IRENA sees renewable hydrogen at least cost-possible within decade

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Hydrogen produced with renewable electricity could compete on costs with fossil fuel alternatives by 2030, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report— Green Hydrogen Cost Reduction: scaling up electrolyzers to meet the 1.5

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AMPLY Power saves up to 40% on energy costs for Tri Delta Transit electric buses

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AMPLY identified 40% of annual energy savings its managed charging software platform could realize, while guaranteeing vehicles were charged and ready to work each day. For Tri-Delta, this is realizing up to 40% savings on energy rates.

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Dominion Energy & Duke Energy cancel $8B Atlantic Coast Pipeline due to delays and cost uncertainty

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Dominion Energy and Duke Energy announced the cancelation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) due to ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty which threaten the economic viability of the project.

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DOE releases Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap; 44% reduction in manufactured cost for 300-mile EV pack by 2030

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap , the Department’s first comprehensive energy storage strategy. billion into energy storage research and development—$400 million per year, on average.

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Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) completed in Japan; aiming for low-cost green hydrogen production; P2G

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Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS), Tohoku Electric Power Co., The FH2R can produce as much as 1,200 Nm 3 of hydrogen per hour (rated power operation) using renewable energy.

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MIT team reexamines rates of Li-ion cost decline

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The cost of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used for phones, laptops, and cars has fallen significantly over the last three decades, and has been a major driver of the rapid growth of those technologies.

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AW-Energy entering green hydrogen market with wave energy device

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AW-Energy Oy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing a combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process for the production of green hydrogen. In AW-Energy’s concept, wave energy complements solar power production to enable large-scale green hydrogen.

Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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The results from this study suggested a cost of hydrogen as low as ¥17 to ¥27/Nm 3 (US$0.16 - $0.25) using a combination of technologies and the achievement of ambitious individual cost targets for batteries, PV, and electrolyzers. For comparison, the US DOE’s 2020 target for the levelized cost of hydrogen (production only) is $2.30/kg. The findings are published in a paper in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

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Distribution Costs and Distributed Generation

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We need to get a handle on distribution costs as we get serious about electrification. This post is co-authored with Duncan Callaway) Our household gets unusually excited about power system … Continue Reading Distribution Costs and Distributed Generation.

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Hydra Energy partners with Chemtrade to provide commercial truck fleets with green hydrogen below the cost of diesel

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Continuing to speed up the adoption of hydrogen in long-haul transportation, Hydra Energy —the first Hydrogen-as-a-Service provider for commercial fleets—announced a strategic partnership with Chemtrade. Hydra’s ability to deploy stranded hydrogen assets to fleet operators, who can use it to reduce their fuel costs and meet emission targets, opens up new opportunities for chemical manufacturers.

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Hydrogen from renewable energy could be cost-competitive by 2030, analysis finds

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Hydrogen produced using renewable energy could become a cost-competitive option over that made from natural gas within the decade, according to a new analysis from IHS Markit.

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How much would 100 percent renewable energy really cost?

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global warming renewable energyDemocratic presidential candidates talked hardly at all in the debates late last month about the Green New Deal, a proposal in Congress, to, among other things convert America's electric power completely to renewable sources. Americans have shown broad support for such a transition. What's been left unaddressed—and which many candidates.

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U.S. household energy costs hit 50-year low

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renewable-energy capacity will undoubtedly have a positive environmental impact. But the reduction in carbon emissions renewable-energy advocates aim to achieve does not exclude potential benefits to consumers. Because as renewable-energy generating capacity has expanded significantly over the last decade, household. emissions energy infrastructure renewable energy energy fossil fuelsSubstantial growth in U.S.

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Xcel Energy, INL to use nuclear energy for clean hydrogen production; HTSE

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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work with Idaho National Laboratory to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water. This is a game-changer for both nuclear energy and carbon-free hydrogen production for numerous industries.

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What is the cost of usable energy for driving and heating our homes?

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This analysis compares the costs of usable energy when we buy gasoline and electricity for driving and natural gas for keeping warm. The unifying approach in this comparison involves the use of Btu (British thermal units), coupled with the costs of gasoline, electricity, and natural gas, and the energy efficiencies of light-duty vehicles (cars and light trucks) and furnaces. Combustion of a gallon of gasoline (that includes ethanol) releases 120,333 Btu of energy.

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Can Net Metering Reform Fix the Rooftop Solar Cost Shift?

