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      1. Amber Kinetics’ Co-Founder, Chief Scientist Seth Sanders, PhD, Panelist at August 3 STUDIO Conference

        Amber Kinetics’ Co-Founder, Chief Scientist Seth Sanders, PhD, Panelist at August 3 STUDIO Conference

         

        UNION CITY, Calif.--Seth Sanders, PhD, chief scientist and co-founder of Amber Kinetics, Inc., will participate in a panel discussion on Advancements in Storage Technology at the STUDIO Conference in San Francisco on August 3. Dr. Sanders’ presentation is entitled, “Multi-hour Flywheel Energy Storage Technology for Utility Applications.” Amber Kinetics is the developer of the world’s first commercially ready four-hour flywheel energy storage system. "The Amber Kinetics energy storage system can support unlimited cycling with zero capacity degradation over a 20+ year service life and is readily deployed in global outdoor settings,” Dr. Sanders said. “Our technology can multi-task to serve provision of capacity, load/peak shifting, frequency regulation, frequency response, and more, all within a single installation.”

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      2. ESS Marks Successful Intersolar 2016, Highlighted by Microgrid Site Tour Featuring Company's Long-Duration Batteries

        ESS Marks Successful Intersolar 2016, Highlighted by Microgrid Site Tour Featuring Company's Long-Duration Batteries

        PORTLAND, OR-- Jul 26, 2016) - ESS Inc., the leading manufacturer of a safe, low-cost and long cycle-life battery for renewable energy storage, celebrated a highly successful presence at Intersolar 2016 in San Francisco this month, boosted by strong interest in the company's Iron Flow Battery technology, a steady flow of booth visitors, and an overflow of participants for the site tour at Stone Edge Farm in Sonoma. More than 100 Intersolar attendees took part in a tour of Stone Edge Farm's advanced microgrid -- four times the expected number. The tour's popularity was a reflection of the growing interest in the benefits of energy storage, especially in support of integrating renewables to provide grid services, lowering electricity costs and reducing CO2 emissions. At Stone Edge, ESS's Iron Flow Battery is well suited to provide long-duration storage capacity to supply power at night, for irrigation or hydrogen generation, and during the day to smooth out the intermittencies of solar PV.

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      3. Landis+Gyr Supplies 10 MW of Battery Storage Capacity for Large-scale Tucson Electric Power Project

        Landis+Gyr Supplies 10 MW of Battery Storage Capacity for Large-scale Tucson Electric Power Project

        ATLANTA, July 26, 2016 - Landis+Gyr, a global leader in shaping how energy is delivered and consumed, announced it is participating in a ground-breaking energy storage project in partnership with E.ON Climate and Renewables and Tucson Electric Power (TEP). E.ON was one of two companies selected by TEP to provide capacity and availability from a 10 megawatt (MW) energy storage system. Working with E. ON, the prime developer for the project, Landis+Gyr will supply a containerized Li ion energy storage system that integrates Toshiba's SCiB™ lithium titanate oxide batteries. The technology was chosen by Landis+Gyr because of its superior cycle life, high power density and rapid charge capabilities. In total, TEP is adding 20 MW of energy storage capacity through two projects that will help balance load and regulate frequency on its distribution system, while also deferring capital investments in spinning reserves.

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      4. One Simple Measure That Could Cut UK Storage Costs

        One Simple Measure That Could Cut UK Storage Costs

        Extending enhanced frequency response (EFR) contracts by just two years could slash U.K. grid energy storage costs, according to an expert. The savings would come through cheaper financing for storage projects that are currently applying for four-year contracts in a 200-megawatt U.K. National Grid tender, according to Felicity Jones, a partner at the energy consultancy Everoze Partners. “If the EFR contract length was six years rather than four, you would push the bid price down by pounds, not pence,” she said. “If you have a four-year contract, there’s pressure to structure your financial deal so you are paying off your capital costs within four years.”

