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Inspired by today's Agrion event in Palo Alto, Greentech Media discusses the policy and large-scale manufacturing challenges in grid-scale utility energy storage.
Date: 07/28/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
Utility Xcel Energy reports that a huge battery has worked effectively in smoothing out variable wind power, signaling how pockets of energy storage can help create a cleaner grid.
Date: 08/04/2010
Type: Article, News
Startup Contour Energy Systems has come up with a way to make high-power, long-lasting batteries with fluorine ions instead of lithium.
Date: 08/05/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
The Senate recently introduced a new version of the Storage Act that allocates $1.5 billion in tax credits for energy storage technologies.
Date: 08/18/2010
Type: Article
Utility-scale energy storage.
California's AB 2514, a bill mandating utility-scale energy storage, passes the state Senate, paving the way for viable and cost-effective energy storage systems.
Date: 08/25/2010
Type: News
2010 Chevrolet Volt
Given the potential longevity of the car batteries for Chevrolet's Volt, GM is researching ways to reuse the batteries after the car is out of commission. One possibility is to help with energy storage from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Date: 09/22/2010
Type: Blog
Ultracapacitors
Thanks to their electrostatic storage, recharging capacity and high efficiency, ultracapacitors are making energy storage systems more powerful across multiple industries.
Date: 10/27/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Subway
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority won a grant to install an energy storage system to capture regenerative braking energy when the subway approaches a station. Some excess energy will be stored and made available to the wholesale power market for grid services.
Date: 11/01/2010
Type: Article
Thermostat
Co-generation of heat from coal power plants increases energy efficiency, but the resultant reliance on coal plants to supply heat limits the grid's use of renewable energy during cold months. As a result, some grid operators are building pumped hydro systems to store the un-used renewable energy.
Date: 11/16/2010
Type: Article
Battery
Start-up Qnovo intends to help customers get the most out of batteries through electronics. Qnovo’s is bypassing new production lines and chemistries and instead improving battery efficiency in existing lines by targeting battery electrochemistry using only electronic controls.
Date: 11/30/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage

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