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

Maxwell Technologies sells HV product line to Renaissance to focus on energy storage for EVs

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a leading developer and manufacturer of energy storage and power delivery technology, has simultaneously signed and closed a definitive agreement to sell its High Voltage (HV) product line to Renaissance Investment Foundation. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.,

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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.

Lux analysis points to fall off in innovation interest in renewables and energy storage

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Without continued innovation momentum, the market research firm noted, long-term success driven by further clean energy technology improvements is thrown into question. Focusing on energy storage shifts the peak date slightly, but the direction of the trend is the same.

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New lithium polysulfide flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Consequently, the team points out in a paper describing there work published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , all detrimental effects due to the formation and volume expansion of solid Li 2 S 2 /Li 2 S are avoided. Energy Environ.

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. —“Grid Energy Storage”.

Saft to provide Li-ion energy storage system for wind project in Saskatchewan

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Saft has been selected by Cowessess First Nation (CFN) to design, produce and install a battery energy storage system (ESS) including two Intensium Max 20E lithium-ion battery containers as part of the High Wind and Storage Project near the City of Regina, Saskatchewan. The Regina project is the first wind power application for Saft in North America.

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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. Kokam Co.,

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A123 Systems to supply Li-ion energy storage system to Dongfang Electric Corporation for evaluation for wind power solutions

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Li-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems will supply a 500kW Li-ion energy storage solution to Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), the third largest manufacturer of wind turbines in the People’s Republic of China and the country’s largest exporter of power equipment. The government has set ambitions goals to increase wind power in China to about 170GW by 2020, and DEC looks forward to doing our part to help reach this target.

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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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Royal Academy of Engineering and Highview create 5-year research chair in liquid air energy storage

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LAES has the potential to drive the development of variable renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, due to its ability to convert excess/off-peak electricity into multi megawatts hours of stored energy.

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TransAlta to use Tesla stationary batteries in Alberta’s first large-scale commercial energy storage project

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TransAlta Corporation has been awarded $250,000 from Alberta Innovates - Energy & Environment Solutions (AI-EES) to help launch Alberta’s first large-scale commercial energy storage project. AI-EES’s Next Generation Energy Storage Technologies initiative is an international competition seeking energy storage technologies with the highest potential for Alberta. Home and business energy storage is just starting to gain momentum in the U.S,

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Xcel Terms First Phase of Sodium-Sulfur Battery Wind Energy Storage Test Project Successful

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Xcel Energy has released the preliminary results from its wind-to-battery (W2B) storage project in Minnesota, and termed the technology successful. In October 2008, Xcel began testing a one-megawatt sodium-sulfur (NaS) battery ( earlier post ) to demonstrate its ability to store wind energy and move it to the electricity grid when needed. —Frank Novachek, Xcel Energy director of corporate planning.

PG&E to retire Diablo Canyon nuclear plant by 2025, replace with renewables and energy storage

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Underpinning the agreement is the recognition that California’s new energy policies will significantly reduce the need for Diablo Canyon’s inflexible baseload electricity output. As a result, we will not seek to relicense the facility beyond 2025 pending approval of the joint energy proposal.

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Hitachi developing packaged 1 MW Li-ion energy storage system for grid stabilization

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has developed a container-type energy storage system as a core energy product for ensuring the stable use of distributed renewable energy such as wind and solar power, while maintaining the power supply-demand balance. Hitachi, Ltd.

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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.

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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.

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Nissan and 4R Energy partner with Green Charge Networks for commercial energy storage featuring second-life EV batteries

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Nissan Motor Company and Green Charge Networks, a provider of commercial energy storage, are partnering to deploy second-life Li-ion vehicle batteries for stationary commercial energy storage in the US and international markets. The first combined storage unit will be installed at a Nissan facility this summer, where multiple Nissan LEAF batteries will be configured to offset peak electricity demand, creating savings while also benefiting the utility grid.

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Connected Energy and Renault to collaborate on energy storage and EV charging technology; second-life batteries in E-STOR

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Renault and distributed energy storage company Connected Energy are partnering to develop sustainable and efficient ways of using electric vehicle batteries at the end of their useable in-vehicle life in order to supply innovative and more affordable vehicle charging solutions.

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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 current total energy storage capacity of the US grid is less than 1%, according to Barnhart.

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Wanxiang and NEC to form joint venture for grid energy storage in China

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China Wanxiang Holding announced the planned formation of a joint venture between its wholly-owned subsidiary, Puxing Energy, and NEC Corporation to pursue grid energy storage opportunities in the Chinese market. Its formation is an important element of the recently announced NEC acquisition of A123 Energy Solutions. Wanxiang and NEC concluded that the best way to prosper in China’s developing market for grid energy storage is to pursue it jointly.

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Maxwell Technologies Reports Strong Demand for Ultracapacitor-Based Energy Storage Solutions for Wind Turbines

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reported that sales of BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor products for wind energy applications through the first three quarters of 2010 are running more than 40% ahead of wind-related sales in the same period last year, and estimates that more than 13,000 BOOSTCAP-equipped turbines are now in operation worldwide. Maxwell now is supplying BOOSTCAP cells and multi-cell modules to several wind energy system integrators and turbine OEMs in Europe, Asia and North America.

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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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Toshiba to supply Li-ion battery energy storage system for frequency regulation project in US

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Toshiba Corporation has received an order to supply a large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for a power frequency regulation project in Hamilton, Ohio. The project will be carried out by Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Renewable Energy Systems Americas, a US renewable energy developer. In Italy, Toshiba supplied BESS for Terna Storage, a subsidiary of Terna S.p.A.,

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Toshiba to supply Lithium-titanate battery for 2MW energy storage system project in UK; 1MWh SCiB

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Toshiba Corporation will supply the battery for the United Kingdom’s first 2MW scale lithium-titanate battery based Energy Storage System (ESS) to support grid management. Installed in wind and photovoltaic generation systems, ESS can help to overcome intermittent output and frequency fluctuations, as well as performing peak power buffering, and when connected to the grid they can support grid stability and reinforcement.

