Battery Manufacturing is an Opportunity for the US

“Battery facilities are highly automated, which is helpful to the U.S. in that it means battery costs are not necessarily driven by labor costs,” Simmons said. “The United States has, obviously, high labor costs, but because so much is highly automated, the U.S. can be very competitive in this area.” “The key to getting a robust North American manufacturing base in lithium …

Natural Gas Beat Coal in the US. Now Renewables and Storage Are Beating Natural Gas

Coal, the long-reigning king of the U.S. power sector, was officially dethroned by cheap, abundant natural gas in 2016. In 2018, natural gas fueled more than 60 percent of newly installed electric-generating capacity and accounted for 35 percent of total U.S. electricity generation. Now, even Indiana is rejecting new gas plants and Los Angeles has struck a deal on the largest and cheapest …

Nebraska tribe’s latest energy project: reclaimed solar thermal heaters

In addition to this Nebraska example, solar thermal heating technology is alive and well in Minnesota, where the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) designed its own heater and for years manufactured and installed them at no cost to low-income households. RREAL has shifted its focus to community solar and licensed the design to the White Earth Nation in northwest Minnesota. The tribe …

Curtailment Is The Easy Answer (until you get cheap storage, or even after)

June 15th, 2019 by Barry A.F. , Clean Technica In a recent article, we found that curtailment of renewables may be cheaper than grid scale energy storage. Sometimes, the simplest solution is the best solution. However, given the complexity of electrical grids around the world, we should also look at all of the available solutions to make sure we are making the best choice …

Tesla Powerwall owners can now earn up to $1,000 per year with National Grid’s virtual power plant

Fred Lambert, Electrek, Jun. 21st 2019 @FredericLambertTESLATESLA POWERWALL Tesla has joined National Grid’s virtual power plant to give Powerwall owners the chance to earn up to $1,000 per year to give the electric utility access to some of their power. There’s been growing interest in virtual power plants over the last few years, which utilize decentralized energy storage to power …

Rivian Details Plans To Move Into Stationary Energy Storage

June 15th, 2019 by Kyle Field  Rivian hosted a roundtable discussion for 800 of its reservation holders to talk a little bit about how the company is progressing in the move to production. They also took the opportunity to talk about an exciting microgrid project they’re working on with the Honnold Foundation in Puerto Rico. First off, Rivian designed its battery systems with …

Barcelona fights climate change by requiring solar thermal technology to heat water

Photo by Eugene Zaycev on UnsplashEmily Skeehan|June 13, 2019 In 2000, Barcelona became the first European city to implement a Solar Thermal Ordinance (STO), making it compulsory to use solar energy to supply 60 percent of running hot water in all new buildings, renovated buildings, and buildings changing their use, independently of whether they are privately or publicly owned. The …

Tesla To Make Its Own Battery Cells?

HyperChange CEO Advances Bold Theory June 14th, 2019 by Paul Fosse  As reported here and here, there was a lot of information presented at the 2019 Tesla annual shareholder meeting. And although there were a lot of small details covered and hints given about the future, there wasn’t any earth-shattering news. In my summary, I noted they didn’t “let the cat out of the bag.” …

Utah Aims to Shatter Records With 1,000MW Energy Storage Plant

The one-of-a-kind facility would combine compressed air storage in salt caverns with hydrogen storage, large flow batteries and solid-oxide fuel cells. JULIAN SPECTOR GTM article 74 MAY 30, 2019 Utah Aims to Shatter Records With 1,000MW Energy Storage Plant A newly proposed megaproject could put Utah on the map for cutting-edge energy storage execution. The Advanced Clean Energy Storage project, announced …

Using distributed energy to lower peak demand, increase resilience, save money, and lower emissions: Utility found storage cheaper than a second power line

Can grid resiliency finally pay for itself? JULIAN SPECTOR GTM Research, JUNE 07, 2019 Eversource Wants to Back Up an Entire Rural Town With Batteries Large and Small 2 “This is not, strictly speaking, a resilience play — it’s using distributed energy to lower peak demand, thereby saving money and lowering carbon emissions“ The traditional option would be to build a …