Big deal | Curtailed | Zinc-air
Happy Friday afternoon.
We start with a piece from the Granite Geek. “Rooftop solar is becoming a big deal in New England. One sunny afternoon earlier this month, reports ISO-New England, the six-state region had roughly 3,200 MW of “behind the meter” solar – the rooftop stuff, as compared to stand-alone solar farms that feed straight to the grid. This was a record, says the folks who run our power system, although it’s a record that will be falling frequently in coming years, since they expect many thousands more megawatts of solar to be added. How much is 3,200 megawatts? It’s almost three times the output of Seabrook Station nuclear power plant, so we’re talking serious output…”
For this next story we move from solar to wind. From S&P Global Platts, “Portion of New England offshore wind could be curtailed by 2030: ISO. ISO New England analysis made public Wednesday estimated about 10% of the total 2030 offshore wind power portfolio connected into southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island would be “spilled,” or curtailed, under certain assumptions due to transmission constraints and a glut of supply. Transmission developer Anbaric requested ISO-NE perform a study reviewing the impact on energy market prices, air emissions and regional fuel security of three offshore wind power scenarios for target year 2030: 8,000 MW, 10,000 MW and 12,000 MW. An ISO-NE presentation during an earlier Planning Committee meeting discussed the Anbaric economic study for scenarios with 8,000 MW to 12,000 MW of offshore wind additions in southern New England. The addition of 8,000 MW to 12,000 MW of offshore wind plus assumed resource retirements of nearly 4,500 MW result in southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island (SEMA/RI) export interface transmission congestion, according to the presentation. Other key points include a finding that connecting more offshore wind close to load centers outside of southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island, especially the Mystic and Millstone substations, would reduce the congestion hours of the southeast Massachusetts/Rhode Island export interface.”
Our new tech feature this week comes from Recharge. “New zinc-air battery is ‘cheaper, safer and far longer-lasting than lithium-ion.’ A new type of battery is coming onto the market that can store multiple days’ worth of energy, that doesn’t degrade, can’t possibly explode and is up to five times cheaper than lithium-ion, claimed its developer as it prepares to pilot the technology in New York state. The zinc-air hybrid flow battery developed by Canadian company Zinc8 has the potential to disrupt the entire energy-storage market — making wind and solar farms baseload and even replacing the need for transmission grid upgrades in many places…Zinc-air can beat lithium-ion batteries on price because the latter can generally only hold about four hours’ worth of energy at any one time, so an eight-hour storage system would require two batteries. By contrast, the storage capacity of the Zinc8 system can just be made bigger by increasing the size of the storage tank and the volume of the electrolyte it contains. The capital cost of an eight-hour Zinc8 storage is about $250/kWh, falling to $100/kWh for a 32-hour system and $60/kWh for 100 hours. By contrast, lithium-ion projects cost about $300/kWh for any duration over eight hours.
That’s the recap for this week. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and don’t forget to take a moment to remember those who lost their lives in service to our country.
And as always, stay safe.
First gas disaster settlement checks going out Friday, Eagle Tribune
Americans See Climate as a Concern, Even Amid Coronavirus Crisis, New York Times
Why some spots on the planet are heating up faster than others, Washington Post
Group Says It Will Launch World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project, Power Magazine
With CT’s trash future in flux, food-waste recycler hopes for bigger role, Hartford Business Journal
Connecticut Utilities Move Forward with Park City Wind PPAs, Offshorewind.biz
Brattle Study Highlights Benefits of Offshore Grid, RTO Insider
Siemens Gamesa Launches 14MW Offshore Wind Turbine, World’s Largest
Four New Studies to Examine Fisheries, Offshore Wind, South Coast Today
Rooftop solar is becoming a big deal in New England, Granite Geek
5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power, Greentech Media
Why is cloudy Syracuse suddenly a solar farm magnet?, Syracuse.com
Coronavirus Wipes Out 5 Years of US Solar Job Growth, Greentech Media
Why (and How) the Solar Finance Market Is Changing in This Crisis, Greentech Media
National Solar Tour Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You, NA Clean Energy
Proposed solar farm in Gorham up for review June 1, Press Herald
Melrose church installs community solar project, Wicked Local Melrose
Con Edison commits $1.5 billion to energy efficiency, Utility Dive
America Just Made a Huge Investment in Next-Gen Nuclear Power, Popular Mechanics
ISO-New England: 2019 transmission-outage coordination stats and goals, Electric Energy Online
Eastie needs straight answers from Eversource, CommonWealth Magazine
We need to start using less natural gas, CommonWealth Magazine
Gov. Phil Murphy needs to unplug NJ Transit’s power plant | Opinion, northjersey.com
Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce: NECEC offers some hope for Maine’s economy, Central Maine.com