation resources, such as coal and nuclear plants, and that federal regulators need to do something about it. […]

  • Intelligent Battery Tech Firm Wins 2017 New Energy Challenge
    on 29th September 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Technology that increases the lifetime and reliability of battery packs won first place this week in the New Energy Challenge 2017. […]

  • Tesla Is Sending Battery Packs to Puerto Rico for Recovery Efforts
    on 29th September 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Tesla Inc. is sending to Puerto Rico hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems that can be paired with solar panels in an effort to help the battered island territory restore electric power, the company said Thursday.&nbs […]

  • The Mobile Microgrid: Is It Almost Here?
    on 28th September 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Life without our mobile phone seems pretty unimaginable, doesn’t it? We now carry along our phone/camera/computer in our hands, and, if you want to believe a recent movie, some of us even fall in love with the personal assistant. “(You) Siri – why am I here?...(Siri) I can’t answer that for you, can I?” But what about microgrids, why not have a personal mobile i-power source? If you bear with me I’ll show you why that isn’t so farfetched. The mobile “i-uGrid” may already be on the way. […]

  • ABB, Northvolt Partner on Planned Battery Factory in Sweden
    on 27th September 2017 at 2:15 pm

    ABB yesterday said that it signed an agreement with energy storage firm Northvolt on a supply and technology partnership, including products and services for Northvolt’s planned lithium-ion battery factory in Sweden. […]

  • Dyson To Take on Tesla with its Own Electric Vehicle
    on 27th September 2017 at 1:27 pm

    On September 26, 2017, in a letter to employees that was released on Twitter, James Dyson, founder of the company that created the famous vacuum and hand-dryers found in many airport bathrooms across the globe, announced that the company has set its sights on the electric vehicle (EV) market and plans to release a new car by 2020.&nbs […]

  • Tennessee Utility Participates In Flow Battery Pilot Project
    on 26th September 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based electricity and telecom provider EPB recently energized a 100-kW/400-kWh vanadium redox flow battery as part of a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a group of national labs. &nbs […]

  • 5 Prospects for Renewable Microgrid Technology Innovation
    on 25th September 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Current research is providing groundbreaking innovations that could help renewable energy-based microgrids become “the energy supply of the future,” according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). […]

  • Survey: 3 Out of 4 Australians Expect Home Storage to Become ‘New Normal’
    on 25th September 2017 at 1:49 pm

    A new survey conducted by public advocacy organization Climate Council found that about 75 percent of respondents in Australia expect that household battery storage will be “the new normal” within the next decade. […]

  • Norwegian Solar Secures Partnership for Energy Storage with Battery Cell ‘Swapping’ Technology
    on 20th September 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Industrial lithium-ion energy storage provider PBES last week said it has signed a partnership agreement with Norwegian Solar AS for the supply of containerized storage solutions for deployment in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. […]

  • A Brief History of Utility-Scale Energy Storage
    on 19th September 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Five years ago, a mere 0.34 GW of energy storage could be found globally. Fast forward and the market is expecting 6 GW to be installed in 2017 alone. […]

  • Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?
    on 18th September 2017 at 6:28 pm

    It seems like every time you turn around, another company, utility, municipality or institution announces some sort of "smart" initiative. In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado... […]

  • Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW Concentrated Solar Power Expansion
    on 18th September 2017 at 1:20 pm

    The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.73/kWh. […]

  • UK Electricity Markets Regulator Takes Big Step in Recognizing Value of Energy Storage
    on 15th September 2017 at 3:48 pm

    U.K. renewable energy company Anesco this week said that its solar+storage projects are the first sites in the U.K. to qualify for support paid to accredited renewable energy generators for electricity generation supplied to batteries. […]

  • Tracking the Rise of the Off-Grid Energy Storage Market
    on 14th September 2017 at 7:03 pm

    The image that "off-grid" solar conjures of small cabins or individual solar home systems is outdated in today's world. es, it’s true, off-grid storage applications do include remote homes and even remote communities in some of world’s developing regions, but off-grid solar makes possible a wide range of applications from residential to commercial, and continues on a path of rapid growth. […]

  • Is the DOE Really in Love with all of the Above?
    on 14th September 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Is it going out on a limb to say this part is saying “renewables should not get special treatment above other sources?” The DOE report went on to point out that variable resources require baseload generation as a frequency smoothing backup while the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining. &nbs […]

  • 2016 Storm Stirs Renewable Energy Investment in South Australia
    on 14th September 2017 at 10:40 am

    A year on from a storm that blacked out the entire state, South Australia has emerged from the electricity crisis to strengthen its position as a global leader in renewable energy. […]

  • Why Solar SCADA is Taking Center Stage in Grid Modernization
    on 13th September 2017 at 6:43 pm

    While solar monitoring is not new, solar supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), with the emphasis on the "supervisory control" function is much less common today. […]

  • 3@3 on SolarPV: Disasters, SPI, Tesla
    on 11th September 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Today's topics include the historic number of natural disasters and hurricanes impacting the world over the past few weeks and how the solar industry can help; Solar Power International, a solar industry event taking place this week; and an interesting update on a Tesla/PG&E pilot project that is underway in California.&nbs […]

  • A Transactive Energy Future: The Inevitable Rise of Economic-based Grid Control
    on 11th September 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Every day, the number of new power generators from renewable resources joining the world's collective electricity grid steadily goes up. Growing at an equal pace are the people working to keep the balance between supply and demand on that collective grid.&nbs […]

  • Editor's Letter: If We Could Talk to the Batteries...
    on 8th September 2017 at 5:37 pm

    One year ago, at Solar Power International 2016, I helped Julia Hamm, CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) with a keynote "skit" in which I was a reporter interviewing a homeowner about her awareness of her energy use. The year was supposed to be 2026. […]

  • How India Can Export Sunshine Around the World
    on 8th September 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water. Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.”&nbs […]

  • Live DC Microgrid Electrified at SPI
    on 7th September 2017 at 6:53 pm

    EnSync and DCfusion have designed and will manage the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace on-site microgrid demonstration system during SPI. The design leverages EnSync Energy's Matrix energy management system and DER Flex software – creating a microgrid that will power the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace area at the Las Vegas show. DCfusion is engineering the solar-powered microgrid, while EnSync Energy's technologies will serve as its command and control center. The Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace will also provide connections for companies to demonstrate their technologies working in real time – including energy storage batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and more.&nbs […]

  • JLM Energy Launching Energy Storage Quoting Tool
    on 7th September 2017 at 6:50 pm

    JLM Energy said it plans to debut its Simple Quoting and Design tool (SQUAD) at SPI. The company said that SQUAD is a straightforward way for solar dealers to provide residential quotes on solar plus JLM’s storage product Phazr, which pairs each solar panel with a battery pack.  SQUAD 1.0 brings time-of-use (TOU) shifting solutions to California residents, many of whom are affected by new TOU regulations that shift peak electricity pricing to later in the day when solar panels have stopped producing. This means homeowners can save their solar power in batteries for hours later in the day when the utility is charging higher rates and people are generally using more electricity – during the dinner hour and early evening. […]