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I want to begin this week’s blog by saying how great it is to … Continue Reading Can Net Metering Reform Fix the Rooftop Solar Cost Shift? Uncategorized developing world electricity energy efficiency solar

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DOE report highlights opportunities of hybrid energy systems

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report, Hybrid Energy Systems: Opportunities for Coordinated Research , highlighting innovative opportunities to spur joint research on hybrid energy systems (HES).

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Faradion and Phillips 66 to develop lower cost and higher-performing sodium-ion battery materials

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UK-based Faradion, a developer of sodium-ion battery technology ( earlier post ), and Phillips 66 have launched a new technical collaboration to develop lower-cost and higher-performing anode materials for sodium-ion batteries.

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DOE researchers develop energy-efficient, cost-effective process to extract rare earth elements from scrapped magnets

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We have developed an energy-efficient, cost-effective, environmentally friendly process to recover high-value critical materials. It’s an improvement over traditional processes, which require facilities with a large footprint, high capital and operating costs and a large amount of waste generated. ORNL is a founding team member of CMI, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by DOE’s Ames Laboratory and managed by the Advanced Manufacturing Office.

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UH team develops fast, cost-efficient method to grow OER catalyst for seawater splitting

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The work is described in a paper published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science. Seawater makes up about 96% of all water on earth, making it a tempting resource to meet the world’s growing need for clean drinking water and carbon-free energy.

USABC awards $4.8M to Zenlabs Energy to develop low-cost, fast-charge EV batteries

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research LLC (USCAR), and a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, awarded a $4.8-million technology development contract to Zenlabs Energy Inc. in Fremont, California for development of low-cost, fast-charge (LC/FC) battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs).

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IHS Markit: average cost of lithium-ion battery cell to fall below $100/kWh in 2023

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The average cost of a Li-ion battery cell—used to power electric vehicles and to provide flexibility in the power grid as more renewables, such as solar and wind, are added will fall below $100 per kilowatt hour (kWh) in the next three years, according to a new analysis by IHS Markit. The average cost of a li-ion cell is expected to decline further through the end of the decade, to as low as $73/kWh in 2030. LFP will remain the lowest cost option throughout the next ten years.

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Technip Energies launches suite of blue hydrogen production technologies

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Technip Energies has launched of BlueH 2 by T.EN, a full suite of deeply-decarbonized and affordable solutions for hydrogen production. Building on its more than 50-year track record in the hydrogen market, Technip Energies is expanding its role into low/no-carbon energy solutions. Technip Energies’ BlueH2 by T.EN solutions offer: Up to a 99% reduction in the carbon footprint compared to the traditional hydrogen process—from ~10 down to 0.1

Vitesco Technologies presents cost-effective dedicated hybrid transmission for PHEVs

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At the heart of Vitesco Technologies’ solution is an expanded role for the electric motor, which no longer simply acts as a means of propulsion and energy recuperation. DHT technology for low-cost PHEVs marks a further step in Vitesco Technologies’ systematic electrification strategy.

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NREL, INL team assesses levelized cost of light-duty EV charging in US in 2019

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A team from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Idaho National Laboratory has produced a detailed assessment of the current levelized cost of light-duty electric-vehicle charging (LCOC) in the United States, considering when, where, and how EVs are charged.

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Low-cost 5V dual carbon battery development for EV 

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Low-cost 5V dual carbon battery development for EV . A 5V Dual Carbon Battery that uses self-standing carbon fibre mats as both electrodes such as cathode and anode has been developed by the Electrochemical Energy Storage Lab at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH).

All renewable energy types to be cost-competitive by 2020: report

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Renewable-energy generation costs are falling like photons onto a solar panel. By 2020, it's expected all types of renewable-energy generation will be able to compete with fossil fuels on cost. DON'T MISS: Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016. electric utilities renewable energy solar wind energyThat's right: saving our environment will actually save electric utilities some money, too.

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NYU team develops novel ion-conducting copolymer to increase power and reduce cost of fuel cells

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Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, led by Miguel Modestino, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel ion-conducting polymer (ionomer) that increases the power and lowers the cost of fuel cells.

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MAHLE Powertrain developing demonstrator vehicle for Bramble Energy PCBFC fuel cell technology

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As integration partner to hydrogen fuel cell specialist Bramble Energy ( earlier post ), MAHLE Powertrain is helping to optimize the integration of the company’s Printed Circuit Board Fuel Cell (PCBFC) technology within the powertrain of a Renault Kangoo ZE.

