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    1. Flow Batteries Leading the Way in Lithium-Free Niches

      Flow Batteries Leading the Way in Lithium-Free Niches

      While lithium-ion is rapidly racing ahead to become the “de facto grid storage solution” and is the most popular technology choice by far, vendors of other types of batteries are also targeting the market, with varying degrees of success. US firm Navigant Research published ‘Navigant Research Leaderboard: Non-lithium ion batteries for grid storage’,  earlier this month, examining the technologies, business models and strategies for commercialisation and larger scale production of energy storage batteries that sit outside the many different sub-chemistries making up the lithium battery market ecosystem.

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    2. Lithium-ion Predicted to Dominate Even in ‘Longer Duration’ Global Market

      Lithium-ion Predicted to Dominate Even in ‘Longer Duration’ Global Market

      There is a global trend towards longer duration energy storage and even in this segment, lithium-ion batteries are expected to dominate the market over flow batteries and other technologies, an I.H.S Markit analyst has told Energy-Storage.News. The research firm issued its bi-annual Grid-Connected Energy Storage Tracker to its clients at the end of July, predicting the rise of grid-connected systems from an installed base of less than 4GW today to hit 52GW by 2025.

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    3. ‘Saltwater Battery’ Maker Aquion Energy Back From Dead Under New Ownership

      ‘Saltwater Battery’ Maker Aquion Energy Back From Dead Under New Ownership

      Aquion Energy, maker of energy storage batteries and whole systems based on a novel electrolyte with a chemical composition similar to saltwater, is back in business. The American company, which began production in 2014, went bust in March, offloading 80% of its workforce and sending its website offline. One British company, Solar PV Partners, which was selling Aquion Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries said Aquion had developed a “sustainable, clean and non-hazardous product”, also describing it as “cost-effective” and “scalable” compared to alternative storage technologies.

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      Mentions: Japan MIT UK
    4. Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP's 4.5-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

      Can a Flow Battery Steal the Throne From TEP's 4.5-Cent Solar-Plus-Storage PPA?

      Signing the cheapest PPA is like conquering the Iron Throne: Before you even have time to enjoy the accomplishment, someone's on their way to take it from you. In May, NextEra Energy Resources secured a 4.5-cent per kilowatt-hour solar-plus-storage PPA with Tucson Electric Power. That's low for just solar, but the 100 megawatts of generation will come backed by 30 megawatts of 4-hour-duration energy storage. The system is set to run by the end of 2019.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Arizona
    5. Energy Renaissance Building 1GWh of Lithium-ion Battery Storage Manufacturing in Darwin, Australia

      Energy Renaissance Building 1GWh of Lithium-ion Battery Storage Manufacturing in Darwin, Australia

      Renewable energy company Energy Renaissance is constructing a 1GWh per annum lithium-ion battery storage manufacturing plant at Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. The plant, named ‘Renaissance One’, will have seven production lines that are due to become operational in late 2018. The firm claims this will be the Southern Hemisphere’s first facility producing semi-solid state lithium-ion batteries, which it says are uniquely optimised for warm climates.

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      Mentions: Australia China
    6. Bankrupt Aquion's Salt Water Battery Assets Sold to Austria's BlueSky Energy

      Bankrupt Aquion's Salt Water Battery Assets Sold to Austria's BlueSky Energy

      A bid from Austria's BlueSky Energy for Aquion's assets was accepted by Aquion's U.S. owners. The CEO of BlueSky, Helmut Mayer, notes that the firm has been working with Aquion's batteries "for years" and sees "a future market for electricity storage in salt water technology." The CEO noted the environmental friendliness and low maintenance requirements of the battery. Mayer claimed the battery was suited for "homes and small- and medium-sized companies."

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      Mentions: U.S. Germany Austria
    7. First BTM Li-ion Battery Project Approved in New York City

      First BTM Li-ion Battery Project Approved in New York City

      Demand Energy, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power North America, has begun construction on a microgrid with storage capability in New York City. The microgrid will comprise a 400-kW solar system and 400-kW fuel cell supported by a 300-kW, 1.2-MWh lithium-ion battery at Marcus Garvey Village, a mixed-income apartment complex owned by L+M Development Partners.

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    8. Despite Technological Advances, Flow Batteries Struggle Against Market Giant Lithium-ion

      Despite Technological Advances, Flow Batteries Struggle Against Market Giant Lithium-ion

      Flow batteries have made strides recently in bringing down costs and improving efficiencies, but they are going to have a tough time competing with the entrenched market leader: lithium-ion batteries. More than half of the 1,280 MWh of worldwide battery installations on the power grid since 2010 have been li-ion batteries, according to Department of Energy data. Looking at just 2015 and 2016, that share rises to 60%. In the United States, li-ion has an even bigger market share at 78% since 2010 and 97% since 2015.

