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    1. 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
    2. Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

      Commonwealth Edison Makes Move into Community Energy Storage

      Commonwealth Edison, a leader on community microgrids, is now making a move into the fledgling arena of community energy storage as well. The Exelon subsidiary Thursday announced the first of what are expected to be multiple pilot projects that use batteries to improve electric reliability for communities. ComEd is focusing on areas prone to power outages from harsh weather.

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    3. ComEd Conducting Illinois' First Community Energy Storage Pilot

      ComEd Conducting Illinois' First Community Energy Storage Pilot

      CHICAGO- ComEd announced today the launch of a pilot project to test the use of battery storage technology to reduce the impact of power outages in residential areas where customers experience service interruptions, particularly in extreme weather events. ComEd’s Community Energy Storage (CES) pilot is being conducted in Beecher, Ill., approximately 40 miles south of Chicago. The pilot will focus on improving power reliability for customers experiencing multiple interruptions. One of the first utilities in the nation to install CES, ComEd will also evaluate the potential of this technology to serve as a proactive tool to drive continuous improvement in service reliability.

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      Mentions: DoE IL Exelon
    4. Dynapower Energy Storage Inverter is the First Designated as 'Smart'

      Dynapower Energy Storage Inverter is the First Designated as 'Smart'

      Vermont Business Magazine South Burlington-based Dynapower, the global leader in energy storage inverters, and Intertek, a leading provider of quality solutions to industries worldwide, have jointly announced that Dynapower’s MPS-250 (link is external) is the first storage-only energy inverter to be confirmed by Intertek to meet the UL 1741 SA draft requirements for a “smart” inverter. Compliance with this standard ensures that Dynapower’s MPS-250 smart inverter is California Rule 21 and Hawaii Rule 14H compliant through development of advanced inverter features. This was achieved by Dynapower through the use of Intertek’s SATELLITE™ Data Acceptance Program.

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      Mentions: CA HI VT
    5. Engie S A : The rise of solar energy

      Engie S A : The rise of solar energy

      There are a number of reasons that explain the boom in solar energy: installations are more powerful and less expensive, investments have been stepped up, and more encouraging regulations have been introduced. As a result, in more and more countries, industrial operators and electricity producers such as ENGIE are focusing on this solution of the future. The sun is a source of energy with considerable potential to fight against climate change, stimulate growth and enable widespread access to energy: it is virtually unlimited, easily available, present in practically every country in the world, non carbon-emitting, and can be exploited on either a small-scale or a large-scale basis. At the present time, there is no technological barrier holding back the energy transition towards solar energy. It is rather financial and legal issues that are restraining it, but these are in the process of changing all around the world. The time for solar energy has dawned.

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      Mentions: India France Africa
    6. AEMO Hires New York Energy Reformer as New CEO

      AEMO Hires New York Energy Reformer as New CEO

      The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has hired Audrey Zibelman, one of the leading players in New York’s ground-breaking “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV), as its new chief executive. Audrey ZibelmanThe appointment of Zibelman (pictured right) follows the death last year of her predecessor Matt Zema, and could signal the biggest ever shift in culture and technology of the AEMO, which is responsible for the operation of Australia’s main grids, but which has been criticised in some quarters for its slow response to renewable energy and other new technologies.

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    7. Smart Grids and Energy Storage: Microgrid on a Blockchain Platform

      Smart Grids and Energy Storage: Microgrid on a Blockchain Platform

      On sunny days, Martha Cameron’s electric meter runs backwards. There’s a simple reason for that. On the roof of her brownstone, a row house that was built about 1900 in the idyllic Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, she has a solar installation. When the sun is shining brightly, she can’t use all the electricity from her 18 photovoltaic panels, so the excess power is transferred to the power grid. When Cameron installed her solar system in 2010, she was a pioneer. But she was soon joined by five other buildings with solar systems on her leafy street, which is lined with Norway maples and sycamores.

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      Mentions: Siemens NY
    8. AES and Mitsubishi Corporation to Deliver India’s First Grid-Scale Energy Storage Array to Tata Power DDL

      AES and Mitsubishi Corporation to Deliver India’s First Grid-Scale Energy Storage Array to Tata Power DDL

      AES India, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation, today announced a joint partnership agreement to deliver India’s first grid-scale energy storage array to the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL). AES and Mitsubishi Corporation will develop and own the 10 megawatt (MW) Advancion energy storage array, which will demonstrate peak load management, increase system flexibility and support high levels of reliability for more than 7 million customers in the region. This is the first grid-scale project in India, and part of a larger global trend to solve critical infrastructure challenges using battery-based energy storage.

