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 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.azelio.com
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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,
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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:
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
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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, email@example.com,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, www.maltainc.com; Vistra, www.vistracorp.com/sustainability; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
+91-782 981 0381, www.inficold.com
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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, email@example.com, www.epri.com
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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)
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.azelio.com
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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:
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, email@example.com,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lehigh.edu
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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, email@example.com, www.biodico.com; Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.azelio.com
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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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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, email@example.com, www.saltxtechnology.com; Steinmuller Engineering, +49 2261 789500, www.steinmueller.com/en/home.html
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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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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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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:
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 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'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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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ice-energy.com; Southern California Edison, www.sce.com/home
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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, email@example.com,
www.vikingcold.com; Constellation, Dave Snyder, (410) 470-9700,
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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 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'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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.solarreserve.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , (202) 287-1862, email@example.com, energy.gov/solar-office
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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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