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    1. Commentary: The Military's Next Essential Tool: Battery Storage

      Commentary: The Military's Next Essential Tool: Battery Storage

      Military bases around the country are developing plans and projects to ensure critical missions are powered in the face of nearly any disruption. Those plans increasingly include grid-scale battery storage, a resource well suited to mission assurance and the critical operations across the DoD footprint. Battery storage can provide immediate, flexible power to military installations while reducing the carbon footprint, fuel demands and recurring costs of existing backup generators. Storage technology has advanced to the point that large-scale installations can provide resilient power without straining defense budgets.

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    2. Bill Would Speed Up Federal Development of Long-Duration Energy Storage Technologies

      Bill Would Speed Up Federal Development of Long-Duration Energy Storage Technologies

      U.S. Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation to hasten the development of long-duration energy storage technologies that would support an electrical grid dominated by renewable generation such as solar and wind. The Joint Long-Term Storage Act of 2019, S. 2048, would require the U.S. Secretary of Energy to establish a demonstration initiative focused on the development of long-duration energy storage technologies, including the establishment of a joint program with the U.S. Secretary of Defense, according to the bill’s text.

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    3. Ameresco Completes 10 Megawatt Distributed Energy Security Project at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

      Ameresco Completes 10 Megawatt Distributed Energy Security Project at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

      Ameresco, Inc. has announced the completion of construction of a comprehensive energy resiliency and energy infrastructure project at the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina. The $91 million project, which required no upfront capital from MCRD PI, features resilient distributed energy systems designed to withstand potential storm and seismic conditions.

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    4. Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate Reliable Power from Landfill Gases

      Miramar Microgrid to Demonstrate Reliable Power from Landfill Gases

      The microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar took another big step this week with an expansion that will demonstrate landfill gas as a reliable fuel for an islanded microgrid. This microgrid is considered one of the most sophisticated under development with five distributed energy resources, including solar, energy storage, landfill gas, diesel and natural gas plant, and EV charging. The first phase of the demonstration project paired solar and fossil fuels. Its second phase, announced this week, will demonstrate the interplay between landfill gas and energy storage.

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    5. Schneider Electric Expands Marine Base Resilience Project

      Schneider Electric Expands Marine Base Resilience Project

      Schneider Electric announced the expansion of its microgrid project at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California to boost resilience. A California Energy Commission Electric Program Investment Charge grant will enable the $3.9 million project that will add energy storage to the microgrid and integrate demand side management. Upon completion, it will incorporate a total of five distributed energy resources, including renewable generation and energy storage, in order to maintain all critical facilities during grid outages and facilitate higher renewable penetration from landfill gas generators.

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    6. Military Microgrids Sought by US Dept. of Defense RFP

      Military Microgrids Sought by US Dept. of Defense RFP

      The US Department of Defense wants to reduce costs and speed time to install military microgrids, so is seeking demonstration projects via a newly issued request for proposals. Through its Installation Energy Test Bed, the Defense Department intends to fund multiple projects that speed microgrid design, simplify component and system integration, and accommodate expansion of military microgrids. Many already have invested extensively in generation assets, distribution systems, substations, load configurations, storage, metering and other energy infrastructure.

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    7. US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System

      US Army Installs Largest Battery Storage System

      The project is part of an energy savings performance contract signed between the US Army, infrastructure development firm AECOM and technology provider Lockheed Martin. The 4.25MW/8.5MWh lithium battery energy storage system is expected to help reduce energy demand during peak intervals and reduce the base's energy costs. John Battaglini, a director with Lockheed Martin Energy, said: "The versatility of energy storage is a key enabler for the military's aggressive goals of achieving energy resiliency."

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    8. US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

      US Military Pushes Clean Energy with Largest on-Base Battery

      Global infrastructure firm AECOM says it has begun construction on an energy storage system at Fort Carson, Colo., that will utilize a 4.25 MW/8.5 MWh lithium-ion battery developed by Lockheed Martin to help reduce energy costs and improve resilience at the base. Once completed, the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will be the largest stand-alone commercially contracted battery at an army base, according to the developers. The behind-the-meter system work to reduce peak electricity demand.

