If state regulators sign off, however, it could be the site of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery project by late 2020, helping to balance fluctuating wind and solar energy on the California grid.

The 300-megawatt facility is one of four giant lithium-ion storage projects that Pacific Gas and Electric, California’s largest utility, askedthe California Public Utilities Commission to approve in late June. Collectively, they would add enough storage capacity to the grid to supply about 2,700 homes for a month (or to store about .0009 percent of the electricity the state uses each year).

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A new study led by chief scientist Alan Finkel has underlined Australia’s role as a leader in the household battery storage sector, and says Australia can, and should, be a leader of energy storage of all types, including renewable hydrogen as an export opportunity.

Finkel’s new report Taking Charge: The Energy Storage Opportunity for Australia is a 9-page summary and update of a detailed report on energy storage by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) released in November 2017.

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The largest European energy storage system using second-life and new electric vehicle (EV) batteries on a commercial building was switched on last Friday at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, delivering enough capacity to store up to 2.8MWh of electricity.

Using batteries provided by Nissan, some repurposed from its top selling LEAF electric vehicles, the bi-directional storage system is designed to store power generated by solar panels on the stadium's roof and support the local grid, where it will help manage peaks and troughs in electricity demand.

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About Next-generation Battery for Transportation Industry

Next-generation batteries provide high energy density and longer lifecycle for applications such as drones, electric vehicles (EVs), energy storage systems, electrical grid, and renewable energy. In transportation applications, they are majorly utilized because of parameters such as discharge hours and long lifecycle, which increase the use of these batteries for next-generation vehicles.

Industry analysts forecast the global next-generation battery for transportation industry to grow at a CAGR of 80.12% during the period 2018-2022.

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Renewable Energy Storage Takes Off in Europe

Posted by Charles Decuir on May 1, 2018 9:40 AM EDT
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Just weeks after the 12th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES2018) concluded in Düsseldorf, Germany, newly announced figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) confirmed that battery storage technologies coupled with rapidly expanding renewables are blunting new fossil fuel investments. BNEF’s 2017 figures show that over $330 billion was invested in renewables with comparative costs worldwide showing an 18% improvement in the competitiveness of onshore wind and solar as well as a rapidly developing role for batteries.

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Is Offshore Wind a Better Deal With Batteries?

Posted by Jeff Keever on March 27, 2018 10:45 AM EDT
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A partnership between developer Bay State Wind and NEC Energy Solutions this month highlighted a growing push to pair energy storage with offshore wind.

Bay State Wind said it will work with NEC Energy Solutions to add batteries to an 800-megawatt offshore wind farm planned for 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.


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Bay State Wind, a 50-50 partnership of Ørsted, a Danish-based offshore wind farm developer and Massachusetts-based Eversource, has entered into a letter of intent to work with Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions for the battery storage component of a New England offshore wind project.

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Blue Planet Energy collaborated with various non-governmental organisations and local groups to deploy the systems, which are helping to power a clean water pumping system in the Corozal municipality and a volunteer housing facility in the Isabela municipality.  The company is also helping to train and educate personnel involved in electrification efforts in the country.

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