How Cool is This Liquid Battery?

Many of the prospects for a cleaner and prosperous future — autonomous vehicles, economical renewable energy, more efficient electronics — are made more likely and/or more affordable with improvements in energy storage. Tesla’s advances in the technology, form factor, and scale of production of lithium ion batteries are well known (and in fact I think … More How Cool is This Liquid Battery?

How Cool is That Nickel-iron Battery?

It’s been too long since I’ve done a “how cool is that?” expression of awe and wonder at a piece of ingenious creativity. You may recall that early automobiles were battery-powered — the origins of the electric car are deep and over a century old. One battery technology, courtesy of (you guessed it) Thomas Edison, … More How Cool is That Nickel-iron Battery?

Beacon Power Patents Idea of Flywheels for Frequency Regulation?

Michael Giberson Can Beacon Power patent the idea of using flywheel technology for frequency regulation? Apparently the answer is yes, at least according to Beacon’s press release. “Beacon Power invented the idea of using high-energy flywheels to regulate grid frequency, so it’s appropriate that we’ve now been awarded a core patent for the idea,” said … More Beacon Power Patents Idea of Flywheels for Frequency Regulation?

Epri White Paper Surveys the Electrical Energy Storage Field

Michael Giberson The Electric Power Research Institute has just published “Electricity Energy Storage Technology Options: A White Paper Primer on Applications, Costs and Benefits.” I haven’t read the report – including appendices it is 170 pages long – but the news release claims: “Study results indicate that the total U.S. energy storage market could be … More Epri White Paper Surveys the Electrical Energy Storage Field

Commercial, Merchant Compressed-air Energy Storage Plant Under Development?

Michael Giberson Wind power RFP processes* are common enough these days, typically driven by renewable energy mandates placed on utilities. A recent wind power RFP announcement out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is different. A new company, Chamisa Energy, has initiated an RFP seeking wind power to pair up with a planned compressed-air energy storage … More Commercial, Merchant Compressed-air Energy Storage Plant Under Development?

“Energy Storage in the New York Electricity Markets”

Michael Giberson The New York Independent System Operator has release a report, “Energy Storage in the New York Electricity Markets” (March 2010). The report offers an overview of existing grid-connected energy storage in New York, recent developments, and potential for further changes in the next several years. It is a good basic discussion of energy … More “Energy Storage in the New York Electricity Markets”

Incentives for Efficient Use of Storage in Electric Power Systems

Michael Giberson In the most recent Energy Journal, Ramteem Sioshonsi has an article examining the welfare effects of the incentives to use energy storage in electric power systems. (“Welfare Impacts of Electricity Storage and the Implications of Ownership Structure,” See volume 31:2 here.) He considers the incentives faced by consumers, generators, and merchant energy storage … More Incentives for Efficient Use of Storage in Electric Power Systems

Bloom off the Rose

Michael Giberson After eight years in stealth mode, Bloom Energy had a big week in the media last week.  They opened up on 60 Minutes and picked up mentions everywhere from the New York Times to local newspapers to a zillion blogs (us included).  Much of the discussion was a bit over-excited.  At Green Chip … More Bloom off the Rose

Energy Storage for Electric Power Systems

Michael Giberson Sandia National Lab has just published a study of energy storage applications for the electric grid: “Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid: Benefits and Market Potential Assessment Guide.” John Petersen at Alt Energy Stocks said: I’ve been following the work in progress on this report since last summer and have eagerly awaited the … More Energy Storage for Electric Power Systems

Wind Power and Electric Power Storage

Michael Giberson Some of the most common questions about wind power revolve around the role of energy storage in integrating wind power with the electric grid. So begins a position piece, “Wind Power and Energy Storage,” issued by the American Wind Energy Association. And just as there are common questions, there are common answers. Just … More Wind Power and Electric Power Storage