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      Mentions: DoE Harvard U.S.
    9. SDG&E and AES Energy Storage Unveil World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery-Based Energy Storage Installation

      SDG&E and AES Energy Storage Unveil World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery-Based Energy Storage Installation

      SAN DIEGO, Feb. 28, 2017-- AES Energy Storage, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), showcased two new Advancion® battery-based energy storage sites, totaling 37.5 megawatts (MW), in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a leading energy company delivering safe, reliable and clean power. One of the sites – located at a SDG&E substation in Escondido, California – hosts a 30 MW, four-hour duration energy storage project, representing the world's largest lithium ion battery-based energy storage installation, 50 percent larger than the next largest installation. Both SDG&E sites join more than 200 MW of installed Advancion battery storage capacity deployed around the world.

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    10. Younicos to Upgrade Kodiak Island to Lithium Energy Storage

      Younicos to Upgrade Kodiak Island to Lithium Energy Storage

      In 2007, KEA set a goal to produce 95 percent of Kodiak’s energy from renewable sources by 2020, to reduce reliance on diesel fuel and lower the cost of generation to customers. Today, the island has achieved that goal through a combination of hydroelectric and wind energy, KEA officials say. The new batteries will permit greater harvesting of wind potential.

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    11. Saft Seanergy® energy storage systems are now approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority

      Saft Seanergy® energy storage systems are now approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority

      Paris, October 19, 2016 – Saft has obtained approval of its Seanergy® marine energy storage system by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for use in a variety of hybrid and fully electric propulsion applications. Saft is the only manufacturer of marine lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to use the Li-ion Super-Phosphate® (SLFP) chemistry which offers the highest levels of safety, performance and reliability. The approval process was based on simulated thermal runaway tests carried out on the Seanergy® systems by an independent laboratory in August 2016. During the propagation test 1, a cell was forced into a thermal runaway situation by a specific device inserted inside the cell. The test was performed three times. Thanks to the Super-phosphate® chemistry, the batteries passed the test on each occasion with no uncontrolled event, no fire and no explosion, with nearby cells remaining in a safe condition and no propagation to neighboring modules and without any active means of fire suppression.

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    12. New Tech at Lockheed Martin Gives Boost to Our Electric Grid

      New Tech at Lockheed Martin Gives Boost to Our Electric Grid

      LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- The Grid-Star Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System, recently installed at Lockheed Martin's Liverpool facility, will reduce electricity bills and allow the aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company to provide services to the electric grid. That's according to company officials who believe this technology is a win-win for everyone involved. "We're delighted to do it at an important Lockheed Martin manufacturing facility to provide value both to ourselves and to the electric grid in a project that makes financial sense for us and demonstrates what we are doing with this new product line," said Richard Brody, Lockheed Martin sales and marketing director. Brody says four more systems will be installed at other Lockheed Martin facilities in the near future.

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    13. Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Reaching the Point of Diminishing Returns?

      Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Reaching the Point of Diminishing Returns?

      A soon-to-be-released study from a supercapacitor manufacturer claims lithium-ion batteries could be reaching their physical energy density limits, calling their future usefulness into question. Using a “first-principles analysis,” Wolfgang Mack, vice president of business development at Menlo Park-based Capacitor Sciences, argues lithium-ion technology has reached 87 percent of its commercially achievable cell limit for energy density.

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    14. To Cut Energy Bills, Companies Tap Battery Power - WSJ

      To Cut Energy Bills, Companies Tap Battery Power - WSJ

      J.C. Penney Co. Inc. recently was able to cut the power bills of six of its Southern California stores. The secret: batteries. Penney’s lithium-ion batteries, made by Panasonic Corp., charge by night in metal cases in the storage areas of each facility. Then, by day, when power from the grid costs more, they help run the stores’ air-conditioning. The batteries also help the stores avoid high utility fees, called demand charges.

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    15. BioSolar : Recognized for Its Efforts to Increase Capacity and Reduce Cost of Lithium-Ion Batteries

      BioSolar : Recognized for Its Efforts to Increase Capacity and Reduce Cost of Lithium-Ion Batteries

      SANTA CLARITA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/12/16 -- BioSolar, Inc. (OTCQB: BSRC), a developer of breakthrough energy storage technology and materials, today shared recent media articles detailing the Company's approach to increasing capacity and reducing costs of lithium ion batteries, the predominant storage devices used by electric vehicles, personal electronics, and many other commercial and consumer applications. In a recent contributed byline entitled "Improving Lithium Ion Battery for Future Energy Storage Needs" for Battery Power Magazine, a leading print and online battery publication, BioSolar CEO Dr. David Lee cites challenges often associated with the chemistry currently embedded with existing lithium-ion batteries, as well as cost, for lack of advancements within the sector. Dr. Lee states that BioSolar seeks to reduce the cost of manufacturing and extend the lifetime of lithium-ion batteries, enabling mass adoption for electric vehicles as well as improvements in battery capabilities for personal electronics needs.

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    16. Energy Storage “Ghost Hunters” Nail Down Path To Better Battery

      Energy Storage “Ghost Hunters” Nail Down Path To Better Battery

      Enbala Power Networks and sonnen, Inc. announce a strategic alliance that combines sonnen’s award-winning residential and commercial energy storage technology with Enbala’s industry-leading distributed energy resource management platform. The integration of the sonnenBatterie with the Symphony by Enbala distributed energy aggregation and control platform, provides utilities and their customers with a robust, all-in-one solution for using energy storage to balance distributed renewable and traditional generation on the utility grid.

