SwRI opens Energy Storage Technology Center

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Southwest Research Institute has opened a new Energy Storage Technology Center , bringing its diverse scientific research, development and evaluation of energy storage systems under one roof. The facility houses SwRI technology to evaluate and to develop battery and energy storage systems for electric, plug-in and hybrid electric vehicles; grid storage; flywheels; and stationary systems such as flow batteries for electric power grid applications.

2018 65

Sandy solution for renewable energy storage; Thermal Energy Storage System

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Sand is emerging as a key ingredient in the race to develop a viable electricity storage system for renewable energies. Australia-based Latent Heat Storage has developed a low cost thermal energy storage system based on the latent heat properties of silicon derived from sand. The TESS device stores electricity as thermal energy by heating and melting containers full of silicon. by Andrew Spence.

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SABIC acquires majority stake in carbon nanotube business for energy storage applications

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BDS produces and commercializes MOLECULAR REBAR, a proprietary technology of modified carbon nanotubes that offers potential for enhancing the performance of energy storage applications using lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries.

2019 117

California Energy Commission to award up to $11M for non-Li-ion energy storage projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released a solicitation (GFO-19-305) to fund innovative, non-Li-ion energy storage research projects, including green electrolytic hydrogen systems. The timing is right for supporting emerging technologies that can out-perform existing energy storage technologies because a substantial amount of the energy storage in California was installed in the last few years and will need to be upgraded or replaced in the next 7-15 years.

2020 60

Electrochemical energy storage startup SPARKZ licenses ORNL cobalt-free battery tech

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Stealth-mode electrochemical energy storage startup SPARKZ Inc. has exclusively licensed five battery technologies from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) designed to eliminate the use of cobalt metal in lithium-ion batteries. The advancement is aimed at accelerating the production of electric vehicles and energy storage solutions for the power grid. Energy density is especially important for EVs.

2020 68

Eos Energy Storage introduces grid-scale battery system at $160/kWh

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Eos Energy Storage announced the commercial availability of its MW-scale Aurora system for deliveries starting in 2016. With a 30-year life, Eos is can provide peak electricity at a levelized cost of $0.12-0.17

2015 112

Faraday Institution to award up to £55M to five consortia for energy storage research

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The ultimate aim of the research is to facilitate improvements in batteries used for transport and other applications such as grid storage with improved performance and cost characteristics. The new projects in four focus areas join the existing Faraday Institution research projects that collectively aim to deliver the organisation’s mission to accelerate breakthroughs in energy storage technologies to benefit the UK in the global race to electrification.

2019 78

Lux: lower-cost flow batteries likely to create $190M energy storage market in 2020

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Lower costs redox flow batteries will likely carve out a 360 MWh market for stationary energy storage in 2020, worth $190 million, according to Lux Research. In the optimistic case, significant project cost reduction could yield a $380-million opportunity or 760 MWh of flow battery systems in 2020. Within the stationary energy storage market, four flow battery chemistries, led by vanadium-based systems, are gaining commercial traction.

2014 84

Nissan and 4R Energy partner with Green Charge Networks for commercial energy storage featuring second-life EV batteries

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Nissan Motor Company and Green Charge Networks, a provider of commercial energy storage, are partnering to deploy second-life Li-ion vehicle batteries for stationary commercial energy storage in the US and international markets. Engineering teams from both companies have worked together for more than a year to ensure safety, reliability and performance of this offering for commercial customers.

2015 94

EnerNOC and Tesla to collaborate on stationary energy storage

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a provider of energy intelligence software (EIS), will collaborate with Tesla on the deployment and management of energy storage systems in commercial and industrial buildings. Tesla announced its PowerWall line of stationary Li-ion battery storage systems last night. Enablement of EnerNOC customer sites with Tesla energy storage systems is currently underway. Energy management today is more complicated than simply buying power from the utility.

2015 84

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 envisions energy storage technology as a critical component in reducing global warming, improving air quality and promoting energy independence.

2015 78

DOE: high-temperature, downhole rechargeable energy storage device ready for commercialization

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the commercialization of a rechargeable energy storage device capable of operating in the extreme temperatures necessary for geothermal energy production. The stable performance and extreme long life of these cells position the technology for commercial deployment without further development, FastCap said. A $2.2-million Energy Department investment, coupled with $5.5

2014 78

Study suggests fuel cell hybrid with supercapacitors for energy storage the most fuel efficient

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Consequently, the high cost and slow dynamics of the FC systems are the major challenges for the commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

2013 152

IHS: late 2015 pipeline growth signals impending rise in global energy storage market

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Battery cost reductions, government funding programs and utility tenders led to a 45% increase in the global energy storage pipeline in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015 compared to the previous quarter.

2016 85

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 battery storage system electrified by BMW i can be equipped with new or second-life batteries.

2016 98

SolarCity introduces energy storage for businesses; Tesla battery technology

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SolarCity has unveiled a smart energy storage system to address rising utility demand charges and increasing grid outages affecting businesses. Developed with battery technology from Tesla Motors, SolarCity DemandLogic storage includes learning software that automates the discharge of stored energy to optimize utility charge savings for customers.

