Battery storage is disrupting the way utilities provide power

Jeff McMahon writes on the Forbes website about the impact that battery storage is having on utilities. The change is driven not just by cheap renewables and cheap batteries, but by the electronics that link them together.   Why Energy Storage Is Proving Even More Disruptive Than Cheap Renewables The falling price of renewable energy … Continue reading Battery storage is disrupting the way utilities provide power

Using supermarket fridges as a “virtual battery”

One of Britain’s major grocery chains has completed trials that show chiller aisles offer possibility of being ‘virtual battery’ for the national grid system.  Jillian Ambrose explains in an article in The Guardian.   Cool running: supermarket fridges could help power UK Supermarket freezer aisles could soon help power the National Grid after trials found … Continue reading Using supermarket fridges as a “virtual battery”

A vast “super battery” is set to be installed at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm where it will store power generated by 215 turbines

Regularly now we are reading about new firsts, particularly when it comes to energy storage. This is encouraging to see in Scotland.  Phoebe Weston explains in an article on The Independent website.   UK’s biggest battery ever seen to cover area half the size of a football pitch at Glasgow wind farm A vast “super … Continue reading A vast “super battery” is set to be installed at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm where it will store power generated by 215 turbines

Innovative approach to heat storage facility

An experimental salt-based heat storage facility at Berlin’s Reuter thermal power station uses quicklime in a simple chemical reaction. Frank Jordans from Associated Press explains in an article on the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette website.   'Salt battery' holds promise in search for renewable energy In the hum and heat of Berlin's Reuter thermal power station stands … Continue reading Innovative approach to heat storage facility

Combining renewable energy and low-cost thermal storage to deliver heat for high-temperature industrial processes

It is encouraging to see a news item on the phys.org website about a new technique by researchers at the University of South Australia to reduce industrial emissions through deploying renewable energy technologies and low-cost thermal storage.   Renewable energy solution for industrial heat applications Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed a … Continue reading Combining renewable energy and low-cost thermal storage to deliver heat for high-temperature industrial processes

Energy storage playing increasing role in utility business models

Jeremiah Johnson and Joseph F. DeCarolis from North Carolina State University write on The Conversation website about the role energy storage could play for utilities within coming years.   Utilities are starting to invest in big batteries instead of building new power plants Due to their decreasing costs, lithium-ion batteries now dominate a range of … Continue reading Energy storage playing increasing role in utility business models

January’s deep freeze in US confirms importance of energy storage

Dan Gearino writes on the Inside Climate News website about the impact of the recent deep freeze in the US Midwest. Energy analysts used power demand data from the Midwest’s January deep freeze and wind and solar conditions to find the gaps in an all-renewable power grid.   100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage. … Continue reading January’s deep freeze in US confirms importance of energy storage

Energy storage is turning into big business

We are reading more and more about how energy storage is making great strides forward. Fereidoon Sioshansi writes on the CleanTechnica website about how energy storage is becoming the next game changer.   Energy Storage: Next Game Changer Everybody agrees that storage is turning into big business, and soon, but exactly how big and how … Continue reading Energy storage is turning into big business

Abu Dhabi reports it has world’s largest virtual battery plant

We are always looking for new innovations during the low carbon energy transition.  Akshat Rathi writes on the Quartz website about the world’s largest “virtual battery plant.”  Interestingly, the batteries are installed in 10 different locations in Abu Dhabi but they can be controlled by one plant. What are your views?   The world’s largest … Continue reading Abu Dhabi reports it has world’s largest virtual battery plant