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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. 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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    8. 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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      Mentions: Scotland EEstor Tesla
    9. 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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    10. 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
    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. Global Annual Deployments of Residential Energy Storage Systems

      Global Annual Deployments of Residential Energy Storage Systems

      A new report from Navigant Research examines trends in the residential energy storage industry, providing an analysis of utility involvement, business models, and a projected growth path, with global market forecasts for capacity and revenue in major regions, through 2025. Momentum in the residential energy storage industry is growing rapidly as utilities begin to recognize the value residential energy storage systems (RESSs) can provide. The growing popularity of these systems—driven by a growing residential solar PV industry, falling systems costs, rising electricity prices, and a push to improve resiliency—holds enormous potential to dramatically alter the electricity industry in terms of the grid’s physical structure, business models, and utility-customer relationships. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, global annual deployments of RESSs are expected to increase from 94.9 MW in 2016 to 3,773.3 MW in 2025.

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    18. BioSolar : Recognized for Its Efforts to Increase Capacity and Reduce Cost of Lithium-Ion Batteries

      BioSolar : Recognized for Its Efforts to Increase Capacity and Reduce Cost of Lithium-Ion Batteries

      SANTA CLARITA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/12/16 -- BioSolar, Inc. (OTCQB: BSRC), a developer of breakthrough energy storage technology and materials, today shared recent media articles detailing the Company's approach to increasing capacity and reducing costs of lithium ion batteries, the predominant storage devices used by electric vehicles, personal electronics, and many other commercial and consumer applications. In a recent contributed byline entitled "Improving Lithium Ion Battery for Future Energy Storage Needs" for Battery Power Magazine, a leading print and online battery publication, BioSolar CEO Dr. David Lee cites challenges often associated with the chemistry currently embedded with existing lithium-ion batteries, as well as cost, for lack of advancements within the sector. Dr. Lee states that BioSolar seeks to reduce the cost of manufacturing and extend the lifetime of lithium-ion batteries, enabling mass adoption for electric vehicles as well as improvements in battery capabilities for personal electronics needs.

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    19. BYD to Partner with ENEL on Electrified Transportation, Energy Storage

      BYD to Partner with ENEL on Electrified Transportation, Energy Storage

      BYD Company Ltd. (Shenzhen, China) has signed a global framework cooperation agreement with Enel Green Power (EGP, Rome, Italy), a multinational power company and leading integrated player in the world’s power industry. The agreement signed will pave the way for possible cooperation projects in electrified transportation and energy storage aimed at residential, commercial and industrial applications, all based on BYD’s proprietary Iron-Phosphate batteries, reads the press release.

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    20. Energy Storage “Ghost Hunters” Nail Down Path To Better Battery

      Energy Storage “Ghost Hunters” Nail Down Path To Better Battery

      Enbala Power Networks and sonnen, Inc. announce a strategic alliance that combines sonnen’s award-winning residential and commercial energy storage technology with Enbala’s industry-leading distributed energy resource management platform. The integration of the sonnenBatterie with the Symphony by Enbala distributed energy aggregation and control platform, provides utilities and their customers with a robust, all-in-one solution for using energy storage to balance distributed renewable and traditional generation on the utility grid.

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    21. Stem CTO: Lithium-Ion Battery Prices Fell 70% in the Last 18 Months

      Stem CTO: Lithium-Ion Battery Prices Fell 70% in the Last 18 Months

      Tesla's battery factory gets a lot of attention. When completed, the so-called Gigafactory will manufacture more lithium-ion batteries each year than were produced globally in 2013. That will help push prices further downward. But a few other large producers -- LG Chem, Panasonic and Samsung -- are already making batteries at unprecedented scale. There are numerous giga-scale factories producing cells and battery packs for electric cars and stationary applications throughout Asia. And the recent wave of capacity is already impacting pricing in a big way. According to Larsh Johnson, the chief technology officer of Stem, the company is paying 70 percent less for lithium-ion batteries than it was 18 months ago.

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    22. Top Energy Storage Pioneer to Lead Global Sales at UET

      Top Energy Storage Pioneer to Lead Global Sales at UET

      MUKILTEO, Wash., June 23, 2016 - UniEnergy Technologies (UET) has named Blake Frye as its Senior Vice President of Global Sales. With over 20 years of experience delivering high-value energy storage projects to customers, Frye will drive global sales at UET to deliver even greater value from UET's breakthrough vanadium flow energy storage systems. With global procurements of flow batteries over one gigawatt-hour (GWh), the industry clearly recognizes that flow batteries can competitively deliver the rugged flexibility demanded by modern grid economics.  UET is the leading flow battery company in the U.S. and Europe, with over 80MWh of containerized energy storage solutions deployed, ordered, or awarded by customers.

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    23. Pioneering Innovations of the Energy Storage Industry: The Panel of Judges Announces the Winners of the EES Award

      Pioneering Innovations of the Energy Storage Industry: The Panel of Judges Announces the Winners of the EES Award

      This year, the innovative EnergyHub system, a bidirectional inverter for different PV strings, batteries and DC consumers developed by Ferroamp Elektronik from Sweden earned the panel of judges' favor. LG Chem from Korea presented a new generation of domestic storage systems, the LG RESU LV and LG RESU HV, which are worthy of recognition for their high energy density and advanced cell technology (JH3 cells). A transformerless high-voltage inverter, the innovative battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 from SMA Solar Technology AG impressed the panel of judges as it has closed a gap in the inverter market and is ideal for retrofitting existing PV installations with storage devices.

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    24. Aquion Energy Introduces 24-Volt Version of Industry-Leading Aspen Battery System

      Aquion Energy Introduces 24-Volt Version of Industry-Leading Aspen Battery System

      PITTSBURGH, PA--(Jun 20, 2016) - Aquion Energy, Inc., developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, has introduced the Aspen 24S, a 24-volt version of its award-winning Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery. The new product is designed for energy-intensive applications that use solar panels, such as off-grid solar-powered LED lighting, as well as small pumps and motors. It is also an ideal drop-in replacement for existing systems using 24-volt lead-acid batteries.

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