Is the UK energy grid prepared for further electric car uptake?

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With recent changes to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) giving motorists a not-so-subtle shove towards maybe choosing an ultra-low emission vehicle as their

Li-ion Supplier Saft Partners with Apollo Solar on US DOE Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) Project

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Saft is supplying a lithium-ion battery system to provide energy storage for one of the Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems (SEGIS) projects funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems concept paper (2007).

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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. The system has been designed to be integrated into the house energy supply chain.

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FedEx adds 1,900 new lightweight composite Reach vans to fleet; 35% fuel efficiency improvement

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FedEx Express also continues to work with educational and research institutions to improve electric and alternative-energy vehicle technologies: FedEx Express is working with the Advanced Vehicle Testing group at Argonne National Laboratory, using its Advanced Powertrain Research Facility to test and compare different models of electric vehicles, collecting performance data under various operating conditions. FedEx Express, a unit of FedEx Corp.

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FedEx Express doubles and diversifies all-electric fleet with 24 new units; adding more than 4,000 new, fuel-efficient vehicles in total

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At the same time, FedEx Express will be adding more hybrid-electrics, using composite vehicles and upgrading more than a tenth of its conventional vehicle fleet to more energy-efficient vehicles. These vehicles will be studied to help evolve all-electric vehicle technology and to establish a foundation of understanding on utility grid needs by modeling impact of future all-electric vehicle growth on the shared energy grid. FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp.

OSU team develops new aqueous lithium-iodine solar flow battery; 20% energy savings over Li-I batteries

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The new aqueous lithium−iodine (Li−I) solar flow battery (SFB) incorporates a built-in dye-sensitized TiO 2 photoelectrode in a Li−I redox flow battery via linkage of an I 3 − /I − based catholyte for the simultaneous conversion and storage of solar energy.

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IBM Research launches 10y project to support China in transforming national energy systems; “Green Horizon”

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IBM Research is launching a 10-year project to support China in transforming its national energy systems and protecting the health of citizens. It now has an opportunity to lead the world in sustainable energy and environmental management. Renewable energy forecasting.

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Audi e-gas plant qualified to participate in balancing market to stabilize grid

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The Audi e-gas plant in the city of Werlte in Lower Saxony ( earlier post ) produces CO 2 neutral-fuel (synthetic methane from water, renewable electricity and CO 2 ); it now also contributes toward stabilizing the public power grid. Biomethane Power-to-Gas Smart Grid Vehicle Manufacturers

IBM, Honda, and PG&E partner on smarter charging for EVs; utilities to communicate charging instructions directly based on grid conditions

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and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a new pilot project that will allow communication between electric vehicles (EVs) and the power grid. This project will demonstrate and test an electric vehicle’s ability to receive and respond to charge instructions based on the grid condition and the vehicle’s battery state. Using this aggregated data, the vehicle has the intelligence to charge to the level that is needed while factoring any current grid constraints.

Coulomb Technologies Signs Exclusive Distributor for Charging Stations for Australia

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The pilot projects will be used to evaluate charging behavior, energy grid load analysis and environmental and societal impacts. Coulomb Technologies has signed ChargePoint Pty Ltd to an exclusive distribution agreement for its charging stations in Australia.

Sandia study finds underground geologic storage of hydrogen could boost transportation, energy security

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Underground large-scale geologic storage of hydrogen for transportation fuel and grid-scale energy applications could offer substantial storage cost reductions as well as buffer capacity to meet possible disruptions in supply or changing seasonal demands, according to a recent Sandia National Laboratories study sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

Energy 2030 outlines steps to double US energy productivity by 2030; spend $166B a year to net savings of $327B

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The Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy released a set of recommendations— Energy 2030 —designed to double US energy productivity by 2030. The Commission was created in 2012 to identify solutions for increasing US energy productivity and aid in jumpstarting the economy. Because energy productivity decisions are made by everyone, most of the recommendations cut across economic sectors. Energy 2030.

European Commission proposes transport and energy investments

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The European Commission has put forward plans for a new €50billion funding plan that would speed up investments in energy grids, roads, pipelines and high speed broadband. Green cars Latest news energy investments European Commission European roads TEN-T TEN-T network transport investmentsThe majority of the money – some €31.7billion – will be put towards transforming the existing patchwork of European roads, railways, canals and airports into a unified transport [.].

