Energy Storage 2019

The cost of battery storage is accelerating the demand for battery storage. And that is driving a sea change in the utility industry. Unthinkable just a few years ago, building new wind and solar farms coupled with battery storage is now less expensive than constructing new generating facilities powered by natural gas. They are also less expensive that continuing to operate nuclear …

2019: the year of orchestrating flexible resources, diverse sources, batteries and demand/non-wires alternatives

“2019 is going to be the year of orchestrating flexible resources, both on the residential and C&I side,” said Elta Kolo, research manager for the Grid Edge team at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. “You’re going to see increasing diversity in the resource mix that’s being orchestrated.”  This development is part of a long-awaited shift from old-school, unidirectional demand response signals …

3 key traits of good climate policy, tackling the problems we have and making a large, meaningful impact on carbon emissions and climate change

Good climate policy has 3 key traits: It has a large, meaningful impact on carbon emissions and climate change. It specifically tackles the problems that aren’t already being tackled by the market. It actually gets passed into law. All of that is compatible with a Green New Deal.  In just the past decade, solar power has gone from being uneconomical anywhere on …

Just purchased by Shell: sonnen provides virtual power plant and grid balancing services equivalent to two peaker plants, from home energy storage systems

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/15/shell-acquires-sonnen/ excerpt: …The real secret sauce with sonnen is its ability to innovate beyond just the hardware. Building a smart energy storage appliance is neat and noteworthy, but sonnen has demonstrated its ability to innovate beyond the box and has shaken the foundations of the industry with its disruptive innovations in neighborhood energy storage and whole home energy storage that includes smart …

Zap&Go’s Carbon-Ion Battery Delivers Ultra-Fast Charging & Zero Degradation

February 1st, 2019 by Kyle Field in Clean Technica The team at Zap&Go has developed a new energy storage technology that combines the rapid charging of superconductors and, with the help of carbon nanotubes and some tech from the University of Oxford, turns them into a battery that has the potential to revolutionize the growing world of energy storage. Zap&Go’s second generation cell testing. Image …

Recruiting jobs to your state in the rapidly expanding energy storage sector

Energy Storage Is The Job Creation Opportunity Of The Future — Now! #CleanTechnica Exclusive, Carolyn Fortuna, Clean Technica, Dec 13, 2018 So often we hear naysayers bemoaning the effects of relinquishing a fossil fuel-based energy economy. “If we stopped producing oil and gas tomorrow, we’d have an economic crisis. We’d have a famine. We’d have a world war.” So it’s refreshing to …

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 …