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    1. $8.7 Million For Demand Response To Help Deal With Aliso Canyon Leak Shortfall

      $8.7 Million For Demand Response To Help Deal With Aliso Canyon Leak Shortfall

      The recent, massive Aliso Canyon natural gas leak led directly to the shutdown of the regionally important facility. In order to deal with the energy shortfall accompanying that shutdown (and stave off potential blackouts next summer), the state is reportedly pursuing a number of different strategies — including an energy storage buildout, demand response programs, and possibly new solar energy projects as well. With that in mind, the California Public Utilities Commission recently moved to approve a decision allowing the utility company Southern California Edison to put $8.7 million more into demand response programs intended specifically to deal with the Aliso Canyon leak fallout. The investment is reportedly to be part of a broader push that makes use of energy efficiency measures, and improved coordination between utility companies and the state grid operator CAISO, amongst other things.

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    2. Study: Even At Current Prices, Energy Storage Makes Economic Sense For Many Renewables Projects

      Study: Even At Current Prices, Energy Storage Makes Economic Sense For Many Renewables Projects

      Even at current market prices, various different energy storage options make economic sense for renewable energy projects in some locations, according to new research from MIT. The energy storage options profiled by the study included: battery systems, pumped hydroelectric storage, and compressed air energy storage, amongst others. While these options are economically a good choice in some locations, in other locations, they are not.

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      Mentions: CA TX MIT
    3. 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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      Mentions: Google LG
    4. Sunrun Finishes First BrightBox Solar + Energy Storage Installation In Hawaii

      Sunrun Finishes First BrightBox Solar + Energy Storage Installation In Hawaii

      Sunrun recently finished its first BrightBox solar photovoltaic + energy storage system in the state of Hawaii, according to a recent blog post put up by the company.The event was apparently considered notable enough by various local leaders — Hawaiian Governor David Ige and City and County Mayor of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, amongst others — to attend the event at the installation site, which was the home of a customer by the name of Anthony Aalto.

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      Mentions: HI Google
    5. Palo Alto Startup ElectrIQ Launching 10 kWh Lithium-Ion Home Energy Storage System This Fall

      Palo Alto Startup ElectrIQ Launching 10 kWh Lithium-Ion Home Energy Storage System This Fall

      The Palo Alto–based startup ElectrIQ Power will be launching an integrated home energy storage product during Quarter 4 2016 — featuring a 10-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, a hybrid DC-to-AC inverter, a DC-to-DC converter, an intelligent battery management system, and a high-frequency energy meter. The company has apparently already managed to nab 4,000 preorders for the product. Considering that the all-inclusive 10 kilowatt-hour (kWh) unit will sell wholesale for around $13,000 and retail for about $16,000, that’s a fair chunk of money if all of the orders go through. The system will come with a 10-year, 5,000-cycle warranty, it should be noted.

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      Mentions: Germany
    6. E.ON & Solarwatt Partnering For Modular Energy Storage System

      E.ON & Solarwatt Partnering For Modular Energy Storage System

      The German utility company E.ON will be partnering with the Dresden-based company Solarwatt GmbH for the development and release of modular energy storage systems based on the Solarwatt MyReserve battery technology, according to a recent press release from Solarwatt. The first models of the new offering are expected to be released in Germany over the next couple of months. Considering that E.ON’s domestic marketplace features more than 1½ million private rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, there’s obviously a huge opportunity for home energy storage system providers. An opportunity that the Solarwatt MyReserve battery — designed specifically for home use: user-friendly app, an expandable design, etc — seeks to take advantage of.

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      Mentions: Germany Google
    7. Connected Energy and Renault Partner In Second-Life EV Battery Energy Storage Tech

      Connected Energy and Renault Partner In Second-Life EV Battery Energy Storage Tech

      Connected Energy and Renault are partnering together for the creation of second-life electric vehicle battery energy storage technologies, the first of which, the E-STOR technology, will be available for purchase in the UK starting in July, according to recent reports. This first offering is a 50 kilowatt/50 kilowatt-hour (kW/kWh) product created out of old Renault electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Given the size of the battery, a number of applications are possible — including the support of EV fast charging stations in locations without direct access to high electricity supply rates.

