In nearly every corner of the country, energy storage projects are finding their way onto the grid — they’re getting bigger, cheaper, more diverse and even a little bit weirder.
Most of all, they’re just becoming normal. This week, we’re talking about the new normal for power operations, which includes a lot of batteries. (And maybe some air tanks, water pumps and cranes too.)
GTM Staff Writer Julian Spector joins us on The Energy Gang as a guest co-host to round up the most topical storage projects and tell us where the market is headed.
Then we’ll look at a novel approach to long-duration storage: a gravity-based system from Energy Vault that just got a major injection of Japanese venture dollars. How skeptical should we be?
And finally, we’ll look at all the other alternatives to lithium-ion batteries that are vying for traction in the market. Will pumped hydro see a revival? Can flow batteries finally prove themselves?
Read along with us. Here are some of the stories mentioned in the podcast:
- GTM: ‘Cheaper Than a Peaker’: NextEra Inks Massive Wind+Solar+Storage Deal in Oklahoma
- GTM: Dominion Energy Plans to Build 4 Storage Pilots and Study Them for 5 Years
- GTM: Can Newcomer Energy Vault Break the Curse of Mechanical Grid Storage?
- GTM: Energy Vault Lands $110M From SoftBank’s Vision Fund for Gravity Storage
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