Solar eclipse illuminates importance of energy storage

Friday's solar eclipse highlights the importance of energy storage to the continued growth of solar, experts have claimed. 
 
Energy consultancy Frost & Sullivan estimate that by covering 85% of the sun; the eclipse removed 35GW of solar power from the European grid - equivalent to 80 conventional power plants. 
 
This sort of instability will drive generators to invest in better storage facilities to ensure a constant security of supply, according to the consultants. 
 
"Dealing with events like this one requires investment in various storage tools and monitoring techniques which create a certain amount of flexibility in the energy system," said the report. 
 
The nascent technology of pump storage - pumping water uphill into large reservoirs when power is abundant and then letting it flow down again to generate power when needed - will reportedly be valuable in preparing for the eclipse in Germany. 

Worldwide Capacity of Distributed Energy Storage Systems is Expected to Increase Nearly 10-Fold in the Next 3 Years, According to Navigant Research

Distributed storage is one of the fastest-growing markets for energy storage globally, report finds

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Inaugural ees Europe Conference to be held during ees Europe

California Energy Commission awards Bosch-led team $2.8 million to demonstrate highly efficient, commercial-scale energy grid

Funds will assist technology demonstration and deployment --Bosch's Direct-Current Building-Scale Microgrid Platform will provide a more reliable and resilient power supply to critical loads --Bosch DC microgrid enables a simpler way to achieve zero-net-energy requirements in commercial buildings --Bosch and its partners will provide $1.8 million in in-kind and matching funds for the project

Sakura Batteries UK develops Battery Extra to extend battery life.

Engineers at Sakura Batteries UK have spent the last two years developing a product, the Battery Extra EX02, to extend the life of deep-cycle batteries, typically used in off grid solar and wind power systems. The weak link in off grid systems is the premature and costly failure of the batteries

Ice Energy Helps California's Riverside Public Utilities Set the Stage for Utility 2.0

Energy storage technology reduces power consumption during peak periods

South African Gov't Delegation Visits Ballard, Demonstrating Support for Fuel Cells

On March 11th a delegation of South African Government officials, led by Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister at the Department of Mineral Resources, visited Ballard Power Systems' fuel cell headquarters and production facility.

Developers Want Housing Estates "Off Grid"

A South Australian solar energy company is in talks with 'major developers' to build energy self-reliant housing estates which don't need to be connected to the main electricity grid.

Morgan Advanced Materials announces expanded capabilities for producing ceramic pockets

Morgan Advanced Materials has expanded its capabilities for designing and manufacturing ceramic pockets, ideal for housing medical device electronics. Morgan's enhanced CNC machining capabilities allow the company to manufacture alumina ceramic pockets to higher tolerances and with reduced delivery

North American utilities and defense show appetite for energy storage and solar

Western states dominate in 2014 clean energy 'requests for proposals', with Alliant and the US armed forces featuring prominently

New AC Grid Access Solution from Siemens: Lighter, faster, cheaper

Siemens presents new AC grid access solution at the EWEA Offshore conference in Copenhagen ---- One third smaller in size and weight compared to a conventional platform ---- Costs for offshore substation will be reduced by up to 40 percent

Distributed Energy Storage: IREC Releases New Report

Deploying Distributed Energy Storage: Near-term Regulatory Considerations to Maximize Benefits

Ice Energy helps California's Riverside Public Utilities set the stage for Utility 2.0

Energy storage technology reduces power consumption during peak periods

Raytheon demonstrates advanced microgrid system and control capabilities

Secure, efficient back-up power system to be fielded at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Schneider Electric Smart Grid Lab at Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy officially open, available for testing and training

State-of-the-art facility will help build the future of Canadian energy

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