CEC EPIC report highlights research making grid more resilient & reliable

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Grid resiliency is a focus for EPIC investments. Generally, resiliency refers to efforts to minimize negative impacts to the grid caused by climate, environmental, and other types of threats. Electric (Battery) Market Background Research Smart Grid

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DOE launches design & construction of $75M grid energy storage research facility at PNNL

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has begun work on the Grid Storage Launchpad (GSL), a $75-million facility located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington that will boost clean energy adaptation and accelerate the development and deployment of long-duration, low-cost grid energy storage. Validation: The facility will enable independent testing of next generation grid energy storage materials and systems under realistic grid operating conditions.

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Mercom Capital: funding for battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies down 38% YoY in 1H 2020

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter (Q2) and first half (1H) of 2020.

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Statkraft to install GE Rotating Stabilizers in grid-stabilization project in Scotland

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Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, has agreed to a deal to help further decarbonize the UK’s power sector and deliver a new approach to managing the stability of the grid. Batteries Emissions Market Background Power Generation Smart Grid Wind

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PNNL study finds 2028 grid resource adequacy likely sufficient for high EV penetration; managed charging strategies can double adequacy

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A new study of the impact of high EV adoption on the Western US power grid by a team from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has found that 2028 grid resource adequacy—from generation through transmission—is likely to be sufficient for high EV penetration.

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NSF awards UCSD team $39M to improve integration of distributed energy resources into grid; EV batteries also

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to build a first-of-its-kind testbed—DERConnect—to improve the understanding of how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. We will be replicating the entire California power grid on one campus.

2020 161

SCE signs 7 contracts for 770 MW of battery-based energy storage for grid reliability

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Southern California Edison recently signed seven contracts totaling 770 megawatts of battery-based energy storage resources to help enhance the region’s electric system reliability needs. The projects will enhance electric grid reliability and help address potential energy shortfalls identified in California. Most of the projects selected are co-located projects since the battery project will use an adjacent solar power plant to charge the battery over the term of the contract.

2020 170

XL Fleet launches XL Grid division with charging infrastructure solutions

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XL Fleet, a leading provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, has entered into a partnership with a commercial EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) supplier to begin the launch of its XL Grid division. XL Grid will provide charging infrastructure, energy storage and power solutions for electrified fleets. XL Fleet intends to continue expanding its XL Grid division to meet these energy demands.

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Mercom: battery, smart grid, energy efficiency companies raised $2.3B in VC funding in 2019; 18% lower than 2018

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Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy research and communications firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for 2019. Battery Storage. Smart Grid.

2020 195

Nuvve and Lion Electric to collaborate on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) in electric school buses

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Nuvve Corporation, a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, and Lion Electric, an original equipment manufacturer of all-electric heavy-duty vehicles based in Québec, are collaborating to launch vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology as a standard feature of Lion’s zero-emission school buses.

2020 315

Pecan Street launches Texas’ first grid-connected vehicle-to-grid research and testing center

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launched Texas’ first grid-tied vehicle-to-grid (V2G) testing center at its lab in Austin, turning electric vehicles into a dispatchable load shaving tool for the municipally-owned electric utility, Austin Energy. V2G technologies allow us to unlock the potential of EVs for cleaner transit and a cleaner grid. New grid-tied V2G equipment installed at Pecan Street’s lab in Austin, TX. Electric (Battery) V2X

2019 282

DOE releases analysis of potential impacts of hyperloop technology on the grid

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has conducted an analysis on the potential effects of hyperloop systems on the electric grid, as well as on transportation energy demand. The analysis of potential grid and energy efficiency impacts is based on conceptual data, as drawn from open sources or made available by developers, and on transportation energy use data. Findings of the report include: Effects on the electric grid. Electric (Battery) Freight Market Background Mobility

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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IPG’s project will demonstrate the role of Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology in bringing EV charging to high-use and remote locations through clean, cheap, grid-independent power generation. Electric (Battery) Engines Fuels Infrastructure

2020 324

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. The stationary storage unit, with a total capacity of 13 MWh, uses second-life battery systems from the second generation of smart electric drive vehicles. Under the banner of “E-Mobility thought to the end,” Daimler, The Mobility House, GETEC and REMONDIS are mapping out the entire battery value creation and recycling chain with their project in Lünen.

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WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities. When an electric vehicle’s battery reaches the end of its useful life it is by no means massively depleted. It is generally accepted that an EV battery has reached end of life when its capacity drops to 80% of a fresh battery. Batteries Electric (Battery

2019 246

India’s first grid-connected li-ion battery-based energy storage system

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India’s first grid-connected li-ion battery-based energy storage system. India’s first grid-connected li-ion battery. MWh battery energy storage system will provide a better solution of power backup to preferential consumers in case of a grid outage.

