April 10th, 2015
This week’s “Top 5” includes an operational vanadium battery, an update on Ideal Power, a flywheel project in Europe, a microgrid in Texas with batteries from two manufacturers and funds to trial a new business model in Australia.
By popular demand we are including again a link to our storage prices analysis that were first published two weeks ago. Clean horizon will update these figures every six months.
So, here they are!
1. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman, WA, inaugurated the operation of a 1 MW, 3.2 MWh UNI technologies vanadium flow battery. The project was developed by Avista and cost $7m.
2. Albeit losing money in 2013 and 2014, Ideal Power Converter is looking at a big year in 2015. It could help LG Chem get into the BTM market, and is developing a new inverter based on bidirectional IGBTs with higher efficiency on the entire load spectrum.
3. Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announced a flywheel based storage demonstrator for Irish TSO EirGrid, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 program with 2.55 m€. The project will be developed by SchwungradEnergie Limited, an Irish company, with some support from Beacon Power.
4. S&C and Schneider built a microgrid for Oncor in Lancaster, Texas. The system has “two solar PV arrays, a microturbine, two energy storage units, and four generators. The system has a total peak capacity of 900 kilowatts.” One battery is from S&C and the other from Tesla Motors, for a total storage capacity of 200 kW.
5. “The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has invested $445,000 in funding for a trial of an on-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) energy storage and trading system.[…] In what it describes as a world first, Reposit Power combines energy storage with access to the energy market; meaning solar households can receive a premium price for their exported energy ”