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    1. What’s going on in the world of thermal energy storage?

      What’s going on in the world of thermal energy storage?

      Siemens Energy and EnergyNest have entered into a long-term partnership to develop thermal energy storage solutions for industrial customers. The two companies are exploring the use of excess renewable electricity to charge a thermal battery, which would in turn release steam when needed to provide power — lowering the plant’s natural gas demand, while increasing flexibility.

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      Mentions: Siemens
    2. NEC Energy Solutions to build 100 MW of storage capacity in Northern Ireland

      NEC Energy Solutions to build 100 MW of storage capacity in Northern Ireland

      The company will provide two 50 MW systems for investor the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund and project developer Low Carbon. The projects will be completed by the first quarter of 2021. NEC Energy Solutions has revealed plans to install 100 MW of energy storage capacity at two sites in Northern Ireland, backed by engineering, procurement and construction services. Under the terms of the deal, NEC will also provide its GSS end-to-end grid storage solution, as well as AEROS, its proprietary energy storage control software.

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    3. Solar-plus-storage to provide all the daytime electric needs of nation state – pv magazine International

      Solar-plus-storage to provide all the daytime electric needs of nation state – pv magazine International

      The Republic of Nauru, like many Pacific Ocean island states relies almost entirely on diesel generators for its power. However, the government has decided raise the share of renewables in the power mix of the 21km² nation from 3% to 47% with a large-scale solar-plus-storage project. The power plant will have a solar capacity of 6 MW and 5 MW/2.5 MWh of storage. The system will be fully automated and integrated with the existing diesel system to optimize solar energy use, enable optimal battery energy storage system charging and discharging and allow optimal shut-off of the diesel engines.

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    4. Panasonic Launches New Residential Solar Battery

      Panasonic Launches New Residential Solar Battery

      Panasonic has launched a lithium-ion storage solution for residential solar installations. The company said its EverVolt storage system is available in the U.S. in AC and DC-coupled versions and boasts a storage capacity ranging from 5.7 kWh up to to 34.2 kWh. The Japanese electronics giant added the system is compatible with all kinds of PV technologies and inverters and can be tailored to homeowner needs. Panasonic said owners can monitor their systems with bespoke software and a user-friendly app.

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    5. South Sudan to Embrace Renewables

      South Sudan to Embrace Renewables

      The government of South Sudan and the South Sudan Electricity Corporation utility have launched a call for consultants to help define the nation’s renewable energy development program. The utility said consultants must have relevant professional experience, especially in development of private sector, grid-connected solar projects and associated battery storage. The winning bidder will be tasked with defining the tender mechanism for the procurement of clean energy generation capacity. The eight-year-old nation is facing an energy crisis with record low levels of access to electricity and high power prices.

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      Mentions: U.S. Africa Eguana
    6. Fortum Pairs Li-ion Storage with Hydropower Plant in Sweden

      Fortum Pairs Li-ion Storage with Hydropower Plant in Sweden

      Fortum has started operating a 5 MW/6.2 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system at the Forshuvud hydropower plant in Dalarna, Sweden. It plans to use the storage system to lower the risk of network disturbances, while minimizing what Fortum describes as “wear and tear” on the hydropower facility. The batteries at Forshuvud will compensate for increasingly rapid changes in electricity generation caused by wind power, for example. The system will improve the hydropower plant’s role as a regulator and more effectively take advantage of capacity regulation.

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    7. Storage Set to Come of Age in the Next Five Years

      Storage Set to Come of Age in the Next Five Years

      Renewable energy proponents have been pointing to battery storage for years as the future panacea to address the problem of intermittent power generation. The potential of storage to make renewable energy fully despatchable regardless of whether the sun is shining or wind blowing has for a long time appeared to be just around the corner. Analysts at Wood Mackenzie today claimed we turned the corner last year and the end could be in sight for fossil fuel grid back-up services.

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    8. Utility Pays for Rural Power Lines to be Replaced with Solar-Plus-Storage for Remote Farms

      Utility Pays for Rural Power Lines to be Replaced with Solar-Plus-Storage for Remote Farms

      While the rest of the developed world discusses the prospect of how storage will transform grids and utilities, the state government of Western Australia is getting on with it – by replacing 54 km of ageing power lines and poles with off-grid solar and storage systems at 14 farms. These systems are standalone solar and battery systems that include a back-up diesel generator in case more power is needed. As well as replacing ageing grid infrastructure, the transition reduces the risk of bushfires caused by lightning strikes and of incidents related to the operation of farm machinery near electricity lines.

