Sonnen: Residential Batteries Ready to Compete with Fossil Fuels and Nuclear in Germany

Batteries in private households will be now able to perform the “same tasks as a conventional power plant”, across the whole of Germany, the CEO of Sonnen has said, following a ruling that opens up grid services markets to the company’s devices. Sonnen last week announced that it has obtained pre-qualification to enter Germany’s Primary Control Reserve market by grid operator TenneT for its battery energy storage units installed across the country. Primary Control Reserve is a form of frequency regulation, keeping the grid to within acceptable boundaries of its optimum 50Hz operating frequency.

Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra’s PXiSe

Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australian towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. With its distributed energy resource management (DERM) system the company says it can get past curtailment and power quality issues to boost the percentage of renewables to 50 percent and above. The company’s DERM system networks various distributed energy resources together, with the ability to adjust to grid challenges very quickly.

China Making Big Battery Storage Push In 2019

China is poised to add a significant amount of battery storage to its utility grid next year. And it’s backing two horses in the energy storage race — both lithium-ion and flow batteries are part of the plan. China’s renewable energy portfolio now stands at 706 gigawatts according to Bloomberg but too much of that is wasted, or curtailed as they say in the utility industry. 7.7% of the electricity generated by wind turbines is curtailed as is 2.9% of electricity from solar panels.

Ultra-Fast Chargers Come To California

How many cars sold in America today can take full advantage of all the power available from a 350 kW ultra fast charger? If you said “none,” go to the head of the class. But that doesn’t mean such vehicles won’t be on the road soon. The Porsche Taycan will be arriving shortly. At the San Francisco Premium Outlets electric car drivers will now find 2 ultra-fast 350 kW chargers and 8 super-fast chargers (150 kW). They have been installed by Electrify America as part of the agreement it signed with the state of California to settle claims arising from its diesel cheating scandal.

Canada Battery Maker Says Flow Storage Costs to Tumble by Half

CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., a Canada-listed maker of batteries that can last for as long as two decades, said the cost of its technology may halve within four years, potentially boosting its uptake over lithium-ion units. Costs of its vanadium redox flow battery units, which can discharge power for four hours, will decline to $150 per kilowatt hour from $300, President Stefan Schauss said in a phone interview from Toronto this month. Batteries with eight hours of duration will slump to $100 from $200, he said.

Molten Metal Energy Storage For Future Maritime Propulsion

The comparatively short sailing distances encountered along navigable inland waterways, combined with stops at navigation locks, enhances the attractiveness of using battery propulsion technology. While the popular electrochemical batteries involve lithium technology and chemical acid technology, other competing batteries operate at elevated temperatures utilizing molten metal energy storage. 

Ørsted Charges UK Battery

Ørsted has brought online the 20MW Carnegie Road energy storage project at Liverpool in England, its first standalone battery plant. Carnegie Road comprises three containers and an associated power conversion system, all of which has been supplied by NEC. The project will be used to help keep the UK electricity network stable by providing flexible response to grid-needs, Ørsted said.

EU’s Electricity Market Revamp Hailed as ‘Game-Changer’ for Clean Energy

A recent agreement to reform Europe’s electricity market has enshrined into EU law the unprecedented right of consumers to produce, sell and share their own electricity in newly-defined “citizen energy communities”. The move is seen by energy policy enthusiasts in Brussels as a potential turning point for the mass deployment of small-scale renewables like solar power.

Electric Bus Batteries Used To Store Solar Energy

Volvo Buses is taking part in a research project whereby used electric bus batteries get a second lease of life as solar energy storage units. The project, partnering with Göteborg Energi, Riksbyggen, and Johanneberg Science Park, sees used bus batteries installed in apartment blocks that have their own solar electricity production. The reuse and recycling of batteries is a key issue as increasing numbers of cities plan transition to electrically powered transport. 

UK’s First Football Stadium Battery at Arsenal’s Emirates Builds Business Case Around Trading

Arsenal football club’s Emirates Stadium in London, England, has become home to what could be the first behind-the-meter battery of its size aimed at wholesale energy trading over frequency response. The 2MW/2.5MWh system unveiled today is the first battery storage system to be installed at a UK football club’s stadium following three years of development between the club, developer Pivot Power and investment company Downing LLP.