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Azelio TES.POD Production Underway (Int'l. Report))
Azelio
Date: 2021-09-27
Production in volume design of Azelio's long-duration energy storage TES.POD has started according to plan. To ensure high quality in both the product and the supply chain, consisting of around seventy European suppliers, production will begin at a low pace before scaling up to high volumes in 2022.

The production chain consists of the assembly of cylinder kits in the company's facilities in Amal, (Sweden), followed by the final assembly of a complete Stirling engine in its factory in Uddevalla (Sweden). The thermal energy storage unit is assembled by AQ Systems in Vaggeryd (Sweden) then married on site.

To date, Azelio has secured orders for two TES.POD units in Sweden and one unit in Dubai, as well as a conditional order from Egypt for twenty TES.POD units, corresponding to 260 kW of electrical output and 3.3 MWh of storage capacity. The company's goal for 2021 is to sign and begin delivery of one or two 100 kW or larger projects. (Source: Azelio, PR, Website, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 709 40 35 80 jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Energy Thermal Energy Storage,  Storage,  Stirling Engine,  


NREL Touts Silica Sand for Renewable Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
NREL
Date: 2021-09-08
The US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it is in the late stages of prototype testing a new thermal energy storage technology that uses inexpensive silica sand as a storage medium. Economic Long-Duration Electricity Storage by Using Low-Cost Thermal Energy Storage and High-Efficiency Power Cycle (ENDURING) is a reliable, cost-effective, scalable and can be constructed using existing infrastructure such as retired coal- and gas-fired power plants.

ENDURING uses electricity from surplus solar or wind to heat silica sand as a thermal storage material. Particles are fed through an array of electric resistive heating elements to heat them to 1,200 degree C. The heated particles are then gravity-fed into insulated concrete silos for thermal energy storage. The baseline system is designed for economical storage of up to a 26,000 MWh of thermal energy. When energy is needed, the hot particles are gravity-fed through a heat exchanger, heating and pressurizing a working gas inside to drive turbines and spin generators that create electricity for the grid. Once discharged, the spent, cold particles are once again fed into insulated silos for storage for charging.

As a storage medium, abundant silica sand is stable and inexpensive at $30-$50/ton, and has a limited ecological impact both in extraction and end of life. Particle thermal energy storage is a less energy dense form of storage, but is very inexpensive ($2-$4 per kWh of thermal energy at a 900 degrees C charge-to-discharge temperature difference). The energy storage system is safe because inert silica sand is used as storage media, making it an ideal candidate for massive, long-duration energy storage. (Source: NREL, , Sept., 2021) Contact: NREL ENDURING Project, Zhiwen Ma, Principal Investigator, 303-275-3784 Zhiwen.Ma@nrel.gov, www.nrel.gov/research/staff/zhiwen-ma.html, www.nrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


DOE Announces $83Mn to Increase Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Funding)
US DOE EERE
Date: 2021-08-16
In Washington, the US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has awarded $82.6 million in funding to 44 projects that will lower Americans' energy bills and help meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by investing in new energy efficient building technologies, construction practices, and the U.S. buildings-sector workforce.

The 44 projects across 20 states will improve building energy efficiency through innovations in thermal energy storage, building envelopes, lighting, HVAC, water heating -- as well as by bolstering the energy efficiency workforce with trainings, educational programs, and other technical support. The following are among the 44 funded projects:

  • North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota will develop a novel absorption material that will efficiently store thermal energy.

  • Baryon Inc. based in Wilmington, Delaware will develop an innovative air-conditioning system based on a new method of evaporative cooling combined with dehumidification that can consume 50 to 85 pct less energy than traditional air conditioning systems.

  • In Sidney, Ohio, Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions will design, fabricate, and validate a highly efficient refrigerated display case for use in supermarkets.

  • The New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will design, prototype, install, test, and evaluate a high-performance residential wall retrofit that can achieve estimated heating and cooling energy savings of 30 pct or more.

  • The Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance in Atlanta, Georgia, will develop training resources on electrified building systems such as electric heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, electric vehicle charging systems, and battery storage systems. These resources will help members of the workforce learn how to educate consumers on the benefits of these technologies.

    Download the full list of funded recipients HERE.

    The mission of the DOE EERE is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050, and ensure the clean energy economy benefits all Americans. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  DOE Building Technology Office news,  DOE EERE news,  


  • MGA Thermal Raises $8Mn for Energy Storage Block Expansion (Int'l)
    MGA Thermal
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In the Land Down Under, MGA Thermal reports raising $8 million (AUS) ($5.8 million US) to expand manufacturing capacity and MGA thermal energy storage exports globally.

    The funding was led by Main Sequence, Australia's deep tech investment fund founded by CSIRO, New Zealand's Climate Venture Capital Fund and other investors.