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    17. Stem CTO: Lithium-Ion Battery Prices Fell 70% in the Last 18 Months

      Stem CTO: Lithium-Ion Battery Prices Fell 70% in the Last 18 Months

      Tesla's battery factory gets a lot of attention. When completed, the so-called Gigafactory will manufacture more lithium-ion batteries each year than were produced globally in 2013. That will help push prices further downward. But a few other large producers -- LG Chem, Panasonic and Samsung -- are already making batteries at unprecedented scale. There are numerous giga-scale factories producing cells and battery packs for electric cars and stationary applications throughout Asia. And the recent wave of capacity is already impacting pricing in a big way. According to Larsh Johnson, the chief technology officer of Stem, the company is paying 70 percent less for lithium-ion batteries than it was 18 months ago.

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    18. Electrovaya to Supply EUR199 Million Worth of Battery Modules for Residential Energy Storage

      Electrovaya to Supply EUR199 Million Worth of Battery Modules for Residential Energy Storage

      Big things are expected from the residential energy storage market, as it positions itself to take advantage of a shift towards residential solar and a rise in demand for electric cars. Canadian energy storage company, Electrovaya, is making a name for itself as a high-quality manufacturer of lithium-ion battery modules, beating off stiff competition to secure the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an estimated EUR199 million (USD223 million) of its modules.

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    19. Fortum and Saft Launch Energy Storage Pilot at CHP Plant

      Fortum and Saft Launch Energy Storage Pilot at CHP Plant

      Finnish energy company Fortum is launching the Nordic countries’ biggest energy storage pilot project. The €2 million ($2.2 million) project will incorporate megawatt-scale lithium-ion (li-ion) battery storage technology from French company Saft. Saft’s li-ion containerized battery system with a nominal output of 2 MW and 1 MWh of energy capacity will be installed at Fortum’s Suomenoja combined heat and power (CHP) plant (pictured), in Finland’s second largest city Espoo.

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    20. Lockheed Martin Pushes into Storage Market with Lithium, Flow Battery Offerings

      Lockheed Martin Pushes into Storage Market with Lithium, Flow Battery Offerings

      An already crowded energy storage field is getting another big player with aerospace giant Lockheed stepping up its battery offerings. The introduction of Lockheed, a company with a market cap of nearly $70 billion, should help accelerate cost reduction trends for battery storage systems, Greentech reports. Among the players in energy storage are ABB, General Electric, LG Chem, Panasonic, Samsung, Tesla Motors, among others. All have large capital budgets to devote to battery research and techniques to streamline manufacturing and cut costs. 

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    21. Exelon Generation and RES Announce 10 MW Battery Storage Project

      Exelon Generation and RES Announce 10 MW Battery Storage Project

      KENNETT SQUARE, Pa., April 19, 2016  -- Exelon Generation and Renewable Energy Systems (RES) announced today the development of a 10 megawatt (MW) battery storage facility in Clinton County, Ohio. Exelon Generation is the storage facility owner and operator, and RES is the project developer and constructor. RES, a leader in the energy storage industry, will begin construction during the second quarter of 2016, with the battery storage units expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

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    22. Alevo Group to Build Energy Storage Facility in Georgetown

      Alevo Group to Build Energy Storage Facility in Georgetown

      Georgetown’s electric utility is about to get a very large battery, essentially, with the construction of a 10-megawatt energy storage facility. Alevo Group, a Swiss energy storage company, is partnering with Nevada-based Ormat Technologies Inc. and Georgetown Utility Systems, Georgetown’s publicly owned electric utility, to add the storage facility to the city’s electric grid. The project will be located at the Rabbit Hill Energy Storage Project facility in Georgetown, just north of Austin in Williamson County.

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    23. Corvus Energy Partners with LG Chem

      Corvus Energy Partners with LG Chem

      Richmond, B.C - March 29, 2016 - Corvus Energy (Corvus), the industry leader in advanced lithium ion energy storage systems (ESS) for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems has announced a multi-year agreement with LG Chem Ltd. (LG Chem). Under this agreement, LG Chem, the world's leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries, will be a key supplier of lithium-ion pouch cells for Corvus' next generation maritime energy storage systems (ESS). 

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    24. A123 Systems To Open Battery Plant In Ostrava, Czech Republic

      A123 Systems To Open Battery Plant In Ostrava, Czech Republic

      The noted lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems will be opening a new battery manufacturing plant in the city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, as part of its plans to expand its operations in Europe, according to recent reports. The new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility is being developed owing to the expectation of a continuing surge in demand in the European market for low-voltage automotive products (a focus of the company’s). The manufacturing facility is intended to complement A123 Systems’ technical facility in the German city of Stuttgart, as well as work in cooperation with its manufacturing facilities in Changzhou, China; Hangzhou, China; and in Michigan, in the US.

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