energy storage industry

Dyson-Sakti3 Deal Provides a Window on the Emerging Battery Technology World

October 26, 2015 by James Greenberger

In another decade or two we may know more certainly whether the Western or Asian approach to developing new advanced battery technologies has been the most successful. With respect to this question, the new investments by Dyson, Bosch and Volkswagen should bear close scrutiny.[read more]

Distributed Batteries Offer Value Far Beyond Demand-Charge Reduction

October 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Battery Benefits

In the U.S., behind-the-meter energy storage is mostly sold to offset commercial peak demand charges. The business case works today in states such as California and New York, but it also leaves most of the battery’s value on the table, according to a new report from Rocky Mountain Institute.[read more]

Demand Energy Revives With New Funding, a MW-Scale Storage Customer and a New York State of Mind

March 18, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Demand Energy Funding

In 2013, Demand Energy was one of a number of startups venturing into the enterprise with a system that managed energy storage, inverters, software, big data analytics and sometimes solar. That describes behind-the-meter storage, and today it's a small but booming market.[read more]

Gasoline Prices and the Battery Business

January 13, 2015 by James Greenberger

Falling gasoline and crude oil prices have ignited predictable concern about the future of renewable energy technologies and of technologies, such as electrochemical energy storage, that facilitate the use of renewable technologies on the grid and in transportation. Those concerns are misplaced.[read more]

Arizona Poised to Open New Market for Energy Storage

October 14, 2014 by Matt Roberts

A settlement that Arizona Public Service (APS) and the Residential Utility Consumer Office (RUCO) negotiated on purchasing new generation capacity will open up opportunities for energy storage, demand response, energy efficiency and renewables in the Grand Canyon State.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Gulf Coast is Going to be the Place for Having Any Storage'

October 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Gulf Coast Storage

The US Gulf Coast is becoming the country’s preeminent petroleum storage hub as shale oil and natural gas liquids flow south to the refining and export center. In a move designed to capitalize on that trend, Enterprise Product Partners announced the $4.4 billion acquisition of storage company Oiltanking.[read more]

Energy Storage: Bright Future, But Challenges Ahead

October 7, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

The Energy Storage North America (ESNA) conference in San Jose last week can be summed up in one word – optimism. The sanguine outlooks on market opportunities and trends were unanimous. Several vendors can’t manufacture their equipment fast enough to meet demand.[read more]

The Coming Storage Boom: Project Proposals Nearly Double California's Storage Target

July 24, 2014 by Jeff St. John

California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected -- at least on paper. Last year, California created a mandate calling for 1,325 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2020, to be scaled up every two years.[read more]

Testing Ground for New Energy Storage in New York

May 18, 2014 by Jeff St. John

New York state is, after California (and possibly Hawaii), the country’s biggest market for next-generation batteries and grid-scale energy storage. The action includes emerging opportunities in microgrids, behind-the-meter storage, renewable energy integration and other grid edge applications.[read more]

Battery Technology: Of the Past, but Lifeblood for the Future

March 26, 2014 by John Steller

Batteries and the Future

Before the massive electrical grids and power lines that our current infrastructure relies so heavily upon, batteries were how we made electricity. As batteries advanced, so did our technology. From lead-acid to lithium ion, battery technologies dominate the majority our our appliances, and amenities.[read more]

FERC Affirms Support for Removing Market Barriers to Energy Storage, Other Clean Energy Resources

February 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

FERC and Energy Storage

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has once again demonstrated its commitment to removing unfair market barriers standing in the way of the grid flexibility necessary to incorporate high levels of renewable energy like wind and solar.[read more]

EnerVault Nears Completion of Its First Commercial-Scale Flow Battery

January 11, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Enervault and Commercial-Scale Flow Batteries

The flow battery market is defined more by grandiose claims than by commercial projects in the ground. But with $24.5 million in funding and an executive team hailing from SunPower, Tesla, and a range of other companies, EnerVault is now going public with its performance expectations.[read more]

633 Energy Storage Projects Now Underway Worldwide

August 12, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Energy Storage Projects

633 advanced energy storage projects are currently in operation or under development worldwide. Government funding for energy storage tech is creating returns on investment around the world with industries taking shape in Europe, North America, and Asia.[read more]

Another EV Startup Failure and What This Means for the Industry

April 13, 2013 by Sandy Tung

Since the birth of the EV, a number of innovative startups have been set up and failed. Does the latest failure mean bad news for the EV industry? Or is it too soon to tell?[read more]

Lithium-Ion Market on Verge of Dramatic Growth

February 24, 2013 by James Greenberger

The real growth driver for the lithium-ion battery market, however, is something I have written about before: Economic growth in advanced economies depends upon making all aspects of modern technology more and more efficient.[read more]