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Hydrogen Council report finds cost of hydrogen solutions to fall sooner than previously expected

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The Hydrogen Council has published a new report, Path to Hydrogen Competitiveness: A Cost Perspective , demonstrating that the cost of hydrogen solutions will fall sharply within the next decade, sooner than previously expected.

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DOE selects 15 projects for $32M to advance lower-cost fusion concepts; ARPA-E BETHE

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The US Department of Energy announced the winners of $32 million in funding for 15 projects as part of the ARPA-E Breakthroughs Enabling THermonuclear-fusion Energy ( BETHE ) program. —Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Zap Energy.

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US says it will cut the cost of solar by 60% in a decade


The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced yesterday that it intends to “cut the cost of solar energy by 60% within the next 10 years, in addition to nearly $128 million in funding to lower costs, improve performance, and speed the deployment of solar energy technologies.”

FutureBridge expects cost-parity between solid-state and Li-ion batteries by 2025

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Market analysis firm FutureBridge expects that cost-parity between Li-ion and solid-state batteries could be achieved in another five years. Solid-state batteries (SSBs) promise a leap forward, compared to incremental gains from Lithium-ion batteries (LiBs), with improved safety, higher energy density, faster charging times, and longer life.

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Hydrogen cost could equal 50-cent gasoline, with renewable energy: study

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hydrogen energy infrastructure hydrogen fuel cell renewable energyHydrogen fuel-cell cars face an uphill battle toward mass adoption. Both cars and fueling infrastructure need to be made widely available before large numbers of consumers can seriously consider switching from gasoline to hydrogen. But under certain circumstances, hydrogen could prove very attractive to consumers for one simple reason. DON'T MISS.

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ion Ventures and LiNa Energy conclude successful test of solid-state sodium-nickel battery platform

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LiNa Energy is commercializing a safe, ~$50kWh (at mass manufacturing), cobalt-free battery platform that is suited to grid storage and the electrification of transportation. The battery is constructed from easily sourced, low-cost materials and does not contain any cobalt or lithium.

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Offshore wind energy in U.K. far ahead of lower-cost target

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The price of energy generated by offshore wind farms has been falling steadily, and ahead of schedule too. Costs have fallen 32 percent since 2012, bringing them below a target of £100 per megawatt-hour previously set by the U.K. Europe UK renewable energy wind energyThe winds of change are blowing harder in the U.K. government and utilities. DON'T MISS: When lauding renewables.

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DOE: all-electric vehicles have the lowest estimated average annual fuel cost of all light-duty vehicles

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The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2019 all-electric light-duty vehicles are the lowest of all the different vehicle technologies, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $900 per year, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). Department of Energy and U.S.

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Tesla’s shift to LFP cells for Megapack batteries heralds an energy storage revolution


Canaccord Genuity analyst Jed Dorsheimer recently noted that Tesla has shifted to cobalt-free lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries for its flagship energy storage product, the Megapack. The car, after all, is optimized for cost and practicality , not performance.

NREL researchers evaluating blockchain for transactive energy applications

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Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are evaluating the use of blockchain for transactive energy using hardware in the laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). Potential opportunities abound for the use of blockchain in the energy sector.

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LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The agreement will make Oak Ridge-based LeMond Composites the first company to offer carbon fiber produced by the process to the transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets.

Ampcera announces a low-cost and scalable solid electrolyte technology for solid-state batteries

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Silicon-Valley-based Ampcera announced a low-cost flexible solid electrolyte (SE) membrane technology for solid-state batteries (SSBs). Performance and cost are the bottlenecks in the commercialization of SE technology and SSBs. To address them, Ampcera has been developing a scalable SE technology, and has filed multiple US patent applications and an international PCT patent application on its flexible SE membranes, a low-cost manufacturing method, and the corresponding SSBs.

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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.

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IHS Markit: production of carbon-free “green” hydrogen could be cost-competitive by 2030

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By 2030 the production of hydrogen fuel by the electrolytic splitting of water—which can be carbon-free provided the electricity used in the process is produced by renewables—could become cost-competitive with currently predominant methods that require the use of natural gas as a feedstock, according to analysis by the IHS Markit Hydrogen and Renewable Gas Forum. Economies of scale are a primary driver for green hydrogen’s growing cost competitiveness.

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