California's solar energy grid survived the eclipse without incident

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Solar power provides 10 percent of California's energy supply, which meant electric-grid operators had to be prepared for potentially disastrous effects during Monday's solar eclipse. To the surprise of many, there were no serious repercussions as the moon blocked a significant source of energy for many California utility companies. California renewable energy solar

Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

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A 2015 study on the potential for renewable energy use in the U.S. electric utilities renewable energy solar wind energy grid storageScientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into science. has now produced not only a stringent attack, but a harsh rebuttal to that attack in language rarely.

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Tesla builds world's largest lithium-ion battery, for utility use, in Australia

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Batteries Elon Musk Australia electric utilities renewable energy clean energy grid storageTesla CEO Elon Musk made a bet that he'd build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in Australia in 100 days. If his company failed, Musk would personally pay for the project, but the battery is now ready for its first test ahead of full operation—and on schedule. The massive 129-megawatt-hour battery will plug into South Australia's.

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

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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). The objective of the SEGIS program, managed by Sandia National Laboratories, is to develop high-performance products that will allow photovoltaics to become a more integral part of household and commercial Smart-Energy systems.

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Colorado to launch smart-charging pilot program as it prepares for EVs

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As it prepares to launch an electric-car mandate in coming years, Colorado is working to learn how electric cars can help it move to a more renewable energy grid. smart grid charging power gridThe non-profit Platte River Power Authority announced last month that it is teaming up with eMotorWerks, which sells home smart chargers, to sell and install 250 smart chargers for.

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NSF awards UCSD team $39M to improve integration of distributed energy resources into grid; EV batteries also

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to build a first-of-its-kind testbed—DERConnect—to improve the understanding of how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. We will be replicating the entire California power grid on one campus.

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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.

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.

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Mercedes-Benz Energy, Beijing Electric Vehicle start development partnership on 2nd-life battery storage

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Daimler AG, with its wholly owned subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, and Beijing Electric Vehicle Co., BJEV), a subsidiary of the BAIC Group, have entered into a development partnership to establish second-life energy storage systems in China in the future. Together, Mercedes-Benz Energy and Beijing Electric Vehicle plan to set up the first 2nd-life energy storage unit in Beijing, making use of retired BJEV electric car batteries.

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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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German power-to-gas facility opens green methanation plant; €28M STORE&GO project

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While the current facility feeds pure hydrogen (“WindGas”) directly into the gas grid, the new methanation plant provides for the generation of “green” methane. In this second stage, hydrogen from regenerative energy sources is converted into methane (CH 4 ), i.e. synthetic natural gas, using CO 2 from a bio-ethanol plant. This stored energy is then available as backup whenever there is an insufficient supply of solar and wind power.

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program announced that the fourth cohort of innovative clean energy concepts has been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC); 28 companies out of 212 were selected to receive grants of $150,000 each. To help California mitigate its ever-growing wildfires, this year CalSEED has included companies that are innovating in technologies that will build wildfire resiliency into the grid.

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Hubject and Daimler pilot Plug&Charge via ISO 15118 on smart EQ fortwo/forfour; no card or app needed

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The ISO 15118 standard also describes further types of applications such as the future integration of electric vehicles in the energy grid (smart charging), thus laying the foundations for a secure, sustainable charging infrastructure. Drivers of plug-in electric vehicles have needed to have the right charging card or smartphone app to gain access to public charging stations.

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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.

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IBM and ZSE team on Central European e-mobility project; “green highway”

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ZSE), the largest distributor and supplier of electricity in Slovakia, on a smart energy “feasibility” study that will help prepare the capital city Bratislava for electric vehicles (EVs). VIBRATe also marks the first joint project between the Austrian and Slovakian energy companies. —Guido Bartels, General Manager of IBM's Global Energy and Utilities Industry.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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

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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. The University of California, Riverside is opening its Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative to research the integration of: intermittent renewable energy, such as photovoltaic solar panels; energy storage, such as batteries; and all types of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

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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. Theres no questioning the convenience of never having to stop by an energy station to "fill up" before heading off on a busy day about town.

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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.

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. In the German electrical energy mix, the share of renewable energies is growing rapidly, reaching 33% in the first half of 2015. This has resulted in the plant being accepted under the direction of grid operator Tennet TSO GmbH.

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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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PG&E launches new $130M program to accelerate EV adoption in Northern and Central California; 7,500 chargers

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The electricity fueling EVs in California comes from one of the cleanest energy mixes in the country—nearly 70% of the electricity PG&E delivers to customers is from greenhouse gas-free resources. One in five electric vehicles in the United States plug into PG&E’s clean energy grid. PG&E’s EV Charge Network program will pay for and build the infrastructure from the electric grid to the charger.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Germany to be supplied with CO2-neutral energy from 2022

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In Germany, all Mercedes-Benz plants will be supplied with CO 2 -neutral energy. Thereby, we completely forego coal-based electricity and obtain our electrical energy from only renewable sources. Today, new plants in Europe are already planned with a CO2-neutral energy supply from the start. With a CO2-neutral energy supply of the plants, we are consistently pursuing this approach and are actively driving sustainability in production.

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BMW Group plants stepping up activities in balancing-power market to contribute to grid stability

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The energy control stations at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut are stepping up their activities in the balancing-power market in Germany. Together with other highly-flexible controllable systems in the BMW Group production network, they will contribute to the stability of the public grid outside of the plant. The combined heat and power station at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing is part of the BMW Power Pool and supports the compensation of frequency fluctuations in the grid.

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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 remarkable advantage for BMW customers in using BMW i3 batteries as a plug and play storage application is the ability to tap into an alternative resource for residential and commercial backup power, thus using renewable energy much more efficiently, and enabling additional revenues from the energy market.

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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 Worldwide installed revenue opportunity by energy storage on the grid (ESG) technology, 2010-2020. Energy storage on the grid addresses several pressing market needs.

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New E3SM exascale modeling system for earth simulation released to scientific community

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A new earth modeling system will support weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will impact the US energy sector in coming years. After four years of development, the Energy Exascale Earth System Model ( E3SM ) is being released to the broader scientific community this month. This model adds a much more complete representation between interactions of the energy system and the earth system.

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Intelligent Energy announces US$1.8B deal for ~27K telecom towers in India; fuel cell power for ~70%; landmark in fuel cell deployment

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UK-based fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy will purchase contracts from GTL Limited to supply energy-management services across more than 27,400 telecom towers in India—about 6.4% Essential Energy , a subsidiary of Intelligent Energy in India, will assume the power management for the towers—a figure equivalent to 50% of the UK’s telecom towers and 13% of the US’. This deal sets a significant precedent for shaping India’s energy future.

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ARPA-E awards $35M to 12 new projects to support medium-voltage devices for grid, industry and transportation

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The US Department of Energy announced $35 million in awards for 12 projects that find new ways to harness medium-voltage electricity for applications in industry, transportation, on the grid and beyond. The 8 BREAKERS projects will work to develop new direct current (DC) devices to better manage power by eliminating electrical faults, improving efficiency and reaction times, and potentially enabling greater proliferation of energy storage and renewable resources.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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. EnerG2, a manufacturer of advanced carbons for next-generation energy storage ( earlier post ), has begun production of nano-structured hard carbon for Li-ion battery anodes that it says can boost anode capacity by more than 50% over standard graphite.

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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.

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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.

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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. Dubbed “Green Horizon”, the initiative sets out to surpass current global practices in three areas critical to China’s sustainable growth: air quality management; renewable energy forecasting; and energy optimization for industry. It now has an opportunity to lead the world in sustainable energy and environmental management.

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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.

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