Thursday, December 31, 2015

Global renewable energy to boom over next decade

The world economy continues to reduce its carbon footprint. According to an analysis by Goldman Sachs, photovoltaic power plants and onshore wind farms will contribute more energy globally within the next five years than U.S. shale oil did in the five years previous.
Between 2010 and 2015, U.S. shale oil fueled the world and its economy with 5.7 million barrels per year. Solar and wind energy is set to power the global economy with the equivalent of 6.2 million barrels of oil between 2015 and 2020, according to Goldman Sachs' report.
An earlier market turn than predicted 
Most analysts believe that between 2030 and 2050, renewable energy production will reach its watershed moment, as many countries have agreed to shift toward alternative energy by that time, according to 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference agreements. Currently, China is set to add 23 gigawatts of coal capacity and 40 GW of gas power capacity by 2020. However, during that same time the country will increase its wind and solar power by 193 GW of capacity, as reported by Goldman Sachs.
The Low Carbon Economy report estimated that the green industry's annual profits are currently $600 billion.
Wind and solar installations are expected to surpass a capacity of 100 GW worldwide by 2020. Twenty-five million hybrid and electric cars are expected to be sold by 2025, a daily sell rate 10 times higher than 2015 daily sell numbers. Goldman Sachs estimates the cumulative emissions reduction will equal 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide per year.
Low-carbon technologies expected to have the largest effect on the market will be solar plants, onshore wind farms, hybrid and electric cars and energy-efficient LED light bulbs. According to the report, 60 percent of light bulbs installed around the world will be LED.
It's easier to go green 
Green industry tax incentives will aid the auto industry in transitioning, more so than if carmakers were to ignore or refuse credits. Volkswagen was revealed to be faking its car performance results in November 2015 for cars sold in the U.S. The auto manufacturer is facing hefty penalties from the Environmental Protection Agency. The company can be sued by the EPA for up to $18 billion for manipulating results.
In December 2015, the U.S. Congress extended its tax credit program for companies integrating renewable energy systems into their current power grid by five years. As reported by Bloomberg, a move of this measure will speed the shift from reliance on fossil fuels to clean energy. The incentives extension will garner up to $38 billion in new solar investments and $35 billion in wind energy investments.
More information on the photovoltaic global market can be found on PennEnergy's research area.

Idaho poised for solar energy boom

John O’Connell
"note investor-owned utilities are forced under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to buy qualifying renewable energy, even when it’s unneeded and more costly to produce. PURPA assigns states to set contract procedures and pricing methodologies."
AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — Renewable energy developers say Idaho is poised to experience a short-lived solar energy boom, with the state’s first commercial solar power projects approved for construction in 2016.
Developers say solar technology has finally come of age in Idaho — resulting in a shift away from wind turbines in their renewable-energy project applications — thanks to a roughly 200 percent decline in the price of the technology during the past five years and a change in state policy reflecting the greater value of power produced when a utility needs it most. Unlike wind power, solar production tends to peak on hot summer days, when power plants are also strapped to meet demands of irrigators.
Farmers and ranchers who own land where the solar panels are planned will benefit from steady, new income from renewable-energy companies.
In Power County, growers Jerome Clinger and Conrad Isaak will lease 400 acres of prime farm ground to SunEdison, one of the world’s largest renewable-energy developers, for construction of a 40-megawatt solar farm. Work should begin next spring, and the facility will tie into an existing 130-kilovolt line that passes through the property.
“I’ve always had power poles cross my place, but this is the first time I’ve ever been pretty excited about them,” Clinger said.
On the other hand, well irrigators represented by Idaho Ground Water Appropriators, Inc., note investor-owned utilities are forced under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to buy qualifying renewable energy, even when it’s unneeded and more costly to produce. PURPA assigns states to set contract procedures and pricing methodologies.
“Those folks who have (solar panels) in their spud fields will reap a benefit from that, but it’s all the rate payers who will pick up the additional cost,” said IGWA Executive Director Lynn Tominaga.
Though ground hasn’t broken on the state’s first solar farms, new applications for PURPA contracts with Idaho Power have mostly shifted to the company’s Oregon territory, due to an Idaho policy change.
Idaho’s nine solar contracts approved with Idaho Power for 2016 construction, representing 260 megawatts of energy, were ratified prior to Aug. 20, 2015. On that date, the state shortened the maximum duration Idaho utilities are required to contract for PURPA solar and wind projects above 100 kilowatts from 20 years to two years.
SunEdison plans to add 100 megawatts of solar energy to Idaho Power’s grid in 2016, all under 20-year contracts, with additional projects approved for Elmore, Ada and Owyhee counties.
“We’d like to invest further in Idaho, but we’re not going to be able to build a project on a two-year contract,” said Ben Fairbanks, SunEdison’s development manager for the Northwest.
All 15 PURPA solar projects approved with Idaho Power since Aug. 20, totaling 129 megawatts, will be built in Oregon, where the PURPA contract length remains 20 years, though Idaho Power officials say companies are still expressing interest in further Idaho development.
Another 50 megawatts of new wind power, planned for sale to Idaho Power, has been approved for construction in Oregon.
A case is pending, however, to align Oregon’s PURPA contract length and procedures with Idaho’s.
Michael Darrington, senior energy coordinator with Idaho Power, said Idaho Power’s 2015 resource plan estimates the company won’t need additional power resources until July of 2024, and adding resources prior to then presents unnecessary costs for customers.
Fairbanks said federal tax credits for renewable energy were recently extended for five years, so renewable projects should still be viable in states with favorable laws.

