Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Three new plants in California show how lithium-ion storage is ready to power the grid. Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a powerful one—one that’s been used to help justify the company’s $5 billion factory near Reno, Nev.—but batteries have so far only appeared in a handful of true, grid-scale pilot projects. That changes this week. Three massive battery storage plants—built by Tesla, AES Corp., and Altagas Ltd.—are all officially going live in southern California at about the same time. Any one of these projects would have been the largest battery storage facility ever built. Co

New York Approves Country’s Next Largest Offshore Wind Project

The Long Island Power Authority has approved the development of New York’s first, and the country’s second, offshore wind farm, the 90 megawatt South Fork Wind Farm. The US offshore wind industry is, currently, not the world’s most impressive. The only project currently operational is the 30 megawatt (MW) Block Island Wind Farm, which only began generating electricity late last year. Developed by Deepwater Wind, Block Island was a long time in coming, but it has spurred other East Coast states into action. During the middle of 2016, policy movement in New York and Massachusetts, as well as plans for a new offshore wind farm off the coast of Maryland, showed that offshore wind was an attracti

Tesla quietly brings online its massive – biggest in the world – 80 MWh Powerpack station with South

After announcing the project back in September, we have now learned that Tesla and Southern California Edison (SCE) have completed the massive 80 MWh energy storage station using Tesla’s new Powerpack 2 at the Mira Loma substation. There are a few bigger projects in various phases of development, but it looks like this one is the biggest energy storage project in the world using lithium-ion batteries currently in operation. While Tesla and SCE haven’t officially launched the new substation yet, sources familiar with the new Powerpack installation told Electrek that it was completed a few weeks back – late December – and brought online so that the electric utility can start using it to manag

The Saudis' Solar Boom Hits the Next Level

It’s not really news to hear about the sprawling state of California adopting more solar power. For one, the state has a reputation for being one of the most clean energy–friendly states in the U.S. and the biggest market for solar energy in the country. California also gets to play guinea pig to Elon Musk’s latest innovations, from his electric cars to his home battery packs. We’re not surprised when we hear that the state offers rebates through both utilities and municipal service providers under the California Solar Initiative, though most of these have already been claimed — a testament to how popular the program was from the start! I know it’s not surprising to find out that a state pow

ACCIONA 100% Ecopowered Finishes The Dakar Rally, First All-Electric Vehicle To Do So

The ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered has completed this year’s Dakar Rally, making good on its third effort to do so and becoming the first zero-emissions vehicle to do so. The achievement is particularly notable since this year’s 39th Dakar Rally was reportedly one of the toughest to date, owing to extreme weather. The route even apparently had to be rerouted as a result of the Río Grande bursting its banks. reported on

New Tesla racer can do 0-62mph in 2.1 seconds

Hard-edged, lightweight version of the P100D to get ludicrous on the track. Yes, it’s a real Tesla race car, set for the Electric GT championship that’ll kick off later this year. And golly, have they gone all out. The top speed may only be 155mph, but it’s the acceleration that’ll make these cars worth watching. 0-62mph is dispatched in just 2.1 seconds, and mid-range punch should be nothing less than immense. That’s thanks in part to 778bhp and 734lb ft, but also thanks to a serious weight-shedding program. How serious? Well, most of the interior is gone, bar the screen and the bits that make it go, stop and steer. The steering wheel is race-spec, of course, as are the cooling and suspensi

New CEO, owner wants to expand Richardson Molding

As the new CEO and minority owner of Richardson Molding Inc., Steve Dyer sees a tremendous opportunity to take a successful company even higher. The Columbus, Ind.-based firm has a long and strong history in making injection molded parts for the lead-acid battery market. But Dyer knows there is the potential to expand well beyond that business. “This is an organization that is absolutely poised and ripe for growth. It has the technical capability. It has square footage. It has capable assets,” Dyer said. “Our real focus going forward is to create value and continue to protect the core industry of which it always served and take that value creation into new industries and new customers.” Dyer

AES and Mitsubishi Corporation to deliver India’s first grid-scale energy storage array

AES India, a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corporation on January 12th, 2017 announced a joint partnership agreement to deliver India’s first grid-scale energy storage array to the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. AES and Mitsubishi Corporation will develop and own the 10 megawatt “Advancion” energy storage array, which will demonstrate peak load management, increase system flexibility and serve more than 7 million customers in the region. full report on

Gridtential Gets $6 Million From Battery Strategics to Advance Lead-Acid Technology

Gridtential, an energy storage startup developing lead-acid battery technology, just won a vote of confidence in the form of $6 million from lead-acid industry giants and strategic investors including East Penn Manufacturing and Crown Battery Manufacturing (a supplier of deep-cycle batteries since 1926). Leoch International, a large lead-acid battery exporter in China, and Power-Sonic, a global battery distributor, also invested. Gridtential replaces the lead grid inside a traditional lead battery with a plated silicon wafer similar to a solar cell. Kevin Smith, East Penn’s VP of technology, told GTM that Gridtential has made "remarkable strides" in demonstrating advancements from the tradit

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