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    1. Battery Storage Already Competitive With Pumped Hydro, Says Arena

      Battery Storage Already Competitive With Pumped Hydro, Says Arena

      As Australia’s renewable energy industry awaits the imminent outcome of the South Australian government’s inaugural large-scale energy storage auction, the CFO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has described two of the key competing technologies – large-scale battery systems and pumped hydro – as neck and neck on pricing. Speaking at the 2017 Large-Scale Solar Conference co-hosted by RenewEconomy and Informa in Sydney on Monday, ARENA CFO Ian Kay said projects pairing 100MW of renewable energy generation with 100MWh of energy storage were “about equal” in cost.

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    2. Siemens to Supply 12MW Battery Storage Unit for Engie's Hydropower Plant in Germany

      Siemens to Supply 12MW Battery Storage Unit for Engie's Hydropower Plant in Germany

      Engie Deutschland has awarded a contract to Siemens to install a battery storage unit at its pumped storage hydro power station in Kraftwerksgruppe Pfreimd, Germany. The battery storage will offer additional balancing energy for grid stabilization. The decentral battery storage will complement the existing facilities of the pumped storage power station, which already contributes primary and secondary balancing energy as well as tertiary reserve capacity for a secure energy supply. 

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    3. FERC Issues License for Major Montana Energy Project

      FERC Issues License for Major Montana Energy Project

      The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project located in Montana has been issued a 50-year license to construct and operate by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  Final design is to be completed in 2017 with construction anticipated to begin in 2018. "This is a tremendous milestone achieved by a world-class team including Barnard, SNC-Lavalin and GE Renewables," said Carl Borgquist, President of Absaroka Energy.  "I'm so proud of our team who have worked diligently together to accomplish this significant milestone on the journey to project completion." 

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      Mentions: U.S. GE MT
    4. GE Forges Ahead With World’s First Wind + Hydro + Storage Project

      GE Forges Ahead With World’s First Wind + Hydro + Storage Project

      Trump or no Trump, the global clean energy train has left the station. A case in point is a new wind, hydropower, and energy storage collaboration between US-based GE and Germany’s Max Bögl Wind AG. The project is on track to connect its four wind turbines to the grid next year, with the hydropower component coming online in 2018. The project represents an innovative combo of two different forms of renewable energy with an energy storage bonus thrown in.  

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      Mentions: CA DoE GE
    5. Duke Energy to Expand South Carolina Pumped Hydro Facility by 200MW

      Duke Energy to Expand South Carolina Pumped Hydro Facility by 200MW

      US-based power firm Duke Energy plans to increase the energy storage capacity of its Bad Creek pumped storage hydroelectric station by 200MW. The expansion is scheduled to start in 2021, and complete in 2024. The 1,065MW South Carolina facility, the firm’s largest hydroelectric station, was constructed in 1991 to power 850,000 households. Duke Energy said the upgrade will see it power a million homes.

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    6. Duke Energy Wins New License for Hydroelectric Project

      Duke Energy Wins New License for Hydroelectric Project

      The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a new 30-year operating license for Duke Energy's Keowee-Toxaway Hydroelectric Project, which will allow the company to continue operating the Jocassee Pumped Storage Hydro Station, Keowee Hydro Station and associated lakes. "The project provides clean, renewable hydroelectric power generation, supports regional public drinking water needs and provides high-quality recreational opportunities for the region," said Steve Jester, Duke Energy's vice president of water strategy, hydro licensing and lake services. "This license ensures the availability of these resources for future generations."

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    7. Study: Even At Current Prices, Energy Storage Makes Economic Sense For Many Renewables Projects

      Study: Even At Current Prices, Energy Storage Makes Economic Sense For Many Renewables Projects

      Even at current market prices, various different energy storage options make economic sense for renewable energy projects in some locations, according to new research from MIT. The energy storage options profiled by the study included: battery systems, pumped hydroelectric storage, and compressed air energy storage, amongst others. While these options are economically a good choice in some locations, in other locations, they are not.

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    8. Scottish Power to Double Size of Cruachan Hydro Power Station to Store Renewable Energy

      Scottish Power to Double Size of Cruachan Hydro Power Station to Store Renewable Energy

      SCOTTISH POWER plans to more than double the size of a hydro-electric power station built inside a mountain to help store renewable energy. The firm said a feasibility study shows Cruachan hydro power station in Argyll can be expanded - increasing its current generating capacity from 440mw by 400-600mw. But costs of up to £400 million will halt the development unless ScottishPower can secure a guaranteed floor price for its use from the Government, in return for a cap on profits.

