Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy to co-develop the first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system in US

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Highview Power Storage, Inc., a provider of long duration energy storage solutions, and Encore Renewable Energy, a developer of renewable energy generation and storage projects, jointly announced plans to develop the United States’ first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system.

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Tesla releases specs for its new Powerwall+ energy storage system


Tesla is releasing the specifications for its new Powerwall+ energy storage system, according to a new product information sheet that a potential customer posted. Tesla’s Powerwall is the energy storage system that the company utilizes for Solar customers.


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BNEF: energy storage is a $1.2-trillion investment opportunity to 2040

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The falling cost of batteries is set to drive a boom in the installation of energy storage systems around the world in the years from now to 2040, according to the latest annual forecast from research company Bloomberg NEF (BNEF). The global energy storage market will grow to a cumulative 942GW/2,857GWh by 2040, attracting $1.2 We have become much more bullish about storage deployments since our last forecast a year ago. Global cumulative storage deployments.

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Sandy solution for renewable energy storage; Thermal Energy Storage System

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Sand is emerging as a key ingredient in the race to develop a viable electricity storage system for renewable energies. Australia-based Latent Heat Storage has developed a low cost thermal energy storage system based on the latent heat properties of silicon derived from sand. The TESS device stores electricity as thermal energy by heating and melting containers full of silicon. by Andrew Spence.

California roadmap for grid-connected energy storage technology

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The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) unveiled a comprehensive roadmap to assess the current market environment and regulatory policies for connecting new energy storage technology to the state’s power grid. California envisions energy storage technology as a critical component in reducing global warming, improving air quality and promoting energy independence.

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Energy storage batteries face biggest test in California

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From the perspective of both renewable-energy advocates and electric utilities, grid-scale energy storage offers many potential benefits. By storing energy in battery packs for later use, energy storage can make intermittent renewable sources like solar and wind into more reliable forms of power. California energy policy renewable energy energy energy storage

Home energy storage batteries lose to grid-connected solar on environmental impact

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At first glance, renewable-energy sources like solar power and energy-storage battery packs seem like a logical match. Energy storage allows excess power collected by solar panels to be stored for later use, addressing the intermittent nature of solar power. Study electric utilities renewable energy energy energy storage

Cornell team suggests engineered bacteria could address current limitations of energy storage technologies

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Raising the penetration of renewable —an intermittent—sources of energy into the grid will require large scale electrical energy storage and retrieval. However, at present, no existing technology provides such storage and retrieval at a low financial and environmental cost. We think biology plays a significant role in creating a sustainable energy infrastructure.

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New lithium polysulfide flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a new lithium/polysulfide (Li/PS) semi-liquid (flow) battery for large-scale energy storage, with lithium polysulfide (Li 2 S 8 ) in ether solvent as a catholyte and metallic lithium as an anode. The proof-of-concept Li/PS battery could reach a high energy density of 170 Wh kg ?1 Energy Environ. Batteries Power Generation Smart Grid

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Hitachi, Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE testing plug-in vehicles as renewable energy storage for office buildings

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Mitsubishi Motors and ENGIE are partnered in a project to explore the potential for electric vehicles to act as a means of energy storage for an office building. Hitachi’s V2X Charger is the first recharger that not only recharges an electric car but can also discharge the energy back into the building/grid providing different flexibilities including kW, ?kW, This energy can then be discharged back into the grid when appropriate. Hitachi Europe Ltd.,

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Kokam deploys 30 MW, 11.4 MWh energy storage system in Australia

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Ltd, successfully deployed for Alinta Energy, a leading Australian utility, a 30-megawatt (MW) system / 11.4-megawatt hour (MWh) Energy Storage System (ESS), the largest lithium-ion battery deployed for industrial application in Australia. The ESS, in conjunction with Alinta Energy’s existing 178 MW open cycle gas turbine Newman Power Station, serves as a hybrid natural gas/battery energy generation and storage system. Australia Batteries Smart Grid

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Nissan and Eaton broaden xStorage Home energy storage portfolio; 10-year xStorage Buildings deal with Amsterdam ArenA

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Nissan and power management leader Eaton are broadening their portfolio of xStorage Home residential energy storage solutions—which can use second-life EV batteries—by introducing a range of six product configurations, giving consumers greater choice to meet their energy needs. The Nissan/Eaton partnership offers xStorage Home, xStorage Buildings and xStorage Grid-scale products. Storage capacities are 4.2

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ARPA-E awards $43M to 19 energy storage projects to advance electric vehicle and grid technologies

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 19 new projects to receive a total of $43 million to develop breakthrough energy storage technologies and support promising small businesses. military at forward operating bases in remote areas —Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. Advanced Management And Protection Of Energy-Storage Devices (AMPED). Energy Storage SBIR/STTR Project Descriptions.

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Stanford study quantifies energetic costs of grid-scale energy storage over time; current batteries the worst performers; the need to improve cycle life by 3-10x

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A plot of ESOI for 7 potential grid-scale energy storage technologies. Benson from Stanford University and Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) has quantified the energetic costs of 7 different grid-scale energy storage technologies over time. Their results are published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science. The Stanford study considered a future US grid where up to 80% of the electricity comes from renewables.

