Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park To Have World’s Largest Energy Storage Capacity

on November 30, 2020

The fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will, upon its completion, have the largest energy storage capacity in the world of 15 hours.

The fourth phase will be operational in stages starting from Q3 2021, and will provide clean energy for 320,000 residences, and will reduce 1.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

The mega solar park is being built by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).

The 950MW fourth phase is the largest investment project in the world that combines Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and photovoltaic solar power with investments totalling Dhs15.78bn based on the independent power producer (IPP) model.

It uses three hybrid technologies to produce clean energy: 600MW from a parabolic basin complex (three units of 200MW each), 100MW from a solar power tower (based on Molten Salt technology), and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels, according to the Dubai Media Office.

A consortium led by DEWA and ACWA Power formed a project company, Noor Energy 1, to design, build, and operate the plant.

DEWA owns 51 per cent of the company, while ACWA Power holds 25 per cent, and the Silk Road Fund owns 24 per cent.

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What Can Energy Storage Get from President Biden?

on November 30, 2020

The Biden Administration is coming. President-elect Joe Biden is picking his team and getting ready to hit the ground running whenever the current president allows for the peaceful transition of power.

But Georgia’s two Democratic senate candidates will need to win their runoff elections in January to give their party 50 seats in the U.S. Senate, which would then allow Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to break tie votes on key legislative efforts. Even if this split Senate is achieved, such a thin margin for passing votes means that bold action on climate change would require ironclad party discipline. 

Given those realities, energy storage industry advocates are looking at ways to embed friendly policies in must-pass legislation, such as bills to boost economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic or build up the country’s infrastructure. They’re seeking relief from tariffs that have made battery projects more expensive, and procurement guidelines to boost storage deployments in federal buildings and projects. And they’re promoting the role of storage as a critical step in increasing the country’s share of renewable energy. Here’s an overview of how the storage industry plans to achieve those goals. 

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Horizon Power to Build Australia’s First Green Hydrogen Microgrid

on November 30, 2020

Western Australia state utility Horizon Power is to demonstrate the country’s first renewable hydrogen microgrid.

The microgrid to be constructed at the rural resort town of Denham 800km to the north of Perth is aimed to test the technical capability of hydrogen as a dispatchable power source in remote microgrids in anticipation of the technology becoming cost competitive in the future.

Horizon Power is one of Western Australia’s three state electricity enterprises with responsibility for its large rural area. As such the company has been a pioneer in the development of microgrids, with almost 40 installations over the past 15 years.

Stephanie Unwin, the CEO of Horizon Power says the Denham Hydrogen Demonstration Plant will extend the utility’s knowledge and technical capability of hydrogen operating systems and test how to integrate and deploy this technology into remote diesel microgrids, common across regional Western Australia.

“This plant will demonstrate how hydrogen can reliably produce dispatchable power for our towns currently dependent on diesel fuel power systems and allow us to transition our network away from higher emission generating sources and meet our target of no new diesel generation systems from 2025,” said Unwin.

“This technology has the potential to be an environmental game changer for many remote towns in Western Australia and other similar locations around Australia, and allow greater uptake of reliable cleaner, greener renewable energy sources in the future.”

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Pilot Program To Offer Incentives For Residents To Buy Energy Storage Devices

on November 27, 2020

The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved a pilot program for Arizona Public Service (APS) to offer incentives for residents to purchase energy storage battery systems in their homes next year.

Under the pilot program, the first of its kind in the state, homeowners could receive up to $2,500 for the purchase and installation of at-home energy storage devices that can capture electricity from the grid or rooftop solar and dispatch it for later use.

Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson, who led the effort to advance the program, said she hopes a similar program can be offered by Tucson Electric Power. Eventually, small businesses, retail and commercial industries could be involved if the experiment proves successful.

APS, which worked with storage stakeholders and the utility commission to put together the pilot, must finalize all of the details before it officially kicks off next year.

To encourage homeowners to participate, the 3-year pilot program includes other benefits including:

  • Customers who participate in the pilot will receive an increased incentive per household from $300 per kilowatt to $500 per kilowatt
  • Grandfathered net metering rooftop solar customers will remain grandfathered if they install new energy storage devices under the program
  • Energy storage currently a luxury item
  • So far, energy storage battery systems are considered luxury items because of their high cost. A typical energy storage system ranges from $4,000 to $14,000 depending on the size and capacity.

“Typical batteries for a typical home are between 5 and 10 kilowatts and they’re still fairly pricey,” said Márquez Peterson. “So the ultimate decision homeowners will have to make is, is this something they’re willing to invest in–to be a first mover.”

