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Malta, Vistra, SwRi Study Clean Power, Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Enegy Storage
Date: 2021-04-16
Cambridge, Mass,-based thermal energy storage specialist Malta Inc. and retail electricity and power generation company Vistra, in collaboration with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have won US DOE grant funding to study how Malta's energy storage system can improve the environmental and economic performance of a natural gas-powered power plant.

The study will focus on integration of the Malta Pumped Heat Energy System (PHES) with a Vistra owned natural gas-fired plant to optimize its environmental and economic performance. The Malta system will convert and store that energy as heat then convert it back to electricity that can be redistributed on demand and can store eletric power for up to 200 hours. (Source: Malta Inc., PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Malta Inc., Matt Burke, matt.burke@maltainc.com, info@maltainc.com, www.maltainc.com; Vistra, www.vistracorp.com/sustainability; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Research Institute ,  Vistra,  Energy Storage,  


SwRI Scores Zero-Emission Power Plant Design Funding (Ind. Report)
SwRI
Date: 2020-08-05
In San Antonio, the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports receipt of $764,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a zero-emission fossil fuel power plant that in-corporates a supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycle, renewable energy, oxy-gen storage and carbon capture.

SwRI is leading one of 12 teams that received a competitive award to conduct Phase 1 of ARPA-E's FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program. FLECCS sup-ports research to develop enabling technologies that better respond to grid conditions in a highly variable renewable energy environment, such as natural gas power generators . At the conclusion of Phase 1, a sub-set of teams will advance to Phase 2 of the pro-gram, receiving additional funding to focus on building components, unit operations and prototype systems. (Source: SwRI,PR, Eureka, Aug., 2020) Contact: SwRIDr. Jeff Moore, Research Leader, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org; ARPA-E, Lane Genatowski, Director, arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News SwRI,  ARPA-E,  Zero-Emission,  Carbon Capture,  


NETL, SwRI Tout New Methane, GHG Detector (New Prod & Tech)
National Energy Technology LaboratorySouthwest Research Institute,,
Date: 2019-02-18
The U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), along with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is touting the Smart Methane Emission Detection System, a next generation of gas leak detection technology that combines remote sensing and artificial intelligence capabilities in a system.

The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later. The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others. (Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane ,  National Energy Technology Laboratory,  Southwest Research Institute,  ,  


SwRI Granted $2Mn for Innovative Energy Storage R&D (Ind. Report)
Southwest Research Institute
Date: 2018-12-17
In the Lone Star State, the San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) reports receipt of $2 million in grant funding from the US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop an advanced pumped heat electricity storage (PHES) system. This system offers twice the energy density of a lithium ion battery and is based on an innovative thermodynamic cycle to store energy in hot and cold fluids.

In this new system, electric energy from the grid is converted into thermal energy and stored as a thermal potential. At full capacity, the system can store energy for hours or up to several weeks before converting it back to electrical energy. The system can then provide greater than 10 hours of electricity at rated power. Tom adds that the capacity of the system can be easily extended by increasing the volume of the storage tanks. Additionally, this form of storage offers a low-cost solution when compared to the costs of operations like "peaker" plants, which generate and provide electricity during the peak demand hours of the morning, later afternoon and evening. (Source: SwRI, PR, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: SwRI, Danny Deffenbaugh, VP Mechanical Engineering Division, www.swri.org/industries/machinery; DOE ARPA-E, https://arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Research Institute,  Energy Storage,  DOE ARPA-E,  


SwRI's "Supercritical" CO2 Pilot Project Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
SwRI,Gas Technology Institute
Date: 2018-10-17
According to researchers at the not-for-profit San Antonio-headquartered Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), the use of high pressure "supercritical" carbon dioxide in power generation can cut costs, save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of a six-year effort to further develop "supercritical" CO2 technology, construction is slated to get underway this month on a 10-MW demonstration power plant at SwRI's West San Antonio campus. The pilot will generate sufficient electric power for an average 10,000 homes.

SwRI is working with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and General Electric on the pilot project, which engineers hope will show the technology is commercially viable. The $119 million pilot plant, which is receiving up to $84 million in US DOE funding, is slated for completion in April 2020. (Source: SwRI, Rivard, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org; Gas Technology Institute, (847) 768-0500, www.gastechnology.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute,  SwRI,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


CPS Energy, SwRI Partner on TX Solar, Storage Project (Ind. Report)
CPS Energy,Southwest Research Institute
Date: 2018-10-10
In the Lone Star State, San Antonio electric and natural gas utility CPS Energy reports it has broken ground on their first solar energy and battery storage project.

For the project, CPS partnered with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) which will provide nearly 50 acres in San Antonio on which the solar facility and battery storage system will be constructed. SwRI aims to gain valuable insight into the efficiencies of both solar production and battery energy storage which it will share with CPS.

The $16.3 million project, which will be constructed by RES Americas, will consist of a 5 MW solar power facility and a 10 MW battery storage system. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, 8 Oct., 2018) Contact: CPS Energy, Paula Gold-Williams, Pres., CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; Southwest Research Institute, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CPS Energy,  Solar,  Battery Energy Storage,  Southwest Research Institute ,  

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