    MGA Thermal's core technology Miscibility Gap Alloys (MGA) modular blocks are stacked into insulated storage tanks and store hundreds to millions of kilowatt hours of energy. MGA systems can be custom made to suit a wide range of operating temperatures with multiple systems under development for temperatures between 200 degrees C and 1400 degrees C. (Source: MGA Thermal, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: MGA Thermal, Erich Kisis, CEO, Arden Jarrett, arden.j@mgathermal.com, www.mgathermalstorage.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MGA Thermal,  Thermal Energy STorage,  Energy STorage,  


    Synhelion Advancing Solar Fuel, Thermal Energy Storage (Int'l.)
    Synhelion,ETH Zurich
    Date: 2021-08-02
    Lugano, Switzerland-based Synhelion S.A. reports it and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are conducting a joint R&D project to further develop a high-temperature energy-storage technology that is a key component in the production of climate-friendly solar fuels.

    The project, which is co-funded by the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse, will enable the cost-effective and scalable storage of high-temperature solar heat at over 1,000 degrees C and is expected to be used in Synhelion's first industrial-scale solar fuel production facility, which will be constructed in 2022.

    Synhelion produces sustainable fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene that are compatible with conventional internal combustion engines and jet engines. The ETH Zurich spin-off has developed a solar thermochemical process based on process heat generated from concentrated sunlight to produce these synthetic fuels. To enable the chemical reactors for solar fuel production to operate around the clock, a cost-effective, high-temperature thermal energy storage (TES) is needed. As part of the research project with Empa, storage and insulation capabilities will be optimized in terms of material costs, high specific heat capacity and service life. (Source: Synhelion S.A. , Chem Engineering, 1 Aug., 2021) Contact: Synhelion S.A. , www.synhelion.com; Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, www.empa.ch; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Synhelion,  


    B&W, NREL Ink Renewable Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Babcock & Wilcox
    Date: 2021-07-12
    Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) and the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are reporting an Intellectual Property Option Agreement that gives B&W field-limited exclusive rights to negotiate a licensing agreement that would allow B&W to market an advanced, particle-based thermal energy storage technology currently in development.

    B&W is part of NREL's "Duration Addition to electricitY Storage" (DAYS) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) team, which is developing an innovative electric particle heater, pressurized fluidized-bed heat exchanger, a long-term thermal energy storage system that stores energy up to 100 hours, and other technologies to allow power producers to store solar or wind energy to generate grid-scale power..

    "B&W's fluidized-bed heat exchanger will be able to generate up to 135 MW of power for up to 100 hours from stored clean thermal energy with zero CO2 emissions. By facilitating long-term storage of zero-carbon, renewable energy, this technology enables power producers to deliver power to the grid 24-hours a day, including during periods of peak demand, or when solar or wind are not optimal conditions," according to the B&W release.

    B&W and NREL are also in discussions to develop a prototype heat exchanger that can be scaled-up for a pilot demonstration as part of NREL's Economic Long-Duration Electricity Storage Using Low-Cost Thermal Energy Storage and a High-Efficiency Power Cycle (ENDURING) project. (Source: Babcock & Wilcox, PR, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Babcock & Wilcox, Ken Young, CEO, www.babcock.com; NREL, (303) 275-4051,www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox,  NREL,  Renewable Energy,  Energy STorage,  


    BTO Funds Small Bus. Building Efficiency Projects (Funding)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In Washington, the US DOE is reporting $54 million in funding for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects. As part of the funding, the Building Technologies Office (BTO) will invest $3.6 million in 21 projects across 14 states.

    The SBIR/STTR Program helps small businesses conduct R&D for projects with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from commercialization while stimulating technological progress.

    SBIR/STTR-funded projects are one way DOE supports the development of a clean energy workforce and engages all levels of the energy economy to combat the climate crisis.

    The BTO-funded projects will focus on modeling, data, and analytics; lighting R&D; energy management for indoor agriculture; healthy, efficient buildings; advanced building technologies; heat exchangers; and thermal energy storage technologies.

    Download BTO SBIR/STTR Phase I grant details HERE. (Source: US DOE, EERE, PR, 10 June, 2021) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings; Building Technologies Office, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  DOE BETO,  


    South African Redstone CSP+Storage Construction Underway (Int'l)
    ACWA Power
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Saudi energy generation and desalination company ACWA Power reports construction is underway on the 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Northern Cape, South Africa. The project will incorporate 12-hour thermal energy storage system.

    ACWA is the major investor in the R11.6 billion, ($827.4 million) project that will service nearly 200 000 households when fully operational in Q4, 2023. Other investoers include Central Energy Fund, Pele Green Energy and the local community.

