1. Articles in category: Residential & Community & Microgrid

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    1. SMA and LG Chem Announce Energy Storage Partnership and Promise 80% Savings on Electricity Bill

      SMA and LG Chem Announce Energy Storage Partnership and Promise 80% Savings on Electricity Bill

      The new storage solution comprises SMA’s Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 battery inverter and LG Chem’s RESU 10H and 7H storage units. Going forward, the two partners are planning to expand the focus of their collaboration on utility-scale storage solutions with the SMA Sunny Central Storage battery inverter.

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    2. U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

      U.S. Governors See Microgrids and Energy Storage as a Path to Energy Assurance

      Microgrids and energy storage can help U.S. states assure energy supply during disasters, according to two papers recently issued by the National Governors Association (NGA). The papers emerged from an effort NGA undertook last year to identify best energy practices that have emerged from Superstorm Sandy. A six-state team studied lessons learned from New Jersey after being pummeled by the storm in 2012. The teams, from Hawaii, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Rhode Island, then went on to create action items to guide their own state efforts.

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    3. 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.
    4. Younicos, Xcel Energy, Panasonic Corp. to Develop Solar Storage System

      Younicos, Xcel Energy, Panasonic Corp. to Develop Solar Storage System

      Energy storage company Younico has signed off on a deal with Panasonic to design and develop a solar-plus-storage system at Peña Station NEXT in Denver, Colorado, which includes the operations hub for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and Panasonic CityNOW. The installation will utilise multiple Younicos Y.Cubes, a “storage-in-a-box” solution for C&I applications from the German-American industry company. The project will see four Y.Cubes installed at the Panasonic facility in Denver, Colorado. The 1MW system, which will be connected to Xcel Energy’s power grid, will offer frequency regulation, solar grid integration through ramp control, grid peak shaving, passive energy arbitrage, and backup power. This system will allow Panasonic and other microgrid stakeholders to gain maximum energy yield from Xcel Energy’s 1.6 MW solar PV system located on a nearby parking structure, along with 259 kW of PV on the building’s rooftop.

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    5. LG Chem to Enter US Home Battery Market with Sunrun Deal

      LG Chem to Enter US Home Battery Market with Sunrun Deal

      LG Chem Ltd, the world's largest automotive battery maker, will enter the fledgling U.S. market for home energy storage through a partnership with rooftop solar company Sunrun Inc, the companies said on Wednesday. The move will put LG in direct competition with electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc, which unveiled its own home battery packs, called Powerwalls, last year. Sunrun has been using Tesla batteries in its home storage systems in Hawaii since earlier this year, and this deal will add LG to its list of suppliers.

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    6. Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project

      Military Microgrids Move Ahead in Massachusetts and California…Veolia Finishes Boston Green Steam Project

      High ranking military and government officials were scheduled to gather today to see the latest plans for a military microgrid at the Otis Air National Base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The leadership summit, held at the military base in Bourne, is a step in making the project a showcase and testbed where the Department of Defense and others can learn about microgrids, their economics and contribution to energy resilience and security.

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      Mentions: CA MA
    7. Borrego Solar Launches Megawatt-Scale Energy Storage Division

      Borrego Solar Launches Megawatt-Scale Energy Storage Division

      Borrego Solar Systems has launched a new division focused on megawatt-scale energy storage solutions, both stand-alone and tied to solar installations. It is the company's first expansion beyond solar PV; Borrego has more than 260 MW in operation and 100 MW under construction.

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      Mentions: U.S. MA SolarCity
    8. After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015's Record-Setting Growth

      After a Banner Year, Energy Storage on Track to Best 2015's Record-Setting Growth

      Critics called 2015 a "banner year" for energy storage. Now after a year of unprecedented growth, energy storage could be poised to best that performance, according to Navigant Research’s third quarter energy storage tracker. “The North American market this year definitely has the potential to surpass the deployed capacity in 2015, especially considering how quickly new projects are being built today,” Ian McClenny, a research associate at Navigant, said.

