DOE releases draft energy storage grand challenge roadmap and requests stakeholder input

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Announced in January 2020 by US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) is a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage.

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Electrochemical energy storage startup SPARKZ licenses ORNL cobalt-free battery tech

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Stealth-mode electrochemical energy storage startup SPARKZ Inc. has exclusively licensed five battery technologies from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) designed to eliminate the use of cobalt metal in lithium-ion batteries. The advancement is aimed at accelerating the production of electric vehicles and energy storage solutions for the power grid. Energy density is especially important for EVs.

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SABIC acquires majority stake in carbon nanotube business for energy storage applications

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BDS produces and commercializes MOLECULAR REBAR, a proprietary technology of modified carbon nanotubes that offers potential for enhancing the performance of energy storage applications using lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries. MOLECULAR REBAR technology from BDS is believed to offer great potential for enhancing the performance of energy storage applications, such as lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries used in the mobility industry.

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US DOE releases Grid Energy Storage report

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released its Grid Energy Storage report to the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The report identifies the benefits of grid energy storage, the challenges that must be addressed to enable broader use, and the efforts of the Energy Department, in conjunction with industry and other government organizations, to meet those challenges. Industry acceptance.

Faraday Institution to award up to £55M to five consortia for energy storage research

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The Faraday Institution will award up to £55 million (US$67 million) to five UK-based consortia to conduct application-inspired research to make step changes in battery chemistries, systems and manufacturing methods. The ultimate aim of the research is to facilitate improvements in batteries used for transport and other applications such as grid storage with improved performance and cost characteristics. The five new projects are: Next generation electrode manufacturing–Nextrode.

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DOE selects national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost $15 million over three years. Industry Partner. Hunt Energy Enterprises. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. High-throughput Laser Processing and Acoustic Diagnostics for Enhanced Battery Performance and Manufacturing. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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Kongsberg selects Leclanché for energy storage solutions for electric and hybrid marine industry; 45 MWh for 9 vessels

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Leading global maritime technology company Kongsberg Maritime has selected Leclanché as its battery partner and supplier of customized marine energy storage solutions. The systems will be built at Leclanché’s facility in Switzerland with the cells manufactured at Leclanché’s Willstätt facility in Germany.

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DOE to fund national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals from the National Laboratories and industry partners that pursue radical innovations for American battery manufacturing leadership. Interested industry partners should reach out directly to the National Laboratory contacts listed below about opportunities to collaborate. Capabilities: Electrode Manufacturing; Battery Cell Testing. Capabilities: Electrode Manufacturing; Electrode Materials Scale-up.

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Daimler establishes Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH for stationary energy storage

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Daimler AG has established Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH to take over the development and global sale of Mercedes-Benz brand stationary energy storage ( earlier post ) with immediate effect. Daimler AG, with ACCUMOTIVE, began delivery of domestic storage solutions for the German market in April. Work also started on setting up the first large-scale industrial projects in the field of primary regulation energy.

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Zinc-air battery company Eos Energy Storage raises $15M

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Eos Energy Storage, a developer of zinc-air grid-scale battery technology, completed its $15-million Series B financing round with participation from a syndicate of 21 strategic and financial investors. The company saus it has overcome historical limitations of zinc-air batteries, with its innovations improving round-trip efficiency, energy density, cycle life, and run time. based NRG Energy, Inc. Eos is NRG’s first investment in the energy storage industry.

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. Volvo Cars is the only car manufacturer participating in the EU-funded project, which started in early 2010. One straightforward approach is a multifunctional structure, physically embedding energy storage devices into conventional fiber-reinforced composites or using structural composite laminates as packaging to protect the devices.

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Germany launches R&D facility for industrial-scale Li-ion cell manufacturing; €500M in funding

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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has launched the Battery Cell Research Production Center, a new R&D and large-scale industrial manufacturing plant for lithium-ion cells; the center will receive an investment of €500 million. Six German cell manufacturers have already pledged their support for the establishment and operation of research production: Leclanché, BMZ Group/ Terra E, Customcells, EAS and Liacon.

