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    1. TECHNOLOGY: Should DOE Get Out of the Research Business?

      TECHNOLOGY: Should DOE Get Out of the Research Business?

      The budget outline that President Trump released yesterday proposed a historic scaling-back of R&D by the Department of Energy, upending decades of bipartisan consensus on the department's mission. Trump thinks that the federal government is meddling in the market and that it should limit itself to basic research and shift the billions of dollars it spends on applied research and commercialization to private industry. Meanwhile, many entrepreneurs who receive DOE research funding see themselves as helping the United States gain a competitive edge in a global energy sector that is being transformed by new technology. That level of private money, they say, simply doesn't exist.

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    2. Primus Power Announces Completion of $32M Financing Round

      Primus Power Announces Completion of $32M Financing Round

      HAYWARD, Calif., March 23, 2017 -- Today Primus Power (“Primus”), a leader in stationary energy storage systems, announced that it has secured $32 million in equity financing.  New investors include Hong Kong’s Success Dragon (HKG:1182) and Matador Capital, the investment office of a well known Saudi family.  Existing investors Anglo American Platinum, DBL Partners, I2BF and the Russia Kazakhstan Nanotechnology Fund also participated.  With this fundraising, Primus has raised $94 million in equity and $20 million in government grants since its founding in 2009. The new funds will help accelerate the commercial momentum of EnergyPod® 2  - a safe, low-cost and long-duration electrical energy storage system. These modular battery systems pair a unique zinc bromide chemistry with patented innovations to deliver a multi-hour performance and a multi-decade life at an industry-leading low total cost of ownership.

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    3. Microgrids in India and Africa - How is Space Tech Helping

      Microgrids in India and Africa - How is Space Tech Helping

      With more than 1.3 billion people without access to electricity and almost 3 billion reliant on unclean and ultimately unhealthy fuels for cooking, the potential of renewables-based mini-grids and microgrids as a clean energy solution is beyond doubt. Indeed a 2012 estimate from the International Energy Agency (IEA) was that mini- and microgrids had the potential to bring electrification to about 40% of those without electrification.

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    4. SGIP IS COMING and It’s Bringing You Free Money to Protect Your Home

      SGIP IS COMING and It’s Bringing You Free Money to Protect Your Home

      SGIP stands for Self Generation Incentive Program, or California’s way to motivate people to use alternative energy sources to generate and store their own electricity. SGIP has had a rocky history of letting big businesses soak up a majority of their funds… but this year, that’s not going to happen. In Spring of 2017, SGIP is going to reopen for residential customers with a whole new set of rules to make sure homeowners get plenty of money to protect their homes… free money.

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    5. Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation that’s been notoriously slow to fully electrify. Only 77 percent of the population has access to electricity, up little from 71 percent in 1990, according to the World Bank.

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      Mentions: India Africa TX
    6. Big Batteries Needed: Increase in Renewable Energy in Seychelles Shows Need for Energy Storage

      Big Batteries Needed: Increase in Renewable Energy in Seychelles Shows Need for Energy Storage

      As the amount of renewable energy being produced in this island nation increases, the Seychelles’ Public Utility Corporation (PUC) is seeking professional expertise to conduct a study to evaluate the optimal battery storage size to maintain the stability of the national electricity grid. PUC’s chief executive, Philippe Morin, said that “as the contribution of renewable energy increase in the network, there is always the risk of the power system becoming unstable.”

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    7. 7 Energy Storage Disruptors to Watch

      7 Energy Storage Disruptors to Watch

      According to market research firm IHS, the energy storage market is set to “explode” to an annual installation size of 6 GW in 2017, exceeding 40 GW by 2022. Such forecasts reveal a huge jump from an initial base of only 0.34 GW installed in 2012 and 2013. Here is a list of seven energy storage disruptors that are innovating and changing the industry as we know it:

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Argonne
    8. Li-ion Energy Storage Takes Microgrids to the Next Level

      Li-ion Energy Storage Takes Microgrids to the Next Level

      Saft explains how microgrids that combine diesel generators, renewable energy resources and lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage can enhance security of supply while reducing fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions. When an energy storage system (ESS) is added, an operator can maximize the contribution of renewables, increasing the penetration of PV power and allowing diesel-off operation. It is possible to realize fuel savings of 50 to 75 percent. Li-ion battery systems have emerged as the technology of choice for energy storage. This is due to their high energy density that enables significant levels of storage capacity to be packed into a relatively compact footprint. Li-ion ESSs are now able to store energy at the megawatt scale, and integrated containerized systems can be connected in parallel to deliver multiple megawatt-hour storage capacity.

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    9. With Battery Storage, the Kodak Moment Has Finally Arrived

      With Battery Storage, the Kodak Moment Has Finally Arrived

      Who would have thought that, scarcely five weeks after Treasurer Scott Morrison, paraded a chunk of coal in parliament, planning for Australia’s energy needs would be dominated by renewables, batteries and hydro? For months now, the Coalition has been talking down renewables, blaming them for power failures, blackouts, and an unreliable energy network. South Australia was bearing the brunt of this campaign. The state that couldn’t keep its lights on had Coalition politicians and mainstream journalists vexatiously attributing the blame to its high density of renewables.

