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    1. Lead Acid Storage Firm Ecoult Receives ARENA Funding to Help India Expansion

      Lead Acid Storage Firm Ecoult Receives ARENA Funding to Help India Expansion

      Sydney-based lead-acid energy storage specialist Ecoult has secured AU$4.1 million (US$3.13 million) recoupable funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to develop and commericalise its UltraBattery products. This supports a AU$10.6 million (US$8 million) venture from Ecoult to enhance its lead-acid battery’s performance and the extra funding will also be used for the expansion of the company’s engineering team in Sydney. It will also help Ecoult move into international markets after it recently signed a global manufacturing deal with India’s largest battery manufacturer, Exide Industries, which will manufacture and distribute the UltraBattery in India and South Asia.

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      Mentions: Australia Asia India
    2. Energy Storage Association: Trump Can't Stop the Inexorable Rise of Storage

      Energy Storage Association: Trump Can't Stop the Inexorable Rise of Storage

      There is a significant opportunity for energy storage under the Trump administration, the US Energy Storage Association has said. “We’ve been striving to get the engagement from the federal government, the worst they could do is not talk to us. But they’ve already indicated and shown an interest in engaging with this industry so all signs point to some sort of opportunity to advance storage within this administration,” Matt Roberts, executive director of the ESA, told Energy-Storage News.

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      Mentions: ESA FERC
    3. IRENA: Batteries For Energy Storage Could Reach 250GW by 2030

      IRENA: Batteries For Energy Storage Could Reach 250GW by 2030

      The cost of lithium-ion batteries for energy storage declined 65% in five years between 2010 and 2015, while battery storage’s use for electricity could hit 250GW by 2030, from just 1GW today, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “REThinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation” is the latest ‘flagship’ report from the agency, analysing policies, technologies and technical innovations, as well as deployment figures and markers for moving forward to decarbonise and decentralise world energy networks.

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    4. High Interest in India's First Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Tender

      High Interest in India's First Utility-Scale Solar-Plus-Storage Tender

      India’s first grid-scale solar-plus-storage tender from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has received very strong interest with a total of 13 developers submitting bids. The tender called for 5MW/2.5MWh battery enery storage systems to be added to two separate solar projects of 50MW each in the Kadapa Solar Park. A SECI document seen by Energy-Storage.News showed that the storage systems shall support the grid at rated power output for 30 minutes, with a minimum cycle life of 5,000 cycles and a response time of no more than one second.

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    5. Ameresco to Build Renewable-Powered Microgrid for US Marine Corps

      Ameresco to Build Renewable-Powered Microgrid for US Marine Corps

      Ameresco will build a renewable-powered microgrid at a Marine Corp facility in Parris Island, South Carolina. The project at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) includes 6.7MW of PV generation, a 3.5MW combined heat and power facility and a 8MWh battery storage system. A US$91.1 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) has been put in place to fund Ameresco’s engineering, construction and operation works. The ESPC uses the electricity bill savings delivered by the system to pay down its cost. This is essentially cost-neutral for the client.

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      Mentions: SC
    6. Capacity Market Success Evidence of 'Crucial Role' Battery Storage to Play in UK Grid

      Capacity Market Success Evidence of 'Crucial Role' Battery Storage to Play in UK Grid

      Developers who were successful in winning contracts within last week’s Capacity Market auction have lauded the “crucial role” battery storage is set to play in the future for the national grid. The auction for the winter period 2020/21 concluded last Thursday afternoon and the results were published on Friday morning, revealing that of the 3.2GW of storage assets to have won provisional contracts just over 500MW is new-build battery storage. These results remain provisional until 20 December when the winning developers must confirm which projects they will complete.

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    7. UK Council Approves 20MW Storage System for Grid Stabilisation

      UK Council Approves 20MW Storage System for Grid Stabilisation

      A local authority in the UK has approved planning permission for the construction of a 20MW energy storage system which will provide real-time grid stabilisation to the local distribution network. Developer Energy Reservoirs now has three years to begin construction of the system, which will be comprised of batteries housed in ten containers on a greenfield site to the west of Clay Hill Pitch, Dormington. The site is in the county of Herefordshire in the west of England, which has enjoyed a significant rise in renewable generation capacity, mostly from ground mount solar farms, in the past few years.

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      Mentions: UK
    8. How Are Disruptive Business Models Shaping the European Energy Storage Market?

      How Are Disruptive Business Models Shaping the European Energy Storage Market?

