energy storage innovation

The Reality of Energy Storage Policy Is Different From What Solar-Storage Vendors Expect

July 23, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Energy Storage and Reality

California may in fact be one of the country’s great key emerging markets for battery-backed distributed solar energy. But that promise of energy resource transformation is made up of a complex set of equal parts opportunity and uncertainty.[read more]

Energy Storage and the Cost of Going Off-Grid

July 8, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Last month's Annual Energy Conference of the EIA included speakers and panels on topics such as crude-by-rail, potential oil exports, and the role of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, all of which should be familiar to my readers here. However, the topic that really caught my interest this year was energy storage.[read more]

Energy Storage is Critical Issue at Utility Industry's Conference in New Orleans

June 12, 2015 by Matt Roberts

The Criticality of Energy Storage

On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which devastated the Gulf Coast, the conference highlighted the immense importance of the utility companies in ensuring resiliency and reliability as increasingly intense storms challenge our aging infrastructure.[read more]

How Tesla's Energy Storage Play Could Take Flight - or Flop

May 4, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Tesla's Power

Now that Tesla is finally lifting the curtain on its energy storage ambitions and future energy storage plans, let’s take a look at the challenges that the electric-vehicle upstart will face as it seeks to make itself into a behind-the-meter and grid battery kingpin.[read more]

Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

April 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids.[read more]

Fostering U.S.-Russia Energy Innovation

April 18, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Energy Innovation and Cooperation

"All the technology that wows us, all the portability that we have quickly gotten used to, is based on lithium ion batteries. There is an intense interest in still higher capacity batteries," says Carl V. Thompson, co-director of the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage.[read more]


Software: The Arrow in the Quiver for Energy Storage?

February 19, 2015 by Scott Burger

Software and Energy Storage

Competition in the energy storage technology space is heating up as costs fall and utilities seek innovative solutions to their challenges. However, determining the business case for energy storage is still a challenging proposition. Energy storage software providers believe they are the key.[read more]

Batteries Shmatteries: Let's Talk About the Biggest Type of Solar Storage

February 9, 2015 by Stephanie Matteson

Solar and Storage Innovation

In talking about energy storage, the renewable energy industry usually thinks batteries, with few being aware of a much more powerful source of storage that can be integrated with intermittent sources of power like sun and wind: pumped storage hydroelectricity.[read more]

4 Things to Watch For in the 2015 Energy Storage Market

January 27, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

The energy storage market really began to heat up in 2014, but the coming year promises a faster pace and bigger scale, according to Ravi Manghani, senior energy storage analyst with GTM Research. Here's what to keep an eye on in this year.[read more]

Power-to-Gas Enables Massive Energy Storage

December 6, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Power-to-Gas Energy Storage

Power-to-Gas (PtG) enables the natural gas pipeline network to be used for the purpose of energy storage, which is a development that resolves many of the integration issues that have plagued intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.[read more]

Cost-Benefits Analysis of Utility-Scale Energy Storage is Promising

November 6, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Utility-Scale Storage Analysis

I recently read a white paper by Chet Lyons of the Energy Strategies Group performing a cost-benefits analysis of utility companies purchasing battery storage systems vs. simple cycle gas-fired combustion turbines (CT). These CT systems are typically used to regulate peaking capacity.[read more]

Price is Right for Storage, or Is It? Utilities' Pot Power Problem

November 1, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Indoor Plant Growth and Resource Consumption


Managing the resource and power needs of marijuana growers is quickly becoming an issue that needs to be addressed for utilities in Washington and Colorado, states that, quite famously, recently decriminalized the recreational use of the drug.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Energy Storage Start-Up: Lessons Learned and a Focused Future

October 28, 2014 by

Globally, energy storage mandates are on the rise. Countries like Japan, China, India, Germany and the US have all issued storage targets and commenced development projects aiming to support the growth of their electric energy needs as well as balance the variability of load on their existing generation assets.[read more]


The Future of Energy: Will 'Cheap as Dirt' Batteries Transform the Grid?

October 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Energy Storage Innovation and the Future

What if batteries were as cheap as dirt? In a new video produced by investment advisors Alger, Donald Sadoway explains how truly cheap, scalable energy storage could change the way the electric grid has worked for the last one-hundred-and-fifty years.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'The Best Storage is Gas in the Pipeline and Fast-Reacting Turbines'

October 11, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy Storage and Energy Usage

There is enormous market opportunity for grid-scale energy storage solutions on both the power supply and demand side, but historically low US natural gas prices appear to represent a headwind moderating widespread energy storage deployment.[read more]