    Redstone CSP will displace an estimated 440 t/y of carbon dioxide emissions and is certified under the Climate Bonds Standard and Certification Scheme. (Source: ACWA, PR, Creamers, May, 2021) Contact: ACWA

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA news,  Solar news,  Solar CSP news,  


    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,  


    Ameresco Supports Wellesley's Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted to replace Wellesley College's Central Utility Plant to support the College's effort to increase energy efficiency, cut operating costs and reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions 37 pct by 2026, as compared to the school's 2010 baseline.

    New energy efficient equipment upgrades and installations at the plant will include 4MW of power generation, paralleling switchgear, 800 ton efficient electric chillers, a 600HP firetube pony boiler, a 5-cell cooling tower and a 4,000 ton thermal energy storage system. The plant's electric generators will operate primarily in "peak shaving" mode for increased cost savings and decreased demand on the local utility during peak times of the year. Construction on the Central Utility Plant began in December of 2020 and is slated for commissioning in May 2021. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com, [www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Wellesley Ccllege, www.wellesley.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Indian Thermal Energy Storage Firm Scores $900,000 Funding (Int'l)
    Inficold
    Date: 2021-01-25
    Noida, India-based thermal energy storage technology startup Inficold is reporting receipt of $900,000 in grant funding from the Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund, the UK charity Shell Foundation and others to expand its thermal energy storage manufacturing, sales and servicing capabilities.

    Inficold has developed inverterless solar integration for refrigeration systems, which reduces the overall system cost and improves solar utilisation. Inficold plans to ramp up production by over 10 times and is developing other sustainable cooling solutions in air conditioning space. (Source: Inficold, PR, Cooling Post, 24 Jan., 2021) Contact: Inficold India, info@inficold.com, +91-782 981 0381, www.inficold.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    EPRI Scores Energy Storage R&D Funding (Funding, R&D)
    EPRI
    Date: 2020-12-30
    The Palo Alto, California-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) reports receipt of $600,000 in funding from the US DOE for projects to study innovative, non-battery solutions to bulk energy storage integrated with fossil assets, supporting a cleaner integrated energy network. The three EPRI-led projects include:
  • A pilot-scale liquid salt combined-cycle unit. -- The study will develop a design for the system to be integrated into a natural gas power plant and evaluate its costs and performance to potentially advance it closer to commercial deployment.

  • Sand thermal energy storage. -- The project will perform a feasibility study for integrating this storage technology into a coal power plant and to explore how this technology can work in conjunction with any fossil source, as well as nuclear, solar thermal, and electrical heating from renewables.

  • Crushed rock as a cost-effective medium. -- The project will perform a feasibility study for the integration of a pilot-scale crushed rock thermal energy storage system with a natural gas power plant. The pilot represents a next-to-last demonstration before the technology can be commercially ready.

    EPRI is collaborating with nine industry organizations to lead these studies, three of which are major U.S. power generators providing potential host sites for the design assessments.

    Not-for-profit EPRI conducts research and development relating to power generation, delivery and use of electricity. EPRI's members represent more than 90 pct of the electricity generated and delivered in the U.S. and international participation extends to 40 countries. (Source: Electric Power Research Institute, PR, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: EPRI, Neva Espinoza, VP Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Tim Leljedal, (980) 229-5964, tleljedal@epri.com, www.epri.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPRI,  Energy Storage,  


  • DOE Invests $7.6Mn in Energy Storage R&D (Ind. Report, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-12-28
    The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 29 R&D projects to receive nearly $7.6 million in cost-shared federal funding to advance fossil fuel -- energy storage technologies. The R&D will accelerate the development of technology options to manage the energy transition underway to decarbonise and increase the flexibility of fossil power generation and support the grid of the future with increasing variable renewable generation.

    The selected projects include thermal, chemical, mechanical, and other innovative energy storage technologies integrated with a range of fossil assets -- 16 of which will focus on hydrogen and ammonia, which are key low-carbon energy carriers with the potential to enable long-duration energy storage and decarbonise the industrial and power generation sectors.

    Nine projects will focus on thermal energy storage, including mature options such as molten salt that can offer near-term deployment opportunities.

    Energy storage technologies will be integrated with a range of fossil assets, including coal power plants, natural gas combined cycles, and combustion turbines. Applications include power generation utilities, petrochemical complexes, microgrids, university campuses, and repowering retired coal power plants. Many of the applications are envisioned to include fuel switching (hydrogen or ammonia) or carbon capture and storage to mitigate carbon emissions and leverage the energy storage technology to increase flexibility, reduce cycling damage, and time-shift energy to enhance grid support and asset utilisation.

    Anticipated host sites for the near-term projects will be distributed across at least 11 states and many regulated markets including the California Independent System Operator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Southwest Power Pool Inc., Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and New York Independent System Operator. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects. (Source: US DOE, World Coal, 28 Dec., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Hydrogen,  


    Energy Storage Startup Scores First Commercial Order (Int'l.)
    Azelio
    Date: 2020-12-28
    Gothenburg, Sweden-based energy storage specialist Azelio reports it will see its long-duration Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology used at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Complex (MBR) in Dubai, UAE.

