Category Archives: Energy Storage

Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

The ECOreport publishes an industry Op-ED, Three Critical Uses of Data for Off-Grid Telecom Power

By Thomas Rahkonen,ict Chief Technology Officer & Vice President eCentre, Flexenclosure

Consumers in off-grid areas are rapidly increasing their use of mobile Internet services. At the same time they not only expect service to become more reliable, but they also want network coverage to expand and prices for mobile data plans to decrease too. This is a big ask for mobile operators struggling to achieve base station profitability when they have no access to a reliable power grid. So what’s the solution?

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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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WindEnergy Hamburg 2016’s Future Energy Solutions

The ECOreport reposts an overview of the future energy solutions At WindEnergy Hamburg 2016

Press Release from WindEnergy Hamburg

Today´s energy transition can only come along with an innovation of our power supply infrastructure. Future energy supply systems must be capable to balance demand for power and supply continuously and to guarantee network stability, efficiency and reliability. The rapid development of these technologies will be showcased at WindEnergy Hamburg. The world’s leading expo for wind energy, which will be held from 27 to 30 September 2016 and feature more than 1,200 exhibitors, is a key meeting place for decision makers from the energy sector. A top issue on this year’s agenda will be technologies for storing excess wind energy. Exhibitors relevant for this segment will be marked “Storage Tour” throughout the exhibition halls. Visitors with a specific interest in this field will be able to locate these companies easily in the online exhibitor directory on windenergyhamburg.com, in the fair app and in the Visitor Guide.

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Lithium Is The Future Of Transportation

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED maintaining that Lithium Is The Future Of Transportation

Originally Published on Oilprice.com

By James Stafford

Just a few years ago, we would have scoffed at the idea that electric vehicles could be mainstream anytime soon, or that the global appetite for lithium-ion batteries and mass power storage would be so voracious, and so sudden. Today, no one is scoffing, and lithium is being viewed as our new super-mineral that will catapult us firmly into the next century.

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The Quest for Rechargeable Lithium Air Batteries

The ECOreport reposts a report from the Quest for Rechargeable Lithium Air Batteries

Originally Published on theTechnical University of Munich News

Rechargeable lithium air batteries are a next-generation technology: Theoretically they might be much lighter and offer better performance than current lithium ion batteries. However, currently they run out of steam after only a few charging cycles. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Forschungszentrum Jülich have now investigated the processes and discovered a possible culprit: highly reactive singlet oxygen, which is released when the batteries are charged.

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Finding Efficient Ways To Store Energy

The ECOreport reposts the news release: finding efficient ways to store energy

Originally Published on U of T News

By Marit Mitchell

We can’t control when the wind blows and when the sun shines, so finding efficient ways to store energy from alternative sources remains an urgent research problem.

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Giant UK Battery Tackles Challenges In Energy Storage

The ECOreport reposts another story of universities working with industry Giant UK battery tackles challenges in energy storage

Originally Published on University of Sheffield News

Giant UK battery launched to tackle challenges in energy storage

  • £4 million battery facility launches today at Willenhall substation near Wolverhampton, UK
  • The facility will be the fastest and one of the largest battery energy storage systems in the UKE.ON and Uniper will use battery for testing storage technology
  • One of the UK’s largest battery-based energy storage facilities has been connected to the grid as part of new research led by the University of Sheffield on the growing area of energy storage.

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