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AES, Siemens Partnership Is Big News for Batteries

The first storage supergroup has arrived. Fluence, the new joint venture from major industry players Siemens and AES Energy Storage, kicked off operations in the new year. The company is positioning itself as a global heavyweight system provider capable of tackling everything from commercial projects up to the rarefied “100 megawatt club.” The pairing combines AES’ decade […]

January 12, 2018 Read More →

Capitalizing on ‘New Frontier,’ Biggest U.S. Utility Partners in Energy-Storage Venture

Power Engineering: The nation’s largest utility holding company and a major lithium supplier are partnering up to create a new company designed to connect investors with well-researched opportunities in the energy storage sector. Exelon Corp. and Albemarle Corp. announced Wednesday that they were founding investors in Volta Energy Technologies. The new Napierville, Illinois-based firm seeks […]

December 7, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: The Rising Market in Electricity Storage

WamstedOnEnergy.com: Electric utility executives already fretting about slow/no growth in their service territories have another item to add to their growing list of worries: the prospect that many of their commercial customers could begin installing behind-the-meter storage to lower their demand charges. A recent white paper from DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Clean […]

September 22, 2017 Read More →

Arizona Utility Buys Grid-Scale Battery System for 600-Person Town Rather Than Paying for 20 Miles of Line Upgrades

GreenTech Media: Utility Arizona Public Service has contracted for a new grid-scale battery — not to demonstrate the technology, but because it’s a lot cheaper than the conventional alternative. The company will purchase two 1-megawatt/4-megawatt-hour storage systems from AES for the small town of Punkin Center. This 600-person hamlet, 90 miles northeast of downtown Phoenix […]

August 10, 2017 Read More →

Inflection Point in U.S. on Battery-Storage Technology: ‘Opportunity to Become a Leader, Not a Laggard’

SNL: Large- and small-scale battery storage systems are “on the verge of reaching grid and socket parity” across the United States, potentially enabling “combinations of solar, wind, and storage to compete directly with fossil-based electricity,” finds a new study by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and Germany’s Technical University of Munich. “Energy storage is […]

August 1, 2017 Read More →

Alphabet (aka Google) Is Working on the Holy Grail of Electricity Storage

Wall Street Journal: Google parent Alphabet Inc. is pitching an idea to store power from renewable energy in tanks of molten salt and cold liquid, an example of the tech giant trying to marry its far-reaching ambitions with business demand. Alphabet’s research lab, dubbed X, said Monday that it has developed plans to store electricity […]

August 1, 2017 Read More →

A Surge Since Jan. 1 in Battery-Storage Investment

Utility Dive: The first half of 2017 saw a nearly 24% increase in funding activity for the battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency sectors compared to the year-ago period, a new report from Mercom Capital Group finds. Funding, for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency hit $1.03 billion in the first half of […]

July 27, 2017 Read More →