Batteries are far from being the only new energy storage technology out there and one of the more obscure and unlikely initiatives has just received a massive vote of confidence from GE. A tiny UK company called Highview Power stores energy by using cheap, off-peak energy to cool air to -196°C using a conventional industrial refrigeration plant, turning 700 litres of ambient air into a litre of “liquid air” that can be stored in a simple insulated tank. When you need the energy, you simply open the tap, the liquid air turns back into a gas, expands in volume, drives a turbine and creates electricity. If you add heat when you release the gas, you make the process more efficient. Highview says liquid air energy storage (LAES) has advantages over other emerging storage technologies in that it uses well-established technologies and doesn’t require any inputs such as the lithium that batteries need – the most exotic material involved in the process is stainless steel, the company says, while the extra heat can come from the process of cooling the air or from the waste heat of other industrial processes, including power stations. It is not geographically constrained like pumped hydro, it is long-lasting unlike many battery technologies and there is an existing global industrial gases infrastructure it can tap into. And unlike for a gas such as hydrogen, the storage tanks do not have to be specially reinforced or highly pressurised.
New Energy Husum closes with a positive result
Merger of the A123 Energy Solutions business unit with NEC's leading ICT creates a smart energy storage powerhouse
The race has begun and the industry is going to have a phenomenal rise in coming two decades according to predictions by analysts. The multi-billion solar industry is expanding at an unparalleled rate.
Partnering to protect you against "knock offs" with measures that range from invisible to interactive
Maryland-based Solar Energy World is hosting a Free Solar 101 Workshop and tour of the company's solar roof system in honor of Earth Day 2014. The company's entire facility runs on solar power from a solar system that was designed and installed by Solar Energy World employees.
Senator Reid, Governor Sandoval and Industry Leaders join CEP in releasing Nevada Clean Energy Report proving NV is a Clean Energy Economic Hub
Chinese wind-power stocks, once given up for dead in the investor doldrums, have roared back to life in recent weeks on expectations of government support for the renewable energy sector and overseas demand. Investors are betting on future Chinese government policy directives and subsidies that boost profits for manufacturers of wind power turbines, gearboxes, blades, towers and transmission equipment. They're also betting that multinational wind energy companies such as Vestas, Siemens,General Electric and Senvion will step up orders for the Chinese-made equipment and parts that are used to build offshore and onshore wind energy farms worldwide. Contractors building big wind farms, particularly those off the European coast, often buy lower-rung products such as steel towers from China. And tower fabricators such as China's Titan Wind (002531:Shenzhen) are making good money on that demand. Shenzhen-listed Titan, which is only nine years old and listed in 2010, has seen its stock value climb 55% since the beginning of the year. The company has gotten major contracts from Vestas and GE. And it's currently planning to build a factory in India to complement existing plants in China and Denmark.
Largest Portfolio of Landfill Solar Projects Under Construction
Farmers, others can start applying April 1 to sell electricity
SunEdison Completes 24 MW Cascade Solar Power Plant, Selling Power To San Diego Gas & Electric; Financing Provided By Wells Fargo
Largest Solar Power Plant Interconnected Under California RAM Program
Project demonstrates Panasonic and Coronal's continued alliance in eco construction market
Altus Power America Management Launches Clean Energy Land Program with Macquarie Group to Finance up to $100 million in Solar and Wind Land Energy Projects
The program is designed to bring to the market the most cost competitive capital to acquire lands and rights under solar and wind assets, while allowing the developers and owners of these assets to monetize those values.
Model opens solar ownership to 10,000 member-owners in Southwestern Wisconsin.
Clean Jobs Illinois Survey Finds Clean Energy Sector Employs Nearly 97,000 in Illinois, With 9 Percent Growth Expected
Industry Predicts Significant Growth in 2014 After Facing Policy Headwinds in 2013
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