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Coverage of energy storage since September 1, 2023.

B.C. clean-tech firm Greenlight Innovation secures $1.1M to develop energy storage devices

"...The firm — located at 8339 Eastlake Dr. — tests equipment that develops and manufactures hydrogen fuel cells, electrolysers and energy storage devices..."

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Oil and gas well drillers want federal funding to help industry decarbonize Globalnews.ca

"...The drilling sector's emissions reduction efforts have not been as high-profile as those of the oilsands industry, which is proposing a $16. 5-billion carbon capture and storage project in northern Alberta that it says will help it reach net-zero emissions from production by 2050. But Scholz said there are many things oil and gas drillers can do to lower their carbon footprint, from rig electrification to hydrogen fuel blending to investing in battery energy storage systems for oil well drilling sites..."

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Solar, battery storage facility officially opens in Summerland, B.C. Globalnews.ca

"...“The solar panels you can see in the foreground there and in the background in the white containers is our BESS, battery energy storage system, and that's where we store the energy that we collect from sunlight. ”Summerland is one of five municipalities in B. C..."

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Publisher's Note: Slow and steady will not win the climate race Corporate Knights

"...The reason for this is the previous decade’s hyper-growth in clean technology is being driven by historic and in some cases unprecedented cost reductions. Whether we are talking electric cars, green power, energy storage, heat pumps or plant protein, the solutions to climate change are doubling every three to four years everywhere you look. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the world will add a record 440 gigawatts of new renewable capacity this year..."

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Alberta's renewable energy windfall should benefit consumers, industry: Opposition Globalnews.ca

"...“I think we can start by using some of that money to lower power bills for Albertans,” said Nagwan Al-Guneid, the party's energy and climate change critic. Al-Guneid was referring to numbers crunched by the University of Calgary's School for Public Policy. This week, economics professor Blake Shaffer and co-authors updated the total payments that renewable power producers have been making to the province under contracts signed during the previous New Democrat government..."

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Alberta NDP says renewable energy windfall should benefit consumers, industry

"...Anything left over, she says, could help build renewable energy storage facilities in the province..."

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How to Break China’s Hold on Batteries and Critical Minerals

"...Rather than cram ever-larger and more mineral-intensive batteries into cars to extend driving range to 500 or 700 miles, for example, fast-charging that allows drivers to charge in minutes combined with more abundant charging infrastructure could allow drivers to embrace cheaper cars with smaller batteries and less range. Rather than use more and more minerals, technological innovation can reduce the amount and types of metals and other minerals needed for batteries, such as chemistry that replaces the need for lithium and copper with more plentiful sodium, aluminum, and manganese. New electrolytes can enable getting more energy out of the same mineral content in lithium-ion batteries so range can be extended without larger and more mineral-intensive batteries..."

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CHFCA is delighted to announce Cipher Neutron as a new Small-business Member

"...Cipher Neutron is an innovative technology company focused on the development of AEM Electrolysers and Reversible Fuel Cells for green hydrogen production, power generation, and energy storage solutions. As a leading provider of green hydrogen, Cipher Neutron’s AEM Electrolysers are capable of producing hydrogen without using any Platinum Group Metals. This makes their AEM Electrolysers one of the most affordable and sustainable solutions that are available commercially to produce high volume and high pressure green hydrogen..."

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Saint John Energy adding 3 giant storage batteries to its grid

"...Saint John Energy can also store electricity at times of low demand and use it during peaks in the summer and winter months, helping to save money and curb greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Fossil fuel demand to peak before 2030 even with no new climate policies: report Globalnews.ca

"...The IEA report also urges governments to adopt a “build big” mentality. Electricity transmission and distribution grids need to expand by about two million kilometres each year by 2030 to reach the IEA's net-zero scenario, but the organization pointed out that building grids today can take more than a decade. “We need massive growth of battery energy storage and demand response; expanded, modernized grids; more dispatchable low-emission capacity, including fossil fuel capacity with CCUS, hydropower, biomass, nuclear and hydrogen and ammonia-based plants,” the report stated..."

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Forget lithium, zinc batteries could solve our energy storage problem

"...As with electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries have become a popular option for the grid, as they offer a high energy density, modular solution for energy storage. But the use of lithium-ion batteries has also brought along its own challenges with high cost of materials, risk of fire and explosion and lack of recycling practices limiting the widespread adoption of lithium-ion batteries for the grid..."

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Jobs in energy storage

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Manager, Ontario Energy Storage Assets - Aypa Power - Toronto, ON

"...Manage the operational interaction with the IESO and maintain an in-depth understanding of Capacity Auction and Operating Reserve market rules..."

