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    1. ViZn Energy Systems Supplies Flow Battery to CMI Energy Headquarters

      ViZn Energy Systems Supplies Flow Battery to CMI Energy Headquarters

      AUSTIN, Texas and SERAING, Belgium, Dec. 12, 2017 - ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of utility scale energy storage systems, and CMI Energy, a division of worldwide industrial leader Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie (CMI), are pleased to announce a strategic partnership on energy storage projects. The initial project features a 400 kilowatt, 3-hour, zinc redox flow battery system that will be integrated with 2 MWp of rooftop solar PV and installed at CMI’s headquarters in Seraing, Belgium. “CMI is a leading EPC and has the engineering expertise to assimilate our zinc redox flow batteries into projects with business cases like peak shaving, time shifting, and numerous on-grid applications in addition to providing ongoing operations and maintenance over our systems’ 20-year lifespan,” said Ron Van Dell, CEO of ViZn Energy.

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      Mentions: India U.S. Africa
    2. Energy Storage Well Past the 'Tipping Point,' Panel Says

      Energy Storage Well Past the 'Tipping Point,' Panel Says

      WASHINGTON — Speakers at the GridWise Alliance’s GridCONNEXT conference last week left no doubt: Electric storage is long past the “tipping point.” Moderator Ram Sastry, vice president of infrastructure and business continuity for American Electric Power, had posed the question: “Are we going to see large-scale deployment of energy storage systems? And if not, what’s stopping that?”

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    3. South Australia’s AU$150m Renewable Technology Fund Supports Energy Storage Projects

      South Australia’s AU$150m Renewable Technology Fund Supports Energy Storage Projects

      The government of the state of South Australia has named four utility-scale energy storage projects which it will support with grants toward the total cost of development.
      The latest in a wave of project announcements coming from Australia at the moment, the funding is being administered through the state’s Renewable Technology Fund, an opportunity totalling AU$150 million (US$113.6 million), launched in late August.

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    4. Top Energy Storage Projects Driving the Sector in 2017

      Top Energy Storage Projects Driving the Sector in 2017

      017 could go down as the year regulated utilities took the lead in energy storage. Several of the most notable energy storage projects this year were done by or for regulated utilities. And that momentum will likely carry into 2018 as well, Tim Gretjak, an analyst at Lux Research, told Utility Dive. 

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    5. Puget Sound Energy Adopts Primus Power Battery Storage System

      Puget Sound Energy Adopts Primus Power Battery Storage System

      BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 13, 2017 -- Today Primus Power (“Primus”), a leader in stationary energy storage systems, and Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”), Washington state’s largest utility, announced the installation of a stationary energy storage system at one of its renewable generation facilities.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Primus
    6. 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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      Mentions: ESA
    7. 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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      Mentions: CA Australia Japan
    8. 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
    9. ViZn Energy Systems Enables 24/7 „Solar Nights” at Lowest Ever Published Cost

      ViZn Energy Systems Enables 24/7 „Solar Nights” at Lowest Ever Published Cost

      AUSTIN, TX–(Jul 11, 2017) –  ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of utility scale energy storage systems, is working to make the sun shine all night by integrating its zinc iron flow battery storage system for a record low price of 4¢/kWh. A ViZn 30 MW, 4-hour system added to a 100 MW solar plant can generate a seven percent internal rate of return (IRR) with a 4¢/kWh power purchase agreement (PPA) — 20 percent below the lowest published values.

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      Mentions: India U.S. Europe
    10. Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

      Utility Microgrids Win $7M from Washington State Clean Energy Fund

      Two utility microgrids – one under development by Avista and the other by the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) – yesterday received $3.5 million each from the state Clean Energy Fund. The utility microgrids are part of a larger push by the state to develop grid modernization models that can be replicated elsewhere. 

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    11. RedT to Deliver 1MWh of Flow Batteries to West of England Project

      RedT to Deliver 1MWh of Flow Batteries to West of England Project

      UK flow battery provider redT will deliver a 1.08MWh energy storage project to support the distributed energy system in Cornwall, England, and potentially take part in utility Centrica’s developing 'virtual energy marketplace'. The storage technology company has signed an agreement with The Olde House, a working farm and holiday retreat situated in North Cornwall in the southwestern tip of the UK, to supply six of its energy storage solutions originally destined for a Scottish wind project.

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    12. European Utilities Say They'll Stop Building Coal Plants After 2020

      European Utilities Say They'll Stop Building Coal Plants After 2020

      In a historic pledge, the European Union's electric utilities announced on Wednesday they will no longer build coal-fired plants after 2020, citing the need for action on climate change to guarantee "sustainability of the global economy."  The announcement came at an annual meeting of Eurelectric, the association representing 3,500 utilities across the EU. National energy companies in 26 out of 28 EU countries have joined the initiative, except for utilities in Poland and Greece.

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      Mentions: U.S. Europe Argonne
    13. Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      Resorts that Use Solar Plus Storage: When the Scenery’s Right and the Grid Isn’t

      The Nicaraguan resort Rancho Santana has won accolades from the travel press for being world class; problem is, the local electric grid is not. Located on 2,700 acres, a three-hour drive from the airport on the remote Pacific Coast, the luxury resort is connected to a central grid the offers spotty and expensive power. Nicaragua is a nation that’s been notoriously slow to fully electrify. Only 77 percent of the population has access to electricity, up little from 71 percent in 1990, according to the World Bank.

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      Mentions: India Africa TX
    14. 7 Energy Storage Disruptors to Watch

      7 Energy Storage Disruptors to Watch

      According to market research firm IHS, the energy storage market is set to “explode” to an annual installation size of 6 GW in 2017, exceeding 40 GW by 2022. Such forecasts reveal a huge jump from an initial base of only 0.34 GW installed in 2012 and 2013. Here is a list of seven energy storage disruptors that are innovating and changing the industry as we know it:

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Argonne
    15. Sumitomo Electric Starts Demonstration of Storage Battery System for Power Grid in California

      Sumitomo Electric Starts Demonstration of Storage Battery System for Power Grid in California

      Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), in cooperation with the State of California and public utility company San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), started the demonstration of the United States’ largest redox flow battery system in California, and a commencement ceremony was held at the project site on March 16, 2017. Following the start of the project in September 2015, a redox flow battery system (2 MW x 4 hours) was constructed for a power grid at a substation in San Diego. Demonstration will now be carried out to evaluate the management of surplus electricity and regulation of grid frequency and voltage fluctuation. Data on performance in the transmission and distribution grid will also be collected to improve the system’s economic value.

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    16. 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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    17. The Next Big Battery Advances to Watch From Argonne National Lab

      The Next Big Battery Advances to Watch From Argonne National Lab

      Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory helped kick off the modern energy storage race with their diligent experimentation on lithium-ion batteries. Their patents have ended up in the technology that powers the Chevy Volt and contributed to stationary storage for buildings and the grid. Today's batteries, though, have not reached their full potential for power density, duration or cycle life.

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      Mentions: CA DoE HI
    18. A 'Transitional Year for Storage', Industry Set to Break Records

      A 'Transitional Year for Storage', Industry Set to Break Records

      Following on the heels of record breaking year, energy storage in 2016 is on track to break through last year’s record. The year-over-year increase will likely not be as dramatic as 2015’s 243% increase over 2014, but several developments in 2016 show that the storage market is developing in ways that could clear a path for accelerated growth in future years.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. GE
    19. Siemens Says it Can Develop 36 MWh Thermal Storage Project at $0.11/KWh

      Siemens Says it Can Develop 36 MWh Thermal Storage Project at $0.11/KWh

      The cost of battery storage is falling, but nothing like the number that a Siemens storage is targeting for a large-scale wind energy storage project that would use geology and thermal energy. Energy Storage Update spoke with Till Barmeier, program manager for the project, who said it was possible to store wind power for just pennies per kWh.

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      Mentions: Germany Siemens
    20. New York City Sets the First Citywide Energy Storage Target

      New York City Sets the First Citywide Energy Storage Target

      Only two U.S. states, California and Massachusetts, have set targets for energy storage deployments. Now New York City has joined them. The city government unveiled a storage goal of 100 megawatt-hours by 2020 last week, along with an expanded solar target of 1,000 megawatts by 2030. Storage, with its capacity to integrate variable wind and solar power sources into the grid, is expected to play a critical role in meeting the city's plans to cut greenhouse gases by 80 percent by 2050. Storage experts told GTM that this is the first time a city has set such a target.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. ESA
    21. WA Farm Taps Vanadium Flow Battery Storage, Solar – an Australian First

      WA Farm Taps Vanadium Flow Battery Storage, Solar – an Australian First

      A Western Australian farm near Busselton that has installed solar and battery storage to avoid paying for a new connection to the grid, has chosen a vanadium redox flow battery for the project, in what is believed to be a first for Australia. The battery – a 100kWh CellCube built in Austria by Gildemeister and installed by Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) subsidiary VSUN – will store the energy from a 15kW solar PV system, which the property’s owners hope will make them 90 per cent energy self-sufficient.

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