    Azelio's TES technology stores energy as heat in a phase change material (PCM) made of an aluminium alloy heated to 600 degrees Celsius, which is then converted to electricity using a Stirling engine. Azelio claims the technology can enable 13 hours' duration of electricity storage as well as provide heat on demand, is effective in hot or cold climates and has an expected system lifetime of 30 years, according to the release.

    Azilio's patent portfolio includes specific components critical to the performance of the company's Stirling engine as well as details in the design and functioning of the energy storage. In total, Azelio has 13 approved patents, 15 patent applications pending and is preparing patent applications for further innovations. (Source: Azelio, PR, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 532 100 20, info@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Energy Storage,  


    DOE Announces $130Mn Funding for Solar Tech. Projects (Funding)
    DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In Washington , the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is reporting the selection of 67 research project across 30 states for a total of $130 million in grant funding to reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation's electric grid.

    Along with advancing research in photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and systems integration, the projects in DOE's SETO Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program include research in artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid plants, and solar with agriculture. The following projects are being funded:

  • PV Hardware Research -- $14 million for eight projects that aim to make PV systems last longer and increase the reliability of solar systems made of silicon solar cells, as well as new technologies like thin-film and bifacial solar cells.

  • Integrated Thermal Energy Storage and Brayton Cycle Equipment Demonstration (Integrated TESTBED) -- $39 million will be awarded to Heliogen, Inc., which will build and operate a supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle that will serve as a test site to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost CSP plants.

  • Systems Integration -- $34 million for 10 research projects that will develop resilient community microgrids to maintain power during and restore power after man-made or natural disasters, improve cybersecurity for PV inverters and power systems, and develop advanced hybrid plants that operate collaboratively with other resources for improved reliability and resilience.

  • AI Applications in Solar Energy with Emphasis on Machine Learning -- $7.3 million for 10 projects that use AI and machine learning to optimize operations and solar forecasting, improve situational awareness on the distribution system and behind the meter, and enable the integration of more solar generation.

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $14 million for 10 research projects that will advance innovative prototypes to a pre-commercial stage, including products that support U.S. solar manufacturing and reduce the cost of installation.

  • Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 3 -- $9.7 million for six research projects that will examine how information gets to stakeholders to enable better decision-making about solar and combining solar with energy efficiency, energy storage, and electric vehicles.

  • Solar and Agriculture: System Design, Value Frameworks, and Impacts Analysis -- $7 million for four projects that will advance the technologies, research, and practices necessary for farmers, ranchers, and others to co-locate solar and agriculture.

  • Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS): PV and CSP -- $5 million for 18 projects that advance innovative, novel ideas in PV and CSP that can produce significant results in one year. (Source: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, Website PR, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  US DOE EERE,  


  • Koolen Takes Stake German Energy Storage Specialist (Int'l., M&A)
    Kraftblock
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Netherlands, clean energy conglomerate Koolen Industries reports it is inventing €3 million in Hengelo, Germany-based thermal energy storage specialist Kraftblock. Koolen is looking to boost Kraftblock's nanotechnology-based energy storage system that captures excess heat -- an inevitable by-product of industrial operations -- and reuse it as energy for production.

    Kraftblock's high-temp storage system is significantly more efficient than other thermal storage systems on the market, which mostly use salt or concrete as a storage medium. The German company's solution uses granules, consisting of 85 pct recycled material, storing temperatures of up to 1,300 degrees. By utilizing a modular structure, the system is cost-effective, easily scalable and has a lifespan of some 15,000 cycles, which compares to lithium battery cells that are limited to a maximum of 8,000 cycles. (Source: Koolen Industries, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Koolen Industries, Kees Koolen, CEO, +31 88 007 6000, www.koolenindustries.com; Kraftblock, +49 6897 936 161, welcome@kraftblock.com, www. kraftblock.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kraftblock news,  energy Storage news,  


    Sunamp Raises £4.5Mn for Expansion (Int'l., Funding)
    Sunamp
    Date: 2020-08-12
    UK-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp Ltd reports it raised £4.5 million in Series A funding led by Chilean venture capital firm Aurus Capital, the Scottish Investment Bank and existing private investors. The funding will support its commercial scaling in the UK as well as international expansion in Central Europe, Asia and North America.

    Sunamp batteries store energy from renewable and non-renewable sources allowing more renewable energy to be used both behind-the-meter and in the electricity grid by helping to absorb peaks of renewable generation, deal with intermittency and reduce curtailment. (Source: Sunamp, PR, Solar Power Portal, 11 Aug., 2020) Contact: Sunamp, Andrew Bissel, CEO, +44 1875 610001, www.sunamp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunamp.Thermal Energy STorage,  Energy Storage,  


    Woody Biomass Power Plant Planned for Offaly, UK (Int'l. Report)
    Newleaf Energy
    Date: 2020-05-29
    Monkseaton, Whitney Bay, UK-based Newleaf Energy Ltd., reports it plans to construct a massive Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generating Biomass Gasification Plant with integrated Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCUS) technology on a 2.45-hectare site at Coolcor in Offaly.

