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    1. Contenders: Long Duration Energy Storage Technologies, and Who's Behind Them

      Contenders: Long Duration Energy Storage Technologies, and Who's Behind Them

      As the global energy market, piece by piece, slowly but surely, moves towards a renewables-centered paradigm, dispatchable solar and uncurtailed wind, along with other forms of clean energy, are requiring longer and longer durations of storage to integrate them to the grid. While there’ll be a place for lithium-ion for many years yet, the technology really excels at applications of up to around four hours. For everything else, there’s a growing list of contenders, with diverse technologies and at different stages of commercialization. Here’s a handy guide to some of those technologies and their providers, electrochemical and otherwise, that promise anything from five hours to even days or weeks of storage.

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    2. Lockheed Martin Announces Teaming Agreement with TC Energy on Innovative Flow Battery Technology

      Lockheed Martin Announces Teaming Agreement with TC Energy on Innovative Flow Battery Technology

      Lockheed Martin announced today a teaming agreement with TC Energy in which the two companies will identify and develop large-scale, long-duration energy storage projects using GridStar® Flow, Lockheed Martin's innovative flow battery technology. This cutting-edge energy storage system is capable of storing six to 12 hours or more of energy and dispatching it as needed.

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    3. How Alternative Storage Solutions are Breaking into the Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market

      How Alternative Storage Solutions are Breaking into the Lithium-Ion-Dominated Market

      Recent growth in renewable energy, spurred by state mandates, federal tax incentives, and increasingly attractive costs, has shifted attention to the use of energy storage to ensure that variable wind and solar generation reliably serve load and provide ancillary services. In this domain, lithium-ion currently dominates. But some analysts don't see it as economically-efficient enough at scale to fully support the amount of renewable energy expected to come onto the grid, and other options are on the rise, including rail-based gravity systems, hydrogen and flow batteries.

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    4. ESS Raises $30M From SoftBank, Breakthrough Energy Ventures to Scale Iron Flow Batteries

      ESS Raises $30M From SoftBank, Breakthrough Energy Ventures to Scale Iron Flow Batteries

      Iron flow battery startup ESS raised an additional $30 million to take its technology from pilots to commercial scale. Since 2011, the company has been developing a low-cost, nonflammable long-duration storage technology to compete across domains where the dominant lithium-ion battery chemistries are weaker. The bigger potential for flow batteries is large-scale renewable energy-shifting, and that requires moving into megawatt-scale territory. This marks the second energy storage investment from Japanese investment firm SoftBank. It made its first foray into the sector this summer with a splashy $110 million investment in the block-stacking gravity storage startup Energy Vault. 

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    5. Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

      Stacks on Value Stacks: The Large-Scale Solar Plus Storage Market Is Coming Together

      The United States will grow to be the largest global market for solar + storage this year, where peaking capacity requirements are driving procurement, according to a recent IHS Markit study. Utility-scale solar + storage projects now are online or being built in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Indiana and Florida, and the list grows. In March, NextEra Energy said it would build the Florida Power and Light Manatee Energy Storage Center’s battery system, with four times the capacity of the world’s largest battery system currently in operation.

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    6. A High-Rerformance Battery for Renewable Energy Storage

      A High-Rerformance Battery for Renewable Energy Storage

      A low-cost, high-performance battery chemistry developed by CU Boulder researchers could one day lead to scalable grid-level storage for wind and solar energy that could help electrical utilities reduce their dependency on fossil fuels. The new innovation, described today in the journal Joule, outlines two aqueous flow batteries, also known as redox flow batteries, which use chromium and organic binding agents to achieve exceptional voltage and high efficiencies. The components are abundant in nature, offering future promise for cost-effective manufacturing.