DOE to provide nearly $170M in funding to advance solar energy technologies

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As part of the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, the US Department of Energy (DOE) is making nearly $170 million for funding over three years available to support a range of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology areas. The SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the total cost of solar energy systems by about 75%—to roughly $1 per watt—before the end of the decade.

California Governor’s Office releases 2013 ZEV action plan; 1.5M ZEVs on CA roadways by 2025

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Plan for and integrate peak vehicle demand for electricity into the state’s energy grid. The action plan includes several strategies to help expand consumer awareness and interest in ZEVs, including reducing upfront purchase and operating costs, promoting consumer awareness and strengthening the connection between ZEVs and renewable energy. Provide plug-in vehicle (PEV) drivers with options to connect PEV charging with energy efficiency and renewable energy.

DOE and NREL announce Energy Systems Integration Facility

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado, as the latest Energy Department user facility and the only one in the nation focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration.

UniEnergy signs commercialization agreement for PNNL-developed vanadium redox flow battery

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UniEnergy Technologies LLC has signed a license agreement with Battelle to further develop and commercialize a vanadium redox flow battery developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) that holds promise for storing large amounts of renewable energy and providing greater stability to the energy grid. However, these batteries have been limited in their ability to work well in a wide range of temperatures, their relatively high cost, and their energy density.

DOE awards more than $145M for advanced solar technologies under SunShot Initiative

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $145 million to 69 projects in 24 states to help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies. Funded through DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the projects will also improve materials, manufacturing processes, and supply chains for a wide range of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and components of solar energy systems. —Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Partners begin work on Energiepark Mainz; hydrogen from renewable sources; power-to-gas

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This hydrogen can be stored, loaded into tank trailers or fed directly into the natural gas grid, for use in generating heat or electricity. This makes it possible to store electricity from renewable energy sources. The project’s aim is to further develop and test innovative technologies for hydrogen electrolysis using renewable energy sources. Wind and solar power stations currently have to be switched off at times due to insufficient capacity of the energy grid.

UC Riverside opening Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative; integration of solar energy, battery storage and electric and hybrid vehicles

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Schematic of the “New Grid Testbed” components, including renewable energy generation, energy storage, smart distribution and electric transportation Click to enlarge. It is the largest renewable energy project of its kind in California.

BMW begins Phase 2 of ChargeForward Program with PG&E to study advanced electric vehicle charging; results from Phase 1

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Funding for this second phase was secured through a competitive bid for a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant. Phase 1 of the program demonstrated the viability of creating grid value by optimizing smart charging of EVs. As in the first phase of the pilot, BMW will ensure participant-drivers’ expressed mobility needs are always met, while using remaining flexibility to create grid value.

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DuPont Introduces New Separators for Li-ion Batteries

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While the initial uses for the separator are in hybrid and electric vehicle batteries, the technology also will be targeted for batteries in renewable energy, grid applications, specialty consumer applications, including laptops, cell phones and power tools, among others. DuPont has introduced a nanofiber-based polymeric battery separator that boosts the performance and safety of lithium-ion batteries.

Pike Forecasts Grid Stationary Energy Storage Market to Reach $35B by 2020; Significant Opportunity for CAES, Li-ion and Flow Batteries

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According to a new report from Pike Research, worldwide installed revenues for stationary energy storage systems for the electricity grid will grow at a strong pace in the coming decade, increasing from $1.5 Energy storage on the grid addresses several pressing market needs.

Renault Trucks and Nestlé Switzerland partner on all-electric medium-duty refrigerated truck

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These vehicles can reach a maximum speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) and have a system of recovering energy during braking. Under the terms of a partnership agreement with Romande energy, Nestlé is planning to install several thousand square meters of photovoltaic panels on a number of its administrative buildings at Vevey and la Tour-de-Peliz by the end of the year. This will provide sufficient energy to run the equivalent of some 30 electric trucks for a year.

Coulomb Racks Up Series of Charging Infrastructure Wins

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Leading energy company Nuon will provide renewable energy for the charging stations and Coulomb’s international partner 365-Energy will manage the ChargePoint Network for subscribers. KHLim’s CO 2 neutral area produces its own green energy through wind, heat and solar. KHLim also has its own energy grid to which the ChargePoint charging stations are connected.