Tri-Cities Washington Home Sales Set 10-Year Record - Great news for NOW SOLAR

Posted by Chris Luther, Reporter



KENNEWICK, WA. -- It was another record year for the housing market in the Tri-Cities. Home sales set a 10 year high.
Whether you live in Kennewick, Richland or Pasco, the real estate market is on fire right now. Even if you're not buying or selling a home at the moment, you can take pride in knowing that this is a place where people desperately want to live.
Jim Carson and his family of four are excited for the future in their brand new Richland home.  
"We're going to put in a pool," Jim told us. 
They moved into their custom build just before Christmas, after looking for the right place for over a year. 
"We did find a lot of things just sold in a heartbeat," Jim said. "We flipped our house in Kennewick in about two weeks."
And they aren't alone. Designated broker at Caldwell Banker Tomlinson, Travis Davis says this year has been a banner year for home sales. 
"Looks like it's probably going to be the most units moved in the past 10 years," Davis said. 
Overall, more than 3,600 homes have been sold all over the Tri-Cities, and it's not just one or two cities leading the charge.
"Well right now actually anything in the Tri-Cities is pretty hot," Davis told us. 
The current real estate market means buyers have to act quick. 
"When homes come on the market," Davis said. "The buyers have to be prepared kind of prepared to go and look at it and if it's something they like, then they got to act on it because that house probably won't be there within a couple days."
Travis says outdoor activities just add to the reasons why this is an attractive place to live.
"Everything that the Tri-Cities has to offer," Davis said. "You've got the river, you've got golf courses, the mountains are a couple hours away, it's a great landing spot for people. And the economy is also a huge driver in that."
All those things combined are attracting more families to put down their roots in the Tri-Cities than ever before. 
"It's an awesome house," Jim said. "Can I plug the builder?"
"It's an exciting time," Davis told us.
Travis Davis says all signs point to another great year in 2016 and that means you can see more growth and more new construction in the Tri-Cities

Solar Stock Lowering Passive Investment

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ), Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP)