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      Mentions: Japan U.S. Colorado
    7. Energy Storage Research Center opens in Birmingham

      Energy Storage Research Center opens in Birmingham

      Birmingham, Alabama’s Southern Research this week opened the new Energy Storage Research Center on its engineering campus. The center’s aim is to speed the development of the next generation of clean and sustainable energy storage technology. It will test chemical, mechanical and thermal energy storage systems. It will also allow research and development from the electric utility industry, academics, government and other entities.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. ORNL
    8. Utah Hosts 1GW Storage Mega-Mix

      Utah Hosts 1GW Storage Mega-Mix

      Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Magnum Development are collaborating on what will result in a 1GW energy storage project in Utah, in the US. The Advanced Clean Energy Storage initiative, announced by the companies with state governor Gary Herbert, will deploy four utility-scale technologies – renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries and solid oxide fuel cells

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    9. California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

      California ISO Tests Flow Battery Tech that Could Decrease Bulk Storage Costs

      The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on April 30 said it has become one of the first wholesale power markets in the United States to connect a new and innovative battery storage technology to its grid. The four-year pilot project is intended to test and evaluate the performance of flow batteries in the commercial wholesale market. San Diego Gas & Electric, in coordination with Tokyo-based Sumitomo Electric, started testing a flow battery in 2015, according to CAISO, and the battery started participating in the ISO wholesale market in December.

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    10. California Flips Switch on First Grid-Connected Flow Battery

      California Flips Switch on First Grid-Connected Flow Battery

      Flow batteries, an emerging technology, could be more durable and hardy than the most popular grid-scale batteries in use today. Now, California's independent system operator has hooked one up. Located at the Miguel substation in Bonita, a flow battery system installed by San Diego Gas & Electric has undergone testing and fine-tuning as part of a four-year pilot project to develop storage technologies aimed at integrating more renewable energy sources into California’s grid.

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    11. Ultimate Five-Year Plan: 24 Hour Solar+Storage Power Plants, in Design Pipeline Now

      Ultimate Five-Year Plan: 24 Hour Solar+Storage Power Plants, in Design Pipeline Now

      In an interview with pv magazine USA 8minutenergy President & CEO Tom Buttenbach talked of the USA solar market, a 14 GW pipeline and energy storage being a fundamental – not an add-on – feature. Tom’s opening words to pv magazine USA included that energy storage is no longer a cool feature, but something that our grid will increasingly depend upon as renewable penetration continues to increase.

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      Mentions: 8minutenergy
    12. How Three Battery Types Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

      How Three Battery Types Work in Grid-Scale Energy Storage Systems

      Storage systems may support renewable projects, such as wind and solar, by regulating the variability of these energy sources and increasing reliability to deliver on-demand power. Picking an ideal battery application and designing the best system and operating strategy can make or break the economics of an energy storage project. There are performance-specific features and applications for each of these battery systems, however, the goal of energy storage developers is the same: to choose a battery application that will ensure an affordable, reliable, and efficient energy-storage system.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Singapore
    13. Massachusetts Deploys Utility-Scale Energy Storage

      Massachusetts Deploys Utility-Scale Energy Storage

      National Grid has begun operating a vanadium redox-flow battery (VRB) with its 1-MW solar PV array in Shirley, Mass., to demonstrate utility operation of storage. The company was the prime recipient of an $875,000 Massachusetts grant awarded to an application team that also includes Vionx Energy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Energy Initiatives Group. (See Massachusetts Awards $20M in Energy Storage Grants.)

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    14. Energy Storage Technology Helps Renew, Stabilize Electric Grid

      Energy Storage Technology Helps Renew, Stabilize Electric Grid

      The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 17 percent of all electricity produced in the United States in 2017 came from renewable energy sources, including solar, wind and hydroelectric dams. That percentage is expected to keep growing as communities seek ways to improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked by EPA scientists to climate change. Unfortunately, renewable energy sources need proper weather conditions to generate power. And those periods of sunshine, wind or heavy wave action occur only intermittently between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. when consumer demand for electricity peaks. That’s where energy storage technology comes in.

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    15. South Australia Reaffirms Its Love for Tesla Big Batteries

      South Australia Reaffirms Its Love for Tesla Big Batteries

      South Australia has reaffirmed its love for big Tesla battery projects with an AUD $5 million (USD $3.7 million) grant for a 25-megawatt, 52-megawatt-hour plant. The funding, which is being matched by an equal amount from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will go towards the AUD $38 million (USD $28 million) cost of developing a Tesla Powerpack-based energy storage system for Infigen Energy. The system will be built next to a 278.5-megawatt wind farm at Lake Bonney and connected to Australia’s National Electricity Market via a substation owned by ElectraNet, Infigen said in a press release. Construction is due to start in the coming weeks, the company said.