  • Online Legal Marketplace Seeks to Transform How Clean Energy Companies Do Business
    on 7th September 2017 at 3:26 pm

    A new partnership between CleanTech Docs and Cleantech Law Partners (CLP) aims to improve the way legal services are provided to the cleantech and renewable energy sectors with what the companies say is the first online legal platform for those companies. […]

  • This Is ‘Game Changing’ for Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage
    on 7th September 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Renewable Energy World recently reported on a potential solar software update that was called “game changing” for energy storage. Now that update is here. […]

  • Why Solar and Battery Gigafactories Will Not Drastically Reduce PV and Storage Costs
    on 6th September 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about gigawatt-scale fabrication shops (fabs) for both PV (NY) and batteries (NV).  And they are promoted as being able to provide great economies of scale that will dramatically and magically accelerate the cost reduction learning curve.  But the fact of the matter is that it’s not quite so simple in reality. […]

  • Report: 31 Utilities Added Energy Storage for The First Time in 2016
    on 6th September 2017 at 6:58 pm

    A new report by the Smart Electric Power Alliance indicated 31 utilities, or 43 percent of the utilities surveyed for the study, added energy storage to the grid in the last year. […]

  • Driven, Collaborative, Curious — Who Is the New Generation of Solar Talent?
    on 6th September 2017 at 12:35 pm

    The growing support for the nonprofit Solar Head of State from a selection of high-profile people is a testament to the valuable vision that today’s young business men and women bring to the solar sector. […]

  • Notes from The Market Research Underground: Do You Feel It? The Future of DG Solar Is at Hand
    on 5th September 2017 at 7:22 pm

    The strongest and most trusted solar brand is actually a group of solar workers — the small to medium independent installers have always been, and are still, the face of the solar industry to people. This has remained true despite the residential solar lease and despite the rise of multi-megawatt (utility-scale) solar deployment. It has remained true as DG (distributed generation) systems have increased in size, and it has remained true despite announcements of the demise of the small/medium independent installer. […]

  • World Energy Demand to Plateau from 2030, Says Report
    on 5th September 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Energy efficiency will improve faster than global economic growth due to the rapid electrification of the world’s energy system, leading to a plateau in energy demand from 2030. […]

  • Vestas Joins With Tesla to Combine Wind Turbines With Batteries
    on 1st September 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Tesla Inc. has partnered with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to figure out how to combine wind turbines and batteries, socking away power during breezy times to use when the air is still. […]

  • The 6 Countries Leading on Renewable Energy, But Could Improve on Incentives, Regulatory Support
    on 1st September 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Recently released heat maps from Sustainable Energy for All identify countries and regions where improvements would increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 36 percent of total final energy consumption by 2030. […]

  • Unlocking the Potential of Hydrogen in a Decarbonized Energy System
    on 31st August 2017 at 5:33 pm

    There is a growing need for grid-scale storage technology to mitigate the intermittency of renewables and enable the transition towards a decarbonized energy system. Hydrogen as an energy carrier could offer a climate-friendly solution to this.&nbs […]

  • DONG Energy Secures Battery System for Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Project
    on 31st August 2017 at 2:37 pm

    DONG Energy is planning to install an offshore wind battery energy storage system (BESS) in the U.K. ABB said that it won a contract to install a 2-MW BESS to support integration and transmission of power from the 90-MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm. […]

  • The Minor Metals and Energy Storage — It's Party Time
    on 30th August 2017 at 3:05 pm

    It’s turning out to be a great year for minor metals. Rechargeable-battery ingredient cobalt has gained 83 percent, while ruthenium, used in the chemical industry and electronics, is up 63 percent. The latest star is vanadium, an obscure silvery-grey metal thought to have been used to harden steel as far back as the Crusades. […]

  • Hybrid Office Building Cuts Cord to Electricity Grid
    on 29th August 2017 at 3:14 pm

    A four-story office building powered by a combination of thermal and PV solar and wind energy in South Australia has cut its connection to the electricity grid in what its owners claim to be a world first. […]

  • Listen Up: Energy Storage is the Home Appliance of the Future
    on 29th August 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Twenty years ago, the problem with rooftop solar was that customers needed a large collection of lead acid batteries to store their daytime energy and use this energy at night. But simple net metering rules made it possible for the electric grid to function as a 100 percent efficient storage device.&nbs […]

  • This Is the Next Step for Energy Storage in South Australia
    on 29th August 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Details were released yesterday for the South Australia government’s call for more projects that can contribute to making renewable energy generation on demand and that will provide energy storage in the state. […]

  • The Big Drumroll Ends with a Thud: DOE’s Study on the US Power Grid
    on 28th August 2017 at 5:10 pm

    The Department of Energy last week released its long-awaited grid-reliability study, after months of work at the agency to respond to Secretary Perry’s directive calling for the report. The tone and content of Perry’s April 14th memo suggested to many that the study would inevitably produce a set of findings that coal-fired power plants could take to the bank as proof that they need help from the federal government to stay in operation. […]

  • New Source of Energy-critical Lithium Found in Supervolcanoes, Stanford Researchers Find
    on 28th August 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Most of the lithium used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics comes from Australia and Chile. But Stanford scientists say there are large deposits in sources right here in America: supervolcanoes. &nbs […]

  • Companies Team Up on Exploration Data for Lithium, Geothermal Projects
    on 28th August 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Vancouver, B.C.-based Dajin Resources Corp. last week signed a memorandum of understanding with Reno, Nev.-based Geothermal Development Associates to share geothermal data to support their separate operational goals in Nevada. […]

  • Putting Innovation to Work for Renewable Energy – What’s Your Story?
    on 28th August 2017 at 12:27 pm

    We want to hear your innovation story. We will recognize the most innovative power projects with the Power-Gen International Projects of the Year Awards in Las Vegas in December. […]

  • Five Million Commercial Customers Could Cut Costs with Energy Storage
    on 25th August 2017 at 4:01 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group (CEG) have released the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States. […]

  • DOE Grid Reliability Report 'Treats Wind Power Fairly,' Grassley Says
    on 25th August 2017 at 11:31 am

    Now that the US Department of Energy staff has released its report to Secretary Perry on Electricity Markets and Reliability, Renewable Energy World has received many comments from industry that seem to generally favor the results […]

  • Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters and EVs To Make Up “Customer Grid” of the Future
    on 25th August 2017 at 10:00 am

    Forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment. […]

  • It’s Out: A Quick Review of the Just Released US Department of Energy Grid Reliability Study
    on 24th August 2017 at 4:59 pm

    In April, newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry called for a study of the U.S. electricity grid. He wanted the study to reveal why so many coal plants were retiring and whether or not energy policies (renewable folks, think the ITC, PTC, RPS) were distorting the market and making the grid unstable. As most in the energy industry knew, the answer is incredibly nuanced. The 187-page report, released today, details the many reasons impacting the retirement of coal plants – the fact that they are old, in need of upgrades, costlier to run than natural gas plants, and not running at full capacity – are just some of them.&nbs […]

  • Thinking Beyond Trump: Why Power Companies Should Be Investing Now in Carbon-free Electricity
    on 23rd August 2017 at 3:30 pm

