Statkraft to install GE Rotating Stabilizers in grid-stabilization project in Scotland

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Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, has agreed to a deal to help further decarbonize the UK’s power sector and deliver a new approach to managing the stability of the grid. GE’s Rotating Stabilizers are high-inertia rotating machines that can support the grid network in delivering efficient and reliable synchronous inertia and can help stabilize frequency deviations by generating and absorbing reactive power.

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Blowing away dirty energy: Wind to pass hydro as top renewable in 2019

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electric grid has been getting gradually greener as utilities replace coal fired powerplants with primarily wind and natural gas. renewable energy wind energyFor electric-car drivers looking to emit less pollution as the drive, 2019 could be a banner year. The U.S. That trend is due to reach a tipping point in 2019, according to numbers by the Energy Information Agency at.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars plants to source electricity from German wind farms

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Mercedes-Benz Cars has entered into a power purchase agreement with Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, enabling Mercedes-Benz Cars to source electricity directly from wind farms in Germany, whose subsidies from the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) expire after 2020. Norwegian energy provider Statkraft supplies the renewable energy from six community-owned wind farms. Thus far, the EEG guaranteed the wind farm operators a fixed subsidized rate for the electricity.

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PowerCell signs MoU with ABB Power Grids on stationary fuel cell power solutions

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PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a memorandum of understanding with ABB Power Grids regarding a collaboration around fuel cell based zero emissions stationary power solutions. The MoU with ABB Power Grids is an important step and a great contribution to our increased efforts within the stationary segment. ABB Power Grids has a leading position and their knowledge, market position and global footprint make them an ideal partner within the stationary power segment.

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SCE signs 7 contracts for 770 MW of battery-based energy storage for grid reliability

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The projects will enhance electric grid reliability and help address potential energy shortfalls identified in California. The projects will assist in integrating renewable clean energy into the grid from intermittent wind and solar resources and will also help the state transition its energy profile as several large coastal once-through cooling plants are scheduled to retire over the next three years. Batteries Infrastructure Market Background Smart Grid

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Oklahoma Adds Fee For Homes To Connect Solar, Wind Power To Grid

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Renewable-energy advocates have cranked up the outrage machine at a surcharge imposed by Oklahoma on homes that connect rooftop solar panels or wind-turbine generators to the grid. Ten days ago, the Oklahoma House passed S.B. 1455 without debate, and Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign it. The bill provides that by the end of next year

Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

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And the good news for electric-car drivers is that the grids that supply their electricity have been getting cleaner--and will likely continue to do so this year and into the future. natural gas electric utilities plug-in cars solar clean energy energy wind energyOne of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease.

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PNNL study finds that PHEVs and BEVs could serve as feasible resource to offset grid imbalances caused by integration of large amounts of intermittent wind generation

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Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) or battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have the potential to serve as a resource—under certain market scenarios and penetration levels—to meet the significant energy imbalances on the power grid that can be created by the integration of large amounts of wind generation (which can be highly variable), according to a new report by researchers from the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

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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 Batteries Coal Emissions Forecasts Power Generation Solar Wind

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Viking Grace LNG ferry to install rotor sail; first LNG/wind electric propulsion hybrid ship

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a provider of low- maintenance, software-operated, and data-verified auxiliary wind propulsion systems, signed an agreement with Finnish shipping company Viking Line to install its Rotor Sail Solution onboard the M/S Viking Grace , an LNG-fueled cruise ferry. Viking Grace is set to be retrofitted with one medium-sized Norsepower Rotor Sail unit that is 24m in height and 4m in diameter, making it the first LNG/wind electric propulsion hybrid ship. Norsepower Oy Ltd.,

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California Energy Commission awards nearly $400,000 to UC Davis for wind forecasting for grid operator

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The California Energy Commission has awarded $398,662 to the University of California, Davis to develop a forecasting tool that can be used by the state’s grid operator to respond to sudden changes in wind power production. The research is intended to help better integrate wind power into the electrical grid and improve the reliability of California's generation system, said Energy Commission Chair Dr. Robert Weisenmiller.

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Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables

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The aim of charge@work is to design a micro smart grid (MSG) capable of supplying the EV fleet with electricity produced exclusively from renewable sources. This year will see the installation of a photovoltaic unit and a small wind power system at the Fraunhofer Institute Center Stuttgart IZS, where up to 30 electric vehicles at a time can recharge at AC charge spots in the Fraunhofer Campus parking garage. A 30-meter-tall wind turbine delivers 10 kW.