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Northern Ireland Switches On Its ‘Largest’ Energy Storage Project

on November 27, 2020

The renewable energy investment and asset management company Low Carbon and Gore Street Energy Storage Fund has switched on what is considered to be the ‘largest’ energy storage project in Northern Ireland.

The battery storage project at Drumkee, County Tyrone, uses lithium-ion technology and has a capacity of 50MW.

In combination with one more project, which is anticipated to be energised in December, the work is expected to support Northern Ireland’s ambitious 2030 renewable energy targets.

Northern Ireland has a target for 70% renewable electricity by 2030.

Roy Bedlow, Chief Executive and Founder of Low Carbon, said: “Often overlooked, battery storage paves the way for a renewable-powered future.”

Alex O’Cinneide, Chief Executive Officer of Gore Street Capital, commented: “We are delighted to announce the energisation of Drumkee, the largest energy storage asset on the national electricity grid, an important milestone for local climate change goals.”

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Eos: Cash In On Biden’s Green New Deal With Energy Storage

on November 27, 2020

Most stocks with exposure to batteries, energy storage, or renewables have taken off this year. This is partly due to industry fundamentals – electric transport is growing like crazy – but it’s also influenced by the Tesla (TSLA) effect. Any stock that looks like Tesla has become a retail investor darling with hopes of getting rich quick.

That said, there are some companies that remain attractive opportunities and have yet to have future growth priced in. Eos Energy Enterprises (EOSE) is one of those companies. While it’s already run up 35% from its SPAC launch to $13.50 per share, it remains attractive through $15-20 in the short term. Traded warrants (NASDAQ:EOSEW) provide an opportunity for enhanced return via increased risk exposure.

Eos recently went public via a SPAC acquisition. B. Riley Principal Merger Corp. II (BMRG) acquired EOS for $176 million and a pro-forma market capitalization of approximately $500 million. Each unit of BMRG represented 1 share in the newly formed company and one half of a warrant, which are trading under the tickers EOSE and EOSEW, respectively.

Company Overview

Eos Energy Enterprises is a battery manufacturer. It has developed an alternative chemistry to the well-known and widely used Li-ion battery. Li-ion batteries have lots of advantages, which is why they have taken off everywhere from mobile phones and laptops to electric vehicles. Among commercially viable options, Li-ion batteries are currently the most energy dense, measured in kWh/kg or kWh/m3, which makes them especially suited for any application where portability is the priority. When it comes to transport, they can’t be beaten. In fact, much of Tesla’s capital investments have been to increase Li-ion battery capacity to support its growing vehicle fleet.

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BYD Provides 75-MW Energy Storage System to Mustang Solar Project

on November 26, 2020

BYD “Build Your Dreams” announced it will partner with Canadian Solar to provide advanced battery technology for the 100-MWAC Mustang solar plant in Kings County, California.

The 75-MW or 4-hour 300 MWh energy storage system is a retrofit addition to the Mustang solar plant, which was originally developed by Canadian Solar’s wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy. The solar plant connected to the grid in August 2016 and the project’s equity stake was sold to Goldman Sachs in May 2019, the current owner of the project.

“We are excited to partner with Canadian Solar on this solution. We are very proud to be able to provide reliable and safe BYD technology to the Mustang project,” said BYD North America president Stella Li. “We will deliver the lithium-ion battery storage solution to Canadian Solar, who acts as the full system integrator of the storage retrofit.”

By pairing solar PV with advanced battery technology, Canadian Solar helps its customers to generate and store solar power during the day for use in the evening. This approach allows California’s power grid to absorb and integrate higher levels of reliable, safe and affordable renewable energy while contributing to the state’s climate mitigation efforts.

“We are pleased to start supplying this large-scale solar + energy storage project which will be fully developed and integrated by Canadian Solar with our proprietary battery technology. The adoption and integration of BYD’s batteries will improve the utilization of solar energy and meaningfully enlarge our global addressable market in the solar industry.”

For the Mustang project, BYD will utilize Cube Pro, the latest generation energy storage solution designed for larger utility-scale projects. At 2.5 MWh per unit, the Cube Pro has a new liquid-cool battery system in the enclosure, with an energy density increase of 80% compared to the previous generation that used customized shipping containers as the enclosure.

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50MW Largest Battery Storage System in Northern Ireland Switched On

on November 26, 2020

A battery storage site in Northern Ireland developed by Low Carbon and Gore Street Energy Storage Fund has been energised.