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

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Nissan and power management leader Eaton are broadening their portfolio of xStorage Home residential energy storage solutions—which can use second-life EV batteries—by introducing a range of six product configurations, giving consumers greater choice to meet their energy needs. The system gives consumers greater control over how and when they use energy in their own homes enabling them to avoid expensive tariff periods. Storage capacities are 4.2

2016 78

Georgia Tech team develops highly efficient multi-phase catalyst for SOFCs and other energy storage and conversion systems

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The catalyst is also readily applicable to other energy storage and conversion systems, including metal-air batteries, supercapacitors, electrolyzers, dye-sensitized solar cells, and photocatalysis. That could, in turn, reduce overall material costs.

2018 90

Navigant forecasts energy storage enabling technologies revenue to total nearly $75B from 2015 to 2024

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Navigant Research forecasts that worldwide energy storage enabling technology (ESET) revenue will total nearly $75 billion from 2015 to 2024. The report analyzes the ESET global market across four distinct market segments: utility-scale storage; community storage; residential storage; and commercial storage, including global market forecasts through 2024.

2015 79

Ultrahigh-capacity anodes derived from natural silk for Li-ion batteries; other energy storage applications

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Researchers at the Beijing Institute of Technology have found a way to process biomass-derived natural silk to create carbon-based nanosheets that could potentially be used in Li-ion batteries and other energy storage devices.

2015 93

Ceramic pump moves molten metal at a record 1,400 ?C; new avenues for energy storage and hydrogen production

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A ceramic-based mechanical pump able to operate at record temperatures of more than 1,400 ˚C (1,673 K) can transfer high-temperature liquids such as molten tin, enabling a new generation of energy conversion and storage systems.

2017 85

New safety test environment for high-speed flywheels for energy storage systems; new high-speed imaging techniques

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Operating at extremely high rotational speeds, these systems offer a practical and potentially cost-effective mechanical means of saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions through the mechanical storage and reuse of energy in applications such as regenerative braking.

2015 106

Connected Energy and Renault to collaborate on energy storage and EV charging technology; second-life batteries in E-STOR

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Renault and distributed energy storage company Connected Energy are partnering to develop sustainable and efficient ways of using electric vehicle batteries at the end of their useable in-vehicle life in order to supply innovative and more affordable vehicle charging solutions.

2016 101

EnerDel Entering Utility-Scale Energy Storage Market

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Automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel is entering the utility-scale energy storage market, supplying batteries for one of the 16 new smart grid regional demonstration projects recently awarded funding by the US DOE. The PGE project will be built in Salem, OR, where it will serve both residential and commercial customers.

ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 19 new projects to receive a total of $43 million to develop breakthrough energy storage technologies and support promising small businesses. military at forward operating bases in remote areas —Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Advanced Management And Protection Of Energy-Storage Devices (AMPED). cost associated with thermal management.

2012 99

Liquid Air Energy Network forms in UK; focus on transportation and energy storage

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A new new forum for the advocacy and development of liquid air as an alternative technology to harness waste and surplus energy within power and transport—the Liquid Air Energy Network (LAEN)—has formed in the UK. The costs of pre-clearance should be grant funded.

2013 117

USABC awards Maxwell Technologies and partners $7.01M for ultracap energy storage system for power-assist hybrids

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million cost-shared technology development contract to develop an advanced energy storage system for power-assist hybrid electric vehicles (PAHEVs). million to Cobasys to develop high-energy density battery cells and battery packs for electric vehicle (EV) applications.

2011 104

NYSERDA Commits $8M to Develop and Commercialize 19 New York Battery and Energy-Storage Technology Projects

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will award $8 million to help develop or commercialize 19 advanced energy storage projects. The awards are being made to companies and universities across New York that are involved in advanced research and development of energy storage applications that could benefit transportation, utility Smart Grid applications, renewable energy technologies, and other industries.

2010 76

SEPTA, Constellation, and Viridity Energy to deploy 8.75MW energy storage system to capture and reuse subway train braking energy

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An 8.75MW battery storage network which will capture and reuse the energy created by braking subway cars will help Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) reduce operating costs, ensure energy resiliency, and support the stability of the electrical grid.

2016 85

Powdermet partnering with DOD and DOE to commercialize new nano-composite materials for energy storage and ultra wear resistance

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a provider of advanced coatings and metal formulations, has secured several partnerships with corporate, government and military agencies—including the US Army, Navy and Department of Energy, to advance commercialization of its EnComp Energetic nanocomposites and MComP Microcomposite materials for use in high-density energy storage and energy-efficient mechanical bearing markets. Huge for EVs and renewables, where energy storage has been an issue.

2013 64

CEC awards Eos Energy Storage $2.1M to demo AC-integrated zinc hybrid-cathode battery technology for grid storage

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $2.1 million to Eos Energy Storage, LLC to demonstrate an AC-integrated system incorporating the company’s zinc hybrid-cathode battery technology (“Zynth”) to enhance renewable energy generation and provide grid-scale, multi-hour energy storage. Znyth battery technology uses a safe aqueous electrolyte and a novel zinc-hybrid cathode to enable extremely low-cost electricity storage and long life.

