1. Articles from Lisa Cohn

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    1. Lead Battery Carves Market Position as Energy Storage Grows

      Lead Battery Carves Market Position as Energy Storage Grows

      With energy storage expected to double this year and triple in 2020, researchers are working to boost lead battery performance for its use in renewable energy integration and electric vehicles. energy storage deployment. The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI), a global research organization that funds innovation in lead batteries, has developed a roadmap for growth. Advanced lead batteries offer cost and sustainability advantages, said Alistair Davidson, director, CBI. They’re generally less expensive than alternatives and are recycled at a rate of 99%.

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    2. Oregon Utility Partners with Cities to Achieve Resiliency with Microgrids

      Oregon Utility Partners with Cities to Achieve Resiliency with Microgrids

      Beaverton is the second Oregon city that will embrace microgrids for resiliency, working with utility Portland General Electric (PGE), which says it plans additional partnerships with cities. PGE’s microgrid projects are designed in part to provide resiliency if and when an earthquake hits the Oregon coast. The city of Beaverton will own their new emergency operations center, 300 kW of solar PV, and a 1,000 kW diesel standby generator. PGE will own the 250 kW storage system, which it will use, when available, for frequency control

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      Mentions: Oregon
    3. Battery System to Provide Frequency Regulation for PJM

      Battery System to Provide Frequency Regulation for PJM

      A 72 MW/72 MWH battery system owned by a global independent power producer is expected to soon start providing grid services in PJM territory, signaling the storage industry’s increasing maturation and ability to compete with traditional resources. Industry supporters have argued that getting more storage online to support renewables integration and provide other grid benefits would require compensation schemes that allow storage to compete.

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    4. Energy Storage Solicitations to be issued by California Energy Commission

      Energy Storage Solicitations to be issued by California Energy Commission

      The California Energy Commission (CEC) Oct. 30 will release two energy storage solicitations totaling $31 million to support the state’s goal under SB 100 of attaining 100% fossil-free electricity by 2045. Proposals for the energy storage projects will be due by the end of the year, and the commission will issue the awards between April and June.

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      Mentions: California
    5. Thermal Storage Finds a Niche Reducing Energy Demand in Refrigeration

      Thermal Storage Finds a Niche Reducing Energy Demand in Refrigeration

      Thermal storage is gaining ground in refrigeration applications, providing demand response for one of utilities’ most energy-intensive industries. Thermal storage generally involves salt-based solutions that can absorb heat and cool refrigerators. Viking Cold Solutions partnered with Eversource to install a Viking Cold Solutions thermal energy storage system to reduce the Greater Boston Food Bank’s peak demand, realizing a 75 percent reduction in peak energy use, the company said.

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    6. Energy Storage System Integrators Playing a Bigger Role on Green Grid

      Energy Storage System Integrators Playing a Bigger Role on Green Grid

      Energy storage system integrators play an increasingly important — and shifting — role as more renewable energy is added to the grid, according to a new Navigant Research report. Integrators design, build and operate large, grid-scale energy storage systems. Think Fluence and Tesla. The utility-scale energy storage market has grown increasingly competitive since 2016. And as the market matures and expands, the integrators play a larger role in ensuring project success and profitability.

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    7. Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra's PXiSe

      Federation of Microgrids Planned in Australia by Sempra's PXiSe

      Sempra subsidiary PXiSE Energy Solutions plans to create a federation of microgrids to boost renewable energy in remote Australian towns under a new agreement with utility Horizon Power. With its distributed energy resource management (DERM) system the company says it can get past curtailment and power quality issues to boost the percentage of renewables to 50 percent and above. The company’s DERM system networks various distributed energy resources together, with the ability to adjust to grid challenges very quickly.

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    8. With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

      With San Diego Airport Microgrid, No More Blackouts and $6.4M/year Saved

      Before the San Diego International Airport microgrid was built, the airport experienced four to five blackouts a year, each which lasted two to eight hours, according to Darr Hashempour, CEO of DH Green Energy, the consulting firm that designed and built the microgrid. The blackouts — which occurred during San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) outages — embarrassed airport executives, upset airport customers, and spurred losses for airlines, he said.

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    9. California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

      California Opens Door to Residential Microgrids for All New Homes with Efficiency Code

      California has opened the door for residential microgrids in all new homes with the recent release of 2019 building standards aimed at improving energy efficiency. residential microgrids Issued by the California Energy Commission, the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards require solar photovoltaics for all new homes. They also provide new home builders with incentive to include energy storage and to focus on demand response opportunities — all common elements of residential microgrids.

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    10. Microgrid Knowledge to Moderate Panel at the Energy Storage Association Expo in Denver

      Microgrid Knowledge to Moderate Panel at the Energy Storage Association Expo in Denver

      Elisa Wood, editor-in-chief of Microgrid Knowledge, will lead a discussion, “Resilient Design: Micro? Nano? How Integrated Systems Excel,” at the Energy Storage Association’s 27th Annual Conference and Expo, April 18-20 in Denver, Colorado. The discussion will begin at 2 p.m. MT, Wednesday, April 19, Room 205, at the Denver Convention Center.

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      Mentions: EPRI ESA Colorado
    11. Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

      Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

      A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities today: the need to seamlessly integrate distributed resources and allow for real-time communication between the resources and utilities. In North Carolina’s Gaston County, at the Mount Holly test bed, Duke is experimenting with ‘Open Field Message Bus Technology,’ a standards-based system that could reduce the complexity and costs of integrating distributed resources. This could be a game changer for the industry, allowing for fast and cost-effective integration of distributed resources.

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    12. Integrating Run-of-the-River Hydropower into a Microgrid for Reliability

      Integrating Run-of-the-River Hydropower into a Microgrid for Reliability

      The Idaho National Laboratory is studying integrating run-of-the-river hydropower into a microgrid to make the city of Idaho Falls’ municipal power distribution more reliable. The $1 million, 2-year collaboration with the city of Idaho Falls was prompted by a December 2013 outage that left the city blacked out for hours in subzero temperatures. The lab’s facility includes a real-time digital simulator that allows researchers to simulate different real-world situations and better understand how microgrids interact with the grid, said Rob Hovsapian, lead engineer for INL’s Energy Systems & Technologies Division.

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    13. Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

      Playing Nice: What the Duke Energy Microgrid Test Bed Teaches

      Integrating – not just adding distributed energy resources – is the key to strengthening the new grid. That realization is what led to the Duke Energy microgrid test bed, created with the help of an intriguingly named ‘Coalition of the Willing.’ The impetus for the project goes back to a few years ago, when the utility saw the explosive growth in distributed energy resources — especially in Hawaii and California.

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    14. New York Microgrid Demonstration Project Uses Low-Cost Storage

      New York Microgrid Demonstration Project Uses Low-Cost Storage

      A New York microgrid demonstration project will use an energy storage system from Eos Energy that the company describes as the lowest-cost battery storage on the market. The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority awarded Eos Energy $750,000 to support production, installation and demonstration of the 250 kW, 1000 kWh battery energy storage system that will be used in Wappingers Falls microgrid.

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    15. Energy Storage Needs These Boosts From Regulators and Legislators

      Energy Storage Needs These Boosts From Regulators and Legislators

      Energy storage use is growing quickly: About $240 billion will be invested in storage grid applications in the U.S. over the next 10 years, says the Copper Development Association, whose members provide copper for energy storage units. Investment from the government and venture capitalists, plus successful demonstration projects have helped advance energy storage, CDA says. For example, the DOE’s Smart Grid Demonstration Grants project has invested $772 million into energy storage, providing a capacity of 537.3 MW, says CDA.

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