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    1. California Dreaming: 5000MW of Applications for 74MW of Energy Storage at PG&E

      California Dreaming: 5000MW of Applications for 74MW of Energy Storage at PG&E

      California’s 1.3-gigawatt energy storage mandate is bringing a lot of would-be grid battery project developers out of the woodwork. But there won’t be nearly enough room for everyone who wants a piece of this market. The latest proof of this comes from Pacific Gas & Electric, the Northern California utility that’s seeking about 74 megawatts of storage projects to meet its 2016 procurement target under state law AB 2514. Last week, PG&E quietly let slip that it had winnowed down an initial queue of more than 5,000 megawatts' worth of applications to come up with a short list of finalists.

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    2. Senate Bill Would Create America’s First National Energy Storage Target

      Senate Bill Would Create America’s First National Energy Storage Target

      California gave the U.S. energy storage market a boost in 2013 when regulators set a 1.3-gigawatt target for the state's three investor-owned utilities. The mandate has resulted in a wave of contracts for battery and thermal storage projects in California, including a record-breaking 250-megawatt procurement from Southern California Edison. Now, one national lawmaker wants to do the same for the rest of the country. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) quietly introduced legislation to the Energy Committee last week that would set national targets for energy storage by 2021 and 2025 in order to meet growing peak demand on the grid and help the integration of renewable energy.

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    3. Is This Storage Technology the Biggest Foe for Tesla?

      Is This Storage Technology the Biggest Foe for Tesla?

      A technology used in ancient Greece to power clocks and fire a cannon is undergoing a revival as a way to store energy from wind turbines and solar panels. Compressed air, already used to power carnival rides, jackhammers and medical equipment, joins the crowded field of innovations chasing what could be a $US21.5 billion ($27 billion) market by 2024. Contenders include Tesla Motors Chairman Elon Musk, who this month unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities. Tesla plans to begin delivering its rechargeable lithium-ion model in late summer. But compressed air storage systems, or CAES, may have an edge: The technology can be used to store large amounts of power for weeks at less than the cost of batteries.

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      Mentions: CA New Mexico France
    4. 5MW Liquid Air Energy Storage Demonstrator Nears Completion

      5MW Liquid Air Energy Storage Demonstrator Nears Completion

      A novel 5MW/15MWh liquid air energy storage system is nearing completion at a landfill waste site near the city of Manchester, England. The demonstration system will be connected to the UK grid to provide balancing services. The system takes waste heat from the jacket around GE Jenbacher landfill gas engines and uses that waste heat to boost the expansion rate of liquefied air to power a 5MW GE turbine.  Liquefied air will expand around 700 times in volume while turning back into a gas. Sufficient liquid air can be stored on the landfill site (owned by the waste management company Viridor) to run the 5MW turbine for 15 MWh. At present, the liquefied air is imported to the site. An air liquefaction plant may be added at a later stage.

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      Mentions: CA GE CO
    5. Compressed Air to Challenge Batteries in Energy Storage Race

      Compressed Air to Challenge Batteries in Energy Storage Race

      A technology used in ancient Greece to power clocks and fire a cannon is undergoing a revival as the world searches for better ways to store energy from wind turbines and solar panels. Compressed air, already used to power carnival rides, jackhammers and medical equipment, joins the crowded field of innovations chasing what may be a $21.5 billion market in 2024. 

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      Mentions: New Mexico U.S. TX
    6. Is Ireland's Energy Storage Market Awakening?

      Is Ireland's Energy Storage Market Awakening?

      The last few months have brought some promising developments for the nascent energy storage industry in Ireland. The need for energy storage in both the Republic and the North is clear; renewables currently supply 23 percent of all energy, and EU agreements have set a target of 40 percent by 2020 for both territories. With no feed-in tariffs or other incentives in the Republic for self-generation, the market will be dominated by big wind farms.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Europe
    7. New Stanford Energy System Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions 68 Percent and Fossil Fuel 65 Percent

      New Stanford Energy System Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions 68 Percent and Fossil Fuel 65 Percent

      Stanford announces an innovative new approach to meeting its energy needs that will make it one of the world's most energy-efficient universities. The comprehensive new system incorporates solar power for electricity, combined with heat recovery, to allow the university to exceed the aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals of California's landmark AB 32 Global Warming Solutions Act.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Europe
    8. Bosch Building DC Microgrid At California Honda Plant

      Bosch Building DC Microgrid At California Honda Plant

      With a proposed award from the California Energy Commission, Robert Bosch LLC plans to demonstrate the effectiveness of its renewable-based microgrid platform. The project aims to highlight the benefits and viability of a commercial-scale direct-current (DC) building grid, in comparison with conventional alternating-current (AC) grids. The DC building grid will consist of rooftop solar PV arrays connected to energy-efficient DC lighting, ventilation, and energy storage systems on a 380-volt DC bus.

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      Mentions: CO Bosch
    9. US Poised To Hit 1994-Levels Of CO2 Emissions This Year, Says BNEF

      US Poised To Hit 1994-Levels Of CO2 Emissions This Year, Says BNEF

      Power sector emissions across the country are poised to fall to a two-decade low in 2015 as record volumes of coal-fired capacity are shuttered and vast amounts of renewable energy comes online. The analysts estimate that 18 GW of new renewable energy capacity will come online in the U.S. in 2015, of which solar PV capacity will contribute 9.1 GW – a record. Half of that PV capacity will be built in the state of California alone, adds BNEF, while wind power will grow by 8.9 GW, which would represent the third-best year for the sector.

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      Mentions: CA NV U.S.
    10. The Renewable Electricity Grid: The Future Is Now

      The Renewable Electricity Grid: The Future Is Now

      A New World Bank report finds that with the right policies and investments, countries can integrate high levels of variable renewable energy such as solar and wind into their power grids without compromising the reliability or affordability of electricity. The report focuses on the complementary role of natural gas and energy storage in electricity grids that draw on high levels of solar and wind.