    When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time. […]

  • Energy Storage Firm Alevo Shutters Operations
    on 22nd August 2017 at 5:53 pm

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A startup company is giving up plans to build boxcar-sized batteries that help power companies save energy or shift to wind and solar power. Alevo Manufacturing Inc. informed state officials Friday that it was immediately shutting down its factory inside a massive, former Philip Morris USA cigarette plant and filing for bankruptcy protection. […]

  • Solar Plus Storage Trial Set for Remote Australian Community
    on 22nd August 2017 at 5:45 pm

    The remote Australian Northern Territory community of Daly River is set to be powered by solar and energy storage under the $55 million (US$43.5 million) Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). […]

  • Reliance Said to Mull India Energy Storage With BP
    on 22nd August 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Reliance Industries Ltd., owned by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, is considering entering the energy storage business with its partner BP Plc. to expand into the country’s growing renewable energy sector, according to two people with knowledge of the plan. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Global Solar Market Growth, Energy Storage, Eclipse
    on 21st August 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case. […]

  • 100 Percent Renewable Powered Microgrid in Illinois Islands from the Grid for 24 Hours
    on 18th August 2017 at 4:43 pm

    On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.&nbs […]

  • SolarReserve to Build 150-MW Solar Thermal Plant in South Australia
    on 17th August 2017 at 11:25 am

    A 150MW solar thermal power plant will be built in South Australia by global company SolarReserve. The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta, about 300km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide, will incorporate eight hours of storage or 1,100 MWh, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station. […]

  • NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for $4 Billion Battery Plan
    on 17th August 2017 at 11:09 am

    NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in 100 million euros ($118 million). […]

  • London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth
    on 16th August 2017 at 11:49 am

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030. […]

  • First Solar to Profit If Trump Slaps Tariffs on Panel Imports
    on 15th August 2017 at 10:39 pm

    First Solar Inc. is standing on the sidelines of a trade dispute that could give its products a significant leg up. The U.S. International Trade Commission held a hearing on Tuesday regarding the request by Suniva for the U.S. to impose tariffs on imported solar panels. The petition alleges China, which accounts for more than 80 percent of global solar panel production, gives manufacturers unfair government support.   The commission is expected to make a decision next month, and a finding of harm could lead President Trump to impose duties as early as November. &nbs […]

  • Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530 From Europe's Power Grids
    on 14th August 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid. Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles. […]

  • Tech Guru Bill Joy Unveils a Battery to Challenge Lithium-Ion
    on 14th August 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Elon Musk isn’t the only visionary betting that the world will soon be reliant on batteries. Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder, also envisions such dependence. He just thinks alkaline is a smarter way to go than lithium-ion. […]

  • Do You have a Favorite Insurance? For Pharma, it May be Microgrids
    on 11th August 2017 at 1:41 pm

    A large pharma company recently came to me to discuss energy supply and its need for guaranteed electricity.  The company had to take out expensive insurance to cover a power failure event that could interrupt their production line. Why is this a big deal? We’ve all lost refrigeration for a few hours. After talking with the company, it became clear that a power loss lasting only 1 minute can result in a major economic hit because much of the pharmaceuticals are made in large batches to amortize the costs, and increase production.  With a power loss, it’s not just a temporary interruption, it’s a lost batch.  And the market value of a lost batch can easily reach millions of dollars.&nbs […]

  • FERC Accepts Preliminary Permit Application for 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage Project
    on 7th August 2017 at 7:27 pm

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced on July 25 it had accepted an application for a preliminary permit for the 172-MW Panther Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in Pennsylvania. […]

  • Senate Restores Quorum at FERC, Confirms DOE Deputy Secretary
    on 7th August 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Quorum has been restored to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, following the unanimous confirmation of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson by the U.S. Senate. […]

  • The Energy Sector Needs to Adapt to Millennials—Not Vice Versa
    on 7th August 2017 at 3:18 pm

    As interns at Environmental Defense Fund, we’ve been tapped as resident experts on surviving on college budgets, social media, and all things Millennial. Research tells us Millennials are the largest living generation. So, as clean energy interns this summer, we’ve learned that gives us much power to change the game for the energy sector. But in unexpected ways. &nbs […]

  • Queensland Opens Registrations for 100 MW Energy Storage Auction
    on 7th August 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The Queensland Labor government has kicked off its large-scale energy storage auction, calling for early registration of companies wishing to tender for the installation of up to 100 MW of energy storage before 2020, alongside 400 MW of new solar and wind farms. The Renewables 400 auction was officially launched on Monday, as a key plank of the Palaszczuk government's Powering Queensland Plan — an AU $1.6 billion scheme, first unveiled in June, to help the state meet its 50 percent renewable energy target by 2030. […]

  • Germany to Take on Tesla With Gigafactory Rival
    on 7th August 2017 at 2:33 pm

    German executives are preparing to announce a new home for a lithium-ion battery plant designed to rival the output at Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory. Terra E Holding GmbH will choose one of five candidate sites in Germany or a neighboring country next month to build its 34 GWh battery factory, Frankfurt-based CEO Holger Gritzka said in an interview. […]

  • Siemens Financial Offers ‘Outcome-based’ Financing for Energy Storage
    on 7th August 2017 at 2:26 pm

    A new offering from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) could give potential customers in the UK an avenue to access Siemens’ energy storage technology, SIESTORAGE, without committing capital up front. Using SIESTORAGE technology companies can defer electricity purchases from peak times to cheaper periods. The modular system, which is based on Lithium-ion battery technology, typically suits customers with on-site consumption of between 1 MW and 100 MW, according to SFS. […]

  • Cell Phones to Bring Solar Power to 1 Million Africans Living Off the Grid
    on 7th August 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Fenix International, a San Francisco startup making solar power systems for people with no access to electricity grids, is expanding in Africa through a partnership with the continent’s largest wireless carrier. […]

  • Just Add Solar: Building Africa’s Largest Thermal-Solar PV Hybrid Power Plant
    on 4th August 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is set to deliver a 15-MW solar PV plant in Burkina Faso — creating Africa’s largest thermal-solar PV hybrid power plant. The solar PV development will be integrated with an existing 55-MW Wärtsilä thermal plant (running on heavy fuel oil), to power IAMGOLD’s Essakane Mine, 330km northeast of the Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. […]

  • 3@3 on Solar PV: Trade Case, GMP, Smart Inverters
    on 3rd August 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners. Check it out! […]

  • Rochester Institute of Technology Researcher to Study Energy Storage in US grid
    on 2nd August 2017 at 1:43 pm

    A researcher from Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $149,000 collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the environmental effects of energy storage on the electricity grid. &nbs […]

  • IKEA to Offer Home Energy Storage in UK
    on 2nd August 2017 at 1:18 pm

    IKEA is expanding its solar homes partnership with London-based Solarcentury by making energy storage available to its customers in the U.K. &nbs […]

  • UK Innovation Agency Supports Liquid Air Energy Storage Demo Project
    on 2nd August 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Innovate UK is investing in a liquid air energy storage (LAES) demonstration project to meet the requirements for National Grid’s enhanced frequency response service. […]

