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Wärtsilä adds to Massachusetts battery power target

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:03 -- John Shepherd
Wärtsilä adds to Massachusetts battery power target

A subsidiary of Finland’s Wärtsilä Corporation is to install an “advanced energy storage system” to support grid power delivery in the US state of Massachusetts.

US-based Greensmith Energy Storage Technology has been selected to provide the 1 MW/2MWh battery system, which uses LG Chem batteries and Sungrow inverters, to utility Origis Energy USA.

 

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Battery-solar plans inch ahead in Western Australia

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:56 -- John Shepherd
Battery-solar plans inch ahead in Western Australia

Proposals that pave the way for a battery storage facility of up to 20MWh to be built alongside a solar farm in Western Australia have taken a step forward.

Australian firm Carnegie Clean Energy has been given the go-ahead to negotiate a lease to build the battery and a solar plant of up to 100MW at the site, 26km southwest of Kalgoorlie.

 

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Regulators boost for BESS in US power markets

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:39 -- John Shepherd
Regulators boost for BESS in US power markets

Electricity regulators in the US have scrapped measures that prevented energy storage from competing in the country’s wholesale power markets.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted on 15 February to approve a new rule that allows grid operators to use technologies including batteries and flywheel systems to dispatch power, set energy prices and offer capacity, energy and ancillary services.

 

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BESS ‘first’ for Leclanché in North America

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:08 -- John Shepherd
BESS ‘first’ for Leclanché in North America

Swiss battery maker Leclanché is to build its first behind-the-metre battery storage systems in North America for Toronto-based energy storage project developer NRStor C&I.

Leclanché said NRStor is the principal investor in the project and will own and operate the facilities.

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Taiwan launches energy storage “alliance”

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:15 -- Xuan Zhong
Taiwan launches energy storage “alliance”

Industry leaders in Taiwan have reported launched an “alliance” to promote the development of the domestic energy storage market— and boost the take-up of lithium-ion systems.

The Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA) launched the initiative on 31 January with founding members including the Taiwan Power Company, ITRI and Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, according to state media channel CNA.

 

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3,000MW storage target call for Arizona

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
3,000MW storage target call for Arizona

Energy regulators in Arizona are being urged to consider a package of proposals that would see the state deploy 3,000MW of energy storage by 2023— and generate 80% of the state’s power needs from “clean energy”.

The blueprint for energy reform, presented by Arizona Corporation Commission member Andy Tobin (pictured), said the 3,000MW target was “by far the largest such goal in the US” and could be “made possible by storage markets which have recently seen drastic improvements in technology along with falling costs”.

 

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Will regulator thwart green energy bid?

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 10:28 -- John Shepherd
Will regulator thwart green energy bid?

Plans to invest $200 million in a lithium-ion storage facility in the US hang in the balance in a row over ‘price protectionism’ and the use of renewable energy to charge the batteries.

Franklin Energy Storage Projects has said the proposed Idaho facility— which would include four 25MW battery storage units— qualifies for a 20-year contract under a federal law promoting alternative energy.

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Researchers unveil ‘intelligent’ battery management research

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Researchers unveil ‘intelligent’ battery management research

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has unveiled research into the use of artificial intelligence to maximise the use of battery arrays in vehicles and energy storage applications.

ITRI’s Reconfigurable Array of Inexpensive Batteries Architecture (RAIBA), a system featuring AI “self-learning” and optimisation technology, was showcased at the annual CES 2018 technology innovation show in Las Vegas.

 

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‘Heat is on for Australian Tesla battery’, expert warns

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:21 -- Xuan Zhong
‘Heat is on for Australian Tesla battery’, expert warns

The Tesla battery built to beat power cuts in South Australia could fail to deliver— and instead prompt a backlash against the technology, a prominent energy storage expert warns in the winter issue of Batteries and Energy Storage Technology Magazine.

The 100MW lithium-ion powerpack dubbed the world’s biggest battery could fail to live up to the hype surrounding its installation in the state last month through no fault of its own, because a host of other issues including a fragmented regulatory environment and creaking infrastructure, BEST reports.

 

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