While lithium-ion batteries get most of the headlines, long-duration solutions of various types are gaining ground. Alice Grundy and Andy Colthorpe profile some of the established and emerging concepts in this increasingly important field.
14D to add unique heat and electricity storage solution to solar PV and CST project in South Australia, offering grid stability and powering greenhouses with stored heat.
A 130MWh pilot plant testing the use of volcanic rock as a medium of storing energy as heat has just been launched in Hamburg-Altenwerder, Germany.
London Stock Exchange-listed homebuilding company Taylor Wimpey will trial heat batteries made by Sunamp in a solar PV-powered domestic heating pilot project.
Electrical and heat storage using specially nanocoated salt (NCS) could be economically competitive with pumped hydro, SaltX has said, with a large-scale demonstration facility inaugurated in Berlin, Germany.
Energy-Storage.news has heard from the founder and CEO of start-up Lumenion that the company’s technology, now being trialled in Germany by Vattenfall, can store energy in steel structures for up to 48 hours.
More than a tenth of a 250MW energy storage procurement by utility Southern California Edison will comprise of Ice Energy’s Ice Bear units, deployed in partnership with NRG Energy.
A utility in California is investigating how energy storage technology for keeping food and other goods refrigerated could help counter the challenge posed by the famous “duck curve” of PV energy supply and demand.