Cannabis extraction facilities need help, too. There is a lot of discussion about energy at cannabis grow facilities, but like more products, the raw material is only the beginning. Every cannabis product needs either further processing or testing to ensure quality and safety. One important step in the journey, extraction, offers yet another opportunity to save energy and reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Continue reading “Cannabis Extraction: Energy Savings Practices”
It’s one of the oldest critiques of solar power since the first panel was wheeled out of the factory and angled toward the sun. Solar power only works when the sun is shining.
That is certainly a fair point. However, it’s been a while since facilities have relied exclusively on the sun to harness and utilize the renewable energy abundant in nature. Energy storage has improved in leaps and bounds over the past two decades, offering competitive and now cost-effective ways to essentially keep the sun shining twenty-four hours a day.
Energy storage offers myriad benefits, but we can boil them down to three main perks that make renewables viable. First, energy storage allows for an effective balancing of energy loads on a grid or facility. Much like load shedding in a more traditional sense, load balancing allows stored electricity to adjust to peak loads and reduce the overall operational costs. There’s also evidence that facilities may be able to run entirely on renewables or stored energy during low-draw hours, too, which can lower costs even more.
Second, stored energy can help to plug the gaps. From passing clouds or weather systems to brief disruptions in generation, plugging into energy reserves can avoid energy spikes that can be costly and often inefficient.
Like short-term disruptions, storage can also be a lifesaver when it comes to longer-term energy outages. From blackouts to natural disasters, energy storage can not only allow for production in a facility, but allow a grid to keep the lights on and water running in a community stricken by tornadoes, hurricanes, or other seismic events.
At grid-scale, the United States enjoyed another banner year in 2020, one of the few bright spots in an energy industry facing a pandemic, huge changes in demand, and an uncertain future in regards to a presidential election. In the third quarter of the year alone, the US rolled out an additional 476 MW of storage capacity, a massive 240% increase on the previous quarterly record.
The future of energy storage will come at every level of the power environment. Home-based storage for residential, single-building, and facilities will grow as smaller batteries become more efficient and can be plugged into smaller, locally-focused renewable grids. At the true grid-scale, engineers will develop more efficient storage solutions that may even become more suited for different types of generation.
Right now, we’re building facilities with energy storage to solve all of these energy challenges and reduce the everyday costs of doing business. From cannabis facilities to office buildings, leaders are taking control of their energy future like never before and adopting the technology to make it happen.
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We talk a lot about investing in the future, and for so many businesses, that means investing in energy. How we power our facilities doesn’t just change the bottom line; it changes the world. As we move into 2021, we’re looking to keep close tabs on that investment from the perspective of companies creating the technology that will save the world. Continue reading “Big Investment In Long Duration Energy Storage”
At the tail end of December, Congress passed a COVID relief bill that included a number of important packages targeted at renewable energy. While the bill didn’t include everything that the industry needed, it did extend and expand some important elements of what is growing the market into 2021, just in time for a new administration to rev things up. Continue reading “What’s In The COVID Relief Bill For Renewables”
Across the country and around the world, coal is being set aside as the primary energy producer for grid-scale suppliers. In Indiana, that’s meant a sizeable investment in energy storage that will save consumers millions. Continue reading “Indiana Might Be The Next Energy Storage Hotbed”
California is a big state with even bigger energy needs. That means many of its green and sustainability goals appear daunting, but the technology is there. What will it take for California to go carbon neutral? Storage. Continue reading “California’s Energy Storage Road Map”
Sometime last year, our Monday morning meeting got a little off track. Normally, these meetings are designed to kick off the week and set out a road map on how to get everything done, and give our teams the resources they need to go above and beyond. The topic that got us off topic was microgrids. Continue reading “Microgrid Island: Tasmania’s Small Sustainability Project”
In a recent call with a client, we heard a facilities manager dismiss a move to create their own microgrid. The technology was there, the interest was there, the plan was there, but he was still nervous. He didn’t want to be ‘on an island’. Continue reading “An Island With A Bridge: Microgrids Plug Into Utilities”
The world of solar power is changing at lightning speed, and in just the past few months, the energy section has seen the benchmark shift in the king of renewable energy. Instead of looking at size and scale, the new battleground in solar is in price, and it’s cheaper than ever to provide renewable energy. Continue reading “Solar Power Progress Benchmark Goes From Size To Price”
When we’re talking about energy storage, we’re talking about growth. For decades, businesses and municipalities balked at the idea of sustainability and alternative energy under the false fear of cost. Renewables are no longer inefficient, expensive, or too complicated for a facility or utility to incorporate into what is already in place.
Energy storage is coming, and it isn’t just coming to small-scale applications, either. A recent report found that grid-scale energy storage is forecasted to grow, and grow fast. By 2028, experts believe energy storage will increase by as much as 35%. That would put its capacity at a whopping 22,909 kWh.
Two big factors in this growth pattern come down to technologically improvements in solar power and the energy storage batteries themselves. Providing more efficient solar panels paired with batteries that can adjust to even dynamic load changes mean that the gradual move to a more decentralized energy grid is picked up pace. Energy won’t move in a single direction on these new grids, either. Instead, energy will flow to where demand is, moving from energy production and storage facilities no matter where they are on the grid.
As we’ve noted before, all of us will play a role in this new “energy cloud”. From our phones to our cars to hour homes to our businesses, we’ll all be a part of what is essentially a push-and-pull to meet the dynamic energy needs of the connected consumers.
Energy storage at every level will be crucial, and the grid-level capacity needed to make these smarter, more sustainable grid really work is on the way.