Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy to co-develop the first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system in US

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Highview Power Storage, Inc., a provider of long duration energy storage solutions, and Encore Renewable Energy, a developer of renewable energy generation and storage projects, jointly announced plans to develop the United States’ first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system.

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BNEF: energy storage is a $1.2-trillion investment opportunity to 2040

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The falling cost of batteries is set to drive a boom in the installation of energy storage systems around the world in the years from now to 2040, according to the latest annual forecast from research company Bloomberg NEF (BNEF).

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BNEF ups forecast for global investment in stationary energy storage, sees majority of capacity likely to be grid-scale

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Energy storage installations around the world will multiply exponentially, from a modest 9GW/17GWh deployed as of 2018 to 1,095GW/2,850GWh by 2040, according to the latest forecast from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF). Global cumulative energy storage installations.

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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. The Aurora 1000|4000 will be sold at a price of $160/kWh in volume.

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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. Their results are published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science. The higher the ESOI value, the better the storage technology is energetically.

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

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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. NiMH can perform over extended periods of time in a wide operating range of -30 to +65 ?C,

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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.

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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). ITN Energy Systems, Inc.

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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.

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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. This strategy will extend the useful life of the battery for the owner, even beyond in-vehicle use, BMW said.

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Lux analysis points to fall off in innovation interest in renewables and energy storage

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Without continued innovation momentum, the market research firm noted, long-term success driven by further clean energy technology improvements is thrown into question. Focusing on energy storage shifts the peak date slightly, but the direction of the trend is the same.

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EPRI Analysis estimates costs of fully developing US smart grid could reach $476B; benefits up to $2T

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Total Smart Grid costs. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has released a broad assessment of the costs and benefits to modernize the US electricity system and deploy the smart grid. Accommodates all Generation and Storage Options.

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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.

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EPRI study finds US energy storage market could be as large as 16 GW of capacity if systems can meet $700–$750/kWh and all benefits can be monetized

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Positioning energy storage technologies. Further, the study found that actual installed costs would need to be lower to accommodate life-cycle impacts and maintenance. —Mark McGranaghan, vice president of Power Delivery and Utilization at EPRI.

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

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Example power cycle of the cryogenic (e.g., 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.

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Daimler starts deliveries of Mercedes-Benz Li-ion energy storage units for private homes

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Daimler AG has commenced deliveries of Mercedes-Benz stationary energy storage units ( earlier post ) for use in private homes. At present, the company’s partners include the energy service provider Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW), the solar technology specialist SMA, as well as a number of wholesale traders. Stationary battery storage units are generally installed together with a photovoltaic system.

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MIT researchers propose subsea version of pumped hydro for renewable energy storage

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Researchers at MIT are proposing using a variation on pumped hydroelectric systems for storage of electricity produced by offshore wind farms. The key to this Ocean Renewable Energy Storage (ORES) system is the placement of 30-meter-diameter hollow concrete spheres on the seafloor under the wind turbines. These structures would serve both as anchors to moor the floating turbines and as a means of storing the energy they produce.

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PNNL study outlines requirements for grid storage, reviews four electrochemical energy storage systems: vanadium redox flow, Na-beta, Li-ion and lead-carbon

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Classification of potential electrical storage for stationary applications. note the potential of each technology and explain what advances must occur with each if they’re ultimately to be deployed. The need for storage. flywheel) or potential energy (e.g.,

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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. GE Energy Storage , which seeks to work with Raymond Corp. New York Energy Storage Roadmap.

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California Energy Commission awards $227,000 to SMUD for energy storage research; 1MW zinc bromine flow battery

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The California Energy Commission awarded $227,000 to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for a research project demonstrating how energy storage can be integrated into local microgrids. This is collected in the bottom of the catholyte reservoir.

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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%.

2015 78

NAATBatt Coalition recommends deployment of up to 300 GWh of distributed energy storage systems by 2022

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A coalition of 13 leading industrial companies and electric utilities, including General Motors Company, The Dow Chemical Company and Duke Energy, issued a white paper recommending the installation of up to 300 GWh of distributed energy storage (DES) systems around the country by 2022. Although DES technology exists today, few such systems have been deployed and electric utilities have little experience dealing with complex DES systems on the grid.

2012 76

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.

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California Energy Commission awards more than $1.8M additional funding to further UCSD microgrid project; energy storage, EV charging and V2G services are components

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved funding to advance further the development of its pioneering 42 MW peak microgrid and expand electric vehicle charging at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The Commission approved a $1.6-million award to increase its previously awarded funding of $1,394,298 for the university’s microgrid. —Energy Commission Chair Robert B. MW of fuel cells in operation.

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California Study to Explore Repurposing EV Batteries for Household Energy Storage

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The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will lead a joint research study of how the useful lifespan of electric vehicle batteries could be extended by repurposing them as household electric storage devices with a $992,000 grant from the University of California. The grant was awarded by the Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center, a division of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

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Hydrogenics and Enbridge jointly to develop utility-scale renewable energy “storage” via natural gas; “Power-to-Gas”

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Hydrogenics Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products, recently entered into an agreement with Enbridge Inc. jointly to develop utility-scale energy storage in North America. This relationship also includes an equity investment of CA$5.0 The collaboration will bring together Hydrogenics’ expertise in water electrolysis with Enbridge’s ownership and operation of natural gas pipeline networks and renewable energy generation.

