ŠKODA collaborates with IBG ?esko on second-life battery energy storage system; up to 328 kWh

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ŠKODA AUTO, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, is introducing a smart energy storage system using second-life batteries from electric vehicles. Following a successful pilot project in Prague, the energy storage units are now available to ŠKODA contract dealers.

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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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. In the project, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, Ltd. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

2012 229

Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle adds home energy storage

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Ford Motor Company is expanding its MyEnergi Lifestyle program ( earlier post ), announced at last year’s CES, to include home energy storage. MyEnergi Lifestyle, a Ford Motor Company collaboration with Eaton, Infineon, SunPower and Whirlpool, retrofitted the homes of two families with energy-efficient appliances and solar panels, as well as providing the families with their own Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle.

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. The state currently has several pilot projects, and is working toward commercialization of energy storage.

2015 196

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 low voltage design enables high-capacity batteries to operate in lower power ratings needed for decentralized systems (i.e. Batteries Smart Grid Solar

2015 204

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. The reuse and recycling of batteries is a key issue as increasing numbers of cities plan transition to electrically powered transport.

2018 228

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.

2013 185

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.

2013 199

California Energy Commission awards more than $1.8M additional funding to further UCSD microgrid project; energy storage, EV charging and V2G services are components

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved funding to advance further the development of its pioneering 42 MW peak microgrid and expand electric vehicle charging at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). These funds will be invested, in part, in analyzing multiple stand-alone energy storage technologies to further improve the microgrid. —Energy Commission Chair Robert B. This will reduce the indirect cost of solar power to California ratepayers.

2013 200

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.

2016 163

Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project gets green light; tying in renewables

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The newly launched Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project is bringing together companies and institutions from the automotive, energy and scientific sectors to develop technology to interlink vehicles, charging infrastructure and power grids in a way that facilitates the widest possible use of renewable energy and at the same time increases power supply reliability.

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ABB opens new plant for battery systems for mobility applications in Baden

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ABB officially opened a new plant for energy storage systems for mobility applications today in Baden, Switzerland. The energy storage systems will be used in railways, e-buses/trolleybuses and e-trucks. ABB has already received orders for energy storage systems from several vehicle manufacturers from different countries. Energy storage systems offer transport operators many options to retrofit their vehicle fleets for a more sustainable mobility.

2019 174

Intermountain Power Agency orders MHPS JAC Gas Turbine technology for renewable-hydrogen energy hub, operated by LA DWP

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The Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) has awarded Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) a contract for two M501JAC power trains for the Intermountain Power Plant (IPP) in Delta, Utah. The ACES project will use renewable power to produce hydrogen through electrolysis.

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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.

2020 161

thyssenkrupp’s water electrolysis technology qualified as primary control reserve in Germany; hydrogen production for the electricity market

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In the future thyssenkrupp’s electrolysis plants will be able to act as large-scale buffers to stabilize the power grid and compensate fluctuations quickly and flexibly. s virtual power plant. Earlier tests already demonstrated that our electrolysis plants can produce green hydrogen highly efficiently and with sufficient response speed and flexibility to participate in the energy balancing market. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background Power-to-Gas

2020 205

Nissan LEAF helps power company’s NA facilities with V2G; Nissan Energy

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Working with Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems company, Nissan North America is launching a new pilot program under the Nissan Energy Share initiative which leverages bi?directional directional EV charging technology to partially power its North American headquarters in Franklin, TN, and its design center in San Diego, CA. Leading the industry, Nissan has also received certification for second-life LEAF batteries to be used in stationary energy storage.

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Audi & Hager Group investigating bidirectional charging at home

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As this proportion grows, however, the basic dilemma associated with these renewable energy sources remains: first, electricity cannot always be supplied when it is required and second, on sunny days and in high-wind conditions, there is often a lack of capacity for storing the energy generated.

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

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by Toby Gill, CEO, Intelligent Power Generation. The growth of global industrialization, increasing demand on energy resources and rising carbon emissions are deepening the need for energy infrastructure that is increasingly green, distributed, flexible, and resilient.

2020 274

Groupe Renault, Connected Energy install EV charging with 2nd-life batteries at highway rest areas

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UK-based Connected Energy and Groupe Renault have installed two quick-charge stations based on Connected Energy’s E-STOR energy storage technology on highways in Belgium and Germany. The E-STOR technology developed by Connected Energy uses second-life batteries from Renault electric vehicles. With the E-STOR system, the batteries are recharged at low power, and the stored energy is then released at high power.