      New value propositions which will radically change the way energy is generated and used by end-customers are already accelerating energy storage market growth. While in the grid-scale segment, many are waiting for regulation to enable certain approaches to storage, much is happening in the distributed energy storage sector. In our recent report on business models for distributed energy storage, we identified three primary approaches to sharing value between the end-customer and energy system. In this article, I will be focusing on the first two, which we believe have the greatest short-term potential:

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      Mentions: Europe Germany UK
    9. Green Charge to Supply 13MWh Virtual Power Plant for Con Edison in New York

      Green Charge to Supply 13MWh Virtual Power Plant for Con Edison in New York

      A plan by utility Con Edison to save US$1 billion on infrastructure spending in New York’s Brooklyn and Queens neighbourhoods will get 13MWh of energy storage from Green Charge. Green Charge, also known as Green Charge Networks, is asking utility customers in 32 zip codes to sign up to a programme which will not cost them anything and which promises savings on their energy costs from next year.

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    10. Transforming the Market for Virtual Power Plants with Advances in Energy Storage

      Transforming the Market for Virtual Power Plants with Advances in Energy Storage

      The evolution of energy markets is accelerating in the direction of a greater reliance upon distributed energy resources (DER), whether those resources generate, consume, or store electricity. One strategy to address this trend is a virtual power plant (VPP), the concept that the intelligent aggregation and optimisation of DER can provide the same essential services as a traditional 24/7 centralised power plant. As a result of the wide divergence of what constitutes a VPP, Navigant Research has come up with its own definition, which has generally been validated by market participants: “A VPP is a system that relies upon software and a smart grid to remotely and automatically dispatch retail DER services to a distribution or wholesale market via an aggregation and optimisation platform.”

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      Mentions: Asia Europe PJM
    11. NTPC Plans 50MW Solar with Battery Storage on Indian islands

      NTPC Plans 50MW Solar with Battery Storage on Indian islands

      India’s largest utility NTPC has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the setting up 50MW of solar power projects combined with battery energy storage near Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Surender Raina, general manager, REDG, NTPC, told PV Tech that the firm has floated two tenders on South Andaman, one of 8MW at Chidiyatapu and another 17MW PV project located at Manglutan, which will both have storage added. However the storage capacity will be tendered separately and the amount of capacity will be specified within the tender when it comes out. The 8MW were tendered on 8 October this year.

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    12. Pure-play battery or hybrid grid energy storage? | Energy Storage News

      Pure-play battery or hybrid grid energy storage? | Energy Storage News

      Transmission and distribution (T&D) organizations within electric utilities are transitioning to battery-based grid energy storage solutions. As a result, these groups are reporting that the applications for this “reservoir of electrons” reaches far beyond the grid applications that they are now busy solving. Even regional energy system operators such as independent system operators (ISOs), distribution system operators (DSOs) and transmission system operators (TSOs) are implementing these advanced battery energy storage systems as a means of providing stability and reliability within their respective energy system service territories.

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    13. RES' First UK Large-Scale Battery Project Completed at PV Plant

      RES' First UK Large-Scale Battery Project Completed at PV Plant

      Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has completed work on its first utility-scale battery-based energy storage system in the UK, at a solar farm owned by British Solar Renewables (BSR). The project will demonstrate various ways in which energy storage can benefit the local electricity distribution network operator (DNO), Western Power Distribution, which commissioned RES to build the system under a “fully-wrapped” engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal in January.

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      Mentions: Canada UK BESS
    14. STA Sets Out Policy Requirements for UK Storage Market

      STA Sets Out Policy Requirements for UK Storage Market

      The Solar Trade Association has set out its key policy asks for the government regarding the growing energy storage market, with calls to resolve regulatory barriers and protect consumers with minimum standards leading the field. In its latest policy paper to government, dubbed 'Solar + Storage Opportunities', the STA has claimed a number of key issues affecting the nascent energy storage sector need to be resolved before it can reach its fullest potential.

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      Mentions: Europe UK
    15. Duke Energy to Expand South Carolina Pumped Hydro Facility by 200MW

      Duke Energy to Expand South Carolina Pumped Hydro Facility by 200MW

      US-based power firm Duke Energy plans to increase the energy storage capacity of its Bad Creek pumped storage hydroelectric station by 200MW. The expansion is scheduled to start in 2021, and complete in 2024. The 1,065MW South Carolina facility, the firm’s largest hydroelectric station, was constructed in 1991 to power 850,000 households. Duke Energy said the upgrade will see it power a million homes.

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    16. Brazil Energy Storage R&D Project Scheme Draws Strong Interest

      Brazil Energy Storage R&D Project Scheme Draws Strong Interest

      Around 90 companies, including EDF, Enel and Engie, have expressed interest in financing and implementing research and development (R&D) projects relating to energy storage integration in Brazil, according the country’s energy regulator ANEEL. Interested companies can submit project proposals before 22 December this year, with results of an initial evaluation released on 20 February 2017. Companies will then have four years to complete the projects. Other companies noted by ANEEL included Guascor Brazil, Eletrobas, Petrobas, Companhia Paulista de Forca e Luz and AES Eletropaulo.