    The proposed development will include: biomass feedstock reception and storage bunkers; offices; gasification control building gasification plant to convert biomass into syngas to RNG; RNG filling area; two bundled thermal energy storage tanks; CHP gas engines; and other related facilities. (Source: Newleaf Energy Limited, Offaly Express, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Newleaf Energy Limited, +44 191 252 9960

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    SilconAurora Touts Aussie Solar Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Further to our 2nd August, 2019 coverage, Australian energy storage developer 1414 Degrees -- the melting point of silicon -- reports the planned mid-2021 opening of the 70-MW first stage of its molten silicon energy storage technology at its SiliconAurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia. The company plans a 400 MW solar farm and one gigawatt of energy storage to be deployed in a number of stages to reduce risk.

    According to SiliconAurora CEO Marie Pavlik, "the Aurora project is in a unique position to demonstrate thermal energy storage at large-scale and prove it to our global market." Pavlik noted the first stage of the project would be 70MW of solar PV opened in mid-2021, to be followed by a pilot TESS-GRID storage system utilizing the company's TESS molten silicon technology. (Source: 1414 Degrees, AuManufacturing, 18 May, 2020) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au, www.1414degrees.com.au/siliconaurora

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 1414 Degrees,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    Nottingham U. Invests in Cheesecake Energy Storage Tech (Int'l)
    University of Nottingham
    Date: 2020-05-08
    In the UK, the University of Nottingham reports it has invested in compressed air energy storage startup Cheesecake Energy Ltd (CEL). The funding comes from the University's Nottingham Technology Ventures (NTV), which manages the University's spin-out portfolio.

    Cheesecake Energy is developing energy storage at 30 - 40 pct lower cost than lithium ion batteries, the current market leader. Cheesecake's system uses compressed air and thermal energy storage to achieve high efficiency, long lifetime and dramatically lower environmental impact.

    In Cheesecake Energy's system, electricity is safely and inexpensively stored as zero emission thermo-mechanical energy. The company is currently designing a 150 kW / 750 kWh prototype system for completion in Q4 2020. (Source: Univ. of Nottingham, Business East Midlands, 7 May, 2020) Contact: Cheesecake Energy Ltd, Mike Simpson, CEO, www.cheesecakeenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    NC State Univ. Completes Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2020-02-21
    North Carolina State University in Raleigh is reporting the upgrading of all T12 fluorescent lights to LED light at Biltmore Hall and Pulp and Paper labs. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the school over 400,000 kW of electricity per year for an annual energy cost saving of $30,000.

    Other "green" improvements and upgrades include the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, lighting fixture-integrated occupancy sensors, thermal energy storage and water conservation capacity, and others. (Source: NC State University, Technician, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: NC State University, Kerby Smithson, Energy Project Manager, 919-515-2011, www.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


    $18.8Mn DOE Funding for Low-Temp Geothermal R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE EERE,
    Date: 2020-02-07
    The U.S DOE has announced an $18.8 million funding that will go towards six innovative R&D initiatives aimed towards:
  • Exploration RD&D -- Hidden Geothermal Systems in the Basin and Range; and
  • Advanced Energy Storage Initiative (AESI) -- Bi-directional Energy Storage Using Low-Temperature Geothermal Applications.

    The first topic aims to build on the success of the Geothermal Technologies Office's Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) initiative. The PFA technique is a method for discovering hidden hydrothermal systems in the Basin & Range region of the western U.S using known geologic factors associated with geothermal systems. By reducing the uncertainty of discovering geothermal systems in such settings, development and investment in the area can become more attractive.

    The second topic aims to enhance the resilience of energy systems through the use of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) technology particularly in low-temperature geothermal systems. Deep-Direct Use (DDU) for space heating is being considered as the best application of this technolgoy, as excess thermal energy during summer could be stored as a reserve for winter heating.

    Interested applicants may submit a letter of intent until February 28, 2020, 5 PM. Only those who have submitted the letter will be eligible for full applications, which will be accepted until April 6, 2020, 5 PM. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Office, geothermal@ee.doe.gov, egs@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/geothermal-technologies-office-contacts-0

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  US DOE EERE,  


  • DOE Supports Lehigh Bldg. Thermal Battery R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Lehigh University
    Date: 2019-11-27
    According to Carlos Romero, director of Lehigh University's Energy Research Center (ERC) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the addition of renewable energy into the electrical grid is forcing conventional power plants to adapt to new power generation realities. To address the new realities, an interdisciplinary team, promoted by Lehigh's Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE), is launching a project on thermal energy storage (TES) for applications in fossil-fired power plants.

