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Norwegian Electric Systems to provide hybrid electric systems for three new ferries; Odin’s Eye DC grid system

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Norwegian Electric Systems’ main DC system ensures the safe charging and discharging of the batteries. The DC system also includes NES’ Odin’s Eye solution, allowing for future upgrades of the vessels, such as larger battery capacity and/or higher charging power from shore.

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ABB: tests show up to 27% fuel savings on ship with Onboard DC Grid

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Dina Star with Onboard DC Grid. ABB, the power and automation technology group, released third-party testing results showing that ABB’s Onboard DC Grid helps vessels reduce their fuel consumption, cut noise and trim their environmental impact. Onboard DC Grid system.

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Honda opens Smart Home US in California; produces more energy than it consumes; direct DC-DC EV charging

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Honda’s HEMS leverages the battery to balance, shift and buffer loads to minimize the home’s impact to the electric grid. The system will also enable Honda to evaluate the second life, or re-use, of EV batteries in grid applications, home-to-grid (H2G) connectivity and other concepts.

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8 automakers to demonstrate DC fast charging with Combined Charging System at EVS26

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Combined Charging System – Plug for DC-charging up to 100kW. Eight global automakers will participate in a charging display and will demonstrate a harmonized single-port DC-fast charging technology at the upcoming EVS26 event in Los Angeles.

ABB introducing new DC fast-charger in Europe for €9,988

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ABB launched the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a low-cost DC fast-charger that the company says will significantly improve the business case for installing electric-vehicle (EV) fast chargers throughout Europe. Output DC voltage range is 180 – 500 V. The Terra SC. Click to enlarge.

ABB wins order to install OnBoard DC Grid on a ship; up to 20% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20%

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Leading power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply the first direct current (DC) power grid on board a ship. The OnBoard DC Grid ( earlier post ) will allow a new offshore platform support vessel, under construction in Norway, to operate at the highest energy efficiency level to minimize emissions.

UPA installs 500 kWh containerized Li-ion system from BYD for grid storage

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BYD mega-watt-scale energy storage stations are installed in several locations in the US and are rated at a 91% AC-DC-AC round-trip-efficiency but have shown actual performance at this site as high as 95.3%—a AC-DC-AC efficiency shown to be as high as 94%, an industry benchmark high; DC to DC efficiency as high as 96%.

US and Japan collaborating on smart grid project in Hawaii; EV operation and charging, including grid-balancing services

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have been selected as contractors for a joint US-Japan collaboration supporting a Smart Grid project on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The project goal is to verify the use of advanced technologies in a smart grid under the use of large volumes of renewable energy already in place, to contribute to smart grid standards, and to implement a low-carbon social infrastructure system that efficiently uses renewable energy on a remote island where electricity costs are relatively high.

Tesla's First Solar-Powered Supercharger-Store-Service Center Is Almost Ready

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Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has rapidly been opening Supercharger DC fast-charging stations throughout the U.S. But despite its goal of providing solar-generated electricity at those sites, Superchargers thus far have drawn on electricity from the conventional power grid. and outside the country. That''s about to change. DON''T MISS: Tesla To

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Samsung SDI introduces 5.5 kWh and 8.0 kWh residential energy storage units

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As a DC system, the Samsung All-in-One system is highly efficient in storing solar energy into electrical energy because PV generation in form of DC is stored in battery without DC/AC inverting.

Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables

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The aim of charge@work is to design a micro smart grid (MSG) capable of supplying the EV fleet with electricity produced exclusively from renewable sources. The MSG can be run in island mode in parallel to the grid operated by the local energy provider.

Commerce Secretary Releases Draft Smart Grid Interoperability Plan; Plug-in Vehicle Standards One of the Priorities

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US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke released the draft of an accelerated plan for Smart Grid interoperability. The Smart Grid will employ real-time, two-way digital information and communication technologies in the operation of the nation’s electricity grid. The Smart Grid will ultimately require hundreds of standards; at this point, some are more urgently needed than others. Smart Grid Standards Specific to PEVs.

Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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cloud partner Amazon Web Services, NXP Semiconductors, Mobileye, Autodesk, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, AT&T, DC Solar and Continental Automotive. Big Data Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) Mobility services Smart charging Smart Grid Sustainability

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

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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. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded $2.1

Nissan to launch the “LEAF to Home” V2H power supply system with Nichicon “EV Power Station” in June

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Output voltage range: DC 50-500V (CHAdeMO Protocol). Input voltage range: DC 150V-450V. Input current range: DC 0-30A (Limited by cable specifications). Batteries Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2GLEAF to Home with EV Power Station. Click to enlarge.