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    9. Spanish Island's Run of Four Hours on 100% Renewables 'Very Significant', Says IRENA Expert

      Spanish Island's Run of Four Hours on 100% Renewables 'Very Significant', Says IRENA Expert

      While a project to run a Spanish island off renewable energy which gathered media attention this week might only have successfully met the region's energy demand continuously for four hours, the project is nonetheless "very significant", an expert with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has said. Spain’s El Hierro, the most southerly of the Canary Islands, used a combination of only wind, hydro and energy storage to meet the energy needs of all of its 10,000 locals for four hours earlier this month.

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    10. 1.2 MW Energy Storage System To Be Tested In Quebec

      1.2 MW Energy Storage System To Be Tested In Quebec

      An energy system prototype with a capacity of 1.2 MW and 1.2 MWh will be tested in Quebec this summer. A joint venture was formed by Hydro-Quebec and Sony Corporation to develop and test the system. It was reported that it can store an amount of electricity that is the same as the daily consumption as 23 homes in Quebec.

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    11. Salt Caverns in Eastern Alberta Created to Store Energy

      Salt Caverns in Eastern Alberta Created to Store Energy

      Calgary-based Rocky Mountain Power has been working on the Alberta Saskatchewan Intertie Storage Project (ASISt) for a couple of years. Company president Jan van Egteren said because of regulatory procedures, it'll likely be another two or three years before the company actually breaks ground on the project. While using salt caverns for storage purposes is not new – they are often used to store liquid petroleum products such as butane, as well as the by products of oil production. What is new is employing the caverns to store wind energy.

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    12. Pumped-Storage Dream: Tiny Washington State Utility Makes Big Pitch

      Pumped-Storage Dream: Tiny Washington State Utility Makes Big Pitch

      Randy Knowles figures he’s moving in the right direction. “They used to call me crazy,” he said with a self-effacing chuckle. “Now they’re calling me audacious.” For well over a decade, the Klickitat (Washington) Public Utility District commissioner has promoted building a big pumped storage project off-stream from the Columbia River at the John Day Dam, 110 miles upriver from Portland, Oregon. Now, after years of holding a preliminary permit to study the possibility, the district is moving to obtain a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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      Mentions: CA DoE NV
    13. Electrovaya Receives $1.3 Million Grant For Multiple Energy Storage Systems In Canada

      Electrovaya Receives $1.3 Million Grant For Multiple Energy Storage Systems In Canada

      Canadian lithium-ion battery manufacturer Electrovaya announced that it received a $1.3-million grant from the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund to deliver multiple Intelligent Energy Storage Systems (IESS). According to the short description, multiple IESS will be installed at various locations for Toronto Hydro and London Hydro for applications including phase balancing, infrastructure deferment, electric vehicle charging and general energy storage functions by mid-2015.

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    14. Alstom to Outfit China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong Pumped-Storage Plant

      Alstom to Outfit China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong Pumped-Storage Plant

      The Hainan Pumped Storage Power Generation Co. Ltd. awarded a US$71.14 million contract to Alstom to equip China's 600-MW Hainan Qiongzhong pumped-storage hydropower plant. The project will be Hainan Province's first pumped-storage project and is expected to enter commercial operation in December 2017. Alstom will provide three 200 MW turbine units, including pump turbines, motor generators and other equipment, in addition to balance-of-plant, design, delivery and installation supervision services. The equipment will be manufactured at the company's site in Tianjin, China.

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    15. Storage Pump Station Near Completion in South Africa

      Storage Pump Station Near Completion in South Africa

      Government electricity utility Eskom’s third electricity storage pump station, Ingula pump storage scheme project, situated in the eastern part of the province, has reached its final phase with 85% completion of work to date. The project, located on the boundary between the province and KwaZulu-Natal, is meant to provide additional high power electricity to the country’s grid. The Ingula pump storage station is designed to help with supply power during peak hours when electricity is in high demand. Eskom has only two storage pump stations currently, with one in KwaZulu-Natal and the other in Cape Town.