2017 150

Mass. startup licenses PNNL’s vanadium redox flow battery technology

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A Massachusetts startup has signed a license agreement with Battelle to commercialize battery technology that can help store large amounts of renewable energy and improve the reliability of the nation''s power grid. Smoothly integrating intermittent renewable power such as wind and solar onto the electric grid while also maintaining grid stability has been challenging.

2014 210

GE posts $63M in orders for Durathon sodium-halide battery systems

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GE’s Energy Storage business announced $63 million in new Durathon sodium-halide battery orders since the business launched in July. In its first weeks of operation, the business secured 10 new telecom customer orders across several regions, including Africa, Asia, India and the US powering a total of more than 3,500 cell towers. —Prescott Logan, General Manager, GE Energy Storage.

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DOE announces more than $65M in public and private funding to commercialize promising energy technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $30 million in federal funding, matched by more than $35 million in private sector funds, for 68 projects that will accelerate the commercialization of promising energy technologies—ranging from clean energy and advanced manufacturing, to building efficiency and next-generation materials. Fast Thermal Processing Of Ceramic Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Applications, $200,000. AltaRock Energy, Inc.

Volkswagen Group sets up new group company for energy and charging: Elli

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The Volkswagen Group is establishing a Group company for energy offerings and charging solutions, underlining its strategic goal of becoming a leading provider of sustainable mobility. Elli Group GmbH , with headquartered in Berlin, is to develop products and services connected with energy and charging for the brands of the Group. The new company will play its part with energy offerings from renewable sources and smart charging solutions.

2019 252

BMW launches BMW i ChargeForward pilot in SF Bay Area

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Working with a group of nearly 100 BMW i3 drivers, selected from approximately 400 applicants, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to optimizing electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership. The study has two parts: (1) a managed charge pilot program involving BMW i3 owners; and (2) a battery second-life energy storage system.

2015 278

Bosch, BMW and Vattenfall launch Second Life Batteries alliance for reuse of EV batteries

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The partners have launched the Second Life Batteries alliance and are interconnecting used batteries from electric vehicles to form a large-scale energy storage system in Hamburg. The current plans call for the construction of a storage unit with an output of two megawatts (MW) and an installed capacity of two megawatt hours (MWh) in Hamburg. The energy will be fed into the energy balancing market to balance out short-term fluctuations in the power grid.

2015 224

Panasonic to begin mass-production of long-life Li-ion battery system for solar-powered homes in Europe

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The battery system stores excess energy generated from the photovoltaic (PV) power system during peak hours of PV generation and discharges the energy as needed, providing a solution as a household battery storage system that helps self-consumption of solar-generated power. It will also enable households to reduce the dependence on grid power and facilitate the further spread of green energy.

2012 196

IBM introduces new wind and solar forecasting system for utilities; big data analytics and weather modeling to predict output

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IBM has developed an advanced power and weather modeling technology that will help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources. The solution combines weather prediction and big data analytics to forecast accurately the availability of wind power and solar energy. This will enable utilities to integrate more renewable energy into the power grid, the company says.

2013 251

Audi unveils e-gas project: synthetic methane from the methanation of green hydrogen; series production of CNG models in 2013 powered by e-gas

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Starting in 2013, Audi will begin series production of TCNG models whose engines—derived from TFSI units—will be powered by e-gas: synthetic methane produced via the methanation of hydrogen produced by electrolysis using renewable electricity. Audi says that the e-gas project, which after three years of research is now entering the practical phase, is a cornerstone of its mission to set up an entire portfolio of sustainable sources of energy.

2011 295

REV delivers 1st of 4 battery-electric vehicles with V2G capability to TARDEC

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has delivered the first of what it calls “Ancillary Power Vehicles” (APVs)—batter-electric vehicles with a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability—to the US Army Tank Automotive Research Center (TARDEC) in Hawaii this week in partnership with Honeywell Aerospace. The vehicles will make use of REV’s bi-directional charging capabilities as part of TARDEC’s micro-grid demonstration. Canada-based Rapid Electric Vehicles, Inc.,

2010 207

BMW i ChargeForward Program to demo contribution of intelligent EV charging to grid efficiency

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Working with a select group of BMW i3 drivers, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership. BMW i ChargeForward is designed to explore how to better match the impact of electric vehicles with other dynamic energy supply and demand sources. Batteries Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid

2015 210

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.