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. These 32 demonstration projects, which include large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, plug-in vehicles, and a range of other smart technologies, will act as models for deploying integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale. Notrees Wind Storage.

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LG Chem and Eguana partner on Li-ion residential energy storage system for North America

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Eguana Technologies, a supplier of power control and conversion solutions for distributed energy storage systems and Li-ion manufacturer LG Chem have combined their technologies under a multi-year agreement to deliver a certified, fully integrated energy storage system (ESS) Eguana calls “AC Battery”. The AC Battery can be paired with any of the Energy Storage Management Systems currently coming to market for a broad range of applications.

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

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Samsung SDI unveiled two residential energy storage systems (ESS) at Intersolar Europe 2015 in Munich, Germany. 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. The battery in the All-in-One is the same battery used in German premium EV cars and grid-scale energy storage system in Schwerin, Germany.

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AREVA and Schneider Electric sign a strategic partnership agreement on grid energy storage using hydrogen fuel cells

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AREVA and Schneider Electric have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop energy management and storage solutions based on hydrogen fuel cell technology. Both groups will combine their expertise in order to design and propose energy storage solutions that guarantee the reliability of electrical grids for isolated sites and areas where access to power is limited.

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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 storage system is slated to be handed over for operational use in early 2013. The energy storage system will be installed at SHEPD’s Kirkwall Power Station.

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SolarCity introduces energy storage for businesses; Tesla battery technology

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SolarCity has unveiled a smart energy storage system to address rising utility demand charges and increasing grid outages affecting businesses. Developed with battery technology from Tesla Motors, SolarCity DemandLogic storage includes learning software that automates the discharge of stored energy to optimize utility charge savings for customers. SolarCity points out that the utility grid is aging and outages are increasing.

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To Store or Not to Store: That is the Question

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Typical daily grid demand. “ Why do you need energy storage on the grid, when the grid is full of power plants that generate all the energy that is needed? ” It would seem like a good question to ask and applies the same logic has been used for the past fifty years in determining grid strategy. Supplementing baseload coal-, nuclear- and gas-powered power pants in a grid strategy for tomorrow. Perspective by The Townsend Company.

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Daimler & enercity storing new replacement EV batteries in working 15 MWh grid storage system; “living storage”

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Daimler AG, with its wholly owned subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE, and enercity (Stadtwerke Hannover AG) will begin construction of a new stationary energy storage system (ESS) this year; the facility also functions as a spare parts storage facility for electromotive battery systems. With a storage capacity totalling 15 MWh, the installation is one of the largest in Europe. The storage facility is already the third major project for Daimler AG in this business sector.

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Volvo Car Group testing lightweight structural energy storage material applied in trunk lid and plenum cover

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A composite blend of carbon fibers and polymer resin is being developed that can store and charge more energy faster than conventional batteries can. In one of the papers related to the work, a team from Imperial College London (the academic lead on the project), noted: To date, two main strategies have been applied to the fabrication of multifunctional structural energy storage devices.

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Sony, Hydro-Québec JV Esstalion to begin testing large scale stationary energy storage system

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Esstalion Technologies, the joint venture formed in 2014 by Sony Corporation and Hydro-Québec, will soon begin testing the first prototype of a large-capacity energy storage system. MW and can store 1.2 This large-scale energy storage system will meet electricity demand during peak consumption periods and facilitate the integration of renewable energy onto the grid.

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MAN Diesel & Turbo partners with ABB to develop and commercialize new electro-thermal stationary energy-storage system

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MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz AG has signed a cooperation agreement with ABB Switzerland for the development, production and commercialization of a three-way energy-storage system. The new Electro-Thermal Energy Storage system (ETES) stores large-scale electricity, heat and cold for distribution to consumers. ETES uses surplus renewable-electricity to generate heat and cold for storage in insulated reservoirs during a so-called charging cycle.

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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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USC team develops novel organic redox flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Scientists at USC have developed a novel water-based Organic Redox Flow Battery (ORBAT) for lower cost, long lasting large-scale energy storage. Since grid-scale electrical energy storage requires hundreds of gigawatt-hours to be stored, the batteries for this application must be inexpensive, robust, safe and sustainable. Schematic of ORBAT. Click to enlarge.

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Volvo Buses in project researching use of second-life electric bus batteries to store solar energy

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Volvo Buses is participating in a research project in which used electric bus batteries are used as solar energy storage units. Batteries from electric bus route 55 in Gothenburg, Sweden are being used for solar energy storage in a second-life application. They are installed in a battery chamber and linked together to create a 200 kWh storage pack. It can also be used to buy and store electricity from the national grid when it is cheap and green, for later use.

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Hawaiian Electric & Greenlots test combined EV fast charging and energy storage

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Greenlots, a global provider of open standards-based technology solutions for electric vehicle (EV) networks ( earlier post ), has implemented its SKY platform—a scalable, vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technology—in an EV fast charger owned and operated by Hawaiian Electric Company as part of a joint research, development and demonstration project with the Electric Power Research Institute.