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    10. Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla, Flywheels in Clean Energy Race

      Canada Firm Uses Salt, Tesla, Flywheels in Clean Energy Race

      A Canadian firm is hoping to cash in on the burgeoning market for electricity storage -- no matter which technology breaks out first. NRStor Inc. is positioning itself to be the go-to distributor, developer and operator of lithium-ion batteries, magnetically-levitated flywheels and other technologies seeking to solve the age-old question of how to save electricity for later use. The Toronto-based company is the only distributor of Tesla’s Powerwall residential battery in Canada and is working to turn a giant salt cavern into a compressed air energy storage system.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Europe
    11. Gas Station Resiliency is a New Clean Energy Focus in Massachusetts

      Gas Station Resiliency is a New Clean Energy Focus in Massachusetts

      Massachusetts is looking for innovative ideas to shore up gas station resiliency as part of its wider effort to boost clean energy. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is seeking expressions of interest — a precursor to a funding offer — for demonstration projects that can help keep the lights on at gas stations during power outages. Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy and other disasters revealed the electric vulnerability of gas stations, with many unable to operate, in some cases leading to gasoline rationing.

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    12. This Week in Batteries: Sifting Through Two Big Bankruptcies

      This Week in Batteries: Sifting Through Two Big Bankruptcies

      The past week was a tough one for cleantech. We had a double feature of bankruptcies -- saltwater battery maker Aquion and top-five residential solar installer Sungevity. With so much destruction around us, it needs to be said: This doesn’t mean the whole sector is doomed. It does, however, bring into focus the fact that it's still a tough market and there isn’t a lot of room for error.

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    13. Fire Safety Issues Dog Battery Storage Growth in New York City, Slowing Deployment

      Fire Safety Issues Dog Battery Storage Growth in New York City, Slowing Deployment

      Last fall, New York City became one of the few cities in America to implement an energy storage mandate when Mayor Bill Di Blasio announced a 100 MWh by 2020 solar-plus-storage target, but progress has been slow. By the end of 2016, the city had only installed 4.8 MWh of storage.  A new report by the City University of New York, the National Renewable Energy Laboratories and Meister Consultants examines the barriers to deploying solar-plus-storage installations in New York City. The report cites the high cost of battery storage and the lack of city and state incentives for storage. The report also identifies the city’s arduous permitting process as one of the barriers developers face.

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    14. Locational Capacity: A Growing Use Case for Energy Storage

      Locational Capacity: A Growing Use Case for Energy Storage

      Matching supply to demand is, and always has been, one of the most complex elements of planning for the future of the electrical grid. The challenges multiply at the most congested sites on the grid, which tend to be located far from the largest generation assets and see the most fluctuation in demand. Under the “hub and spoke” configuration, these are the places where locational capacity – the ability to co-locate generation and load – is most critical. Traditionally, two remedies have been available to meet locational capacity needs: add new capacity through carbon-intensive “peaker” plants, or upgrade and extend transmission and distribution lines.

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    15. US Authorities Ban Electronics Larger Than a Phone From Flights From 13 Countries

      US Authorities Ban Electronics Larger Than a Phone From Flights From 13 Countries

      According to numerous reports, U.S. authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone. That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage for the foreseeable future. There is still a lot of confusion around this ban. It’s unclear which countries and airlines are actually affected by this, for example. CNN’s Jon Ostrower reports that more than a dozen airlines are affected by these new procedures, but it’s unclear which airlines we’re actually talking about.

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    16. Sunverge Tests New Software Control Platform on ‘World’s Largest’ Virtual Power Plant

      Sunverge Tests New Software Control Platform on ‘World’s Largest’ Virtual Power Plant

      Sunverge Tests New Software Control Platform on ‘World’s Largest’ Virtual Power Plant The California startup wants to connect and manage batteries and inverters beyond its own. 0 Australian utility AGL Energy held a press event last week to publicize what the company claims will soon become the largest behind-the-meter battery installation in the world.

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      Mentions: CA Australia China
    17. Sumitomo Electric Starts Demonstration of Storage Battery System for Power Grid in California

      Sumitomo Electric Starts Demonstration of Storage Battery System for Power Grid in California

      Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), in cooperation with the State of California and public utility company San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), started the demonstration of the United States’ largest redox flow battery system in California, and a commencement ceremony was held at the project site on March 16, 2017. Following the start of the project in September 2015, a redox flow battery system (2 MW x 4 hours) was constructed for a power grid at a substation in San Diego. Demonstration will now be carried out to evaluate the management of surplus electricity and regulation of grid frequency and voltage fluctuation. Data on performance in the transmission and distribution grid will also be collected to improve the system’s economic value.

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    18. Siemens to Supply 12MW Battery Storage Unit for Engie's Hydropower Plant in Germany

      Siemens to Supply 12MW Battery Storage Unit for Engie's Hydropower Plant in Germany

      Engie Deutschland has awarded a contract to Siemens to install a battery storage unit at its pumped storage hydro power station in Kraftwerksgruppe Pfreimd, Germany. The battery storage will offer additional balancing energy for grid stabilization. The decentral battery storage will complement the existing facilities of the pumped storage power station, which already contributes primary and secondary balancing energy as well as tertiary reserve capacity for a secure energy supply. 

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    19. Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

      Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

      Commonwealth Edison, a leader on community microgrids, is now making a move into the fledgling arena of community energy storage as well. The Exelon subsidiary Thursday announced the first of what are expected to be multiple pilot projects that use batteries to improve electric reliability for communities. ComEd is focusing on areas prone to power outages from harsh weather.

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