GM Opens New Global Battery Systems Lab

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The Global Battery Systems Lab was built within GM’s Alternative Energy Center facility, and includes environmentally friendly features such as a center hallway with high-efficiency LED lighting and a floor made from recycled tires. Approximately 90% of the electricity used for battery testing can be returned to the local energy grid for use by homeowners and businesses.

EnerG2 nano-structured hard carbon boosts Li-ion anode capacity by >50% compared to standard graphite

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A chart from EnerG2’s 2012 DOE Merit Review presentation shows different pore profiles for different energy storage applications. These properties can be tailored and modified for adaptation to the specific requirements of a given energy storage application.

IBM and EKZ partner to make plug-in charging more convenient with new smartphone application

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IBM Research has teamed with EKZ, the electricity utility provider of the Canton of Zurich in Switzerland, on a new pilot project that will allow consumers conveniently to charge electric vehicles and monitor their energy costs, using mobile devices. This near real-time information will also help utility providers better manage power grid loads during peak charging times. —Franken, head of the Energy Distribution department of EKZ and executive management member.

German Automakers Propsing Integrated Global Standard for a Modular Connector System for EV Charging

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A globally integrated standard is to ensure that customers always have direct and easy access to the energy grid, independent of vehicle brand and supplier of electric energy. Charging at DC charging stations is a challenge for all national and international suppliers of electric energy and committees to also make a sustainable step towards a customer-oriented offering in this context, the companies said.

DOE Announces $100M Available for ARPA-Es 3rd Funding Opportunity; Focus on Grid-Scale Energy Storage, Electrical Power Technology, and Building Energy Efficiency

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At the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington this week, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available for ARPA-E’s third round of funding opportunity. The third round is focused specifically on three technology areas: Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS). Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices (BEET-IT).

Mitsubishi Heavy to Enter Lithium-ion Secondary (Rechargeable) Battery Business

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Those batteries are a medium-size cell with energy capacity of 165 Wh (watt-hours), mainly used in vehicles, and a large-size stationary-use battery cell with 350 Wh. For stationary use, MHI will incorporate the batteries as electric power storage units enabling stabilization of electricity supply from renewable energy grid systems, such as wind power and photovoltaic power generation. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Australia gets charged up by Coulomb

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The pilot projects themselves are expected to be used to evaluate charging behaviour, as well as environmental and societal impacts and energy grid load analysis. With the first mass produced electric vehicles scheduled to arrive in Australia in 2010; and most manufacturers expecting to release models in 2012; the country is having to act fast to establish the necessary infrastructure to make its green car ambitions a reality.

US solar grid project takes step forward

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The Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems that are funded by the US Department of Energy have moved forward with the announcement that Saft will supply one of the projects with a lithium-ion battery system for energy storage. The aim behind the programme is to develop high performance products that allow photovoltaics to be used in household and Smart Energy systems.

Three Battery-Electric Opel Merivas to Participate in MeRegioMobil Research Project; Vehicle-to-Grid Integration

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The research project has the goal of integrating electrical vehicles as mobile energy storage units in the future intelligent power grid (smart grid). A charging station connects the Meriva as a storage unit to this local energy grid.

General Motors opens new battery systems lab

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Around 90 per cent of the electricity used for battery testing can be returned to the local energy grid. The future is green for General Motors and it has further established its commitment to forward-thinking technology with the opening of what has been dubbed the largest and most technologically advanced battery lab in the USA.

Obama Announces $3.4B Investment in Smart Grid Technologies and Projects

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Map of the 100 smart grid awards. Speaking at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, President Barack Obama announced $3.4 Major elements in the announcement include: Empowering Consumers to Save Energy and Cut Utility Bills: $1 billion.

AMSC Power Electronics Support Nearly 10% of Global Wind-Generated Electricity

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In addition, AMSC’s D-VAR grid interconnection technology, including our D-VAR RT low voltage ride through solution, is being utilized by more than 70 wind farms in seven countries worldwide to meet local grid interconnection requirements. With nations around the world seeking to derive a greater percentage of their energy needs from renewable energy sources, we believe we have only begun to scratch the surface of the renewable energy grid interconnection market’s potential.

Greenlings: Benefits of charging stations vs. battery swaps vs. home charging

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The three leading new options to re-supply our autos with energy are charging at home, battery swap stations and fast charge stations. Well take a look at these three different energy resupply methods and outline some of their strengths as well as weaknesses.