    The team matches the ERC's expertise in power generation and energy with appropriate expertise in civil engineering within Lehigh's Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center.

    Other project partners include: Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc., Dominion Energy-Virginia, Slaw Precast (concrete), Nycon (steel fiber), Hanson Cement and others.

    The research group recently received a three-year, $2 million grant from the US DOE Transformative Power Generation Program to support the design, engineering, optimization, and testing of the Lehigh team's heat Thermal Energy Storage (TCM-TES) concept. (Source: Lehigh University Energy Research Center, PR, Nov., 2019) Contact: Lehigh University, Energy Research Center, Carlos E. Romero Director and Principal Research Scientist, (610) 758-4092, cerj@lehigh.edu, www.lehigh.edu

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    Biodico, Azelio Partner on Plant Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Azelio, Biodico
    Date: 2019-11-20
    Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- energy storage solutions provider Azelio reports it is partnering with Ventura, California-based sustainable biofuel producer Biodico to develop 120MW in thermal energy storage systems for Bioico's planned on-site renewable energy powered biofuel production centers in California by 2024.

    Azelio's systems will feature solar PV, wind, as well as its power storage unit, which will ensure supply of base-load energy. The projects include a 13kWe energy storage that is slated for completion in 2021, followed by other projects including 15MWe in 2022, 35MWe in 2023 and 70MWe in 2024.

    Privately held Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and renewable energy facilities; conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy; and collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to patent and commercialize proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next-generation biofuels. (Source: Azelio, Power Tech, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Biodico, Russell Teall, CEO, (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, www.biodico.com; Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80, jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

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    1414 Degrees Touts Thermal Energy Storage Tests (Int'l Report)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2019-08-02
    Following up on our 3rd June coverage, Australian clean-tech start-up 1414 Degrees is reporting a new project that will pair it with sustainable agriculture pioneer Nectar Farms to test "SmartFarm" applications of its thermal energy storage solution (TESS) that stores electricity as thermal energy by heating and melting containers full of silicon. The technology is as much as 10 times less expensive than lithium battery energy storage, according to a company release.

    Since listing on the ASX in 2018, 1414 Degrees has signed up to a $3.2 million pilot project to install a GAS-TESS unit at an SA Water wastewater treatment plant in Glenelg, to store energy by burning gases produced in the treatment process and generate heat and electricity for the plant.

    The company also reports being approached by energy management specialist Ampcontrol and renewables developer BE Power to assess TESS technology for a range of joint projects across Australia. (Source: 1414 Degrees, ReNew Economy, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au

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    SaltX, Steinmuller Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
    SaltX
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered energy storage specialist SaltX Technology reports it is partnering with the German engineering firm Steinmuller Engineering GmbH to construct a pre-commercial pilot Thermal Energy Storage facility based on SalX's nanocoated salt.

    The partners are planning their first step during 2020, preferably on the German market. (Source: SaltX, 28 June, 2019)Contact: SaltX Technology Harald Bauer, CEO, +46 (0)708 108 034, harald.bauer@saltxtechnology.com, www.saltxtechnology.com; Steinmuller Engineering, +49 2261 789500, www.steinmueller.com/en/home.html

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    SGRE Launches Seven-Day Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the official launch of its Electric Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) pilot project in Hamburg, Germany.

    The SGRE system heats volcanic rocks to 750C using a resistance heater and blower, which can be powered by wind turbines. The heat can then be used to generate steam. SGRE notes the pilot can store 130 MWh of energy for up to one week. SGRE claims the technology offers a second-life option to existing power plants as it uses standard components.

    SGRE is partnering with local utility Hamburg Energie -- which will market the stored electricty -- and the Hamburg University of Technology on the pilot, which received funding from the German government. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Windpower, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int

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    1414 Degrees Announces Biogas Energy Storage Startup (Int'l)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Following up on our 1st Dec, 2017 report, Adelaide, Australia-based 1414 Degrees is reporting the startup of its 10MWh thermal energy storage system (TESS) at the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant south of the city of Adelaide. The patented molten silicon storage device converts biogas from the wastewater treatment plant.

    The 10MWh GAS-TESS system was co-funded by the South Australian Government's Renewable Technology Fund and shareholders of 1414 Degrees. (Source: 1414 Degrees, Power Technology, 2 May, 2019) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au

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    DOE Offers $47Mn for Flexible Building Technologies (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-24
    The U.S. DOE has announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2019 Funding Opportunity (FOA) for up to $47 million for innovative technologies to make energy more affordable.

