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      1. Energy Storage in Canada: Accelerating the Future

        Energy Storage in Canada: Accelerating the Future

        ESA, along with Energy storage Ontario and the National Research Council of Canada will be hosting the first-ever summit focused on advancing energy storage in Canada. Energy Storage in Canada: Accelerating the Future will take place September 20-21 in Toronto, and will feature an opening reception on the evening of the 20th, and a full day conference on the 21st. This unique opportunity will convene government leaders, regulators, utilities, and energy industry stakeholders in a collaborative environment to focus on the current landscape for energy storage, and set a course for developing robust competitive markets for energy storage in the country. More information, the agenda, and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.EnergyStorage.org/CanadaSummit  



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      2. Energy Storage Project Seeks Industry Input : Cooling Post

        Energy Storage Project Seeks Industry Input : Cooling Post

        UK: Cold chain companies are invited to become involved in a ground-breaking pan-European project investigating the potential of large-scale cryogenic energy storage.The CryoHub innovation project (www.cryohub.eu) is looking to employ renewable energy to liquefy and store cryogens on a large scale for both cooling and power generation. In particular, it is investigating how the power grid can be balanced with the cooling demand of refrigerated food warehouses, whilst at the same time recovering waste heat from systems. The intention is for CryoHub to be an intelligent technology capable of converting a conventional refrigerated warehouse or food factory from a simple power consumer to an interactive energy hub. 

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      3. Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & Kepco Up and Running

        Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & Kepco Up and Running

        The duo of PowerStream and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) now have a utility-scale microgrid to show as they market their technology in North America. PowerStream, an Ontario utility, and KEPCO, South Korea’s largest utility, cut the ribbon this week on a microgrid that serves 400 residential and business customers in Penetanguishene, a small town north of Toronto on Georgian Bay.

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      4. North American Leaders to Set Out Target of 50% “Clean” Electricity by 2025

        North American Leaders to Set Out Target of 50% “Clean” Electricity by 2025

        Today U.S. President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto are expected to announce a new continent-wide goal for the three nations to get 50% of their electricity from what they describe as “clean” sources by 2025.A fact sheet put out by the White House clarifies that this means renewable energy, nuclear power and carbon capture and storage technology, which has not been effectively commercialized at this time. Additionally, the White House has stated that energy efficiency will be a component of the agreement.

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      5. District of Columbia Council Unanimously Approves Bill for 50% Renewable Energy Mandate

        District of Columbia Council Unanimously Approves Bill for 50% Renewable Energy Mandate

        The District of Columbia Council unanimously approved legislation (B21-650) to expand the District’s renewable energy target to 50% percent by 2032.The bill raises the bar from the District’s existing 20%-by-2020 renewable energy standard. It would also establish a "Solar for All” program designed to cut the electric bills of 100,000 low-income households in half by 2032 through the use of conservation and clean energy resources.

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      6. Some UK Firms Targeting Cuban Solar + Energy Storage Market Following Trade Restrictions Relaxation

        Some UK Firms Targeting Cuban Solar + Energy Storage Market Following Trade Restrictions Relaxation

        Now that Cuban trade restrictions have been relaxed somewhat, a number of UK solar energy firms have set their sights on the country, according to recent reports. In particular, the UK-based company Hive Energy (of Hampshire, England) recently announced that it was the “first British company to secure a major solar project contract in Cuba.”

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      7. The End of the Era of Baseload Power Plants

        The End of the Era of Baseload Power Plants

        PG&E’s plan to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant -- a facility that currently provides about 10 percent of California’s electricity -- marks a historic transition for the electric power industry.  Not only does it signal the end of nuclear power in California, but it also ushers in a new way of thinking about the very foundations of our electric system. Much has (rightly) been made of PG&E’s commitment to close the nuclear facility without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. This low-carbon future is now possible because the costs of solar and wind power have declined dramatically over the past five years, while the performance and reliability of these technologies have been proven, and they are attracting more and more investment.  

