Energy Storage Articles

  • Waterworld: In the European Union, Hydropower is the key to a renewable energy future

    In September, the European Commission in Brussels proposed an ambitious new goal for renewable energy in the region: a 55% reduction in greenhouses gases by 2030 (compared to 1990 levels) to put Europe on track toward climate neutrality by 2050. To get there, EU countries are going to have to accelerate their efforts around renewable energy. Much of that will be in the form of solar panels and ...


    By GE Renewable Energy

  • Lifespan of UPS batteries

    Factors that affect their duration and advice on how to best manage them The battery system inside an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can consist of a single battery or comprise thousands of cells. The ideal would be to be able to accurately measure the conditions of this system to predict failures. In reality, unfortunately, this is not possible due to the many variables that influence the ...


    By Riello UPS Spa

  • Did You Know? Switch Mode Rectifiers, Calculating Float Voltage & C-Rates

    Switch Mode Rectifiers The most common technology in use today for stationary battery charging is the Switch Mode Rectifier (SMR). They offer a higher efficiency and are smaller and lighter than the legacy Ferro Resonant and Silicone Controlled Rectifier (SCR) types. More importantly, they are easily field-swappable. Did you know that the SMR was first invented 110 years ago and was a ...

  • Why Do We Need Battery Monitoring If We Do Discharge Testing?

    Introduction This is a question that is often asked, and the answer is relatively simple. A discharge test measures the capacity of the battery and a battery monitoring system is a maintenance tool. Let me explain further. The Importance of Capacity Testing A lead acid battery is a collection of lead-based electrochemical cells, each with a nominal voltage of 2 Volts, assembled in series to ...

  • Pump It Up: How an Alpine Lake Became a Massive Battery Ready to Feed the Grid on a Moment’s Notice

    Two crystal-clear blue lakes in the Swiss canton of Valais, Lac d’Emosson and Lac du Vieux Emosson, look at first glance like any number of local glacier-fed tarns, surrounded by mountains and crystalline air blowing down the slopes of nearby Mont Blanc. But first impressions can be misleading: The twin bodies of water are central components of Nant de Drance, one of the world’s most ...


    By GE Renewable Energy

  • Data Centers’ Energy Use Rises - What’s Next for Efficiency?

    We’ve often heard that for companies to lessen carbon footprint and become environmentally friendly, they must go online or put their papers and process in the “cloud”. But that’s not really the case, as storing files in the cloud also translates to renting a physical space where those data will be stored and accessed when needed. These places are called data centers. They ...


    By AKCP

  • Using Solar Sensors for NewSpace projects

    We are always open to innovation in the space industry with the use of new technologies. Bringing the space closer to the global community and accelerating innovation is not an easy task. That’s why we created Solar MEMS and discovered our passion: solar sensors. We are all aware of the importance of satellites and their correct functioning and optimization. Solar Mems is specialized in ...


    By Solar MEMS Technologies SL

  • The Highs and Lows of Renewable Energy in 2020

    IFS Vice President of Energy, Utilities and Resources, Colin Beaney, discusses the highs and lows of the renewable energy sector through 2020, and looks at the factors at play influencing its future It’s been an up and down year for the renewables sector In my recent IFS Mindfuel presentation, I talked about the global growth in the demand for energy, and how the share of this demand met ...


    By IFS

  • “Sealed Maintenance-Free” Batteries. What a Myth!

    The term “Sealed Maintenance-Free,” in my opinion, is a marketing-driven term. In the early 1980’s, when telephone Private Branch Exchanges (PBX’s) were being deployed into customer premises, computer mainframes were migrating out of dedicated computer rooms, and smaller computers were being situated in occupied office space. Consequently, users were demanding that the ...

  • Concentrated Solar Power 101 – A Solar Setup in the Makes

    Have I ever told you about my love for Morocco? Easily one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to. The aromatic spices, the lovely hospitality, the beauty of the country, and yes, I’ve tried but I cannot make couscous as good as I’ve had there. Add concentrated solar power to this mix, and won’t it just be too good to be true? So yeah, it wouldn’t be incorrect to ...


