1. Articles in category: Thermal

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    1. Three Large-Scale Energy Storage Technologies That May Hold the Keys to Unleashing an All-Out Renewable Energy Transition

      Three Large-Scale Energy Storage Technologies That May Hold the Keys to Unleashing an All-Out Renewable Energy Transition

      Recent developments to do with pumped hydro, liquid air and kinetic energy storage technology hold out the promise of inexpensive, widely available energy storage. If realized, deployments could be the catalyst that fuels growth of solar, wind and other emissions-free, renewable energy capacity to new, significantly higher, heights, proponents say.

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      Mentions: Highview
    2. Off-Grid Microgrid: Solar + Batteries + Thermal Generation

      Off-Grid Microgrid: Solar + Batteries + Thermal Generation

      Today’s microgrid installations showcase a variety of configurations and control systems. Commercial and industrial sites are finding innovative ways to power their operations, particularly those in remote locations off the traditional grid. Glasgow, Scotland-based Aggreko recently signed a deal with Gold Fields Australia to deploy a solar-plus-batteries-plus-thermal-generation off-grid microgrid, designed to save fuel, reduce emissions, and boost power reliability.

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    3. 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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    4. Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Whole Country For Hours

      Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees — Could Power Whole Country For Hours

      The Danish minister of education and research attended the official inauguration of a giant pilot facility that will use 600 degree hot stones to store energy. High-temperature thermal energy storage uses cheap, non-degradable, and environmentally friendly storage materials combined with known charging and discharging technology to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of energy storage.

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      Mentions: Denmark
    5. Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

      Germany Looks to Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants

      The German Aerospace Center is investigating whether Germany’s coal plants could be reused as energy storage assets. The research body, which has a track record in concentrated solar power development, is planning a pilot that will involve ripping out the boiler from an old coal plant and replacing it with a molten salt thermal storage tank that will be heated using excess renewable energy. If the concept works, then advocates say it could help safeguard coal generation jobs while giving Germany tens of gigawatts of storage capacity for renewable energy load-shifting on the German grid.

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      Mentions: Germany Spain
    6. Highview Power and TSK Enter Joint Venture to Develop Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

      Highview Power and TSK Enter Joint Venture to Develop Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

      Highview Power and TSK, a global engineering, procurement and construction company headquartered in Spain, have entered into an agreement to co-develop gigawatt-hour scale, long-duration energy storage systems using Highview Power’s proprietary cryogenic energy storage solution. The new joint-venture company, named Highview TSK, will commit to the development of multiple projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. An initial number of projects have been identified for several GWh of clean energy storage to be developed from 2019 through 2022.

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      Mentions: Africa Spain Colorado
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