  • Tesla Batteries May Back Up Wind Farm Off Massachusetts Coast
    on 1st August 2017 at 11:55 am

    Deepwater Wind LLC is proposing to pair Tesla Inc. batteries with massive offshore wind turbines as part of a bid to supply the state of Massachusetts with clean energy generated at sea. […]

  • Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt
    on 31st July 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.&nbs […]

  • National Science Foundation Awards Grant for Study of Redox Flow Battery Technology
    on 26th July 2017 at 4:40 pm

    The University of Kentucky (UK) last week said that its researchers will work with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study redox flow battery (RFB) technology under a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). […]

  • Mitsui Sells Quarter Share In UK Pumped Storage Operator First Hydro
    on 26th July 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Japanese investment group Mitsui & Co. has sold its minority share in European hydropower project operator First Hydro to Canada's Brookfield Renewable Partners. […]

  • Energy Storage for EV Charging in Canada to Combat Range Anxiety
    on 26th July 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Installation of a new network of 34 electric-vehicle charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway will take advantage of energy storage to charge cars faster and help overcome “range anxiety.” […]

  • Illinois Explores Smart Inverters’ Potential to Strengthen Grid Reliability
    on 25th July 2017 at 5:47 pm

    A federal judge recently protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 — enough to power approximately half a million homes. […]

  • Scientists Design Promising New Cathode for Sodium-based Batteries
    on 25th July 2017 at 11:48 am

    Scientists have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry as they could facilitate a more cost-efficient production process for grid-scale energy storage systems, consumer electronics and electric vehicles.&nbs […]

  • UK to Invest $320M in Energy Storage R&D
    on 25th July 2017 at 10:04 am

    In a move aimed at powering its transition to a low-carbon economy with energy storage, the UK is set to fund battery technology research to the tune of £246m ($320m). […]

  • Tabuchi Electric Backs Ground-mount Racking System Provider Nuance Energy
    on 24th July 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Tabuchi Electric, a solar inverter manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan, recently made a $3 million investment in ground mount racking system provider Nuance Energy. […]

  • US Interior Department Scientist Speaks Out Against Reassignment
    on 20th July 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as of today, I am also a whistleblower on an administration that chooses silence over science. […]

  • Likana Solar Thermal Project in Chile Receives Environmental Approval
    on 20th July 2017 at 1:19 pm

    SolarReserve yesterday said its 390-MW Likana concentrating solar power plant received environmental approval from the Chilean government. […]

  • Next Level Design — New-School Solar Software Providers Take on the Incumbents
    on 18th July 2017 at 8:05 pm

    The market for solar PV design software has opened up significantly in the past five years. New offerings have taken off in that time, and they range from fully integrated systems offering one-stop functionality, to niche services that are hyper-focused on one segment of the design process. &nbs […]

  • Florida Storage Project to Demonstrate 250-kW/1-MWh Tesla Powerpack
    on 18th July 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Atlanta-based utility Southern Company and its Gulf Power subsidiary last week said it has launched an energy storage research project in Pensacola, Fla. The project will test and evaluate a 250-kW/1-MW Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion industrial energy storage system over a two-year period.&nbs […]

  • New Way to Predict When Electric Cars, Home Batteries Become Cost Effective
    on 18th July 2017 at 2:03 pm

    The future cost of energy storage technologies can now be predicted under different scenarios, thanks to a new tool created by Imperial researchers. Using a large database, the team can predict how much consumers will have to pay in the future for energy storage technologies based on cumulative installed capacity, current cost and future investment. […]

  • Solar Thermal Plants Aim to Keep Lights on at Night in Middle East
    on 18th July 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East, according to one of the region’s biggest developers of power plants. […]

  • Adapting to a Renewable-rich Grid: Businesses Embrace Building Management Solutions
    on 17th July 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Transitioning to the energy landscape of the future is oftentimes distilled down to a rise in renewable power generation. But the reality is that myriad industries are evolving and contributing to the foundations of a cleaner future.&nbs […]

  • Panasonic Joins Push to Put Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs
    on 17th July 2017 at 10:53 am

    Panasonic Corp. sees the future of solar on car rooftops. The Osaka-based electronics maker has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile. […]

  • From the Editor: Digital Everything
    on 14th July 2017 at 7:59 pm

    How many times do you hear about the future of energy, the next generation of power applications or the future utility business model? Like me, you’re probably getting a little tired of it.&nbs […]

  • Want Distributed Solar in Urban Areas? BIPV Takes the Lead
    on 13th July 2017 at 8:51 pm

    The stars are aligned for a breakthrough of small-scale solar energy in urban areas. This could completely change the world, the planet's source of energy generation and save the environment. […]

  • Campaign Launches To Tell Clean Energy Jobs Story: Site Visits, Turbine Climbs, Videos on Deck
    on 13th July 2017 at 6:53 pm

    On Wednesday July 12 in San Francisco, U.S. clean energy organizations including American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) and NEXTracker gathered to launch Renewable Energy Jobs Communications Campaign. This campaign steering committee, working in partnership with The Solar Foundation, Advanced Energy Economy and VoteSolar, will organize a series of approximately two dozen events over 18 months in targeted locations across the country to highlight wind and solar jobs and economic development. Leveraging manufacturing plant tours, solar plant openings, wind turbine climbs, trade shows, and other industry-related events, the group will gather stories and produce videos, photos and infographics and disseminate them widely through earned media and social media.&nbs […]

  • Federal Funding to Support 48 Projects Advancing Solar Technologies
    on 13th July 2017 at 1:48 pm

    The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday said it will allocate $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency. […]

  • Financing Energy Storage Projects: Assessing Risks — Part Two
    on 13th July 2017 at 11:48 am

    In many ways, energy storage projects are no different than a typical project finance transaction. Project finance is an exercise in risk allocation. Financings will not close until all risks have been catalogued and covered. However, there are some unique features to energy storage with which investors and lenders will have to become familiar.&nbs […]

  • Financing Energy Storage Projects: Assessing Risks — Part One
    on 12th July 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Technological and cost breakthroughs are expected to lead to rapid growth in the number of utility and behind-the-meter storage projects. Industry insiders say the energy storage market in 2017 feels like the rise of the solar industry in the late 2000s.&nbs […]

  • SolarEdge Launches First PV Inverter-Integrated EV Charger
    on 11th July 2017 at 5:42 pm

    At Intersolar North America in San Francisco this week, SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. is unveiling what it says is the world’s first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger. &nbs […]

  • Stäubli, Power-Blox Partner to Provide Swarm Power Solution
    on 11th July 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Stäubli Electrical Connectors and Power-Blox this week signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly offer energy storage and off-grid solutions. &nbs […]

  • Siemens, AES Form Energy Storage Joint Venture Fluence
    on 11th July 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Siemens and AES Corp. today said they will form a new global energy storage company under the name Fluence. The companies said they will combine the AES Advancion and Siemens Siestorage energy storage platforms with expanded services. &nbs […]

  • Smart and Getting Smarter: China's View of the Future of PV Power Plants
    on 10th July 2017 at 8:16 pm