BY BLAKE ESCOTT
Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI) [Detail Analytic Report]rose more than 1.55% to $0.154 in regular trading session on Wednesday as it disclosed that the firm was issued the second of two US Patents, in December, pertaining to the firm’s solar manufacturing process. Shares of Ascent Solar Technologies climbed more than 7 percent in last trading session on Tuesday.
Joseph Armstrong, founder and CTO of Ascent Solar Technologies stated that in conjunction with US patent 9,209,322 issued earlier December and pending applications, the firm secures an avenue of intellectual property rights covering multiple opportunities for improved processes and performance of the firm’s energy products.
Armstrong added as Ascent pioneers the next generation of CIGS, this novel back contact, and the improvements related to their demonstrated ability to manufacture their PV on thinner plastics will lead to important application opportunities not only in the firm’s aerospace products, but in the firm’s EnerPlex consumer products as well.
Canadian Solar Solutions Inc, wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:CSIQ) [Detail Analytic Reporthas finalized the sale of its 10 MW AC EarthLight LP to One West Holdings Ltd, an affiliate of Concord Green Energy Inc.. The plant, worth of more than $49.7 Million, consists of around 45,648 Canadian Solar MaxPower CS6X-300/310P PV modules. This solar power plant will generate significant environmental benefits. The amount of clean solar energy that the Earthlight plant will generate is estimated at 17,892 MWh each year and 344,697 MWh during 20 years. The amount of carbon dioxide that will be displaced throughout the system’s 20 year lifetime is about 237,686 metric tons, equivalent to taking about 50,000 cars off the road for one year.
Cliff McCracken, Senior CP at Concord stated that this is the fifth plant they have bought from Canadian Solar in the past year and a half for a total installed capacity of 49 MW. They look ahead to this to further complement their portfolio of green energy producing projects throughout Canada.‎
Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar stated that they are pleased to deliver a fifth solar power plant to Concord Green Energy, and they thank them for their mutual collaboration and shared belief in making a difference to the environment in Canada. Not only will Earthlight create additional green jobs, it will also deliver sustainable clean solar energy to all people of Ontario.
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHP) [Detail Analytic Reportdeclared that its RN2483 LoRa module is the world’s first to pass the LoRa Alliance’s LoRaWAN Certification Program. The RN2483 module was independently tested by Espotel’s accredited test laboratory to meet the functional requirements of the latest LoRaWAN 1.0 protocol specification, for operation in the 868 MHz license-free band. This ensures that designers can quickly and easily integrate their end devices into any LoRaWAN network. The LoRaWAN standard enables low-data-rate Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine wireless communication with a range of more than 10 miles, a battery life of 10 years, and the ability to connect millions of wireless sensor nodes to LoRaWAN gateways.
Steve Caldwell, VP of Wireless Product Division at Microchip and chair of the LoRa Alliance Strategic Committee stated that the launch of an accredited certification program is an important step toward the LoRa Alliance’s mission to standardize an open specification for secure, carrier-grade, low-power wide area networks.
They are proud to be the first and only firm to have a module certified to the LoRaWAN 1.0 specification. This certification program will provide assurance to end customers that their application-specific end devices will operate on any LoRaWAN network, which is a crucial requirement for the worldwide deployment of the IoT using LPWANs.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bentley’s all-electric concept is a stunner

Published: Dec 28, 2015 5:55 a.m. ET

Now we know, sort of. We might speculate that the Speed 6 will get a synchronous electric motor for each wheel like the Mercedes-Benz SLS E-Cell or the long anticipated Audi R8 e tron. That would be speculation, though. Dürheimer provided no further details on the Speed 6’s propulsion system, or on its development timeline, except to say that when it debuts it could deliver range up to 300 miles per charge.



Richland Washington Spotlight - Energy Efficiency Programs

The City of Richland wants to help you decrease your electrical costs. In this edition of Richland Spotlight, we detail how you can take advantage of the numerous energy efficiency programs offered by Richland Energy Services!


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Power from the air: Device captures ambient electromagnetic energy to drive small electronic devices


Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Manos Tentzeris holds a sensor (left) and an ultra-broadband spiral antenna for wearable energy-scavenging applications. Both were printed on paper using inkjet technology.
Credit: Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek

Researchers have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems. By scavenging this ambient energy from the air around us, the technique could provide a new way to power networks of wireless sensors, microprocessors and communications chips.
"There is a large amount of electromagnetic energy all around us, but nobody has been able to tap into it," said Manos Tentzeris, a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering who is leading the research. "We are using an ultra-wideband antenna that lets us exploit a variety of signals in different frequency ranges, giving us greatly increased power-gathering capability."
Tentzeris and his team are using inkjet printers to combine sensors, antennas and energy scavenging capabilities on paper or flexible polymers. The resulting self powered wireless sensors could be used for chemical, biological, heat and stress sensing for defense and industry; radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging for manufacturing and shipping, and monitoring tasks in many fields including communications and power usage.
A presentation on this energy scavenging technology was given July 6 at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium in Spokane, Wash. The discovery is based on research supported by multiple sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, the Federal Highway Administration and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
Communications devices transmit energy in many different frequency ranges, or bands. The team's scavenging devices can capture this energy, convert it from AC to DC, and then store it in capacitors and batteries. The scavenging technology can take advantage presently of frequencies from FM radio to radar, a range spanning 100 megahertz (MHz) to 15 gigahertz (GHz) or higher.
Scavenging experiments utilizing TV bands have already yielded power amounting to hundreds of microwatts, and multi-band systems are expected to generate one milliwatt or more. That amount of power is enough to operate many small electronic devices, including a variety of sensors and microprocessors.
And by combining energy scavenging technology with supercapacitors and cycled operation, the Georgia Tech team expects to power devices requiring above 50 milliwatts. In this approach, energy builds up in a battery-like supercapacitor and is utilized when the required power level is reached.
The researchers have already successfully operated a temperature sensor using electromagnetic energy captured from a television station that was half a kilometer distant. They are preparing another demonstration in which a microprocessor-based microcontroller would be activated simply by holding it in the air.
Exploiting a range of electromagnetic bands increases the dependability of energy scavenging devices, explained Tentzeris, who is also a faculty researcher in the Georgia Electronic Design Center at Georgia Tech. If one frequency range fades temporarily due to usage variations, the system can still exploit other frequencies.
The scavenging device could be used by itself or in tandem with other generating technologies. For example, scavenged energy could assist a solar element to charge a battery during the day. At night, when solar cells don't provide power, scavenged energy would continue to increase the battery charge or would prevent discharging.
Utilizing ambient electromagnetic energy could also provide a form of system backup. If a battery or a solar-collector/battery package failed completely, scavenged energy could allow the system to transmit a wireless distress signal while also potentially maintaining critical functionalities.
The researchers are utilizing inkjet technology to print these energy scavenging devices on paper or flexible paper-like polymers -- a technique they already using to produce sensors and antennas. The result would be paper-based wireless sensors that are self powered, low cost and able to function independently almost anywhere.
To print electrical components and circuits, the Georgia Tech researchers use a standard materials inkjet printer. However, they add what Tentzeris calls "a unique in house recipe" containing silver nanoparticles and/or other nanoparticles in an emulsion. This approach enables the team to print not only RF components and circuits, but also novel sensing devices based on such nanomaterials as carbon nanotubes.
When Tentzeris and his research group began inkjet printing of antennas in 2006, the paper-based circuits only functioned at frequencies of 100 or 200 MHz, recalled Rushi Vyas, a graduate student who is working with Tentzeris and graduate student Vasileios Lakafosis on several projects.
"We can now print circuits that are capable of functioning at up to 15 GHz -- 60 GHz if we print on a polymer," Vyas said. "So we have seen a frequency operation improvement of two orders of magnitude."
The researchers believe that self-powered, wireless paper-based sensors will soon be widely available at very low cost. The resulting proliferation of autonomous, inexpensive sensors could be used for applications that include:

Airport security: Airports have both multiple security concerns and vast amounts of available ambient energy from radar and communications sources. These dual factors make them a natural environment for large numbers of wireless sensors capable of detecting potential threats such as explosives or smuggled nuclear material.

Energy savings: Self-powered wireless sensing devices placed throughout a home could provide continuous monitoring of temperature and humidity conditions, leading to highly significant savings on heating and air conditioning costs. And unlike many of today's sensing devices, environmentally friendly paper-based sensors would degrade quickly in landfills.

Structural integrity: Paper or polymer-based sensors could be placed throughout various types of structures to monitor stress. Self powered sensors on buildings, bridges or aircraft could quietly watch for problems, perhaps for many years, and then transmit a signal when they detected an unusual condition.

Food and perishable material storage and quality monitoring: Inexpensive sensors on foods could scan for chemicals that indicate spoilage and send out an early warning if they encountered problems.

Wearable bio-monitoring devices: This emerging wireless technology could become widely used for autonomous observation of patient medical issues.

The above post is reprinted from materials provided by Georgia Institute of Technology Research NewsNote: Materials may be edited for content and length.

RETIRED COAL PLANT GETS NEW LIFE AS BATTERY-BASED ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM

Battery-based energy storage system Image courtesy of Duke Energy.

