California Energy Storage Showcase

plugging in an electric vehicle to charge Molten Sulfur Energy Storage Used for Backup Power Revolutionizing Grid-Connected Energy Storage Storing Thermal Energy with Ice Integrated Solar Photovoltaic Energy Storage New life for Electric Vehicle Batteries Rechargeable Electrolytes Capturing the Wind Lithium-Ion Battery Supports Renewable Energy Integration California's Energy Storage Roadmap
Air Force Vehicle-to-Grid Demonstration
Plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles with bi-directional charging stations provide transportation capabilities and grid reliability.
Molten Sulfur Energy Storage Used for Backup Power
Battery energy storage systems are being used to accomplish a variety of the functionalities of grid-scale battery energy storage.
Revolutionizing Grid-Connected Energy Storage
Utility Demonstration of Znyth™ Battery Technology to Characterize Performance and Grid Benefits
Storing Thermal Energy with Ice
Using ice to efficiently deliver cooling to a building's existing air conditioning system while decreasing total energy usage.
Integrated Solar Photovoltaic Energy Storage
Integrating multiple renewable energy technologies with energy storage to support power grid reliability.
New life for Electric Vehicle Batteries
UC San Diego and BMW are giving new life to used electric vehicle batteries by storing up to 108kW of electricity for a few hours inside each battery.
Rechargeable Electrolytes
Zinc Bromide batteries store energy generated from renewable sources when demand is low and provide that energy when demand is high.
Capturing the Wind
More than 600,000 battery cells used to store energy and integrate renewable into the power grid.
Lithium-Ion Battery Supports Renewable Energy Integration
Using energy storage to reduce the costs of serving peak electricity demand.
California's Energy Storage Roadmap
Addressing California's energy storage research, development and deployment.
 
plugging in an electric vehicle to charge Molten Sulfur Energy Storage Used for Backup Power Eos Energy Storage facility Using ice to efficiently deliver cooling to a building's existing air conditioning system while decreasing total energy usage. Integrating multiple renewable energy technologies with energy storage to support power grid reliability. UC San Diego and BMW are giving new life to used electric vehicle batteries by storing up to 108kW of electricity for a few hours inside each battery. Zinc Bromide batteries store energy generated from renewable sources when demand is low and provide that energy when demand is high. More than 600,000 battery cells used to store energy and integrate renewable into the power grid. Using energy storage to reduce the costs of serving peak electricity demand. DOE Global Energy Storage Database Addressing California's energy storage research, development and deployment. Warren-Alquist State Energy Building
 

Advancing Energy Storage Technology in California

In response to Governor Brown’s 2015 Inaugural Address, Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller stated in a recent press release, "As [California] aims to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and get 50 percent of our electricity from renewable sources, flexible resource such as energy storage, will be important to balance the power grid."

Energy storage technology allows the power grid to transcend its instantaneous nature and support a clean, flexible, and reliable system.

Assembly Bill 2514 directed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to adopt an energy storage program and procurement target. As a result, the CPUC established an energy storage target of 1,325 MW by 2020—the largest in the nation for the states investor owned electric utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric). Energy storage will help the state integrate renewable energy and achieve the 33 percent Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2020 and will aid the state in meeting the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

By supporting technology demonstrations and bringing energy storage innovators and investors together, the California Energy Commission’s funded storage projects provide data and real-world experience that will help reduce investment costs and prove which solutions work best in specific applications. The Energy Commission has invested in more than a dozen energy storage demonstration projects since 2010 through its energy research, development, demonstration and deployment programs to strategically explore and address issues facing a wide range of energy storage technologies when coupled with power grid operations.

This Energy Storage tour highlights the variety of energy storage technologies operating in California today.

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