Largest U.S. co-op taps Aggreko for Texas storage project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:A large-scale battery storage system will be built in Texas for the U.S.’s biggest electric utility cooperative, to time-shift solar-generated loads and provide grid services to transmission operator ERCOT.Mobile energy solutions provider Aggreko, which recently took over German-U.S. energy storage pioneers Younicos and incorporated it as a division of the parent company, announced to Energy-Storage.news yesterday that it has signed an agreement for a 2.25MW / 4.5MWh battery storage project with Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC).According to Karim Wazni, managing director of Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions (essentially formerly Younicos), the cooperative picked his company out for the project due to its existing track record of “active and successful participation in the ERCOT market.” Aggreko has already executed five battery projects in Texas, including the ongoing updates and upgrades of the large-scale battery system at Notrees Wind Farm.The project is notable for two reasons: firstly, that in addition to providing power services to ERCOT markets, the battery storage system, which should be capable of storing and discharging 2.25MW of power for two hours, will also provide energy capacity to the local network. As a general trend, customers for large-scale energy storage systems are now seeking this longer duration energy storage as well as the ability to use batteries for high powered, short duration applications, Saft’s Michael Lippert pointed out in a recent interview.The second notable aspect for Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions is that unlike other recent projects, and the projects it is currently working on going forwards, this project for PEC is an asset sale, as opposed to the mobile power ‘as-a-service’ or energy storage ‘as-a-service’ business model the company is rapidly becoming known for. “In this case, the storage project is an asset sale, which is what the cooperative was looking for, not an as-a-service offer,” an Aggreko spokesperson told Energy-Storage.news yesterday.Going forwards, Aggreko is expected to unveil a large project in New York State soon which will provide National Grid with solutions to defer spending large sums expanding transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure in the next few days. “We will be inaugurating a plant in New York State in two weeks, it’s a National Grid project where we’re providing 2MW of power for two hours, and that will be able to deliver peak shaving services to a substation,” Wazni said, adding that even these sorts of larger infrastructure projects could be done ‘as-a-service’.More: Power and capacity will be provided by Aggreko’s 4.5MWh Texas ‘legacy’ project
Martinez said: “I think some of the games they were very unfortunate not to get the three points. Overall I think their performances have been very consistent. “They had a couple of injuries and maybe against West Brom is the only time they changed their formation a little bit and had to adapt, and that was a really tough game. Apart from that game, they’ve been in every game. “They’ve been very strong, even against Chelsea. We all know how strong Chelsea have been this season. They had the opening goal and they had a couple of good opportunities and they never stopped giving a good level of performance. “We don’t take Burnley by the results they’ve had. I look at Burnley by what they’re capable of.” Everton also had a difficult start, largely due to the amount of goals they were conceding, but appear to be back on the right track. Last weekend’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa was followed on Thursday by a goalless draw in Lille in the Europa League. Martinez said: “As a team we wanted to start the season brightly and we really embraced the expectations that we brought into the season. “Early in the campaign we conceded too cheaply and that affected the scorelines; I don’t think we played badly at all. That’s why you can see the team is getting stronger and getting sharper and the reflection in the scoreline has been there. “The reaction of everyone has been really brave and mature and I would say now we are a stronger team than we were at the beginning of the season. “I’m really excited with the full potential of this squad, which is starting to show really good signs for the months ahead.” James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Steven Naismith and Leon Osman could all return to the Everton side. Naismith and Osman were left out of the travelling party for Thursday’s Europa League trip to face Lille while Coleman was an unused substitute and McCarthy played only the last few minutes. The Toffees have no new injury worries but Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and John Stones (ankle) remain sidelined while Bryan Oviedo and Arouna Kona are still not match-fit. Burnley defender Michael Duff has vowed to prove the critics wrong as the Clarets go in search of their first Premier League win at the ninth time of asking. Last week’s 3-1 home defeat to West Ham has led many to write off the chances of Sean Dyche’s side staying in the top-flight as they prepare to take on Everton at Turf Moor on Sunday. But the 36-year-old Duff – the only member of the team remaining from Burnley’s last Premier League campaign in 2010 – maintains the belief has not left the current squad despite their frustrating run of results. Duff said: “It happened last year when people kept writing us off and saying we wouldn’t get promoted and we just kept all that noise out and believed in ourselves. “Nothing changed this year – it’s just a different kind of noise. We’ve got belief in ourselves and we don’t think we’re too far away. If we keep performing well hopefully things will change for us.” Dyche’s injury problems are slowly beginning to ease with Steven Reid pushing back into contention while Dean Marney could also feature against Roberto Martinez’s men having missed the last three games with a hamstring problem. Duff does