Energy storage in action

One decade, 400 global projects raises expectations

Phil Carson | May 14, 2012

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First off, I'll be hosting a webinar on energy storage projects on Wednesday, July 11, at noon EST and invite you to join us. We're calling it "Energy Storage in Action," and you can register for it by clicking on the linked title. 

As the title implies, we'll host speakers who are involved in implementing energy storage projects and we'll focus on operational details, the market for storage, related regulatory issues and, of course, your questions. We'll get practical updates on projects across the country, lessons learned and some big picture thinking as well. 

So for today, I'll simply present a set of energy storage ideas and links to our coverage and other sources in the online world to provide you with background on the issues and prime you for the webinar on July 11.

We have looked at many storage technologies, from traditional pumped hydro to electro-chemical storage in batteries, from compressed air energy storage or CAES to thermal storage and other technologies. 

In "Energy Storage Goes Patriotic," I observed that in an election year, it does not hurt to use patriotism—the paper under discussion is titled "Distributed Energy Storage: Serving National Interests," by the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries (NAATBatt)—to appeal to both political parties with a pitch for continued federal support.

A more technical, market-based  argument is found in "Bulk Energy Storage: A Modesty Proposal," which follows the Coalition to Advance Renewable Energy Through Bulk Storage's (CAREBS) argument that storage should be encouraged based on its application and market need, not its technology. CAREBS' recent white paper is "Getting Bulk Energy Storage Projects Built."  

In "Energy Storage and the Barriers to Adoption" we noted nine hurdles that California regulators identified in their efforts to foster storage without distorting the market. 

For a primer on how an enlightened utility might approach this complex subject, we've offered a write-up and links to documents in "Straight Talk on Energy Storage," which details how Southern California Edison looks at storage (sensibly). 

One of the best single documents on energy storage is "Energy Storage Activities in the United States Electricity Grid," which—although published one year ago—offers an array of resources in a concise dozen pages. The paper was authored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee's Energy Storage Technologies Subcommittee. 

The EAC's paper offers concise looks at the current technologies, their market share, a list of demonstration projects and references for further reading. 

Other resources for vendors besides NATTBatt and CAREBS include the Texas Energy Storage Alliance (TESA), the California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), the Electricity Storage Association (ESA), even the China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA). The Energy Storage 2012 International Conference, in fact, will take place in Beijing on May 22-25. The theme this year is "Global Energy Storage: Demonstration Projects and Business Models." 

So folks, please mark your calendars and join us on July 11 at noon EST for "Energy Storage in Action" and we'll fill you in on the program as it's firmed up. 

Phil Carson
Editor-in-chief
Intelligent Utility Daily
pcarson@energycentral.com
303-228-4757

 

 

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