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    1. Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

      Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

      Several case studies of storage installations supporting a variety of C&I solar+storage sites. Includes information on load profiles, goals of projects, and the specific solution each site chose. An example of a profile is below:

      Site: Church

      Load profile: This church in Bakersfield, Calif., is actually multiple facilities. It has two sanctuaries, a gymnasium, offices and classrooms. While certain small areas are occupied intermittently during the week, the primary activities are one Sunday service and an evening service each week. During these services, load is far higher than the rest of the week. Plus, the evening service starts just before sunset — so solar offsets almost none of the peak demand for the week. The facility had an electricity bill of around $40,000 per year — half on an energy charge, half on demand. The 100-kW solar system was sufficient to address the customer’s entire annual energy usage but did essentially nothing to address demand.

      Goal: Boost the value (and reduce the payback time) of a solar array with Extensible Energy’s DemandEx load flexibility software by reducing demand charges and shifting energy out of expensive time of use (TOU) periods.

      Solution: Software

      • 100-kW PV array
      • 16 controllable ...

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    2. Japanese telecom giant NTT plots major renewables play, partners Mitsubishi for clean tech

      Japanese telecom giant NTT plots major renewables play, partners Mitsubishi for clean tech

      Japanese telecoms giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) is plotting a major renewables play in the country, investing up to US$1 billion a year up to 2030. National newspaper Nikkei reported earlier this week that NTT is planning to invest some ¥1 trillion (US$9 billion) to establish itself as a major player in Japan’s renewable energy market, deploying utility-scale generation and electricity transmission and distribution to complement its existing business units.

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    3. Eos Energy Storage to Deploy its Latest Generation Battery System in Pala, California Energy Storage Yard

      Eos Energy Storage to Deploy its Latest Generation Battery System in Pala, California Energy Storage Yard

      Eos Energy Storage, the leading manufacturer of safe, low-cost and long-duration zinc battery storage systems, is proud to announce plans to deploy its latest technology battery energy storage system (BESS) in partnership with the California Energy Commission(CEC). The BESS will be used to evaluate performance across multiple utility energy storage use cases. In light of the wildfires impacting much of California in recent years, non-flammable, non-combustible batteries like the one made by Eos provide a way for the state to continue to install more grid-connected battery storage capacity without exacerbating the risk or severity of fires.

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    4. Fluence unveils intelligent, modular storage product with 800 MW/2,300 MWh of projects

      Fluence unveils intelligent, modular storage product with 800 MW/2,300 MWh of projects

      Storage company Fluence was selected for 800 MW, 2,300 MWh worth of projects for its newest energy storage technology "stack," equipped with a modular building block "cube" and machine learning, the company announced Tuesday.

      The demand for the technology is indicative of a rapidly growing storage market, where a large number of independent power producers and utilities are building and installing storage systems, Jason Burwen, vice president of policy at the Energy Storage Association (ESA), told Utility Dive

      "We never want to lose sight of the fact that businesses have the running room to do these kinds of innovations when they have a lot of customers and demand," he said, adding that it's important to reduce policy barriers to deploying these assets. 

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      Mentions: ESA Fluence
    5. US residential energy storage posts record quarter, but COVID-19 threat looms: report

      US residential energy storage posts record quarter, but COVID-19 threat looms: report

      Residential energy storage rose 10% in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the prior quarter, setting a new record for deployments while non-residential deployment dropped 20%, according to the latest U.S. Energy Storage Monitor report by the U.S. Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie.

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      Mentions: California U.S. ESA
    6. Clean energy groups band behind target of majority renewables by 2030

      Clean energy groups band behind target of majority renewables by 2030

      U.S. clean energy industry trade groups unveiled Tuesday a collective target of reaching at least 50% renewable generation in the next decade, a tripling of the country’s current capacity. The move — announced by the CEOs of the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association, the Energy Storage Association, and the National Hydropower Association — is a bid to align the sectors’ policy agenda. That way, the industries can speak with one voice when advocating for federal and state policies to support clean energy, the CEOs said during remarks at the virtual CleanPower 2020 conference.

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      Mentions: U.S. AWEA ESA
    7. Global Energy Storage to Rebound and Witness Strong Capacity Additions Despite Pandemic: Report

      Global Energy Storage to Rebound and Witness Strong Capacity Additions Despite Pandemic: Report

      Despite the current covid-19 pandemic, the medium-term future for energy storage remains bright. That’s according to Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, “Outlook for the Global Energy Storage Industry, 2020.” Just last month the US Energy Storage Association (ESA) released survey results that showed the impact that the novel coronavirus will have on the industry. The study focused on analyzing the covid-19 effect on energy storage companies’ revenue, employment and projects in the second quarter.

