Toronto Hydro to test world's first underwater energy storage system

Dario Balca , CTV Toronto:  Toronto Hydro has announced it will launch the world’s first-ever underwater energy storage system in Lake Ontario.

The utility has partnered with Hydrostor Inc., a company that specializes in innovative energy storage systems, for a two-year-pilot project intended to create a backup for the city’s electricity grid big enough to power approximately 350 homes.

"We're very excited to see this new technology in action,” said Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines. “Toronto Hydro has been very busy exploring new ways to power our grid, and I think this is the most creative project we've been involved in so far. Supporting innovative solutions for Toronto's power needs will continue to be a focus for our organization."

The system works by taking electrical energy and converting it into compressed air so that it can be stored under water in large, balloon-like structures.

The storage facility will be located three kilometres off the southern tip of the Toronto Island and 55 metres under water.

When the city’s electricity grid needs power, crews will open a valve that lets the pressurized air out. The air is then converted back into electricity and fed into the grid.  Cont'd...

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Finally Cellulosic Ethanol Cheaper to Make and Build Than Traditional Ethanol and Gasoline

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Replacing fossil with fossil makes little sense, comments solar industry

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BioSolar Prototype Demonstrates Clear Path to High Capacity, Low Cost Lithium-Ion Battery

Company completes first phase of development with encouraging data suggesting its Super Cathode technology can achieve significantly higher capacity with costs below $100/kWh

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CMT's Annual Biomass & BioEnergy Asia on 26-28 Jan, in Bangkok

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WINAICO modules pass 5000 Pa DML test to withstand strong winds greater than level 17

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ReneSola America President Jessica Super Wins Bronze Stevie® Award for Women in Business

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Innovative energy storage project to be unveiled by Ryerson, eCamion

GREG KEENAN - The Globe and Mail:  Ryerson University in Toronto and a high-tech startup company called eCamion Inc. will unveil a pilot project Wednesday that allows energy to be stored in a unit that sits on hydro poles.

An eCamion storage unit combined with a smart controller developed by Ryerson researchers and students will enable utilities such as Toronto Hydro to store power, integrate more renewable power and improve the reliability of the system, the company and Ryerson say.

The unit uses lithium-ion batteries that charge during off-peak hours of hydro usage and discharge during peak hours.

One of the benefits if the storage devices win widespread adoption is better availability of power for recharging electric vehicles, said Hari Subramanian, eCamion’s chief executive officer.

“These are the enabling technologies you need for electric vehicles to really have an uptake,” Mr. Subramanian said.

In many areas, the current hydro infrastructure could not handle the demand if several electric vehicles in a small section of a city were being recharged at the same time, he said.

The storage device allows utilities to “flex their grid” to meet varying demands at various times, he said.  Cont'd...

In 2016 Solar Will Boom, but will it Bust in 2017?

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Wunder Capital Launches Wunder Bridge Fund to Help Investors Tap Into Booming Solar Market

Second fund builds on success of Wunder Income Fund for accredited individual and institutional investors

GE Expands Wind Portfolio with Introduction of New Renewable Energy Business

Acquisition of Alstom's renewable energy unit expands GE's global wind footprint to more than 30,000 turbines worldwide and grows European presence by 50 percent ---Company welcomes new offshore wind business and Haliade* technology into portfolio ---Deal expected to help customers by extending GE's wind services, increasing digital & analytics capabilities across the combined fleet

Sanborn Helps Boulder Solar Maps Shine

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New Report Finds Solar Adds Value to Homes in Six States

Whether or not solar panels actually add value to a home had been up for debate for a long time. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) has dispelled this in numerous reports, previously in just California, and now in six different states. The report builds on previous research that shows an average solar array of 3.6 kilowatts added $15,000 to the price of a home.

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