How new versions of solar, wind, and batteries could help the grid

Read the full story at MIT Technology Review.

Renewables are already being deployed at massive scales, but further progress in labs and startups could help move the technology forward.

Concerns raised over an energy storage project along the Missouri River

Read the full story at South Dakota Searchlight.

Backers of a multibillion-dollar proposal in rural south-central South Dakota say they have a way to capture and store renewable energy for later use.

The clean energy pitch has drawn criticism and concern from nearby landowners, however, who worry that the project could damage the environment and impact recreational opportunities in south-central South Dakota.

World’s largest compressed air energy storage project goes online in China

Read the full story at pv magazine.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has switched on a 100 MW compressed air energy storage system in China’s Hebei province. The facility can store more than 132 million kWh of electricity per year.

First commercial-scale sand battery goes online in Finland

Read the full story at Smart Energy International.

The first commercial-scale solution for sand battery energy storage has been built as part of Vatajankoski Oy’s district heating network. It is touted by Fingrid as the world’s first sand battery built for commercial use, and is involved in the Finnish TSO’s balancing power market.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers erects energy storage system at headquarters

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 completed a solar and energy storage project at IBEW’s headquarters in Dorchester, MA. The project will provide IBEW with annual savings on energy costs and supplemental power in the event of a local power outage and is an example of how the Massachusetts solar developer community and organized labor can transition to a clean and resilient electric grid. IBEW partnered with Nexamp for the project.

Cirba Solutions gets $75 million in DOE funding to expand Li-ion battery recycling facility in Ohio

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The Biden administration said on Wednesday it is awarding $2.8 billion in grants to boost US production of electric vehicle batteries and the minerals used to build them, part of a bid to wean the country off supplies from China.

Cirba Solutions will receive approximately $75 million in federal funds to expand critical mineral upgrading assets at its lithium-ion processing facility in Lancaster, Ohio.

‘Water batteries’ could store solar and wind power for when it’s needed

Read the full story from NPR.

The San Diego County Water Authority has an unusual plan to use the city’s scenic San Vicente Reservoir to store solar power so it’s available after sunset. The project, and others like it, could help unlock America’s clean energy future.

Perhaps a decade from now, if all goes smoothly, large underground pipes will connect this lake to a new reservoir, a much smaller one, built in a nearby canyon about 1100 feet higher in elevation. When the sun is high in the sky, California’s abundant solar power will pump water into that upper reservoir.

It’s a way to store the electricity. When the sun goes down and solar power disappears, operators would open a valve and the force of 8 million tons of water, falling back downhill through those same pipes, would drive turbines capable of generating 500 megawatts of electricity for up to eight hours. That’s enough to power 130,000 typical homes.

EPA can lead the charge for battery recycling to secure our electric future

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Call2Recycle CEO Leo Raudys lays out four recommendations around education, infrastructure, handling and labeling for the agency as it distributes historic levels of infrastructure funding.

From the lab to the battery start-up

Read the full story in Chemical & Engineering News.

Entrepreneurial researchers tell their stories about how they developed a lab discovery and turned it into a commercial battery.

Webinar: Powering up for battery EPR

Sep 14, 2022, 11:30 am CDT
Register here.

Single-use and rechargeable batteries power many products, including phones, toys, and tools. Global efforts to stabilize our climate have resulted in an increased use of electric vehicles, scooters, and bikes, as well as the batteries that power them. Lithium batteries, in particular, are proliferating – and explosions and fires at waste management facilities have increased accordingly. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) for batteries is an effective solution to prevent fires and environmental contamination, recover valuable minerals, reduce greenhouse gases, and create recycling jobs. During the webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • Successes and challenges related to the only single-use and rechargeable battery EPR law in the United States that also addresses battery-containing products, and how it compares to a long-standing battery EPR law in British Columbia, Canada.
  • Current practices and proposed revisions to the European Union Battery Directive.
  • PSI’s model battery EPR legislation and the emerging policy innovations based on best practices in the United States and beyond.