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      Mentions: Australia Asia India
    9. Energy Storage, a Crucial Piece in the New Technology Jigsaw

      Energy Storage, a Crucial Piece in the New Technology Jigsaw

      Alternative power sources are rapidly becoming a crucial part of the global power sector due to the rising acknowledgment of the environmental damage caused by fossil fuels. Despite rising public and government support, the key obstacle in the path of the alternative energy market has consistently been the fluctuations in the energy output achieved by the use of most alternative energy sources. The lack of a reliable energy storage technology that will allow for long-term storage of the energy generated from renewable energy sources has exacerbated the problems holding back the alternative energy sector and is thus likely to be a key area of research in the coming years. 

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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. A Boost for Siemens Microgrid Software...Big Real Estate Meets Hybrid Electric Buildings...Wesleyan Microgrid Goes Solar

      A Boost for Siemens Microgrid Software...Big Real Estate Meets Hybrid Electric Buildings...Wesleyan Microgrid Goes Solar

      Siemens has introduced a new Digital Grid Services platform for the U.S. market, which it says will enhance its microgrid software, along with other aspects of its grid portfolio. The platform allows utilities to better access an increasingly digital operational environment through use of cloud and managed service offerings, Siemens says. The company offers the software-as-a-service grid management product via a subscription. Customers receive managed services, including engineering and operations expertise, and cloud-hosted environments via Siemens secure data centers.

       

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      Mentions: CA DoE U.S.
    12. Tesla SolarCity Merger: A Utility's Worst Nightmare or Sweetest Dream?

      Tesla SolarCity Merger: A Utility's Worst Nightmare or Sweetest Dream?

      On November 17, 2016, shareholders will vote on whether to approve the merger of Tesla and SolarCity. If approved, this merger would bundle together a triangle of disruptive distributed energy resources (DERs): rooftop solar, electric vehicles and battery storage. The attractiveness of Tesla products is undeniable, and as consumer interest multiplies so do their questions. While some utilities will take advantage of this opportunity to give objective, trusted advice and build their customer relationships (see some who already have in this on-demand webinar), undoubtedly, others will not.

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      Mentions: U.S. Apple SolarCity
    13. 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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    14. SoCal Edison's Grid Edge Experiment Contracts for 125MW of Batteries and Demand Response

      SoCal Edison's Grid Edge Experiment Contracts for 125MW of Batteries and Demand Response

      Southern California Edison has picked six companies to build 125 megawatts of distributed energy storage and demand response for its Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP), a long-term testing ground to learn how distributed energy and the grid can work together. Winners of this second round of PRP contracts include Advanced MIcrogrid Solutions, with a 40-megawatt contract for demand response with energy conservation and batteries; Convergent with 35 megawatts of batteries; Hecate with 15 megawatts of batteries; NextEra with 10 megawatts of batteries and 10 megawatts of demand response, NRG with 10 megawatts of solar-storage "hybrid," and and residential battery startup Swell with 5 megawatts of batteries. 

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    15. Energy Storage Mashup Aims Thermal Tech At Fruits And Vegs

      Energy Storage Mashup Aims Thermal Tech At Fruits And Vegs

      The US company Axiom Exergy has been wasting no time getting its new thermal energy storage technology to the marketplace. Just 18 months after nailing a glowing review from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Axiom has inked a major deal with the New York City utility Con Edison to supply its “Refrigeration Battery” to grocery stores all over Brooklyn and Queens. So, grocery stores. That doesn’t sound too sexy, but when NREL reviewers say things like “the Refrigeration Battery system could provide an economical alternative to electrochemical battery storage systems,” it’s game on for Tesla and other big players in the super-hot energy storage marketplace.

