Mitsubishi to demonstrate energy storage

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) are planning a 2MW lithium-ion energy storage system project in the Orkney Islands. The project aims at demonstrating power supply stabilisation in the region, which currently enjoys a large but variable quantity of wind-produced renewable energy.

It will be conducted with the support of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation of Japan and should go live in early 2013.

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US molten salt project gets green light

The US solar developer SolarReserve this weekconfirmed it has received the final Arizona State approval required to go ahead with its Crossroads Solar Energy Project. This aims to supply approximately 500,000MW annually of reliable, sustainable, zero-emission electricity to Arizona or California, enough to power up to 100,000 homes during peak electricity periods, says the company.

The project comprises 150MW of electrical generating capacity using concentrating solar power, plus 65MW of additional solar photovoltaic technology. Up to 10 hours of solar energy per day will be stored using the company’s molten salt power tower technology, says SolarReserve. Construction of the site, near Gila Bend, should begin late this year, or in early 2013.

Saft in new USD$98m deal with US military

Saft will be providing the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with lithium-sulphur dioxide batteries for portable devices such as radios,reports New Energy Network. The DLA will then pass the units onto the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

The contract Saft has secured will be worth up to USD$98 million over five years and adds to the recent top-up of $1.3 million the company secured from BAE Systems to develop energy storage solutions for hybrid vehicles destined for the US Army.

Bike powered storage wins design prize

South Africa-based Ideso has won a prestigious international design award for its PowerPac generation and energy storage unit. Retailing at around USD$668, PowerPac attaches to a common-or-garden bicycle to utilise peddle power and can store up to 132Wh of electricity for home use, reports Media Club South Africa.

Areva teams with Sandia for CSP storage

Areva Solar has announced it is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories on a new concentrated solar power (CSP) installation with thermal energy storage. As the company’s online video shows, the CSP storage project combines Areva’s modular compact linear fresnel reflector solar design with Sandia Labs’ molten-salt storage system.

This will be the first CSP integration with Sandia Labs’ Molten Salt Test Loop System, located at the US Department of Energy’s National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, says the company.

RedFlow unveils Zn-Br storage system

Developer RedFlow has unveiled a new renewable energy battery storage system that comprises 24 zinc-bromine batteries housed in a 20-foot shipping container. The M90 has a 90 kilowatt power output with 240 kilowatt-hours of capacity.

The company has 65 zinc-bromine battery systems installed across Australia and internationally, and this latest edition has found a home at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, where it is connected to a solar photovoltaic array.

Scandline ferry gets marine battery pack

Corvus Energy will provide ferry company Scandline with a 2.7MWh power pack consisting of an AT6500 advanced lithium polymer battery system for an existing diesel electric ferry, reports MarineLink.com. The batteries will last for more than 10 years, says Corvus, and can be charged in 30 minutes by renewable, shore or generator power.