Articles tagged with: Blackouts

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Energy security in climate disasters: From Texas’ unheeded lessons to customer-sited reserves

29 Mar 2021, 13:26 • By Catherine Von Burg
Energy security in climate disasters: From Texas’ unheeded lessons to customer-sited reserves

How do electric grids that were state-of-the-art in the 19th Century remain stable and resilient through 21st Century climate disasters and other problems? They don't, says Catherine Von Burg, CEO and co-founder of distributed battery energy storage company SimpliPhi Power - but giving people the power to be independent can be a solution fit for the future.

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Texas’ energy crisis: Future directions for planning and building resilient grids

8 Mar 2021, 14:11 • By Scott Burger, Annie Baldwin, Jason Houck, Marco Ferrara
Texas’ energy crisis: Future directions for planning and building resilient grids

The repercussions of Texas' Winter Storm events in February, may be felt for years. Scott Burger, Annie Baldwin, Jason Houck and Marco Ferrara at long-duration energy storage start-up Form Energy discuss how in-depth system modelling of current and future grids offers some early takeaways which might help prevent the next crisis and how multi-day energy storage could play a leading role.

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Texas blackouts and the role energy storage can play in a more resilient future

3 Mar 2021, 08:24 • By Andy Colthorpe
Texas blackouts and the role energy storage can play in a more resilient future

Texas’ grid and the idiosyncrasies of its electricity planning system regime made global headlines in February following a harsh winter storm and subsequent blackouts that affected millions of people and businesses for almost an entire week. It may be a unique market with unique characteristics, but what wider role can batteries — and other energy storage technologies — play in assisting the grid to remain stable and prevent a situation like this from happening again?

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Solving California’s energy puzzle: Microgrids, home batteries and power-to-gas

15 Oct 2020, 08:22 • By Andy Colthorpe
Solving California’s energy puzzle: Microgrids, home batteries and power-to-gas

While planning a better future for California’s energy system will take time and lies in the hands of many, many stakeholders from regulators to government to citizens and corporations, here are a few more of the recent moves forwards in clean energy in the state.

PODCAST: UK blackouts and Tesla’s travails

PODCAST: UK blackouts and Tesla’s travails

28 Aug 2019, 15:17

Our in-house editorial and events team and industry folk, experts and whoever else interesting we can bring you will discuss clean energy and renewables technologies and their place on the decarbonised planet.

UK engineering group is latest to put storage at heart of low carbon transition

UK engineering group is latest to put storage at heart of low carbon transition

28 Oct 2015, 16:24

The UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has publishing a report which looks at how unlocking the potential of electricity storage through regulatory changes would support the transition to a secure and affordable low carbon economy, adding to a chorus of recent voices on similar topics coming from Britain.

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Waste not want not: why energy storage is vital to prevent winter blackouts

Waste not want not: why energy storage is vital to prevent winter blackouts

30 Oct 2014, 16:20
• By Mark Moreton

In the UK, the National Grid has recently warned the government that its capacity to supply electricity is at a seven-year low due to recent generator closures, fires and outages. The margin of capacity over demand is expected to be just 4% this winter.