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    1. MIT Research: New Li battery design for grid and vehicles

      MIT Research: New Li battery design for grid and vehicles
      A radically new approach to the design of batteries, developed at MIT, could provide an alternative vehicle and grid batteries. "Refueling" these batteries could be similar to pumping gas into a car. The new battery relies on an innovative architecture called a semi-solid flow cell in which the electrodes are composed of particles suspended in a liquid electrolyte. [The researcher] cautions that making a practical, commercial version of such a battery will require finding better electrode and electrolyte materials.
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      Mentions: DoE MIT A123
    2. Small Scale Solar Battery w/ Diesel Generator Back-up

      Small Scale Solar Battery w/ Diesel Generator Back-up
      WhisperPower in the Netherlands has developed a system to provide electricity without a (permanent) grid connection. The Grid Independer can deliver 230V alternating current (AC)/50 Hz, 7 kilowatts (kW) from the internal maintenance-free gel battery via a true sine-wave inverter and can be run in parallel with the WhisperPower diesel generator.
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      Mentions: Netherlands
    3. IBC Solar and Dispatch Energy cooperate on battery solutions

      IBC Solar and Dispatch Energy cooperate on battery solutions
      IBC Solar and Dispatch Energy Innovations will introduce an intelligent power storage solution which incorporates a Li-ion battery … "Our battery was developed together with the Fraunhofer Institute and offers an extremely high number of load cycles as well as long battery life time”, explains Dietmar Gruidl, managing director of Dispatch Energy Innovations GmbH ... IBC Solar will present a second power storage system based on the proven valve regulated lead-acid (VLRA) technology.
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      Mentions: Germany Fraunhofer
    4. GE Invests $14.4M in SustainX Compressed Air Storage

      GE Invests $14.4M in SustainX Compressed Air Storage
      New Hampshire-based SustainX has received US$14.4 million from GE Energy Financial Services and other investors to continue developing its compressed air energy storage technology ... GE Energy Financial Services joins Cadent Energy Partners and prior investors Polaris Ventures and Rockport Capital in the new round of venture financing, details of which were not disclosed. A total of $5.4 million in earlier financing for SustainX came from the Small Business Innovation Research programme of the National Science Foundation and from the Energy Storage Program of the US Department of Energy. AES Energy Storage LLC is working with SustainX to demonstrate a full-size system in the field.
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    5. General Compression Raises $20M for Air Compression Storage

      General Compression Raises $20M for Air Compression Storage
      There’s only a handful of compressed air energy storage projects in the world, including one in Alabama and one in Germany, but startups like General Compression are working on next-generation technology and building pilot projects and moving toward commercialization. SustainX is another company working on this technology and moving toward commercial scale projects.
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      Mentions: DoE GE Germany
    6. Altairnano to Lease New 1.8 MW Storage System

      Altairnano to Lease New 1.8 MW Storage System
      Altair Nanotechnologies announced a 3-year lease for its new ALTI-ESS Advantage 1.8 MW/ 300 kWh energy storage system. The system will be leased by Energy Storage Holdings to evaluate energy storage technology for large-scale frequency regulation projects, and is expected to be installed in late 2011. The ALTI-ESS Advantage [is] a 1.8 MW system targeted toward frequency regulation and fast-response applications demanding high power.
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      Mentions: NV U.S. NJ
    7. Cash Rich Korean Energy firms eye storage

      Cash Rich Korean Energy firms eye storage
      The top three firms, SK Innovation, GS Caltex and S-Oil, announced last month that they have found an initial target for new renewable energy: SK and GS are looking to rechargeable batteries and S-Oil, solar photovoltaics (PV) ... Observers say that refiners loaded with cash from soaring oil prices are aggressively expanding into new areas to secure mid- and long-term growth engines for the future with the recognition that the existing business model cannot ensure sustainability.
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      Mentions: Mitsubishi S. Korea
    8. Beijing: Renewable Power & Storage Industry Outlook

      Beijing: Renewable Power & Storage Industry Outlook
      CBI’s Energy Storage 2011 - The 2nd Renewable Power Generation & Energy Storage System Industry Outlook will take place on September 8-9, 2011 in Beijing, China. This year’s event will continue to demonstrate a high-level industry summit, thus to gather more equipped utility and renewable generation executives with insights into leading edge storage technologies and China’s demand for energy storage. Analysis will show the investment opportunities and preparation for upcoming storage projects in the future.
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      Mentions: China
    9. Conergy unveils residential Li-ion solar PV storage solution

      Conergy unveils residential Li-ion solar PV storage solution
      On May 31st, 2011, Conergy AG (Hamburg, Germany) announced that it will present a new solar photovoltaic (PV) storage solution, consisting of an integrated string inverter and intelligent energy management system, at the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich from June 8th to 10th, 2011. The energy management system will be based on lithium-ion technology, and will possess a nominal power of 5.5kW and a storage capacity of 13.2kWh.
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      Mentions: Europe Germany
    10. Nat Gas vs Batteries for grid renewable sources

      Nat Gas vs Batteries for grid renewable sources
      Grid storage via batteries could smooth out the variability of solar and wind’s [intermittencies, but providing 400 megawatts to meet California's projected needs] would be cost prohibitive. The real answer to improve alternative use and reduce greenhouse gases lies [with] natural gas-fired plants … GE just announced a $500M+, 510MW combined-cycle power plant … [with 61%] fuel efficiency, and can ramp up [its] output at over 50MW per minute.
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      Mentions: CA U.S. GE
    11. Military Wants Bases to be "island microgrids": Storage + Renewables

      Military Wants Bases to be "island microgrids": Storage + Renewables
      Energy officers at military bases are working to turn their facilities into "island microgrids"--entities that can generate and store their own electricity, independent of the surrounding commercial grid. … in the event of a blackout, it could continue to function on electricity generated on-site--largely from renewable sources. These include utility-scale solar arrays, backed up with advance-battery solar-power storage units and diesel generators … Energy experts say that the military's approach could also offer a new model for towns and cities, protecting them from regional-grid blackouts--and boosting local renewable-energy production.
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      Mentions: CA DoE NV
    12. Grid-scale flow battery developer, Primus Power, receives $11M

      Grid-scale flow battery developer, Primus Power, receives $11M
      DBL Investors and I2BF Global Ventures joined existing investors Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The funds raised complement existing grants from the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), and the California Energy Commission (CEC).
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      Mentions: DoE U.S. arpa-e
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