Energy Storage

  • GE Inc announced on Wednesday that it has launched a new company, Current, a first-of-its kind energy company aimed at transforming the energy sector.
  • Utilities would save consumers money and help support the electric grid if the companies tapped unused power stored in existing home and business batteries, according to a report released Thursday by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
  • Southern California Edison has launched a second request for offers to acquire up to 100MW of renewable energy, capacity and load reduction from new preferred resources.
  • Jun 24, 2015 | Harry Valentine
    Despite opposition to nuclear power generation across much of Western Europe and also across the United States, other nations that include China, India, South Africa, Japan and several Middle Eastern nations are actively planning for future nuclear power generation.
  • A short tour inside the smart grid lab at Ryerson University
    Jun 16, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We sat down with Bob Singh, the Centre for Urban Energy’s IESO distinguished research fellow, to talk about the lab, what they’re studying and what the lab means to the power industry. 

  • Apr 22, 2015 | Dr. Henri Winand
    We've spoken previously about the potential for fuel-cell growth in developing countries like India, and there's no doubt that hydrogen fuel cells could lead those regions into a new future.
  • Apr 16, 2015 | Ryan Franks
    The revision cycle for the National Electrical Code (or NEC for short) continues through its phases, similar to the changing seasons. While many readers may be familiar, a brief summary of the NEC could be necessary.
  • Looking at grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems

    Apr 12, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Bodhi Rader, a senior associate in the electricity practice at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and a former energy industry analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, gives us a look inside RMI's recent "Economics of Load Defection" study. 

  • Mar 27, 2015 | Stefanie Matteson
    The buzzword in the solar industry these days is "storage." Because solar only produces power when the sun is shining, technologies need to be developed to store solar energy so that it can be used when the sun is not shining in order for it to become a significant part of the U.S. energy supply. The same is true for wind.
  • Swimming up streams assessing and assigning value

    Mar 09, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Kenneth Munson of Sunverge Energy discusses integrating the value of storage into the energy production chain.

  • Jan 29, 2015 | Samuel T. Kelly
    THE DECADES LONG SEARCH for low cost grid scale energy banking has reached a new level of urgency with the burgeoning use of renewable energy from wind and solar energy collection as well as from increasing threats to our electrical power grid. Mass energy storage has long been seen as a way to increase the reliability and lower costs from our power supply, but it is not easy to grasp the enormity of this powerful entity that we must somehow manage.
  • part of the women-in-energy article series

    Jan 22, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Colette Lamontagne has spent a lot of her life consulting---talking strategy and planning, technology and road maps. Some of it has been as part of her day job as a director in Navigant’s Energy Practice, but, last June, she got a new opportunity to talk about the future when she was named chair of the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) Board of Directors.

  • Jan 19, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    That’s right. For this installment of our popular Utility2Utility interview series, we’re going Down Under to chat with Michelle Taylor, manager of technology development at Ergon, about the Australian market, reliability, SWER and energy storage.

  • Oct 08, 2014 | William Flanagan
    At the recent San Francisco, CA Intersolar conference and trade show, companies offering battery storage and microgrid solutions had a large presence, signaling to many the continuing emergence of a major energy storage market here in the United States.
  • Sep 12, 2014 | Joe D’Orazio
    Weather and nature are unstoppable forces but the results of their power are the same - the power is down and getting the lights turned back on is top priority.
  • Aug 13, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Yesterday, I had the privilege of sitting in on a meeting at Oncor in Dallas. But, it wasn’t just any ol’ meeting. The gathering featured insiders of the Utility Analytics Institute’s Executive Advisory Council. Here's what I talked to them about. Tell me what you think.

  • Aug 11, 2014 | Kimberly Klemm
    There are several possibilities for furthering the efficiency and energy output of fuel cell systems that could be incorporated into the processes used for fuel cell energy production. Below are three areas for exploration in this relatively new arena.
  • Jul 24, 2014 | Pete Stupple
    Moving the electricity sector into a low-carbon future presents many challenges. As supply becomes increasingly intermittent, so the need for fast-responding, flexible demand and generation sources grows. Energy storage is a key source of flexibility to meet this need and has been identified by the UK Smart Grid Forum as a crucial intervention likely to be required for the future smart grid.
  • Jul 17, 2014 | Ed Spears
    In today's data center landscape, it has become increasingly important to maintain uptime for business continuity. To avoid costly downtime and sustain uptime in the case of a power event, facilities operators have to deploy a comprehensive power distribution scheme along with emergency power support from an uninterruptible power system (UPS).
  • May 07, 2014 | Harry Valentine
    Aluminum occurs is abundance in the earth’s crust and has directly and indirectly plays a role in the energy sector, with prospects to play an expanded role in the future. About a decade ago, one of the world’s large aluminum companies posted job openings for doctoral graduates in chemistry, to develop polymers or long-chain molecules based on aluminum.