Energy Storage Articles

  • Closing The California Clean Energy Divide

    Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage Executive Summary BATTERY STORAGE IS EMERGING AS AN effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California. Battery storage systems not only provide economic returns today, they can also preserve the value of solar in an ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Ellen Williams: The future of energy innovation

    As director of the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy, Ellen Williams plays a pivotal role in cultivating and guiding energy technology discovery and development in the United States. Ensia recently invited Williams to share her views on what we should watch for in the wide world of energy innovation in the months and years to come. What in your ...


    By Ensia

  • Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Saves City Money - Case Study

    Challenge Located between San Francisco and Sacramento, the City of Benicia is an ideal place for electric vehicle (EV) drivers to stop and charge should their cars be low on range. However, the city’s existing infrastructure took four-to-six hours to fully charge a vehicle. In an effort to provide a better option for commuters, and draw additional visitors to Benicia’s ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Energy Storage 301: Solar + Storage Economics - Case Study

    In this post we examine the economics of solar + storage. Specifically, we calculate the value of solar and storage for two commercial buildings in each of three markets: California, New York, and Hawaii. We find solar and storage are strongly synergistic in all three markets. The NPVs of solar + storage investments are greater than the sum of the NPVs of solar investments and storage investments ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Geli Enables BMW EV Demand Response Program - Case Study

    Challenge BMW Technology Group planned to launch a ground-breaking electric vehicle (EV) program called i ChargeForward that would allow individual BMW i3 owners to earn money by participating in demand response (DR) events. However, in order for BMW to participate in Pacific Gas & Electric’s day-ahead and real-time DR markets, it needed to guarantee 100 kilowatts (kW) of demand ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • The three S approach to uncertainty

    Life seems to be getting more and more uncertain. We are being warned about a Brexit rollercoaster and the oil price, at least in percentage terms, seems to be doing a good impersonation of an elevator; up one minute, down the next. All this uncertainty makes decision-making complex , especially when they concern long-life assets. Against this background I have been thinking about the question of ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Sun at Night: Sunny Boy Storage in the Field

    Heinrich Eurich reports on his initial experiences with his PV storage system comprising the Sunny Boy Storage and Tesla Powerwall. As part of the field test for the Sunny Boy Storage, the SMA employee was one of the first to have the new storage system installed. “Darn it, back payments again!” That’s how I always reacted when the annual electricity bill from the public utility ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • Types of Solar Power System for your Power Needs

    Frequent power cuts, shortage of electricity and slow power generation are some of the growing concerns that the world is facing.  It’s time now to look out for alternatives for generating electricity. Without electricity, life comes to a standstill and it’s impossible to imagine a day without it. Thus, alternatives for electricity are needed. One such alternative is the solar ...


    By Blue Sail Energy Solutions

  • Sunny Boy Storage is affordable and also flexible applicable

    Independent and affordable electricity supply for your home – until now that was not feasible from a technical perspective. But that’s exactly what the new SMA battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage offers. In March, the inverter has been honored with the Innovation Prize at the PV symposium Bad Staffelstein. Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President of the SMA Offgrid ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • Twelve principles for introducing sustainable energy storage to the electrical grid

    Researchers have provided a set of guidelines to help policymakers, designers and operators develop sustainable solutions for energy-storage systems for electricity grids. The guidelines cover a range of energy-storage technologies and grid-integration options. As societies move towards decarbonising the world’s energy supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy storage is ...

  • Electricity: are we at the tipping point?

    On Wednesday 9 March, Durham Alumni and former Energy Institute (EI) President, Ian Marchant delivered a thoroughly engaging speech on the future of electricity. Co-hosted by Durham Energy Institute (DEI) and the EI, the event was very well attended and attracted a range of students, graduates, professionals and retired engineers. Ian’s presentation began with a review of the rapid & ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Solar Tower Report 2014:Cost, Performance and Thermal Storage

    'Strategically plan your commercial trajectory and optimize profitability in the increasingly internationalized solar tower market' About this report: Through industry-validated cost information, localized techno-economic analysis and inter-market benchmarking, this report brings unprecedented clarity on solar tower technology across eight global markets, enabling you to separate the fact from ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • How to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles in Canada

    Currently, there are close to 18,500 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road in Canada, 5 years after they were introduced to market. Still, Canada has half the number of EVs per inhabitant compared with the United States. For Electric Mobility Canada (EMC), it is time to establish a strong national policy to bring EVs from an early adopter’s market to a mass ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Dual Telemetry with GOES

    Make GOES more effective and reliable with a secondary telemetry option. GOES, for all it’s no-cost, reliable virtues, has some drawbacks. First, it’s a one-way transmission—there’s no way of sending any data to your station. This means there’s no way to reprogram a data logger or reboot a stuck data logger or purge a bubbler without (an unplanned) visit to the site. ...

  • UAE’s MISP center accelerates pre-commercial tech development

    Almost three years after launching the Middle East’s first CSP plant, Masdar joined with Masdar Institute to launch late last year the region’s first CSP research and demonstration centre. Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP) builds around a set of unique facilities including a 100kW beam-down concentrating tower and its solar field, a hot-oil loop and thermal energy system (TES), ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • We don’t want energy storage

    Claiming that we don’t want energy storage seems like a provocative thing to say. For example, the Energy Institute (EI)’s 2015 Energy Barometer report, a survey of professionals in the energy industry, rated storage as the area most in need of innovation. My point isn’t that energy storage isn’t ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • The effect of water hammer on a confined air pocket towards flow energy storage system

    This research studies the behavior of a fully confined air pocket under the effect of water pulses induced by a water hammer phenomenon using several experimental tests in a pressurized transient condition. A compressed air vessel (CAV) has been tested under transient conditions to show its ability to absorb the pressure surges and to demonstrate the energy storage capability of the air ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Energy in the Netherlands at a tipping point

    Dutch energy supply is at a tipping point. The share of renewable energy is expected to grow at an accelerated pace, up to 2023; in part due to the efforts of those involved in the Energy Agreement. Energy saving will also increase, up to 2020. And, although energy use will continue to decline, it will do so at a decreasing pace. After 2020, the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and air ...

  • Minding the gap in the energy industry

    The energy industry is currently facing a large skills gap, caused in particular by an ageing workforce and limited investment in training and development. Energy Institute members have highlighted the supply of skilled workers as one of the biggest issues facing the UK energy industry this year. The skilled worker shortage is one of many challenges and opportunities that have been ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Determining the optimal year-end water level of a multi-year regulating storage reservoir: a case study

    An operational model that analyzes the relationship between annual energy output and year-end stored energy of a reservoir system was developed and used for determining the optimal year-end water level of a multi-year regulating storage reservoir. The model accounts for the capacity benefit of a multi-annual storage plant and was validated using the case of the Longyangxia reservoir in the ...


    By IWA Publishing

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