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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US could smash 1GWh deployment in 2018

Posted by Web Master 6 on March 12, 2018 9:30 AM EDT
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While research published this week demonstrates that the US as a whole is embracing energy storage technology, with regulator FERC's recent wholesale market ruling likely to have a "significant impact", the picture varies greatly when looking from state-to-state, an analyst has said.

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The United States has now added the capacity to store a billion watts of power for one hour and may double that total in 2018 alone, says a heady new forecast that highlights the rapid growth of the battery business.

The finding, by the research firm GTM Research and the industry trade group the Energy Storage Association, predicts sharp growth in an industry that was barely on the radar a few years ago. Much of the subsequent growth has been inside homes but also at the scale of the electric grid, where batteries can help power companies decide when to deploy their growing store of electricity generated from renewable sources such as solar.

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Cheap energy storage will power Australia’s renewable future – report  

Australia is on the brink of a renewable energy boom thanks to lowering storage costs and an appetite for clean power, according to a new Climate Council report.

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People have known for decades that solar and wind energy are cleaner and healthier than energy produced by fossil fuels. But utilities and consumers have sometimes expressed concerns about the variability and dependability of these renewable energy sources. Those concerns are starting to fade with the emergence of game-changing energy storage technologies. According to a new white paper released today by Environment America, the rapid growth of less expensive wind and solar energy, combined with plummeting costs for energy storage, has led to a six-fold increase in energy storage capacity (excluding pumped hydropower) over the past decade.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this month announced an ambitious plan for deploying energy storage, a technology that can mitigate renewable power’s most persistent problem: how to use it when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing.

“This is the clearest and most ambitious policy signal the energy storage market has seen on the East Coast,” said Jason Burwen, policy and advocacy director of the Energy Storage Association, a trade group for the industry.

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NEC Commissions 50MW of Energy Storage Projects

Posted by Web Master 6 on January 9, 2018 9:50 AM EST
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The 50MW portfolio is now fully operational and includes a 40 MW facility in Glassenbury in Kent which features 3,640 battery modules with an installed energy capacity of 27.65MWh, and a 10 MW installation in Cleator in Cumbria,which consists of 900 battery modules with an installed energy capacity of 6.97MWh.

Together they represent the largest portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems connected to the UK grid. The Cleator and Glassenbury sites secured two contracts with National Grid in August 2016 for battery energy storage systems to provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to the UK system operator.

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  • As the cost of global renewable energy projects declines, Navigant Research anticipates the worldwide revenue from energy storage for renewables integration (ESRI) will exceed $23 billion by 2026, with utility-scale and behind-the-meter applications expected to show the strongest growth.
  • Solar energy has reached grid parity in several locations around the globe, the firm concluded, and no longer requires policy incentives to incentivize deployment in many markets. Even though energy storage costs are also declining, they remain a challenge.
  • But while utility-scale renewable prices are experiencing bigger price declines, peak shaving and incentive programs specific to energy storage are helping drive the behind-the-meter segment.

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