    As the private sector increasingly takes on the task of installing solar PV in China, growth is happening quickly. Last year China installed more solar capacity than any other country in the world at 34 GW, beating the US's 14 GW and Europe's 6.9 GW. […]

  • Monitoring System from Solar Analytics
    on 10th July 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Australian solar energy software provider Solar Analytics is exhibiting at Intersolar North America in San Francisco to showcase its solar and battery monitoring solution for residential and commercial rooftop solar PV. The company said that its monitoring technology can increase the energy yield of a rooftop solar system by over 15 percent, increasing the financial return of residential solar power systems, and driving increased solar uptake. “We’ve seen enormously high customer engagement levels with our easy-to-use solar monitoring solution,” said Solar Analytics co-founder and CEO, Stefan Jarnason. “Our software monitors the performance of rooftop solar PV and provides solar owners with their energy generation and use data. With data, Solar Analytics empowers everyday solar owners to navigate the changing energy landscape and take advantage of the enormous opportunities that come with new energy technologies including storage and energy trading.” Solar Analytics’ monitoring service provides solar monitoring for more than 14,000 solar households across Australia, USA and New Zealand. […]

  • Energy Storage “Living Lab” at Intersolar Solar Winery and Microgrid Tour
    on 10th July 2017 at 3:43 pm

    On Friday, this week as part of Intersolar North America, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid project, where engineers and students from around the world are researching how to build self-sufficiency and resiliency with distributed generation and storage assets for uninterrupted power to support all the farm’s extensive operations. SimpliPhi’s non-toxic energy storage technology is operational on the microgrid. The company is also exhibiting at Intersolar.  “SimpliPhi was selected for its safety, efficiency, longevity and proven track record in the industry. SimpliPhi batteries are the only batteries in the Stone Edge Farm microgrid project that are installed inside a building because they do not require thermal control and mitigation to protect the warranty or safeguard against thermal runaway or fire,” said Craig Wooster, CEO of Wooster Energy Engineering, general contractor for the microgrid project at Stone Edge Farm. &nbs […]

  • Ideal Power and Nextracker Team Up for Solar-Plus-Storage Products
    on 10th July 2017 at 3:39 pm

    At Intersolar Ideal Power announced a new partnership with NEXTracker. Ideal Power will supply NEXTracker with its 30-kW SunDial storage-enabled multi-port PV string inverter, its 30-kW Stabilitipower conversion system, and a custom NEXTracker-exclusive 15-kW SunDial, which NEXTracker will integrate into its NX Fusion Plus solar-plus-storage product. The product will be deployed to various commercial, industrial and utility sites throughout North America. &nbs […]

  • Engie Considers Building Solar Park in Chernobyl Radioactive Zone
    on 10th July 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Ukraine is talking to one of France’s largest energy companies about building a giant, billion-euro ($1.25 billion) solar park in the uninhabited radioactive zone surrounding the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear reactor. […]

  • Tesla Wins Contract for South Australia Energy Storage Project
    on 7th July 2017 at 11:55 am

    Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. has won a tender to supply what the billionaire says is the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to back up the state of South Australia’s blackout-plagued power grid, making good on a promise first made over Twitter four months ago to help solve the state’s energy woes. […]

  • How One Small US Town Will Save Millions with a Microgrid
    on 5th July 2017 at 8:29 pm

    The little U.S. town of Sterling, Massachusetts is getting a lot of attention these days. Not only has the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) been winning awards for its new solar+storage microgrid, the town is also getting visitors from Germany, Japan, Norway and many other countries who want to check it out. […]

  • Vattenfall Splits Wind Business; Creates Offshore, Onshore, Solar+Storage Units
    on 5th July 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Swedish utility Vattenfall this week said it has split its wind business into three units comprising offshore, onshore and solar+storage services. […]

  • Massachusetts Sets 200 MWh Energy Storage Target
    on 5th July 2017 at 1:01 pm

    The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) last week established a 200-MWh energy storage target for the state to be achieved by 2020. […]

  • Aggreko Buys Energy Storage Startup Younicos for £40 Million
    on 3rd July 2017 at 4:55 pm

    On Monday, Scotland-based Aggreko announced that it would be acquiring Germany-based energy storage company Younicos for £40m. Younicos delivers modular and scalable smart energy storage and has over 200 MW of installed storage systems, with a strong pipeline across both developed and emerging markets. The Younicos CEO, Stephen Prince, will report directly to Chris Weston, Aggreko Chief Executive. For the calendar year 2016, Younicos had revenues of £7m and made an operating loss of £15m; gross assets at 31 December 2016 were £20m. Aggreko expects it to be loss making in the short term and therefore earnings dilutive. The investment will be made in cash. Chris Weston, Aggreko Chief Executive, said: “As energy markets continue to decarbonize, decentralize and become more digital, the integration and control of multiple energy sources, including thermal and renewable, will be essential to ensure the provision of reliable power. “As a pioneer of smart energy solutions based on battery storage, Younicos is at the forefront of this trend. Together we are a powerful combination; our scale, fleet and global presence, coupled with a smart energy capability, will allow us to open up new markets and provide our customers around the world with a reliable, cheaper and cleaner source of energy.” […]

  • Rural New York Building Gets Microgrid for Resiliency
    on 3rd July 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Ideal Power has teamed up with Azimuth Energy and Wright Architects to retrofit a building in rural New York with a solar-plus-storage microgrid for backup power during grid outages. […]

  • China Set to Put 120 GWh of Battery Capacity into the Market by 2021
    on 29th June 2017 at 4:44 pm

    As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 GWh a year by 2021, according to a report published this week by Bloomberg Intelligence.&nbs […]

  • Dominion Energy Wants to Build Pumped Hydro Storage Facility in Coalfields
    on 29th June 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Following the passage of bills in the Virginia General Assembly this year, Dominion Energy is searching for sites in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia where it can build a pumped hydroelectric storage facility. In December 2016, Virginia Sen. Ben Chafin, R-Lebanon, and Dels. […]

  • CEO: US Solar Trade Case is a Job Killer
    on 28th June 2017 at 3:43 pm

    There’s another solar trade war brewing and if the US solar manufacturing companies that have brought it to the forefront are successful, it’s estimated that up to $.78 per watt could be added to solar panel costs in the United States. For background, earlier this spring, bankrupt Georgia-based manufacturer Suniva filed a complaint about its inability to compete with cheap solar imports from Asia. In May, SolarWorld became a co-petitioner. The U.S. International Trade Commission should rule on the matter in September and send its recommendations to U.S. President Trump. […]

  • German Utility Planning Storage Project in Salt Caverns
    on 28th June 2017 at 12:45 pm

    German utility EWE plans to build a battery in underground salt caverns in collaboration with Friedrich Schiller University. The project, called brine for power (b4p), will be based on redox flow battery technology, according to EWE. &nbs […]

  • Consortium Supports Flow Battery Installation in Hawaii for Research
    on 28th June 2017 at 12:15 pm