The lithium-ion project, located at Drumkee, County Tyrone, is being lauded as the country’s largest energy storage project and is to serve the Single Electricity Market. It was completed on time, the two companies said, despite the closure of the site for several weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as social distancing measures being needed when the site reopened.

A second 50MW project – Mullavilly – is expected to be energised in December, with both projects to be commissioned and operational in Q1 2021.

NEC Energy Solutions was awarded EPC and long-term O&M contracts for the two projects in January 2020. Whilst NEC Energy Solutions has since announced its closure, it is continuing to deliver on its obligations to existing projects.

As part of the Irish portfolio, Low Carbon and Gore Street are also developing two 30MW projects in the Republic of Ireland, both of which have secured 6-year contracts in Ireland’s DS3 flexibility market. Gore Street acquired a controlling interest in the portfolio in 2019, with the two companies to jointly own and operate the assets.

Earlier this month, Gore Street announced it had signed an EPC and O&M contract with Fluence for one of the 30MW projects – Porterstown – and had also applied to triple its capacity in the Republic of Ireland, up to a total of 180MW.

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Is Energy Storage More Economic Than Natural Gas? It Depends on The Market

on November 26, 2020

As power markets decarbonize, there is still a need for dispatchable, peaking power plants. Currently, most of this need is met by fossil-fueled units, but there could be opportunities for battery storage.

In California this past August, rotating outages were implemented because of capacity shortages. During these events, over 50% of the power on the California ISO grid was coming from natural gas-fired plants.

Earlier this year, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered load serving entities in the state to procure 3,300 MW of new resources by the summer of 2023, and California’s State Water Resources Control Board granted a temporary exemption to regulatory deadlines that would have required 3,700 MW of natural gas-fired steam turbine units to retire or install alternate cooling systems that do not harm marine life. These actions were both designed to shore up system resource adequacy. New natural gas resources are not eligible to contract with load serving entities under the CPUC procurement order, but the S&P Global Market Intelligence Power Forecast indicates that new energy storage is more economical than natural gas-fired power plants, especially when it is co-located with solar.

Despite having a much higher reserve margin than CAISO, PJM Interconnection has multiple states with aggressive renewable portfolio standards, or RPS. For example: 50% of retail electricity sales in New Jersey need to be procured from qualifying renewable energy sources by 2030. However, renewable energy has not grown in PJM as quickly as CAISO. The market still generates over half of its electricity from resources that emit carbon when operating.One of the core sources of value for battery storage in CAISO is energy arbitrage, taking advantage of the duck curve by buying power during the day when prices are low because of ample solar generation and selling it later in the day when the sun sets and electricity demand is still high. The market for system resource adequacy capacity contracts also appears ready to support the entry of additional battery storage and hybrid solar-plus-battery storage resources. Even before the current shortfall, capacity prices for system resource adequacy were in a range that would allow generic battery storage and hybrid solar plus battery storage resources to fully recover their net cost of new entry, based on estimates from the S&P Global Market Intelligence Power Forecast.

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Sonnen Launches ‘Affordable’ All-In-One Home Battery Storage System in US

on November 24, 2020

Germany-headquartered residential battery storage manufacturer sonnen has launched an “all-in-one” system in the US which comes at a recommended retail price of US$9,500.

The company, owned by oil and gas major Shell since last year, has just brought out sonnenCore, a home energy storage system (HESS) which comes with a free 10 year or 10,000 cycle warranty to an expected lifetime throughput of 58MWh.

SonnenCore has 4.8kW of continuous AC output or 8.6kW peak output and 10kWh usable capacity to 100% depth-of-discharge (DoD). The system, which uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, has been listed to UL 9540 standards for fire safety and sonnen said it is suitable for applications including time-of-use load shifting, solar self-consumption and emergency backup power.

The company said it comes with a newly-developed sonnen inverter and includes custom energy management software (EMS) which sonnen claimed enables “comprehensive end-to-end system integration and optimisation”.

The unit has been designed to be compact at a height of 68 inches, width of 27 inches and depth of 11 inches and made to meet National Electrical Manufacturer Association (NEMA) standard 12 for indoor use.

According to sonnen the product has been brought out to meet demand for lower-cost home energy storage and a sonnen press release claimed that it is a “one-size-fits-all” solution that offers “easily repeatable design and installation”.

According to US price comparison and reviews website SolarReviews, the company’s EcoLinx unit, with 8kW / 30kWh of home storage costs more than three times as much as the new system, coming in at about US$36,000. While EcoLinx was launched this year as something of a premium version of the original sonnen Eco unit and sonnen Eco’s pricing starts at around US$9,000 before installation, that price is for the 5kWh sonnen Eco model.

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