    According to the DOE, residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 40 pct of the Nation's total energy demand and about 75 pct of all electric power consumption. In addition, growing peak electricity demands are challenging the electrical grid, exacerbated by stresses from transmission and distribution infrastructure constraints and the increasing number of variable renewable electricity power generation sources. However, integration of more flexible and even dispatchable loads through building automation can optimize energy use leading to decreased energy costs while maintaining occupant preferences. Even greater optimization of energy supply, storage, and demand results in a more resilient and reliable grid that simultaneously improves energy affordability.

    The DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) designed the 2019 BENEFIT FOA to increase energy productivity -- both within and beyond a building's walls -- by supporting the R&D and performance verification of flexible and energy-efficient technologies for residential and commercial buildings across the following topic areas:

  • Flexible Buildings Technologies: This topic supports early-stage R&D that integrates advanced sensing, controls and communication with flexible, energy efficiency technologies to advance the role buildings can play in the modernizing power grid. The subtopics include cybersecurity through adaptive building controls, performance verification for flexible building loads, advanced actuators and thermal energy storage.

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technologies: This topic supports the development of highly efficient technologies for thermal end-uses in buildings, including space conditioning, water-heating and refrigeration. Subtopics include non-vapor compression heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies and fuel-driven building equipment.

  • Solid-state Lighting Technologies: This topic supports the development of highly efficient lighting technologies and systems to improve lighting energy efficiency. The subtopics address the green gap and droop in LEDs, quantum dot optical down-converters, stable and efficient white OLEDs, light extraction and utilization for OLEDs, and advanced lighting systems.

    The BTO's demand flexibility strategy, called Grid-interactive Efficient Building, is a unique addition to this funding opportunity which has traditionally focused on R&D for the next-generation of energy efficient building technologies. The DOE's vision integrates advanced sensing, controls, and communication with flexible, energy efficiency technologies to advance the role buildings can play in modernizing the power grid.

    Buildings have historically been passive consumers of energy, but next-generation flexible technologies give buildings and equipment the potential to provide a host of grid services that utilities currently receive from other, more traditional grid assets. Further research will help achieve this vision at-scale.

    Download FOA details and application materials HERE. Information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Office is HERE. (Source: USA DOE, BLOG, 23 April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov

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  • Axiom Exergy Touts Cold Storage Grid Services (Ind. Report)
    Axiom Exergy
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Richmond, California-headquartered power management services specialist Axiom Exergy reports it is working with San Francisco-based energy technology company Leap, an aggregator of flexible loads to the California Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) market, to unlock grid services revenue for its customers, including three Whole Foods Market facilities in Northern California.

    Axiom Exergy provides turnkey, fully-financed power management "as-a-service" to portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings with large thermal loads. Its cloud-based platform uses predictive analytics and optional thermal energy storage capacity to intelligently "shape" a customer's load profile by modulating refrigeration, cooling, and/or heating systems. (Source: Axiom Exergy PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Axiom Energy, Amrit Robbins, CEO, www.axiomexergy.com

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    Sunamp Inks Chinese Thermal Energy Storage Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Sunamp
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In the UK, East Lothian-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp reports the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese solar hot water tank manufacturer Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co. for the development of a heat battery water heater for residential applications.

    Sunamp's UniQ batteries store heat from renewable sources, cut fuel costs and carbon emissions, and are four times smaller for the same capacity and four times more energy efficient than the hot water tanks they replace. (Source: Sunamp. The Scotsman, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sunamp, +44 1875 610001, www.sunamp.com; Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co., https://hzguangmang.tumblr.com

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    Ice Energy SCE Energy Storage Installation Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Costa Mesa, California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions specialist Ice Energy is reporting completion of the first stage of its Ice Bear systems under a 21.6-MW energy storage contract with Southern California Edison (SCE).

    The two-year project will ultimately incorporate over 1,200 Ice Bears, providing the utility with greater flexibility to reduce electricity load during peak demand periods.

    Ice Energy's contract with SCE enables qualifying Southern California businesses to receive free, fully installed Ice Bears. The Ice Bear "thermal battery" system is connected to standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units.

    Approximately 100 Ice Bear systems, including the newly available Ice Bear 40 model, have been installed at businesses across SCE's service territory to date. (Source: Ice Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232, info@ice-energy.com, www.ice-energy.com; Southern California Edison, www.sce.com/home

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    Viking Cold Offers Refrigeration Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Constellation
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Houston-headquartered thermal energy storage specialist Viking Cold Solutions reports it will work with energy provider Constellation to offer its commercial and industrial refrigeration customers access to Constellation's unique Efficiency Made Easy® (EME) energy conservation program.

    The EME program helps businesses implement optimal energy conservation measures, such as Viking Cold's TES systems, with no upfront capital expenditure. The cost for the upgrades is included in the monthly charges that appear on their Constellation power and gas supply bills.

    In 2018, Constellation EME customers collectively saved 80,000 MWh of electricity and prevented the emissions of 36,000 metric tons of CO2, according to Constellation.