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      Mentions: DoE NREL Google
    16. EAC Provides DOE with Recommendations on Distributed Energy Storage

      EAC Provides DOE with Recommendations on Distributed Energy Storage

      As announced by the U.S. Office of Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability, The Electricity Advisory Committee has made recommendations on tangible ways in which the Energy Department can support distributed energy storage (DES) market deployment through technology developments and technical analyses. The research was spearheaded by the Smart Grid Subcommittee and the Energy Storage Subcommittee of the EAC.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    17. Power Efficiency Corp. Wins 2-Year 12 MW Bid in Con Edison BQDM Auction

      Power Efficiency Corp. Wins 2-Year 12 MW Bid in Con Edison BQDM Auction

      Power Efficiency Corp. won its bid to provide Con Edison 12 MW of demand response energy in the summer months of 2017 and 2018. The auction was part of the innovative Con Edison program to defer $1 billion in infrastructure expenditures required for Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, and Crown Heights networks in Brooklyn and Queens by reducing 52 MW of peak load in the BQDM area through a combination of customer sided solutions (41 MW) and non-traditional utility sided solutions (11 MW). Con Ed sought 41 MW in commitments for 2017 and 2018 from companies, with an objective to use these demand side resources to reduce peak summertime loads on the electric grid in this territory.

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    18. The Coming Solar PV Revolution Will Be Electrifying

      The Coming Solar PV Revolution Will Be Electrifying

      Poised for massive expansion, the global solar photovoltaics market is ramping up and excitement is sparking. Cost reductions, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), are driving huge increases in solar PV investments.IRENA’s new report, Letting in the Light, explores the coming revolution to global electricity systems in the next big wave of solar PV expansion. Rising from today’s 227 gigawatts, IRENA estimates that “solar PV capacity could reach between 1,760 and 2,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.” This represents a rise from today’s 2% share of global electricity generated by solar PV, to around 13% by 2030.

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      Mentions: Australia Tesla
    19. GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

      GE Positions to Scale Up in the Microgrid Market

      General Electric yesterday signaled that it is about to become more visible and aggressive in the increasingly competitive microgrid market. “The technology is ready, and we are now ready to scale up,” said Herve Amosse, GE’s general manager for grid automation, siting an increasingly viable business case for microgrids as renewable energy costs fall. The Connecticut-based company is among a growing field of international technology giants pursuing the microgrid market. Others include ABB, Hitachi, Schneider Electric and Siemens. In the U.S. the companies are pursuing a market pegged at $200 million and expected to reach $800 million in four years, according to GTM Research.

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      Mentions: France U.S. GE
    20. Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric to Design and Build Microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

      Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric to Design and Build Microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

      OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 05, 2016 - Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric USA have formed a joint venture to  design and construct an energy security microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, in San Diego, California. The microgrid solution will allow operations at mission-critical facilities to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged. The project design will be scalable to potentially power the entire installation and will manage electricity during peak usage. The microgrid will incorporate renewable resources, advanced smart grid control systems and demand response capabilities.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. Schneider
    21. Sonnen Teams up with Enbala, Combining Storage with Grid Management

      Sonnen Teams up with Enbala, Combining Storage with Grid Management

      Enbala Power Networks has signed a deal to provide Germany battery firm Sonnen with its distributed energy aggregation and control platform. Under the strategic alliance the partners will offer utilities the ability to use energy storage to balance distributed renewables and traditional generation on the grid.

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      Mentions: Germany Tesla
    22. Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & Kepco Up and Running

      Utility-Scale Microgrid from PowerStream & Kepco Up and Running

      The duo of PowerStream and Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) now have a utility-scale microgrid to show as they market their technology in North America. PowerStream, an Ontario utility, and KEPCO, South Korea’s largest utility, cut the ribbon this week on a microgrid that serves 400 residential and business customers in Penetanguishene, a small town north of Toronto on Georgian Bay.

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      Mentions: Asia Africa Ontario
    23. Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

      Duke Energy Microgrid Tests Game-Changing Communications System

      A Duke Energy microgrid test bed is striving to crack one of the biggest challenges facing utilities today: the need to seamlessly integrate distributed resources and allow for real-time communication between the resources and utilities. In North Carolina’s Gaston County, at the Mount Holly test bed, Duke is experimenting with ‘Open Field Message Bus Technology,’ a standards-based system that could reduce the complexity and costs of integrating distributed resources. This could be a game changer for the industry, allowing for fast and cost-effective integration of distributed resources.

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