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A123 Systems to supply 11MW Grid Battery System to Sempra Generation for the Auwahi Wind project in Hawaii

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A123 Systems will supply an 11MW Grid Battery System (GBS) to Sempra Generation for the Auwahi Wind project in Maui, Hawaii. The advanced energy storage solution is designed to smooth variable wind power generation, which is expected to help maintain the stability to Maui’s electric grid. A123’s GBS storage system is designed to facilitate the smooth and efficient operation of the wind farm.

DOE seeking feedback on distributed wind energy systems

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Program is seeking ( DE-FOA-0001155 ) feedback from the wind industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders regarding the Energy Department’s new perspective on Distributed Wind Research & Development (R&D) focus areas in order to inform future activities and priorities. These focus areas are: Distributed Wind Resource Characterization and Assessment. Distributed Grid Integration.

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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

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ITM Power to operate wind-to-hydrogen mini grid system in UK

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ITM Power has been selected by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) as the preferred bidder in a recent competitive tender process to become the operator of a Hydrogen Mini Grid System (HMGS) in Rotherham, UK. The HMGS consisting of a 225 kW wind turbine coupled directly to an electrolyzer, 200 kg of hydrogen storage and a hydrogen dispensing unit as well as a 30 kW fuel cell system for back up power generation for nearby buildings.

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Daimler and partners deploying world’s largest 2nd-life EV battery storage unit for grid support

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With an increasing supply of electricity from fluctuating renewable energies, such as wind farms or solar power stations, they can help stabilize power grids, levelling out energy fluctuations with virtually no loss—a role that is partly fulfilled by fossil power plants at present. The Mobility House AG (TMH) integrates electric vehicles into the power grid as an aggregated swarm storage of batteries as well as a stationary storage device from vehicle batteries.

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Audi e-gas plant qualified to participate in balancing market to stabilize grid

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The Audi e-gas plant in the city of Werlte in Lower Saxony ( earlier post ) produces CO 2 neutral-fuel (synthetic methane from water, renewable electricity and CO 2 ); it now also contributes toward stabilizing the public power grid. However, regional expansion of wind and photovoltaic generation plants leads to increasingly larger load fluctuations. The Audi e‑gas plant in Werlte (Emsland) is able to respond to even slight load changes in the electricity grid to balance them out.

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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. The Stanford study considered a future US grid where up to 80% of the electricity comes from renewables. The current total energy storage capacity of the US grid is less than 1%, according to Barnhart.

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World's First Entirely Renewable-Energy Place: Wind-Swept Scottish Island

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If you''re looking to unplug from the grid, you might want to head to Eigg, a small island off the coast of Scotland. The island--part of the Hebrides archipelago--is in the process of creating a network of solar panels, wind turbines, and Eigg intends to become the first island to rely entirely on renewable energy sources, Al Jazeera reports.

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New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. Short-term transients, including those related to wind and solar sources, present challenges to the electrical grid. At a rate of several cycles per day, the new electrode could offer a good 30 years of useful life on the electrical grid, said Colin Wessells, lead author of the paper.

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Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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Through the JuiceNet platform, these facilities can be remotely controlled and aggregated for grid balancing purposes relying on unidirectional and bidirectional (vehicle-to-grid, V2G) electricity flows. Electric vehicles have the potential to be one of the most disruptive technologies the modern electricity grid has faced in the last one hundred years. eMotorWerks has deployed more than 25,000 smart-grid enabled charging stations to date. Enel S.p.A.,

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Mitsubishi Motors, NewMotion, Nuvve in vehicle-to-grid pilot in Netherlands with Outlander PHEV

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has launched a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) pilot, with the first charge point already being utilized with Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s in-vehicle storage batteries. Using V2G-technology, peak demand on the electricity grid can be better balanced, by allowing electric vehicles to not just take power from the grid, but also return it to the network and expect to introduce a new potential earnings model for electric drivers.

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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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Vattenfall contracts with BMW for up to 1,000 new 33 kWh Li-ion batteries this year for storage projects in wind farms

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The first energy storage from the BMW-i3 batteries is being built at the 122 MW onshore wind farm “Princess Alexia” near Amsterdam. Pending on a final investment decision the largest battery storage will be built at the Vattenfall wind farm Pen y Cymoedd (230 MW) in South Wales—a 22 MW storage facility, which will help to support the stability of the country-wide power grid in the UK as part of the so-called EFR (Enhanced Frequency Response) service.

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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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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. You could theoretically put this on any node on the grid. Batteries Solar Wind Cell schematic.