ABB wins orders of over $300 million for world’s first 1,100 kV UHVDC power link in China

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This will also help extend the transmission distance from around 2,000 kilometers (km) to more than 3,000 km and play a key role in integrating remote renewables on a large scale, transmitting power over greater distances and facilitating a more interconnected grid.

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Mitsubishi Heavy to supply 500 kWh (normal) containerized Li-ion energy storage system to power grid of Orkney Islands

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MHI), jointly with SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc), will begin an energy storage system demonstration project using the power grid in the UK’s Orkney Islands, which has a high proportion of renewable energy generation in relation to demand. The power conditioning system container houses a system for conversion of direct current (DC)/alternating current (A/C) and the associated input/output controls. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. stores energy from the sun to be released onto the grid at a. used without a grid infrastructure for applications such as. Laboratory, Grid. power grid. of the transmission grid. the grid. accurate for grid control.

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SAE International, in partnership with IEEE, planning J1772 combo solution for EV charging in all markets; highlights the importance of collaboration between SDOs

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In the first quarter of next year, SAE International plans to establish a standard, integrated coupler that would allow electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs/PHEVs) to be charged from either a conventional, 15-amp AC wall outlet or a DC connector of up to 90 kilowatts. The standard is planned to enable both AC and DC Level 1 and faster, Level 2 charging all via a single vehicle inlet for the first time.

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

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Eos’s standard Aurora 1000|4000 product, a containerized 1 MW DC battery system providing four continuous hours of discharge, offers a cost-effective energy storage solution competitive with gas peaking generation and utility distribution infrastructure.

ABB and BYD enter strategic global collaboration on energy storage

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This collaboration will accelerate the introduction of new solutions for electric vehicle charging, the fast ramp up of renewables combined with energy storage in off-grid and on-grid solutions as well as battery and energy storage solutions for the fast growing marine segment. The scope of the collaboration focuses on the following applications: Grid-connected energy storage. Micro-grid applications. Global power and automation technology group ABB and BYD Co.,

Ener1 Partners With Russias Federal Grid Company to Develop Grid Energy Storage Opportunities

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signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Russia’s Federal Grid Company (FGC) to help develop new opportunities to use high-performance battery systems to improve the reliability and performance of the Russian electricity system, which is facing record setting demand on an aging grid. Rapid introduction of smart grid technology combined with energy storage capabilities is seen as a crucial tool for building a robust and modern system. Li-ion manufacturer Ener1, Inc.

Overflow crowd at DC plug-in conference

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The state of the grid was discussed by advocates and utility executives. Some concern was voiced about the day tens of millions of cars charge up from and contribute to the grid. Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Orrin Hatch, and Democratic Congressmen John Dingell and Jay Inslee spoke to the attendees, with each recognizing the need for policies promoting grid electrification of automobiles.

Germanys major car manufacturers support HomePlug Powerline Alliance GP Specification for plug-in charging network interface

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HomePlug GP is a low-power, cost-optimized powerline networking specification targeting Smart Grid applications such as HVAC, smart meters, home appliances and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. For electric vehicles to be widely accepted, they must integrate into existing and emerging charging infrastructures, connected to the smart grid. The Standard For In-Home Smart Grid. Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid

Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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When decelerating or braking, a traction vehicle (train, tram or trolleybus) is feeding the regenerated braking energy back into the DC power network. Rather than having the braking energy be dissipated, the ENVILINE Energy Recuperation System (ERS) saves the surplus braking energy of the train by returning it back to the AC grid. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is supplying ultracapacitors to ABB for its recent contract win to upgrade Philadelphia area rail lines.

ABB develops circuit breaker for high voltage direct current

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The breakthrough removes a 100-year-old barrier to the development of DC transmission grids, which can enable the efficient integration and exchange of renewable energy. This historical breakthrough will make it possible to build the grid of the future.

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Volvo Buses officially launches the all-new plug-in Electric Hybrid bus

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To enable full electric drive, the bus is equipped with electric power steering; an electrical air compressor ; and a DC/DC unit that converts 600 V power to 24 V power. The DC/DC unit replaces the conventional alternator.