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    9. ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

      ABB Launches Landmark Industrial Microgrid in India…Aquion Offers Solar-Plus-Storage for Australian Homes

      ABB plans to install an industrial microgrid at its largest manufacturing facility in India, which employees 3,000 people. The Vadodara facility in Gujarat, India will include a rooftop solar array to boost renewables, reduce fossil fuel use, and improve the facility’s electric reliability. Microgrid are particularly important in India because of poor grid reliability in many regions.

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    10. Aquion Energy and Fusion Power Systems Announce Fully Integrated Titan SmartStorage System for Australian Residential Solar Market

      Aquion Energy and Fusion Power Systems Announce Fully Integrated Titan SmartStorage System for Australian Residential Solar Market

      PITTSBURGH, PA and SOUTH MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -- 10/03/16 -- Aquion Energy, Inc., manufacturer of Aspen saltwater batteries and energy storage systems, and Fusion Power Systems, a leading Australian power and energy systems integrator, have announced Titan SmartStorage, a fully integrated solar energy storage solution for residential applications in Australia. The Titan SmartStorage product will be unveiled today at the All-Energy 2016 conference in Melbourne, Australia, and is now available to order. Fusion's Titan SmartStorage is Australia's first fully integrated, safe, and easy-to-install residential solar energy storage system. The system combines clean and cost-effective Aquion Energy Aspen saltwater batteries with an Australian-made, purpose-built inverter and charge controller, designed and built to withstand Australian conditions.

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    11. Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’

      Industry study: Microgrids to Become ‘Fundamental Building Block’

      A new study suggests that microgrids – a rarity in today’s power sector – will evolve to become a “fundamental building block” of the 21st-century grid. Used primarily to ensure reliability and access in military and other critical applications, microgrids have emerged in recent years as a niche interest for utilities and communities looking to bring more renewables online and increase resilience in the face of extreme weather. Despite the heightened profile, microgrids – islandable networks of generation and distribution – remain a small part of the U.S. energy system, making up a fraction of a percent of the nation’s total power generating capacity.

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    12. The Transformation of Residential Energy Storage

      The Transformation of Residential Energy Storage

      The residential energy storage industry has gained significant momentum during the past year. Yet while there has been substantial progress, recent high-profile product launches have led to media attention that overestimates the current state of the industry. Despite the potential of residential battery energy storage systems to drive transformation in electric power systems, they are an economical investment only in select markets today. Going forward, utility involvement in the residential energy storage system (RESS) market will be a turning point for the industry as utilities look to own, distribute or access these storage systems. This article explores the evolving economics of RESS, how utility involvement is rapidly shifting market dynamics and the potential for this technology to lay the foundation for the distributed energy revolution.

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    13. A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

      A New Kind of Solar Panel That's Smart, Stores Energy, and Even Talks

      A fog machine goes off, and an astronaut emerges from behind the assembled crowd, carrying the device that the room has been waiting to see up onto the stage. The atmosphere could be mistaken for the unveiling of the latest virtual reality headset or a new Silicon Valley-backed fitness tracker.  But the four-year-old startup called SunCulture Solar, led by entrepreneur and inventor Christopher Estes, has developed something much more unusual and the company unveiled it for the first time on Wednesday night in the penthouse at The Battery club in downtown San Francisco.

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    14. US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

      US, Canada Utilities Aim to Link Three Microgrids in $12.4M Cross-Border Project

      Three utilities have formed a consortium with three technology companies and an academic institution in a $12.4 million project to link three microgrids in Maine and eastern Canada into a “transactive energy” scheme. Emera Maine, Nova Scotia Power and Toronto Hydro are teaming up with Opus One Solutions, Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Smarter Grid Solutions and the Center for Urban Energy at Ryerson University for the project, which aims to demonstrate how microgrids can save money and aid in integrating renewable energy into the grid.

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    15. How Duke’s Solar and Battery Microgrid Is Weathering Disruptive Grid Events

      How Duke’s Solar and Battery Microgrid Is Weathering Disruptive Grid Events

      Duke Energy has spent years building out its concept of a utility-controlled microgrid, one that can be put together from standard parts and rolled out to customers at large. But the real tests of whether its technology is ready to move from demonstration to commercial scale can come in a matter of milliseconds. For Duke’s McAlpine microgrid test site in Charlotte, North Carolina -- a fire station connected to a substation with a 50-kilowatt solar array and 500-kilowatt lithium-ion battery -- these moments of truth came in two discrete events this year.