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Renewable Energy Technician

"...Energy Technician is tasked with the service and maintenance responsibilities of a solar, wind, or energy storage facility..."

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"...energy systems, including photovoltaic (PV), Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) and power systems..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention energy storage.

E094: Peer-to-peer Networks - The Uber of the Energy Sector in Bangladesh

Duration: 45:23

"...Sebastian Groh, the Managing Director at SOLshare, shares his journey from an investment banker in Europe to the CEO of an off-grid solar company in Bangladesh and its evolution over the past years..."

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E088: How Safe are the EV Batteries?

Duration: 51:05

"...In this episode, I was able to hear two scientists' views on the future of electric batteries, their safety, and racing.  ..."

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Daniel Oberhaus: Our Super-Charged Future

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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E071: Battery Performance — What You Need to Know

Duration: 43:29

"...Varun Kumar Duggal is working on performance modeling and the techno-economic assessment of lithium-ion battery systems. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about energy storage.

Moving waste heat from industry to homes.

"...Economic analysis of Mobile Thermal Energy Storage ..."

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Setting standards for renewable cities (w/ Dr. Walter Mérida)

"...Electricity is used on demand and will be directed to an electrolyzer to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, supplying the refuelling station for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles..."

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Why This Accidental Battery Breakthrough Matters

"...Lithium sulfur batteries may be the holy grail of energy storage..."

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Why This Liquid That Stores Solar Energy for Years Matters

"...For instance, concentrated solar energy plants can use that heat for producing electricity, cement, steel, green hydrogen, or anything else that needs high temperatures..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about energy storage relevant to the latest news.

Study the Implementation of Hybrid PV/Wind System in Hot Region, Low Wind Speed; Challenges, Obstacles, and Prospects; Case of

"...This work is conducted to analyze the economic feasibility and profitability of a hybrid energy system (consisting of PV panels, wind turbines, hydrogen fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, and converter) to provide clean electrical power and store the excess electricity for later uses..."

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Evaluation of model predictive control (MPC) of solar thermal heating system with thermal energy storage for buildings with hig

"...This situation becomes even more complex when such buildings are integrated with renewable energy technologies, due to the inherently intermittent nature of these energy source..."

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Energy storage techniques, applications, and recent trends: A sustainable solution for power storage

"...The utilization of a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery in hybrid propulsion systems for marine applications, as well as the creation of a high energy density portable/mobile hydrogen energy storage system with an electrolyzer, a metal hydride, and a fuel cell are both covered in detail with a case study..."

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Green and renewable resources: an assessment of sustainable energy solution for Far North Queensland, Australia

"...In this study, an extensive literature review has been conducted focussing on renewable resources for Australia and Far North Queensland, different hybrid energy systems including energy storage, and finally highlights the alternative clean and renewable energy options for Far North Queensland (FNQ) remote communities..."

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Replacement of Solar Dish Collectors to Provide Heat in the Power Plant: Case Study Malaysia

"...Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) will be produced during the combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity..."

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Transition Metal Oxide-Based Nanomaterials for Advanced Energy Storage

"...Due to distinctive configurations of d electron, the synergistic effect of multi-metal atoms, low cost, and outstanding electrochemical stability nature of TMO-based nanomaterials, the energy storage mechanism of electrochemical supercapacitors, batteries, and fuel cells can be enhanced significantly..."

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Thermal Energy Storage (TES) for Sustainable Buildings: Addressing the Current Energetic Situation in the EU with TES-Enhanced

"...The environmental sustainability and the limitation of the energy consumption of buildings are of substantial importance in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the consequences of climate change..."

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Analysis of Global Trends in the Development of Energy Storage Systems and Prospects for Their Implementation in Ukraine

"...Possible areas of various energy storage technologies application in power systems, including integration of renewable energy sources (RES) and distributed generation, were determined..."

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Assessment of the Efficiency of Microgrid Operation Based on the Decomposition of Energy Processes

"...The use of Frieze power allowed us to take into account the processes of energy supply of Microgrid loads on AC and DC, the occurrence of transients, as well as the presence of energy storage systems (batteries) from a single point of view..."

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Assessing Control of Battery-Supercapacitor Hybrid Storage System in Photovoltaic Based DC Microgrid

"..., battery and supercapacitor (SC) have strong application in a DC microgrid to balance the power flow between renewable energy source i..."

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Distributed Energy Resources and EV Charging Stations Expansion Planning for Grid-Connected Microgrids

"...In this socioeconomic scenario of increasing changes and environmental concerns, microgrids (MGs) play an important role in integrating distributed energy resources..."

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