Salt River Project, DOE Team up to Assess Value of Distributed Energy Storage

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is teaming up with Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP) to launch “one of the largest” home battery storage studies to date, NREL announced on Thursday. The study would offer insight into distributed storage, while also encouraging installations. 295 SRP customers have already submitted an application to install a battery and join the study, according to an SRP spokesperson, and about half of those systems have been installed and commissioned.

EMA in Energy Storage Tie-up with PSA, Sembcorp Industries , Energy & Commodities

SOLAR is the most viable source of renewable energy for Singapore, but to fully exploit its green potential calls for the use of one game-changing technology. The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has roped in two private sector partners, PSA and Sembcorp Industries to help roll out on a commercial scale, the use of Energy Storage Systems (ESS). ESS is akin to a large storage to capture unused energy. On the one hand, an ESS can help mitigate the intermittency of solar, wind and other renewable sources. On the other, it allows power grid operators to defer capital-intensive capacity expansion.

With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts — which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) outages — embarrassed airport executives, upset airport customers, and spurred losses for airlines, he said.

Duke Product VP: ‘We Are in the Best Position to Plan, Operate and Manage Energy Storage’

JUAN MONGE OCTOBER 29, 2018 Duke Product VP: ‘We Are in the Best Position to Plan, Operate and Manage Energy Storage’ Duke Product VP: ‘We Are in the Best Position to Plan, Operate and Manage Energy Storage’ 0 Over the next decade and a half, Duke Energy plans to spend $500 million or more on energy storage across the Carolinas. After looking extensively at pricing and tech trends, the utility realized energy storage would play an extremely important role on the grid. How important? “To do effective planning you have to mix it into your planning at large scale,” said Melisa Johns, Duke Energy’s vice president of distributed energy resource business and product development.

Energy Storage: Opportunities, Key Trends and Market Drivers

Battery storage has traditionally been seen as a supplement to the power generation mix that offers a solution to intermittency issues brought about by increased renewable penetration and a means of avoiding potentially costly grid reinforcement works. Even though the underlying technology is relatively well established and proven, recent improvements may open up new opportunities.

AECOM, Lockheed Martin Together Build Energy Storage System at Fort Carson

In August, AECOM announced it started construction of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Fort Carson Army base in Colorado using Lockheed Martin’s GridStar® Lithium energy storage system. The 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh BESS is part of an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to reduce Fort Carson’s energy costs and increase its energy resilience. Though there are some existing energy storage systems at military bases, this unit will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base. The large, revenue-generating storage system operates behind Fort Carson’s electric utility meter. It reduces electrical demand during peak intervals, thereby increasing power grid resilience.

Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

Among innovative technology providers developing a thermal energy storage system, Norway-based cleantech company EnergyNest is currently one of the partners selected by multinational energy provider Enel for the analysis of the benefits and impacts of the integration of its technology in one of Enel’s numerous power generation assets. According to EnergyNest, impressive economic and climate-relevant figures could be achieved by the company’s latest thermal energy storage technology when integrated in full-scale: annual CO2 reduction of up to 45,000 tons, 14 million liters of fuel oil saved per year and project payback in less than three years.

BYD’s First Energy Storage Project in Poland Begins Operations

BYD has started up its first grid-scale energy storage project in Poland with the official opening of its new 1.26MW/2.52MWh energy storage facility. The system, which was shipped into Poland in May, came online just a few months later in September, highlighting just how quickly large-scale stationary storage deployments can be brought online. The installation is the first in the Polish market and will be operated in partnership with ML System S.A.