Battery prices have dropped up to 40% in the past 3 years

The Wall Street Journal says, “A global wave of investment in high-capacity batteries is poised to transform the market for renewable energy in coming years, making it more practical and affordable to store wind and solar power and deploy it when needed.” In addition, their ramp rates and reliability are much faster than are those of natural gas or other forms of …

Zero carbon transport shift could save billions – report

“EVs will not crash our power grids, as some people misleadingly report. On the contrary, Batteries on Wheels shows that EVs can spare Europe’s grids from costly upgrades and allow more renewables to come online faster. But for this to happen, Europe’s governments have to set up systems for EVs to be charged at the right time of the day, …

Tesla Battery Guru Jeff Dahn Claims New Lithium-Ion Cell Outperforms Solid-State Batteries

August 9th, 2019 by Steve Hanley Clean Technica Tesla watchers know that Jeff Dahn and his team at Dalhousie University near Halifax, Nova Scotia, are world leaders in lithium-ion battery research. For years, Dahn worked exclusively for 3M, but when that arrangement ended, Tesla swooped in and signed a contract for Dahn to work for the Silicon Valley car/tech/energy company. Credit: Jeff Dahn, …

TerraForm Power invests in distributed solar portfolio to recycle capital from stabilized assets, plans to squeeze additional value from the new assets by offering tack-ons like storage and backup generation

7/19 GTM: The former SunEdison yieldco hopes to leverage the diverse 300-megawatt portfolio to sell additional services to commercial and industrial clients. TerraForm Power to Invest $720M in Distributed Solar Portfolio. By Emma Foehringer Merchant Brookfield-controlled TerraForm locks down more distributed solar. 3 TerraForm Power announced Monday it will take over ownership of a portfolio consisting of 291 megawatts of …

700 MW Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma is cheaper and battery will respond faster than a gas peaker can, plus the added benefit of absorbing excess capacity

‘Cheaper Than a Peaker’: NextEra Inks Massive Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma: NextEra will build a combined 700 megawatts for an electric cooperative group in a landmark deal for the hybrid renewables sector. By Julian Spector in GreenTechMedia, July 25, 2019 Oklahoma-based Western Farmers Electric Cooperative to build the largest proposed solar-plus-wind-plus-storage plant in the U.S. with even amounts of each. The battery …

48 Volts DC is the new 12 Volts DC

Lloyd Alter July 22, 2019 Could it also be the new 120 Volts AC? Being trained as an architect, I am kind of a generalist, having to know a bit about a whole lot of subjects. But whenever I talk about Direct Current vs Alternating current I come away singed and shocked by the comments, like my last one, where even …

New research finds energy storage in 2-hour, 4-hour and 6-hour durations can efficiently provide the same capacity value as power plants that run 24 hours a day

Taking Aim at PJM’s 10-Hour Duration Capacity Rule for Energy Storage in the Nation’s Biggest Capacity Market: The storage industry brings new numbers to the table in its challenge against the least-liked proposal from FERC Order 841. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia, 22 July 2019 12 Over the past year and a half, the U.S. energy storage industry has been getting …

Alaska, Model of Microgrid Development, Delivers Resiliency in Cold, Remote Conditions. Largest battery and microgrid in the country (2003) has prevented 784 outages since it was first installed.

July 16, 2019 By Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge, Alaska, Model of Microgrid Development, Delivers Resiliency in Cold, Remote Conditions Alaska’s challenges — cold weather and the high cost of delivered energy — are part of the reason the state is a model of innovative microgrid development, with the largest number of microgrids in the US, at 122. “This innovation flows from both the …

GE and BlackRock Launch Distributed Solar and Storage Business

With BlackRock as a partner and a new focus on project ownership, GE’s under-the-radar solar business may be in for noisier days ahead. Jeff St. John at GTMedia, July 17, 2019 0 Big investors are increasingly interested in distributed solar and storage assets. General Electric is a big and sprawling company that’s undergone some dramatic reorganizations over the past few …

Stranded assets: utilities and energy companies plan to invest $112 billion in new gas plants by 2025, as well as $32 billion in infrastructure to transmit the gas

Sunrun just announced that it nailed down a “landmark contract” with California’s East Bay Community Energy board of directors to to install home solar and battery systems on low income housing. The work will enable the area’s decades-old Oakland Power Plant to stop burning jet fuel during peak demand hours. On cautionary note, Marketplace.org looked at the prospects for replacing natural gas power plants …