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...

FFP NEW HYDRO AND CRESTLINE INVESTORS TEAM UP TO DELIVER 21 HYDROELECTRIC PROJECTS ON EXISTING DAMS IN THE U.S.

Americas largest portfolio of new hydroelectric projects on existing dams is strengthened by financing, federal licensing approval, tax credits

Norway Could Provide 20,000MW of Energy Storage to Europe

Mike Stone  for GTM:  Norway has a lot of hydroelectric plants: a total of 937 of them, which provide a population of 5 million with around 98 percent of its electricity. In fact, the Scandinavian country is home to roughly half of all the hydroelectric water storage reservoirs in Europe. This vast system could also offer a Europe a substantial amount of energy storage -- up to 20 gigawatts of it -- if an ambitious scheme currently being proposed can overcome political and social hurdles and get the necessary funding. That’s according to Kaspar Vereide, an engineer at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. And his models suggest it could all be achieved in seven years. Vereide is not alone in thinking Norway could become a vast green battery for Europe. The Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy has concluded that there are four realistic scenarios for pumped hydro energy storage in the country, ranging from a Nordics-only scenario, where Norway only looks after its own needs, plus some of those of its Scandinavian neighbors; to a so-called ‘big storage’ scenario, which, it says, would see “Norwegian hydropower play an important role in integrating variable renewable sources into the European power system by providing large volumes of balancing over various time horizons to the North Sea countries through highly integrated grids and power markets.” It’s this "big storage" scenario -- with Norway becoming "the green battery of Europe" -- that Vereide has in mind.   Cont'd...

Canada's Hydropower Installed Capacity Will Approach 85 Gigawatts by 2025, says GlobalData

Canadas installed hydropower capacity will increase from approximately 77.6 Gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to an estimated 84.8 GW by 2025 ----Hydropower capacity in Canada is expected to increase at a high rate compared to coal and nuclear capacity in terms of future power generation, says analyst

marcus evans to host the 5th Hydro Plant Maintenance & Reliability Conference in Nashville, TN

The 5th annual event will focus on overhauling asset maintenance and workforce strategies to maximize production and optimize planning, execution and budget forecasts to achieve cost reduction to decrease expenses and down time.

Corvus Energy will attend the Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo in Amsterdam

Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo, to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 23-25 June 2015, is dedicated solely to showcasing the very latest and next-generation electric and hybrid marine propulsion technologies, components and solutions.

HYBRID POWER PLANT WITH SOLAR PANELS AND RIVER TURBINE AS OPTIMAL SOLUTION FOR DECENTRALIZED ELECTRIFICATION IN COLOMBIA

More than half of Colombia's territory is located outside the National Interconnected System, which means that people living in these areas are dependent on alternative solutions to get access to electricity. Since the grid extension to these regions is too expensive, other decentralized and off-grid solutions are required. Within this scenario, the Colombian government has promoted the development of projects using renewable sources of energy.

Support and storage take centre stage as hydro industry gathers

Scottish Renewables' sell-out conference hears both are key to sector's future

C2ES: Canadian hydropower could help states achieve carbon-cutting goals

Canada gets 60 percent of its electricity from hydropower, and more capacity is in the works.

Energy Department Issues New Report

Highlights the Success and Potential of American Hydropower

Department of Energy Wave Energy Prize Kicks Off Annual NHA/IMREC Conference

Winners Will Be Eligible for Prize Purse of More Than $2 Million in DOEs Latest Public Prize Challenge

Ocean Power Technologies to Proceed to the Next Phase of U.S. DoE Power Take-Off Technology Contract

The next phase of this project is included in OPT's backlog as listed in its 10-Q for the period ended January 31, 2015.

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