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    1. 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
    2. 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
    3. 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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    4. Siemens to Supply 12MW Battery Storage Unit for Engie's Hydropower Plant in Germany

      Siemens to Supply 12MW Battery Storage Unit for Engie's Hydropower Plant in Germany

      Engie Deutschland has awarded a contract to Siemens to install a battery storage unit at its pumped storage hydro power station in Kraftwerksgruppe Pfreimd, Germany. The battery storage will offer additional balancing energy for grid stabilization. The decentral battery storage will complement the existing facilities of the pumped storage power station, which already contributes primary and secondary balancing energy as well as tertiary reserve capacity for a secure energy supply. 

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      Mentions: Germany Siemens
    5. 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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    6. California Making Strides into Energy Storage

      California Making Strides into Energy Storage

      California has recently made large strides in solar technology. However, the state also has ambitions in energy storage, becoming the national leader for the deployment of energy storage. Acting on these ambitions, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has released a proposal to double funding for SGIP, or the Self Generation Incentive Program. This program, started in 2001, has played a huge hand in getting California the energy storage numbers it now boasts. It is an important impetus driving consumer-sited energy storage.

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    7. EDF Renewable Energy Launches Distributed Electricity and Storage Unit

      EDF Renewable Energy Launches Distributed Electricity and Storage Unit

      EDF Renewable Energy has created a new business unit, Distributed Electricity and Storage (DES), which will focus on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30MW. The DES unit will look for emerging distributed-energy opportunities to offer products and services to commercial, industrial (C&I) and utility customers in the US. EDF set the foundation for the new business by acquiring solar project developer groSolar last year, while also expanding its DES staff by hiring two industry veterans in Tom Leyden and Felix Aguayo.

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    8. 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
    9. 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.
    10. AEG Power Solutions Announces its New Outdoor Storage Converter for On and Off-Grid Energy Storage Applications at Energy Storage Europe 2017

      AEG Power Solutions Announces its New Outdoor Storage Converter for On and Off-Grid Energy Storage Applications at Energy Storage Europe 2017

      AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power supply systems and solutions for all types of critical and demanding applications, announces its latest version of their Protect SC. 600 Storage Converter, now with a new outdoor enclosure which reduces global installation costs and simplifies system usage, for any type of battery storage energy application, on or off-grid.

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      Mentions: Europe Netherlands SC
    11. In Shift to Longer-Duration Applications, US Energy Storage Installations Grow 100% in 2016

      In Shift to Longer-Duration Applications, US Energy Storage Installations Grow 100% in 2016

      Led by a record-breaking fourth quarter, energy storage deployments in the United States totaled 336 megawatt-hours in 2016, doubling the megawatt-hours deployed in 2015. According to GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association’s (ESA) U.S Energy Storage Monitor 2016 Year in Review report, 213 megawatt-hours came online in the fourth quarter of the year, more than the sum of the previous 12 quarters combined.

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      Mentions: CA HI U.S.
    12. California Utilities Try to Shift to Solar Storage… Tesla's Helping

      California Utilities Try to Shift to Solar Storage… Tesla's Helping

      We have long lamented that while solar energy production is a mature generation technology that should be used in nearly the entire U.S., the inability of our electronic grid in much of the country to store solar-generated energy limits its use to when the sun is shining. This almost always requires a backup (usually burning natural gas) for those hours when the sun does not shine.

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    13. Commodities Giant Vitol Taps NEC to Build 50 MW UK Storage Project for National Grid

      Commodities Giant Vitol Taps NEC to Build 50 MW UK Storage Project for National Grid

      Privately held commodities company Vitol Group has teamed up with renewable energy investment fund Low Carbon Ltd. to form a new venture, VLC Energy, that will install a 50 MW, 35 MWh storage system in the U.K. as its first project. The new venture says it could invest up to £250 million ($311 million) in the development of energy storage and distributed energy projects in the U.K., according to Bloomberg.

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      Mentions: Europe UK NEC
    14. Where Does Energy Storage Fit in the Long Tail of Solar Installers?

      Where Does Energy Storage Fit in the Long Tail of Solar Installers?

      The residential solar industry is going through a pair of simultaneous changes that could alter the industry as we know it over the next decade. Over the past 18 months, it's become clear that the long tail of solar installers is taking the industry back from a small number of large installers, driven by the shift from lease/PPA financing to cash and loan sales that are more equitable to small companies. And with national installers paring back on sales and marketing efforts, it's hard to see them regaining share in the near future.

