September 12th, 2014
This week’s “Top 5” includes further storage procurement in California, a new partnership between large companies, distributed storage in Hawaii, a compressed air project in the UK and a 5 MW storage facility being commissioned next week.
SDG&E is looking to procure between 500 and 800 MW of local generation capacity to replace the closing of a nuclear plant and coastal plants. A minimum of 25 MW of storage is included. Bids are due by January 5th, 2015.
ABB and BYD announced a global alliance in energy storage solutions.
HECO utility in Hawaii will have Stem install 1 MW of its distributed energy storage. Stem will offer no-money-down storage to commercial customers. The goal is to shave the peak demand in the afternoon and to prevent solar backfeed into the grid.
UK company Storelectric has secured £215.000 from angel investors to build a 40 MW compressed air pilot plant, that should be operational by 2016.
“On September 16, 2014 Younicos, WEMAG AG […] will officially commission Europe’s first and largest commercial battery. The lithium-ion unit has a capacity of 5 megawatt-hours. With a rated power of 5 megawatts it will stabilize grid frequency thus enabling the safe integration of wind and solar power in the existing grid.”