Proof of concept in ramping up battery production

Tesla Gigafactory 1 Timeline & Results — CleanTechnica Deep Dive by Chanan Bos, January 20th, 2019  Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada is a proof of concept. Originally, the factory was supposed to be completed in 2020, have a production capacity of 35 GWh of battery cells and 50 GWh of battery packs, and employ 6,500 people. In 2017, these plans were altered …

Stand alone prices for installed battery storage (20 mw with 4 hr storage)dropped 40% from the previous year. Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy, by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, January 13th, 2019  S&P Global reports the cost of solar with battery backup dropped precipitously in 2018. In a few cases in the sunny Southwest region of the United States, several tenders for solar plus storage came in at under $30 per megawatt-hour last year. Stand …

How Flexible, Dispatchable Solar Works

On this week’s Interchange podcast: Can solar rival gas plants in providing grid services? STEPHEN LACEY JANUARY 07, 2019 How Flexible, Dispatchable Solar Works Link here Forget everything you think you know about solar. A growing body of research and real-world experience shows that solar can be a flexible, dispatchable resource. And it can potentially rival gas plants in providing grid …

Trends in 2018, and predictions for 2019

By Adam Browning, GTM, Dec 27, 2018  A look at the most important forces guiding renewables in 2018. Original article here In 2002, when solar was $9 a watt, I co-founded an advocacy organization to bring solar into the mainstream. Solar’s made a lot of progress since then, and 2018 feels like a crucial year in many ways, with some …

Hawaii is achieving dispatchability for solar-plus-storage, with projects able to provide essential grid services and grid support to the electric utility

Hawaiian Electric Announces ‘Mind-Blowing’ Solar-Plus-Storage Contracts, GreenTechMedia.com, Jan 2019 This week Hawaiian Electric Company sent seven new solar-plus-storage contracts to state regulators. Six come in at record-low prices for the state, under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. The projects, which now await regulatory approval, would add 262 megawatts of solar and 1,048 megawatt-hours of storage distributed over three islands. The company …

What Long Duration Energy Storage Is & Why It Kills Coal

December 2nd, 2018 by Tina Casey on Clean Technica, “What Long Duration Energy Storage Is & Why It Kills Coal   US coal power plants were closing at a rapid clip before Trump came into office, and coal power has kept on bleeding out under his watch. The new R&D program practically guarantees that the hurt will continue for coal miners, their families …

CA Storage bill + MN Community Solar 10x larger than the next state

September 10th, 2018 by John Farrell  Originally published at ilsr.org. Updated monthly around the 15th Updates Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 401 megawatts of operational capacity in August 2018. The chart above shows the progress of projects through the program since August 2015, and the nearly two-year lag between the program launch in December 2014 and the successful ignition of multiple megawatts of …

Coal-Killing Energy Storage Grows By 200% In US

September 10th, 2018 by Tina Casey by Clean Technica  File this one under O for Oops, Never Saw That One Coming. President* Trump campaigned on a promise to save coal jobs in the US, but he missed that thing about the potential for explosive growth in the energy storage market. Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and that spells bad news …

Tesla bringing on Grohmann batter production machines to triple the current rate for 1/3 of today’s cost, get to 8,000 battery packs/week

September 13th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica Tesla is receiving 3 new Grohmann machines from Germany to raise production at Gigafactory 1 to 8,000 Model 3 battery packs per week. Tesla recently invited a team of institutional investors from Worm Capital for a tour of Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, Nevada. They came away with some new nuggets of insight around battery …

Chemists make breakthrough on road to creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery

University of Waterloo. “Chemists make breakthrough on road to creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 August 2018. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180823143913.htm. Chemists have successfully resolved two of the most challenging issues surrounding lithium-oxygen batteries, and in the process created a working battery with near 100 per cent coulombic efficiency. The new work demonstrates that four-electron conversion for lithium-oxygen electrochemistry is highly …