31 Dec
2020

Global energy storage boom to Increase 122-fold by 2040

first_imgGlobal energy storage boom to Increase 122-fold by 2040 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Global energy storage deployment is expected to increase 122-fold over the next two decades to 1,095 GW/2,850 GWh by 2040, according to a new BloombergNEF (BNEF) report, published Wednesday.BNEF estimates this storage boom will require $662 billion of investment, even though the cost of lithium-ion batteries is expected to fall by 50% over the next decade.The research company also forecasts that renewables will account for almost 40% of the world’s electricity by 2040, up from 7% today, due to falling prices.The global transformation of the power grid toward renewable energy sources is expected to catapult the deployment of energy storage systems to new heights, while the anticipated electrification of the transportation sector and the power demand from that will help further reduce costs.BNEF pointed to the stationary storage and electric vehicle markets as the main drivers of the upcoming battery boom. “Two big changes this year are that we have raised our estimate of the investment that will go into energy storage by 2040 by more than $40 billion, and that we now think the majority of new capacity will be utility-scale, rather than behind-the-meter at homes and businesses,” Yayoi Sekine, energy storage analyst for BNEF and co-author of the report, said in a news release. Despite this positive outlook for the storage industry, S&P Global Platts Analytics identified raw material prices, fire protection and potential import tariffs as potential risks to future price reductions.More: Global storage deployments to hit 2,850 GWh by 2040, increasing 122-foldlast_img read more

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17 Sep
2020

Badgers relying on youth

first_imgSaturday night the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-2, 2-1-1 WCHA) showed how it will reap the benefits of last year’s national championship for years to come. The Badgers handed Minnesota-Duluth its first loss of the season due in large part to the significant contributions of a highly talented freshman class.Injuries to UW forwards Jack Skille and Ross Carlson and defenseman Kyle Klubertanz has given UW head coach Mike Eaves a chance to get some mileage from his youngsters, and so far they have not disappointed. In Saturday’s 5-2 victory, Jamie McBain and Ben Grotting netted their first-career goals while three other Badgers recorded their first assists. “Well it was definitely a positive and you sure hope those kids are getting their first goals because they are getting opportunities,” Eaves said. “I know they are thrilled and their teammates were thrilled for them so now they can cross that off the to do list and get back to playing.”With Wisconsin down 1-0, Grotting evened the score at one as freshmen John Mitchell and Andy Bohmbach garnered their first assists and points as Badgers on the play. Blake Geoffrion also recorded his first point as a Badger, assisting on Ben Steeets’ first-period goal. With 12 seconds remaining in a dismal second period for the Badgers, McBain sent Wisconsin to the locker room with a lead, and more importantly, something to build on. In the home-opener against North Dakota, McBain misplayed the puck in overtime allowing UND to steal a come-from-behind victory at the Kohl Center. Eaves, however, feels McBain has the right mindset to be a successful defenseman at the collegiate level. “For him (McBain) to be a defenseman in this league and to make that adjustment, it’s a big step,” Eaves said. “I like his attitude because he’s got a perfect mindset like a defensive back in football, he kind of lets it roll off and he gets ready for the next shift and that will benefit him down the line.” Eaves outlined tentative time tables for the injured players’ return. Klubertanz is week-to-week, Carlson should be ready within four weeks while Skille is expected to be sidelined for the next four to six weeks. In the meantime, one of the best recruiting classes in the nation will have to maintain their high level of play in order for the Badgers to be successful. Contrasting StylesMuch of the Badgers’ success this weekend came at the expense of goaltender Alex Stalock. The freshman netminder is not afraid to venture outside the crease and oftentimes acts as a third defenseman, making outlet passes to his forwards. While Eaves has respect for Stalock and his ambitious play, he is quite content with Elliott’s consistent goaltending and positioning. “I’d much rather have our style of goaltending,” Eaves said. “Mr. Stalock stopped the puck but there were a few times where there were people in the net behind him and you could see how active he is; it’s a little bit of an adventure, but the bottom line is that he stops the pucks … I know as a coach I would probably have a few more gray hairs with that style.” Elliott on the other hand was a rock of stability in net all weekend including a 34-save effort Saturday night. Last year’s Hobby Baker Award finalist withstood some defensive lapses to give the Badgers a chance to win both nights. “There were a lot of breakdowns and a lot of turnovers in our own zone,” Eaves said. “He (Elliott) was there as our backbone, and he allowed us to have a short-term memory.”Getting DirtyAfter losing three of their top six scorers from a year ago against North Dakota last weekend, Eaves has the Badgers playing a tough grind-it-out style to overcome the loss of scoring. For senior assistant captain Jake Dowell that means playing the same style he has played his whole life. Eaves maintains that the Wisconsin native is the poster boy for the team’s identity. “I don’t know, but it’s definitely not the looks,” Dowell said jokingly of being the team poster boy. “I think he (coach Eaves) was talking about how I don’t mind getting in and playing dirty and physical … I think that’s what he means, and our identity is our hard work; and I have never been a finesse player, but you know hard work obviously pays off.”Saturday Dowell scored two goals, much to the delight of his father, who was watching his son for the first time at the Kohl Center.”I have been waiting for him to come down for over a year now and it was an awesome feeling to be able to play in front of him to see him … I knew exactly where he was and to be able to get a goal and to have him see it meant the world to me,” Dowell said.last_img read more

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