Personnel changes in the energy storage industry

Personnel changes in the energy storage industry 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

Megan Gilman was sworn in as a Public Utilities Commissioner for the US State of Colorado on March 16. She has resigned from the Holy Cross Energy board of directors, where she had worked since 2011. At Holy Cross, Gilman was involved in rate analysis and strategy, large power supply changes and approving customer-facing programs and offerings. American Manganese…

2020 to be a record year for energy storage despite Covid-19 says WoodMac

2020 to be a record year for energy storage despite Covid-19 says WoodMac 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

April 2, 2020: The research group Wood Mackenzie has predicted the Covid-19 outbreak will shave 19% off its earlier forecast for energy storage deployments in 2020, the consultancy reported on April 1. Although this equates to a 3GWh reduction over the year, 2020 should still break records for deployment, with 12.6GWh going ahead, the group…

Tesvolt gigafactory begins semi-automated battery production despite Covid-19 impact

Tesvolt gigafactory begins semi-automated battery production despite Covid-19 impact 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

April 2, 2020: Europe’s first gigafactory for commercial battery storage systems, owned by battery storage system developer Tesvolt and sited in Wittenberg, Germany, has begun semi-automated production despite the global Covid-19 crisis bringing many industries to a standstill, the firm said on April 1. Tesvolt will make 9.6kWh to megawatt-size battery storage systems on a…

Slowdown in battery supply mitigated by China’s return to work

Slowdown in battery supply mitigated by China’s return to work 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

April 2, 2020: Getting back to work in China has mitigated major risks to lithium battery supply, analysts with the consultancy group Wood Mackenzie reported on April 1. Early estimates by the group indicated a 10% reduction in lithium battery supply because of China’s work restrictions — but with Japan and South Korea ramping up…

Hawaiian Electric to host ‘virtual meetings’ to approve five 258MW/1,378MWh battery projects

Hawaiian Electric to host ‘virtual meetings’ to approve five 258MW/1,378MWh battery projects 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

April 2, 2020: In what is becoming the ‘new normal’ way of carrying out discussions, Hawaiian Electric said on March 27 it would host virtual community meetings to seek public approval for five proposed battery energy storage systems on three of the islands belonging to the archipelago. Five projects have been proposed on the islands…

Italy’s Engie continues operations after classification as an ‘essential industry’

Italy’s Engie continues operations after classification as an ‘essential industry’ 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

April 2, 2020: Engie EPS, the Italian designer of containerized energy storage systems, said on March 24 it would continue operating because it had been considered an essential industry in the latest government guidance. Engie EPS is the technological division of the energy company Engie, which supplies electricity and natural gas. Alongside energy storage systems,…

Diverse Communications adds ESNA to its events portfolio

Diverse Communications adds ESNA to its events portfolio 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

April 2, 2020: Publishing and events company Diversified Communications has bought one of the best-known energy storage conferences, Energy Storage North America, the firm announced on March 17. The acquisition adds another major energy and storage event to the portfolio of Portland, US-based Diversified Communications, which bought the Intersolar North America (ees) and Power2Drive North…

Harmony Energy gets green light for 49.5MW storage project in Salisbury

Harmony Energy gets green light for 49.5MW storage project in Salisbury 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

April 2, 2020: Harmony Energy, the UK battery storage supplier, said on March 24 it had been given planning permission to install a 49.5MW energy storage system using lithium ion batteries to provide balancing services to the National Grid in Salisbury. The installation is the latest in a series of utility-scale projects given the go-ahead…

Five key grid trends in 2020 says Wood Mackenzie

Five key grid trends in 2020 says Wood Mackenzie 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 19, 2020: Over the next decade, traditional fuel-based generation will shrink as a proportion of the power mix. This will increase the flexibility needs of utility and power markets, according to Wood Mackenzie. Additional capabilities will be needed to solve the increasing number of grid-balancing challenges associated with a more intermittent and renewable generation…

Azelio and Masen complete thermal storage system by world’s largest solar plant

Azelio and Masen complete thermal storage system by world’s largest solar plant 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 19, 2020: Swedish thermal energy storage company Azelio has completed the installation of a system that will store solar energy from what is claimed to be the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant project, Azelio said on March 9. The plant, which is owned and operated by the Moroccan agency for solar energy, Masen,…