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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Energy Storage/Batteries

Energy Storage/Batteries


How Much Does Storage Really Cost? Lazard Weighs In

RMI Outlet, Jan. 21, 2016, by David Labrador.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_01_21_how_much_does_storage_really_cost_lazard_weighs_in

"In November 2015, financial advisory firm Lazard released its first-ever Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis (LCOS). Well known for its Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) analysis—now out in version 9.0—Lazard publishing an analysis of storage is a major sign that it considers battery energy storage a critical technology that’s here to stay. But a closer look at Lazard’s LCOS shows something RMI’s October 2015 Economics of Battery Energy Storage report noted: a) battery economics are usually evaluated on the basis of single-use cases, b) stacking multiple uses can greatly enhance battery economics, and c) evaluating those economics gets difficult quickly. It’s the use cases and stacked value streams—in addition to per-kWh cell cost declines—that offer tremendous opportunity."

How Technical Advances are Driving Flow Batteries Closer to Mass Commercialization

Utility Dive, Jan. 12, 2016, by Peter Maloney.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-technical-advances-are-driving-flow-batteries-closer-to-mass-commercial/411923/

"Recent technical advances are sparking interest in flow batteries by offering the promise of significant cost reductions that could make them better able to compete for market share with solid state storage devices, such as the nearly ubiquitous lithium-ion battery. But full commercialization is still several years off, analysts say."

Energy-Harvesting Sensors Eliminate the Need for Batteries in Some Applications

Energy Efficiency Markets, Nov. 25, 2015, by Lisa Cohn.
http://energyefficiencymarkets.com/energy-harvesting-sensors-eliminate-the-need-for-batteries-in-some-applications/

"Energy-harvesting sensors that are made of fabric and eliminate the need for batteries in some applications are the focus of this podcast interview with Keith McMillen, CEO and founder of BeBop Sensors."

Battery Storage Ready for Prime Time in Commercial Facilities

Building Operating Management, Sep. 2015, by Naomi Millán.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Understanding-the-Revolution-in-Energy-Storage--16135?source=part

An article in 3-parts:
1) Understanding the Revolution in Energy Storage
2) Energy Storage Applications
3) Pairing Solar Power with Energy Storage

"Facility managers are no strangers to the concept of energy storage at their facilities. Most any facility of size has a UPS with a bank of lead acid batteries to carry the critical load for the few minutes it takes the generator to kick on. It has been a vital, if humdrum, system. But now there has been a revolution in the world of energy storage, and the commercial market is poised for explosive growth in the adoption of energy storage systems behind the meter. This growth is driven by a variety of factors, such as plummeting hardware costs and skyrocketing demand charges."

The Economics of Battery Energy Storage

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 2015, Garrett Fitzgerald, and others.
http://www.rmi.org/Content/Files/RMI-TheEconomicsOfBatteryEnergyStorage-FullReport-FINAL.pdf

"Much attention has been paid to batteries' impressive cost declines. But this new RMI report shifts the focus to the other important half of the battery equation: value. It shows how customer-sited, multi-use batteries can deliver more services and generate more value for customers and the grid, making batteries cost effective today."

How Solar-plus-Battery Systems Insulate Customers from Rising Retail Electricity Prices

Rocky Mountain Institute, Oct. 5, 2015, by David Labrador.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2015_10_05_how_solar_plus_battery_systems_insulate
_customers_from_rising_retail_electricity_prices


"In the face of rising retail prices for grid electricity, investing in solar-plus-battery systems can insulate grid-connected customers from those increasing prices and effectively lock in a peak price that won't continue to climb, according to a recent analysis by RMI. The result for customers across diverse geographies will be substantial savings relative to what they would have paid for a full-fare utility bill. For utilities and regulators this will be challenging—and present an opportunity."

Unlikely Bedfellows: Unlocking Wind Microgrids with Fossil Fuels

North American Clean Energy, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Marc Hoffman.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/21372/unlikely-bedfellows

"With advancements in the renewable microgrid platform, there’s good news on the horizon: two unlikely bedfellows—wind and fossil fuels—can make beautiful music together after all."

Energy Storage Fast Facts

enerG, Jul./Aug. 2015.
http://www.altenerg.com/docs/12/f46c4d170915785dd7799484
f55c1676d6bf05fd/EnergyStorageFastFacts.pdf


"Devices that can store energy for use at a later time have developed
rapidly to meet the rising requirements for energy. The U.S. is on the cusp of a breakout year for energy storage. The U.S. energy storage market is forecast to grow 250 percent in 2015, according to the inaugural U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association (ESA)."

Energy Storage: Changing the Game, Changing the Grid

Public Power, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Paul Clampoli and Laura D'Alessandro.
http://www.publicpower.org/Media/magazine/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=44477

"Energy storage is emerging as a jack-of-all-trades resource. It's essential to renewable generation proliferation, the backbone of the smartphone decade, and the technology behind peak-shaving, grid-shoring, and other ancillary services. It also holds the key to the future grid, but there are still some obstacles standing in its way."

Sizing Up Tesla Energy's Powerwall

Rural Electric Magazine, Sep. 2015, by Reed Karaim.
http://remagazine.coop/sizing-up-tesla-energys-powerwall/

"Tesla Energy’s Powerwall, a home and commercial battery system expected to be available late this year, could be an important step forward in home energy storage, according to an assessment by NRECA’s Business and Technology Strategies (BTS) department."
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