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ESS capacity reaches 2GWh as YoY deployment in the US almost doubles

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton
ESS capacity reaches 2GWh as YoY deployment in the US almost doubles

Deployment of energy storage has reached a cumulative capacity of almost 2GWh in the US, according to the latest report by the non-profit power organisation Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

The organisation’s 2019 Utility Energy Storage Market Snapshot found a total of 760MWh of energy storage was deployed in the US energy storage market last year, a 45% increase over 2017.

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Utility turns to BESS to modernise California gas plant

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:25 -- Paul Crompton
Utility turns to BESS to modernise California gas plant

California’s clean energy revolution is marching ahead with power utility Glendale Water & Power (GWP) receiving approval to replace its gas-powered Grayson Power Plant with a combination of renewables, energy storage and thermal generation.

The California, US, company has been given the go ahead to install 75MW/300MWh of energy storage alongside 50MW of distributed energy resources and 93MW of thermal generation, from up to five internal combustion engines, by the Glendale City Council, in Los Angeles county.

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New CFO to ultracapacitor firm Skeleton Technologies

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 11:20 -- Paul Crompton
New CFO to ultracapacitor firm Skeleton Technologies

Graphene ultracapacitor firm Skeleton Technologies has appointed Wolfgang Breme as the company’s chief financial officer.

Breme (pictured) was appointed to help the Estonia-based firm take advantage of an “upturn in the interest for ultracapacitors”, as the company positions itself to gain a foothold in the ultracapacitor energy storage market.

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AI firm enters FTM meter energy storage market in US

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 15:15 -- Paul Crompton
AI firm enters FTM meter energy storage market in US

California-based Stem has teamed up with US private equity company Syncarpha Capital to build 28MWh of artificial intelligence-driven energy storage plus 26MW solar capacity in Massachusetts, US.

Stem’s AI-driven Athena storage solution will be used at five distribution grid-connected sites across Massachusetts, which will be developed and owned by Syncarpha.

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Georgia Power to own and operate 80MW ESS capacity to meet renewables goal

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 14:28 -- Paul Crompton
Georgia Power to own and operate 80MW BESS park

Power utility Georgia Power has been given the green light to charge ahead with plans to own and operate 80MW of battery energy storage in the southeast US state.

Power regulator Georgia Public Service Commission waved through the company’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan— which includes growing its renewables generation mix by 72% by adding 2.2GW of solar, wind or biomass generation by 2024— the utility confirmed on 16 July.

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Policy, costs and reform to power China’s energy storage market future

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 11:25 -- Paul Crompton
Policy, costs and reform to power China’s energy storage market future

China will dominate Asia Pacific’s energy storage market within five years as the country’s installed capacity goes through a rapid expansion, according to industry analysts Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.

The country will leap frog its neighbour South Korea to become the number one energy storage market in the region by 2024 with 12.5GW/32GWh of installed capacity— up from 489MW/843MWh in 2017.

 

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Nevada utility faces fine for failing to earmark energy storage funds

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 13:42 -- News Editor
Nevada utility faces fine for failing to earmark energy storage funds

Nevada power utility NV Energy and its subsidiary Sierra Pacific Power Company have an anxious two-month wait to hear if they will be fined for not setting aside $10 million in incentives for energy storage systems in the US state.

Members of industry regulator the California Public Utilities Commission found that NV Energy had “failed to comply with the Commission’s orders” to set aside funding for energy storage during a prehearing on 27 June.

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Chinese battery group invests in billion-dollar expansion

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 16:36 -- John Shepherd
Chinese battery group invests in billion-dollar expansion

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is to invest CNY10 billion (US$1.5bn) in building a new lithium battery plant in the country.

State-owned AVIC said the plant in Xiamen, in China’s southeastern Fujian Province, will have an eventual annual production capacity of 20GWh across a 570 square metre site.

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Batteries in ‘golden period’, but vigilance needed for lead

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 17:06 -- John Shepherd
Batteries in ‘golden period’, but vigilance needed for lead

Battery technology is in a “golden period”, but lead-acid in particular still faces potential regulatory obstacles in Europe, manufacturers have been warned.

Dr Steve Binks (pictured), regulatory affairs director of the International Lead Association, told the Pb2019 conference in Madrid there had “never been a period where battery technology was so recognised as being critical” to e-mobility, energy storage and combating climate change.

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LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:33 -- John Shepherd
LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Lithium-ion batteries have grabbed a larger slice of the worldwide battery market than lead for the first time, but Pb will continue to grow at a “modest rate”, according to a top industry analyst.

Battery expert Dr Geoffrey May (pictured) told the International Lead Association’s PB2019 conference in Madrid that lithium-ion had a worldwide market share of US$40 billion in 2018, compared to $37.5bn for lead. This was the first time lithium-ion batteries had been ahead, he said.

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