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      8. Stem CTO: Lithium-Ion Battery Prices Fell 70% in the Last 18 Months

        Stem CTO: Lithium-Ion Battery Prices Fell 70% in the Last 18 Months

        Tesla's battery factory gets a lot of attention. When completed, the so-called Gigafactory will manufacture more lithium-ion batteries each year than were produced globally in 2013. That will help push prices further downward. But a few other large producers -- LG Chem, Panasonic and Samsung -- are already making batteries at unprecedented scale. There are numerous giga-scale factories producing cells and battery packs for electric cars and stationary applications throughout Asia. And the recent wave of capacity is already impacting pricing in a big way. According to Larsh Johnson, the chief technology officer of Stem, the company is paying 70 percent less for lithium-ion batteries than it was 18 months ago.

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      9. Powin Energy Receives Patent for Battery Pack Operating System Used in Energy Storage and EV Fast-Charging Stations

        Powin Energy Receives Patent for Battery Pack Operating System Used in Energy Storage and EV Fast-Charging Stations

        TUALATIN, OR--(Jun 28, 2016) - Powin Energy, a leading designer and developer of safe and scalable energy storage solutions for utilities, C&I, and EV fast-charging stations, is pleased to announce that their unique Battery Pack Operating System(bp-OS) has been awarded United States Patent and Trademark office patent number US20140015469 A1, which is defined as a battery management system for distributed energy storage systems and associated applications. The patented bp-OS utilizes a unique algorithm to actively and passively balance batteries down to the cell level, enabling the minimization of voltage differentials across all battery cells over the system's lifetime. The bp-OS also delivers unprecedented visibility into battery health through real-time battery monitoring, state-of-charge management, and detailed diagnostics to ensure safety, optimize performance, and extend the operational lifetime of batteries used in stationary storage systems and EV fast-charging systems.

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      10. Hawaiian Electric Partners with Stem to Help 250 Public Schools Manage Electric Demand

        Hawaiian Electric Partners with Stem to Help 250 Public Schools Manage Electric Demand

        Energy storage developer Stem announced a partnership with Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) to install energy monitoring equipment and software in 250 public schools within the utility's service territory under its Smart Power for Schools program. The collaboration, which includes Hawaii Department of Education, is part of a broader intiative by Hawaiian Electric to help 400 large energy consumers to manage energy use through Stem's PowerScope software applications.

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      11. Saft Supplies Batteries to 300 MW Offshore Wind Farm of E.on

        Saft Supplies Batteries to 300 MW Offshore Wind Farm of E.on

        French group Saft has clinched a deal to supply its Uptimax nickel battery systems at the Amrumbank West offshore wind farm of German energy group E.on SE. The 302 MW wind farm, which has been inaugurated recently, is located about 40 km from Helgoland, an island off the coast of Germany in the North Sea. It can supply about 300,000 households with renewable energy while helping to reduce CO2 emissions by 740,000 metric tons per year, the developer says.

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      12. Cal State Announces Installation of Energy Storage System

        Cal State Announces Installation of Energy Storage System

        California State University (CSU) says it is installing what will be the largest battery storage project at an educational institution in the nation—a project that is expected to reduce the university system's electric utility costs by more than $3.3 million. University officials say that Advanced Microgrid Solutions, a company that provides energy storage systems for electric utility grid support, will initiate the project by installing and operating a 1 Megawatt energy storage system at the Cal State Long Beach campus. The company also plans to install energy storage systems at the CSU’s Office of the Chancellor and at the Dominguez Hills campus.