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    11. Mining Sector Eyes Microgrids and Energy Storage to Reduce Diesel

      Mining Sector Eyes Microgrids and Energy Storage to Reduce Diesel

      Energy storage looks to be the logical next step for a growing number of mining companies using renewables to offset high power costs. Last year saw at least two major mining firms announcing storage projects amid a rush to install solar and wind generation. Both projects are taking place in very different environments. Glencore plans to use a combination of storage technologies, including hydrogen and a flywheel, for wind power in Arctic conditions, while Rio Tinto Alcan will be using batteries for PV in the Australian outback.

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    12. California PUC Aims to Replace Shuttered Nuclear and Gas With More ‘Preferred Resources’

      California PUC Aims to Replace Shuttered Nuclear and Gas With More ‘Preferred Resources’

      The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) made a proposed decision on Friday that denied approval of a new gas-fired power plant in the coastal Southern California city of Carlsbad. According to the PUC, approval for the plant was denied because the utility, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), did not sufficiently consider "preferred resources," meaning renewable energy, efficiency measures, demand response, and energy storage.

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    13. Countertop Flow Battery Is Coal-Crushing Energy Storage

      Countertop Flow Battery Is Coal-Crushing Energy Storage

      In tight urban spaces where land is at a premium, the opportunities for large-scale local energy storage are rare. Lithium-ion batteries could provide a solution, but although the technology has a good safety record in autos and portable devices, scaling them up for community use in densely populated areas typically presents a hazard best avoided if at all possible. That’s where flow batteries come in.

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      Mentions: DoE PNNL
    14. SDG&E Integrates EVs and Energy Storage into California’s Energy and Ancillary Service Markets

      SDG&E Integrates EVs and Energy Storage into California’s Energy and Ancillary Service Markets

      San Diego Gas & Electric is actively bidding a group of energy storage systems and electric vehicle fleets as one resource directly into the California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) energy markets. These markets include those that address short-term imbalances in electricity supply caused by such things as intermittent renewable energy. The achievement ranks SDG&E as one of the first utilities to integrate electric vehicles (EVs) into California’s wholesale energy market.

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    15. Biobatteries: Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level

      Biobatteries: Taking Battery Technology to the Next Level

      There’s a good chance that the electric battery of the future will have biobased aspects to them — or may even be powered by a biofuel. If you’ve been following the long-standing competition between electric and fuel-powered cars, you’ll know the basics. That electric motors have better efficiency than internal combustion engines, but electric cars have short ranges because batteries lack the energy density of liquid fuels, are heavy, and expensive, and take a long time to re-charge.

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    16. Citigroup Predicts Battery Storage Will Hasten Demise Of Fossil Fuels

      Citigroup Predicts Battery Storage Will Hasten Demise Of Fossil Fuels

      Investment bank Citigroup predicts that the wide deployment of battery storage technologies will hasten the demise of fossil fuels across the globe in the coming decade, including oil, coal and gas. And it also warns that the battery phenomenom will be even more profound than the solar revolution currently sweeping the globe, and will sweep aside any traditional utilities that remain focused on centralised generation.

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      Mentions: China Google
    17. How One Company Plans to Store Wind Energy in Giant Balloons Under Lake Ontario

      How One Company Plans to Store Wind Energy in Giant Balloons Under Lake Ontario

      Under an unassuming building on the edge of Toronto Island, a 30-centimetre steel pipe extends deep underground before jutting out into Lake Ontario. The pipe stretches nearly four kilometres to a series of unworldly fabric balloons packed full of compressed air. Toronto energy start-up Hydrostor has come up with an inventive use for the balloons. Redeployed as part of a system to make renewable energy more reliable, this “air-cavity” technology will help cities peak their power supply on high-usage days.

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    18. Salt Caverns in Eastern Alberta Created to Store Energy

      Salt Caverns in Eastern Alberta Created to Store Energy

      Calgary-based Rocky Mountain Power has been working on the Alberta Saskatchewan Intertie Storage Project (ASISt) for a couple of years. Company president Jan van Egteren said because of regulatory procedures, it'll likely be another two or three years before the company actually breaks ground on the project. While using salt caverns for storage purposes is not new – they are often used to store liquid petroleum products such as butane, as well as the by products of oil production. What is new is employing the caverns to store wind energy.

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    19. Hydrogenics to Supply 1MW Electrolyzer to Project Converting CO2 to Methanol; Power-to-Gas

      Hydrogenics to Supply 1MW Electrolyzer to Project Converting CO2 to Methanol; Power-to-Gas

      Hydrogenics Corporation will supply a 1MW electrolyzer and provide engineering expertise to a consortium of companies working on the European project MefCO2 (methanol fuel from CO2) in Germany. The application will take excess electricity from intermittent renewable energy sources, generate green hydrogen, and then create methanol using a low-carbon footprint production plant and carbon dioxide emissions from an existing coal-fired power plant in Essen, Germany owned by STEAG Gmbh, which operates a number of regional power plants and distributed energy facilities.

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    20. Patent Issued for PowerPHASE LLC's Grid Dispatchable Energy Storage System

      Patent Issued for PowerPHASE LLC's Grid Dispatchable Energy Storage System

      PowerPHASE LLC has been issued patent number 8,863,519 by the United States Patent and Trademark office for “High Output Module CAES.” The technology promises to help existing combustion turbine power plants become green energy storage depots. Named “FastLight,” the system miniaturizes the air storage component and then uses the combustion turbine to achieve 15 times more output for the same capital cost when compared to traditional CAES plants.

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