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Daimler and partners deploying world’s largest 2nd-life EV battery storage unit for grid support

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The world’s largest 2nd-life battery storage unit will soon go into operation in the Westphalian town of Lünen. It also markets electricity.

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Danish Parker project developing universal definition for EV integration with electric grid for V2G services

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Nissan, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe, NUVVE, Frederiksberg Forsyning, Enel, Insero and DTU (Technical University of Denmark) Electrical Engineering (PowerLabDK) are partnering in the Danish project Parker to develop a universal definition for grid integration for electric vehicles. —Prof.

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Nissan and ENEL announce V2G system, launch smart grid trials in Europe

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Nissan will commence Smart Grid trials in partnership with multinational energy manufacturer and distributor, ENEL. Earlier post.).

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Daimler enters stationary energy storage market with ACCUmotive battery systems; 500 kWh unit already on line for grid stabilization

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The battery modules with an energy capacity of 2.5 Deutsche ACCUmotive has delivered more than 60,000 lithium-ion batteries to date.

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Home energy storage batteries lose to grid-connected solar on environmental impact

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At first glance, renewable-energy sources like solar power and energy-storage battery packs seem like a logical match. Energy storage allows excess power collected by solar panels to be stored for later use, addressing the intermittent nature of solar power. It's a concept that has already won over policymakers, electric utilities, and some.

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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PEV battery life cycle with second use. Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. B2U Batteries Plug-insSource: NREL. Click to enlarge.

EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. Earlier post.). Auto manufacturers are American Honda Motor Co.;


U.S. advanced research agency optimistic on storage-battery progress

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The Federal government's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy said last week that it has made huge strides toward creating a next generation of batteries for energy storage. Batteries research renewable energy energy storage grid storageARPA-E.

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DOE releases report from 6 projects evaluating EV charging impacts on grid and customer charging behaviors

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The work was done under the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability’s (OE) Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG program). Major findings were grouped in three categories: charging behavior; grid impacts; and technology issues. Grid impacts. Peak period is in gray.) Click to enlarge. Duke Energy (Duke).

BMW i ChargeForward Program to demo contribution of intelligent EV charging to grid efficiency

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Working with a select group of BMW i3 drivers, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership. EV battery “second life” system using MINI E vehicle batteries.

MIT team improves liquid metal batteries for grid-scale storage; lower operating temperature, cost

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Researchers at MIT have improved a proposed liquid battery system that could enable renewable energy sources to compete with conventional power plants. In addition to the lower operating temperature, which should simplify the battery’s design and extend its working life, the new formulation will be less expensive to make, Sadoway says.

Battelle introduces Grid Command Distribution services and software for rapid modeling of smart grid distribution circuits

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Screen shot of a Grid Command Distribution “heatmap” analysis for a neighborhood. Battelle recently unveiled its new Grid Command Distribution services and software for utilities. VVO seeks to optimize voltage at all points along the distribution feeder under all loading conditions, thereby increasing grid efficiency.).

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Mitsubishi companies launch smart grid demonstration system using EVs and used battery packs

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Mitsubishi Electric: Validation of a system that can effectively utilize rechargeable EV batteries and used rechargeable batteries.

SwRI develops first ERCOT-qualified vehicle-to-grid aggregation system

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SwRI’s V2G aggregation system allows electric delivery truck fleet owners to make money by using normal vehicle charge times to assist in managing grid frequency. The SwRI system suspends vehicle charging when the electric grid frequency drops too far below 60 Hertz, the normal operating frequency. Electric (Battery) V2X

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A123Systems to power UK Smart Grid project

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It will be the biggest Smart Grid project in UK history – and now A123Systems has been announced as the chief supplier for the Customer-Led Network Revolution. The lithium-ion battery maker will supply six grid battery systems to Northern Powergrid.

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NEC Energy to use 24M semi-solid Li-ion batteries in its grid storage systems

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Battery start-up 24M and NEC Energy Solutions, Inc. NEC Energy Solutions combines ESS and intelligent controls to deliver innovative, tailored, technology solutions for electric grid, backup power and lead-acid replacement applications. —Bud Collins, CEO of NEC Energy Solutions, Inc. Brief

Nissan begins testing combination of LEAF EVs and “LEAF to Home” for grid demand response services

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Nissan Motor Corporation has begun testing in Japan of a system to use electric vehicle technology to help power grids cope with peaks in demand. to assess the effectiveness of EV batteries when used for energy management. This reduces electricity demand on the power grid. Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2X


New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. Short-term transients, including those related to wind and solar sources, present challenges to the electrical grid. A team at Stanford led by Prof.

Hokkaido Elec to invest in 60 MWh redox flow battery for grid storage

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will invest in a 60,000 kWh vanadium redox flow battery from Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. to bolster its grid capacity amid rapid growth in power generation using renewable energy. In addition, redox flow batteries are safe by using an incombustible electrolyte. Redox flow batteries meet all the above requirements.

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BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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BMW i announced a home stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery at EVS 29 in Montréal. ChargeForward.

