Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy investing €120M over 5 years to develop fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen system

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Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy are joining forces to develop an innovative solution that fully integrates an electrolyzer into an offshore wind turbine as a single synchronized system to produce green hydrogen directly. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power Generation Power-to-Gas Wind

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E.ON developing pilot hydrogen plant for storing wind power in the German gas grid

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is developing a pilot plant in Falkenhagen in the north east of Germany to convert power from wind energy into hydrogen which can then be stored in the country’s gas grid. This makes the gas grid a storage system for power from weather-dependent renewables. At present, up to 5% hydrogen can be added to the natural gas grid without any problems, and in the medium term experts expect up to 15%, E.ON is therefore investing in technology to store this excess power.

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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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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. Figure 1.

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

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By marketing the storage capacity on the German market for primary balancing power (PRL), the business model makes an important contribution to stabilization of the power grid and to the economic efficiency of electromobility. In the event of increasing fluctuations in electricity feed-in from renewable energies such as wind and solar energy, such storage facilities help to ensure optimum settling of a mains frequency that has to be kept constant.

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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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Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

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Wind and solar power generation will surge to almost 50% of world generation by 2050 (“50 by 50”), supported by precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply, according to the new annual Bloomberg NEF New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018. trillion of that going to wind and solar and a further $1.5

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Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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Quinones are naturally abundant, inexpensive, small organic molecules, and similar to molecules that store energy in plants and animals. The technology could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun far more economical and reliable. Solid-electrode batteries maintain discharge at peak power for far too short a time to fully regulate wind or solar power output.

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BloombergNEF: solar, wind, batteries to attract $10T to 2050; curbing emissions long-term will require other technologies

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Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF). This year, the report finds that, in approximately two-thirds of the world, wind or solar now represent the least expensive option for adding new power-generating capacity. Wind and solar grow from 7% of generation today to 48% by 2050.

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EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo has integrated second-life BMW i3 batteries to store energy from the grid generated during peak solar hours and later use that stored energy to fast-charge EVgo customers during periods of high demand. In addition to reducing curtailment of solar or wind power, a benefit to all grid users, EVgo is also commercially demonstrating the reuse of EV batteries for grid benefit.

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SwRI develops first ERCOT-qualified vehicle-to-grid aggregation system

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SwRI’s V2G aggregation system allows electric delivery truck fleet owners to make money by using normal vehicle charge times to assist in managing grid frequency. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has deployed the first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) aggregation system qualified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to manage charging activities for a fleet of electric delivery trucks. Electricity is difficult to store yet has to be available on demand.

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Energiepark Mainz comes online; hydrogen from wind power; Siemens 6MW electrolysis system

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The energy park will produce hydrogen using electricity from neighboring wind parks. In the project, Linde is responsible for purifying, compressing, storing and distributing the hydrogen. The hydrogen produced in Mainz-Hechtsheim will be stored on site and partly loaded into tankers to supply hydrogen fueling stations. Some of the hydrogen will also be fed into the natural gas grid for heating or power generation.

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E.ON Power-to-Gas facility begins commercial operations; wind-to-H2

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The plant uses wind power and Hydrogenics’ electrolysis equipment to transform water into hydrogen, which is then injected into the existing regional natural gas transmission system. one of the first companies to demonstrate that surplus energy can be stored in the gas pipeline system in order to help balance supply against demand. It will reduce the need to take wind turbines offline when the local grid is congested and will therefore enable us to harness more wind power.

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Japanese public-private partnership to test end-to-end H2 supply chain using wind power to begin this fall; 2nd-life hybrid batteries for ESS

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Electricity generated at the Yokohama City Wind Power Plant (Hama Wing) will power the electrolytic production of hydrogen, which will then be compressed, stored, and then transported in a hydrogen fueling truck to four sites: a factory, a vegetable and fruit market, and two warehouses. This low-carbon hydrogen supply chain is expected to reduce CO 2 emissions by at least 80% compared with a supply chain using forklifts powered by gasoline or grid electricity.

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International Transport Forum brief suggests Smart Grid and EV technologies could be mutually beneficial; V2X potential

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A new policy brief published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) notes that existing electricity systems will need to be reconfigured to support the widespread adoption of electric mobility and suggests that Smart Grid technologies and EVs and EVs could be mutually beneficial. EVs could both benefit from and help to drive forward investment in Smart Grids. for supplying power to the grid.

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

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With Highview Power’s liquid air energy storage solution, excess or off-peak electricity is used to clean and compress air which is then stored in liquid form in insulated tanks at temperatures approaching -320 ?F Batteries Power Generation Smart GridHighview Power Storage, Inc.,

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

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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. When combined with analytics technology, the data-assimilation based solution can produce accurate local weather forecasts within a wind farm as far as one month in advance, or in 15-minute increments, IBM claims.