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      5. Kilowatt, Kilowatt-Hours Unite

        Kilowatt, Kilowatt-Hours Unite

        The Energy Storage Association (ESA) was holding its annual event this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., and I was feeling the need to catch up with innovations in battery storage. I discovered the ESA is a great gathering place for technologists, startups, mature vendors, utilities and university types — a mosh pit of those who drive the energy storage future. Black & Veatch hosted an awesome evening reception at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and I had the good fortune of running into my friend Bill Muston. Bill is the technologist at Oncor who toured me about the Oncor microgrid located at their general services headquarters facility a bit outside of Dallas, Texas, U.S. Check out the article in the April 2016 issue of T&D World that provides details of this microgrid, including the installation of photovoltaic panels, Tesla storage batteries and a Capstone turbine.

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      6. The Top 3 Energy Storage Deals So Far This Year

        The Top 3 Energy Storage Deals So Far This Year

        It's a busy time for corporate deals in the energy sector. Multibillion-dollar mergers are happening across the U.S. utility sector. PV monitoring companies are trading hands at a brisk pace. But what of energy storage? The stakes are rising in the nascent storage market as technologies approach commercialization and business models get more sophisticated.

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      7. E.ON and Tucson Electric Power Sign Iron Horse Battery Energy Storage Agreement

        E.ON and Tucson Electric Power Sign Iron Horse Battery Energy Storage Agreement

        CHICAGO, July 25, 2016 -- E.ON Climate & Renewables North America, LLC (E.ON) today announced it signed an agreement with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to provide frequency response and voltage control from a grid-scale, 10 megawatt (MW) battery energy storage facility with a 2 MW solar array.  The Iron Horse Battery Energy Storage Project will be located adjacent to the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park southeast of Tucson.  The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2017.

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      8. The Public Health Case for Energy Storage

        The Public Health Case for Energy Storage

        We’ve heard about the value of energy storage for integrating renewables, shaving peak demand and regulating frequency, but there’s another service it can provide: combating air pollution. When sited and deployed according to air quality data, energy storage can strategically replace more polluting energy services in the areas most susceptible to poor air quality, researchers at UC Berkeley and nonprofit research institute PSE Healthy Energy found. In this way, storage can address decades-old discrepancies in environmental justice, whereby poor neighborhoods have been more likely to sit near the dirtiest power plants.

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      9. Lyon Group Plans to Build the World’s Biggest Solar and Battery Project in Roxby Downs Starting Next Year

        Lyon Group Plans to Build the World’s Biggest Solar and Battery Project in Roxby Downs Starting Next Year

        UP to 800,000 individual solar panels will make up the world’s largest solar plus battery project which is targeted for construction in regional South Australia next year. The mooted $300 million Kingfisher scheme in Roxby Downs will generate around 100 jobs during construction and is being promoted as a ground breaking enterprise to usher in greater stability and efficiency for solar power output.

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      10. Sonnen Announces Commercial Energy Storage Product

        Sonnen Announces Commercial Energy Storage Product

        Shortly after announcing a new residential energy storage product, Sonnen did it again with a commercial one — the sonnenBatterie pro. The system ranges from 18 kW / 24 kWh up to 90 kW / 240 kWh. It employs Ideal Power’s 30 kW Power Conversion System. An Ideal Power inverter is included, as is energy management. Hotels, restaurants, and office buildings are referenced on the Sonnen site as suitable places where the system would be effective. Peak shaving and integration with solar power are two of the main benefits.

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      11. Energy Storage Legislation Can Enable Clean, Resilient Energy for MA and Accelerate Grid Modernization

        Energy Storage Legislation Can Enable Clean, Resilient Energy for MA and Accelerate Grid Modernization

        Washington, D.C. – July 22, 2016 – The Energy Storage Association (ESA) urges Massachusetts House and Senate leaders to include the energy storage provisions of Senate Bill 2400 in their Conference Committee report. Massachusetts is a beacon for the clean technology and energy industries, leading ambitious grid modernization efforts and spurring continued advancements in clean energy technologies that have created nearly 100,000 jobs. With the Commonwealth’s goals for clean energy deployment and grid modernization, significant energy storage will be needed in the near future, and the Commonwealth will secure its leadership in the advanced energy economy by including storage in forthcoming legislation.