not need reminding how the Clarets’ last top-flight campaign came to abrupt end but he conceded that in the four years since he was last at the highest level, the nature of the league has changed completely. Duff added: “The teams have changed and the managers have changed but with the amount of money that’s swilling around in the league even the so-called smaller clubs are attracting £10million or £15million players and it’s hard for us to compete. “The learning curve is massive. Last Saturday was a big one – we totally dominated the first half against West Ham and probably should have been leading at half-time but we weren’t. “We switched off for 12 or 13 minutes at the start of the second half we we went 2-0 down and the game was dead and that’s the reality. “We did all right but the gaffer has made it clear to us that he’s not all right with us doing all right. We need to win games if we want to stay in this league and we know we have to address that.” Burnley midfielder Dean Marney remains a doubt. Marney has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury and will be given a late test by the club’s medical staff. Steven Reid and Michael Keane are pushing for recalls after groin and hamstring problems respectively, but Matthew Taylor remains absent as he awaits an Achilles operation. Press Association He said of Sunday’s game: “It’s a huge challenge because I saw Burnley play a lot during last season and they are a really strong unit. “I think they play as a team, they know each other really well, they’ve got really good energy. I think the start they had in the Premier League has already given them very good experiences and I know it’s going to be really tough to face them on Sunday. “It’s difficult to describe the job that (manager) Sean (Dyche) has done. Going into a team that had no expectations to get promoted and all of a sudden they played a very dynamic and exciting brand of football that gave them promotion. “They’ve been able to play eye to eye against any team that they’ve faced already. They got a good draw against Manchester United at home and Sunderland. “You’re going to get defeats in this league but they never stop competing. They got a really important point against Leicester showing that mentality and togetherness. “We know we’ll have to be at our best and we don’t underestimate how difficult it’s going to be.” Scoring goals has been Burnley’s big problem – they have managed just four – but they have kept clean sheets against Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Sunderland. Their only heavy defeat was a 4-0 loss to West Brom while last time out they could not take advantage of a dominant first-half performance in losing 3-1 to West Ham. The Toffees travel to Turf Moor on Sunday with the hosts still looking for their first victory following promotion back to the Barclays Premier League in May. Burnley sit second bottom of the table with four points from eight games, a tally Martinez thinks does not reflect their performances. Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes Burnley have been unfortunate not to pick up a win so far this season.
Oisin McConvilleProbably one of the best know Gaelic Footballers over the last 20 years in Ireland the Oisín mc Conville has had his share of problems in breaking a massive addiction to gambling.The former Armagh GAA player spent years betting compulsively, losing tens of thousands of euro before confronting his problemS.Oisín will be one of the many speakers attending the Building Positive Clubs Conference which takes place on Saturday 28th May at Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny. The conference will focus on the many issues that are currently raising their head within the sporting world and sports clubs including anxieties, depression, suicide, addictions as well as the many unrealistic pressures that are applied to young people in sport resulting in many either stopping or moving away from their sport.“Sport has a huge role to play in our society and the sports club play a massive role in providing opportunities for the thousands of young people to participate on a regular basis across the county.“In most cases sport is delivered in a positive environment however there are times when club culture can be poor with limited communications, lack of understanding of children’s sport or where coaches, parents and sports volunteers set very unrealistic targets on our young people which can be at times detrimental to their mental well-being and their health in general,” highlights Myles Sweeney Coordinator of Donegal Sports Partnership who are promoting the conference. The conference will also have speakers such as Peter Mitchell the former professional footballer who played alongside Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell and Rio Ferdinand at Leeds United and who transformed his sporting career following a car accident.Breifne Early who suffered with severe depression and contemplated suicide channelled his energies towards the World Cycle Race, 30,000 km around 26 different countries spreading the message that ‘Its ok not to feel ok’Antonio Mantero author of the hugely successful blog “thecoachdiary.com” on improving participation and development in children’s sports and has managed to bring some of the most reputable international youth coaches to Ireland. He is also responsible for the “The Silent Sideline” as a tool to allow children to play sport and have fun.Building Positive Clubs Conference will also highlight the steps a sports club can take to building their positive club culture highlighting the recent work done with the Finn Harps FC Academy on this particular topic.The conference is open to everyone, Parents, Coaches, Club Administrators and Young People.The conference fee is €20 with under 18’s free – online booking is recommended via www.activedonegal.com however people can come along on the day.All proceeds go to Jigsaw Donegal the Youth Mental Health Support Service. GAA STAR McCONVILLE TO HEADLINE DONEGAL SPORTS CONFERENCE was last modified: May 20th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalOisin McConvilleSport