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      Mentions: Europe UK Renault
    8. $3 Million Awarded To Solid-State Sodium Battery Project By ARPA-E

      $3 Million Awarded To Solid-State Sodium Battery Project By ARPA-E

      A new solid-state sodium battery development project being worked on by researchers at Iowa State University (amongst others) was recently awarded $3 million in new funding via ARPA-E’s 2015 OPEN funding initiative, according to recent reports. (ARPA-E stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy.) The new research project in question is headed by Steve W Martin — an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in materials science and engineering and an associate of the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory. Along with the research team at Iowa State University, other collaborators include the University of Colorado, the University of Houston, Solid Power Inc, and Washington State University.

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      Mentions: DoE Iowa CO
    9. Electrovaya Creating 800 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery Storage System For Con Edison

      Electrovaya Creating 800 kWh Lithium-Ion Battery Storage System For Con Edison

      As part of New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) strategy, the company Electrovaya will be designing, constructing, and selling a 500 kilowatt (kW) lithium-ion battery energy storage system to be used by Con Edison to function as grid resiliency support, according to recent reports.

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      Mentions: Electrovaya Google NY
    10. Sharp Announces Integration Of Energy Toolbase Software Program With The Company’s SmartStorage Installations

      Sharp Announces Integration Of Energy Toolbase Software Program With The Company’s SmartStorage Installations

      Sharp has chosen to integrate the Energy Toolbase software program into its operations as the company’s preference for those looking to determine the peak demand savings that they can expect via installation of Sharp’s energy storage systems. As a result of the integration, users will now be able to easily and accurately estimate the savings accompanying SmartStorage projects — whether standalone system projects or those integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

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      Mentions: Australia Google
    11. Bosch + Gs Yuasa “On Target” To Offer Lithium-Ion Batteries With Twice The Energy Density At Half The Cost By 2020

      Bosch + Gs Yuasa “On Target” To Offer Lithium-Ion Batteries With Twice The Energy Density At Half The Cost By 2020

      Bosch and its partner GS Yuasa are apparently now “on a good path” towards the production of a lithium-ion battery with two-times the energy density for half the cost — with the aim being for production to begin by 2020, according to Bosch Japan President Udo Wolz.

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    12. Samsung SDI Has Begun Operations At Former Magna Steyr Battery Pack Plant

      Samsung SDI Has Begun Operations At Former Magna Steyr Battery Pack Plant

      Operations have now officially begun at Samsung SDI’s most recently acquired battery pack factory, according to recent reports. The new Samsung SDI Battery Systems (SDIBS) plant in Graz, Austria, comes from the company’s acquisition of the battery pack business of Magna Steyr (something that I reported on at the time, back in February 2015).

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    13. SunPower Extending Commercial Reach Via Partnership With Stem To Offer Battery Systems

      SunPower Extending Commercial Reach Via Partnership With Stem To Offer Battery Systems

      The noted solar energy company SunPower recently partnered with the battery systems and services provider Stem to begin offering behind-the-meter battery systems to commercial customers throughout the US. The partnership has been ongoing as of the last 5 months, and has so far apparently been quite successful — though no specific numbers are currently publicly available.

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      Mentions: CA Australia GM
    14. Cargill & PG&E Among Early Tesla Battery Storage Partners

      Cargill & PG&E Among Early Tesla Battery Storage Partners

      Tesla is apparently having no trouble finding companies interested in using its newly unveiled energy/battery storage solutions. As just a couple more examples, Cargill and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will be installing a 1 MWh (megawatt-hour) Tesla battery system at Cargill’s Fresno, California, beef processing facility. This battery system will be recharged on a daily basis via the PG&E electricity grid during off-peak hours — in order to lower operating costs, via the use of off-peak electricity rather than peak electricity (lower rates).

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      Mentions: CA Australia HI
    15. Lithium-Sulfur Batteries With High Capacity + Rate Performance Via Vertically Aligned Sulfur-Graphene Nanowall Cathodes

      Lithium-Sulfur Batteries With High Capacity + Rate Performance Via Vertically Aligned Sulfur-Graphene Nanowall Cathodes

      New cathode materials for lithium-sulfur batteries constructed out of vertically aligned sulfur–graphene (S-G) nanowalls on electrically conductive substrates — delivering high capacity + rate performance — have been developed by researchers at Beihang University in China. The new cathode materials allow for the fast diffusion of lithium ions + electrons as a result of the sulfur nanoparticles in each individual S-G nanowall being homogeneously anchored between the various graphene layers.