Kokam deploys new 24MW and 16MW Lithium NMC energy storage systems for frequency regulation

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Kokam has successfully deployed two Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide Energy Storage Systems (ESSs)—a 24-megawatt (MW) system / 9-megawatt hour (MWh) and a 16 MW / 6 MWh system—for frequency regulation on the South Korean electricity grid. These three systems are part of the world’s largest ESS frequency regulation project, which is scheduled to have deployed 500 MW of battery-based energy storage when it is completed in 2017.

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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. When compared to current utility-scale solutions, Power-to-Gas offers unmatched energy storage capacities.

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SoCal Edison opens 32 MWh battery energy storage project, largest in North America; batteries from LG Chem

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Southern California Edison (SCE) opened the largest battery energy storage project in North America—the Tehachapi Energy Storage Project—to modernize the grid to integrate more clean energy. The 32 MWh battery energy storage system features lithium-ion batteries from LG Chem housed inside a 6,300 square-foot facility at SCE’s Monolith substation in Tehachapi, Calif. Imre Gyuk, energy storage program manager, DOE.

Hydro-Québec and Sony forming JV to develop large-scale Li-ion energy storage system for power grids

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Hydro-Québec and Sony Corporation will establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Furthermore, the energy storage system for such power supplies must be highly safe and reliable due to the need for an efficient and stable source of high capacity power. Sony and Hydro-Québec plan to establish the new company in June, 2014.

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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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Leclanché to supply Li-ion Energy Storage Systems in one of largest grid storage projects in North America

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Hecate Canada Storage II, LLP, an emerging Canadian Project Development and Electrical Systems Integrator, has selected Switzerland-based Leclanché as the exclusive partner to provide 13MW / 53MWh Li-ion battery Energy Storage Systems in one of the largest Grid Ancillary Services energy storage projects in North America. Leclanché will team up with Deltro Energy Inc.

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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Hitachi and Demansys to demo CrystEna Energy Storage System for grid frequency regulation and capacity services

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and Demansys Energy LLC reached an agreement to perform a demonstration project utilizing Hitachi’s “CrystEna” (Crystal+Energy) compact 1 MW container-type energy storage system in the market for frequency regulation and capacity services, and that site installation work will soon commence. The demonstration, which is designed to confirm the benefits of using the CrystEna energy storage system for grid stabilization, will run for two years, beginning in June 2014.

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ITM Power to provide 0.5MW electrolyzer to EMEC for integrated H2 system for tidal energy storage

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ITM Power won a competitive tender to supply an integrated hydrogen system for use at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal test site on Eday, Orkney, Scotland. The system’s principal component is a 0.5MW polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzer with integrated compression and up to 500 kg of storage.

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Invenergy and Xtreme Power launch JV for 1.5 MW grid energy storage system

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Invenergy LLC, a Chicago-based renewable energy generation company, and Xtreme Power, a provider of real-time power management and energy storage solutions, launched a joint venture to deploy a fast-acting energy storage system in Illinois. Such instantaneous energy delivery will enable Invenergy to help balance supply and demand in the PJM market.

China’s State Grid and BYD launch 36 MWh battery system for grid energy storage

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BYD and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) have finished construction on what may be the world’s largest battery energy storage station. This large utility-scale project, located in Zhangbei, Hebei Province, combines 140 MW of renewable energy generation (both wind and solar), 36 MWh of energy storage and a smart power transmission system. —Xiu Binglin, Deputy Director of the National Energy Administration.

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General Compression and ConocoPhillips to Develop Compressed Air Energy Storage Projects

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a Massachusetts company developing an innovative compressed air energy storage system, has signed an agreement with ConocoPhillips to develop compressed air energy storage (CAES) projects, beginning with a pilot project in Texas, using General Compression’s Advanced Energy Storage (GCAES) technology.

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Flow Batteries Could Back An Affordable Tesla Powerwall Rival

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As renewable-energy use becomes more widespread, energy storage could become a major business. Using stationary battery packs to store energy increases the effectiveness of wind and solar. Batteries research plug-in cars energy storageTesla Motors hopes to exploit this potential market with packs that use the same lithium-ion cells as its electric cars. DON'T MISS: Are Vanadium Flow Batteries.

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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Spider9 to license OSE technology to Samsung Electronics; enables first application beyond the stationary energy storage market

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Spider9, a 2011 spin-out from the University of Michigan, announced a technology licensing agreement with Samsung Electronics (“Samsung”) for use of Spider9’s proprietary Energy Operating System (OS E ) technology. The agreement opens the door for the first application of OSE technology outside of the stationary energy storage market. OSE allows us to reduce the lifetime costs of battery-based storage by up to 40%. kWh Energy Vault delivers 6.0

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PGE showcases 5MW Li-ion grid energy storage system; transactive control

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Portland General Electric showcased its 5 MW lithium-ion energy storage system to the public today at the utility’s Salem Smart Power Center in South Salem, Ore. The energy storage facility is part of PGE’s contribution to the Battelle-led Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. Half of PGE’s $23-million portion of the regional project was paid for with US Department of Energy funds.

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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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German researchers improve catalyst for steam reforming of methanol with salt coating; enabler for renewable energy storage systems

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A central problem of renewable energy technology lies in the great variation of energy generated (i.e., One proposed solution is methanol-based hydrogen storage. To complete the storage cycle, more efficient catalyst systems for MeOH steam reforming are of great technical interest. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Hydrogen Storage Methanol Power Generation Solar Wind