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ISE Standardizing Energy Storage Systems Controls Interface to Allow Easier Use By Other Manufacturers

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ISE Corporation, which has been developing and incorporating its energy storage systems into its own heavy-duty drive systems since 1999, is now standardizing its controls interface to allow other manufacturers more easily to integrate ISE energy storage technologies into their own applications. Rob Del Core, ISE’s Director of Business Development Energy Storage Systems.

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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 modular system is targeted as a residential product, but also has the potential to be aggregated for small commercial and industrial (C&I) end-users.

EV maker CODA files for Chap. 11 bankruptcy; restructuring business around energy storage

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Struggling electric vehicle manufacturer CODA Holdings, Inc. has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Petition Nº 13-11153) to enable the reorganization of its business solely around energy storage based on its Li-ion battery systems. CODA diversified its business and formed CODA Energy two years ago. Batteries Electric (Battery) Vehicle Manufacturers

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DOE to award $89M for advanced manufacturing R&D, battery manufacturing a key focus

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects. This Funding Opportunity Announcement ( DE-FOA-0001980 ) addresses priorities such as domestic manufacturing for energy storage. The US manufacturing sector is growing; US manufacturers have created almost 500,000 jobs since 2017 and more than 250,000 jobs in the last year alone. Batteries Manufacturing

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Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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The study, which provides a joint industry analysis of how different types of batteries are used in different automotive applications, concludes that lead-based batteries will by necessity remain the most wide-spread energy storage system in automotive applications for the foreseeable future. In full-hybrid vehicles, the stored energy is also used for a certain range of electric driving.

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MEGTEC Systems becomes affiliate to DOE’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

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MEGTEC Systems, a global supplier of engineered systems and environmental and energy solutions to advanced manufacturing facilities, has become an affiliate to the US Department of Energy’s Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR). With the advanced work MEGTEC has done in the energy storage markets, especially for the production of lithium-ion battery electrodes and fuel cells, we have innovative solutions that will reduce manufacturing costs.

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Battery Innovation Center issues RFP for development of new energy storage systems

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The Battery Innovation Center (BIC)—a non-profit consortium of organizations focused on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe and reliable energy storage systems—has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the development of new energy storage systems. The BIC will solicit inputs from industry leaders across the country to find the best product/technologies with the greatest economic development potential for commercialization.

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Maxwell Technologies and SK Innovation to develop integrated ultracap/Li-ion energy storage systems

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a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SK Innovation, a subsidiary of SK Holdings and Korea’s leading energy provider, to develop next generation energy storage solutions leveraging the complementary characteristics of SK’s lithium-ion batteries and Maxwell’s ultracapacitors. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.,

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Georgia Tech team develops highly efficient multi-phase catalyst for SOFCs and other energy storage and conversion systems

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The catalyst is also readily applicable to other energy storage and conversion systems, including metal-air batteries, supercapacitors, electrolyzers, dye-sensitized solar cells, and photocatalysis. Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is an important but sluggish step in many chemical and energy transformation processes; energy loss due to ORR is still significant in the most advanced fuel cells, more so at lower operating temperatures.

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Daimler starts deliveries of Mercedes-Benz Li-ion energy storage units for private homes

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Daimler AG has commenced deliveries of Mercedes-Benz stationary energy storage units ( earlier post ) for use in private homes. The lithium-ion batteries are being manufactured by the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE and distributed through selected sales partners and partner companies. At present, the company’s partners include the energy service provider Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW), the solar technology specialist SMA, as well as a number of wholesale traders.

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Li-ion maker Electrovaya signs Letter of Intent with a major residential energy storage provider; $223M over 3 years

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Li-ion battery manufacturer Electrovaya Inc. has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a Global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the delivery of battery modules for Residential Energy Storage with volume quantity deliveries starting early Q1 CY2017. Electrovaya’s technology and products are suited to the residential energy storage market as two of the critical performance parameters are highest cycle life and safety, both available from Electrovaya.

