Energy Storage

  • Hydro-Québec and Sony Corporation ("Sony") today announced that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids.
  • Feb 26, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This is the first of our talks with IEEE. In it, Noel Schulz discusses how IEEE's power and energy society (PES) is evolving and how engineers can evolve with it. (And, yes, how you can get that school to put your name over the door.)

  • Feb 25, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    When tapping the pulse of the industry on predictions through 2020 for our Jan/Feb print issue, we polled insiders from across the U.S. and Europe. Here we talk with Benjamin Beberness, CIO with SnoPUD, on major hurdles and how to overcome them.

  • Dec 23, 2013 | Davis Swan
    I recently joined a discussion about how gravity might be used to generate and store energy. One of the comments provided a link to Gravity Power, a company that has proposed a modified take on "pumped storage" whereby a vertical water reservoir is used with a heavy piston. During the discussions a few variations on this technology were proposed. I suggested that abandoned open pit mines might represent a good starting point for very large facilities.
  • Nov 18, 2013 | James Greenberger
    Earlier this week I spoke with an old friend, who works in the utility practice group of a major management consulting firm.  We commiserated about the challenges of getting conservative electric utilities to adopt new technology. My friend opined that the only way to get the attention of utility management is to paint a picture of Armageddon. And there is no surer way to do that, he said, than by talking to them about distributed generation.
  • Nov 01, 2013 | Harry Valentine
    While Ontario has for decades been North America's largest electrical utility, it has often been plagued by political controversy. Many an elected official has used the utility as a means by which to achieve a political agenda. Ongoing political agendas have left the utility saddled with massive debt.
  • Oct 21, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    David Mohler, vice president of emerging technology with Duke Energy advises that "our work to seamlessly integrate storage within a diverse grid ecosystem and unlock its full value is just beginning."

  • Sep 30, 2013 | Roger Arnold
    In January, a report from the Edison Electric Institute painted a bleak picture for the future of investor-owned utilities. It essentially said that the IOU business model, under the current regulatory environment, is not sustainable in the face of expected growth in rooftop solar.
  • Jul 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Mark M. MacCracken, a former chair to the US Green Building Council (USGBC),  gives some insight into California's Resolution E-4586, which will implement a standardized permanent load shifting (PLS) program applicable to SCE, PG&E and SDG&E.

  • Jul 08, 2013 | Malcolm Metcalfe
    Grid-scale energy storage technologies are set to play a crucial role in the today's evolving power system. System operators and utilities are continuously working to improve grid efficiency and reliability and look to storage technologies to do so. Storage can lend a helping hand in implementing numerous applications, including renewable integration, power flow optimization, frequency regulation, and congestion management. However, it is important to utilize technologies that can accomplish this in the most economic and efficient way. Let's take a look at the different storage methods that are in use today.
  • Jun 18, 2013 | Kristopher Settle
    One of the biggest concerns with many forms of renewable energy is their inability to store active energy during times when the sun isn't out, or when the wind isn't blowing. With these energies gaining popularity and growing at an impressive rate, it seems as though establishing an efficient form of energy storage is a foregone conclusion for the future.
  • May 22, 2013 | Eric Hahn P.E.
    In February of this year the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center - Coastal Hydraulics Lab (ERDC-CHL) reported that it had deployed the largest Wave Energy Converter (WEC) in the US at their Field Research Facility in Duck, NC. According to their posting, their facility hosted a wave surge actuated device (a system in the "onshore systems" category of pendulor devices, as described by the Department of Energy). The Navy has also tested a wave energy device (more in the general DOE category of "offshore systems") at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe (MCBH). According to a Navy Times posting of last year, the intent is to provide wave produced power to Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, HI by 2014.
  • May 20, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Brad Roberts, executive director of the Electricity Storage Association, gives his opinion on the growing importance of storage in the grid equation as the Association meets in California this week for its annual conference.

  • Mar 26, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Dan Sowder, a senior project manager with Duke Energy, gives us an inside look at the utility's award-winning Rankin substation and its interesting utility-scale battery technology.

  • Mar 01, 2013 | Davis Swan
    On January 23, 2013 Duke Energy announced that it had completed the Notrees Battery Storage project in Texas which now represents the largest capacity battery facility in North America. Providing backup power for the Notrees Windpower project, this facility is able to produce 36 MW of power on demand whether or not the wind is blowing.
  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication features ScottMadden's view of significant events and emerging trends in the industry.
  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, is pleased to join forces with Energy Central to present an interactive webinar, "The State of the Energy Industry," on Friday, March 8, 2013, from 12:00-1:00 PM EST. To learn more about the webinar or to register, please click here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/767445185
  • Feb 06, 2013 | Harry Valentine
    The St Lawrence River has for decades served the needs of the energy and transportation sectors. Ships have carried towers and turbine blades for the wind energy sector, while a new hydroelectric installation is being completed on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. The waterway is home to several hydroelectric power installations and it serves as the heat sink for several coal-fired and nuclear-thermal power stations as well as 3-ethanol plants.
  • Jan 29, 2013 | Bill Ash

    Transmission and distribution systems were not historically engineered to accommodate energy storage, but a surge in rollout of the technology appears inevitable over the next decades. To help enable this aspect of the transition from the legacy to the next-generation electricity grid, standards development around energy storage has intensified.