Category Archives: Energy Storage

First European Battery Park To Black Start The Grid

The ECOreport looks at another chapter in Younicos’ sags, the first European battery park to black start the grid

By Roy L Hales

Though black-outs are common occurrences in North America, they are virtually unknown in Germany. Philip Hiersemenzel of the Berlin-based storage pioneer Younicos, explained this is “because our grid is very strong am there are lots of fall back options.” So what is the significance of the first European battery park to black start the grid?

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the Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform

The ECOreport looks at the new Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform

By Roy L Hales

A newly launched unified solar and energy storage system targets the residential market. According to its’ manufacturers, the Genesys 8K™ Modular Smart Home Energy Platform streamlines “the deployment of residential solar and energy storage systems without compromise of performance or cost.”
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The World’s Largest Lithium Ion Energy Storage Facility

The ECOreport looks at news from Clifornia, unveiling the World’s Largest Lithium Ion Energy Storage Facility

By Roy L Hales

As their name suggests, San Diego Gas & Electric’s #1 energy source is natural gas. They obtained 54% of their electricity from gas burning plants in 2015. Yet they also operate in a state which intends to produce 33% of its’ electricity from renewables by 2020. SDG&E has already exceeded that target, using renewables like solar,  wind and hydro to provide 35% of their supply. Now, in compliance with California Public Utilities Comission (CPUC) guidelines, SDG&E unveiled the World’s largest lithium ion energy storage facility.

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Two Areas Where Silicon Joule Lead Batteries Outperform Lithium

The ECOreport interviews an advanced lead-based battery developer, two areas where Silicon Joule lead batteries outperform lithium.

By Roy L Hales

Gridtential raised another $6M in investments.  These funds will be used to target what CEO Chris Beekhuis described as the inevitable shift from 12V to 48V high-voltage systems in hybrid electric vehicles. Gridtential’s Silicon Joule battery uses an advanced lead-acid design with a silicon substrate for higher energy density, longer cycle life and deeper depth-of-discharge. He described two areas where Silicon Joule lead batteries outperform lithium.

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One Of The World’s Largest Battery Storage Systems

The ECOreport looks at Younicos’ new English contract, designing one of the world’s largest battery storage systems

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Britain’s largest domestic supplier of natural gas and electricity has its’ eyes on the low carbon future. Nuclear plants and wind farms produced 54% of the power Centrica sold in the domestic market during 2015.1 Last week the company announced it will be building one of the world’s largest battery storage systems in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK.

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  1. Climate Change, Centrica, p 7

Portable Electric Can Power Almost Anything

The ECOreport looks at a new solar plus battery system that can replace traditional gas and diesel generators, Portable Electric can power almost anything

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortable Electric came out of Vancouver’s 2015 Great Climate Race. This is a “walk and run race,” with 2 kilometre and 10 kilometre events, through the city’s iconic Stanley Park. The event raises funds and awareness for local community solar-energy projects. In similar  outdoor events through-out North America, the associated venues are powered by portable gas and diesel generators. Having previously installed solar plus battery systems in Africa, the Great Climate Race’s power co-ordinator knew how to resolve this apparent contradiction. After the race, Mark Rabin founded a new company to continue providing solar plus battery power to outdoor events throughout Western Canada. Portable Electric can power almost anything from music festivals, to emergency situations or film sets.

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World’s First “100 percent” Renewable Grid

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMYounicos has just announced that construction of the World’s first “100 percent” renewable grid is underway. The battery storage comes from Leclanché’s lithium-ion technology and manufacturing plant in Germany.  According to Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava,  this will be the first time “a one megawatt-scale power system is being stabilized using batteries – without the need for thermal generators.”

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A Cheaper and More Efficient Energy Storage System

The ECOreport looks at Phi Suea House and a cheaper and more efficient energy storage system.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sun shines more than 300 days a year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Hamburg entrepreneur Sebastian-Justus Schmidt says, “it is the perfect location for a solar energy system.” His Phi Suea House’s solar panels produce 6,000 kWh a month, enough to power 20 to 25 average North American households. Though the first three residences in this development went online last March,  it officially opened January 29. The most revolutionary aspect of this development is the hydrogen electrolyser, which is a cheaper and more efficient energy storage system.

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Younicos Will Receive $50 Million in Growth Capital

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMGerman energy storage pioneer Younicos will receive $50 million in growth capital from a consortium that includes First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR), Grupo ECOS and an undisclosed sustainable investment-focused private equity firm.

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Germany Can Install 150 GW Of Solar Capacity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMGermany’s rooftops and facades could produce as much 300 GW of electricity. The challenge is storing the energy, so that it is not simply dumped on the grid during peak hours. A new paper from Agora Energiewende suggests how Germany can install 150 GW of solar capacity.

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