1. Articles in category: Thermal

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    1. Viking Cold Solutions Announces Launch of Xcel Energy’s Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program

      Viking Cold Solutions Announces Launch of Xcel Energy’s Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program

      Viking Cold Solutions, the leading thermal energy storage technology provider for the low-temperature cold storage and frozen food industries, announces the inclusion of its award-winning energy storage technology in Xcel Energy’s new Custom Thermal Storage Incentive Program, part of their Custom Efficiency programs in Colorado and Minnesota. As an industry leader in delivering clean energy solutions, Xcel Energy is currently offering significant funding for energy-saving technology upgrades, such as Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems, which safely reduce demand and add temperature resiliency and efficiency to low-temperature facilities with large energy needs.

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    2. Long-duration energy storage makes progress but regulation lags technology

      Long-duration energy storage makes progress but regulation lags technology

      The U.S. energy storage market was booming until the Covid-19 virus hit — and it continues to boom, despite, or because of the pandemic. The U.S. energy storage market is forecast to grow from 523 MW in 2019 to 7.3 GW in 2025, according to energy analyst Wood Mackenzie. Today’s energy storage market is absolutely dominated by lithium-ion batteries, but a host of new energy storage technologies are being brought to market — offering longer durations and potential improvements in project economics and functionality.

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    3. APS says runaway thermal event caused 2019 battery explosion, outlines 4 steps to avoid a repeat

      APS says runaway thermal event caused 2019 battery explosion, outlines 4 steps to avoid a repeat

      The U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA) has created an emergency response plan template and operational safety guidelines for energy storage installations, Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of ESA, told Utility Dive by email. ESA also launched a Corporate Responsibility Initiative (CRI) and pledge signed by more than 50 companies.

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      Mentions: U.S. Texas ESA
    4. What’s going on in the world of thermal energy storage?

      What’s going on in the world of thermal energy storage?

      Siemens Energy and EnergyNest have entered into a long-term partnership to develop thermal energy storage solutions for industrial customers. The two companies are exploring the use of excess renewable electricity to charge a thermal battery, which would in turn release steam when needed to provide power — lowering the plant’s natural gas demand, while increasing flexibility.

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      Mentions: Siemens
    5. University Team Developing Novel Low-Cost Energy Storage System

      University Team Developing Novel Low-Cost Energy Storage System

      Two Cal Poly Pomona engineering professors have won a $149,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to continue development of a low-cost energy storage system using reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC), the byproduct of water desalinization plants. As droughts increase, more communities, especially in the Southwest U.S., are considering desalinization plants to meet their fresh water needs. However, ROC is harmful to the environment due to its high salt content, biocides, metals and coagulents. At the same time, the energy sector is looking for more cost-effective methods of energy storage.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    6. Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

      Highview Power Contracts with Tenaska Power Services for US Cryogenic Energy Storage Projects

      Highview Power has contracted Tenaska Power Services Co., a provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers in the U.S., to identify, model, optimize and provide energy management services for up to four giga-scale cryogenic energy storage plants in the United States over two years. The initial project is expected to be developed in the ERCOT market.

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      Mentions: U.S. Texas Colorado
    7. Highview Power Unveils CRYOBattery, World’s First Giga-Scale Cryogenic Battery

      Highview Power Unveils CRYOBattery, World’s First Giga-Scale Cryogenic Battery

      Highview Power has announced a modular cryogenic energy storage system, the CRYOBattery, that is scalable up to multiple gigawatts of energy storage. The systems can enable renewable energy baseload power at large scale, while also supporting electricity and distribution systems and providing energy security. The system uses liquid air as the storage medium and provides all the services essential for a robust grid including time shifting, synchronous voltage support, frequency regulation and reserves, synchronous inertia, and black start capabilities.

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      Mentions: Highview
    8. Siemens Gamesa Begins Operation of its Innovative Electrothermal Energy Storage System

      Siemens Gamesa Begins Operation of its Innovative Electrothermal Energy Storage System

      Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system (ETES). The system contains around 1,000 tonnes of volcanic rock as an energy storage medium. It is fed with electrical energy converted into hot air by means of a resistance heater and a blower that heats the rock to 750°C. When demand peaks, ETES uses a steam turbine for the re-electrification of the stored energy. The ETES pilot plant can thus store up to 130 MWh of thermal energy for a week. In addition, the storage capacity of the system remains constant throughout the charging cycles.

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    9. Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage

      Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage

      Viking Cold Solutions has completed the installation of eight Thermal Energy Storage systems as part of a utility-backed demand management program in Massachusetts. These eight behind-the-meter TES systems store and facilitate management of approximately 1.3 MW of energy onsite, and do not require any additional real estate for the system components. The average size of the cold storage facilities in the program is approximately 50,000 square feet, with the largest being 157,000 square feet.

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    10. 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
    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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
    14. 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
    15. 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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