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    1. Energy Storage in Infrastructure Modernization? Yes and Here's Why

      Energy Storage in Infrastructure Modernization? Yes and Here's Why

      Roads and bridges may be what comes to mind for a lot of people when they hear about federal infrastructure improvements. But batteries and other advanced energy storage devices should be on the list too. That’s the word from the Energy Storage Association and 52 private companies and business associations in a letter this week urging Congressional leaders to include energy storage in infrastructure modernization planning.

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      Mentions: U.S. Congress ESA
    2. 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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    3. Sonnen Expands US Presence With Battery Manufacturing Hub in Atlanta

      Sonnen Expands US Presence With Battery Manufacturing Hub in Atlanta

      The German home battery startup Sonnen is expanding its U.S. footprint with a significant investment in a new North American Innovation Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Sonnen announced today that the InnovationHub will bring all of the company’s U.S. product development and manufacturing capabilities under one roof, allowing for new product innovation and the ability to rapidly scale up production capacity.

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    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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    5. Baker Electric Inc. Named EPC for NEC Battery Grid Energy Storage Solution for SoCal Edison

      Baker Electric Inc. Named EPC for NEC Battery Grid Energy Storage Solution for SoCal Edison

      Baker Electric Inc. is pleased to announce it has been named the engineering, procurement and construction contractor (EPC) for NEC Energy Solutions' (NEC ES) grid energy storage pilot system for Southern California Edison. The storage system project is under a pre-approved energy storage procurement program initially conceived of and announced by SCE last year. NEC Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation, awarded Baker Electric Inc. the EPC contract for the above grade engineering design and installation of the turn-key NES ES GSS(R) grid energy storage solution. It will include 3.4MWh of containerized lithium ion batteries, a 3MW power conversion system, and NEC ES's proprietary AEROS(R) controls software suite. The system is intended to support peaks in electricity demand and is expected to be completed in November of this year.

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    6. Lead Acid Storage Firm Ecoult Receives ARENA Funding to Help India Expansion

      Lead Acid Storage Firm Ecoult Receives ARENA Funding to Help India Expansion

      Sydney-based lead-acid energy storage specialist Ecoult has secured AU$4.1 million (US$3.13 million) recoupable funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to develop and commericalise its UltraBattery products. This supports a AU$10.6 million (US$8 million) venture from Ecoult to enhance its lead-acid battery’s performance and the extra funding will also be used for the expansion of the company’s engineering team in Sydney. It will also help Ecoult move into international markets after it recently signed a global manufacturing deal with India’s largest battery manufacturer, Exide Industries, which will manufacture and distribute the UltraBattery in India and South Asia.

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    7. How US Solar Capacity Will Double Year-Over-Year

      How US Solar Capacity Will Double Year-Over-Year

      Despite a whopping 4,143MW of solar PV installed in the US in the third quarter of last year, Q4 2016 is expected to surpass that historic total, according to latest figures from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). 2016 is set to be a record year for solar on all counts; shattering all previous quarterly installation results.

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      Mentions: Australia Asia Canada
    8. Energy Storage Business Model Proposed by Con Edison

      Energy Storage Business Model Proposed by Con Edison

      Consolidated Edison wants to test out a new energy storage business model in a project planned with microgrid developer GI Energy at four customer sites. The New York utility proposed the demonstration project in a Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) filing before the state Public Service Commission late last week (Case 14-M-0101). The new model pays customers for hosting batteries through leases. It is designed to spare customers the confusion of navigating complex wholesale markets to make money from a battery. 

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    9. German Economy Minister Calls for Further Reforms of Renewable Energy Law

      German Economy Minister Calls for Further Reforms of Renewable Energy Law

      BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must carry on with legislation aimed at capping energy costs and ironing out inefficiencies in its renewable energy expansion, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel told an energy industry gathering on Tuesday. "It is not a matter of how quickly you build renewable power installations but how you integrate them into the energy system at reasonable cost," he said. Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, seeking reelection in September this year, has further reformed its renewable energy act (EEG) this year to cut costs for consumers.

