Tesla builds world's largest lithium-ion battery, for utility use, in Australia

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a bet that he'd build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in Australia in 100 days. If his company failed, Musk would personally pay for the project, but the battery is now ready for its first test ahead of full operation—and on schedule. The massive 129-megawatt-hour battery will plug into South Australia's. Batteries Elon Musk Australia electric utilities renewable energy clean energy grid storage

Li-ion Supplier Saft Partners with Apollo Solar on US DOE Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) Project

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Saft is supplying a lithium-ion battery system to provide energy storage for one of the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) projects funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems concept paper (2007).

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Mercedes-Benz Energy, Beijing Electric Vehicle start development partnership on 2nd-life battery storage

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Daimler AG, with its wholly owned subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, and Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., BJEV), a subsidiary of the BAIC Group, have entered into a development partnership to establish second-life energy storage systems in China in the future. Together, Mercedes-Benz Energy and Beijing Electric Vehicle plan to set up the first 2nd-life energy storage unit in Beijing, making use of retired BJEV electric car batteries. Batteries China

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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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OSU team develops new aqueous lithium-iodine solar flow battery; 20% energy savings over Li-I batteries

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After debuting the first solar air battery—a photo-assisted charging Li-O 2 battery—last fall ( earlier post ), researchers at The Ohio State University led by Professor Yiying Wu have now developed a new system combining a solar cell and a battery into a single device. Batteries

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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. It is the largest renewable energy project of its kind in California.

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DuPont Introduces New Separators for Li-ion Batteries

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DuPont has introduced a nanofiber-based polymeric battery separator that boosts the performance and safety of lithium-ion batteries. DuPont Energain battery separators can increase power 15 to 30%, increase battery life by up to 20% and improve battery safety by providing stability at high temperatures, according to DuPont. The result is more efficient operation, longer battery life and improved safety, according to DuPont. Tags: Batteries

UniEnergy signs commercialization agreement for PNNL-developed vanadium redox flow battery

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UniEnergy Technologies LLC has signed a license agreement with Battelle to further develop and commercialize a vanadium redox flow battery developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) that holds promise for storing large amounts of renewable energy and providing greater stability to the energy grid. However, these batteries have been limited in their ability to work well in a wide range of temperatures, their relatively high cost, and their energy density.

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Mitsubishi Heavy to Enter Lithium-ion Secondary (Rechargeable) Battery Business

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MHI) has decided to build a commercial production verification plant in Nagasaki Prefecture and launch its operation by autumn 2010 in a move toward the company’s full-scale entry into the lithium-ion secondary (rechargeable) battery market. The new plant, to be built within the company’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works, will have a production capacity of 66 MWh of batteries a year, which is equivalent to 400,000 medium-size cells. Tags: Batteries

Three Battery-Electric Opel Merivas to Participate in MeRegioMobil Research Project; Vehicle-to-Grid Integration

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The battery-electric Opel Meriva research vehicle. Opel is developing three battery-electric versions of its Meriva small MPV as research vehicles to participate in the MeRegioMobil research project funded by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology.

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Hubject and Daimler pilot Plug&Charge via ISO 15118 on smart EQ fortwo/forfour; no card or app needed

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The ISO 15118 standard also describes further types of applications such as the future integration of electric vehicles in the energy grid (smart charging), thus laying the foundations for a secure, sustainable charging infrastructure.

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Pike Forecasts Grid Stationary Energy Storage Market to Reach $35B by 2020; Significant Opportunity for CAES, Li-ion and Flow Batteries

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According to a new report from Pike Research, worldwide installed revenues for stationary energy storage systems for the electricity grid will grow at a strong pace in the coming decade, increasing from $1.5 Energy storage on the grid addresses several pressing market needs.

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General Motors opens new battery systems lab

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The future is green for General Motors and it has further established its commitment to forward-thinking technology with the opening of what has been dubbed the largest and most technologically advanced battery lab in the USA. The Global Battery Systems Lab has been opened on its Technical Centre campus in Warren, MI, and is set to lead GM’s global advanced battery engineering resources as well as the introduction of electrically driven vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt.

Greenlings: Benefits of charging stations vs. battery swaps vs. home charging

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The three leading new options to re-supply our autos with energy are charging at home, battery swap stations and fast charge stations. Well take a look at these three different energy resupply methods and outline some of their strengths as well as weaknesses.