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Sumitomo Electric demoing ESS for power grid in California; US’ largest redox flow battery system

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Demonstration will now be carried out to evaluate the management of surplus electricity and regulation of grid frequency and voltage fluctuation.

Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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Solid-electrode batteries maintain discharge at peak power for far too short a time to fully regulate wind or solar power output. Background.

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Nissan and Eaton broaden xStorage Home energy storage portfolio; 10-year xStorage Buildings deal with Amsterdam ArenA

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Nissan and Eaton also announced a 10-year deal with Amsterdam ArenA—home of Ajax Football Club and world-famous entertainment venue—to provide back-up power to the arena from second-life Nissan LEAF batteries. The Nissan/Eaton partnership offers xStorage Home, xStorage Buildings and xStorage Grid-scale products.

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Energy storage batteries face biggest test in California

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From the perspective of both renewable-energy advocates and electric utilities, grid-scale energy storage offers many potential benefits. By storing energy in battery packs for later use, energy storage can make intermittent renewable sources like solar and wind into more reliable forms of power.

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Norwegian Electric Systems to provide hybrid electric systems for three new ferries; Odin’s Eye DC grid system

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Norwegian Electric Systems’ main DC system ensures the safe charging and discharging of the batteries. It turns out we had the answer already.

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Electric Car Pioneers Celebrate 10 Years Of Driving On Grid Power

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Green Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) California Plug-in America plug-in cars state laws zero emissions The era of the modern electric car essentially began in December 2010, when the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt first went on sale. Yet some people have been driving electric cars much longer than that. DON''T MISS.

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Australian Smart Grid demand management project shows EV drivers could halve charging costs

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In Australia, as part of the Victorian Government’s Electric Vehicle Trial ( earlier post ), DiUS Computing delivered a demand management demonstration project using Victoria’s Smart Grid. The home charging solution deployed for the project integrated the vehicle, the grid and the driver seamlessly and effectively.

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Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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A plot of ESOI for 7 potential grid-scale energy storage technologies. Benson from Stanford University and Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has quantified the energetic costs of 7 different grid-scale energy storage technologies over time. The five battery technologies fared much worse. Click to enlarge.

ABB: tests show up to 27% fuel savings on ship with Onboard DC Grid

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Dina Star with Onboard DC Grid. Onboard DC Grid system. Our Onboard DC Grid is a significant step forward for electric propulsion.

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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. Battery. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

Nissan and Endesa collaborating to deliver vehicle-to-grid systems to market

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The two companies have agreed to collaborate on the following activities: Introduction of V2G services in the European market; Exploring the use of second-life EV batteries for stationary applications (including households, buildings, grid); and. Designing and evaluating potential affordable energy and mobility pack offers. Brief

BASF pitching NiMH batteries for grid energy storage applications

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BASF Battery Materials will discuss its latest improvements in Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery technology for grid energy storage applications at the 8 th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (IRES 2013), being held 18-20 November 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Brief

California roadmap for grid-connected energy storage technology

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The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) unveiled a comprehensive roadmap to assess the current market environment and regulatory policies for connecting new energy storage technology to the state’s power grid. —California Roadmap.

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Making electric-car battery cell anodes more sustainably

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Studies have found that even cars charged on dirty, coal-powered grids have overall emissions no higher than a very fuel-efficient internal-combustion car. Environmental Manufacturing Batteries plug-in carsBut are there any other potential environmental.

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China’s State Grid and BYD launch 36 MWh battery system for grid energy storage

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BYD and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) have finished construction on what may be the world’s largest battery energy storage station. While there are renewable generation systems of this scale in service today, there are no battery systems of this size, the partners noted. billion RMB). Brief

Pike Research forecasts worldwide grid energy storage spending to reach $22B by 2021, down from 2010 forecast of $35B

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In its new report Energy Storage on the Grid (ESG), Pike Research forecasts that global spending in the ESG market will reach a little over $22 billion over the next 10 years. Electric grids require balance in order to function properly. Energy storage on the grid is reaching a turning point. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

Sumitomo installs first large-scale power system using used EV batteries

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in September 2010, to address the secondary use of EV lithium-ion batteries. Earlier post.)

VT electric utility sells Tesla Powerwall batteries to its customers

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Tesla now has a new—and somewhat unexpected—ally in promoting its Powerwall home energy-storage battery packs. A Vermont electric utility is now selling the battery packs to customers in hopes they can be used to stabilize the grid if needed. Those customers, meanwhile, can make greater use of renewable energy.

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NREL releases interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid applications

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The global vehicle-to-grid (V2G) market is expected to grow at a rapid pace, reaching the $2.25 Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2G

Sendyne IC achieves ten-fold increase in dynamic range of current measurement; targeted for EVs and grid applications

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a company that develops semiconductor components and advanced circuits for the management of battery systems used for grid storage and EVs, has introduced the SFP100, a high-precision current sensing IC, that extends by at least an order of magnitude the range of accurate measurements of current through a resistive shunt.

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