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      Mentions: China
    16. New Lithium-Sulfur Battery With Cycle Performance Comparable To That Of Lithium-Ion Batteries & Double The Energy Density

      New Lithium-Sulfur Battery With Cycle Performance Comparable To That Of Lithium-Ion Batteries & Double The Energy Density

      A new lithium-sulfur battery that demonstrates cycle performance that’s comparable to that offered by currently available commercial lithium-ion batteries and possesses roughly twice the energy density has been developed by an international team of researchers from South Korea and Italy. This research team — which was led by researchers from Hanyang University — utilized a highly reversible dual-type sulfur cathode (solid sulfur electrode and polysulfide catholyte) and a lithiated Si/SiOx nanosphere anode, in order to achieve its new results.

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      Mentions: Italy S. Korea
    17. Alevo Hiring First Production Workers By Mid-May

      Alevo Hiring First Production Workers By Mid-May

      The much-discussed battery startup Alevo will be making its first hires for its new battery manufacturing plant in Concord, North Carolina, by the middle of May, according to recent reports. This follows on the company apparently receiving more than 8,000 applications for various positions at the currently under development manufacturing facility. This first round of hiring is expected to see 50 production-floor employees added to the company’s numbers.

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      Mentions: Switzerland NC
    18. Researchers Enhance Ionic Conductivity Of Solid Electrolyte By 3 Orders Of Magnitude — Potential For High-Energy Li-Ion Batteries

      Researchers Enhance Ionic Conductivity Of Solid Electrolyte By 3 Orders Of Magnitude — Potential For High-Energy Li-Ion Batteries

      The ionic conductivity of polymer-based solid electrolyte has been enhanced by more than 3 full orders of magnitude by researchers at Stanford University, through the use of ceramic nanowire fillers, according to a recent press release from the university. The new ceramic-nanowire-filled composite polymer electrolyte also possesses a better (enlarged) electrochemical window of stability.

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    19. #1 EV Battery Supplier Now LG Chem With New Daimler Deal?

      #1 EV Battery Supplier Now LG Chem With New Daimler Deal?

      Top car manufacturer Daimler has selected LG Chem as its supplier for the lithium-ion batteries that’ll be used in its forthcoming “smart” electric vehicle (EV) — which is currently scheduled to be released sometime in 2016, according to a recent press release. As per the terms of the new agreement, LG Chem will simply provide the lithium-ion battery cells itself, while Daimler will be the one assembling them into working vehicular battery packs.

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    20. ViZn Energy Systems Partners With LFC Capital To Facilitate Property Owner Acquisition of Solar and Storage

      ViZn Energy Systems Partners With LFC Capital To Facilitate Property Owner Acquisition of Solar and Storage

      The commercial & industrial energy storage systems provider ViZn Energy Systems is partnering with the leasing & financial services company LFC Capital to make solar + energy storage more affordable for property owners, according to recent reports. The partnership will apparently see as much as $5 million in funding offered per lease (depending on many things, of course), and is expected to help spur the adoption of the new Z20 Energy Storage System (a zinc/iron redox flow battery). The program to be offered by LFC Capital is reportedly based on a traditional operating lease, with solid ownership options after 6–7 years. The utilization of a “follow-on loan” is apparently being encouraged by the company — as a means of maintaining low monthly payments throughout a long investment period.

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    21. “German Gigafactory” — Ground Broken On Europe’s Soon-To-Be-Largest Battery Factory

      “German Gigafactory” — Ground Broken On Europe’s Soon-To-Be-Largest Battery Factory

      Ground was broken on what is soon to be the largest battery factory in the whole of Europe, in Karlstejn-Großwelzheim (Karlstein), Germany. Occasionally referred to as a “German Gigafactory,” the facility is currently expected to be completed by 2020. It will total 55,000 square feet of working space, and be home to roughly 1,500 employees.The facility will reportedly possess a manufacturing capacity of about 5 GWh — putting it amongst the largest such battery factories in the world when completed.

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      Mentions: Europe Germany
    22. Green Charge + Flextronics Partnering To Deploy GreenStation Intelligent Energy Storage Nationwide

      Green Charge + Flextronics Partnering To Deploy GreenStation Intelligent Energy Storage Nationwide

      The energy storage solutions company Green Charge Networks is partnering with the prominent supply-chain solutions firm Flextronics to expand on Green Charge’s current market position with regard to its GreenStation intelligent energy storage system, according to recent reports. As part of the partnership, Flextronics is going to be providing “on-demand” manufacturing of the GreenStation system for Green Charge — via manufacturing capacity at its customer innovation center in Milpitas, California.

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