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FedEx Express doubles and diversifies all-electric fleet with 24 new units; adding more than 4,000 new, fuel-efficient vehicles in total

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At the same time, FedEx Express will be adding more hybrid-electrics, using composite vehicles and upgrading more than a tenth of its conventional vehicle fleet to more energy-efficient vehicles. These vehicles will be studied to help evolve all-electric vehicle technology and to establish a foundation of understanding on utility grid needs by modeling impact of future all-electric vehicle growth on the shared energy grid. Diesel Electric (Battery) Fleets Hybrids

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BMW begins Phase 2 of ChargeForward Program with PG&E to study advanced electric vehicle charging; results from Phase 1

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Funding for this second phase was secured through a competitive bid for a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant. Phase 1 of the program demonstrated the viability of creating grid value by optimizing smart charging of EVs. As in the first phase of the pilot, BMW will ensure participant-drivers’ expressed mobility needs are always met, while using remaining flexibility to create grid value. Electric (Battery) Smart charging Vehicle Manufacturers

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EnerG2 nano-structured hard carbon boosts Li-ion anode capacity by >50% compared to standard graphite

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A chart from EnerG2’s 2012 DOE Merit Review presentation shows different pore profiles for different energy storage applications. These properties can be tailored and modified for adaptation to the specific requirements of a given energy storage application. Batteries

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PG&E launches new $130M program to accelerate EV adoption in Northern and Central California; 7,500 chargers

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The electricity fueling EVs in California comes from one of the cleanest energy mixes in the country—nearly 70% of the electricity PG&E delivers to customers is from greenhouse gas-free resources. One in five electric vehicles in the United States plug into PG&E’s clean energy grid. PG&E’s EV Charge Network program will pay for and build the infrastructure from the electric grid to the charger. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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IBM, Honda, and PG&E partner on smarter charging for EVs; utilities to communicate charging instructions directly based on grid conditions

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and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a new pilot project that will allow communication between electric vehicles (EVs) and the power grid. This project will demonstrate and test an electric vehicle’s ability to receive and respond to charge instructions based on the grid condition and the vehicle’s battery state. Using this aggregated data, the vehicle has the intelligence to charge to the level that is needed while factoring any current grid constraints.

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California Governor’s Office releases 2013 ZEV action plan; 1.5M ZEVs on CA roadways by 2025

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For the purposes of the executive order and action plan, ZEVs include hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Plan for and integrate peak vehicle demand for electricity into the state’s energy grid. Provide plug-in vehicle (PEV) drivers with options to connect PEV charging with energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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German Automakers Propsing Integrated Global Standard for a Modular Connector System for EV Charging

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A globally integrated standard is to ensure that customers always have direct and easy access to the energy grid, independent of vehicle brand and supplier of electric energy. Charging at DC charging stations is a challenge for all national and international suppliers of electric energy and committees to also make a sustainable step towards a customer-oriented offering in this context, the companies said.

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BMW Group plants stepping up activities in balancing-power market to contribute to grid stability

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The energy control stations at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut are stepping up their activities in the balancing-power market in Germany. Electricity balancing serves as a versatile energy reserve that can be used to even out fluctuations in the grid.

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DOE and NREL announce Energy Systems Integration Facility

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado, as the latest Energy Department user facility and the only one in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.

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Renault Trucks and Nestlé Switzerland partner on all-electric medium-duty refrigerated truck

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These vehicles can reach a maximum speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) and have a system of recovering energy during braking. This joint effort being made by Nestlé Switzerland and Renault Trucks will make it possible to test and validate the latest generations of batteries, optimize components and seek the most favorable compromises before going on to a new stage of research into this type of vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Germany to be supplied with CO2-neutral energy from 2022

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In Germany, all Mercedes-Benz plants will be supplied with CO 2 -neutral energy. Thereby, we completely forego coal-based electricity and obtain our electrical energy from only renewable sources. Today, new plants in Europe are already planned with a CO2-neutral energy supply from the start. With a CO2-neutral energy supply of the plants, we are consistently pursuing this approach and are actively driving sustainability in production.

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Intelligent Energy announces US$1.8B deal for ~27K telecom towers in India; fuel cell power for ~70%; landmark in fuel cell deployment

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UK-based fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy will purchase contracts from GTL Limited to supply energy-management services across more than 27,400 telecom towers in India—about 6.4% This deal sets a significant precedent for shaping India’s energy future.

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IBM and EKZ partner to make plug-in charging more convenient with new smartphone application

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IBM Research has teamed with EKZ, the electricity utility provider of the Canton of Zurich in Switzerland, on a new pilot project that will allow consumers conveniently to charge electric vehicles and monitor their energy costs, using mobile devices. This near real-time information will also help utility providers better manage power grid loads during peak charging times. —Franken, head of the Energy Distribution department of EKZ and executive management member.

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DOE Announces $100M Available for ARPA-Es 3rd Funding Opportunity; Focus on Grid-Scale Energy Storage, Electrical Power Technology, and Building Energy Efficiency

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At the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington this week, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available for ARPA-E’s third round of funding opportunity. The third round is focused specifically on three technology areas: Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS). Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices (BEET-IT).

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US solar grid project takes step forward

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The Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems that are funded by the US Department of Energy have moved forward with the announcement that Saft will supply one of the projects with a lithium-ion battery system for energy storage. The aim behind the programme is to develop high performance products that allow photovoltaics to be used in household and Smart Energy systems.