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    1. IID Boosts Electric Grid as State-of-Art Battery Energy Storage System Comes Online

      IID Boosts Electric Grid as State-of-Art Battery Energy Storage System Comes Online

      The new battery will increase reliability across the IID grid by providing the ability to balance power while integrating renewable energy resources into the local grid, says the company. It will allow the district to “black start” units at its El Centro generation station and smooth power supplies while acting as a spinning reserve – assignments that had typically required expensive fossil fuel generation. “With the increase of renewable energy and distributed generation in our electric system, the new battery energy storage system will help smooth variable generation and increase system-wide reliability,” said IID Board of Directors President Norma Sierra Galindo. “The system will provide a much faster, environmentally friendly alternative than traditional generation.”

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      Mentions: California U.S. GE
    2. Li-ion Energy Storage Takes Microgrids to the Next Level

      Li-ion Energy Storage Takes Microgrids to the Next Level

      There is a growing worldwide trend for microgrids as communities and industrial facilities in locations that are remote or have a weak grid connection are seeking to improve the reliability and autonomy of their electricity supplies as well as meeting growing demand and optimising their operating costs. Conventionally, operators have relied on diesel generators. But operators are now turning to renewables and especially solar photovoltaic (PV) installations to reduce their reliance on diesel fuel. Creating schemes in which diesel generation and PV plant complement each other can offer considerable savings in terms of the costs of fuel purchase, transport and handling as well as maintenance, since diesel gensets are required to operate for fewer hours. There are also environmental benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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      Mentions: Canada ABB Saft
    3. Measures to Stimulate the Micro-Grid Market

      Measures to Stimulate the Micro-Grid Market

      In many traditional renewable energy key markets, framework conditions are changing and solar and wind energy suppliers have to look for new profitable market segments. Off-grid solar- or wind-diesel hybrid applications, a special form of microgrids, have been identified by many players as an attractive market segment for the future. Many remote applications are normally powered by diesel gensets. Due to transport, theft and taxes electricity based on diesel is often rather expensive. Solar and wind energy often can generate substantial cost savings. The business case can be summarized as replacing expensive diesel electricity by inexpensive renewable energy if renewable energy is available. As solar and wind are intermittent sources of energy an important task of the diesel gensets is to balance fluctuations and to provide power whenever there is not enough renewable energy, e.g. when there is no solar irradiation at night.

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    4. Trojan Battery & Team Sustain Win Big at Intersolar India

      Trojan Battery & Team Sustain Win Big at Intersolar India

      Trojan Battery, a leading manufacturer of deep-cycle batteries, and its project partner, Team Sustain, were named winners of the Intersolar “Solar Projects in India” award (‘Solar Building, Industrial and Commercial Use’ category) during Intersolar India in Mumbai earlier this week. Specifically, the companies were recognized for their Remote Telecom project featuring Trojan’s new advanced lead acid Smart Carbon™ batteries. Team Sustain’s solution with Trojan Battery enhances the ability of remote mobile towers to serve as the communication backbone for rural India, contributing to the region’s social and economic development.

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      Mentions: India Trojan
    5. New SUPERGEN Hub to Set UK's Energy Storage Course

      New SUPERGEN Hub to Set UK's Energy Storage Course

      A new, £4 million (US$6.8 million) collaboration between academics and industry that will set the direction and development of research and technologies in Energy Storage, has been unveiled today by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub will draw experts together from seven universities and 14 industrial and governmental partners. They will address the technical and scientific challenges facing the wide variety of energy storage techniques.

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      Mentions: UK
    6. Tucson Electric Power to Develop 18MW Solar Array for the US Army

      Tucson Electric Power to Develop 18MW Solar Array for the US Army

      A groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Ariz., was held on Friday, April 25. According to Tucson Electric Power, the array is expected to come online later this year. At 18MW, it will provide enough power to satisfy one-quarter of the base's energy needs and is equivalent to the annual electric needs of approximately 3,100 homes. Under the terms of the partnership, Tucson Electric Power will own and operate the array, providing Fort Huachuca with grid reliability and a streamlined development process. The utility has contracted with E.ON Climate & Renewables, a partner on other successful solar projects, for the system's construction.  

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      Mentions: U.S.
    7. EnerDel, Parker Supply Grid Energy Storage System for Winter Olympics in Sochi

      EnerDel, Parker Supply Grid Energy Storage System for Winter Olympics in Sochi

      EnerDel, a leader in utility-scale lithium-ion battery energy storage systems, was contracted in 2010 to supply backup power for the substations that support the XXII Olympic Winter Games. The company’s system has been built, delivered, and commissioned well in advance of the start of the Winter Olympics, which begin tomorrow.

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    8. Fast Path to Renewable Energy in the Middle East Needs Distributed Energy Storage

      Fast Path to Renewable Energy in the Middle East Needs Distributed Energy Storage

      Middle Eastern countries are taking big steps on the path to sustainable energy, in particular using solar energy. But a white paper by the newly established DNV GL Energy team highlights the need to include distributed energy storage in order to secure a fast, smooth transition to renewable energy sources.

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    9. UTRC's PureStorage Flow Battery Energy Storage Tech Wins R&D 100 Award

      UTRC's PureStorage Flow Battery Energy Storage Tech Wins R&D 100 Award

      The PureStorage flow battery energy storage technology developed by United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) has won an R&D 100 Award, awarded by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced during 2012.  The UTRC PureStorage system was selected for a 2013 R&D 100 Award in recognition of its ability to provide safe, energy-efficient, and readily deployable electric energy storage at 5–10 times the power density of conventional flow battery cells.

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      Mentions: Japan Germany China
    10. EUROBAT and EASE agree to work together on European energy storage

      EUROBAT and EASE agree to work together on European energy storage

      The Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (EUROBAT) and the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster stronger co-operation on the development of energy storage.  EASE promotes market uptake of all energy storage applications in the EU.  EUROBAT has developed close contacts with Government institutions.

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      Mentions: Europe EASE EUROBAT
    11. Frost & Sullivan Report: "European Utility Battery Market"

      Frost & Sullivan Report: "European Utility Battery Market"
      Utility batteries aid renewable energyRenewable Energy FocusMeeting renewable energy targets whilst keeping grid stability has increased the demand for utility-scale battery storage, according to Frost & Sullivan. By Renewable Energy Focus staff The Frost & Sullivan analysis, European Utility Battery Market, ...and more »
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      Mentions: Europe
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