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      Mentions: Japan Germany China
    8. Wärtsilä to Provide Full Energy Storage Solution for One of the Largest Power Hybrid Projects at an Off-Grid Mine in Mali

      Wärtsilä to Provide Full Energy Storage Solution for One of the Largest Power Hybrid Projects at an Off-Grid Mine in Mali

      The technology group Wärtsilä will optimise the energy system of the Fekola Mine, located in a remote region in southwest Mali. This is needed to improve the mine’s operations, reduce fuel consumption, and lessen the carbon emissions. Wärtsilä has been contracted to design and engineer a cutting-edge 17MW/15MWh energy storage system based on the company’s GEMS energy management solution. 

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      Mentions: Africa Wärtsilä
    9. Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

      Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

      Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent), a leading independent developer of energy storage solutions in North America, today announced that the 21 MWh of industrial battery storage systems under construction at two Shell Canada Products facilities in Ontario are now operational. Convergent is the largest operator of energy storage solutions in Ontario with over 40 MW in service. The energy storage projects are a joint venture between Convergent and Shell New Energies, designed to reduce the consumption of energy for the facilities by one-third of typical demand while increasing the reliability and long-term sustainability of the grid. 

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    10. Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

      Convergent Announces the Completion of 21 MWh of Energy Storage Projects at Two Shell Facilities

      Convergent Energy + Power, today announced that the 21 MWh of industrial battery storage systems under construction at two Shell Canada Products facilities in Ontario are now operational. Convergent is the largest operator of energy storage solutions in Ontario with over 40 MW in service. The energy storage projects are a joint venture between Convergent and Shell New Energies, designed to reduce the consumption of energy for the facilities by one third of typical demand while increasing the reliability and long-term sustainability of the grid. The projects are located at Brockville Lubricants Plant and Sarnia Manufacturing Centre.

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    11. Businesses See Storing Energy While the Sun Shines as Key to California Power Shut-off Strategy

      Businesses See Storing Energy While the Sun Shines as Key to California Power Shut-off Strategy

      After three years of wildfires and now, blackouts, more and more business owners are looking to the power of the sun and storage of a battery pack for peace of mind. “I tell people if they have solar, think about adding batteries,” said Aron Moore, owner and president of Sun First Solar of San Rafael. “Many of our farm, winery and grocery store customers are already using solar and portable generators if needed, but today everyone is talking about storage.”

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    12. Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization

      Stem Joins Forces with NEC Energy Solutions to Deliver Turnkey Offering for Solar + Storage Optimization

      Stem, Inc., the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, announced today that it is partnering with NEC Energy Solutions, headquartered in Westborough, MA, to simplify and optimize the deployment and operation of solar + storage projects. Stem will resell and integrate its Athena AI platform with NEC’s GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution. The agreement will result in a powerful solar + storage solution for large-scale projects, leveraging NEC’s AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls and Stem’s sophisticated Athena™ AI platform to perform solar and storage optimization, wholesale market participation services, solar charging compliance and reporting, and warranty compliance and administration.

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    13. Balance-of-System Costs Falling for Non-Residential Storage

      Balance-of-System Costs Falling for Non-Residential Storage

      Since 2014, non-residential storage system prices have declined by more than 15 percent in the U.S. Commercial and industrial customers with predictable, peaky loads are increasingly turning to storage to help manage demand charges. Grid services are also expected to provide a key value stream by the early 2020s. Over the next five years, system costs will decline further, with all-in costs falling by more than 27 percent by 2024, according to a new Wood Mackenzie report that looks at the pricing landscape for the U.S. non-residential storage segment.

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      Mentions: U.S. Stem
    14. Let's Kill 'Utility-' or 'Grid-Scale' Storage

      Let's Kill 'Utility-' or 'Grid-Scale' Storage

      Ask people how they segment the energy storage industry, and you'll often hear them divide it between customer-sited or behind-the-meter storage and "utility-"or "grid-scale storage." But if you then ask them what they mean by "utility-scale," you can't get a clear answer. Is it 5 MW, 10 MW, more than 20 MW? Do they mean "front-of-meter"? Or connected to the bulk transmission system? No, we're not calling for the end of the large-scale storage industry. We're saying that distributed, smaller-scale storage can provide all the same value to the grid that large-scale storage can and should be explicitly encouraged to compete on playing fields that policymakers have leveled everywhere.

