Energy Storage

  • On a quiet Sunday morning last April, power plants were pumping far more energy into California's electricity grid than residents needed for their refrigerators, microwaves and television sets.
  • Princeton Power Systems, a leading global designer and manufacturer of technology products and embedded software for energy management, micro-grid operations, and electric vehicle charging, is providing technologies at the heart of breakthrough energy storage projects that will manage electricity demand in a group of New York City buildings.
  • A liquid metal battery that's long-lasting, efficient and cost-effective to build. A small modular nuclear reactor that fits in a space the size of a football field and could power all of Santa Fe.
  • In a keynote address today in Washington, D.C., PG&E President Chris Johns laid out the company’s vision for a 21 st -century power grid equipped to maximize the use and benefits of a growing array of advanced energy technologies available to utilities and their customers, from electric vehicles and rooftop solar to smart appliances and battery storage.
  • 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.
  • 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.