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    16. Philippines Approves Energy Contract for 350-MW SNAP-Ifugao Hydro Complex

      Philippines Approves Energy Contract for 350-MW SNAP-Ifugao Hydro Complex

      The Philippines Department of Energy has approved a renewable energy service contract with SN Aboitiz Power Group for the proposed three-plant 350-MW SNAP-Ifugao hydroelectric complex in the Philippines. SNAP-Ifugao, a joint venture of SN Power of Norway and Aboitiz Power of the Philippines, is developing the 100-MW Alimit hydro plant, the 240-MW Alimit Pumped-Storage project and the 10-MW Olilicon hydro plant, all in Ilfugao Province.

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      Mentions: Asia DoE Norway
    17. Pumped Hydro – the Forgotten Storage Solution

      Pumped Hydro – the Forgotten Storage Solution

      Storage is in the energy news now, in more places than can be listed. To pick a few, here is recent news from Europe, Tesla, and Queensland.  Everyone is looking to the day when battery technology can economically partner with the popular yet variable renewables: solar PV and wind. But what if today there was a proven way to store vast amounts of energy at capital costs lower than what battery technologists hope they might achieve in 20 years time? A technology with high round-trip efficiency and one heck of a lifespan: 85 years and counting!

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      Mentions: Europe VA Tesla
    18. Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage - Hydro-Québec's Research Institute and France's Aquitaine Region Will Work Together to Support Research and Development on Battery Materials

      Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage - Hydro-Québec's Research Institute and France's Aquitaine Region Will Work Together to Support Research and Development on Battery Materials

      Élie Saheb, Executive Vice President – Technology at Hydro-Québec, and Alain Rousset, President of the Regional Council of Aquitaine (France), today signed an agreement signalling their interest in collaborating in the field of advanced battery materials for transportation electrification. For a number of industrialized countries, energy storage and the development of high-performance, safe and low-cost battery materials are priority issues. 

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    19. A Reversible Heat-Pump Promises a Cheap Way to Store Renewable Energy on the Grid

      A Reversible Heat-Pump Promises a Cheap Way to Store Renewable Energy on the Grid

      It was while hang-gliding that Jonathan Howes, a British aeronautical engineer, came up with an idea for a meteorologically powered engine to fly him between thermals, the columns of rising air which glider pilots use to gain altitude. It would use a thermal’s updraught to turn a small turbine which captured some of the thermal’s energy, for storage. Then, when in level flight, the pitch of the turbine blades would change and it would become a propeller driven by that stored energy.

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    20. Establishment of Esstalion Technologies, Inc., a Joint Venture Between Hydro-Québec and Sony

      Establishment of Esstalion Technologies, Inc., a Joint Venture Between Hydro-Québec and Sony

      "Esstalion Technologies, Inc." has been newly established by Hydro-Québec, Canada's largest electricity producer, and Sony Corporation ("Sony") as a business venture to research and develop large-scale energy storage systems for power grids.

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    21. UK Urged to Boost Hydro Storage

      UK Urged to Boost Hydro Storage

      The UK and Scottish governments have been urged to set up a new body to examine the potential of hydroelectric pumped storage to boost energy security. Trade body Scottish Renewables said Westminster and Holyrood need to “join forces to drive forward the only electricity storage technology which can operate on a commercial scale”. Initial plans are in place for investment in new and upgraded schemes in Scotland that could unlock more than £1bn of investment and create several hundred jobs during construction and operation. 

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    22. Planning Begins on Northern California Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Project

      Planning Begins on Northern California Pumped-Storage Hydroelectric Project

      GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation's leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced today that it is providing certain Owner's Engineer services for the proposed Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Iowa Hill Pumped-Storage Development project. GEI is pleased to be a member of the Jacobs Associates team for the project. SMUD recently awarded the Jacobs Associates team the Owner's Engineer services contract for preliminary design and construction services on their proposed Iowa Hill Pumped-Storage Project. If constructed, Iowa Hill would be a 400 megawatt pumped storage hydroelectric facility. GEI will lead the design of the 6,400 acre-foot upper reservoir, a lined impoundment that will be formed by an earth- and rock-fill dam with a maximum height of more than 200 feet and a crest length of 5,900 feet.

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      Mentions: CA Iowa FERC
    23. Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Is Truly Beneficial

      Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Is Truly Beneficial

      Pumped-storage hydroelectricity power plants account for 2.5 percent of global installed energy capacity and 99 percent of total storage facility capacity. This is the most competitive and reliable way of storing electricity, enabling an efficient use of energy surplus and the returning of large amounts of energy back onto the grid.

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