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    15. CalCom Energy’s $100M Fund Targets Farms for Solar-Battery Systems

      CalCom Energy’s $100M Fund Targets Farms for Solar-Battery Systems

      In California, it’s not just vulnerable families and critical services that could use battery-backed solar systems to ride through wildfire-prevention power outages. Farms also have critical energy needs, like pumping water to crops on set schedules, or chilling them after harvest, that could face significant disruption under the state’s new wildfire prevention regime. CalCom Energy, a long-time solar and energy services provider for California’s agricultural sector, thinks it has a solution. This week, the Fresno-based developer launched a $100 million Agriculture Energy Infrastructure Fund, aimed at combining low-cost solar power-purchase agreements with the backup power of energy storage.

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    16. University Team Developing Novel Low-Cost Energy Storage System

      University Team Developing Novel Low-Cost Energy Storage System

      Two Cal Poly Pomona engineering professors have won a $149,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to continue development of a low-cost energy storage system using reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC), the byproduct of water desalinization plants. As droughts increase, more communities, especially in the Southwest U.S., are considering desalinization plants to meet their fresh water needs. However, ROC is harmful to the environment due to its high salt content, biocides, metals and coagulents. At the same time, the energy sector is looking for more cost-effective methods of energy storage.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S.
    17. Arkansas Boots up 10-MW Solar, 24-MWh Storage Facility in Fayetteville

      Arkansas Boots up 10-MW Solar, 24-MWh Storage Facility in Fayetteville

      The City of Fayetteville, Arkansas, is now home to one of the first large-scale solar-plus-storage systems in the mid-South, a joint project between the city, Ozarks Electric Cooperative, and Today’s Power Inc. The project consists of three solar arrays and two battery facilities sited near Fayetteville’s two water treatment facilities. With a capacity of 10 MW of solar and 24 MWh of energy storage, the installation will save the city approximately $180,000 per year.

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      Mentions: Arkansas Jordan
    18. Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage

      Implications of Rate Design for the Customer-Economics of Behind-the-Meter Storage

      This work provides insights for the two main sources of bill savings for residential and commercial customers – demand charge reductions and arbitrage of energy charges – considering a range of customer profiles and retail rate designs. Storage can reduce monthly demand charges, which are dependent on the customer’s billing demand in kW rather than the amount of energy they consume in kWh, by charging during times of low energy consumption and discharging during peak consumption hours, thereby reducing peak power consumption from the grid. Storage can also reduce electricity bills by charging the storage during low-priced hours and discharging during high-priced hours, taking advantage of price-differentials of time-varying rates. This study considers a variety of demand charge designs and rates that allow for energy arbitrage.

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      Mentions: Peak Power
    19. The Value of Customer-Sited Storage: It's About More than Demand Charges, Study Finds

      The Value of Customer-Sited Storage: It's About More than Demand Charges, Study Finds

      As battery prices fall, energy storage is becoming economical in a growing number of markets. While customer-owned systems remain nascent, new research from the Department of Energy's Berkeley Lab indicates they may pencil out for a growing number of residential and commercial customers — depending on how retail electricity rates are designed.

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    20. Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

      Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

      The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with contribution from DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy, the selected projects will advance hydrogen storage and infrastructure technologies and identify innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization including grid resiliency.

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    21. The Long Read: The Dawn of Megastorage

      The Long Read: The Dawn of Megastorage

      Last year was record-breaking for global energy storage deployment. The non-residential segment overtook the residential sector for the first time, with half of the 3.3 GW capacity installed in front of the meter, according to market analysts Wood Mackenzie. The drive toward large, utility-scale projects has been the single most noteworthy change for the industry over the last 12 to 18 months, with storage projects now exceeding 100 MW for four-hour durations.

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    22. Electricity Storage Could be the Next Technology that Changes Life on Earth

      Electricity Storage Could be the Next Technology that Changes Life on Earth

      Electricity storage is a bridge technology that can take Texas from a system of large, centralized, fossil fuel and renewable power plants, to a future of cleaner, decentralized renewable energy. And it is a crucial bridge, as Texas attempts to keep the lights on amid this technology transition.

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