Energy Storage 101

Energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, are variable by nature: The winds may not blow; the sun may not shine; but utility customers still need to turn their lights on.

For this reason, energy storage is often referred to as “the missing piece” of the renewable energy puzzle. Innovators are constantly seeking new ways to make energy storage cheaper and more efficient. Stay up to date on the latest headlines!

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Defining a New Approach to Energy

The world has reached a critical point in its exploration of energy sources, and it stands on the cusp on redefining how we…
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3p Weekend: 10 Hottest Headlines of the Year

Did you miss out on any of the year's biggest news? There's only one way to find out. Give that inbox a break,…
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3p Weekend: 7 Things You Need to Know About Tesla’s New Home Battery

Some headlines predicted that Tesla's new battery would "eliminate electricity bills," while others took it a step further saying it would "change the…
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Refrigeration Battery Could Lower Supermarket Energy Use By 40 Percent

The capacity to deliver continuous electricity for refrigeration is one of the central planks of the modern-day food distribution system. Enter Berkeley, California-based…
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Elon Musk and the Battery of Silent Revolutions

It's a common beef with electric vehicles: The electricity used to charge them can come from some grimy sources. But Elon Musk is…
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Tesla is Taking Its Batteries Off the Road — and Putting Them in Business

High-end electric vehicle company Tesla Motors is plunging into the high stakes commercial and residential energy storage market in California.
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Energy Storage Emerges as Key to Solar Growth

Recipients of Bloomberg New Energy Finance's 'Energy Pioneer' awards, Greensmith and Stem are pioneering the use of intelligent energy storage systems in the…
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Rethinking the Grid: Personal Power Stations, in Your Garage

The grid as we know it typically operates by tapping several different power sources and by keeping some back-up on the side just…
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Tracking the Rise of Intelligent Energy Storage

“Battery and other system component costs have been falling rapidly, allowing energy storage to become an economical alternative to traditional power generation for…
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Report: 2015 Will Be a ‘Breakout Year’ for U.S. Energy Storage

Over triple the amount of energy storage capacity -- 220 megawatts worth -- is expected to come on-line this year, and strong growth…
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2015 Set to be a “Breakout Year” for U.S. Energy Storage

Over triple the amount of energy storage capacity (220 MWs' worth) is expected to come on-line this year, and strong growth is expected…
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Place Your Bets: SunEdison Buys Solar Energy Storage Startup

SunEdison's acquisition of Solar Grid highlights growing interest among VCs and leading energy, industrial and solar companies in stationary energy storage. Along with…
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Elon Musk’s Next Business Venture: Home Energy Storage

In an earnings call last week, CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will soon unveil a consumer lithium-ion battery that can be…
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Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

Vanadium-flow batteries offer a much better value proposition than lithium-ion batteries for large-scale energy storage, says Fremont, California-based Imergy.
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Solar Rapidly Expands in Hawaii

Solar power is really growing in Hawaii, as a recent report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows.