1. First-of-its-kind Rail Energy Storage Project Targets Role in CAISO Ancillary Services Market

    First-of-its-kind Rail Energy Storage Project Targets Role in CAISO Ancillary Services Market

    The newest entrant into energy storage market bears a passing resemblance to cutting edge 19th century technology. It is a rail car with no passengers or freight that goes nowhere. But if the California company working on this technology is right, its rail cars could make big inroads in the energy storage market. At heart, though, the concept is simple. Electricity powers an electric motor in a locomotive that hauls a heavy load up hill. Sitting at the top of the hill, the rail cars store energy. When the energy is needed, the cars are released to roll down hill and the electric motor runs in reverse to generate electricity. The company, ARES, is a start-up based in Santa Barbara that is named after its technology, Advanced Rail Energy Storage.

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