    The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), Hawaii Electric Light Co., Ulupono Initiative, and UniEnergy Technologies (UET) are working together to install a 100kW/500kWh advanced vanadium flow battery this year at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST Park) administered by NELHA. […]

  • CSP Eyes Strong Growth with Thermal Energy Storage to Compete Against PV
    on 26th June 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Concentrating solar power (CSP) has existed since 1866, but for the last couple of decades, photovoltaic (PV) has been the dominant solar technology. Now with technological advancements and energy storage, CSP is poised to make a significant comeback.&nbs […]

  • New York Moves to Establish Energy Storage Procurement Target for 2030
    on 26th June 2017 at 11:19 am

    The New York State Legislature has sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo companion bills that would lead to the development of an energy storage procurement target for the state. […]

  • South Australia Has 185 Potential Sites for Pumped Storage Hydro
    on 23rd June 2017 at 9:05 pm

    There are 185 sites in South Australia that are potentially suitable for off-river pumped hydro storage, according to the results of research at The Australian National University. […]

  • NYSERDA to Fund Emerging Energy Storage Technology
    on 23rd June 2017 at 7:20 pm

    NYSERDA announced that up to $6.3 million is available for energy storage technologies that have not yet been commercialized but could support renewable power sources in New York Stat […]

  • Australian Firm Issues Tender for 640 MWh of Energy Storage Services
    on 21st June 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Brisbane, Australia-based Lyon Group yesterday said it is seeking interest for contracts to cover up to 640 MWh of storage capacity across Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. […]

  • Toronto Hydro, Ryerson Launch Pilot Project to Store Energy in Pole-mounted Compact Box
    on 21st June 2017 at 11:33 am

    Toronto Hydro is testing pole-mounted energy storage devices that can supplement electricity during peak hours in homes. In a pilot project, a compact white box, a little bigger than a suitcase, has been mounted about six metres up a hydro pole in the Keele St. […]

  • Flow Battery Provider Recognized with Green Chemistry Challenge Award
    on 20th June 2017 at 4:35 pm

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently recognized Mukilteo, Wash.-based flow battery provider UniEnergy Technologies with a Green Chemistry Challenge Award. […]

  • Australia Considers Draft Standard for Onsite Energy Storage
    on 15th June 2017 at 5:47 pm

    The nonprofit Standards Australia this week released for consultation a draft voluntary standard for onsite battery systems. The standard, which was prepared jointly by Australian and New Zealand stakeholders, includes provisions for […]

  • Renewables to Grab $7 Trillion of Global Power Investment, Says BNEF
    on 15th June 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Renewables will account for almost three quarters of global investment in power generation between now and 2040, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. […]

  • Recently Passed Legislation to Open Up PACE Financing in Illinois
    on 14th June 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Illinois could get a PACE program for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy in commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings if the governor signs a bill passed overwhelmingly by the state legislature last month. […]

  • UK Energy Companies to Advance Storage for Wind Power Integration
    on 13th June 2017 at 5:56 pm

    A collaborative initiative from London-based Carbon Trust will bring together a group of energy companies to investigate use cases for energy storage that will help cut costs associated with integrating wind energy into the UK power grid. […]

  • Associations Urge Congress to Oppose $1.7BN DOE Budget Cut
    on 13th June 2017 at 2:34 pm

    A letter signed today by five renewable energy associations urges Congress to oppose the $1.7 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) FY18 budget proposed by the Trump Administration. […]

  • Hybrid Energy Storage System Power Capacity to Exceed 2 GW in 2026
    on 12th June 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Global installed hybrid energy storage system power capacity is expected to grow from 78.6 MW in 2017 to 2.1 GW in 2026, according to a new white paper from Navigant Research. […]

  • Prototype Floating Platform for Renewable Energy Storage to be Deployed in Malta Harbor
    on 12th June 2017 at 3:24 pm

    The University of Malta is presently working on project FLASC: Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression.&nbs […]

  • Cooking Microgrids: The Case for Application-specific Power Networks
    on 9th June 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks to the virtuous confluence of technical and business forces, and driven by entrepreneurial startups, application-specific microgrids are coming. In common understanding, a microgrid is a smaller version of the existing macro-grid, and it delivers the same electricity as the latter does. […]

  • Nevada Governor Signs Bill Providing Legal Recognition of Blockchain
    on 9th June 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval this week signed a billed that provides legal recognition of blockchain in satisfying the requirements for written records, specifically contracts. […]

  • Active Network Management Enables Addition of 8.5 MW of Renewables to Shetland Islands Grid
    on 9th June 2017 at 12:13 pm

    A five-year trial on Scotland’s Shetland Islands has shown that a system of demand-side management, large-scale energy storage and monitoring and control systems — together called active network management (ANM) — has allowed the addition of about 8.5 MW of renewables to the islands’ grid. […]

  • Recycled EV Batteries Will Be Paired with Residential Solar in UK Trial
    on 9th June 2017 at 11:26 am

    A new trial in the UK will explore the performance of recycled EV batteries in residential solar+storage systems. U.K.-based Powervault this week said it reached an agreement to reuse Renault’s EV batteries in 50 trail units at homes of customers who already have solar installed.&nbs […]

  • The Opportunity of the Commons
    on 7th June 2017 at 2:15 pm

    The theory of the tragedy of the commons holds that those driven solely by self-interest will act to the detriment of the common good. One simple illustration is the depletion of fisheries by unregulated overfishing. Our industrial history also demonstrates the principle. Capitalism’s quest for maximized profit made industry race to the bottom, seeking places that allowed production at its lowest immediate cost. Now, those economies that prospered from that race are recovering from its impacts. The opportunity in the commons is global recognition of the competitive advantage in efficiency.&nbs […]

  • Greensmith, E.On, Tucson Electric Power Complete Energy Storage Project
    on 6th June 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Energy storage software and services company Greensmith Energy, E.On Climate and Renewables, and Tucson Electric Power inaugurated the Iron Horse Battery Energy Storage Project […]

  • Has Wind Capacity Really Exceeded Hydropower in the US?
    on 6th June 2017 at 3:49 pm

    The short answer is no. Although recent statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration say wind exceeded hydro in total generating capacity at the end of 2016, their capacity numbers don’t include pumped storage in hydropower. […]

  • Guam Power Authority Looks to Energy Storage to Reduce Power Outages
    on 5th June 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Guam Power Authority (GPA) has chosen to install two energy storage systems that will help reduce intermittent power outages that Guam has been experiencing from net metering penetration and utility-scale renewable energy projects. &nbs […]

  • Vattenfall to cut up to 60% of German hydroelectric power workforce by 2019
    on 2nd June 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall has announced a plan to restructure its hydroelectric power division in Germany by the end of 2019. […]

  • Austin Energy Chooses Stem for Aggregated Energy Storage
    on 2nd June 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Energy storage services firm Stem Inc. is developing an aggregated fleet of customer-sited energy storage operating in Texas. […]

  • California Senate Approves Bill for Energy Storage Rebate Program
    on 2nd June 2017 at 1:30 pm

