GE Looking at Reservoir Pumps for Renewable Energy Storage

By |2019-05-24T16:04:29+00:00May 24th, 2019|Regional|

Scientists from General Electric's Global Research Center in Niskayuna recently won a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the viability of so-called pumped storage hydropower technology that essentially stores up power generated from solar and wind farms for use on the electric grid. The grant, which was awarded by the

U.S. to Become World’s Largest Grid-Connected Energy-Storage Market

By |2019-05-23T16:01:53+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Regional|

The United States will this year become the world’s largest market for grid-connected battery energy storage, as solar-plus-storage and peaking capacity requirements drive increased procurement, according to IHS Markit. Deployments of grid-connected energy storage in the United States this year are expected to amount to 712 MW, almost double of 376 MW in 2018.

Better Energy Storage will Raise the Bar for Renewables

By |2019-05-23T16:01:49+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Regional|

Solar and wind are clearly the future of energy, yet the adoption of renewables has been largely constrained by their intermittent nature. Innovations in energy storage technology might change that. In the last year alone energy storage has grown by 6 GWh of capacity globally and it has the potential to grow 13 times present

Energy Storage is Critical to Microgrid Development: Microgrid 2019

By |2019-05-23T15:01:40+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Regional|

Microgrids increasingly depend on solar-plus-storage — or the ability to generate solar power on site and to store excess electrons in batteries that would release that energy when it is needed. Energy storage provides a Swiss army knife of services, from shaving peak load to storing and injecting wind and solar electrons onto the grid.

Solar development project in Barbados led by international partnership

By |2019-05-23T12:23:24+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Regional|

MPC Capital has announced its expansion of development and investment activities in the Caribbean and Central America. The company is currently active in Jamaica, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, and Colombia. MPC Capital and Guinea Estates have partnered to lead the development of a 5MW solar project in Barbados. This project is expected to

Pumping Up Potential

By |2019-05-22T15:45:31+00:00May 22nd, 2019|Regional|

Pumped storage accounts for over 94% of installed global energy storage capacity, rightfully deserving the accolade of being the world’s ‘water battery’. The existing 161,000MW of pumped storage capacity supports power grid stability, with the International Hydropower Association estimating that total storage is in the region of 9000GWh. A recent working paper has been produced

Storage Set to Come of Age in the Next Five Years

By |2019-05-22T15:45:29+00:00May 22nd, 2019|Regional|

Renewable energy proponents have been pointing to battery storage for years as the future panacea to address the problem of intermittent power generation. The potential of storage to make renewable energy fully despatchable regardless of whether the sun is shining or wind blowing has for a long time appeared to be just around the corner.

In Illinois, Storage is Among the Next Hurdles for Renewables Expansion

By |2019-05-22T15:45:25+00:00May 22nd, 2019|Regional|

ComEd sees a significant role for energy storage on Illinois’ electric grid as the state works toward realizing its ambitious renewable goals. The utility won’t be the only one with a role to play. As they seek to demonstrate the value of storage, state regulators will consider incentives, and developers will have to continue to

This Casino’s Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy

By |2019-05-21T20:43:22+00:00May 21st, 2019|Regional|

Working with scientists at the Schatz Energy Research Center at nearby Humboldt State University, and the local utility PG&E, the Rancheria Casino has developed its own solar-powered microgrid, allowing it to disconnect from the main grid and run off battery power. The setup powers six buildings, including a 55,000-square-foot casino and 102 hotel rooms—over 140,000