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How the U.S. Lost Ground to China in the Contest for Clean Energy

By Eric Lipton and Dionne Searcey

Tom Perriello saw it coming but could do nothing to stop it. André Kapanga too. Despite urgent emails, phone calls and personal pleas, they watched helplessly as a company backed by the Chinese government took ownership from the Americans of one of the world’s largest cobalt mines.


Long-Duration Energy Storage Could Solve the Dilemma of Harnessing the Sun

By Amy Brown

There’s a raft of issues being discussed by world leaders in Glasgow, Scotland this week at COP26. But few would argue against the importance of accelerating the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy to secure global net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century and keep the 1.5 degrees of warming set out in the Paris Agreement within reach, one of the top COP26 goals.


Used EV batteries are storing solar power at grid scale — and making money at it

By Julian Spector Photo: Julian Spector

In a parched corner of the Mojave Desert, car batteries are at the center of a revolution. Instead of fading into obsolescence when they retire from propelling zero-emission Nissan Leafs, these battery packs now work together to store California solar power and discharge it in the evening when the grid needs it most.


U.S. energy department picks Shell-led consortium for hydrogen storage project

By Ruhi Soni Photo: REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a contract to a consortium of companies led by oil major Royal Dutch Shell PLC to demonstrate that a large-scale liquid hydrogen storage tank is feasible at import and export terminals. Hydrogen has taken off in recent years as the future green fuel of choice, with governments and businesses betting big that the universe’s most abundant element can help fight climate change.


Developers increasingly pair batteries with utility-scale solar to combat declining value in crowded markets

By Emma Penrod Photo: Novo Nordisk

Utility scale solar may have hit a record, and in many regions, a turning point in 2020, according to the national lab’s new analysis.

Utility scale installations added 12.8 GWdc to the grid in 2020, more than twice the 6.1 GWdc installed in 2019, according to the report. While there has been talk of whether the growth represents a temporary run on solar to get ahead of the planned investment tax phaseout, Joachim Seel, co-author on the report and LBNL senior scientific engineering associate, said the trend may represent a “new normal” of solar growth, citing findings from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association.


Most planned U.S. battery storage additions in next three years to be paired with solar

Of the 14.5 gigawatts (GW) of battery storage power capacity planned to come online in the United States from 2021 to 2024, 9.4 GW (63%) will be co-located with a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant, based on data reported to us and published in our Annual Electric Generator Report. Another 1.3 GW of battery storage will be co-located at sites with wind turbines or fossil fuel-fired generators, such as natural gas-fired plants. The remaining 4.0 GW of planned battery storage will be located at standalone sites.


DOE Invests $27 Million in Battery Storage Technology and to Increase Storage Access

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $17.9 million in funding for four research and development projects to scale up American manufacturing of flow battery and long-duration storage systems. DOE also launched a new $9 million effort—the Energy Storage for Social Equity Initiative—to assist as many as 15 underserved and frontline communities leverage energy storage as a means of increasing resilience and lowering energy burdens.


Why Battery Storage Is Turbocharging Renewable Energy

By Brayden Gerrard Photo: Pxfuel

Battery Makers Tied to Power Grid Attract Big Investors

By Scott Patterson Photo: Allison Dinner , The Wall Street Journal

Big investors are charging into startups touting experimental new battery technologies that would make it possible for renewable energy sources to produce most of the country’s electricity.