This week’s TOP 5 includes the U.S. Navy installing batteries at their facility in Kauai, DP&L (and AES parent company) shipping batteries to Puerto Rico to aid in re-electrifying the entire island, $100 million in funds from the DOE for new projects dedicated to energy security, and witnessing the beginning of battery impacts – both in South Australia as well as in California

 

  1. The U.S. Navy and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) signed a lease to develop a 19.3 MW PV farm with a 70 MWh battery system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility which AES Distributed Energy will construct and operate.  The system will serve as a microgrid in the events of a power outage.
  2. Dayton Power and Light, along with parent company AES, will send 6 containers of batteries to Puerto Rico to aid families who are still without power the last three months due to hurricane Maria.
  3. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) reportsthat batteries assumed 0.3% of the duck curve during a period this week. The storage data, according to their website, reported that battery storage systems delivered roughly 30 MW for 45 minutes from 18:15 – 19:00 on December 26, 2017.
  4. After only a few weeks of operation, the 100 MW Tesla battery at Noeon’s Hornsdale wind farm in South Australia has already smoothed out at least two major energy outages. The battery storage system quickly responded to several system (contingency) events, setting a “record time” for the state.
  5. The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to 100 million USD in funding for new energy projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA‑E) latest OPENfunding opportunity.