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