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    10. Eguana and LG Chem to Expand Energy Storage Partnership

      Eguana and LG Chem to Expand Energy Storage Partnership

      CALGARY, ALBERTA -01/18/17- Eguana Technologies Inc. announced today that it has expanded its energy storage partnership with LG Chem. Development has begun to optimize integration and delivery of LG Chem's new industry-leading JH3 battery cell technology for stationary storage systems as part of Eguana's AC Battery portfolio. Since the product was first announced, the US Residential AC Battery, based on LG Chem's JH2 cell technology, has been certified to meet US national standards and passed rigorous internal testing at both Eguana and LG Chem. Deployments in the Hawaii and California markets have taken place in both homeowner and utility applications.

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    11. Dynapower and Samsung SDI Launch Integrated Storage Solution for the Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

      Dynapower and Samsung SDI Launch Integrated Storage Solution for the Behind-the-Meter Energy Storage

      SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 07, 2016 - Dynapower Company and Samsung SDI announce the introduction of an integrated behind-the-meter energy storage system built on their respective proven technologies. The initial release of the system will be a 250 kW/550 kWh offering, with a 100 kW two-hour system to follow.

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    12. Tesla Acquires Germany's Grohmann, Plans European Battery Factory

      Tesla Acquires Germany's Grohmann, Plans European Battery Factory

      The Tesla’s gigafactory in Nevada has set off something of an arms race for battery production. Tesla has now upped the ante with plans for another battery gigafactory in Europe, using German manufacturer Grohmann as a launching pad, according to media reports. And as Greentech Media reports, Peter Carlsson, a former Grohmann employee, plans to jump into the market with his own battery factory. Carlsson’s SGF Energy has submitted a feasibility study for a $4.2 billion plant that could produce up to 35 GWh of batteries a year when it opens in 2018.

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      Mentions: NV Europe Germany
    13. Capacity of Lithium Ion Batteries for Plug-In Electric Vehicles

      Capacity of Lithium Ion Batteries for Plug-In Electric Vehicles

      Automotive original equipment manufacturers have new business models for developing stationary energy storage system projects, report finds BOULDER, Colo. A recent report from Navigant Research explores the concept of reusing plug-in electric vehicle lithium ion batteries for stationary energy storage system applications, focusing on the key issues, market drivers, and challenges related to reusing second-life PEV batteries.

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      Mentions: Asia Europe Nissan
    14. 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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    15. Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Reaching the Point of Diminishing Returns?

      Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Reaching the Point of Diminishing Returns?

      A soon-to-be-released study from a supercapacitor manufacturer claims lithium-ion batteries could be reaching their physical energy density limits, calling their future usefulness into question. Using a “first-principles analysis,” Wolfgang Mack, vice president of business development at Menlo Park-based Capacitor Sciences, argues lithium-ion technology has reached 87 percent of its commercially achievable cell limit for energy density.

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    16. Lockheed Martin and CoGen to Build Energy-from-Waste Plant in Wales

      Lockheed Martin and CoGen to Build Energy-from-Waste Plant in Wales

      LONDON, Oct. 11, 2016 - Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has signed a teaming agreement with CoGen Limited to develop energy-from-waste projects in the United Kingdom, starting with a new plant in Cardiff, Wales. The Cardiff facility will convert waste into up to 15 megawatts (MW) of energy, enough to power about 15,000 homes and businesses in the local area. To generate energy, the plant will process approximately 150,000 tons of waste per year, significantly reducing the need for landfill use. Construction is expected to begin in 2018, with operations starting in 2020.

