Wind Builders Testing Battery Energy Storage
Wind turbine manufacturers are dipping toes into energy storage projects; Vestas said to be working with Tesla, and that just caps off a busy summer.
Megan Geuss, September 6, 2017 (Ars Technica)
“…[Vestas Wind Systems, one of the biggest makers of wind turbines in the world, is] looking into building wind turbines with battery storage onsite…[It] is working on 10 projects that will add storage to wind installations, and Tesla is collaborating on at least one of those projects…[T]he efforts to combine wind turbines with battery storage offer a glimpse into how the wind industry might change in the future…[This news] is just one datapoint] about wind and storage projects. In August, offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind announced that it would pair a 144MW offshore wind farm planned for the coast of New Bedford, Massachusetts, with a 40MWh battery storage system from Tesla. Construction on that project is set to end sometime in 2022…Spanish wind power company Acciona recently connected two Samsung lithium-ion batteries to a 3-megawatt turbine in Spain, Dong installed a battery on the UK coastline in June to store some offshore wind energy, and Statoil will include a 1MWh lithium-ion battery in its designs for a floating offshore wind farm that will be completed in late 2018…” click here for more