2018 163

Burns & McDonnell develops bi-directional fast chargers for SPIDERS program

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This first-of-its-kind system will push power back to the base microgrid when needed to meet installation demand or improve overall power quality. On 29 August, the team successfully commissioned five bidirectional chargers and the aggregating control system as part of the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) microgrid project at Fort Carson. Bi-directional fast charger at Ft. Carson. Click to enlarge.

2013 191

Daimler partnering to transfer its latest generation of automotive fuel cell technology to stationary applications

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Joining forces with industry leaders Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Power Innovations (PI), a LiteOn company, Daimler AG, with NuCellSys and supported by MBRDNA and Daimler Innovations Lab1886, will develop prototype systems starting this year for back-up and continuous power solutions for data centers and other stationary applications using automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems. With a constant supply of hydrogen, the fuel cell will keep supplying power.

2017 150

Duke Energy and ITOCHU to assess second-life applications for Li-ion automotive batteries

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Duke Energy and Tokyo-based ITOCHU Corp. signed an agreement to collaborate on advanced energy technologies, starting with the evaluation and testing of second-life applications for electric vehicle batteries. Duke Energy and ITOCHU’s program builds upon their involvement in Project Plug-IN, a large-scale public/private EV initiative based in Indianapolis. Duke Energy and ITOCHU believe batteries that become unsuitable for use in EVs could live on in other applications.

2010 238

Liquid Metal Battery Corp secures patent rights from MIT

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Liquid Metal Battery Corporation (LMBC), a Cambridge, Massachusetts company founded in 2010 to develop new forms of electric storage batteries that work in large, grid-scale applications, has secured the rights to key patent technology from MIT. The energy is stored in the liquid metals that want to react with one another but can do so only by transferring ions across the electrolyte, which results in the flow of electric current out of the battery.

2011 185

New liquid alloy electrode significantly lowers operating temperature of sodium-beta batteries; improved performance

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More than 300 megawatts of large, cargo container-sized sodium-beta batteries are running in the United States, Japan and Europe, according to Dupont Energy Consulting. They often store electricity generated by rows of solar panels and wind turbines. Running at lower temperatures can make a big difference for sodium-beta batteries and may enable batteries to store more renewable energy and strengthen the power grid.

2014 191

New PNNL zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery offers 2x energy density of next-best system; potential for mobile applications

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Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery offering more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. d) The charge and discharge energy densities as a function of the concentration of I ?. The inset lists concentration versus energy density of several current aqueous RFB chemistries for comparison.

2015 205

voestalpine, Siemens & VERBUND building one of the world’s largest electrolysis plants for H2 production; EU-funded H2FUTURE

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The European Commission has awarded the H2FUTURE project consortium—comprising voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND and Austrian Power Grid (APG) as well as the research-partners K1-MET and ECN—the contract for the construction of one of the world’s largest PEM electrolysis plants for producing green hydrogen. VERBUND, the project coordinator, will provide electricity from renewable energy sources and is responsible for development of grid-relevant services.

2017 170

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.

2015 192

Shipping industry eyeing hydrogen fuel cells as possible pathway to emissions reduction; work by Germanischer Lloyd and DNV

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At a presentation at the GMEC (Global Maritime Environmental Congress) held earlier this month in Hamburg, Dr. Pierre Sames, Germanischer Lloyd’s Head of Research and Rule Development, examined the potential use of fuel cells in shipping, the use of renewable energy to produce hydrogen for use as fuel, the economics of the technology and looked at two concept designs for fuel-cell driven, hydrogen-fueled vessels. A battery system provides peak power.

2012 244

ARPA-E awards $37M for IONICS projects; improving solid-state batteries and fuel cells

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $37 million in funding for 16 innovative new projects as part of a new ARPA-E program: Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids ( IONICS ). In particular, IONICS projects will work to improve energy storage and conversion technologies in three categories: transportation batteries, grid-level storage, and fuel cells.

2016 185

North American Grid Operators Study Concludes 1M Plug-in Electric Vehicles May Be On the Road by 2020; Staggered Charging Can Reduce Potential Negative Impact on Grid

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A group of US and Canadian power grid operators, who manage most of the North American bulk electric grid collectively, studied the effect that plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) would have on the electric power grid. While staggered charging of PEVs would reduce the potential negative impact on electric load, the power companies will need new tools to manage growth in PEV use, according to the study. PJM); and the Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

2010 185