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.

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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.

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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.

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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. The battery modules with an energy capacity of 2.5

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Electric Cars Can Stabilize Utility Grid Via V2G, Study Shows

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Using plug-in electric cars as temporary energy storage and supply sources can stabilize the grid, a new study has found. A fleet of electric vehicles represents a large distributed array of storage batteries to an electric utility, potentially attractive for smoothing grid variations. Those cars, however, must be fitted with vehicle-to-grid (V2G

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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. We not only confirmed that reusing batteries this way is feasible, we found that it has potential to deliver great benefits to automakers and utilities, as well as car owners. B2U Batteries Plug-ins

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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.

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. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

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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). Although project results showed negligible grid impacts from small-scale electric vehicle charging today, they also gave utilities important insights into the demand growth and peak-period charging habits they can anticipate if electric vehicle adoption rises as expected over the next decade. Grid impacts.

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 storageThe agency is tasked with kickstarting energy-related projects in the private sector; its director suggested that the new technologies could be on the market soon. ARPA-E.

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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. The study has two parts, a managed charge pilot program involving BMW i3 owners and a battery second life energy storage system. Grid efficiency through managed charging, combined with a used EV battery “second-life” system.

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. Professor Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company, Ambri (initially Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), to produce electrical-grid-scale liquid batteries, which comprise layers of molten material which automatically separate due to their differing densities. Batteries

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. Battelle staff developed the new Grid Command Distribution software internally as part of its work over the past two years as part of an ongoing smart grid demonstration project in Ohio: AEP Ohio’s gridSMART program, sponsored by the DOE. the addition of solar panels, batteries, volt/VAR.

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

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The purpose of this project is to demonstrate load shifting by charging at night when demand is low, storing power produced from renewable sources in rechargeable batteries, and supplying such power back to the grid when factory facilities and offices face peak demand.

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. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has deployed the first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) aggregation system qualified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to manage charging activities for a fleet of electric delivery trucks. 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. Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries A123Systems green cars Smart Grid

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. Working together, NEC Energy Solutions and 24M will provide customers with high performance, 20-year battery life for reliable grid, off-grid and behind-the-meter solutions.

Energy companies partner with RMI and Grid Singularity to launch global blockchain initiative for energy

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EWF is a partnership between Rocky Mountain Institute, an independent, US-based non-profit organization focused on driving the efficient and restorative use of resources, and Grid Singularity, a blockchain technology developer specializing in energy sector applications.

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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. At a rate of several cycles per day, the new electrode could offer a good 30 years of useful life on the electrical grid, said Colin Wessells, lead author of the paper.

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. Demand response is a strategy to make power grids more efficient by modifying consumers’ power consumption in consideration of available energy supply. This reduces electricity demand on the power grid.

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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. A redox battery is an electrochemical system that generates oxidation and reduction between two active materials, forming a redox system, on the surface of inactive electrodes (the electrodes themselves do not change). Redox flow batteries meet all the above requirements.

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

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The new flow battery developed by the Harvard team already performs as well as vanadium flow batteries, with chemicals that are significantly less expensive and with no precious-metal electrocatalyst. The active components of electrolytes in most flow batteries have been metals.

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Electric cars cleaner than any gas-only car for 97 percent of U.S. drivers

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But unless they're charged entirely on renewable energy—still statistically unlikely today—there are emissions associated with generating the electricity used to charge their batteries. Carbon Footprint emissions carbon dioxide electric utilities plug-in cars GRIDElectric cars have no tailpipe emissions when running.

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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. The system utilizes BMW i3 high-voltage batteries and can be expanded to incorporate second-life batteries as they become available in the market.

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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. In honor of its own 10th anniversary, electric-car advocacy group Plug-In America has compiled a list of 10 electric car "pioneers." DON''T MISS.

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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. Consumers can opt to purchase units powered by either second-life EV batteries or new batteries. Batteries Electric (Battery) Smart Grid Solar

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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. It also helps utilities "balance" the gird by. California energy policy renewable energy energy energy storage

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 results of the project, released this week in a project report available via the DiUS website , showed that drivers could save around $250 each year—about 50% of their charging costs—just by using grid-friendly smart charging technology.

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. Using a new metric—“Energy Stored on Invested, ESOI”—they concluded that batteries were the worst performers, while compressed air energy storage (CAES) performed the best, followed by pumped hydro storage (PHS).

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

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The Norwegian Road Authorities’ strict requirement for emissions for these two ferry routes resulted in an electrical propulsion system using chargeable Li-ion batteries. Norwegian Electric Systems’ main DC system ensures the safe charging and discharging of the batteries.

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

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Dina Star with Onboard DC Grid. ABB, the power and automation technology group, released third-party testing results showing that ABB’s Onboard DC Grid helps vessels reduce their fuel consumption, cut noise and trim their environmental impact. Onboard DC Grid system.

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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. Vehicle to grid is more valuable when there is a bi-directional power flow; can inverter technology be successfully adapted for vehicle to grid applications? Battery.

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

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and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), in cooperation with the State of California and public utility company San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), started the demonstration of the United States’ largest redox flow battery system in California.

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. One technology that has been largely overlooked for grid storage is NiMH. —Michael Zelinsky, Market and Business Development Manager, BASF Battery Materials.

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. This Vehicle to Grid (V2G) system consists of the Endesa two-way charger and an energy management system that can also integrate such off-grid, and renewable, power generation as solar panels and wind turbines.

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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. Reducing costs of integrating and connecting to the grid.

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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. The State Grid system is demonstrating a stable solution for transferring vast amounts of renewable electricity safely to the grid on an unprecedented scale.

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 technologies represent an alternative to traditional grid management using generation assets such as natural gas peakers to balance the grid by adding power to it. Energy storage on the grid is reaching a turning point.

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 carsWith no tailpipe emissions, electric cars have a clear advantage over their gasoline and diesel counterparts when it comes to carbon emissions.

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

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a technical report that provides an interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2GSimple block diagram of an EV with V2G.