    Viking Cold's application of Phase Change Materials combined with intelligent controls and 24/7 remote monitoring increases energy efficiency an average of 26 pct and adds time-of-use flexibility to avoid demand-based pricing for up to 13 hours. (Source: Viking Cold, Constellation, PR, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Viking Cold, James Bell, CEO, Collin Cooker, VP Sales, ccoker@vikingcold.com, (281) 687-0919, www.vikingcold.com; Constellation, Dave Snyder, (410) 470-9700, david.snyder@constellation.com, www.constellation.com

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    Ground-Breaking Thermal Energy Storage at Newcastle Univ. (Int'l)
    Newcastle University
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the UK, the Newcastle University Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is reporting the world's first grid-scale pumped heat energy storage system is now up and running at the university's National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage.

    The system, which has a maximum power output of 150kW and a storage capacity of 600kWh, could offer a low-cost method of storing large volumes of excess renewable electricity. (Source: Newcastle University, Utility Week, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Newcastle University Swan Centre , Tony Roskilly, Dir., +44 191 208 6000, Andrew Smallbone, Newcastle University National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage, www.ncl.ac.uk/energy

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    Malta Raises $26Mn forThermal Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Malta Inc.
    Date: 2019-01-04
    Boston-based electro-thermal energy storage specialist Malta Inc.reports it has raised $26 million to commercialize a heat pump energy storage system invented by the Nobel Physics laureate Professor Robert Laughlin of Stanford University, California.

    Malta Inc. is looking to commercialize the heat pump energy storage system that uses electricity to drive a heat pump which converts the electrical energy into molten salt thermal energy by creating a temperature differential.

    Malta Inc. will work with industry partners including Sweden-based heat exchange manufacturer Alfa Laval, Hong Kong-based Concord New Energy Group and US-based Breakthrough Energy Ventures LLC (led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates), to make this technology cost-effective. (Source: Malta Inc., Hudrocarbons 21, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Malta Inc., https://x.company/projects/malta

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    SolarReserve Scores $2Mn to Advance CSP Thermal Tech. (Funding)
    SolarReserve
    Date: 2018-10-26
    In the Golden State, Santa Monica-based commercial-scale solar specialist SolarReserve reports it has been selected for $2.0 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) R&D. The award was part of the DOE's FY2018 SETO funding for new projects that will lower solar electricity costs and support a growing solar workforce.

    SolarReserve's project aims to develop a best-in-class next generation heliostat design, optimized for CSP technology projections.

    Heliostats are the dual-axis solar tracking mirrors that concentrate and focus the sun's energy onto an energy collection receiver atop a central tower. Within the receiver, fluid flows through piping that forms external walls; this fluid absorbs the heat from the concentrated sunlight. In SolarReserve's technology, the fluid utilized is molten salt, which is used both as a heat transfer fluid as well as a thermal energy storage medium.

    SolarReserve will partner on the project with South Africa's Stellenbosch University and Sandia National Laboratories to leverage their complementary innovations and testing facilities. (Source: SolarReserve, PR, Business Wire, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274, mary.grikas@solarreserve.com, www.solarreserve.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , (202) 287-1862, solar@ee.doe.gov, energy.gov/solar-office

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    Ameresco Inks San Antonio AFB Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Mission Solar Energy
    Date: 2018-10-24
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting receipt of a self-funding Energy Savings Performance Contract that includes ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services, from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy for the implementation of a $133.5 million energy resilient infrastructure project at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas.

    Under the terms of the contract, Ameresco will provide solar, energy efficiency and reliability upgrades to 900 buildings across five military installations. The company will build a microgrid integrating 20 MW of new onsite energy photovoltaic (PV) assets, 4 MW of gas fired backup generation and 4 MW/8 MWh of battery energy storage.

    Under the ESPC contract, more than 14.7 million square feet of buildings will receive; energy and water conservation upgrades designed to cut building energy consumption by 24 pct annually; HVAC management control systems; over 2 million gallons of thermal energy storage; more than 140,000 new LED lighting systems and building envelope improvements. To support energy assurance, Ameresco will install new onsite distributed energy assets capable of islanding from the electric utility, including a combined heat and power (CHP) system comprised of nine microturbines for a total capacity of 585 kW, 4-MW of natural gas-fired standby generation and an 11.7-MW groundmount solar PV array at the Security Hill Landfill at Lackland Air Force Base and over 5 MW of roof-mount PV at Fort Sam Houston.

    Ameresco selected San Antonio-based Mission Solar Energy to manufacture and provide over 54,200,370 W of "Buy-American" compliant solar modules to be used in the project. The ESPC is guaranteed to provide $8.7 million in annual energy savings to JBSA. (Source: Ameresco, Solar Power, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, Nicole A. Bulgarino, Exec. VP GM Federal Solutions, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, www.dla.mil/Energy/Contact

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