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    1. 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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      Mentions: TX Google
    2. 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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      Mentions: CA Asia TX
    3. 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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      Mentions: CA DoE HI
    4. 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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      Mentions: Europe UK Sweden
    5. 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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    6. Electrovaya to Supply EUR199 Million Worth of Battery Modules for Residential Energy Storage

      Electrovaya to Supply EUR199 Million Worth of Battery Modules for Residential Energy Storage

      Big things are expected from the residential energy storage market, as it positions itself to take advantage of a shift towards residential solar and a rise in demand for electric cars. Canadian energy storage company, Electrovaya, is making a name for itself as a high-quality manufacturer of lithium-ion battery modules, beating off stiff competition to secure the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an estimated EUR199 million (USD223 million) of its modules.

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    7. Off-grid PV and Energy Storage in Australia: 10.6 MW/1.8 MWh Sandfire Project Successfully Completed

      Off-grid PV and Energy Storage in Australia: 10.6 MW/1.8 MWh Sandfire Project Successfully Completed

      A monumental off-grid renewable energy mining project has been successfully completed in remote Western Australia, demonstrating a confluence between established and emerging Australian industries. More than 34,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels (10.6 MW) have been installed at the DeGrussa copper-gold mine alongside 6 MW (1.8 MWh) of new battery energy storage. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is supporting the USD 40 million project with USD 20.9 million recoupable grant funding and the CEFC has committed USD 15 million in debt finance.

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    8. GE Ventures Backs sonnen's Mission to Form Utility of the Future

      GE Ventures Backs sonnen's Mission to Form Utility of the Future

      LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2016-- GE Ventures joins sonnen's mission to form the utility of the future. The venture arm of one of the world's largest technology companies becomes an investor of sonnen Group, Europe's largest manufacturer of residential lithium storage systems and operator of Europe's first online energy sharing platform. GE Ventures joins sonnen's current investors to support the continued international growth of sonnen Group. "sonnen is helping to reshape the energy industry," said Jonathan Pulitzer, Managing Director at GE Ventures. "We believe in sonnen's vision and that is why we are excited to partner to provide clean and affordable energy to all."

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    9. N.C. Hopes to Sell Utility Batteries and Storage Services, but Will It Use Them?

      N.C. Hopes to Sell Utility Batteries and Storage Services, but Will It Use Them?

      North Carolina has significant opportunity to promote energy storage manufacturing in the state. But, it will likely lag in actually putting storage and its services on the power grid. A panel of experts at the Energy Storage Association’s Annual Conference and Expo at the Charlotte Convention Center discussed what the state is doing now — and could do in the future — to build on the presence of companies in the industry to expand the energy hub already being developed in the Carolinas to include storage.

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    10. Lockheed Martin Throws Its Hat in the Energy Storage Ring

      Lockheed Martin Throws Its Hat in the Energy Storage Ring

      Energy storage has finally captured the imagination of the energy industry. It could be the industry's next growth segment and make a grid with more variable renewable energy operate efficiently. GTM Research recently concluded that U.S. energy storage grew 243% in 2015 to 112 MW, more than doubling the amount of storage installed. By 2020, they predict the market will be 1.7 GW annually. And now there may be a new entrant into the market.

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    11. Eos Energy Storage Awarded USD 2 Million from CEC to Demonstrate Behind-the-Meter Battery Systems at UC San Diego

      Eos Energy Storage Awarded USD 2 Million from CEC to Demonstrate Behind-the-Meter Battery Systems at UC San Diego

      Eos Energy Storage (Eos, New York, NY, U.S.) on April 27th, 2016 announced plans to demonstrate residential and commercial battery systems at the University of California San Diego, with the support of a USD 2 million award from the California Energy Commission (CEC). Eos is partnering with global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to package, distribute, and support mass market products utilizing the company’s safe, long-lasting Znyth battery technology, the company announced.

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    12. Fortum and Saft Launch Energy Storage Pilot at CHP Plant

      Fortum and Saft Launch Energy Storage Pilot at CHP Plant

      Finnish energy company Fortum is launching the Nordic countries’ biggest energy storage pilot project. The €2 million ($2.2 million) project will incorporate megawatt-scale lithium-ion (li-ion) battery storage technology from French company Saft. Saft’s li-ion containerized battery system with a nominal output of 2 MW and 1 MWh of energy capacity will be installed at Fortum’s Suomenoja combined heat and power (CHP) plant (pictured), in Finland’s second largest city Espoo.