Exploring the adoption of EVs in the US, Europe and China; charging scenarios and infrastructure

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Source: “Electric Vehicle Grid Integration”. The report identifies insights about the choice of charging infrastructure in each region that will both maximize benefits to consumers (thus helping to drive EV adoption) and maximize benefits to the grid from greater EV use.

Boulder Electric Vehicle and Coritech Services demonstrate Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging with electric truck

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Boulder Electric Vehicle and Coritech Services have demonstrated bi-directional DC fast charging, making Boulder Electric Vehicle the first electric truck company to implement Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging.

Coritech Services orders Ideal Power’s bi-directional battery converters for DoD vehicle-to-grid program

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Coritech intends to install the battery converters in its bi-directional electric vehicle charging system for use in Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) applications for the Department of Defense (DoD). Ideal Power Inc.,

Honda and Ford separately launching smart home demos

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The Honda Energy Management System introduces a smart-grid technology that will actively manage energy use and communicate with the homeowner and utility provider, allowing the home to maximize its energy efficiency while responding to the needs of the electrical grid, thereby minimizing the impacts of solar generation and electric vehicle charging on the utility grid. Market Background Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid Sustainability American Honda Motor Co.,

A123 Systems expands portfolio of grid storage solutions

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A123 Systems has expanded its portfolio of Grid Storage Solutions (GSS). The modular architecture and flexible design of A123’s GSS optimize performance and increases system efficiency to increase the stability and reliability of the grid while enabling the seamless integration of renewable power sources. A123’s fully integrated, grid-ready GSS are designed as complete solutions capable of achieving greater than 90% AC to DC to AC roundtrip efficiency.

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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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Decrease the ancillary services cost per additional MW of solar power on the grid by 50%, if the proposed forecasting model was used operationally. Demonstrate that bi-directional,vehicle-to-grid operability provides ancillary grid services, storage, and/or generating assets. Demonstrate that a DC-linked chargeport is more efficient than an AC-linked chargeport. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins Power Generation Smart charging Smart Grid

CLEVER chooses ABB to supply 51 DC fast chargers for network in Denmark

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CLEVER, a leading electric mobility operator (EMO) in Denmark has chosen ABB to supply 50 Terra 51 DC fast chargers at multiple locations throughout Denmark. CLEVER’s network of DC fast chargers and AC chargers builds on Denmark’s commitment towards becoming independent of fossil fuels by 2050. ABB’s connected chargers are ready to be connected to any smart electricity distribution system or smart grid.

Air Force tests all plug-in vehicle fleet in California; part of large DoD V2G project

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The 42-vehicle fleet marks a milestone in partnership between federal, state and private energy organizations, as well as in DoD’s demonstration of emerging vehicle-to-grid technology. Coritech DC (V2G using SAE Combo).

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. L2 Smart Grid-Capable EVSE for Residential Use.

ABB wins 1st commercial order for 600 kW 15-second flash charging technology; electric buses in Geneva

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This converts the incoming AC supply to DC in a similar way as is done for DC railways, trams or trolleybuses.

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Toyota Motorsport sets new electric record with EV P002 on the Nürburgring

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The TMG DC Quick Charger was developed in partnership with Schneider Electric GmbH to meet the challenge of recharging an electric race car at tracks without reliable access to grid power. Mounted in the rear of a TOYOTA Hiace van, the TMG DC Quick Charger uses Schneider Electric’s EV Link technology and includes a 42 kWh lithium ion battery, which can be charged direct from the AC power grid. Maximum DC output to the vehicle being charged is 25 kW, 400 VDC.

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SwRI deploys novel vehicle-to-grid aggregation system in SPIDERS program

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Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has deployed the first electric vehicle (EV) aggregation system using the new Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standard for bidirectional power using direct current (DC) fast charging. The system, part of the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Phase II program, is controlling five DC fast-charge stations at the Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, Colo.

PG&E, Calif. Energy Commission launch 4MW sodium-sulfur grid storage pilot in San Jose

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Energy Commission today unveiled a utility-scale sodium-sulfur battery energy storage system ( earlier post ) pilot project to better balance power needs of the electric grid. The Yerba Buena Battery Energy Storage System Pilot Project charges batteries when demand is low and then sends reserved power to the grid when demand grows.