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Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, has acquired California-based eMotorWerks, a North American supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, called JuiceBox, and owner and operator of JuiceNet, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the smart management of EV charging and other distributed energy storage facilities. The acquisition of eMotorWerks marks Enel’s entrance into the US electric mobility market. Enel S.p.A.,

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ITM Power reports its estimated cost of producing hydrogen via electrolysis down significantly from last year

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ITM Power has provided an update on the cost structure of hydrogen generated by its HFuel electrolysis platform. The new estimated cost —US$4.13/kg after capital amortization—incorporates efficiency improvements, cost reduction of its HGas platform and data provided by Hyundai for the ix35 fuel cell electric vehicle ( earlier post ). ITM Power projects hydrogen cost at £4.19/kg (US$6.44/kg), a 32.7% 5% of sale price.

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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. BMW i ChargeForward is designed to explore how to better match the impact of electric vehicles with other dynamic energy supply and demand sources.

2015 84

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

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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. Per the Energy Department’s request, we set out to identify the benefits and viability of B2U strategies, as well as potential roadblocks. —Ahmad Pesaran, NREL Energy Storage Group Manager.

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A123 Systems to supply 1MW Li-ion grid storage system to Maui Electric Company; 2MW system for NSTAR demonstration

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Li-ion battery maker A123 Systems will supply a Grid Battery System (GBS) to Maui Electric Company (MECO), a utility serving residents and businesses on the islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai in Hawaii. A123Systems is also launching a pilot project with NSTAR—the largest Massachusetts-based, investor-owned electric and gas utility— to study and showcase the performance and reliability benefits of implementing a GBS within a suburban electric grid.

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DOE awarding up to $30M to 13 projects to integrate solar into US grid

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative will award up to $30 million to 13 new projects to support the integration of solar energy into US electric grid, while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid.

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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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AQDSH 2 refers to the reduced form of AQDS. Quinones are naturally abundant, inexpensive, small organic molecules, and similar to molecules that store energy in plants and animals. Thus the amount of energy that can be stored is limited only by the size of the tanks.

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EnerDel, ITOCHU Announce Second Smart Grid Battery Storage Project

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US-based lithium-ion battery producer EnerDel is partnering with the real estate arm of Japan’s industrial trading giant, ITOCHU Corporation, to develop and produce the advanced battery systems for a residential smart grid energy storage project to be installed in a major apartment building near Tokyo. The system will provide a critical link between renewable energy, high-speed charging for electric cars and the local utility grid.

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ITM Power reports completion of HydroGEN alkaline electrolyzer project; prototype stack 43% the cost of its PEM counterpart

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This material, together with the low-cost catalysts and injection moulded components developed, offer a prototype stack costing 43% of its PEM counterpart. In addition, ITM said, the properties of the membrane material enable simplification of electrolyzer balance of plant, providing routes to further balance of plant savings. The alkaline environment enables alternative, lower cost non-precious metal catalyst materials to be used.

2011 76

California ISO releases five-year strategic plan; grid integration of renewable power, support for electric vehicle charging

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The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), California’s non-profit grid operator, released its new five-year (2012-2016) strategic plan. Between now and 2020, wind and solar generation will quadruple within the ISO transmission grid at the same time electric vehicle charging increases significantly. Advancements in technology including distributed generation such as storage as well as smart grid developments are also reshaping grid and market operations.

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Pike Research: total capacity of worldwide spinning reserves for the grid to increase 40% by 2022

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Spinning reserves are power generation or storage assets that can come online quickly to serve as bridge power for the grid to maintain system frequency stability during emergency operating conditions and unforeseen. A recent report from Pike Research forecasts that the total capacity of worldwide spinning reserves for the grid—including. traditional generation assets and energy storage technologies—will rise by 40% by 2022.

2012 71

GM and ABB demonstrate prototype of Volt battery pack grid re-use application

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Distributed Energy Storage (DES) demonstration with GM Volt battery pack and ABB PQF inverter. In conjunction with the Plug-in 2011 event in Raleigh, NC, GM and ABB demonstrated a lab prototype of a distributed energy storage (DES) system that combines Volt battery technology and a proven grid-tied electric power inverter. If the consumer wants to consume a lot of power, the utility could choose to deliver it from the battery.

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Update on JCESR’s progress toward 5-5-5 battery for EV and grid applications; convergent and divergent research strategies

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In 2012, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $120 million over five years to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). Both of these have a two-plus charge. (Mg

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Policy Options for Expanding and Modernizing the US Power Grid

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The US will need to expand and modernize its outdated power transmission grid to incorporate more renewable energy sources, but balkanized ownership and regulation are going to make that process slow and difficult, according to a new Duke University analysis.

California Energy Commission awards almost $1.6M for energy research projects; $600K to Seeo for solid-state Li-ion grid-storage battery system

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $1,585,490 to spur research on projects including a solid-state Li-ion battery system for grid-scale energy storage. Funds for the 13 projects come from the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. The project is intended to help validate the performance advantages of the company’s technology for use in grid-tied energy storage and community energy storage—i.e.,

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New Lithium rechargeable semi-solid flow cell offers energy densities an order of magnitude greater than previous flow batteries; possible applications in transportation and grid-scale storage

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Scheme of the semi-solid flow cell (SSFC) system using flowing lithium-ion cathode and anode suspensions. In August 2010, A123 spun out 24M to commercialize this type of new technology. Even the highest energy density lithium ion cells currently available, e.g., 2.8–2.9

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