Duke Energy, LG Chem and Greensmith are bringing new technology to the site of a 1952 retired coal plant, announcing the completion of a 2-megawatt (MW) battery-based energy storage system designed to increase reliability and stability on the electric power grid.
The fast-response system is now actively regulating electric grid frequency for PJM, the regional transmission organization that directs the flow of electricity for 61 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
Construction began in August 2015, at Duke Energy’s retired W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power plant in New Richmond, Ohio, and the system began operations on Nov. 17.
“Locating the storage system at our retired coal plant allowed us to take advantage of the grid infrastructure already in place and re-purpose the site for use with new, relevant technology,” said Phil Grigsby, Duke Energy’s senior vice president of Commercial Transmission. “This system is another step for Duke in the development of turnkey energy storage solutions that benefit customers and demonstrate the potential for future applications, such as large-scale integration of renewable energy onto the grid.”
Improving the reliability and economic efficiency of the electric grid provides a unique service to grid operators. As customer demand fluctuates, accurate and rapid-response energy storage can instantaneously absorb excess energy from the grid or release energy in seconds — as opposed to a power plant that could take 10 minutes or more to ramp up.
LG Chem delivered the project’s energy storage operating system, comprised of advanced lithium-ion batteries.
“LG Chem is pleased to deliver this system to Duke Energy for critical grid functions,” said Sunghoon Jang, senior vice president of LG Chem’s Energy Storage Solutions business unit. “Beckjord 2 is the latest example of how LG Chem is meeting customer needs by rapidly deploying energy storage systems for critical, real-world applications.”
Greensmith provided its latest GEMS energy storage software platform to manage the system’s performance for PJM frequency regulation, ensuring precise and synchronized response to signals dispatched every two seconds.
“Maximizing an energy storage system’s frequency regulation score while minimizing battery degradation throughout the system’s life is no trivial task,” said Greensmith CEO John Jung. “However, our GEMS frequency regulation software module enables Duke to achieve superior PJM performance scoring while extending the life of the batteries, thereby helping them increase the long-term value of their energy storage investment.”
Greensmith’s scope also included the design and configuration of the entire energy storage system, integration of the balance-of-plant components and site commissioning.
Parker Hannifin provided a 2-MW power conversion inverter.
The 2-MW project adds to Duke Energy’s installed base of commercially operating energy storage systems. With the completion of the new project, the company will operate a total of 4 MW of energy storage at Beckjord, where a separate 2-MW battery system already exists. Duke Energy also owns and operates a 36-MW energy storage system at its Notrees Windpower Project inTexas.
According to independent research firm HIS Energy, Duke Energy owns nearly 15 percent of the grid-connected, battery-based energy storage capacity in the U.S.

World’s First Solar-Hydrogen Residential Development Is 100% Self-Sustaining

The Phi Suea House project in Chiang Mai, Thailand consists of four family homes as well as support buildings that are completely powered by solar panels and a hydrogen energy storage system. Photo credit: CNX Construction
The Phi Suea House project in Chiang Mai, Thailand consists of four family homes as well as support buildings that are completely powered by solar panels and a hydrogen energy storage system. Photo credit: CNX Construction
VIA http://ecowatch.com
By:  | December 23, 2015 10:53 am 
We’ve seen individual homes that are completely off-grid, but there are very few residential developments that have this distinction. Thailand-based development company CNX Construction is set to debut the world’s first 24-hour, solar-powered hydrogen storage multi-house complex.

The Phi Suea House in Chiang Mai, Thailand utilizes this innovative energy storage technology to power not just one, but four family homes as well as several support buildings with the clean, green energy of the sun.
The genius of this project is that it solves problems inherent with solar panels—they only work when the sun is out and can generate more energy than needed. Although the nascent battery industry solves some of these problems, “they are not well suited for long term use,” CNX Construction said.
“Power storage in batteries is also not ideal for huge amounts of energy,” the company pointed out. “In general, batteries are expensive, heavy and made from dangerous materials with questionable recycling processes.”
In September, EcoWatch wrote about a similar project: a solar-powered hydrogen fuel cell generator that has been set up in Honolulu, Hawaii’s port. Hydrogen fuel cells are a hotly debated issue because most projects use natural gas as the power source and it’s still seen as cost-prohibitive on a commercial scale. These respective solar-hydrogen projects, however, offer a clean energy storage alternative.
So how does it work? According to Cityife Chiang Mai, “during the day, solar panels on five of the structures capture energy from the sun and send it to the energy building. The energy building then distributes power to the buildings on the compound while also converting water into hydrogen gas.”
CNX Construction explained:
The best way to store energy is to generate hydrogen gas via electrolyzers with solar energy and pure water during the day. Electrolyzers produce hydrogen gas by using an electric current to separate water into its composite gases: hydrogen and oxygen.
During night or when we need additional energy the hydrogen is used to produce power with a fuel cell.
Our energy storage is a hybrid battery-hydrogen system which maximizes the advantages of both the batteries and fuel cell. Batteries take the very fast and short loads, while the massive permanent energy load is supplied by the hydrogen/fuel cell.
The process is 100 percent clean as its only byproducts are oxygen gas and water, the company said. Learn more about the technology in the video below:

        

“It’s a dream to have 24-hour access to the power of the sun. With our renewable power system and hydrogen energy storage, we have fulfilled this dream,” Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, initiator of the Phi Suea House project, said in a press release.
While the energy storage system is what makes this project unique, many other design considerations make this house “the greenest of green,” a CNX Construction representative told EcoWatch.
“A strong motivation in this project is to create a residence that is 100 percent self-reliable,” the rep said. “That is done through the production of their own energy, but is also seen in the permaculture, fish pond and rain water-collection system.”
The compound will also feature solar hot water panels to heat water, double-glazed windows, thick walls, natural ventilation, efficient fans to reduce air conditioning use and large windows and lower-power LED lamps to minimize the energy required for lighting, Gizmag reported.
Gizmag also noted that a partial excess of the electricity generated by the panels will be stored in two 2,000-Ah lead-acid battery banks.
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A partial excess of the electricity generated by the panels will be stored in two 2,000-Ah lead-acid battery banks. Photo credit: CNX Construction
The project is set for completion by the end of this year. By that time, CNX Construction will have installed 114 kilowatt of photovoltaic panels. The company estimates that with the initial installation, an average of 247 kilowatt hour will be generated every month, or enough to power all four homes and all other equipment and infrastructure, including the water pumps.
The company has not released cost figures for the project, but said, “We have calculated a return on our investment (ROI) based on 5 to 6 Thai Baht/kilowatt hour. The time for a ROI will be around 15 years as of today.”
“Due to its widening acceptance, the cost of similar systems will drop within the next 3 to 5 years and will generate a much faster ROI,” the release added.
The official opening of the Phi Suea House is set for Jan. 29, 2016.
45 Days 'til the World's First 24Hour Powered Storage Residence! http://buff.ly/1LI1Eug 

ONTARIO IESO CONTRACTS FOR LARGE SCALE FLOW BATTERY STORAGE WITH SUNEDISON

Imergy Vanadium Flow Battery
Good Bye Fossil Fuel. 
SunEdison, Inc., the largest global renewable energy development company, today announced that it has signed a 10-year agreement with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator to supply 5 megawatts—20 megawatt-hours—of battery storage to the province. The Ontario IESO works at the heart of Ontario’s power system, and is responsible for making sure everyone in the province gets the electricity they need, when they need it. In addition to leveraging the battery’s storage capability, the IESO intends to use data from this energy storage project to analyze how storage can be used to smooth the power flow from wind and solar, defer expensive system upgrades, and ultimately shape the future of its grid. This project is SunEdison’s first commercial large scale grid-connected energy storage project, and is one of the first commercial applications of flow batteries in Canada.
“By integrating energy storage into their grid, the Ontario IESO gains access to a powerful new tool that has the potential to transform how it operates the power system,” said Tim Derrick, SunEdison’s general manager of Advanced Solutions. “Batteries can be used to reduce grid congestion, smooth out power flow from solar and wind sources, and may help the IESO defer or avoid expensive upgrades to the grid.”
“SunEdison’s energy storage project is one of several projects that will support reliability in Ontario by providing much needed quick response capacity and operational flexibility,” said Bruce Campbell, Ontario IESO’s president and chief executive officer. “We congratulate SunEdison on the success of their proposal and look forward to working with them to implement this project.”
SunEdison is working with flow battery technology leader Imergy to deliver the project. Imergy’s vanadium redox flow battery technology provides a cost effective and durable way to store energy for hours at a time.
                                                                                                                                                


“The Ontario IESO is the real winner in this latest collaboration between SunEdison and Imergy,” said Bill Watkins, Imergy’s chief executive officer. “By combining SunEdison’s renewable energy project development expertise with Imergy’s vanadium flow battery technology, Ontario will get a durable and efficient energy storage system.
SunEdison plans to start construction of the project during the first half of 2017, with completion targeted for later that year. Operation and maintenance of the battery systems will be performed by SunEdison Services, which provides global asset management, monitoring and reporting services.


Nikola Tesla describing a cell phone back in 1926


Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments                                                                          
VIA http://www.theguardian.com
BY:  @dpcarrington