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EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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The Electric Power Research Institute, 8 automakers and 15 utilities are working to develop and to demonstrate an open platform that would integrate plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with smart grid technologies enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location. The open platform will simplify and streamline V2G (vehicle-to-grid) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.

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Ricardo, National Grid study explores market potential for grid-balancing services for plug-in vehicles

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A new study by Ricardo and National Grid examining the market potential for grid balancing services provided by a future fleet of plug-in vehicles (PIVs) found that demand-side management services provide only a modest financial benefit but at zero cost, while more robust vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services offer potentially attractive returns, but with likelihood of high investment and limited market. To achieve this, grid operators look to balancing services.

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US$105M WESTKÜSTE100 green hydrogen project receives funding approval from German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs

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In addition, part of the generated hydrogen will be transported via a newly built hydrogen pipeline to Heide’s municipal utility for transfer to the natural gas grid. Further plans include the production of climate-friendly aviation fuels and large-scale supply to gas grids.

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Wind-powered offshore enhanced oil recovery concept moves closer to implementation

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The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. WIN WIN uses a floating wind turbine as a platform for an autonomous water injection system. An electric microgrid enables controlled startup and shutdown, while an on-platform battery bank provides operational continuity during periods of low wind.

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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. Europe and Japan have notably higher fractions of grid storage.

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. Batteries Power Generation Wind

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ABB wins $1B order for offshore wind power connection

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ABB has won an order worth around $1 billion from the Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT to supply a power link connecting offshore North Sea wind farms to the German mainland grid. million households with wind-generated electricity. A converter station here will feed electricity into the mainland grid. Germany’s installed wind power capacity of more than 27 gigawatts presently meets about 8% of its electricity requirements.

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US Departments of Energy and Interior unveil national offshore wind strategy and major offshore wind initiatives

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Unveiling a coordinated strategic plan to accelerate the development of offshore wind energy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced steps forward in support of offshore wind energy in the United States, including new funding opportunities for up to $50.5 million for projects that support offshore wind energy deployment and several high priority Wind Energy Areas in the mid-Atlantic.

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Scientists debate: could renewable energy entirely replace fossil fuels in U.S. by 2050?

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electric utilities renewable energy solar wind energy grid storageScientists generally debate their studies and projections in relatively civil language, but perhaps the currently adversarial tenor of U.S. politics has spilled over into science. A 2015 study on the potential for renewable energy use in the U.S. has now produced not only a stringent attack, but a harsh rebuttal to that attack in language rarely.

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AMSC Power Electronics Support Nearly 10% of Global Wind-Generated Electricity

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American Superconductor Corporation ( AMSC ), a global power technologies company, announced in conjunction with Global Wind Day 2010 on 15 June that it has achieved a significant milestone by supporting the production of more than 15,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power worldwide with its proprietary power electronic solutions. million US households and represents nearly 10% of the world’s 158,000 MW of wind power installed as of the end of 2009. Global Wind Power Market.

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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. 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. has inaugurated commercial operations at its Power-to-Gas (P2G) facility in Falkenhagen, Germany. Earlier post.)

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BNEF ups forecast for global investment in stationary energy storage, sees majority of capacity likely to be grid-scale

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The report goes on to model the impact of this on a global electricity system increasingly penetrated by low-cost wind and solar. These include energy shifting (moving in time the dispatch of electricity to the grid, often from times of excess solar and wind generation), peaking in the bulk power system (to deal with demand spikes), as well as for customers looking to save on their energy bills by buying electricity at cheap hours and using it later.

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Statoil launches Batwind: 1MWh battery storage for pilot offshore wind project

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A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Hywind Scotland, located 25 km offshore Peterhead, will consist of five floating wind turbines. The 30 MW wind park is currently under construction and start of electricity production is expected in late 2017. This can improve efficiency and lower costs for offshore wind.

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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. Some of the hydrogen will also be fed into the natural gas grid for heating or power generation. The energy park therefore has enough capacity to prevent bottlenecks in the local distribution grid and to stabilize the power supply of smaller wind parks. The energy park is directly connected to the medium-voltage grid of the Stadtwerke Mainz Netze GmbH utility company.

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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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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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Chrysler Group partnering with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid technology

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Chrysler Group is working with NextEnergy to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology using four all-electric minivans. The battery-powered minivans are connected to a charging module that, using NextEnergy technology, can simulate any electrical grid in the world. Similarly, a mini-grid composed of EVs would enable “peak-shaving,” which would see EV owners draw from their own power reserves during those hours when demand for electricity—along with its price—is highest.

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