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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. Reducing costs of integrating and connecting to the grid. Since the discovery of electricity, inventors have looked for ways to store energy for use on demand.

2015 196

Nissan and Endesa collaborating to deliver vehicle-to-grid systems to market

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The two companies have agreed to collaborate on the following activities: Introduction of V2G services in the European market; Exploring the use of second-life EV batteries for stationary applications (including households, buildings, grid); and. This Vehicle to Grid (V2G) system consists of the Endesa two-way charger and an energy management system that can also integrate such off-grid, and renewable, power generation as solar panels and wind turbines.

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EnerDel, ITOCHU Announce Second Smart Grid Battery Storage Project

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US-based lithium-ion battery producer EnerDel is partnering with the real estate arm of Japan’s industrial trading giant, ITOCHU Corporation, to develop and produce the advanced battery systems for a residential smart grid energy storage project to be installed in a major apartment building near Tokyo. The system will provide a critical link between renewable energy, high-speed charging for electric cars and the local utility grid. Tags: Batteries Japan Smart Grid

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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. Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project.

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. The most promising application identified for second use batteries is to replace grid-connected combustion turbine peaker plants and provide peak-shaving services. PEV battery life cycle with second use. Source: NREL. Click to enlarge.

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German power-to-gas facility opens green methanation plant; €28M STORE&GO project

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While the current facility feeds pure hydrogen (“WindGas”) directly into the gas grid, the new methanation plant provides for the generation of “green” methane. This stored energy is then available as backup whenever there is an insufficient supply of solar and wind power. The wind-to-gas pilot plant “WindGas Falkenhagen” was constructed in 2013 to store wind energy in the natural gas grid. Hydrogen Production Natural Gas Power-to-Gas Wind

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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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US DOE Awards More than $47M in Recovery Act Funding to Advance Smart Grid Development; New Smart Grid Report and Smart Grid Clearinghouse

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The US Department of Energy delivered more than $47 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for eight projects to further smart grid demonstration projects in seven states. The $47 million in new Recovery Act awards will support existing projects that are advancing demonstration-scale smart grid technologies. Smart grid supports EV and PHEV deployment through real-time pricing structures and bi-directional metering.

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Power-to-gas trial to inject hydrogen into Australia’s gas grid; A$5M award to AquaHydrex

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced a trial for a new type of electrolyzer which could see excess renewable energy stored in the gas grid and used to decarbonize Australia’s gas supply. Power-to-gas involves converting electricity into hydrogen by splitting water, then injecting this into the gas grid, providing long-term energy storage and stabilization of variable output solar and wind power.

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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. Reduce the need to compensate for the variability and limited predictability of wind generation resources.

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Hokkaido Elec to invest in 60 MWh redox flow battery for grid storage

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to bolster its grid capacity amid rapid growth in power generation using renewable energy. When applying storage batteries for the purpose of providing a stable supply of renewable energy, they are required to be (1) available for storing bulk energy (high output, large capacity), (2) available for state of charge (SOC) management, (3) highly responsive, and (4) available for short-term, high-output operations. The Nikkei reports that Hokkaido Electric Power Co.

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

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These projects are supported through two new ARPA-E programs—Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)—and will focus on innovations in battery management and storage to advance electric vehicle technologies, help improve the efficiency and reliability of the electrical grid and provide important energy security benefits to US armed forces. Vanadium flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage.

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Mitsubishi and Tokyo Institute of Technology Developing EV Smart Charging from Wind Turbines

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and the Tokyo Institute of Technology are developing a smart charging system to exploit wind power produced at night to charge electric vehicles. In order to store electricity generated at night, windmill operators need to install sodium-sulfur battery systems, which are as costly as power generators. The technology developed by the alliance is expected to help reduce this investment burden, which has prevented a wider adoption of wind power generation. Nikkei.

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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 two companies have been studying a broad range of collaboration, including offshore wind turbine power generation system, carbon sequestration and storage (CCS) and high-efficiency power generation system.

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Saft Supplying Li-ion Storage for ABB SVC Light Grid System

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The technology can play an important role in integrating renewables into the grid. It compensates for fluctuations in the voltage and current of an electric grid, thereby allowing more power to flow through the network while maintaining safety margins and increasing stability. It can be a key enabler in the development of more reliable and smarter grids.”. Fast reactive power control means that grid voltage and stability can be controlled quickly.