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      13. The Year Ahead in Energy Storage Policy

        The Year Ahead in Energy Storage Policy

        The energy storage industry enjoyed a moment in the spotlight last week when the White House hosted a summit on that topic. Now this burgeoning sector will work to capitalize on this new exposure to get policies in place that allow storage markets to grow.The core message energy storage companies are trying to send is that their products provide a value to the grid, but it’s a value that the markets currently aren’t designed to compensate. The rules were written before this technology came into its own, and now they’ll need to be amended for storage providers to recoup investments that yield tangible services to the grid. As electric generation shifts away from central, thermal plants to more distributed and variable renewable sources, the ability to flexibly store energy will play an ever more critical role. 

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      14. SolarEdge StorEdge Solutions Now Compatible With LG Chem’s New High-Voltage RESU Battery Products

        SolarEdge StorEdge Solutions Now Compatible With LG Chem’s New High-Voltage RESU Battery Products

        LG Chem’s new RESU lithium-ion battery offerings are highly compact — possessing a high energy density, and a long potential working worth. SolarEdge is, of course, a top supplier of solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters, module-level monitoring services, and power optimizers, amongst other things. The new product capability between the two companies will broaden the options available to consumers. “Through this collaboration, SolarEdge is adding LG Chem RESU batteries to our StorEdge solution compatibility in order to extend our offering of cost-effective and integrated energy generation, storage, and consumption,” commented Lior Handelsman, Marketing and Product Strategy VP of SolarEdge. “Building on our respective expertise, we hope to lower the cost of solar energy and accelerate the adoption rate of integrated solar energy generation and storage.”

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      15. 10 Grid-Scale Energy Storage Projects For Greensmith Energy

        10 Grid-Scale Energy Storage Projects For Greensmith Energy

        Greensmith Energy recently announced that it has received 63 MW of energy storage orders, and that at the current pace, the company will install over 100 MW this year. “The successful execution of this strategy has brought tremendous growth to the company in both grid-scale and behind-the-meter business. Beyond the cumulative megawatts delivered, Greensmith continues to invest in software innovation and integration capacity to serve a growing number of the largest power companies in the world. It is clear that 2016 is a momentous year for Greensmith and the energy storage industry as whole,” explained John Jung, the company’s CEO and President.

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      16. Energy Storage for Renewables can be a Good Investment Today, Study Finds

        Energy Storage for Renewables can be a Good Investment Today, Study Finds

        Utility companies or others planning to install renewable energy systems such as solar and wind farms have to decide whether to include large-scale energy storage systems that can capture power when it’s available and release it on demand. This decision may be critical to the future growth of renewable energy. The choices can be complicated: Would such a system actually pay for itself through increased revenues? If so, which kind of system makes the most sense, and which features of the system are most important? If not, how much cheaper do storage technologies need to be?

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      17. TEP Receives Approval to Develop Energy Storage Facilities - Transmission and Distribution World

        TEP Receives Approval to Develop Energy Storage Facilities - Transmission and Distribution World

        Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will enter into long-term agreements with E.ON Climate & Renewables and NextEra Energy Resources for the construction of two large, innovative energy storage systems. The projects, approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC), will be used to improve service reliability and study how such systems can support the expansion of solar power resources and other renewable energy technologies.

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      18. 1.3 GW Of New Energy Storage = White House Goal

        1.3 GW Of New Energy Storage = White House Goal

        The White House recently announced that a number of federal actions and commitments from the private sector could result in 1.3 GW of new energy storage installations or procurements over the next five years. It also said that — with all the potential procurements, deployments, and private sector activity — it could be possible the total value reached might be $1 billion in energy storage investments. If the White House’s vision is achieved and 1.3 GW is added to current energy storage capacity in the US, there will have been quite a surge in the rate of installations. In the first quarter of 2016, about 18.3 MW was installed, so if that amount remains steady for each quarter, the annual total will be around 72 MW. The White House’s target, if achieved, would mean about 260 MW would be installed each year for 5 years, in addition to the amount from the other sources.

