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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


NREL Tool Finds Effective Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage Configurations

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) News Release, Mar. 9, 2015.
http://www.nrel.gov/news/press/2015/16481.html

"The Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has used the Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Tool (BLAST) to confirm that energy storage for demand-charge management can deliver attractive economic benefits. The analysis paired recent utility rate structures with historic data on solar photovoltaic electricity generation and commercial facility loads to evaluate 6,860 unique scenarios. The results revealed that, in the absence of incentives, small battery systems reducing peak demand by 2.5 percent offer the most attractive return on investment."

Where is the U.S. Energy Storage Market Going?

Utility Dive, Mar. 10, 2015, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/where-is-the-us-energy-storage-market-going/373479/

"The 40% growth in yearly additions to U.S. energy storage capacity from 2013 to 2014 was big news but growth for 2015 is expected to more than triple to 220 MW."

Tesla Gears Up for Charge Into Home Battery Storage Market

PV Magazine, Feb. 13, 2015, by Giles Parkinson.
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/tesla-gears-up-for-charge-into-home-battery-storage-market_100018218/#axzz3SEQ4COxc

"Tesla Motors, the electric vehicle company throwing down a major challenge to the global motor industry, says it is now looking to become a front-runner in energy storage in a major new challenge to the traditional electric utility business model."



Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Used for Energy Storage Products

Energy Harvesting Journal, Dec. 2014.
http://www.energyharvestingjournal.com/articles/7140/atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-used-for-energy-storage-products

"Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that's causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products."

Advancing and Maximizing the Value of Energy Storage Technology - A California Roadmap

California Independent System Operator, Dec. 31, 2014.
http://www.caiso.com/Documents/Advancing-MaximizingValueofEnergyStorageTechnology_CaliforniaRoadmap.pdf

"The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Energy Commission (CEC) developed an energy storage roadmap that identifies policy, technology and process changes to address challenges faced by the storage sector."

How Advanced Pumped-Storage Technologies Contribute to the System

Hydro Review, Sept. 2014, by Vladimir Koritarov, and others.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-7/articles/how-advanced-pumped-storage-technologies-contribute-to-the-system.html

"Flexible operating characteristics and versatility of services provided by pumped-storage hydropower technologies make them ideally suited to support large-scale integration of variable renewable resources and improve the reliability of power systems, a recent study concludes."

The full report from Argonne National Laboratory, Modeling and Analysis of Value of Advanced Pumped Storage Hydropower in the United States, is available at http://www.dis.anl.gov/projects/psh/ANL-DIS-14-7_Advanced_PSH_Final_Report.pdf
 

Batteries Set To Put Big Charge Into Energy Storage

Engineering News-Record (ENR), Sept. 22-29, 2014, by Thomas F. Armistead.
http://enr.construction.com/infrastructure/power_industrial/2014/0929-Batteries-Set-To-Put-Big-Charge-Into-Energy-Storage.asp

"A surge of energy is flowing into energy storage. Tesla Motors' Sept. 4 announcement that named Nevada the winner of a five-state competition to host its planned gigafactory added momentum to a market for which Lux Research LLC forecasts 8% compounded annual growth, to a global value of $50 billion, by 2020. Tesla's $4-billion plant outside Reno will produce batteries for the automotive market and the grid. According to market research firm IHS, the 2013 energy-storage installation of 340 MW will grow to 6,000 MW by 2017 and to more than 40,000 MW by 2022."

SnoPUD Takes a Fresh Approach to Energy Storage

Northwest Public Power Association Bulletin, Aug. 2014, by Neil Neroutsos. [Open and Scroll/Jump to page 14 of the PDF.]
http://www.nwppa.org/External/WCPages/WCWebContent/WebContentPage.aspx?ContentID=1859

"Later this year, Snohomish County Public Utility District plans to deploy an innovative energy storage system that aims to transform the marketplace and how utilities manage electric grid operations. The PUD, and its principal partner 1Energy Systems, will install the Modular Energy Storage architecture (MESA) at multiple utility substations. The system will provide a standard, non-proprietary, and scalable approach to energy storage."

Bright Future for Energy Storage

Power Magazine, Aug. 2014, by Patrick Ferguson.
http://www.powermag.com/bright-future-for-energy-storage/

"Many Americans will likely someday rely in part on battery systems to power their appliances and cars, store electricity generated by their solar PV panels, and help regulate the frequency and efficiency of the overall power grid. By setting aggressive targets, reducing the barriers to entry, and providing long-term funding, California has incentivized the development of battery storage systems. If these programs prove successful in California, other states could begin offering similar incentives in the coming years."

California's Wild Solar Ride Nears a Crossroads

Solar Industry, July 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_02_California-s-Wild-Solar-Ride-Nears-A-Crossroads.html

"Policy direction and bipartisan support are needed as the solar sector approaches a critical juncture in 2016."
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