May 13, 2016

UK coal power halted twice this week

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1 min
For the second time this week, the UK has not generated any power from coal fired-plants. The National Grid told

For the second time this week, the UK has not generated any power from coal fired-plants.

The National Grid told Energy Live News that there was no coal on the system between midnight and five a.m. on the morning of Thursday, 12 May. During this time, energy was generated through a combination of nuclear, gas and wind.

This follows Tuesday morning’s four-hour coal plant freeze, which marked the first time Britain had not generated any energy from coal since the dawn of central electricity in the late 19th Century.

However, experts were quick to caution that this is not indicative of the imminent death of coal-fired energy. A National Grid spokesperson has blamed a combination of plant maintenance over the summer months as well as cost-effective generator shutdowns for the outages.

The National Grid is ‘generation neutral’, meaning that it does not consciously favour one type of energy generation over another.

Coal was Britain’s leading power source up to 2013. This week marks the first time solar plants have generated more energy than coal.

Last year, the UK government announced plans to close all coal plants by 2025.   

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Apr 16, 2021

Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada

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Canada
Netzero
Dominic Ellis
2 min
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to take critical steps toward construction
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to take critical steps toward construction...

Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.

The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction. 

The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.

The project has support from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.

The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”

A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth. 

Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."

The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.

Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019. 

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