Opinion: Reinventing fuel-based power for a more secure and resilient grid

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With battery storage able to provide a unique role in balancing a renewable electricity grid, Toby Gill, CEO of Intelligent Power Generation, asks could innovations in green hydrogen and biofuel technologies contribute to a more optimized and economical energy mix?

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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 announcement comes four weeks after Tesla Motors announced its own entry into the ESS market with the home PowerWall Li-ion battery system ( earlier post ), although Daimler has been considering the move for several years. Daimler’s first industrial-scale lithium-ion unit is already on the grid and is being operated by the partner companies The Mobility House AG and GETEC Energie AG. The battery modules with an energy capacity of 2.5 Batteries Infrastructure Smart Grid

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Mercom Capital Group: Battery storage, smart grid & efficiency companies raise $3.2B in funding in Q3 2020; up 165% QoQ, 777% YoY

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Mercom Capital Group, LLC, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the global Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the third quarter (Q3) and first nine months (9M) of 2020.

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NREL study finds that uncoordinated plug-in vehicle charging could prove challenging to the grid

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An influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) charging without coordination could prove challenging to the nation’s electric grid, according to research conducted by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Earlier studies on how PEVs might affect the grid assumed utilities would have some control over when charging occurs, referred to as coordinated charging, which will greatly facilitate PEV integration.

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HOMER Grid software now models EV charging stations

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HOMER Energy by UL, a global developer of energy modeling software, announced that HOMER Grid , software for designing grid-tied distributed energy projects, can now model how hybrid systems power electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. HOMER Grid can model how renewables and distributed generation address the growing demand for EV charging in a clean and cost-effective way. HOMER Grid software addresses two types of charging scenarios when it simulates energy systems.

2020 170

V2G company Nuvve participating in California’s wholesale energy markets to help balance the grid

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Nuvve Corporation, a San Diego-based vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, is participating in a program to deliver resource adequacy to local utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and California’s electrical grid using a large stationary battery located on the University of California San Diego’s (UC San Diego’s) campus microgrid. Nuvve offers AC and DC charging station options which are preconfigured to work with NUVVE’s Grid Integrated Platform (GIVe).

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Northvolt & Mälarenergi partner to deploy battery energy storage for EV charging

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Northvolt and Mälarenergi are partnering to establish a battery energy storage system at an electric vehicle charging station in Västerås, Sweden. The battery system will provide power output up to 220 kW and a usable energy capacity of 320 kWh. Batteries Smart charging Smart Grid

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UPS-led SEUL consortium switches on smart-grid fleet charging solution in London; maxing out on EVs without expensive grid upgrades

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A UPS-led consortium has deployed new smart-grid charging technology in London that overcomes the challenge of simultaneously recharging an entire fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) without the need for the expensive upgrade to the power supply grid. Recharging a fleet of electric vehicles can be extremely expensive as it often requires upgrades to the external power grid, an option not attractive to most businesses or operators.

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EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo, America’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has launched a commercial installation of second-life battery storage at a public DC fast charging station. Following a pilot program at University of California San Diego (UCSD), this second-life battery system has been unveiled at an operational EVgo fast charging station located in Union City, CA at 3960 Smith Street. Batteries Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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Study finds twin demand peak for residential time-of-use EV charging; implications for grid operators

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The results, published in a paper in the journal Energy Policy , reveal potential issues for grid operations with greater EV adoption and the importance of careful TOU rate design. An analysis on the potential energy load profiles based on different TOU rate structures across regions and EV charging load requirements would give insights on how to best design the rate structure to induce the best charging behavior for better grid operations.

2019 204

FCA and ENGIE EPS partner on V2G in Italy; second-life batteries

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and ENGIE EPS, and Italian technology player in energy storage, hydrogen and e-mobility, have been awarded with 25 MW of capacity in the context of the tender process held by the Italian grid operator Terna. The innovative grid service, named ultra-fast frequency regulation (Fast Reserve), will contribute to improving the stability of the electrical grid frequency in the context of the increasing penetration of renewable sources. Electric (Battery) Europe Smart Grid V2X

2020 196

Fiat Chrysler and Italian grid operator Terna partner on V2G trials

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The CEO and General Manager of Terna, Luigi Ferraris, and the Chief Operating Officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in EMEA, Pietro Gorlier, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the joint trialing of sustainable mobility services and technologies such as Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G). Terna is one of the main European electricity transmission grid operators and manages the Italian high voltage transmission grid, with more than 74,000 km of lines. Electric (Battery) V2X

2019 236

California ISO publishes roadmap for integrating EVs into grid

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Summary of the path to enable EVs to provide grid services. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has released a blueprint for integrating electric vehicles (EVs) into the grid: “ California Vehicle-Grid Integration Roadmap: Enabling Vehicle-based Grid Services ”. Creative approaches identified in this roadmap are expected to lead to EV charging behavior that is beneficial or at least not adverse to grid reliability.