    The California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would create a 10-year rebate program for the state’s local energy storage market. According to a bill analysis from the California legislature, SB 700 directs the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), by Dec. 1, 2018, to establish a program called the Energy Storage Initiative (ESI) to provide rebates to customers of California’s investor-owned utilites for the installation of customer-sited energy storage systems that are dispatch capable to achieve market transformation. […]

  • Europe's Largest Hybrid Flywheel Battery Project to Help Grid Respond to Energy Demand
    on 2nd June 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Europe’s largest and the UK’s first battery flywheel system will be connected to the Irish and UK grids to help respond to energy demand as part of a new project involving engineers from the University of Sheffield, Schwungrad Energie, Adaptive Balancing Power and Freqcon.The €4 million euro project, with €2.9 million coming from the EU’s Horizon2020 scheme, will develop an innovative flywheel battery hybrid energy storage system aimed at stabilising pressure on the existing grid infrastructure in Europe. […]

  • Are Multilateral Development Banks Supporting a Low-Carbon Future?
    on 1st June 2017 at 4:28 pm

    More than 190 countries committed under the Paris Agreement on climate change to hold global average temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The multilateral development banks (MDBs) will play a crucial role in enabling countries to finance the infrastructure and energy systems of the future.&nbs […]

  • Hybrid Wind-Storage Project Starts Up in Spain
    on 31st May 2017 at 11:13 am

    ACCIONA Energía, a subsidiary of Madrid-based ACCIONA, this week said it started operations on a hybrid plant for storing electricity in batteries that is part of a grid-connected wind farm in Spain. […]

  • Energy Absolute Plans Asian Project Rivaling Gigafactory
    on 31st May 2017 at 10:38 am

    A little-known company from Thailand with grand ambitions in clean energy wants to take on Tesla Inc. at its own game. […]

  • Smart Solar Ensures Services at Remote Communities across the World
    on 30th May 2017 at 12:57 pm

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has emerged as one of the hottest topics, covering home security systems to refrigerators that tell you when to buy milk. The technology, which extends connectivity and computing capability to devices that are not normally considered computers and allows these devices to generate and exchange data with minimal human intervention, is now integrated into off-grid solar, creating “smart” solar. […]

  • A Tiny Island Off Singapore May Hold Keys to Energy's Future
    on 26th May 2017 at 11:00 am

    On a small island off the southern coast of Singapore, a French energy company is experimenting with what it hopes will be the future of renewable power storage. Engie SA is helping build a small, self-contained power grid on Semakau Island to demonstrate the usefulness of hydrogen gas in converting intermittent power from solar panels and wind turbines into stored fuel that can generate electricity days or even months later, when the need is higher. […]

  • Arizona Utility Buys Solar Power at ‘Historically Low Price’
    on 25th May 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Arizona utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) said this week that it will buy solar energy at a historically low price from a new local system large enough to power 21,000 homes. […]

  • Cracking the PPA: Renewable Energy Projects and Energy Storage
    on 25th May 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Colocating energy storage with renewable generation resources seems like a natural partnership to reduce the intermittency of renewable generators. Several projects have been built across the country combining storage with wind or solar projects. While the co-location of such facilities can yield many benefits, there are a number of legal and practical issues that need to be considered when deciding to acquire and co-locate storage facilities (particularly battery projects) with existing or new renewable generation.&nbs […]

  • Storage and Solar Finance: Programs for the Rising Behind-the-meter Markets in the US, EU
    on 24th May 2017 at 6:19 pm

    The global energy storage industry will expand rapidly in the next few years, as it moves to support solar and other infrastructure that is growing more and more complex. […]

  • Move Over Tesla, Europe's Building Its Own Battery Gigafactories
    on 24th May 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc. is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a 500 million-euro ($543 million) plant to assemble lithium-ion energy-storage units for Daimler AG, which produces Mercedes-Benz and Maybach luxury cars. &nbs […]

  • Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar team up to bring automotive battery innovation to the U.S. residential solar market
    on 23rd May 2017 at 11:00 pm

    The two companies will introduce a joint offering that will provide customers with the German engineering and performance of Mercedes-Benz batteries coupled with Vivint Solar's expertise in designing, installing and servicing solar energy systems. […]

  • Listen Up: What Home Owners Need To Know About Battery Storage Systems
    on 22nd May 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Since the sun does not shine at night we need a way to store daytime-generated solar energy. Net metering is an elegant and 100% efficient way to shift excess solar power, but that system will not work at high solar penetration levels. Never mind the fact that utilities are loath to allow their customers to generate electricity for less than it costs them to deliver this power.  As a result, battery storage is on the minds of almost all new solar customers. Storage technology, incentives, favorable electric rates and control software are all evolving rapidly. There are currently about a dozen companies with battery storage systems designed for use with rooftop solar. Like peanut butter and chocolate, many solar companies are starting to offer battery storage systems along with their solar systems. My advice is to proceed with caution. Even though off-grid battery storage systems have been available for years, we are at the very early stages of grid-tied solar combined with battery storage. From a hardware standpoint, battery storage costs are plummeting, and new inverters/charge controllers are being developed. Perhaps more importantly, software that will efficiently interact with solar, batteries, the grid and your home energy consumption still has limited functionality. For more about the practicalities of home battery storage, Listen Up to this week’s Energy Show on Renewable Energy World. &nbs […]

  • Ameren Unveils Advanced Distributed Energy Microgrid
    on 19th May 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Ameren Corp. has completed an advanced utility-scale microgrid. The $5 million facility, located at Ameren's Technology Applications Center (TAC) adjacent to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Illinois, is capable of serving paying customer loads on a utility distribution feeder. […]

  • Women of Wind Energy Rebrands as WRISE to Serve Greater Renewable Energy Space
    on 17th May 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Answering a call for representation for women across all sectors of renewable energy, the nonprofit organization Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) has formally changed its name to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE). […]

  • ENGIE to Complete Its First Energy Storage Project in Northern Chile This Year
    on 17th May 2017 at 12:47 pm

    ENGIE group unit ENGIE Energia Chile will install a 2MW/2MWh energy storage system in Arica, Chile, later this year. […]

  • SMEC Selected for Snowy Mountains Pumped Storage Upgrade Study as Aussie Government Contemplates Purchase
    on 16th May 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Australian consulting firm SMEC has been selected to assist in performing feasibility studies for 2,000 MW expansion of the Snow Mountains pumped storage project. […]

  • EU Association to Help Assess Value of Energy Storage for Transmission System
    on 16th May 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Two new studies, to be performed by the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE), will help define the current status of activities that link renewable energy to zero-emission electricity transportation, with a focus on energy storage and grid management solutions. &nbs […]

  • How Smart Contracts [Could] Simplify Clean Energy Distribution
    on 15th May 2017 at 7:19 pm

    On Tuesday May 9, Rocky Mountain Institute announced that ten energy companies from nine nations, including Sempra and Royal Dutch Shell, had joined the Energy Web Foundation (EWF), a nonprofit comprising of Rocky Mountain Institute and Grid Singularity, with a mission to accelerate the commercial deployment of blockchain technology in the energy sector. The foundation also announced $2.5 million in funding. This is big news. Why? Because if the vision of what blockchain can do comes true, it could eliminate a lot of the complexities around managing distributed energy resources. And the fact that major energy companies are allocating resources to understand it is evidence that blockchain is worth paying attention to. […]

