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Energy Storage News Roundup: South Africa, Australia and Portugal Make Strides in Energy Storage

Energy Storage News Roundup: South Africa, Australia and Portugal Make Strides in Energy Storage

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New York aims for 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025

New York aims for 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025

New York draws closer to becoming the fourth US state to implement a target for energy storage deployment, but there are issues that still need ironing out. These include the extent of a bridge incentive for energy storage and the possibility of a state-run purchasing agency for the output from energy storage projects. The goal is to achieve 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025, but it’s possible that New York’s target could be as high as 3,000 MW. Utility Dive provides more details.
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South Africa commits to distributed energy storage

South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom has revealed its Battery Storage Programme, which will deploy storage across South Africa’s nine provinces. The country is committed to solar-plus-storage and energy storage projects adding up to 1,400 MWh. See this Energy Storage News article for the full story.
Australia’s first battery energy storage system launches

Australia’s first battery energy storage system launches

October 2018 marks Australia’s first deployment of a grid scale battery storage system. The project is a 30-MW/30 MWh system and the first facility of its kind in Victoria state, commissioned by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. The project is a significant accomplishment in the modernization of Victoria’s energy supply.

Portugal undergoes screening for large-scale energy storage from renewable sources

Portugal undergoes screening for large-scale energy storage from renewable sources

Portugal looks to nature to discover opportunities for energy storage. A recent study identified geological sites, including salt formations and igneous host rocks, that could serve as reservoirs for gas storage, compressed air energy storage and underground pumped hydro. The highest potential sites are in salt formations and existing salt caverns. Access the full paper, "Opportunities for large-scale energy storage in geological formation in mainland Portugal” from Science Direct.

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