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GM and ABB demonstrate community energy storage system built from 5 used Volt batteries; Duke Energy testing

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GM and ABB partnered to produce a prototype back-up power storage unit that repackages five used Volt batteries into a modular unit that becomes an uninterruptible power supply and grid power balancing system. During a symposium for the media on GM’s electrification efforts, including a preview of the Spark EV to be unveiled at the LA Auto Show in two weeks, General Motors and ABB showed and demonstrated a new grid distributed micro-storage (at grid scale) system—i.e.,

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Leclanché picks Comau to develop automated industrial-scale manufacturing lines for Li-ion battery modules for transport

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Leclanché has commissioned Comau to develop an automated manufacturing line for lithium-ion battery modules for transport applications. Comau, a member of the FCA Group, is a worldwide leader in delivering advanced industrial automation products and systems. The all-in-one solution selected by Leclanché is capable of automating the entire battery manufacturing process, from pouch cell stacking and welding to the final assembly of up to 32 different product configurations.

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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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AES Selects Mitsubishi-GS Yuasa and Parker-Hannifin to supply Li-ion grid Energy Storage System in Chile

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AES Gener and AES Energy Storage have selected Parker-Hannifin to supply advanced battery energy storage systems for their new Cochrane power station. The battery energy storage system will be supplied by Mitsubishi Corporation with the lithium-ion battery module manufactured by GS Yuasa and the lithium ion battery cells by Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture of Mitsubishi Corporation and GS Yuasa.

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Ceramic pump moves molten metal at a record 1,400 ?C; new avenues for energy storage and hydrogen production

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A ceramic-based mechanical pump able to operate at record temperatures of more than 1,400 ˚C (1,673 K) can transfer high-temperature liquids such as molten tin, enabling a new generation of energy conversion and storage systems. The research was supported by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) and reported in the journal Nature. These desirable properties lead to compact and high-volumetric-power-density heat transfer and thermal storage.

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Li-ion supplier K2 Energy receives first order against $81.4M contract for Navy railgun energy storage system

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K2 Energy Solutions has received the first order against an initial $81,400,000 contract to provide an intermediate energy storage battery system for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Naval Sea Systems Command’s (NAVSEA) electromagnetic rail gun. The railgun technology uses high power electromagnetic energy instead of explosive chemical propellants to propel a projectile farther and faster than any preceding gun. K2 Energy Solutions Inc.,

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Dresser-Rand awarded $200M Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) project; 1st US CAES since 1991

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received a project award from Apex Compressed Air Energy Storage, LLC for the supply of equipment to be used in a new 317 MW compressed air energy storage (CAES) facility to be constructed near Tennessee Colony, Texas in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market. First, it validates the view that the value of large energy storage in the form of CAES is a viable economic investment. Dresser-Rand Group Inc.

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UK Government creates Energy Storage R&D Center for electric and hybrid vehicle batteries

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The UK Government is creating a new “UK Energy Storage R&D Centre” for the advancement of electric and hybrid vehicle batteries. million) and industry (£4 million, or US$6.4 To be based within the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult at the University of Warwick, the center will build on the UK’s research base in electrochemistry. Co-funded by Government (£9 million, or $US14.3 million), the £13-million (US$20.-million)

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JRC assesses EU RD&D investments in electric-drive vehicles; controls and energy storage top the list

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Controls and energy storage top the list. The greatest amount of investment is related to, in order of funding, controls; energy storage; vehicle body and architecture; and electric motors. Overall, academic and research partners together with the industrial partners constitute the highest share of partner types. HI-WI, iKRAVT); controls for energy storage systems (i.e. Energy storage.

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Ricardo Introduces Kinergy Flywheel Energy Storage System; FLYBUS and KinerStor

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The Ricardo Kinergy high-speed, hermetically-sealed flywheel energy storage system. Building on its experience in the research and development of advanced energy management concepts—including the engineering of kinetic energy recovery systems (KERS) for motorsport—Ricardo has devised Kinergy, a high-speed, hermetically-sealed flywheel energy storage system concept with an innovative and patented magnetic gearing and coupling mechanism.