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      Mentions: France Saft
    13. Steffes Joins National Initiative to Explore New Energy Storage Options

      Steffes Joins National Initiative to Explore New Energy Storage Options

      Steffes is a charter member of the Community Storage Initiative, a national effort to solve the challenge of energy storage with technologies and resources that are already available. For decades the electricity industry has been researching energy storage technologies, such as utility-scale batteries, that can stockpile electricity for later use. As the industry develops more renewable energy resources, which are intermittent, the need for energy storage is becoming more pressing. 

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    14. Panasonic, AES Announce India's First Battery-Based Energy Storage Project

      Panasonic, AES Announce India's First Battery-Based Energy Storage Project

      Panasonic India Pvt. Ltd. and US- based energy provider AES India Private Limited today announced an agreement to construct a 10 MW energy storage array at Panasonic’s Techno park manufacturing facility in Jhajjar, Haryana. This joint venture is the first large-scale battery-based energy storage project in India. The storage will provide daily reliability and back-up to the manufacturing facility, while demonstrating grid stability and renewable integration services in the region. The project combines Panasonic’s capabilities as India’s leading lithium-ion battery supplier with AES Energy Storage’s Advancion® platform, experience as a leading owner and operator of energy storage projects across the world and its deep knowledge of the energy storage industry. While AES operates 116 MW of energy storage projects around the globe, this project signifies AES’ entry into the commercial and industrial energy storage market.

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    15. Green Charge Named a 2016 Smart Grid Company to Watch by Smart Grid News

      Green Charge Named a 2016 Smart Grid Company to Watch by Smart Grid News

      SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Smart Grid News has named Green Charge Networks, as one of its 15 Companies to Watch in 2016. The annual award is given to leading organizations who share a commonality in a strong spirit of innovation and an unwavering commitment to positively impacting the energy industry of the future. Green Charge is the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the United States with more than 45 megawatt hours of energy storage projects in operation or under construction in school districts, retail, governments, and utilities. Smart Grid News Editor-in-Chief Barbara L. Vergetis Lundin noted, “Green Charge has been chosen as a Smart Grid Company to Watch for the second consecutive year, due, in part, to its impressive growth. Since its recognition in 2015, Green Charge has doubled both its customer and employee base. Green Charge's energy storage solution highlights advancements in clean energy and reduced environmental impact while enabling greater EV charging and solar adoption.”

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    16. Saft Doubles Its Production Capacity in China with a New Larger Advanced Technology Facility in Zhuhai

      Saft Doubles Its Production Capacity in China with a New Larger Advanced Technology Facility in Zhuhai

      Zhuhai, China - March 30th, 2016 – Saft, world leader in the design and manufacture of high-tech batteries for industry, has just inaugurated its brand new advanced technology facility in Zhuhai, China to meet the ever-increasing market demand in Asia. Commenting on this announcement, Ghislain Lescuyer, Chairman of the Management Board, said: “The opening of this new facility in Zhuhai represents a new milestone in the implementation of our long-term growth strategy in Asia, and illustrates our success and our ambitions in this region. By offering reliable, high-quality products which meet growing structural needs, notably in key markets like smart meters and rail transport, we are wholly fulfilling our role as solutions provider to leading Chinese groups, to whom we have now become a key partner”.

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      Mentions: Asia China Saft
    17. Corvus Energy Partners with LG Chem

      Corvus Energy Partners with LG Chem

      Richmond, B.C - March 29, 2016 - Corvus Energy (Corvus), the industry leader in advanced lithium ion energy storage systems (ESS) for maritime hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems has announced a multi-year agreement with LG Chem Ltd. (LG Chem). Under this agreement, LG Chem, the world's leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries, will be a key supplier of lithium-ion pouch cells for Corvus' next generation maritime energy storage systems (ESS). 

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    18. Mitsubishi Electric Produces 40000th Uninterruptible Power Supply Module

      Mitsubishi Electric Produces 40000th Uninterruptible Power Supply Module

      TOKYO--Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that it produced its milestone 40,000th Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) unit in February 2016. UPS are used as back-up power supplies for essential facilities like data centers and financial institutions, where a stable and continuous power supply is necessary to protect critical computers, communication equipment and control systems that would otherwise be vulnerable to blackouts or sudden voltage drops. UPS units charge batteries from an AC power source during normal operations and then supply the charged electricity in the event of a power interruption.

