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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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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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). The demonstration will also explore the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability of the car via the bi-directional charging system when the car is not in use and the driver permits it. A charging station connects the Meriva as a storage unit to this local energy 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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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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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.

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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 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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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. She determined that 10% above the average daily demand for 120 days should be stored.

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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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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. During the photo-assisted charging process, I − ions are photo-electrochemically oxidized to I 3 − , harvesting solar energy and storing it as chemical energy. This research was funded by the Department of Energy.

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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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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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