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DOE awards $187M to support innovative advanced manufacturing R&D, including $65.9M for batteries

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $187 million in funding, including $48 million of cost-share, for 55 projects in 25 states to support innovative advanced manufacturing research and development. These projects address high-impact manufacturing technology, materials, and process challenges. Lower Thermal Budget Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity: $28.7 Lower Thermal Budget Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity: $28.7

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Liquid Air Energy Network forms in UK; focus on transportation and energy storage

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A new new forum for the advocacy and development of liquid air as an alternative technology to harness waste and surplus energy within power and transport—the Liquid Air Energy Network (LAEN)—has formed in the UK. Air can be turned into a liquid by cooling it to around -196 °C using standard industrial equipment; 700 liters of ambient air becomes about 1 liter of liquid air, which can then be stored in an unpressurised insulated vessel.

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UK EPSRC awards almost $10M to two low-carbon vehicle technology projects; energy storage, engines and fuels

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million) funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme. ELEVATE , led by Professor Rob Thring at Loughborough University, will develop better materials for energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors, along with better diagnostics for fuel cells, as well as work to improve integration between devices, vehicles and power grids.

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Boulder Ionics raises $4.3M for high-throughput production of ionic liquid electrolytes for energy storage devices

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Boulder Ionics Corporation, a startup that has developed a novel, high-throughput, low-cost synthesis platform for producing ionic liquid electrolytes for use in advanced energy storage devices, completed a $4.3-million Series A financing. Batteries using ionic liquid electrolytes can be non-flammable, are stable at higher temperatures and can operate at higher voltages (increasing energy density and lowering cost).

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NYSERDA awards $1.4M to 6 projects for advanced energy storage technologies; Electromotive and Ioxus for heavy-duty hybrids

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The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded a total of $1.4 million to six companies engaged in researching and developing energy storage systems. Funding recipients are all members of the NY Battery and Energy Storage Technology (NY-BEST) Consortium. The companies, located throughout New York State, will use the funding to turn energy storage technologies with proven technical feasibility into working prototypes.

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GAO: US government obligated $1.3+ billion in 39 battery and energy storage initiatives from FY 2009-2012; fragmented but not duplicative

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In a recently published report (GAO-12-842), the US Government Accountability office (GAO) identified 39 battery and energy storage initiatives with a variety of key characteristics that were implemented across six federal agencies: the Departments of Energy (DOE) and Defense (DOD); the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); the National Science Foundation (NSF); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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LG Chem to supply Li-ion battery modules for AES Advancion energy storage; 1 GWh of capacity

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AES Energy Storage and LG Chem have entered a multi-year agreement that provides access to a gigawatt-hour (GWh) of lithium-ion battery capacity with the option to procure additional capacity for the AES Advancion energy storage solution. The agreement covers the supply of several of LG Chem’s battery modules that have been designed and configured for AES’ Advancion grid-scale energy storage solution.

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DOE to award $89M for innovative manufacturing technologies

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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced $89 million to support innovative, advanced manufacturing research and development projects ( DE-FOA-0001980 ). This Department of Energy (DOE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) tackles key priorities such as domestic manufacturing for energy storage. US manufacturers have created almost 500,000 jobs since 2017 and more than 250,000 jobs in the last year alone. Batteries Manufacturing

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NAATBatt Coalition recommends deployment of up to 300 GWh of distributed energy storage systems by 2022

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A coalition of 13 leading industrial companies and electric utilities, including General Motors Company, The Dow Chemical Company and Duke Energy, issued a white paper recommending the installation of up to 300 GWh of distributed energy storage (DES) systems around the country by 2022. DES systems reduce blackouts and brownouts, permit greater use of variable, renewable energy resources such as wind and solar, and help reduce dependence upon imported petroleum.

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BAE Systems awards Saft additional $1.3M for US Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle Li-ion energy storage system

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million in new funding for the continued development of a Li-ion energy storage system for the US Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program. The GCV is part of a growing list of military vehicle prototypes for which Saft has supplied advanced energy storage solutions (ESS). Saft joins Northrop Grumman, iRobot, MTU, and Qinetiq North America on the BAE Systems GCV team, one of two industry teams working on the technology development phase of the program.

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