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    16. Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

      Energy Storage is an Enabler for Microgrids

      ABB’s Bob Fesmire explains how energy storage is becoming more refined, and acting as an enabler for microgrids. Most of the time when people talk about microgrids, they talk about reliability (e.g., for a hospital or other critical load) and renewables. When people talk about renewables, they often talk about storage (e.g., to maximize the output of a rooftop solar array). And when people talk about storage, they often refer to enhancing reliability.

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    17. U.S. Senators Propose Tax Credit for Energy Storage

      U.S. Senators Propose Tax Credit for Energy Storage

      U.S. Senator Dean Heller issued the following statement after becoming a cosponsor of S. 3159, the Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, establishes investment tax credits (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage. The bipartisan bill was also cosponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii). The proposed tax incentives are modeled on the current ITCs for solar energy and apply to either large, grid-connected energy storage systems or to smaller battery systems for residential power. Home battery storage, coupled with a small wind or roof-top solar system, could be used to store energy during the day for use later in the day or during overcast skies and to help consumers reduce their energy bills.

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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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    19. Australia Developer Moves Ahead with 5 MW Solar+Storage Virtual Power Plant

      Australia Developer Moves Ahead with 5 MW Solar+Storage Virtual Power Plant

      AGL Energy, an Australian company developing clean energy solutions, will install a 5 MW/7MWh virtual power plant in South Australia, linking solar panels and batteries across 1,000 homes and businesses. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has agreed to fund $5 million of the $20 million project, believing the VPP model could be a solution for the country's grid issues. Similar to the AGL project in Australia, Consolidated Edison is developing a smaller VPP in New York where 300 customer sites will be capable of supplying 4 MWh of power.

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    20. Mitsubishi Enters US Solar Market with Nexamp Deal

      Mitsubishi Enters US Solar Market with Nexamp Deal

      Mitsubishi becomes the largest shareholder in Nexamp, which specialises in building and operating commercial-scale PV systems in the US northeast, and also claims to be a "recent leader" in the community solar market.

      Mitsubishi made the undisclosed investment via its US subsidiary Diamond Generating Corporation (DGC), marking the unit’s first foray into solar and adding to its existing portfolio of wind and thermal plant assets.

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    21. German Energy Storage Market to Reach $1B by 2021

      German Energy Storage Market to Reach $1B by 2021

      According to the report, retail electricity prices for residential customers in Germany have increased 47 percent since 2006 and are unlikely to decrease in the near future. However, Germany offers homeowners an incentive known as KfW 275 for energy storage systems paired with a new or existing solar installations; the incentive covered up to 30 percent of the system costs between 2013 and 2015, currently covers 22 percent, and steps down by 3 percent every half-year. GTM Research anticipates that these factors will continue to help the residential segment maintain its top position in Germany, constituting 49 percent of all megawatts installed in 2021.

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    22. Panasonic Simulator Enables Dutch Homeowners to See Solar Benefits

      Panasonic Simulator Enables Dutch Homeowners to See Solar Benefits

      In a noble effort to show European residents just how they could benefit from installing rooftop solar, Panasonic has launched its effective new online simulator in Holland. The company hopes that the new platform will make installing solar a non-brainer, even in areas of the country that are not blessed with high level of solar irradiation. The simulator is simple to use. Homeowners just need to stick in their address, their roof characteristics and their annual electricity consumption for a calculated estimate of how much they could save by installing a solar array on their roof. The “Simulate your Solar System” also outlines to users the other benefits of the PV array, such as its environmental impact, the benefits of energy independence, and how it will make their homes ‘future-ready.’

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    23. Utility Participation Key to Driving Residential Storage Growth

      Utility Participation Key to Driving Residential Storage Growth

      Residential energy storage is a niche market now, but it is going to build momentum over the next 10 years, according to a new report from Navigant Consulting, opening opportunities for utilities to harness the technology. The report’s authors see residential energy storage growing to a 3,773 MW market by 2025 from nearly 95 MW today. In that same time frame, they see the North American residential storage market rising 55%, hitting 800 MW from the current 15 MW.

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    24. 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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