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    1. Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley Study Shows EV Batteries Meet Daily Travel Needs of 85%+ of US Drivers Even After 20% Energy Capacity Fade; Calls For New EOL Criteria

      Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley Study Shows EV Batteries Meet Daily Travel Needs of 85%+ of US Drivers Even After 20% Energy Capacity Fade; Calls For New EOL Criteria

      A new study by researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley shows quantitatively that EV batteries can continue to meet daily travel needs of drivers well beyond the 80% floor for remaining energy storage capacity that is commonly assumed. An open access paper on their work, which applied detailed physics-based models of EVs with data on how drivers use their cars, is published in the Journal of Power Sources.

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      Mentions: U.S. Nissan LBNL
    2. NEC Introduces 12V Li-ion Battery Line for Stationary Applications

      NEC Introduces 12V Li-ion Battery Line for Stationary Applications

      NEC Energy Solutions, along with NEC Corporation, has announced production availability of the Li-ion ALM 12V35 product line of 12-Volt batteries utilizing Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) technology from A123 Systems. With its EverSafe battery protection technology, the ALM 12V35 is immune to short circuit, overvoltage, undervoltage, and other common accidental battery abuse conditions, the company said. In addition, it can be assembled into battery arrays of 24V, 36V, or 48V for up to 350 Ah and 18 kWh systems with no additional BMS devices necessary.

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      Mentions: A123 NEC
    3. Hydrogenics to Supply 1MW Electrolyzer to Project Converting CO2 to Methanol; Power-to-Gas

      Hydrogenics to Supply 1MW Electrolyzer to Project Converting CO2 to Methanol; Power-to-Gas

      Hydrogenics Corporation will supply a 1MW electrolyzer and provide engineering expertise to a consortium of companies working on the European project MefCO2 (methanol fuel from CO2) in Germany. The application will take excess electricity from intermittent renewable energy sources, generate green hydrogen, and then create methanol using a low-carbon footprint production plant and carbon dioxide emissions from an existing coal-fired power plant in Essen, Germany owned by STEAG Gmbh, which operates a number of regional power plants and distributed energy facilities.

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    4. California Roadmap for Grid-Connected Energy Storage Technology

      California Roadmap for Grid-Connected Energy Storage Technology

      The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) unveiled a comprehensive roadmap to assess the current market environment and regulatory policies for connecting new energy storage technology to the state’s power grid. California envisions energy storage technology as a critical component in reducing global warming, improving air quality and promoting energy independence. The state currently has several pilot projects, and is working toward commercialization of energy storage.

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    5. MIT team Improves Liquid Metal Batteries for Grid-Scale Storage; Lower Operating Temperature, Cost

      MIT team Improves Liquid Metal Batteries for Grid-Scale Storage; Lower Operating Temperature, Cost

      Researchers at MIT have improved a proposed liquid battery system that could enable renewable energy sources to compete with conventional power plants. Professor Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company, Ambri (initially Liquid Metal Battery Corporation), to produce electrical-grid-scale liquid batteries, which comprise layers of molten material which automatically separate due to their differing densities.

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      Mentions: DoE France MIT
    6. Panasonic and Tesla Sign Gigafactory Agreement

      Panasonic and Tesla Sign Gigafactory Agreement

      According to the agreement, Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities. Panasonic will manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells and invest in the associated equipment, machinery, and other manufacturing tools based on their mutual approval. A network of supplier partners is planned to produce the required precursor materials. Tesla will take the cells and other components to assemble battery modules and packs.

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      Mentions: Japan U.S. Panasonic
    7. UC Riverside Opening Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative; Integration of Solar Energy, Battery Storage and Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

      The University of California, Riverside is opening its Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative to research the integration of: intermittent renewable energy, such as photovoltaic solar panels; energy storage, such as batteries; and all types of electric and hybrid electric vehicles. It is the largest renewable energy project of its kind in California.

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      Mentions: CA Balqon Winston
    8. M5BAT 5MW Storage System Integrates Multiple Battery Technologies

      M5BAT 5MW Storage System Integrates Multiple Battery Technologies

      The E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University, E.ON electric utility company, battery manufacturers Exide and beta-motion and inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) have joined forces to build the first multi-technology, modular large-scale 5MW battery storage system. The unique feature of the M5BAT (Modular Multimegawatt, Multitechnology Medium-Voltage Battery Storage System) storage system lies in its modular design, which combines different battery technologies for optimal use. It consists of lithium-ion batteries to meet short-term demand; high-temperature batteries to supply power for several hours; and lead-acid batteries when the average discharge time is one hour or less.

