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).

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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. The Smart Grid accommodates all generation and storage options.

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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. The Stanford study considered a future US grid where up to 80% of the electricity comes from renewables. Lithium-ion batteries were the best performers, with an ESOI value of 10.

2013 101

UPS collaborating with Workhorse to deploy 50 electric trucks; rivaling acquisition cost of conventional; no subsidies

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UPS plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks that will be comparable in acquisition cost to conventional-fueled trucks without any subsidies—an industry first that would breaki a key barrier to large scale adoption of electric fleets.

2018 103

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.

2018 104

Accenture study finds PEV rollouts challenged by cost of charging infrastructure and grid management

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The large scale rollout of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be hindered unless investors stimulate demand, lower the cost of public charging infrastructure and manage the impact on the grid, according to a report published by Accenture. The report, “Changing the game: Plug-in electric vehicle pilots”, analyzed a range of electric vehicle trials around the world, focusing on pure electric vehicles (EVs) that depend entirely on charging from the electric grid.

2011 73

Study finds wide range in GHG intensities and production costs of cellulosic ethanol from corn stover, switchgrass and miscanthus

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The corresponding range for GHG savings with corn stover was 57% to 95% and marginally below the threshold of at least 60% for biofuels classified as cellulosic biofuels under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Production cost of ethanol is annualized over the simulation period.

2015 122

Ricardo, National Grid study explores market potential for grid-balancing services for plug-in vehicles

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The report, Bucks for balancing: can plug-in vehicles of the future extract cash—and carbon—from the power grid? , Failure to do so within tight limits will result in shutdown of the network. To achieve this, grid operators look to balancing services.

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Energy Dept grid report downplayed renewables, stressed coal, fossil fuels

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The Trump administration hasn't been coy about trying to champion traditional fossil fuels while downplaying the importance and falling costs of renewable energy. Earlier this year, Department of Energy secretary Rick Perry, previously governor of fossil-fuel producer Texas, called for a 60-day review of the United States' energy grid. Politics energy policy Department of Energy DOE renewable energy fossil fuels

2017 72

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.,

2017 65

DOE seeks to cut cost of Level 2 EV charging equipment in half in 3 years; $12M FOA

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0000554) for up to $12 million in cost-shared projects to develop and make available to the market in three years smart-grid capable Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at half of the current costs of commercially available EVSE with comparable functionalities.

2011 93

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). —Logan Goldie-Scot, head of energy storage at BNEF.

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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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Ricardo supporting Active Response trial to unlock grid capacity for electric vehicles

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Ricardo is supporting a trial run by UK Power Networks into using smart grid technology to unlock spare capacity for increased electric vehicle use—maximizing the power available from existing infrastructure while avoiding costly network reinforcement or substation replacement. million electric vehicles in use across London, the East and South East of England where UK Power Networks delivers electricity—including London’s buses and taxis.

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CMU researchers find controlled charging of PHEVs can cut cost of integration into electricity system by 54-73%; higher benefits with wind power

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In a new study published in the journal Applied Energy , Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers found that controlled charging of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) reduces the costs of integrating the vehicles into an electricity system by 54–73% depending on the scenario.

2014 125

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. Batteries Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid

2015 85

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. With a 30-year life, Eos is can provide peak electricity at a levelized cost of $0.12-0.17

2015 112

DOE to provide up to half the cost of NuScale small modular reactor project

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced an award to NuScale Power LLC to support a new project to design, certify and help commercialize innovative small modular reactors (SMRs) in the United States. Through a five-year cost-share agreement, DOE will invest up to half of the total project cost, with the project’s industry partners matching this investment by at least one-to-one.

2013 76

International Transport Forum brief suggests Smart Grid and EV technologies could be mutually beneficial; V2X potential

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A new policy brief published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) notes that existing electricity systems will need to be reconfigured to support the widespread adoption of electric mobility and suggests that Smart Grid technologies and EVs and EVs could be mutually beneficial. EVs could both benefit from and help to drive forward investment in Smart Grids. for supplying power to the grid.

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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. The state currently has several pilot projects, and is working toward commercialization of energy storage. Reducing costs of integrating and connecting to the grid.

