Xtreme Power and Xcel Energy Partner With SolarTAC on Utility-Scale “Solar-to-Battery” Distribution Project
Dynamic Power Resource™ to be installed at nation’s largest solar technology testing facility
DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Xtreme Power Inc., provider of Dynamic Power Resources™ (DPRs) for utility-scale energy storage, and Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) today announced a partnership to install a 1 megawatt (MW) system to collect operational data on the integration of energy storage and solar energy systems at the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC).
“Taking part in the SolarTAC project with Xcel Energy affords us an opportunity to work alongside one of the most progressive utilities in the industry”
SolarTAC is a private facility in Aurora, Colo. that serves as a solar More >
Aug 31, 2010
By Rick Fioravanti
Grid-scale storage offers potential benefits to transmission and distribution systems of utilities in regulated and market environments. These benefits derive from cost reductions due to the time and location shifting of energy for congestion relief, reliability via enhanced stability and outage response, and incremental voltage support—once the storage device and its power electronics are in place.
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ERIC WESOFF: AUGUST 20, 2010
“Utility-scale energy storage is one of the game changers,” according to veteran investor and energy thought leader Gunderson.
Maurice Gunderson, senior partner at CMEA Capital, believes that grid-scale storage is a “game changer” in the alternative energy battle. Gunderson has been working in the energy industry for more than 30 years and co-founded the first greentech investing firm, nth Power.
We spoke to Mr. Gunderson about technology, policy and the investment landscape for energy storage.
Greentech Media is no stranger to this topic; we understand its importance in renewable More >
Posted Aug 19th 2010 7:57AM by Eric Loveday Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hybrid, Green Daily DuPont has just introduced the world’s first nanofiber-based polymeric lithium-ion battery separator that could prove to be a remarkable innovation in the rechargeable automotive battery industry. DuPont claims that its Energain nanofiber separators can increase battery power by 15-30 percent while also lengthening battery life by up to 20 percent. In addition, DuPont’s nanofiber separator is said to improve battery stability at high temperatures, leading to safer operation.
DuPont believes that automakers will utilize the power-boosting Energain technology to extend the range of electric vehicles (EVs) and to provide hybrids with More >
ERIC WESOFF: JULY 28, 2010
How about we start by calling storage, storage and a battery, a battery?
Utility-scale energy storage in the field today is limited to pumped hydro, a few large deployments using compressed air energy storage (CAES), hundreds of megawatts of sodium sulphur (NaS) batteries, mostly in Japan, and some experiments with banks of lithium-ion batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries and regenerative fuel cells (flow batteries). Greentech Media has long covered the energy storage market with technologies that include:
- Batteries (Li-ion, NiMh, Zinc Air, NaS, etc.)
- Flow Batteries
- Phase-change materials
- Thermal Storage as heat or ice
- Hydrogen systems
- Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES)
- Pumped Hydro
- Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES)
- Using off-peak wind energy to synthesize fuels More >
Lithium-ion batteries with nanotube electrodes could go longer between charges.
MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
A lithium-ion battery with a positive electrode made of carbon nanotubes delivers 10 times more power than a conventional battery and can store five times more energy than a conventional ultracapacitor. The nanotube battery technology, developed by researchers at MIT and licensed to an undisclosed battery company, could mean batteries that extend the range of electric vehicles and provide longer periods without recharging for electronic gadgets, including smartphones.Nano power: The pores between the nanotubes in this transmission- electron microscopy image can store lithium ions in a high-power battery. More >
Sept 16-17: #NIChE Workshop on Materials for Large-Scale Energy Storage | Council for Chemical Research
Energy storage on the megawatt scale is a significant technical and economic challenge. Power companies are working to develop market strategies to reliably deliver electricity and power when and where it’s needed and storage materials research efforts are growing fast. This workshop will delve into the end-use applications and market drivers for large-scale storage, the R&D efforts that are pushing the boundaries, as well as highlighting some near-deployment technologies.
This event will be a unique opportunity to interact with key innovators and network with potential partners in solving today’s challenge of More >
Jun 8, 2010
Smart Grid advanced energy storage solutions provider Ice Energy has an agreement with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to deliver the company’s Ice Bear distributed thermal energy storage system to more than 40 U.S. government agencies and all branches of the military. The Ice Bear system provides a number of benefits, including lower daytime energy consumption, lower energy costs and less environmental impact. For its part, scientific, engineering and systems integration specialist SAIC offers the marketing depth and expertise to ramp up energy storage projects quickly and efficiently, according to Ice Energy COO John McGee.
Quick Take: Ice Energy must be doing More >