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    1. One Of The World's Largest Battery Storage Plants

      One Of The World's Largest Battery Storage Plants

      Britain’s largest domestic supplier of natural gas and electricity has its eyes on the low carbon future. Nuclear plants and wind farms produced 54% of the power Centrica sold in the domestic market during 2015. Last week the company announced it will be building one of the world’s foremost battery storage plants in the UK.

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      Mentions: UK
    2. E.ON Leads The Way To Germany’s Green Grid

      E.ON Leads The Way To Germany’s Green Grid

      Originally published on the ECOreport. No other utility company has more installed renewable capacity or uses a stronger proportion of renewably produced electricity. According to recent press releases, the utility giant E.ON leads the way to Germany’s Green Grid.“Renewables account for more than 80 percent of the electricity that flows through our networks, well above the national average. This demonstrates that E.ON already operates the innovative, efficient energy networks of the future. Each year we invest more than €1 billion to expand our networks in Germany,” said Thomas König, Managing Director of E.ON Deutschland.32 GW of the 96 GW of installed renewables capacity subsidized under Germany’s Renewable Energy Law were connected to E.ON by the end of 2015.

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    3. How Clean Energy Is Bringing Jobs To North Carolina

      How Clean Energy Is Bringing Jobs To North Carolina

      North Carolina is one of North America’s fastest growing markets for clean energy. The state’s cleantech sector grossed $4.8 billion in 2014 and, based on their previous experience, most companies expect to grow between 30% and 35% this year. Close to ¾ of this money went to building efficiency and solar. According to Robin Aldina, Manager of Energy Research for the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), “Clean energy in North Carolina is bringing jobs, bringing revenues, and increasing every year, outpacing other industries and regions.”

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      Mentions: NC Eguana
    4. Ireland's First Combined Ultracapacitor & Energy Storage Facility

      Ireland's First Combined Ultracapacitor & Energy Storage Facility

      Ireland intends to achieve 40% renewable energy by 2020. This is an ambitious goal, considering most of this electricity comes from large-scale wind farms. “The challenge is that it is an island grid, with only limited connection to the UK,” said Klaus Harder, Business Development Manager at FREQCON GmbH. Some winter nights, the Irish grid will have to take 75% of its electricity from renewable sources. This calls for additional services, so FREQCON deployed Ireland’s first ­combined ultracapacitor & energy storage facility for the Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed in South Dublin County.

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      Mentions: UK Ireland Maxwell
    5. USABC Awards $298,736 Contract To Seeo Inc. For Battery Module Testing

      USABC Awards $298,736 Contract To Seeo Inc. For Battery Module Testing

      The competitively bid contract is for a variety of tests which will be carried out on Seeo’s DryLyte™ Cell technology over the next nine months. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing 50% of the $298,736 needed to fund the tests, which will be carried out over the next 9 months. Seeo’s current DryLyte™ cell technology has an energy density of 220 Wh/kg. According to Seeo’s President Hal Zarem, many of its components will be used their next-generation technology.

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      Mentions: DoE GM U.S.
    6. Where Battery Storage Will Provide Most Peaking Capacity

      Where Battery Storage Will Provide Most Peaking Capacity

      Coal-fired power plants have been the backbone of US electricity production for decades, but 25% of them will be retired by the end of this decade. Some of their replacements will be fueled by LNG. Others will make way for a disruptive technology that can “switch from charging to discharging in less than 1 second” and has a “significantly higher capacity use factor.” Paul Siblerud, VP Marketing at ViZn Energy Systems, explained where battery storage will provide most peaking capacity in the future.

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      Mentions: CA OR Connecticut
    7. Energy Storage Will Replace Many Peaker Spinning Reserve Plants

      Energy Storage Will Replace Many Peaker Spinning Reserve Plants

      The 150-kW storage system that S&C Electric installed at its Chicago headquarters is a model for the future. They needed a working demo to show their customers how they would benefit from energy storage. They can see how you can reconfigure the network if there is an induced fault. There is a small working demo of PJM’s frequency regulation market. The move to battery storage is inevitable, and enables the incorporation of much larger amounts of intermittent energy such as wind and solar. Troy Miller, S&C’s Manager, business development Power Quality Products, explained why battery storage will replace many peaker spinning reserve plants.

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      Mentions: Asia Europe Germany
    8. The Next Wave Of Utility Innovation

      The Next Wave Of Utility Innovation

      The next energy storage breakthrough will be in efficiency, rather than time. During high-peak-demand times, utilities charge commercial customers a premium (per kW) called “demand charges.” These charges often make up 40% of the total electricity bill and have, on occasion even been as much as 70%. Green Charge Networks developed a demand charge reduction system called GreenStationTM that uses a sophisticated combination of energy storage and software algorithms to predict and counteract power peaks second-by-second. It can shave 15% or more off the average building’s energy bill.

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    9. Tesla Gigafactory: Here’s The Plan

      Tesla Gigafactory: Here’s The Plan

      Tesla has released some preliminary plans. The rumours about it looking at sites in New Mexico and Nevada were correct. There are also potential locations in Arizona and Texas. Tesla is making a final site selection and hopes to start construction on the Gigafactory this year. By 2020, it hopes to be producing 500,000 vehicles a year, with its batteries coming from its Gigafactory.

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      Mentions: New Mexico NV TX
    10. Where Will Telsa Build Its Gigafactory?

      Where Will Telsa Build Its Gigafactory?

      This week’s Tesla Teaser is the Gigafactory. Everybody’s talking about it. Batteries are the most expensive part of an electric vehicle (EV) and this could be the key that makes Teslas affordable for the masses. “It’s the future of the company,” said Craig Irwin, analyst with Wedbush Securities. “They need to cut the cost of the battery in half in order to make a half-million cars. This is how they are going to do it.”

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