Category Archives: Energy Storage

European Battery Park Black Starts 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.” How important is it when  the first European battery park black starts the grid?

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the 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

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 Commission (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

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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