18. April 2016 · Comments Off on Second Life: What to do with used EV batteries · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Many traction batteries with lithium ion (Li-ion) chemistries used in plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) are showing less degradation and better performance than initially expected — sparking the interest of stationary energy storage system stakeholders, who believe these batteries may hold value beyond the life of the vehicle, according to Navigant Research.

Source: Second Life: What to do with used EV batteries – SmartGridNews

01. March 2016 · Comments Off on Maturing: Utilities transforming energy storage from threat to opportunity · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

While cost-effective advanced energy storage technologies are providing utilities and grid operators new tools to improve system reliability and lower costs, these systems also present risks as relatively new technologies are integrated into existing networks.

Source: Maturing: Utilities transforming energy storage from threat to opportunity – SmartGridNews

29. January 2016 · Comments Off on Microgrid cluster: ComEd solar plus storage most sophisticated in Midwest · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

ComEd will use $4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to design and deploy solar and battery storage technology within its planned microgrid demonstration project in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The microgrid demonstration project in Bronzeville, as well as the solar and battery storage it integrates, will be located next to the Illinois Institute of Technology’s microgrid and part of the first “microgrid cluster” in the world.This new system will allow for the widespread use of low-cost, flexible, and reliable solar photovoltaic (PV) generation, as well as the use of battery energy storage systems. The solar project is being called the “most sophisticated” in the Midwest.

Source: Microgrid cluster: ComEd solar plus storage most sophisticated in Midwest – SmartGridNews

22. January 2016 · Comments Off on How Powervault’s home energy storage system could boost UK’s embattled solar industry  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Power storage technologies are often touted as the Holy Grail for delivering the clean energy system required if the UK is to truly decarbonise its economy. But they are not, perhaps, something you’d think of putting in your home.However, home energy storage provider Powervault is now showing how a small investment by British householders can both save on their electricity bills and help to alleviate demand on overburdened grids.

Source: How Powervault’s home energy storage system could boost UK’s embattled solar industry – 15 Jan 2016 – Feature from BusinessGreen

15. December 2015 · Comments Off on First flywheel hybrid energy storage plant in Europe is opened · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Europe’s first flywheel hybrid energy storage plant has been officially launched in Ireland.The plant in Rhode, County Offaly, is owned and operated by Irish energy company Schwungrad Energie and is expected to enter a test operational phase in February.The Rhode hybrid demo project comprises two Beacon Power 160 kW flywheels and Hitachi Chemical valve-regulated lead acid batteries of up to 240 kW.

Source: First flywheel hybrid energy storage plant in Europe is opened – Pennenergy