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TenneT and Daimler testing use of automobile battery systems for grid stabilization and recovery

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Transmission system operator TenneT and Daimler AG, through its wholly owned subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, have researched and tested the feasibility of innovative system services in the transmission grid as part of a joint development partnership. The project partners have shown in the Kamenz test lab that automobile battery storage systems can perform the job of system stabilisation for large-scale power plants. These are second-life and replacement batteries.

2019 175

UC Riverside opening Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative; integration of solar energy, battery storage and electric and hybrid vehicles

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Schematic of the “New Grid Testbed” components, including renewable energy generation, energy storage, smart distribution and electric transportation Click to enlarge. The University of California, Riverside is opening its Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative to research the integration of: intermittent renewable energy, such as photovoltaic solar panels; energy storage, such as batteries; and all types of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

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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. Grid readiness certificate: Parker will specify the technical parameters (grid keys) needed by electric vehicles to provide power and energy services to the grid.

2017 204

Daimler & enercity storing new replacement EV batteries in working 15 MWh grid storage system; “living storage”

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Daimler AG, with its wholly owned subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE, and enercity (Stadtwerke Hannover AG) will begin construction of a new stationary energy storage system (ESS) this year; the facility also functions as a spare parts storage facility for electromotive battery systems. Around 3,000 new battery packs, destined for the current smart electric drive vehicle fleet, are being pooled to create the ESS at the enercity site in Herrenhausen. Battery health.

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ARPA-E Battery/Storage Exposition 14 Jan

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The projects in the AMPED Program seek to develop advanced sensing, control, and power management technologies that redefine the way we think about battery management. BEEST (Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation). ARPA-E Batteries

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

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At the 21 st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris this week, Nissan announced the development of a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) system which will allow drivers to operate as individual energy hubs with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid. Nissan will commence Smart Grid trials in partnership with multinational energy manufacturer and distributor, ENEL. Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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Mercom: battery storage, smart grid, and efficiency companies raised $1.3B+ in VC funding in 9M 2018

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Global VC funding (venture capital, private equity, and corporate venture capital) for Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency companies in the first 9 months (9M) of 2018 was 8% higher at more than $1.3 The decline was due to lower funding activity in the Smart Grid and Efficiency categories as funding increased in Battery Storage. Battery storage. Lithium-based batteries companies received the most funding with $211 million. Smart grid.

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ABB, AFC Energy to develop high power EV charging solution for grid-constrained locations; fuel cells

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ABB and AFC Energy are partnering to create the next generation of high power sustainable electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for grid-constrained locations. Utilizing ABB’s energy storage solution and DC EV fast chargers along with AFC Energy’s zero-emission, high-efficiency hydrogen fuel cell, the strategic collaboration will deliver a fully autonomous, high-power EV charging system to provide an end-to-end solution for high power charging sites with limited grid connection.

2020 161

Hawaii study finds vehicle-to-grid discharge detrimental to EV batteries

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Results of a study by a team at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa, suggest that the additional cycling to discharge vehicle batteries to the power grid in a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) scenario, even at constant power, is detrimental to EV battery cell performance. This bidirectional charging is known as Grid-to-vehicle (G2V) and Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) respectively. … Batteries Smart charging V2X

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Guidehouse Insights: blockchain-based EV charging & grid integration market to show 78% CAGR from 2020-2029

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According to the new report, the combined market for blockchain-based EV charging and grid integration is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2029 at a 77.9% Beyond contributing efficiencies to the information management layer of EV charging and integration solutions, blockchain technology can enable owners of EVs to take advantage of new revenue streams in the form of peer-to-peer charging applications and grid services. Blockchain Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch test second-life EV battery electricity storage in Hamburg for grid stabilization

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Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch are testing the use of second-life EV batteries in a 2 MW, 2,800 kWh energy storage system in Hamburg, Germany, to keep the electricity grid stable. The electricity storage facility comprises 2,600 battery modules from more than 100 electric vehicles. The storage facility delivers primary control reserve power necessary to keep the 50 Hz grid frequency stable. That way they help to stabilize the electricity grid.

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BMW partners with Off Grid Energy on second life batteries

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BMW UK – including MINI – has partnered up with Off Grid Energy to breathe new life into spent batteries from the brands' PHEVs and EVs.

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CEO Mary Barra & General Motors Make Sure The Greenius Is Rewarded For His Many Years Of EV Advocacy

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Toyota clearly had no love or expertise for pure Battery Electric Vehicles and was only interested in getting credit for a compliance car. Learning to install solar with GRID Alternatives in 2009. My brand new battery, made by LG in South Korea, was included in the recall.

New EU/US lab for interoperability of e-vehicles and smart grids

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Following the Transatlantic Economic Council’s decision to promote electric vehicles and smart grid interoperability, on 29 October the European Commission inaugurated the European Interoperability Centre, a laboratory operated by the JRC. Smart grids and electric vehicles are rapidly evolving, but we have not yet harnessed their full potential. Electric (Battery) Europe Regulations Smart Grid Standards

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