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      Mentions: U.S. Utah BESS
    9. 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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    10. Saft Seanergy® energy storage systems are now approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority

      Saft Seanergy® energy storage systems are now approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority

      Paris, October 19, 2016 – Saft has obtained approval of its Seanergy® marine energy storage system by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for use in a variety of hybrid and fully electric propulsion applications. Saft is the only manufacturer of marine lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to use the Li-ion Super-Phosphate® (SLFP) chemistry which offers the highest levels of safety, performance and reliability. The approval process was based on simulated thermal runaway tests carried out on the Seanergy® systems by an independent laboratory in August 2016. During the propagation test 1, a cell was forced into a thermal runaway situation by a specific device inserted inside the cell. The test was performed three times. Thanks to the Super-phosphate® chemistry, the batteries passed the test on each occasion with no uncontrolled event, no fire and no explosion, with nearby cells remaining in a safe condition and no propagation to neighboring modules and without any active means of fire suppression.

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    11. 1.3 GW Of New Energy Storage = White House Goal

      1.3 GW Of New Energy Storage = White House Goal

      The White House recently announced that a number of federal actions and commitments from the private sector could result in 1.3 GW of new energy storage installations or procurements over the next five years. It also said that — with all the potential procurements, deployments, and private sector activity — it could be possible the total value reached might be $1 billion in energy storage investments. If the White House’s vision is achieved and 1.3 GW is added to current energy storage capacity in the US, there will have been quite a surge in the rate of installations. In the first quarter of 2016, about 18.3 MW was installed, so if that amount remains steady for each quarter, the annual total will be around 72 MW. The White House’s target, if achieved, would mean about 260 MW would be installed each year for 5 years, in addition to the amount from the other sources.

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      Mentions: California
    12. Energy Storage Gets Some Love From the White House

      Energy Storage Gets Some Love From the White House

      Sometimes pageantry becomes more than symbolism and crosses over into the realm of substance. That may be the case for the White House's public embrace of energy storage. In a summit Thursday, the Obama administration announced a host of policies, investments and project commitments aimed at supporting "1.3 gigawatts of additional storage procurement or deployment in the next five years" and a cumulative $1 billion in energy storage investment. Storage will assist President Barack Obama's goals of fighting climate change and modernizing the grid by smoothing the integration of renewable energy and creating resilient backup systems.

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    13. Marine Corps Teams with Sandia on Microgrids and Renewable Energy Planning

      Marine Corps Teams with Sandia on Microgrids and Renewable Energy Planning

      The U.S. Marine Corps are the first boots on the ground in a crisis. On the front lines, they must be able to power up securely without plugging into utilities. They require nothing less than completely reliable and cost-effective energy independence. Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories are collaborating with the Marine Corps to increase their energy security and reduce fuel dependence through alternative technologies, including renewable energy and microgrids. The Marine Corps recently began a new effort with Sandia to develop analytic software tools that will give military decision-makers the quantitative support needed to achieve their long-term renewable energy goals.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. New Jersey
    14. Saft Provides Energy Storage for Railgun Project

      Saft Provides Energy Storage for Railgun Project

      DAHLGREN, Va., 22 April 2016. U.S. Navy researchers needed energy storage technologies to help develop a long-range shipboard weapon that fires projectiles using electrical power instead of chemical propellants. They found their solution from battery designer Saft America Inc. in Cockeysville, Md. Officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Dahlgren, Va., announced plans Wednesday to award a sole-source contract to Saft to help Navy researchers develop non-propagating energy storage modules for the future electromagnetic railgun.