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    17. Conergy to Build Large-Scale Solar-Plus-Battery Project in Australia

      Conergy to Build Large-Scale Solar-Plus-Battery Project in Australia

      Conergy plans to build a 10.8MWac solar PV plant combined with 1.4MW/5.3MWh of lithium-ion battery storage near Lakeland, Australia. The plant has garnered the interest of Melbourne-headquartered mining firm BHP Billiton, which is the largest mining firm in the world, as it considers solar-plus-storage applications for its own remote operations through a knowledge sharing steering committee. Similarly, Ergon Energy is looking to avoid network upgrade costs in Queensland through the technology combination. The Conergy plant will provide energy for more than 3,000 homes and will create 60 jobs during construction. Origin Energy is buying the power form the plant.

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    18. EnSync Sells First Solar-Plus-Storage PPA in Hawaii

      EnSync Sells First Solar-Plus-Storage PPA in Hawaii

      EnSync Energy Systems, formerly known as ZBB Energy, announced on Monday the sale of multiple PPAs, including the first solar-plus-storage projects sold in Hawaii. The portfolio of PPAs have been sold to AEP OnSite Partners, an American Electric Power subsidiary for an undisclosed amount. Three of the five portfolio projects include Ensync Energy behind-the-meter storage with its Agile Hybrid Storage, and Ensync Energy’s Matrix Energy Management systems. The latter prioritises real time electricity from the grid, from solar’s variable generation and energy storage systems.

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      Mentions: HI First Solar Tesla
    19. Sonnen Partners with Ideal Power on Commercial Energy Storage Product

      Sonnen Partners with Ideal Power on Commercial Energy Storage Product

      German energy storage hardware and services provider sonnen has launched a new product for the commercial energy storage market using power conversion systems from Ideal Power. The sonnenBatterie pro is a smart energy management solution, which uses self-learning software to reduce electricity costs by shaving peak demand and responding to time-of-use electricity rates. Aimed at small businesses using solar power, the pro product also helps optimize self-consumption of solar energy as well as enabling participation in utility demand response programmes.

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      Mentions: UK
    20. Energy Storage Key to Integrating Dispatchable Resources for Nissan and Others

      Energy Storage Key to Integrating Dispatchable Resources for Nissan and Others

      Last week carmaker Nissan and power electronics and engineering group Eaton unveiled a demonstration model of an energy storage control centre, which has been developed by the two companies at Eaton’s research facilities in Switzerland. The control centre combines Eaton’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with second life – repurposed – Nissan Leaf batteries. It can manage multiple energy inputs, including solar, the grid and battery storage bi-directionally (managing the flow of power into and out of the system) and, the makers hope, manage various different applications for the system, including charging cheaply with off-peak electricity at night.

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      Mentions: Asia France Italy
    21. LG Chem Follows Up 90MW Grid Project with SolaX Inverter Partnership

      LG Chem Follows Up 90MW Grid Project with SolaX Inverter Partnership

      LG Chem and solar inverter maker SolaX Power have formed a partnership around a new hybrid inverter and energy storage system intended as a complete solution for the residential solar market. The worldwide strategic partnership will focus on SolaX Power’s Hybrid X grid-tied inverter, which offers an all-in-one charger for recharging or discharging and an on board energy management system, as well as fulfilling its role as a DC to AC inverter. The system, which can operate both on and off grid, will now be complemented by the RESU6.4EX energy storage system from LG Chem to offer a new combined solution for systems up to 5KW.

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    22. 90MW of LG Chem's Li-Ion Batteries to be Used for Balancing German Grid

      90MW of LG Chem's Li-Ion Batteries to be Used for Balancing German Grid

      Steag, a major power generator which constructs, plans and operates power plants, is spending US$100 million on acquiring 90MW of large-scale energy storage to help stabilise Germany’s grid. Korean chemicals company LG Chem will supply batteries, while automation company Nidec ASI, formerly known as Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali, will supply and install the complete storage systems, including controls and energy management.

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      Mentions: Germany LG
    23. Saft Storage System Connected to Hawaii's Largest Solar Installation to Date

      Saft Storage System Connected to Hawaii's Largest Solar Installation to Date

      A large-scale energy storage system aimed at integrating renewables into electricity networks has been completed on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, paired with the state’s biggest PV array to date. US installer REC Solar has connected the 12MW (14.5MW DC) solar PV installation, which combines with a grid-scale battery storage system supplied by French maker Saft. The project, which PV Tech Storage first reported on back in July 2014 when it was announced, utilises eight of Saft's containerised ‘Intensium Max 20 M’ li-ion units.

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