2010 196

Toyota and partners begin full-scale operation of showcase project to supply low-carbon H2 to fuel cell forklifts

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A system has been created for using electricity generated at the Yokohama City Wind Power Plant (Hama Wing) to electrolyze water to create low-carbon hydrogen, which is then compressed and stored. The creation of this hydrogen supply chain in cooperation with local partners is expected to reduce CO 2 emissions by at least 80% when compared with a supply chain using forklifts powered by gasoline or grid electricity. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power-to-Gas Wind

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Toyota and public and private partners in Japan to trial renewable CO2-free hydrogen supply chain

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Major corporate and public sector partners in Japan are launching an effort to test a full carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain powered by renewable wind energy. Under this trial project, wind power will be used to turn water into oxygen and hydrogen, with the latter stored for use locally. Grid power will only be used for backup when absolutely necessary and excess renewable energy produced may even be sold to utility companies.

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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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The e-gas project consists of two main components: Audi is contributing to the construction of offshore North Sea wind turbines which will generate clean power,that is then fed into the public power grid. Audi says that its e-gas project provides an answer to the question as to how green power can be efficiently stored, irrespective of location. If necessary, this energy can flow from the gas network back to the power grid at any time. Hydrogen Natural Gas Wind

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

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The very high surface area activated carbon electrode stores the protons (H + ) from the acid in a layer on the surface of the electrode. The result is reduced acid concentration swings from the charged to discharged state which reduces grid corrosion on the positive electrode and leads to longer life of the positive electrode. This format will be used for wind and solar storage as well as for our oil rig back up power application. Axion Power International, Inc.,

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NYISO Seeking to Integrate Battery and Flywheel Storage Systems Into the Grid

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The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to allow Limited Energy Storage Resources (LESR)—which includes battery and flywheel technologies—to provide the “regulation” service needed to balance electrical supply and demand on the grid. Energy storage can play a valuable role in the continued development of New York’s wind power resources.

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Three Battery-Electric Opel Merivas to Participate in MeRegioMobil Research Project; Vehicle-to-Grid Integration

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The research project has the goal of integrating electrical vehicles as mobile energy storage units in the future intelligent power grid (smart grid). The demonstration will also explore the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability of the car via the bi-directional charging system when the car is not in use and the driver permits it. A charging station connects the Meriva as a storage unit to this local energy grid. The battery-electric Opel Meriva research vehicle.

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REV Building Four Converted Battery-Electric Vehicles for US Military TARDEC Program; Electric Ford Escape and F-150 Vehicles as Part of Micro-Grid Project

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Canada-based Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) has begun production of four converted electric bi-directional charging Ancillary Power Vehicles (APVs) ( earlier post ) as part of the US Army Tank Automotive Research Development Engineering Center (TARDEC) Micro-Grid project at Wheeler Air Base, Hawaii. Using REV’s control strategies, the APVs energy storage systems can be remotely notified to respond in real-time and store intermittent sources of energy such as solar or wind power.

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University of Calgary Study Finds Large-Scale Adoption of PHEVs in Alberta Could Support Wind Power; PHEV GHG Benefits Range from 40-90% in Emissions Reduction

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The study found the environmental impacts of PHEVs in Alberta would depend on factors such as vehicle battery size, charging time and wind production levels. Of the installed capacity of just above 12,000 MW, approximately 49% (5,893 MW) is coal fired, 39% (4,686 MW) is gas-fired, 7% (869 MW) is hydro, and 4% (497 MW) is wind powered. The AESO has thus been actively looking at ways to mitigate the high volatility of wind. The whole idea is to consume the wind power in the.

2009 163

INEES report shows intelligent integration of EVs reduces power fluctuations, but not currently economically viable

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Partners Volkswagen AG, Lichtblick SE, SMA Solar Technology AG and the Fraunhofer Institute Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) have submitted the final report from the INEES research project (Intelligent integration of electric vehicles into the power grid for the provision of system services). The findings of the report show that it is technically possible to absorb grid power fluctuations by connecting electric vehicles to the power supply.

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New lithium polysulfide flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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For solar and wind power to be used in a significant way, we need a battery made of economical materials that are easy to scale and still efficient. Currently the electrical grid cannot tolerate large and sudden power fluctuations caused by wide swings in sunlight and wind. Today’s flow batteries pump two different liquids through an interaction chamber where dissolved molecules undergo chemical reactions that store or give up energy.

2013 257

“Project Volt Gas Volt” proposes long-term financing plan to support widespread implementation of power-to-gas systems

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The hydrogen is combined with CO 2 to produce methane, which is pumped into and stored in the existing natural gas grid and used like natural gas for use in power generation, transportation, or other thermal and industrial uses. Stored methane could become the “battery” for renewable energy, simultaneously making hydraulic fracturing obsolete, they proposed. Hydrogen Production Natural Gas Power Generation Solar Wind

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