2015 76

NYSERDA awards $2M to 8 projects to develop advanced energy storage technologies

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $250,000 to each of eight companies and research centers to develop working prototypes for a wide range of energy-storage technologies. The recipients are all members of the NY Battery and Energy Storage Technology ( NY-BEST ) Consortium. This is the first of three rounds of funding to help members of NY-BEST move promising technologies toward commercialization.

2012 78

Spider9 to license OSE technology to Samsung Electronics; enables first application beyond the stationary energy storage market

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Spider9, a 2011 spin-out from the University of Michigan, announced a technology licensing agreement with Samsung Electronics (“Samsung”) for use of Spider9’s proprietary Energy Operating System (OS E ) technology. The agreement opens the door for the first application of OSE technology outside of the stationary energy storage market. OSE allows us to reduce the lifetime costs of battery-based storage by up to 40%. kWh Energy Vault delivers 6.0

2015 78

STEAG investing €100M in a total of 90 MW of grid energy storage systems with LG Chem Li-ion batteries

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German utility STEAG is investing around €100 million in grid energy storage systems (ESS) totalling 90 MW, equipped with Li-ion cells from LG Chem. Using the existing plant sites provides synergies in the infrastructure and therefore keeps the investment costs low, STEAG said. The storage systems are to be used to provide primary control power—a service for stabilization of the networks—for which the Transmission System Operators invite bids on a weekly basis.

2015 78

Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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The study, which provides a joint industry analysis of how different types of batteries are used in different automotive applications, concludes that lead-based batteries will by necessity remain the most wide-spread energy storage system in automotive applications for the foreseeable future.

2014 130

Ricardo Introduces Kinergy Flywheel Energy Storage System; FLYBUS and KinerStor

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The Ricardo Kinergy high-speed, hermetically-sealed flywheel energy storage system. Building on its experience in the research and development of advanced energy management concepts—including the engineering of kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) for motorsport—Ricardo has devised Kinergy, a high-speed, hermetically-sealed flywheel energy storage system concept with an innovative and patented magnetic gearing and coupling mechanism.

NYSERDA awards $1.4M to 6 projects for advanced energy storage technologies; Electromotive and Ioxus for heavy-duty hybrids

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded a total of $1.4 million to six companies engaged in researching and developing energy storage systems. Funding recipients are all members of the NY Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium. The companies, located throughout New York State, will use the funding to turn energy storage technologies with proven technical feasibility into working prototypes.

2013 80

Boulder Ionics raises $4.3M for high-throughput production of ionic liquid electrolytes for energy storage devices

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Boulder Ionics Corporation, a startup that has developed a novel, high-throughput, low-cost synthesis platform for producing ionic liquid electrolytes for use in advanced energy storage devices, completed a $4.3-million Series A financing. Batteries using ionic liquid electrolytes can be non-flammable, are stable at higher temperatures and can operate at higher voltages (increasing energy density and lowering cost).

2012 81

Maxwell and Soitec demonstrating integration of ucap energy storage and concentrating photovoltaic

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and Soitec will collaborate on a California Energy Commission-funded, two-phase program to demonstrate the cost and efficiency benefits of combining an energy storage system with Soitec’s Concentrix CPV (concentrated photovoltaic) technology. The integrated systems will also take advantage of other technology advances, including solar forecasting and predictive energy control, to maximize the benefit of incorporating ultracapacitor energy storage.

2013 64

ARPA-E issues $30M AMPED solicitation for R&D on management and protection of energy storage systems

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has issued the $30-million “Advanced Management and Protection of Energy-storage Devices” (AMPED) funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0000675 ). The objective of AMPED is to identify high-impact concepts for providing diagnostic, prognostic, and control capabilities to significantly increase performance and accelerate adoption of energy storage systems.

2012 82

Construction starts on “Flybus” demonstrator; low-cost flywheel energy storage hybrid projects 20% savings in fuel consumption

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Construction has begun on the first “Flybus” prototype vehicle, designed to demonstrate the viability of a cost-effective alternative to battery-hybrid buses by using flywheel energy storage. Central to the project is the use of a compact high-speed flywheel as an energy store, recycling the kinetic energy that would otherwise be wasted whenever the vehicle brakes. The flywheel-hybrid system bolts directly onto the automatic transmission.

2010 80

DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. These 32 demonstration projects, which include large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, plug-in vehicles, and a range of other smart technologies, will act as models for deploying integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale. Notrees Wind Storage.

2009 91

US DOE soliciting applications for Battery and Energy Storage Innovation Hub; up to $120M in funding over 5 years

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement ( DE-FOA-0000559 ) for a Batteries and Energy Storage Energy Innovation Hub. The Batteries and Energy Storage Hub will be the fourth such Hub established by DOE. Three Energy Innovation Hubs were launched in FY 2010: Fuels from Sunlight; Energy Efficient Building Systems Design; and Modeling and Simulation for Nuclear Reactors.

2012 87