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EnerDel Entering Utility-Scale Energy Storage Market

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Automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel is entering the utility-scale energy storage market, supplying batteries for one of the 16 new smart grid regional demonstration projects recently awarded funding by the US DOE. The project is part of the larger $178-million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project, led by Battelle Memorial Institute, Northwest Division.

Hydrogenics wins order from E.ON for power-to-hydrogen-gas energy storage project in Germany

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The 2 MW energy storage facility, to be located in Falkenhagen in northeast Germany, will use surplus renewable energy sources to produce hydrogen for storage in the country’s existing natural gas pipeline network. Power-to-Gas is a novel way to store energy at utility scale, whereby surplus electrical grid power is converted into hydrogen gas. Over a 24 hour period, the Falkenhagen facility will be able to store over 30 MWh of energy.

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Electrovaya launches Li-ion residential energy storage system; 3 kWh – 20 kWh

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launched its lithium-ion energy storage system for home usage. The battery stores power from the grid or from solar panels and stores it for later household use. For consumers subject to time-of-use charges, the EnergyBlock can be used to store off-peak power to be used later during peak times, lowering the amount of peak-rate costs for the user. Electrovaya Inc.

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Axion Power’s PbC PowerCube battery energy storage system integrated into PJM utility grid

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the developer of advanced lead­carbon PbC batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), announced that its PowerCube battery energy storage and battery system is being integrated as a power resource for the PJM Regulation Market, which serves 58 million people in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia. As a curtailment service provider in PJM, Viridity Energy will be managing the Axion PowerCube 500 kW/250 kW Battery Energy Storage System.

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MIT researchers propose subsea version of pumped hydro for renewable energy storage

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Researchers at MIT are proposing using a variation on pumped hydroelectric systems for storage of electricity produced by offshore wind farms. The key to this Ocean Renewable Energy Storage (ORES) system is the placement of 30-meter-diameter hollow concrete spheres on the seafloor under the wind turbines. These structures would serve both as anchors to moor the floating turbines and as a means of storing the energy they produce.

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Opinion: Reinventing fuel-based power for a more secure and resilient grid

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With battery storage able to provide a unique role in balancing a renewable electricity grid, Toby Gill, CEO of Intelligent Power Generation, asks could innovations in green hydrogen and biofuel technologies contribute to a more optimized and economical energy mix?

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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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OSU smart membrane could enable new category of high-energy, high-power energy storage for EVs

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Described in a paper published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , the smart membrane separator could enable the design of a new category of rechargeable/refillable energy storage devices with high energy density and specific power that would overcome the contemporary limitations of electric vehicles. This limits the current application of RFBs to backup in grid balancing; they are not being widely considered for mobile applications.

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Siemens installing Sitras supercap-based stationary energy storage unit for TriMet light right substation

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Siemens is currently installing the first Sitras SES (stationary energy storage) Energy Storage Unit with supercapacitor technology in the US on the new TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Line. The southeast Portland Tacoma substation location will house the first US storage unit that allows for energy created during braking to be stored and then re-used in one of two applications: energy savings or voltage stabilization during peak demand times.

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Study IDs two compressed air energy storage methods, sites for the Northwest

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) have identified two compressed air energy storage methods for the temporary storage of the Northwest’s excess wind power and two eastern Washington locations to put them into practice. All compressed air energy storage plants work under the same basic premise.

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NYSERDA awards $2M to 8 projects to develop advanced energy storage technologies

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has awarded $250,000 to each of eight companies and research centers to develop working prototypes for a wide range of energy-storage technologies. The recipients are all members of the NY Battery and Energy Storage Technology ( NY-BEST ) Consortium. GE Energy Storage , which seeks to work with Raymond Corp. New York Energy Storage Roadmap.

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BC Hydro and SC Electric Company partner on sodium-sulfur battery energy storage project

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BC Hydro has selected S&C Electric Company, a renewable energy integration company, for a sodium-sulfur (NaS) battery energy storage project intended to improve service reliability for a remote mountain community in British Columbia. The energy storage system, which is funded, in part, by Natural Resources Canada’s Clean Energy Fund, will also reduce peak load demand for a second community, limiting carbon emissions and enabling deferral of capital expenditures.

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US Subsidiary of GS Yuasa introduces energy storage systems for renewables and EV charging

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GS Battery (USA) Inc., , the US subsidiary of Japan-based battery maker GS Yuasa, announced the deployment of its Hybrid Energy System (HES) for renewable energy storage and EV charging. Equipped with 48 volts of ECO R advanced lead acid battery technology, the integrated, compact unit is targeted at common renewable energy storage needs and is packaged in an easily installed, indoor/outdoor cabinet.

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BASF announces winners of the open innovation contest on energy storage

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BASF announced the winners of the BASF Energy Contest at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen. The Open Innovation Contest, initiated by BASF at the beginning of February, aims to find ideas for the storage of energy from renewable energy sources. Sustainable technologies should make it possible to store power from the grid and feed power back into it.

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