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    9. Researchers Upcycle Plastic Waste Into Battery Anodes

      Researchers Upcycle Plastic Waste Into Battery Anodes

      A team of U.S. researchers has presented a new approach to plastic waste treatment. A paper published by the American Chemical Society showed how researchers from Indiana’s Purdue University extracted pure carbon from plastic waste and turned it into anode material for lithium-ion batteries which powered a toy truck. The team claims that the method can be scaled easily. If so, plastic waste could find a hungry offtaker for its upcycled products in the PV industry, as co-located storage is becoming commonplace. The method produced battery anodes that perform competitively with commercially available products, the researchers claim.

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      Mentions: Indiana U.S. Colorado
    10. Daimler brings its EV plans to the table with €20 billion battery cell order

      Daimler brings its EV plans to the table with €20 billion battery cell order

      In a statement released today, the car and battery manufacturer says it has invested €20 billion in the purchase of battery cells, as part of its CASE – connected, autonomous, shared & services and electric – corporate strategy. Without disclosing specifics, Daimler says it buys the cells on the world market to ensure “the best possible technology”, while it focuses on its “core competence” of battery assembly. Overall, the manufacturer says it is investing more than €1 billion in the creation of a global battery network within the production network of its Mercedes-Benz Cars, which will eventually comprise eight factories on three continents.

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    11. Utilities are Increasingly Planning for Energy Storage

      Utilities are Increasingly Planning for Energy Storage

      The U.S. energy storage market over the last few years has been a true roller coaster. As measured by either capacity (megawatts) or duration (megawatt-hours), the amount of storage deployed has swung wildly from quarter to quarter. And coming in the aftermath of more than 200 MW deployed during the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 – largely due to California’s need for capacity following the Aliso Canyon gas leak – Q3 was another quarter of relatively subdued deployment. In its quarterly Energy Storage Monitor, GTM Research reports 42 MW of energy storage deployed nationally, a 10% increase over Q3 2016.

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      Mentions: California U.S.
    12. Eon and Enel Trade Power Using Blockchain Technology for the First Time

      Eon and Enel Trade Power Using Blockchain Technology for the First Time

      German power provider Eon and Italian electric utility Enel have traded electricity over a new market place, which uses blockchain technology. The business could be handled directly and in a matter of a few seconds, the German energy company said. There is no need for a central broker, which reduces the cost of electricity procurement. In the future, customers should profit from this direct electricity trading via Blockchain and thus from the cost reduction, continued Eon.

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    13. AES claims world’s largest battery storage system – pv magazine International

      AES claims world’s largest battery storage system – pv magazine International

      Move over Tesla. On Monday, AES Energy storage announced the completion of a 30 MW battery storage system in Escondido, Southern California. As verified by GTM Research, this is the largest lithium ion battery storage system in the world by megawatt-hour rating. And while this system is 50% larger in capacity than Tesla’s much-hyped battery system at Southern California’s Mira Loma substation, it has not received the press coverage that Tesla’s has. But this is not the only battery system that AES has commissioned, as the company also put online a 7.5 MW array in El Cajon. Both systems are based on AES’ Advancion System, which can work with multiple battery technologies.

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    14. Tesla Shareholders Approve SolarCity Acquisition

      Tesla Shareholders Approve SolarCity Acquisition

      Today Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced that Tesla and SolarCity shareholders have approved the merger between the two companies, with 85% of unaffiliated Tesla shareholders voting in favor. This was the key hurdle before the acquisition could go through.This comes despite strong concerns by the investment community regarding the condition of SolarCity, which lost over $200 million in each of the last two quarters, and whose stock value never recovered after plummeting last winter.

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    15. Leclanché to Undertake First Energy Storage Project in the US

      Leclanché to Undertake First Energy Storage Project in the US

      It is undeniable that the energy storage industry is booming in markets across the world, as more people consider it the key to renewable energy integration. Swiss integrated energy storage solution company, Leclanché, is feeling the effects of this boom, and has now announced its first project in the U.S. The company was selected by Swiss Green Electricity Management Group (SGEM) to provider EPC contractor services and a turnkey battery storage system for the 20 MW Marengo Energy Storage Plant in Chicago. The project, developed by GlidePath Power, is a landmark project in the region, as one of the largest commercial battery storage projects in the country.

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    16. Younicos to Install 2 MWh Storage System at Panasonic US Operations Hub

      Younicos to Install 2 MWh Storage System at Panasonic US Operations Hub

      Younicos, the Berlin, Germany-based energy storage company, has signed an agreement to supply four of its plug-and-play storage solutions to one of Panasonic’s operations hubs in North America. The agreement will see the creation of a 1 MW/2 MWh system comprising four Y.Cubes – which are Younicos’ storage-in-a-box solutions developed specifically for commercial and industrial (C&I) installations.

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