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      12. First Battery-Based Energy Storage Opens in MISO Region

        First Battery-Based Energy Storage Opens in MISO Region

        Indianapolis Power & Light Co. and AES leaders cut the ribbon last week on the new IPL Advancion Energy Storage Array Facility located at the Harding Street Generation Station. The Advancion Array is the first grid-scale, battery-based energy storage system to make a footprint in the 15-state Midcontinent Independent System Operation (MISO) region, which will provide affordable and reliable power for our customers. "IPL is committed to developing energy solutions that balance affordability for our customers and the impact on the environment," said Rafael Sanchez, IPL President & CEO. "This array provides an innovative approach to helping address the challenges that come with diversifying our energy mix with more wind and solar resources."

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      13. AES to Partially Replace Natural Gas with Battery Power at Long Beach's Alamitos Plant

        AES to Partially Replace Natural Gas with Battery Power at Long Beach's Alamitos Plant

        Long Beach’s Studebaker Road has long been home to a natural gas power plant. The presence of the exposed, wiry exterior of the grid dates back to the 1950s and is ubiquitous with that section of Long Beach, also a stretch of land with a history of natural resource extraction, as anyone who has seen the oil derricks in There Will Be Blood Knows. But with time comes change. AES California, with its eye on sustainable energy sources, has proposed the Alamitos Battery Energy Storage System project—one of two projects set to replace part of the natural gas power plant in the area.

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      14. Southeast Asia’s First Renewable Hydrogen-Based Energy Storage and Power Plant Awarded to Hydrogenics

        Southeast Asia’s First Renewable Hydrogen-Based Energy Storage and Power Plant Awarded to Hydrogenics

        MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, July 21, 2016 - Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HYGS) (TSX:HYG) (“Hydrogenics” or the “Company”), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation technology and hydrogen fuel cell power modules, today announced that it, along with Phraram 2 Civil Engineering Co., Ltd. (“PCE”), has been awarded the “Lam Takhong Wind Hydrogen Hybrid Project” by the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (“EGAT”). This will be Southeast Asia’s first megawatt-scale project for energy storage; Hydrogenics’ portion is projected to be worth approximately €4.3 million. The facility, located in the sub-station area of the Lam Takhong Wind Turbine Generation Project, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, will consist of Hydrogenics’ ultra-compact 1 MW PEM HyLyzer® electrolyzer, hydrogen storage and a HyPM® fuel cell plant.  PCE, based in Bangkok, will provide the services required to implement the technology supplied by Hydrogenics.

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        Mentions: Asia Thailand U.S.
      15. New Energy Storage Deployments in Major World Markets Are Expect

        New Energy Storage Deployments in Major World Markets Are Expect

        A recent report from Navigant Research examines the market for grid-tied energy storage systems (ESSs) in 22 countries, with forecasts for power capacity, energy capacity, and revenue, segmented by technology, through 2025. The major markets in North America are expected to be the largest globally for grid-tied ESSs in 2015, but the more rapidly growing Asia Pacific markets are expected to take the lead around 2018. Overall, the five major markets in Asia Pacific are expected to deploy 199.5 MW of distributed storage capacity in 2015, increasing to 9,416.6 MW in 2025 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47 percent. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from @NavigantRSRCH, new energy storage deployments in major world markets are expected to total nearly 62 GW from 2015 to 2025.

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        Mentions: Asia U.S. China
      16. 5 Surprising States Where Commercial Energy Storage Works Today

        5 Surprising States Where Commercial Energy Storage Works Today

        It’s easy to focus on states where the burgeoning commercial energy storage markets are already thriving. “Everyone knows California and New York are ripe,” said Ravi Manghani, GTM Research’s director of energy storage. But there are some sleeper states where the economics already work, even though rates of adoption are low. A new report from GTM Research, The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage in the U.S, outlines the states where demand charges at the largest utility in each state would create a favorable rate of return for commercial energy storage. Even if the numbers pencil out, however, there can be other factors that help or hinder behind-the-meter energy storage, from fire codes to utility regulation.

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        Mentions: CA MA New Hampshire
      17. Utility Participation Key to Driving Residential Storage Growth

        Utility Participation Key to Driving Residential Storage Growth

        Residential energy storage is a niche market now, but it is going to build momentum over the next 10 years, according to a new report from Navigant Consulting, opening opportunities for utilities to harness the technology. The report’s authors see residential energy storage growing to a 3,773 MW market by 2025 from nearly 95 MW today. In that same time frame, they see the North American residential storage market rising 55%, hitting 800 MW from the current 15 MW.

