Grid Storage

Prudent Energy’s Vanadium Flow Battery

A 2012 study conducted by Lux Research predicts that vanadium flow batteries could capture about 17 percent of the energy grid storage market by 2017, representing about $5.4 billion in potential revenue. This assumes that developers can reach a target of $750 per kilowatt-hour for a fully installed system by 2017. One company that seems […]

Imergy’s Success in Vanadium Flow Batteries

With renewable energy sources such as wind and solar becoming more economically viable, the need for large-scale energy storage is expected to grow dramatically in the next 5 years. While storing energy doesn’t sound like a very sexy investment, the staggering growth forecasts by Lux Research for grid energy storage should draw the attention of […]

SustainX Delivers Compressed Air Energy Storage System

In a previous article, we highlighted LightSail Energy, an interesting company which aims to produce the world’s cleanest and most economical energy storage systems using compressed air. Compressed air energy storage has been regarded as possibly the lowest-cost technology available for large-scale energy storage, however, it has never been commercially viable due to the thermodynamic inefficiency of conventional air compressors […]

Compressed Air Energy Storage from LightSail Energy

In past articles, we discussed the rapidly growing grid storage market, and looked at one of the 5-largest recipients of VC funding in history, Bloom Energy, which is addressing this market with solid oxide fuel cells. However, fuel cells and flow batteries are not the only viable methods of storing grid energy. For many years […]

Altair Nanotechnologies (ALTI) Airs their Dirty Laundry

In a recent article titled “Is Altair Nanotechnologies (ALTI) In Trouble?“, we pointed out that while Altair’s (NASDAQ:ALTI) business may seem appealing, some recent events highlight possible turmoil inside the company. We highlighted that the current Board of Directors now shows that control is mainly in the hands of Canon Investment Holdings executives. We also questioned the […]

Highview Power Storage Stores Energy with Liquid Air

If you take air and remove the CO2 and water vapor from it, then chill the remaining air (which is mostly nitrogen) to -310F, the air actually turns into a pale blue liquid. 700 gallons of air can be turned into just one gallon of liquid air using this method. In 2012, the Institution of Mechanical […]

Progress of Redflow’s Zinc Bromide Flow Battery

The McKinsey Global Institute has listed grid storage as one of the 12 disruptive technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformations and disruptions in the coming years.  Lux Research projects the energy storage market to reach 114 billion by 2017. While lithium-ion batteries for power applications captured nearly 80% of the market in 2012, Lux […]

American Vanadium’s Flow Batteries

According to Lux Research, the global grid storage market is expected to rise from a mere $200 million in 2012 to $10.4 Billion in 2017. Flow batteries are an especially attractive solution given their quick response times, environmentally friendly composition, and long lifetimes. In previous articles, we highlighted the zinc flow battery offered by companies such as […]

ZBB’s Relationship with Lotte Chemical Corp

With the strong growth in renewable energy, demand is expected to grow strongly for environmentally friendly energy storage solutions with high energy densities in order to allow for significant size and weight savings over traditional batteries. In a recent article, we highlighted ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSEMKT:ZBB) and their “zinc bromine battery“ which is said to address all of […]

Is Altair Nanotechnologies (ALTI) in Trouble?

In past articles, we highlighted battery manufacturer Altair Nanotechnologies (NASDAQ:ALTI) and also looked at their product offering and key customers. With the potential for grid storage providing a huge growth opportunity for investors in the coming years, Alti’s business seems appealing, but some recent events highlight possible turmoil inside the company. On December 6, 2013, Bruce Sabacky […]