California’s PUC directs utilities to prepare back-up options for summer outages

California’s PUC directs utilities to prepare back-up options for summer outages 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 18, 2021: California’s public utilities will be directed to prepare for power outages caused by extreme summer weather conditions in plans outlined by the Public Utilities Commission on March 5. The PUC will consider exactly what directions to make at its next meeting on March 25, and they could include encouraging electric vehicle participation…

New York sets up partnership to demonstrate hydrogen storage

New York sets up partnership to demonstrate hydrogen storage 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 18, 2021: New York’s National Grid on March 11 said it had struck a partnership with Standard Hydrogen Corporation to demonstrate a hydrogen-based energy storage system in New York’s Capital Region. The system will produce hydrogen at the site using electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, and then use the hydrogen as…

US DOE to build $75 million grid storage research facility

US DOE to build $75 million grid storage research facility 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 18, 2021: The US Department of Energy is building a $75 million grid storage facility to speed up the development and deployment of long-duration, low-cost grid energy storage, it announced on March 10. The Grid Storage Launchpad will be installed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richmond, Washington, and comprises 30 research labs that…

VRB Energy to install China’s biggest solar battery

VRB Energy to install China’s biggest solar battery 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 18, 2021: Canadian vanadium flow battery firm VRB Energy on March 15 said it had agreed to install a 100MW/500MWh flow battery at a solar plant in China, which will be the country’s biggest solar battery, the announcement said. The agreement also includes a commitment to build a gigafactory for the manufacture of vanadium…

OCSiAl nanotube firm opens new plant in Russia

OCSiAl nanotube firm opens new plant in Russia 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 18, 2021: Nanotechnology firm OCSiAl on March 17 revealed it had opened a new plant in Russia to produce graphene nanotubes for lithium battery anodes, solving a degradation problem that has bothered researchers for years. While silicon is an abundant element — the second most abundant after oxygen — and has a large capacity…

Wärtsilä hired to help fix the Texas power problem

Wärtsilä hired to help fix the Texas power problem 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 18, 2021: Finnish energy company Wärtsilä said on March 15 it had been hired to supply energy storage technology for two projects in southern Texas, where power blackouts killed at least 30 people and left up to five million people in the dark this winter. The two systems, named Madero and Ignacio, will have…

Puerto Rico seeks 1GW of renewable energy tied with 500MW battery

Puerto Rico seeks 1GW of renewable energy tied with 500MW battery 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 4, 2021: The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority issued a formal request for proposals on February 22 to build 1GW of renewable energy capacity and 500MW of battery energy storage on the island. This is the first of six requests for proposals that aim to install 3.75GW of renewable energy sources and 1.5GW of…

Unicore enters virtual power market and launches US VPP with America Energy

Unicore enters virtual power market and launches US VPP with America Energy 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 4, 2021. Unicore Investment on February 18 announced that it had entered into the US virtual power plant market through an Austin-based subsidiary, America Energy. America Energy and Unicore will work in cooperation with utility companies in the region, adding resiliency to the whole, while also placing the VPP as part of Unicore’s energy and…

Emera Technologies, Novonix Partner work together on new microgrid battery system

Emera Technologies, Novonix Partner work together on new microgrid battery system 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 4, 2021: Emera Technologies and Canada-based Novonix Battery Technology Solutions announced on February 18 that the firms were working together to develop battery pack systems to support microgrids that will provide solar power directly to homes and plan to field test the first demo units this year. Last October, Emera Technologies launched BlockEnergy, which it…

Leclanché in first secondary frequency regulation application of a gas turbine

Leclanché in first secondary frequency regulation application of a gas turbine 150 150 Energy Storage Journal

March 4, 2021: ENERGODATA, a provider of ancillary grid services in Slovakia, has chosen Leclanché to provide its proprietary energy management software along with a battery energy storage system for installation in a natural gas-fired power plant in Levice, Leclanché announced on February 10. The system should be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2021.…