Energy Storage Realizes Key Player in Hydro-Power

This article was originally published on pnnl.gov on October 31, 2019. Today, nearly 173 gigawatts of energy storage are deployed across the world to balance the demands on the power grid. Pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) accounts for 98 percent of that capacity, making it the most leveraged form of energy storage available as well as the most cost-effective option, […]

Maximizing Grid Energy Storage in Nantucket

This article was originally published on PNNL on Oct. 9, 2019. NANTUCKET, Mass. –  With the simple cutting of a ribbon this week, residents of Nantucket Island, joined by state and local officials and representatives from National Grid, the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity (OE), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), ushered in […]

Illinois Cracking Down on Energy Efficiency in Cannabis Industry

This article was originally published on energynews.us on Sept. 16, 2019. The state law seeks to avoid blackouts and other grid problems when its marijuana law takes effect Jan. 1. When Illinois’ new law legalizing recreational marijuana takes effect Jan. 1, growers will face some of the strongest energy efficiency and reporting requirements in the […]

Patent Seeks to Sustain Thermostatically Controlled Loads

This article was originally published on pnnl.gov, May 6, 2019. PNNL researchers Jianming Lian, Karanjit Kalsi, joint appointee Wei Zhang, and former PNNL intern Sen Li recently received a patent for a market mechanism consisting of novel bidding and clearing strategies. These strategies—for the first time—systematically incorporate the internal dynamics of thermostatically controlled loads, or […]

Montana looking to bring back pumped hydro storage

Written by Julian Spector, Greentechmedia.com, August 13, 2019 Montana Developer Ready to Build Modern-Day Pumped Hydro Storage Absaroka Energy and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners plan to update an old storage technology for the 21st century. All they need is a customer. A former Navy prosecutor turned Montana-based clean energy developer wants to build the first pumped […]