July 24th, 2015
This week’s “Top 5” includes a partnership between Green Charge Networks and ChargePoint, the first commercial product from Powerstorm ESS, a high number of answers to the Australian Capital Territory’s procurement for solar plus storage, a partnership between the Battery Innovation Center and MESA, and a report from National Grid mentioning storage.
- « Green Charge Networks announced its partnership with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Combining energy storage with EV charging eliminates the high cost of demand charges caused by spikes in power usage, often a barrier to installing EV charging stations »`
- « Powerstorm ESS announced that it has completed production and testing of its first commercial scale Modular Energy Storage Solution (MESS) unit. The MESS is a hybrid “off-grid” system that uses solar and wind energy, along with a generator and lithium ion batteries for backup, to efficiently generate, store, and distribute between 5kWh and 750kWh of DC power for a variety of applications »
- « The ACT [Australian Capital Territory] government says it has been swamped by thirty submissions representing 967MW of potential solar plus storage capacity in response to its call for interest on its next generation solar program », whereas it intended to commission around 50MW of capacity.
- « The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and the MESA Standards Alliance are announcing a strategic partnership to create the first MESA compatibility and interoperability testing center in the world. Component vendors will be able to bring their products, plug them in, verify their compatibility with published standards and test their ability to interoperate. »
- The recently released National Grid’s Future Energy Scenario study states that « energy storage can become a “significant” component for future balancing of the UK’s National Grid electricity network, but must overcome policy challenges if it is to realize its potential. »