Rebuilding for Resilience

The islands of the Caribbean have been focusing on the deployment of storage solutions, minigrids and microgrids in response to the damage their power systems suffered during the 2017 hurricane season.

Duke Energy Carolinas Partners with Anderson County, S.C., on Major Battery Storage Project

Duke Energy Carolinas is partnering with Anderson County, S.C., to build an energy storage project at the Anderson Civic Center that will be part of the company’s long-term strategy to integrate battery technology into the smart-thinking grid it is building in the Carolinas. The battery project will also provide power to a facility that is critical during emergency situations, such as being the site of a hurricane evacuation shelter. This project is part of the company’s ongoing plans to invest $500 million in battery storage projects across the Carolinas over the next 15 years.

Energy Storage with Second Life Batteries by ENGIE and Umicore

On October 8, 2019, an industrial ‘second life’ battery system was first put into use in Belgium. The system consists of 48 used batteries from electric cars, and now forms one large storage battery of 1.2 MW or 720 kWh. Now that the electric car is gaining popularity, the question arises as to what will happen to all batteries once the cars are no longer being used; the partnership between Engie and Umicore will develop applications for these ex-EV batteries.

Shell Powers Refinery with Solar-Gas-Battery Hybrid Technology

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation comes “clean” on its electricity usage at its 110,000 barrels per-day Tabangao refinery in the Philippines via its deployment of hybrid technology that amalgamates the use of solar, battery energy storage system and natural gas. The integrated energy solution for the company’s refinery is up for completion next year – with the solar farm development kicking off next month; while the 3.0 megawatt-hour battery storage will be installed second quarter of 2020.

California Blackouts: Keeping the Lights on with Solar Energy

Hundreds of thousands of homes in California lost power early on Wednesday as windy, dry weather increased the risk of fire, prompting the electric utility, PG&E, to shut down the grid to avoid any chance of the type of power-line accident that sparked the deadly wildfire in the small town of Paradise less than a year ago. It may take days for the power to come back on. But at some homes, solar and battery storage systems are keeping the lights on.

California’s Shutting Off Power to Prevent Fires. Here Are Some Better Options.

California’s major utility may shut off power across most of the San Francisco Bay Area this week to prevent fires as dry, windy weather closes in. But surely, the world’s fifth largest economy can figure out a better long-term strategy than periodically leaving hundreds of thousands of people in the dark. Some argue that particularly fire-prone regions on the wildland-urban interface could disconnect from the larger grid and rely on local renewables generation and storage entirely.

NIPSCO to Replace Coal with 2.3 GW of Solar, Storage in Latest RFP

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) announced on Oct. 1 a request for proposals for 300 MW of wind, 2,300 MW of solar and solar-plus-storage projects, as well as an undefined amount for other capacity resources.
NIPSCO seeks to retire the bulk of its coal generation capacity by 2023, and its October 2018 Integrated Resource Plan identified cheaper alternatives in renewables paired with storage.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 was awarded jointly to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino ‘for the development of lithium-ion batteries.’ This lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles. It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society.