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    15. Enel Becomes Global Partner of Hawaii Clean Energy Start-up Incubator Energy Excelerator

      Enel Becomes Global Partner of Hawaii Clean Energy Start-up Incubator Energy Excelerator

      As a global partner, Enel will join the strategic advisory board of Energy Excelerator, a Hawaii-based incubator which supports clean energy start-ups;Through the partnership, Enel will access Energy Excelerator’s portfolio of start-ups and advise in the selection of projects to be supported by the incubator. Enel S.p.A. (“Enel”) through its US-based renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (“EGPNA”) has become a global partner of and strategic advisor to Energy Excelerator, a leading American incubator for clean energy start-ups based in Hawaii. “This partnership with an organisation that shares our vision to use innovation to tackle the world’s energy challenges can only add to the implementation of Enel’s Open Innovation philosophy,” said Francesco Venturini, Enel’s Head of Global Renewable Energies. “Innovation is key to both our business strategy and to helping us keep up with the shifting energy landscape. Hawaii is one of the most promising innovation testing grounds which has a high penetration of renewable energy sources, and through this partnership we aim to expand our network of innovators to open energy up to new uses, new technologies and new people.”

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      Mentions: Asia DoE NV
    16. ABB Delivers First Urban Battery Storage Solution in Denmark to Support Renewables

      ABB Delivers First Urban Battery Storage Solution in Denmark to Support Renewables

      ABB today announced the successful commissioning of Denmark’s first urban energy storage system. The Lithion-ion based battery energy storage system (BESS) will be integrated with the local electricity grid in the new harbour district of Nordhavn, Copenhagen. The system has been commissioned for Radius, DONG Energy’s electrical grid division. "We are delighted to implement this innovative solution which will help improve the security of power supplies and further support Denmark’s integration of renewable energy. This is an excellent example of ABB’s strategy of being able to supply eco-efficient and innovative solutions to the energy sector," said Giandomenico Rivetti, Managing Director of ABB’s High Voltage Products business unit, a part of the company’s Power Grids division. “As one of the key players in the smart energy revolution, ABB sees energy storage solutions as key part of the future grid in order to efficiently utilize renewable energy”. 

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    17. How Americans Are Embracing the Power of Their Homes

      How Americans Are Embracing the Power of Their Homes

      How Americans Are Embracing the Power of Their Homes Jennifer Tuohy February 28, 2017 No Comments Earth911 is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon . com . Earth911 also teams up with other affiliate marketing partners to help keep our lights on and the waste-fighting ideas flowing.

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    18. NEC Energy Solutions to Build and Operate 50 MW of Grid Energy Storage Facilities in UK for VLC Energy

      NEC Energy Solutions to Build and Operate 50 MW of Grid Energy Storage Facilities in UK for VLC Energy

      NEC Energy Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), announced today that it has signed a contract to build and operate a total of 50MW of energy storage projects with VLC Energy, a new joint venture company created by Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment company, and VPI Immingham, the owner of one of the largest combined heat and power plants in Europe and part of the Vitol Group.

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. Tesla Powerpack to Enter Uk's Ffr Market with Open Energi Technology

      Tesla Powerpack to Enter Uk's Ffr Market with Open Energi Technology

      UK firm Open Energi’s Dynamic Demand technology has been integrated with Europe’s first grid-scale Tesla Powerpack installation in Somerset, UK, in preparation for the site entering the firm frequency response (FFR) tendering market. The 500kWh battery storage system, which is co-located with a 500kWp solar farm, will be able to automatically store and discharge energy in response to electricity supply and demand across the UK.

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    22. Panasonic Eyes Storage Boost as Japan's Solar Incentives Wane

      Panasonic Eyes Storage Boost as Japan's Solar Incentives Wane

      The government’s scaling back of a program encouraging residential solar power has Panasonic Corp. hopeful the market for home energy storage systems is about to receive a boost. In 2019, a program designed to buy back solar power flowing from rooftop panels at above-market rates will start becoming less enticing, potentially leaving homeowners who signed up with excess power on their hands. Osaka-based Panasonic is anticipating that installations of energy storage systems combined with solar panels will rise as a result.

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    23. SDG&E Unveils World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage Facility

      SDG&E Unveils World's Largest Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage Facility

      SAN DIEGO, Feb. 24, 2017 -- Today, SDG&E is showcasing the world's largest lithium-ion battery energy storage facility in partnership with AES Energy Storage, which will enhance regional energy reliability while maximizing renewable energy use.  The 30 megawatt (MW) energy storage facility is capable of storing up to 120 megawatt hours of energy, the energy equivalent of serving 20,000 customers for four hours.

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