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    9. Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle Adds Home Energy Storage

      Ford MyEnergi Lifestyle Adds Home Energy Storage

      Ford Motor Company is expanding its MyEnergi Lifestyle program (earlier post), announced at last year’s CES, to include home energy storage. The program originally set out to demonstrate how a typical American family can significantly lower its electricity costs while limiting its impact on the environment.

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      Mentions: CA U.S. TX
    10. Porous Power Launches Symmetrix NC2020; New Ceramic Separator Enhances Safety, Cycle Life and Performance of Lithium-ion Batteries

      Porous Power Launches Symmetrix NC2020; New Ceramic Separator Enhances Safety, Cycle Life and Performance of Lithium-ion Batteries

      Porous Power Technologies, LLC (PPT) launched Symmetrix NC2020, a new ceramic battery separator designed to improve significantly thermal stability and safety of large-format lithium-ion batteries. Applications include batteries for electric vehicles, flat-cell consumer electronics, utility-grade energy storage, and other high-power or high-energy applications.

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    11. Massachusetts Awarding $15.5M to Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Projects

      Massachusetts Awarding $15.5M to Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Projects

      In December, the Patrick Administration awarded grants and announced new investments in three programs to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure across Massachusetts, including the launch of an electric school bus pilot. The Clean Vehicle Project will further promote the adoption of electric vehicles in Massachusetts through publicly accessible charging stations and replace or convert more than 200 public and private fleet vehicles currently powered by gasoline and diesel with vehicles fueled by natural gas, propane, electricity, solar electric and hybrid technologies.

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. MA
    12. Honda Joins Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Demonstration Project in Partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

      Honda Joins Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Demonstration Project in Partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

      Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles.

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    13. ARPA-E to Award Up to $30M for Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cell Systems for Distributed Generation; Exploring Storage and Power-to-Fuels

      ARPA-E to Award Up to $30M for Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cell Systems for Distributed Generation; Exploring Storage and Power-to-Fuels

      The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) will award up to $30 million to fund a new program focused on the development of transformational electrochemical technologies to enable low-cost distributed power generation. ARPA-E anticipates making approximately 12-18 awards under this FOA, with individual awards varying between $250,000 and $10 million. (DE-FOA-0001026)

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      Mentions: DoE Germany Delaware
    14. BASF Pitching NiMH Batteries for Grid Energy Storage Applications

      BASF Pitching NiMH Batteries for Grid Energy Storage Applications

      BASF Battery Materials will discuss its latest improvements in Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery technology for grid energy storage applications at the 8th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (IRES 2013), being held 18-20 November 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

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    15. Solar Grid Storage selects AllCell as preferred Li-ion battery system supplier

      Solar Grid Storage selects AllCell as preferred Li-ion battery system supplier

      Solar Grid Storage selected AllCell Technologies as a preferred supplier of large lithium-ion battery systems for their PowerFactor solar + storage systems. The Solar Grid Storage PowerFactorâ„¢ system provides commercial solar project developers with a turnkey energy storage solution bundled with an inverter, reducing project costs.

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      Mentions: MD PJM AllCell
    16. Siemens and partners launching $51M smart city project in Vienna

      Siemens and partners launching $51M smart city project in Vienna

      Siemens and its partners are launching a large smart city project in Vienna, Austria. A living laboratory will be created in the next five years ... in one of the largest urban development projects in Europe. Power supply, building systems, intelligent power grids [including storage], and information and communication technologies will interact optimally.

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    17. University team develops tin-film on wood fiber anode for Na-ion grid storage batteries

      University team develops tin-film on wood fiber anode for Na-ion grid storage batteries

      A team at the University of Maryland has demonstrated that a material consisting of a thin tin (Sn) film deposited on a hierarchical conductive wood fiber substrate is an effective anode for a sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery, and addresses some of the limitations of other Na-ion anodes such as capacity fade due to pulverization.

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      Mentions: MD
    18. Study ID's two compressed air energy storage methods, sites for the Northwest

      Study ID's two compressed air energy storage methods, sites for the Northwest

      Enough Northwest wind energy to power about 85,000 homes each month could be stored in porous rocks deep underground for later use, according to a new, comprehensive study. Researchers at the (DoE's) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Bonneville Power Administration identified two unique methods for this energy storage approach and two eastern Washington locations to put them into practice.

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      Mentions: DoE GE Germany
    19. Univ. of Missouri progressing with convection battery (lithium-metal)

      Univ. of Missouri progressing with convection battery (lithium-metal)

      Researchers at the University of Missouri .. have further developed and validated the “convection battery” or “convection cell” technology ... The convection cell pumps electrolyte via a mechanical pump through porous electrodes to decrease diffusion overpotential losses and make the potential more uniform throughout the electrode.

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      Mentions: Missouri NSF
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