    By Powerhub

  • Covid-19, Blackouts and Wildfires Demand New Energy Policy Initiatives

    Covid-19, blackouts and increasing wildfires put CA residents at extreme risk. Dramatic steps to modernize our power grid with distributed customer-sited generation and storage are needed to mitigate these growing hazards Covid-19, rolling blackouts and the potential for a far more extreme wildfire season are putting Californians in danger. We need to take dramatic steps to ...


    By Simpliphi Power, Inc.

  • Active prevention of fires caused by damaged batteries during alternative fuel production thanks to Lindner`s Fire Prevention System (FPS)

    DI (FH) Thomas Huber & DI Stefan Scheiflinger-Ehrenwerth, MSc. Lindner-Recyclingtech GmbH, Product Management, Spittal an der Drau, Austria Ing. Andreas Säumel Mayer Recycling GmbH, Executive Management, St. Michael, Austria SUMMARY: One of the most pressing recent issues in the mechanical processing and conversion of waste into solid recovered fuels (SRF) is the high fire risk. ...


    By Lindner-Recyclingtech GmbH

  • A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals

    The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity — making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Get up to speed on the coronavirus outbreak and other news Boston is talking about. Add our daily newsletter to your morning routine. Sign up now. Massachusetts is one of just three states requiring ...


    By Ambri Incorporated

  • A Heated Discussion on Lead-Acid Batteries

    Having just endured one of the hottest Julys on record, many people have been subjected to extremely hot environments lately. And, in some cases, where their bodies have produced or absorbed more heat than they could dissipate, people have been experiencing an abnormally high body temperature due to the failure of their body to thermoregulate. This is called hyperthermia. In fact, as I wrote ...

  • Ambri Is Still Alive and Chasing Its Liquid Metal Battery Dreams

    Among the ranks of lithium-ion alternatives these days, simply staying alive counts as above average. Ambri, the liquid metal battery startup spun out of MIT materials research, has achieved that distinction with flying colors. After halting commercialization to address a technical problem with the seals on its high-temperature battery cells, the company started afresh with a new, lower-cost ...


    By Ambri Incorporated

  • Why we need to invest in Renewable Energy and Storage Technology now

    The Covid-19 pandemic has been a harsh reminder that we cannot always rely on our centralized systems to deliver goods and services that protect us from shortages, and that we need back-up. People are scrambling for groceries, toilet paper and face masks as supply chains break down. Hospitals and even governments are struggling to get vital medical supplies. This and other ...


    By Simpliphi Power, Inc.

  • Humanitarian organization using solar energy as a backup Nepal - Case Study

    An international humanitarian organisation was in need of a reliable backup energy system for their regional office in Kathmandu, Nepal. Due to the unreliable local grid, the office was already relying on diesel generators, but wanted to reduce fuel ...


    By Nocart Ltd.

  • Producing Green Hydrogen with Renewable Electricity

    Hydrogen is an essential component of fuel cells. Sure, we all know that. However, did you know that all types of the gas are not created equally? Green hydrogen has gained a lot of momentum in renewable circles today. Hydrogen is produced by electrolyzing water. The process involves passing an electric current through water (under regulated conditions) to break its chemical composition. A ...


    By Powerhub

  • Energy self-sufficient grain mill using hydroelectricity Finland - Case Study

    Pitkäkoski grain mill, located in Kiuruvesi, Central Finland, stands next to an old hydropower plant from the 1930s. The mill itself has been working since the 19th century, and nowadays both the mill and the dam are owned by the current milling ...


    By Nocart Ltd.

  • Project - Pilsworth Grid Scale Demonstrator Plant

    In addition to providing energy storage, the cryogenic energy storage plant converts low-grade waste heat from the GE Jenbacher landfill gas engines to power. Operation started in April 2018 at Pilsworth Landfill facility in Bury, Greater Manchester. The plant demonstrates how cryogenic energy storage can provide a number of balancing services, including Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) and ...


    By Highview Power Storage

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