Advanced Energy Perspectives

Renewables, Grid Services Drive Energy Storage Growth

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Aug 3, 2016 11:30:00 AM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2016 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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High penetration of renewables in markets such as Hawaii, California, Denmark, Germany, and China is one aspect of the ongoing changes in the electricity system that points toward rising opportunity for energy storage at the residential, commercial, and utility levels. Solar and wind, in particular, as rapidly scaling forms of variable generation, could benefit from storing excess electricity generation – whether on the grid or in the home – until it is needed. At the same time, energy storage is emerging as an alternative to traditional sources of ancillary services, for voltage regulation and other grid supports. Ultimately, large-scale storage could replace peaking power plants that are needed to run only a few hours a year to meet peak demand, while also being used to provide other valuable grid services year-round.

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Industrial Energy Management Systems Deliver – and Expand – Worldwide

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Jul 19, 2016 6:21:34 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2016 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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The industrial sector accounts for roughly 50% of U.S. electricity consumption, and more than 30% in Europe. This presents a major opportunity for energy and nancial savings are a major opportunity for the companies operating in this sector. Industrial Energy Management Systems (IEMS) analyze and manage energy consumption and operations data within an industrial facility, delivering actionable information to managers of industrial facilities.

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With Lower Costs and Federal Backing, Solar PV Poised for Long-Term Growth

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Jul 12, 2016 1:54:05 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2016 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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In a breakthrough year for the U.S. Solar PV industry, nearly 1 MW – enough to power more than 160 homes – was installed almost every hour in 2015. The cumulative solar PV installed capacity in the United States has now surpassed 27 GW. Revenue generated from installations of solar PV – across residential, commercial, industrial markets, and large utility power plants – reached an estimated $22.6 billion in 2015, a 21% increase over 2014, and growth of 174% since 2011. Plus, the industry got an extension of the federal investment tax credit, with a gradual phase-down, through 2023.

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Renewable Natural Gas: a Fuel of the Future?

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Jul 7, 2016 4:57:02 PM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2016 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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Biogas for commercial use is a product of anaerobic digestion, a method in which microorganisms break down organic matter in an oxygen-starved environment, and one of the oldest processing technologies. It is captured in modern land fills (land fill gas, or “LFG”) and biodigesters, which treat a range of organic waste streams. While biogas is a combination of gases and other volatile impurities, its main component (50% to 70%) is methane (CH4), the same as natural gas. As such, biogas can be combusted to produce electricity and heat. It can also be upgraded to pure biomethane or renewable natural gas (RNG) through the process of removing the impurities and other gases, making it suitable for transport by pipeline or compressed to fuel CNG vehicles.

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Natural Gas Vehicles Slow Down due to Low Oil Prices

Posted by Frank Swigonski

Jun 28, 2016 10:30:00 AM

This post is one in a series of feature stories on trends shaping advanced energy markets in the U.S. and around the world, drawn from Advanced Energy Now 2016 Market Report, which was prepared for AEE by Navigant Research.

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The unexpected collapse of world oil prices that began in late 2014 persisted throughout 2015 and even accelerated late in the year, driving both manufacturers and consumers to reevaluate their alternative fuel strategies particularly around NGVs. With oil prices now expected to remain well below $100 per barrel for at least several more years, much of the operating cost advantage of NGVs that helped offset the acquisition cost premium has evaporated, particularly in North America. In other regions of the world, natural gas still holds a cost advantage, although not to the degree it has in recent years.

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