American Vanadium and Gildemeister are supplying a Cellcube vanadium redox flow battery storage system to the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. Photo credit: Gildemeister Energy Solutions
The main energy storage news from our Twitter feed this week.
- Further details have been released about the planned Tesla Gigafactory. Forbes analyses its potential impact on the battery, auto and utility industries.
- The Rocky Mountain Institute believes that commercial and residential solar energy storage systems are a “real, near and present threat” to current utility business models and that parts of the US will be able to leave the grid entirely by 2030.
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Photo credit: Industry experts discuss the future of energy storage at Intersolar North America © Solar Promotion International GmbH
The Intersolar North America 2013 conference has now been and gone, leaving in its wake some fascinating comments, observations and presentations on energy storage. One recurring theme this year was an increasing interest in combining photovoltaic (PV) technology with battery-based storage, in order to take advantage of excess solar power and bring down the overall unit cost of energy produced.
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Ron McDonald, who runs North America’s only vanadium mine, is very interested in energy storage, particularly of the vanadium flow variety.
Now his company, American Vanadium, has put its money where its mouth is by entered into a business relationship with Gildemeister Energy Solutions of Germany, a producer of cutting machine tools as well as integrated energy solutions for the production, storage and utilisation of renewable energies.
American Vanadium and Gildemeister have unveiled a memorandum of understanding to explore various joint venture and partnership arrangements with the objective of being a leading provider of energy storage and micro-grid solutions in North America.