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    16. A Battery Of Choices: Embracing R&D & Investment In Storage

      A Battery Of Choices: Embracing R&D & Investment In Storage

      Imagine a world where we depend on sunlight and the wind for most of our energy needs. Then imagine nighttime and our main source of electricity literally falls asleep. Unless our future electricity system represents a giant “super-grid” with tons of wires connecting everywhere from San Francisco to Beijing, we will need somewhere to put that electricity when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. Along comes battery storage, one of the emerging technology advancements of the 21st century that could revolutionize the way we produce and consume electricity.

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    17. The Big Chill: Highview's Solution To The Challenge Of Long-Duration Energy Storage

      The Big Chill: Highview's Solution To The Challenge Of Long-Duration Energy Storage

      In early June, Highview Power announced that it had officially launched its first grid-scale liquid air energy storage (LAES) plant at the Viridor Pilsworth site in Bury, United Kingdom (just outside of Manchester). This five megawatt (MW)/15 megawatt hour (MWh) facility is on the small side to truly earn the title of grid-scale, but that may be beside the point. The critical issue to consider here is that this new technology may ultimately prove to be a cost-effective long-duration energy storage resource that is – unlike compressed air energy or pumped hydro – geographically independent.

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    18. NEC ES, NGK Deploy Storage in New Territories in Brazil and Middle East

      NEC ES, NGK Deploy Storage in New Territories in Brazil and Middle East

      Lithium and sodium sulfur batteries will be used for the first time in new territories, after NEC ES and NGK inked deals to deliver projects to an island archipelago in Brazil and in Dubai respectively. Integrated electricity company Neoenergia, active in distribution, generation and other parts of the supply chain in Brazil, was requested by ANEEL (National Electric Energy Agency) in 2017 to help find sustainable ways to wean Fernando de Noronha, 350km off the country’s north-eastern coast, from a heavy dependence on expensive and polluting diesel generators.

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      Mentions: Chile Brazil NGK
    19. US Army Wants Better Energy Storage, US Lab Delivers 3x Better

      US Army Wants Better Energy Storage, US Lab Delivers 3x Better

      The US Army is behind a new research project at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory that aims to send lithium-ion batteries spinning into a new era of high capacity energy storage. Among other things, that means more wind and solar grid integration, and that’s kind of funny considering that right now DOE is making yet another stab at finding a way to save old coal and nuclear power plants from the dust bin of history. Good luck with that!

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      Mentions: DoE Brazil Brookhaven
    20. Lockheed Supplying Li-Ion System to Chicago Community Microgrid Demonstrator

      Lockheed Supplying Li-Ion System to Chicago Community Microgrid Demonstrator

      A community microgrid in Chicago will be supplied with lithium-ion battery storage from aerospace and defence giant Lockheed Martin, allowing it to be ‘islanded’ from the local grid network. Bronzeville, in the South Side of Chicago, is hosting a community microgrid built by utility Commonwealth Edison (ComEd). It is being developed with the help of a US$5 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and is acting as a demonstration of the technology and its uses.

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      Mentions: DoE Texas Illinois
    21. Siemens Gamesa Pursues Hybrid Wind and Solar Projects With Energy Storage

      Siemens Gamesa Pursues Hybrid Wind and Solar Projects With Energy Storage

      Siemens Gamesa, the leading turbine manufacturer, is looking to go beyond wind — into hybrid systems with solar and storage. The company’s chief technology officer, Antonio de la Torre Quiralte, told GTM that Siemens Gamesa remains committed to the wind market. However, it is increasingly interested in other technologies to reduce renewable energy intermittency.

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      Mentions: Australia U.S. Spain
    22. Ideal Energy Selects NEXTracker's NX Flow for One of the Largest Solar-and-Storage Installations in Iowa

      Ideal Energy Selects NEXTracker's NX Flow for One of the Largest Solar-and-Storage Installations in Iowa

      FREMONT, Calif. , May 1, 2018 -- NEXTracker ™, a Flex company, today announced that Iowa -based Ideal Energy will construct a 1.1 megawatt (MW) power plant at the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, IA using the NEXTracker NX Flow ™ integrated solar-plus-storage system.

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      Mentions: Iowa NREL
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