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    1. U.S. Marine Corps, Constellation, P&G Collaborate to Achieve Navy’s First ‘Net Zero’ Energy Military Base

      U.S. Marine Corps, Constellation, P&G Collaborate to Achieve Navy’s First ‘Net Zero’ Energy Military Base

      Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has awarded a $170 million, 23-year energy savings performance contract to Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, for an energy conservation and distributed generation project that will enable the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, Ga., to reduce energy use, increase energy security, and meet energy demands from renewable sources. The project includes the installation of an 8.5-megawatt biomass-fueled, steam-to-electricity (STE) generator, high-efficiency transformers, lighting and boiler upgrades, as well as system controls for a landfill gas electricity generator and centralized monitoring and operation of electricity generation and distribution for the base. 

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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      Mentions: CA IN Duke Energy
    6. 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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    7. 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
    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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. MI Israel
    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. My Microgrid's Bigger Than Yours

      My Microgrid's Bigger Than Yours

      The University of Texas (UT) at Austin claims to have the largest microgrid in the world, with a peak load of 62 MW of capacity, serving 150 buildings.  The combined heat and power (CHP) plant that serves as the anchor is rated at 135 MW. Leave it to Texas to make such a claim.  It’s not really accurate, but more importantly, it doesn’t really matter.  Bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to microgrids.

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    17. VYCON's Environmentally Friendly Kinetic Energy Flywheel Systems Chosen to Protect Mexico City International Airport

      VYCON's Environmentally Friendly Kinetic Energy Flywheel Systems Chosen to Protect Mexico City International Airport

      VYCON, the designer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, high-speed energy storage flywheel systems, today announced that the The Benito Juárez International Airport (AICM) in Mexico City, has purchased three of VYCON's award-winning kinetic energy storage flywheel systems. These backup systems will increase power protection to the airport's vital runway lighting and other critical navigation systems. AICM is the second largest airport in Latin America, serving over 31 million passengers per year.

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    18. David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman and CEO Of Axion Power

      David DiGiacinto Appointed Chairman and CEO Of Axion Power

      Axion Power International, Inc., the developer of advanced lead-carbon PbC® batteries and energy storage systems, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed veteran operating and financial executive, David T. DiGiacinto,  to be its Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2014.  The Board also elected Mr. DiGiacinto its Chairman; he was appointed to the Board in February 2014.  Mr. DiGiacinto replaces longtime Axion Power Chairman and CEO, Thomas Granville, who is stepping down to address a significant health problem.  Mr. Granville has signed a new 3 year employment contract to serve as special assistant and liaison to the CEO and will continue to work out of the New Castle office. He will also remain on the Board.

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    19. With Australian Partner, Boulder Ionics Looks to Improve Batteries

      With Australian Partner, Boulder Ionics Looks to Improve Batteries

      Building better batteries is one of the biggest challenges in cleantech—if not all of tech. Experts believe more efficient and stable energy storage systems could make electric vehicles cheaper and safer, allow the military to power vital equipment, and create ways for utilities to store excess energy they generate. Boulder Ionics, a startup based in Arvada, CO, is taking up the challenge, along with a partner in Australia, following a licensing agreement announced Wednesday.

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    20. US Air Force Station to Get Microgrid, Energy Storage

      US Air Force Station to Get Microgrid, Energy Storage

      An on-site renewable power installation at the US Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) in Miramar, California, US is to gain a battery energy storage system in order to become a microgrid. A 250-kW, 1-MWh battery system from Primus Power, called the EnergyPod, will be integrated with the air station’s existing 230-kW photovoltaic array in mid-2014. The combined microgrid system will reduce the station’s peak electrical demand on weekday afternoons and provide power to critical military systems when grid power is unavailable.

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    21. Hybrid Generator Would Cut Military Base Fuel Costs in Half

      Hybrid Generator Would Cut Military Base Fuel Costs in Half

      The phrase "An army marches on its stomach," often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte, underscores the importance of logistics in the military. And in the 21st century, keeping up the supply of diesel fuel is one of the most challenging logistical tasks for military forces in the field.  Last month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a contract to a company that says its “hybrid generator” can reduce the amount of fuel used by generators at outposts by more than 50 percent. The company, Earl Energy, uses a rack of batteries coupled to diesel generators—and, if available, solar panels—to optimize fuel consumption. It’s one of a number of projects funded by the Department of Defense to reduce fuel consumption through efficiency and renewable energy.

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