2015 80

The Coming Solar Power Boom: Charts Tell The Story, Grid Parity In 2 Years

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Home solar power has been around for a long time, but its relatively high costs have made it unattractive for many homeowners. Over the last decade, rapidly decreasing prices for photovoltaic cells are driving down the cost of solar power, potentially to where it achieves "grid parity"-- a point where getting electricity from solar panels costs

2014 88

DOE awards nearly $7M to 4 projects to reduce costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over next 3 years

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding nearly $7 million in research and development funding to four projects to reduce the current costs of electric vehicle chargers by 50% over the next three years. This research will also promote smart charging capabilities that can help ensure electric vehicles enhance, rather than strain, existing electrical grid capacity.

2011 78

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

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Thanks to their support, EWF has secured the first round of funding amounting to $2.5 Blockchain is a decentralized, immutable shared digital ledger of transactions maintained by an online network. Blockchain shows promise across a wide range of business applications.

2017 78

Berkeley Lab report finds installed cost of solar PV systems in the US dropped sharply in 2010

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According to the report, the decline in PV installed costs seen by customer-owners of such systems in 2010 follows a significant drop in the wholesale cost for PV modules in 2009. Modules typically represent about half the installed cost of a PV system.

2010 97

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.

2017 60

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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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. Tags: Batteries Japan Smart Grid

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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.

2011 87

National Academies Report Examines Hidden Cost of Energy Production and Use in US; Estimates $120B in 2005

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Health and other non-climate damages by life-cycle component for different combinations of fuels and light-duty automobiles in 2005 (top) and 2030 (bottom). Source: “Hidden Costs of Energy”. The report estimates dollar values for several major components of these costs.

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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.

2015 85

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. NREL research confirms that after being used to power a car, a Li-ion battery retains approximately 70% of its initial capacity—making its reuse a valuable energy storage option for electric utilities, before battery materials are recycled.

2015 112

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.

2012 85

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 78

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. In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost.

2014 155

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. City of Painesville (OH).

2009 92

Western Power Distribution and Ricardo to lead project tapping latent capacity in networks to power charging hubs

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DC Share will share capacity across existing AC electricity distribution network substations, enabling increased numbers of high-power electric vehicle (EV) chargers to be connected to the network at lower cost. DC Share has been awarded funding by the UK energy market regulator Ofgem (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) through the Network Innovation Competition Project. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Smart Grid

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

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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. Using Volt battery cells, the ABB and GM team is building a prototype system for 25-kilowatt/50-kWh applications, about the same power consumption of five US homes or small retail and industrial facilities. Role of the PQF filter.

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NIST Awards EnerNex Contract Worth Up to $8.5M to Sustain Fast Track Development of Smart Grid Standards

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The US Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded EnerNex Corporation a contract to help NIST sustain the accelerated development of the hundreds of compatible standards that will be required to build a secure, interoperable smart electric power grid. EnerNex is an electric power engineering and consulting firm specializing in the development and application of new electric power technologies.

2009 80

Enel X launches new electric mobility business in North America

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With the launch of this new unit, the company will add JuicePass, Enel X’s new EV charging app, as well as eMotorWerks’ smart charging products to its existing North American offering of energy solutions such as battery storage, demand response and energy advisory services. This strategic business decision combines Enel X’s global resources and energy sector know-how with eMotorWerks’ technological expertise in smart, grid-connected EV charging.

DOE to award up to $180M for offshore wind demo projects; targeting lowering levelized cost of energy (LCOE) below 10¢/kWh

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting ( DE-FOA-0000410 ) proposals for up to four offshore wind energy projects to receive up to $180 million over six years, including an initial commitment of $20 million in fiscal year 2012. The US has offshore wind resources estimated at more than 4,000 gigawatts, with strong, consistent winds located in the Atlantic, Pacific, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.

2012 78

CPUC approves SDG&E pilot EV grid integration project; 3,500 charging stations at 350 sites, dynamic pricing

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To meet just 10% of California Governor Brown’s target of 1.5 Fifty percent of SDG&E’s customers live in multi-family communities, without easy access to vehicle charging. SDG&E will install at least 10% of the chargers in disadvantaged communities.

2016 78

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). It’s a question of whether you think that limit is enough for the two industries to blossom.

2015 97

ChargePoint, National Grid, and NYSERDA launch electric vehicle charging station project in upstate New York

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ChargePoint and National Grid unveiled the first of more than 80 electric vehicle charging stations in New York, funded through a $1-million award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Cuomo’s Charge NY program, will provide more than 80 EV charging stations throughout New York State, of which 67 will be located in National Grid’s service area in upstate New York.

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