  • The Storage Scoop-up Continues: Wärtsilä Acquires Greensmith Energy Management Systems
    on 15th May 2017 at 2:24 pm

    As the storage industry matures, larger companies are starting to purchase some of the original start-ups. Earlier this year, Enel Green Power scooped up Demand Energy and Ormat purchased Viridity and in 2016, GE Ventures bought a stake in Sonnen. This week news that Finland-based Wärtsilä agreed to acquire the California-based start-up Greensmith Energy Management Systems is another sign of the energy storage sector’s promise for the future. […]

  • Installing Solar to Combat National Security Risks in the Power Grid
    on 15th May 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of the grid using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization.&nbs […]

  • California: 'We Are Just Getting Started'
    on 11th May 2017 at 1:32 pm

    If you thought California’s lead as an energy storage market might fade in the face of upstarts such as Australia or Germany, then think again. Recent moves might see new gigawatts of capacity being installed across the state by 2020. […]

  • Now is the Time to Establish Partnerships that Advance Storage Battery Technology
    on 10th May 2017 at 12:20 pm

    As the debate over use of fossil fuels vs. renewables to generate electric power ratchets up, we can only hope that Washington will continue to support storage battery technologies. Budget cuts to groups like the U.S. Department of Energy — especially its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy — could be devastating. […]

  • US Energy Storage Caucus Launched to Educate Congress
    on 9th May 2017 at 4:40 pm

    U.S. Reps. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.) yesterday launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress to educate Members of Congress regarding the benefits of storage to the U.S. electric system and investigate ways to accelerate job growth and investment in U.S. advanced energy storage industries. […]

  • New Virginia Law Expands Solar Energy Development Authority to Include Energy Storage
    on 9th May 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe yesterday signed a bill authorizing the expansion of the state’s Solar Energy Development Authority to include energy storage. […]

  • The Green Bank — Government Contractors Will Want to Watch This Trend Carefully!
    on 8th May 2017 at 4:23 pm

    A bank located in the U.S. Northeast has drawn the attention of state officials nationwide. The three-year-old bank, however, is not your typical loans, checking account and cash services bank. […]

  • USTDA and Power Africa Initiative Award $1.1M for Solar Energy Storage in Africa
    on 8th May 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Africa’s first utility-scale battery storage installation has been agreed upon this week thanks to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. […]

  • Top Five Reasons Fossil Fuel Companies Should Diversify into Renewables Now
    on 8th May 2017 at 10:00 am

    According to Amory Lovins a consultant to Shell Oil for the past 45 years and Chief Scientist and Co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, little attention is being paid to the work that traditional energy companies are doing in the renewable energy industry. “I think a lot of groups promoting efficiency and renewables are so busy working with innovation and insurgency in the business world that they don’t pay enough attention to the incumbents,” he said during an interview at Shell’s Powering Progress Together forum in Detroit, Michigan at the end of April.  “It's like a yin-yang balance,” he said, jokingly adding that if you aren’t part of the problem, how can you be part of the solution? However, fossil fuel companies are well-equipped with the skills and expertise to transition into new business lines, he said. “These are companies with immense and unique skills, some of which will be useful for a long time.” […]

  • San Diego Water Board Looking into Pumped Storage Hydro
    on 4th May 2017 at 4:40 pm

    The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors on Thursday authorized the Water Authority, in conjunction with the city of San Diego, to begin seeking detailed proposals for a potential energy storage facility at San Vicente Reservoir. […]

  • Technology Guru Bill Joy Is Betting on a Bulletproof Battery
    on 3rd May 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Bill Joy, the Silicon Valley guru and Sun Microsystems Inc. co-founder, sees the future of energy in a battery that can take a bullet. […]

  • PG&E to Administer $240M for Energy Storage, Renewables Under Self Generation Program
    on 3rd May 2017 at 11:30 am

    San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company on Monday said it will administer about $240 million under California’s self-generation incentive program to help customers install energy storage, renewables and other energy technologies. […]

  • Social Movement in Action: Putting More Women in STEM Careers
    on 3rd May 2017 at 10:49 am

    Encouraging women to join the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce has become an important social movement that many hope will bring about significant change in STEM fields, where women are underrepresented. […]

  • E.ON Looks to UK for New Solar and Storage Operations
    on 3rd May 2017 at 10:20 am

    Germany-based energy supply company E.ON is looking to move into the U.K. and enter the energy storage and solar energy markets. The company unveiled their available solar and storage system technologies to U.K. customers this week. […]

  • California Utility Tops List for Most New Energy Storage in the US for 2016
    on 2nd May 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Imperial Irrigation District, a public power and water utility in Southern California, took the No. 1 spot on the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s new Storage Top 10 megawatt list, by adding 30 MW of new storage in 2016. […]

  • Tesla Halts Door-to-Door Sales for SolarCity Amid Slowdown
    on 1st May 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Tesla Inc. is doing away with SolarCity Corp.’s door-to-door sales business as it works to integrate the rooftop solar company it bought for $2 billion last year. […]

  • ENGIE Co-locates Energy Storage with Solar-Wind Hybrid Plant in Brazil
    on 28th April 2017 at 5:28 pm

    French utility ENGIE is moving ahead with plans to co-locate a fully-integrated 1-M/4-MWh battery storage system with more than 5-MW of wind and solar generation capacities at a substation in Tubarao, Brazil.&nbs […]

  • Researchers Outline Pathway to 10 Terawatts of Solar PV by 2030
    on 27th April 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Current projections for solar PV deployment in the coming years have significantly underestimate the solar market’s potential, researchers say. […]

  • ACWA Power Will Bid to Build Saudi Arabian Solar Energy Project
    on 26th April 2017 at 12:23 pm

    ACWA Power International will bid to build a solar energy project in Saudi Arabia, part of the kingdom’s $50 billion push to temper domestic oil use. […]

  • C&I Will Be Fastest Growth Sectors for Energy Storage, Leclanché Exec Says
    on 26th April 2017 at 11:55 am

    The fastest growth in energy storage is going to be in the commercial and industrial sectors, which are using storage applications innovatively to better manage renewables integration and energy efficiency, according to Anil Srivasta, CEO of Swiss energy storage solution provider Leclanché […]

  • Flywheel Technology Recommended for California Self Generation Incentive Program
    on 25th April 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Amber Kinetics last week said that its four-hour discharge duration flywheel storage technology (FES) received a recommendation from California’s Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council for adoption into the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). […]

  • Tesla Doubles Its Superchargers With Massive Solar Stations
    on 25th April 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Tesla is going to need more chargers. Lots of them. The company is preparing to launch its $35,000 Model 3 electric car later this year, with plans to make 500,000 EVs in 2018 (up from 76,000 a year ago). […]

  • New York to Fund Energy Storage Feasibility Studies, Demonstrations
    on 25th April 2017 at 12:15 pm

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) last week issued a call for papers for energy storage feasibility studies and demonstration projects in New York. […]

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