UK proposals to increase tax on low-carbon technologies such as battery storage— announced as Britain had its first week without using electricity from burning coal since the 1880s— have come under fire from the renewables industry.
Portland General Electric (PGE) and NextEra Energy Resources are planning to construct a new energy project in Eastern Oregon, described as the “nation’s first major energy facility co-locating wind, solar and battery storage”.
The Wheatridge Renewable Energy project will combine 300MW of wind generation, 50MW of solar, and 30 MW of battery storage, which will be the largest storage facility in the state of Oregon.
The wind generation will come from 120 wind turbines, manufactured by GE Renewable Energy. “The specific equipment to be used at the associated solar farm and battery storage facility is still to be determined, the project partners said.
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has given approval for six NV Energy projects in the state— collectively the “largest clean energy investment in Nevada History”— as the utility moves towards its long-term commitment to providing 100% of its energy through renewables.
Three of the projects will be located in northern Nevada, three in the south. The projects represent a direct investment to Nevada of more than US$2 billion, and will bring an aggregate 1,001 megawatts of solar photovoltaic generation to the state.
Doosan GridTech is building a 20MW lithium-ion battery storage system in the Mojave Desert for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
Doosan has been awarded the contract for the $19.2 million project at the utility’s Beacon Solar Plant (pictured). The batteries are set to manage 600MW of solar power and 135MW of wind power generated by LADWP’s utility-scale renewable projects.
A damning critique of some of the half-truths the lithium-ion battery industry has disseminated in technical media and online is presented in the summer’s issue of Batteries and Energy Storage Technology Magazine.
Written by Dr Mike McDonagh, the publication’s technical editor, the article, entitled True Li-es, pours cold water on some of the general claims made by the industry that have made it the chemistry of choice for large-scale energy storage projects— vital for the widespread introduction of renewables.
Australian renewables and battery storage management software firm GreenSync has raised $8.7 million (AUS$11.5 million) to take its technology to international markets.
The cash was raised in a Series B funding round led by Australian government-owned Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) which committed $5million (US$3.78million) and Southern Cross Venture Partners.
In the shadows of more well-known and ‘fashionable’ battery chemistries flywheel technology is beginning to shine in large-scale renewable energy storage systems (ESS).
Firstly, US start-up Amber Kinetics is testing its flywheel’s ability to integrate with renewables in pilot schemes in the Philippines and Hawaii.