Weekend reads: Move over, Tesla; - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Storage, Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 25, 2018

Weekend reads: Move over, Tesla; Exploring solar's duck curve & more

It's the weekend! Kick back with these must-read energy stories from around the web:

Billionaire to build world’s biggest battery, beating Elon Musk’s effort (Digital Trends)  Elon Musk’s Tesla company last year built the world’s most powerful battery, but a new project means it could soon be out of the record books. British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta is behind the development of a 120 megawatts/140 megawatt-hours storage facility, which will be larger than the 100 megawatt/129 megawatt-hours battery constructed by Tesla in Jamestown, South Australia, last year.


How energy storage is starting to rewire the electricity industry (WTOP)  The market for energy storage on the power grid is growing at a rapid clip, driven by declining prices and supportive government policies. Based on our research on the operation and costs of electricity grids, especially the benefits of new technologies, we are confident energy storage could transform the way American homeowners, businesses and utilities produce and use power.

City of Flagstaff and Hopi Tribe partner on renewable energy project (Arizona Daily Sun)  The city of Flagstaff and the Hopi Tribe have announced they will collaborate on a new renewable energy project that would provide sustainable revenues to the tribe and help fulfill the city’s green energy goals. The project, which would likely be a solar plant, would be built on Hopi land and the power would be purchased by the city to help it reach 100 percent renewable power for municipal government operations.

C-PACE program finds favor with property owners, investors (Colorado Real Estate Journal)  As most commercial real estate professionals know, occupancy is a major concern for office property managers and owners. After all, high vacancy rates drag down rents, along with the building’s net operating income. A new state program can help. It’s called Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, and it can boost a property’s competitiveness by improving tenant comfort, lowering energy costs and advancing sustainability.

Solar power’s greatest challenge was discovered 10 years ago. It looks like a duck. (Vox)  Back in 2008, a group of researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) noticed a funny-looking shape in their modeling. They were starting to take solar photovoltaic (PV) panels seriously, running projections of what might happen if PV were deployed at scale. They noticed that large-scale deployment had a peculiar effect on the electricity “load curve,” the shape that electricity demand takes throughout the day.


« Back to Energy Management

  • LinkedIn
  • Subscribe

Smart Energy Decisions Content Partners