Oct 30, 2014

[WATCH]: Go Inside PG&E's State-of-the-Art Electric Control Center in Fresno

Utilities
Admin
1 min
PG&E is upgrading its infrastructure, one facility at a time. This $28.5 facility in Fresno, California, is the first of three that will soon ope...

PG&E is upgrading its infrastructure, one facility at a time. This $28.5 facility in Fresno, California, is the first of three that will soon open. According to PG&E: 
The 24,000-plus-square-foot facility will utilize future technologies that provide electric operators greater insight into the grid. The end result will be a more reliable system for PG&E customers.
“This facility is deploying the latest in Smart Grid technology,” said Gary Cassilagio, PG&E’s director of business applications in Electric Distribution Operations. “As we get into more solar installations and photovoltaic in general, this facility is set up to accommodate the technology that will support and allow us to make good fundamental decisions to maintain reliability and resiliency to our customers.”

The facility opened on October 28. Take a tour in the video above!

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Apr 16, 2021

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

energystorage
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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