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      18. Arizona Corporation Commission Approves Energy Efficiency Programs

        Arizona Corporation Commission Approves Energy Efficiency Programs

        The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has approved new programs that promote energy efficiency and cost savings for Arizona Public Service Company (APS) customers. The programs are offered for no additional cost to customers.Each year, utilities must file a Demand-Side Management Plan (DSM) to the commission to show how they are meeting energy efficiency requirements with programs that promote energy efficiency.

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      19. Greensmith Energy Expands Global Reach—Signs Agreement with Wärtsilä Energy Solutions to Deliver Energy Storage Systems Globally

        Greensmith Energy Expands Global Reach—Signs Agreement with Wärtsilä Energy Solutions to Deliver Energy Storage Systems Globally

        HERNDON, Va.--Greensmith, one of the largest providers of energy storage software and integration services, announced today it has entered into a cooperation agreement with Wärtsilä. This enables Wärtsilä to deliver energy storage systems integrated with solar PV, and Wärtsilä Smart Power Generation power plants, jointly forming a hybrid energy solution. Greensmith will provide its GEMS software platform to provide the full control for the entire system. Wärtsilä, a global leader in multi-fuel power plants will leverage its significant installed base and provide global EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) and O&M (operation and maintenance) services to customers worldwide. As a combined market solution, Wärtsilä and Greensmith will provide sustainable, reliable, and affordable power — particularly in countries and regions with limited or small electrical grids.

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      20. GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

        GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

        General Electric yesterday signaled that it is about to become more visible and aggressive in the increasingly competitive microgrid market. “The technology is ready, and we are now ready to scale up,” said Herve Amosse, GE’s general manager for grid automation, siting an increasingly viable business case for microgrids as renewable energy costs fall. The Connecticut-based company is among a growing field of international technology giants pursuing the microgrid market. Others include ABB, Hitachi, Schneider Electric and Siemens. In the U.S. the companies are pursuing a market pegged at $200 million and expected to reach $800 million in four years, according to GTM Research.

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        Mentions: France U.S. GE
      21. Largo Resources Announces Non-Binding M.O.U. with Vionx Energy Corporation

        Largo Resources Announces Non-Binding M.O.U. with Vionx Energy Corporation

        TORONTO, July 18, 2016 - Largo Resources Ltd. ("Largo" or the "Company") (TSX: LGO) (OTCQB: LGORF) is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (the "MOU") with Vionx Energy Corporation ("Vionx"), a company which develops, produces and sells Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries ("VRBs") for utility grid applications. The MOU summarizes the principal terms upon which Largo and Vionx will continue discussions that may lead to the supply by Largo of vanadium electrolyte to Vionx to further the research and development of advanced VRBs utilizing VNX Grid Energy Storage Systems. Largo and Vionx have agreed to continue discussions aimed at achieving stable pricing and necessary capacity with an industry leading value proposition for VRB systems, utilizing Vionx product technical, cost, and partner advantages combined with Largo supply capacity, cost advantage, and high quality processing capability.

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      22. LG Chem Unveils New Battery Storage, Adding More Choice for Solar Households

        LG Chem Unveils New Battery Storage, Adding More Choice for Solar Households

        LG Chem, the South Korean company with the biggest share of the grid-connected battery storage market in Australia, has released its new generation systems, promising they will offer more choice, and be cheaper, smaller, lighter, and with improved aesthetics. LG Chem, which claims nearly half of the nascent but rapidly growing Australian grid-connected market, is offering low voltage and high voltage options to Australian households, with its new battery storage systems ranging from a stackable 3.3kWh lithium-ion system to a 9.8kWh system.

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      23. Intersolar North America 2016: Four takeaways

        Intersolar North America 2016: Four takeaways

        Battery storage, net metering, trackers and the integration of solar as part of the smart energy concept were big themes at this years’ Intersolar North America trade show. The 9th Intersolar North America trade show has concluded in San Francisco, marking another year of growth for the dynamic U.S. market, with a strong view to the future on the heels of the extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit.

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        Mentions: CA NV HI
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