Jonathan Matusky

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Australia's Energy Profile, Mad Max Style

by Jonathan Matusky on September 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Anyone who’s seen the new film Mad Max: Fury Road has a general, if fairly exaggerated, idea of the energy sector in Australia. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where oil is king. Many elements bear a striking similarity to the country today, while others deviate significantly.

Through the lens of Mad Max, let’s take a look at Australia’s current energy profile and how it may influence the growing market for energy storage.

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Applying Lessons from the Curiosity Rover to Aquion Batteries

by Jonathan Matusky on August 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Prior to founding Aquion Energy, CTO Jay Whitacre worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on the team designing the battery system for the Curiosity Rover. A few days prior to Curiosity landing on Mars, Jay spoke about what he learned from working on the rover and how he applied those lessons to Aquion. Below is video of Jay’s talk followed by our 5 key takeaways. Before watching the clip, it’s helpful to watch the “Seven Minutes of Terror” video on the JPL website for background on the Curiosity descent. 

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In the News: Replacing Diesel Gensets with Energy Storage and Solar

by Jonathan Matusky on July 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

MIT Technology Review recently published an interesting article discussing the replacement diesel generators with solar panels and batteries in off-grid applications, an issue we’ve touched on in several of our previous posts. Written by Kevin Bullis, the article quoted two off-grid solar installers and operators, Optimal Power Solutions (OPS) and SunEdison. SunEdison now entering the market in developing countries, installing a solar array and distribution system to power a village of 70 homes. The article touched on several key points:

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The Price of Storing the Sun: Solar Incentives for Energy Storage

by Jonathan Matusky on June 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Energy storage is too expensive for use in grid-tied residential solar. At least, that’s the current thinking. Though installing distributed storage in each home would help mitigate solar’s intermittent power supply, preventing large local spikes and drops in power supplied to the grid, it’s a tough financial case to make with traditional energy storage. Unlike off-grid solar, where energy storage is necessary to guarantee constant power, grid-tied energy storage mitigates system level issues caused by high concentrations of distributed renewable generation. To incentivize consumers to adopt storage as a way to mitigate this issue, a mechanism must be put in place to pass some of the value created by distributed, grid-tied storage from the system operator to end users.

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Making the Grid Smarter with Smart Energy Storage: Part 2

by Jonathan Matusky on June 18, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Last week, we discussed how a smart grid relies on better coordinating electricity supply and demand to create a system that is efficient, inexpensive, and based on renewable energy sources. We also talked about several components of the smart grid, including self-healing, flexible distribution, load adjustment, load shifting, and how energy storage plays a role in each.

For the past hundred years, electricity has been consumed the moment it is created. Storage can change this and allow for better coordination between energy supply and demand.

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