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    17. DOE Invests $6 Million to Accelerate Next-Generation Advanced Energy Systems

      DOE Invests $6 Million to Accelerate Next-Generation Advanced Energy Systems

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected two projects to advance key technologies that will enable development of next-generation advanced energy systems. The projects will receive $6 million of Phase 2 research funding from DOE with a performance period of approximately 3 years. The projects were selected from among five DOE-funded Phase 1 projects, recently completed by private partners. Next-generation advanced energy systems include advanced combustion, chemical looping, gasification, turbines, fuel cells, gas cleaning and separation technologies, and carbon dioxide separation and capture technologies. Innovations for these systems will complement the nation’s clean energy and climate change goals by enabling high efficiency, near-zero emissions, and effective carbon capture. 

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. Siemens
    18. Alevo Introduces GB50™ mini-GridBank for Commercial and Industrial Applications

      Alevo Introduces GB50™ mini-GridBank for Commercial and Industrial Applications

      Alevo, the Energy Storage Provider, has today introduced the GB50TM, a standalone 50KWh/100KW enclosed rack battery energy storage system (ESS) designed specifically for behind-the-meter commercial and industrial markets. The GB50 uses the same patented, non-flammable inorganic electrolyte as the Alevo GridBankTM, ensuring that it delivers the same high performance and reliability as its larger counterpart. Essentially providing the equivalent energy and power of a single rack in Alevo’s flagship 1MWh/2MW GridBank, the GB50 can be deployed as a standalone ESS or strung together in any increments up to a full-sized 1MWh/2MW GridBank. Its use of AlevolyteTM, Alevo’s patented inorganic electrolyte, makes it the world’s premier, safety-first system for installation into existing structures supporting commercial and industrial applications.

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. AES Energy Storage and RES Rank as Top Utility-Scale Energy Storage Systems Integrators in Navigant Research Assessment

      AES Energy Storage and RES Rank as Top Utility-Scale Energy Storage Systems Integrators in Navigant Research Assessment

      A new Leaderboard report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 14 leading energy storage systems integrators (ESSIs) in the utility-scale market, providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies' relative strengths and weaknesses. As the energy storage industry continues to develop, the role of the systems integrator is becoming more and more important. Energy storage systems (ESSs) will increasingly need to serve different applications—ranging from short-duration and high-power ancillary services to long-duration time shifting of energy—and systems integrators will be responsible for managing this complexity by designing systems that can provide maximum value to both the grid and the system owners. Click to tweet: According to a new Leaderboard report from @NavigantRSRCH, AES Energy Storage and RES are the leading utility-scale energy storage systems integrators in terms of strategy and execution.

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    22. Southeast Asia’s First Renewable Hydrogen-Based Energy Storage and Power Plant Awarded to Hydrogenics

      Southeast Asia’s First Renewable Hydrogen-Based Energy Storage and Power Plant Awarded to Hydrogenics

      MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, July 21, 2016 - Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ:HYGS) (TSX:HYG) (“Hydrogenics” or the “Company”), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation technology and hydrogen fuel cell power modules, today announced that it, along with Phraram 2 Civil Engineering Co., Ltd. (“PCE”), has been awarded the “Lam Takhong Wind Hydrogen Hybrid Project” by the Electricity Generation Authority of Thailand (“EGAT”). This will be Southeast Asia’s first megawatt-scale project for energy storage; Hydrogenics’ portion is projected to be worth approximately €4.3 million. The facility, located in the sub-station area of the Lam Takhong Wind Turbine Generation Project, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, will consist of Hydrogenics’ ultra-compact 1 MW PEM HyLyzer® electrolyzer, hydrogen storage and a HyPM® fuel cell plant.  PCE, based in Bangkok, will provide the services required to implement the technology supplied by Hydrogenics.

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    23. Adara Power and Smart Utility Systems Partner to Offer Distributed Energy Storage Aggregation

      Adara Power and Smart Utility Systems Partner to Offer Distributed Energy Storage Aggregation

      SAN JOSE, Calif., July 12, 2016 Adara Power, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, announces its partnership with Smart Utilities Systems (SUS), who leads the industry with its innovative mobile - energy & water cloud Software-as-a-Service platform for digital customer engagement and big data analytics for global electric, gas and water utilities addressing challenges of energy sustainability & water conservation.

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