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Energy Storage

(The Christian Science Monitor) Hawaii Electric Co. – no stranger to solar power – has a problem with the sun. When it shines, so much energy from utility and home-based solar panels comes surging in that it can overload some circuits in the grid and, potentially, cause a power surge that damages home and office equipment.

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(West Hawaii Today) A recently signed memorandum of understanding between Hawaii Electric Light Co., Hawaii County and the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority lays out one of the biggest difficulties in adding more renewable energy to a grid: energy storage.

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(Pacific Business News) A partnership involving the state of Hawaii, Hawaii County and the Hawaii Electric Light Co. has agreed to share resources and attract companies interested in testing and evaluating pre-commercial energy storage units at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, which is managed by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority.

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) The destination is easy to envision — a future Hawaii that is much less reliant on imported fossil fuels for its energy. The pathway leading there, a little less so.

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(Honolulu Star-Advertiser) Hawaiian Electric Co. and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute are launching a project in a West Oahu neighborhood to see whether battery technology can be effectively used to open the utility's grid to greater amounts of solar power produced by rooftop photovoltaic panels.

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(Pacific Business News) Stem Inc., a California-based energy startup that plans to work with the startup program Energy Excelerator in Hawaii to install energy storage systems at 20 Hawaii buildings in 2014, recently received $15 million in funding.

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(The Maui News)  It was encouraging to read that Maui Electric Co. will partner with A123 Systems of Massachusetts to test a battery/storage system for power that is generated by wind, solar and other renewable sources. It appears that MECO has adopted a philosophy of going full out to get Maui off the diesel-powered generators […]

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(The Maui News) Massachusetts-based A123 Systems for the second time in a month announced plans to provide its advanced nanophosphate lithium ion batteries to help stabilize Maui's power grid as fluctuating clean energy sources - and expensive renewable energy experiments and projects - become more common.

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(cnet) Speedy lithium ion batteries, the power source for consumer electronics and electric vehicles, are making inroads into the renewable energy business. A123 Systems today announced that a Hawaiian wind project developer will use its batteries to firm up power delivery into the grid. The Auwahi Wind project, which has a generating capacity of 21 megawatts, will be buttressed by a giant battery bank able to deliver 11 megawatts of power.

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(SmartPlanet) Kauai, “the Garden Island,” may soon get a little greener. A proposed hybrid power plant will potentially provide around 8,000 Hawaiian households with renewable energy.

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