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    19. LG Chem Expands Footprint into Australian Residential Solar Storage Market Company Poised for Five-fold Growth in 2016

      LG Chem Expands Footprint into Australian Residential Solar Storage Market Company Poised for Five-fold Growth in 2016

       SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 24 March 2016 – LG Chem, Ltd., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries has announced its plans to expand its footprint into the Australian residential solar storage market. With its expertise and legacy in the IT and Automotive battery industry, LG Chem has more recently established itself as a clear leader in the energy solar storage (ESS) market today. LG Chem entered the Australian residential storage market in July 2015, with the RESU6.4EX. The product has the highest energy density in the world, which means it is the smallest in volume compared to the amount of energy it can deliver. Its quality has already been proven in Germany and Japan - the two markets where LG Chem has seen the most uptake of its residential storage systems to date. The company has also seen exponential traction for the RESU6.4EX in Australia more recently. 

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    20. A123 Systems To Open Battery Plant In Ostrava, Czech Republic

      A123 Systems To Open Battery Plant In Ostrava, Czech Republic

      The noted lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems will be opening a new battery manufacturing plant in the city of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, as part of its plans to expand its operations in Europe, according to recent reports. The new lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility is being developed owing to the expectation of a continuing surge in demand in the European market for low-voltage automotive products (a focus of the company’s). The manufacturing facility is intended to complement A123 Systems’ technical facility in the German city of Stuttgart, as well as work in cooperation with its manufacturing facilities in Changzhou, China; Hangzhou, China; and in Michigan, in the US.

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    21. SMA, Tesvolt Cooperate on Battery-Storage Systems

      SMA, Tesvolt Cooperate on Battery-Storage Systems

      The combined system of battery and battery inverter can be used in PV systems, CHP plants and wind power plants as well as in hydroelectric power plants. It enables companies in the commercial sector to sustainably and cost-effectively reduce their energy costs. “Qualifying TESVOLT’s lithium storage systems for use with SMA inverters was an important step for us,” said Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President of the Offgrid & Storage business unit at SMA. “It offers companies new energy storage options that help them maximize their self-consumption of PV power. The Sunny Island inverter was developed to optimize the performance and efficiency of energy supply systems, and can be used in both off-grid and grid-tied systems.”

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    22. 'World's Biggest' Battery Test Facility in Japan Set to Take Lead in Standardisation

      'World's Biggest' Battery Test Facility in Japan Set to Take Lead in Standardisation

      Japan is set to play host to what is expected to be the world’s biggest energy storage battery and system testing facility to date. The National Institute of Technology and Evaluation’s (Nite) new NLAB facility is located in the city in which the manufacturing bases of lithium-ion battery makers including Panasonic, Hitachi Maxcell and GS Yuasa are also situated. Nite is preparing to begin testing large-scale batteries this summer at the recently completed NLAB facility. Located in the city of Osaka, an hour's flight from Tokyo, traditionally a strong manufacturing region, it is hoped that the centre will become integral to ongoing efforts to develop standards for the international energy storage industry.

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    23. Battery Innovation Center Announces Two Educational Series on Energy Storage Technologies, Electrical Grid

      Battery Innovation Center Announces Two Educational Series on Energy Storage Technologies, Electrical Grid

      The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) has announced two new series of educational programming centered around energy storage technologies available to its members and industry professionals next month. The BIC has created two different programs to provide both foundational knowledge and a more in-depth discussion of energy storage, the grid, and related technologies. The first course, the Executive Workshop, is a one-day course for executives or leaders in related industries with limited prior exposure to battery technologies, terms, and concepts.

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    24. Edf En to Enter Home Energy Storage Market by Year-End

      Edf En to Enter Home Energy Storage Market by Year-End

      February 29 - EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN), the renewables arm of French energy group EDF SA (EPA:EDF), plans to launch a product combining rooftop solar panels with lithium-ion battery storage by the end of the year, French industry news website Usinenouvelle.com reports. Similar to the Tesla-SolarCity offer, which combines the Powerwalls batteries of Tesla with residential solar systems, EDF roll out to market its own combined photovoltaics/battery product by the end of the this year, CEO Antoine Cahuzac told journalist at a news conference to present the opening of a 20 MW energy storage facility in the US.

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