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      Mentions: Saft K2 Energy
    15. ComEd Looks to Build Microgrid Clusters to Support the 'Community of the Future'

      ComEd Looks to Build Microgrid Clusters to Support the 'Community of the Future'

      Commonwealth Edison recently unveiled a plan to build its first “community of the future” in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. At the heart of the project is a microgrid to be built and owned by ComEd that would be able to island and cluster with a nearby microgrid owned by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). The utility envisions clusters of 10-megawatt microgrids providing service to critical infrastructure and surrounding communities in case of emergencies. Bronzeville has a large police precinct, hospital and a range of residential customers, many of them in lower income brackets.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Argonne
    16. Federal Support Promotes Microgrid Technology

      Federal Support Promotes Microgrid Technology

      Microgrid technology is at the forefront of the nation’s evolving electric grid, says a new paper “Distributed Generation: Cleaner, Cheaper, Stronger: Microgrids in the Evolving Power System,” released by the The Pew Charitable Trusts at this week’s Advanced Research Products Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) Summit in Washington, D.C. This excerpt describes federal programs and policies that are advancing microgrids. The U.S. Department of Energy leads federal research to advance development and deployment of microgrids through partnerships with organizations such as the national laboratories, academic institutions, and the private sector. The DOE’s interest lies in using the technology to improve electricity reliability and resiliency, help communities prepare for future grid outages, and encourage growth of clean and efficient energy industries.

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    17. New York Microgrid Demonstration Project Uses Low-Cost Storage

      New York Microgrid Demonstration Project Uses Low-Cost Storage

      A New York microgrid demonstration project will use an energy storage system from Eos Energy that the company describes as the lowest-cost battery storage on the market. The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority awarded Eos Energy $750,000 to support production, installation and demonstration of the 250 kW, 1000 kWh battery energy storage system that will be used in Wappingers Falls microgrid.

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    18. NextEra Plans 17 MW Solar for Hawaii

      NextEra Plans 17 MW Solar for Hawaii

      NextEra Energy, Inc. subsidiary, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC has said it will install a total of 17 MW of solar PV across three military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. In addition to a ground-mounted plant, three solar carport systems and 10 rooftop solar systems will be installed using around 71,000 of Sharp’s PV modules.

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    19. Vehicle-Grid Integration Revenue Could Be Worth Nearly $21 Million By 2024

      Vehicle-Grid Integration Revenue Could Be Worth Nearly $21 Million By 2024

      Though electric vehicles represent just a tiny fraction of the cars on the road today, over the next decade analysts believe millions of plug-in vehicles will be bought. This means big business for companies looking to take advantage of advances in vehicle-to-grid integration (VGI), which could exceed $20 million within the next 10 years according to a study by Navigant Research.

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    20. Arotech Gets $17 Million in New Orders for Batteries and Power Systems

      Arotech Gets $17 Million in New Orders for Batteries and Power Systems

      The Power Systems Division of American and Israeli firm Arotech Corporation, a provider of defense and security products for the military, law enforcement and homeland security markets, recently received $17 million in new orders for batteries and power systems. Approximately $10 million of the orders was from a foreign Defense Ministry for military batteries and chargers for tactical communication systems. The remaining $7 million was for batteries and chargers for a variety of customers. $1 million worth of the orders has already been delivered.

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      Mentions: U.S. Michigan Israel
    21. Imergy Power Systems' Flow Batteries Selected for Navy/California Energy Commission Microgrid Demonstration Project

      Imergy Power Systems' Flow Batteries Selected for Navy/California Energy Commission Microgrid Demonstration Project

      Imergy Power Systems, a leader in advanced energy storage systems, today announced that Foresight Renewable Solutions has selected Imergy's ESP30 series vanadium-based flow batteries for a Smart Microgrid project sponsored by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and hosted by the U.S. Navy. To be deployed at the Navy's Mobile Utilities Support Equipment (MUSE) Facility in Port Hueneme, California, the Smart Microgrid project will focus on developing applications and use-case scenarios to optimize power consumption at military bases, college campuses, industrial parks and other institutions.

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      Mentions: California Asia U.S.
    22. Air Force Tests First EV Fleet With Two-Way Power Flow in California

      Air Force Tests First EV Fleet With Two-Way Power Flow in California

      The Los Angeles Air Force Base last week became the first federal facility to replace its entire fleet with plug-in electric vehicles, the majority of which also have bidirectional capability that enables them to participate in California’s energy markets. The 42-vehicle fleet includes both pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, including sedans, trucks and a twelve-passenger van. Thirty-six of the 42 electric vehicles (EVs) have the ability to exchange power with the grid and will be able to offer demand response and ancillary services, allowing the base to generate revenue that will partially offset fleet expenses.

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