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      19. IESO Seeks to Expand Market for Regulation, an Essential Grid-Balancing Service

        IESO Seeks to Expand Market for Regulation, an Essential Grid-Balancing Service

        TORONTO, June 22, 2016 - As part of its ongoing efforts to broaden participation in Ontario's energy markets, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) today released a Request for Information (RFI) related to the provision of regulation, an essential service that helps maintain the balance between supply and demand. Regulation is a contracted service that acts to match total system generation to total system load (plus transmission losses) on a second-by-second basis and helps to correct variations in power system frequency. When regulation is required, the IESO sends an automated signal to the regulation provider, instructing them to adjust the production (or consumption) of their facility to meet a new set point within a designated timeframe, often measured in seconds.

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      20. US Backs Market Roll-out of New Energy Technologies with USD 16m

        US Backs Market Roll-out of New Energy Technologies with USD 16m

        June 23 - The US Department of Energy (DOE) will provide almost USD 16 million (EUR 14m) in funds to help National Laboratories bring “promising energy technologies” to the market. The list includes 54 projects for renewables, nuclear energy, fuel cells, batteries and other energy technologies, by 12 national labs. They will partner with 52 private-sector firms. The Argonne National Laboratory, for example, will receive USD 600,000 for the “Application of Resin-Wafer Electrode Ionization Technology in Biorefineries” project.

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      21. California’s Rule 21 Decision Comes with Big Wins for Customers | Interstate Renewable Energy Council

        California’s Rule 21 Decision Comes with Big Wins for Customers | Interstate Renewable Energy Council

        Today’s long-awaited, unanimous Rule 21 decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) comes with some very important wins for the energy customer who is interested in investing in distributed renewable energy. CA map in between PV panelsIn addition, the commission’s order takes important steps to help clarify the interconnection process for energy storage systems, and sets forth a path for further consideration of smart inverters, which can help manage higher penetrations of distributed resources on the grid.

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      22. Top Energy Storage Pioneer to Lead Global Sales at UET

        Top Energy Storage Pioneer to Lead Global Sales at UET

        MUKILTEO, Wash., June 23, 2016 - UniEnergy Technologies (UET) has named Blake Frye as its Senior Vice President of Global Sales. With over 20 years of experience delivering high-value energy storage projects to customers, Frye will drive global sales at UET to deliver even greater value from UET's breakthrough vanadium flow energy storage systems. With global procurements of flow batteries over one gigawatt-hour (GWh), the industry clearly recognizes that flow batteries can competitively deliver the rugged flexibility demanded by modern grid economics.  UET is the leading flow battery company in the U.S. and Europe, with over 80MWh of containerized energy storage solutions deployed, ordered, or awarded by customers.

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      23. Pioneering Innovations of the Energy Storage Industry: The Panel of Judges Announces the Winners of the EES Award

        Pioneering Innovations of the Energy Storage Industry: The Panel of Judges Announces the Winners of the EES Award

        This year, the innovative EnergyHub system, a bidirectional inverter for different PV strings, batteries and DC consumers developed by Ferroamp Elektronik from Sweden earned the panel of judges' favor. LG Chem from Korea presented a new generation of domestic storage systems, the LG RESU LV and LG RESU HV, which are worthy of recognition for their high energy density and advanced cell technology (JH3 cells). A transformerless high-voltage inverter, the innovative battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 from SMA Solar Technology AG impressed the panel of judges as it has closed a gap in the inverter market and is ideal for retrofitting existing PV installations with storage devices.

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      24. Energy Storage For Renewable Energy Set To Total 45.1 GW In Next Decade

        Energy Storage For Renewable Energy Set To Total 45.1 GW In Next Decade

        The market for energy storage systems for renewable energy integration is expected to reach 45.1 GW between 2015 to 2025, according to Navigant Research. The new report from Navigant Research, Energy Storage for Renewables Integration, examines the market for energy storage systems for renewable energy integration (ESRI) — energy storage systems designed to mitigate somewhat the variability of renewable energy powerhouses like wind and solar, “By far the fastest-growing forms of renewable energy in the last several years.”

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