energy storage technology Articles

  • We don’t want energy storage

    Claiming that we don’t want energy storage seems like a provocative thing to say. For example, the Energy Institute (EI)’s 2015 Energy Barometer report, a survey of professionals in the energy industry, rated storage as the area most in need of innovation. My point isn’t that energy storage isn’t ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Energy Storage 301: Solar + Storage Economics - Case Study

    In this post we examine the economics of solar + storage. Specifically, we calculate the value of solar and storage for two commercial buildings in each of three markets: California, New York, and Hawaii. We find solar and storage are strongly synergistic in all three markets. The NPVs of solar + storage investments are greater than the sum of the NPVs of solar investments and storage investments ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Thermodynamic analyses of closed thermochemical energy storages

    Thermal Energy Storage (TES) is an important technology for achieving more efficient and environmentally acceptable energy systems. Where space is limited, thermochemical TES has the highest potential to achieve compact thermal energy storage. Here, a general closed thermochemical TES is investigated using energy and exergy analyses. An illustrative example is presented, and the energy and exergy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integration of pump storage hydro with wind energy

    Renewable energy has significant advantages as it does not contribute to Greenhouse Gases (GHG). Wind energy is a renewable energy alternative that is being installed worldwide. However, wind energy is unpredictable and thus, unavailable as compared to conventional generation. The availability of wind energy compared to conventional power plants is a cause of contention. Currently, the rate of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Twelve principles for introducing sustainable energy storage to the electrical grid

    Researchers have provided a set of guidelines to help policymakers, designers and operators develop sustainable solutions for energy-storage systems for electricity grids. The guidelines cover a range of energy-storage technologies and grid-integration options. As societies move towards decarbonising the world’s energy supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy storage is ...

  • How Do Stratified Thermal Energy Storage Tanks Work?

    The world is facing two headaches in regards to energy development: new sources of energy and innovation of affordable and efficient energy storage systems. Energy wastage is a chief concern and the solutions provided by stratified thermal energy storage systems give a massive boost to cost saving measures. At ARANER, we are constantly innovating and looking for the solutions that will ...


    By ARANER

  • CSP Thermal Energy Storage vital for utilities and grid operators

    The modern age of CSP can arguably be traced back to the 354MW Solar Energy Generating Systems (SEGS) in the Mojave desert, which now make up the oldest operating plant in the world, as well as one of the largest. However, recent developments in the industry will see SEGS eclipsed by 5 projects that are scheduled to come online in 2013-14, with a combined total of 1312MW. The five plants in ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Research team in PCM storage breakthrough

    Storage tanks at Valle 1 and 2, in Cadiz, Spain. Image courtesy of Sener.   Researchers in Catalunya have modelled a radical new PCM storage design that could deliver a 74 % thermal capacity efficiency with 32 % less salt than a traditional ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Integrating Reverse-Electrodialysis Stacks with flow batteries for improved energy recovery from salinity gradients and energy storage

    Abstract Salinity gradient energy can be directly converted into electrical power by using reverse electrodialysis (RED) and other technologies, but reported power densities have been too low for practical applications. Herein, the RED stack performance was improved by using 2,6-dihydroxyanthraquinone and ferrocyanide as redox couples. These electrolytes were then used in a flow battery to ...


    By SusChem

  • Automotive Manufacturers Conquer the Storage Market

    At least since the end of April, when Tesla introduced its Powerwall, everyone seems to be talking about the market for stationary battery-storage systems. At any rate, it was the dominant topic at Intersolar. I asked Volker Wachenfeld, an SMA expert in storage technology, about his assessment of the market and SMA’s plans for battery-storage systems going forward. - See more at: ...


    By SMA Solar

  • Environmental impacts of integrating wind energy systems and supplemental energy generation and storage systems

    Wind energy systems offer a promising alternative energy source due to the environmental, economic, and social benefits and, as a result, have garnered support for development and implementation. One of the major drawbacks of wind energy, however, is its variability due to the stochastic nature of wind, thus, supplemental energy generation or storage technologies are required. In this study, a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Adiabatic compressed air energy storage plants for efficient peak load power supply from wind energy: the European project AA-CAES

    With the continuing expansion of electricity generation from fluctuating wind power the grid-compatible integration of renewable energy sources is becoming an increasingly important aspect. Adiabatic compressed air energy storage power plants have the potential to make a substantial contribution here. The present article describes activities and first results relating to this technology that are ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Sunny Boy Storage is affordable and also flexible applicable

    Independent and affordable electricity supply for your home – until now that was not feasible from a technical perspective. But that’s exactly what the new SMA battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage offers. In March, the inverter has been honored with the Innovation Prize at the PV symposium Bad Staffelstein. Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President of the SMA Offgrid ...


    By SMA Solar

  • IF Technology - Netherlands based Sun Solutions deploys eSight with SharePoint integration for management of geothermal energy systems at IF Technology

    IF Technology is Europe’s foremost specialist on geothermal energy systems. In the Netherlands over a thousand systems are in place where heat from the summer and cold from the winter is stored underground to be used again six months later. Needless to say, making use of nature’s own heating and cooling equipment makes for a very energy efficient way to get a comfortable temperature ...


    By eSight Energy

  • Pumped hydro storage softens blow of wind imbalance penalties

    Quarry Battery is developer of the £160 million ($249.2 million) Glyn Rhonwy pumped hydro facility in Wales which will be the UK’s first grid-scale electricity storage facility for decades. The facility will produce nearly 50 MW of electricity using pumped hydro technology. As more fossil fuel-fired generation is taken offline and wind capacity grows, grid operators will ask wind ...

  • Photovoltaic technology of electricity generation for desert camping

    This paper presents a case study on the utilisation of global solar radiation data on horizontal surface to perform an economic feasibility study of using Photovoltaic (PV) panels with battery backup to meet a small load for a camping site in Saudi Arabia. The analysis considers three scenarios with daily average energy demands: (a) full load, (b) 75% load, and (c) half load, with annual peak ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Woody Biomass as renewable energy source

    In-depth analysis in Minnesota assesses the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of regional biomass generated electricity projects that tap into local feedstocks. The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) in Minneapolis, Minnesota undertook a multiphase research project to create a framework that communities and legislators can use to determine the feasibility of biomass-generated electricity in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Energy performance India vs. Spain: As the DNI values are similar, how is the energy yield?

    Technical Top Tip courtesy of Suntrace Solar Resource Assessment 1. Comparison between India and Spain When it comes to solar irradiation in India, everyone would expect this to be better when compared to Spain, for example. With respect to the Global Horizontal Irradiation GHI, which is relevant for Photovoltaic (PV) projects, this is truly the case. In ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • UK and Norway unite to set the North Sea as a leading energy hub

    The two governments agree to encourage renewable energy, CCS, oil and gas. The UK and Norway yesterday agreed to increase the levels of co-operation between the two countries as they attempt to re-establish the North Sea as one of the world's leading energy hubs. The two governments recognize the "growing potential for North Sea marine renewable energy projects to bring new investment and green ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Interview with E. Caglan Kumbur, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Electrochemical Energy Systems Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University

    Energy storage technologies have the potential to improve grid efficiency and reliability by optimizing power flows and supporting variable power supplies. However, storage applications are often costly and don’t always produce achievable returns in every grid scenario. Finding a reliable and profitable strategy within electric storage can be a daunting and confusing task, ...


    By Marcus Evans

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