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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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Mitsubishi to supply parts for (another) ‘world’s largest energy-storage system’

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Japanese electrical manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric has received an order from the Chiyoda Corporation to provide its BLEnDer RE energy management system to monitor and control a 240 megawatt/720 megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery system at Kita-Toyotomi Substation in Teshio, Hokkaido.

Upper Hokaido, with favourable winds and abundant open land, is well suited to wind turbines, but there are fears that the associated fluctuations in power output will increasingly disrupt the balance of electrical demand and supply.

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Battery system coupled with wind farm to aid research

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

A new lithium-ion battery energy storage facility connected to a wind farm in northern Germany has started operations as part of a research programme.

The BESS, connected to the Curslack wind farm, comprises 24 second life batteries originating from BMW electric vehicles.

The facility provides 720 kilowatts of output and 792 kilowatt-hours of storage capacity and is integrated with five wind turbines to “enable practical research to be conducted into the possibilities for the system integration of renewable energies”.

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India joins Leclanché in Ontario energy investment

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:25 -- Xuan Zhong
India joins Leclanché in Ontario energy investment

Indian firm EPAL and Swiss battery maker Leclanché are jointly investing $12 million in a lithium battery storage facility nearing completion in in Canada’s Ontario province.

The 28MW/14MWh advanced battery storage project, known as Basin 1 (6MWh) and 2 (2MWh), was built and owned by the Leclanché and Canadian developer. It is the first utility scale energy storage facility designed to improve stability on the Ontario grid, with a total investment of approximately $25m.

 

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US utility drops nuclear for batteries

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:56 -- News Editor
US utility drops nuclear for batteries

US utility Duke Energy has announced proposals to invest a total of $6 billion in a package of “smarter energy” infrastructure projects including battery storage in Florida— after cancelling plans to build two nuclear plants.

Duke said its proposals, filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC), include a four-year plan to invest in a pilot 50MW battery storage scheme project, smart meters, grid modernisation and the installation of “more than 500” electric vehicle charging stations.

 

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Jamaican utility planning energy storage investment

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:25 -- News Editor
Jamaican utility planning energy storage investment

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has given the green light to proposals to build a 24.5MW energy storage facility to help “secure grid stability and reliability in the face of increasing intermittent renewable energy”.

JPS, an integrated electric utility company and the sole distributor of electricity in Jamaica, said the facility would be built at the site of the country’s Hunts Bay Power Plant substation – subject to the approval of the Office of Utilities Regulation.

 

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Trump’s policies won’t take the wind out of renewables

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:13 -- Paul Crompton
Trump’s policies won’t take the wind out of renewables

Despite President Trump’s coal, oil and gas-friendly agenda, his impact in the US energy landscape is likely to be “minimal”, according to a new study.

A report (pictured) released last week by US-based Lux Research says: “Renewables and energy storage will continue to see strong growth. Although renewables and energy storage have been largely ignored in Trump’s energy vision, the president’s ability to impact their deployment is minimal, as deployment has been driven primarily by state-level policies."

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Tesla ‘silver bullet’ drives Australian ESS firms to call for open tender process

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla ‘silver bullet’ drives Australian ESS firms to call for open tender process

Considering lithium-ion as the only viable energy storage technology in an A$550 million ($423 million) energy plan is “unwise”, say a scientific research group in Australia.

A better option for large-scale storage would be flow batteries Dr. Sam Behrens, the research manager at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), was quoted as saying to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

 

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Rumoured guidelines could derail Australia’s ESS market

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 11:12 -- Xuan Zhong
Rumoured guidelines could derail Australia’s ESS market

Australia has embraced battery energy storage systems as a means of storing its abundant renewable energy— but that could be set to change.

Progress could be derailed by a host of proposed new guidelines and recommendations by Standards Australia that would ban battery ESSs from being kept inside domestic premises.

 

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Farm waste helps professor conquer Na-Se technology

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 11:21 -- Xuan Zhong

A New York professor has developed a sodium-selenium (Na-Se) battery using technology derived from wood cellulose and peanut shells.

David Mitlin, a professor at Clarkson University, US, is the first person to develop a full Na-Se cell that promises to cut costs, outperform other chemistries and boast high cycling capabilities.

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