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    1. LG Chem Officially Launches Home Batteries In North America

      LG Chem Officially Launches Home Batteries In North America

      The lithium-ion battery manufacturer LG Chem has officially launched its residential battery systems line in the North American market. This news follows the completion of UL certification. The company’s residential battery systems line in North America is comprised of a variety of AC- and DC-coupled solutions, with system capacities ranging to up to 9.8 kilowatt-hours (kWh). There are two different voltage options available (which are paired with compatible inverters). These are a low-voltage 48V option and a high-voltage 400V option. The low-voltage option is available in system capacities of 3.3 kWh, 6.5 kWh, and 9.8 kWh. The high-voltage option is available in system capacities of 7 kWh and 9.8 kWh.

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    2. Trump Admin. Outlines Global Solar Plan: 10 Terawatts By 2030

      Trump Admin. Outlines Global Solar Plan: 10 Terawatts By 2030

      President Trump talks a great game when it comes to US coal miners and coal jobs but he sure is walking the renewables walk. The latest item in the flood of renewable energy news pouring from the Energy Department since Inauguration Day is a new study that charts a do-able path for global energy producers to harvest 5-10 terawatts of solar power by 2030. That’s quite a big feat considering that the current scope of global solar generation is still measured in gigawatts, but then again President Trump is known to be a huge fan of the bigly.

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    3. Battery Storage Already Competitive With Pumped Hydro, Says Arena

      Battery Storage Already Competitive With Pumped Hydro, Says Arena

      As Australia’s renewable energy industry awaits the imminent outcome of the South Australian government’s inaugural large-scale energy storage auction, the CFO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has described two of the key competing technologies – large-scale battery systems and pumped hydro – as neck and neck on pricing. Speaking at the 2017 Large-Scale Solar Conference co-hosted by RenewEconomy and Informa in Sydney on Monday, ARENA CFO Ian Kay said projects pairing 100MW of renewable energy generation with 100MWh of energy storage were “about equal” in cost.

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    4. SolarReserve Bids 24-Hour Solar at 6.3 Cents in Chile

      SolarReserve Bids 24-Hour Solar at 6.3 Cents in Chile

      In Chile’s last auction for power, SolarReserve bid a world-record-breaking low price at just 6.3 cents per kWh ($63/MWh) for dispatchable 24-hour solar. SolarReserve’s CSP technology with integrated thermal storage provides 24-hour solar power, and is ideally suited for Chile’s grid with round-the-clock power needs due to its huge mining industry. To bid 24-hour solar at 6.3 cents per kWh is a world record for CSP (Concentrated Solar Power), a form of solar utilizing heat from the sun that can be stored thermally. Chile has open auctions for both fossil energy and renewables, and no subsidies.

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    5. Tesla & Lg Chem Set To Dominate Massive US Battery Storage Market

      Tesla & Lg Chem Set To Dominate Massive US Battery Storage Market

      The US firm Tesla and South Korea’s LG Chem are tipped to dominate the US battery storage market, which is expected to be worth as much as $US50 billion by 2020. Analysts at investment bank Morgan Stanley suggest Tesla and LG Chem are best positioned to take big market shares in a market that it predicts will grow faster than most others expect. Morgan Stanley says the “addressable” battery storage market in the US is 85GWh, or around $US30 billion. But if regulators come on board and allow it to compete in deregulated power markets, then that forecast is nearly doubled to 140GWh or more than $US50 billion.

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    6. Panasonic, Younicos, & Xcel Energy Form Denver Public/Private Microgrid Partnership

      Panasonic, Younicos, & Xcel Energy Form Denver Public/Private Microgrid Partnership

      Spurred by state mandated renewable energy goals, Panasonic, Xcel Energy, and Younicos have formed a public/private partnership with the city and county to promote a microgrid centered around the Peña Station NEXT, a 382-acre transportation hub located near Denver International Airport. The Xcel Energy feeder for Peña Station NEXT already has 20% solar penetration and is expected to have 30% solar penetration by the time the microgrid project is completed in the first half of 2017.

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    7. Renewables Now Cheapest, But How To Enable Faster Renewable Energy Growth

      Renewables Now Cheapest, But How To Enable Faster Renewable Energy Growth

      Renewable energy is now the cheapest option, on average, for new electricity capacity around the world — developed countries like the US as well as developing countries. As I noted the other day, we need to keep channeling this message to the broader public, and especially decision-makers, but there are other things to do in order to increase renewable energy growth. 

       

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    8. One Of The World's Largest Battery Storage Plants

      One Of The World's Largest Battery Storage Plants

      Britain’s largest domestic supplier of natural gas and electricity has its eyes on the low carbon future. Nuclear plants and wind farms produced 54% of the power Centrica sold in the domestic market during 2015. Last week the company announced it will be building one of the world’s foremost battery storage plants in the UK.

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    9. Daimler Considering EV + Battery Production In China As Means Of Boosting Sales | CleanTechnica

      Daimler Considering EV + Battery Production In China As Means Of Boosting Sales | CleanTechnica

      Daimler may begin manufacturing Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles and batteries in China in order to boost local sales, going by recent comments made by firm board member Hubertus Troska. Daimler’s growth in the Chinese auto market has apparently been rapid as of late (~429,000 sold so far in 2016) and the aim is apparently to keep this growth going. As air pollution is a major concern in China, expanding into the electric vehicle sector could be a means of growing in the market even faster than Daimler currently is. 

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    10. Tesla Overhauling Retail Locations To Focus More On Energy Storage Products

      Tesla Overhauling Retail Locations To Focus More On Energy Storage Products

      Accompanying the launch of the its Powerwall 2.0 offering, Tesla will reportedly begin completely overhauling many retail locations to focus more on the energy storage side of its business. The retail facelift will reportedly involve the installation of various interactive displays explaining how the firm’s energy storage products work in simple language. Importantly, this overhaul will also involve a transition to the company actually taking Powerwall 2.0 orders in the store, as well as online, according to Business Insider (previously, all ordering of the Tesla Powerwall was done online).

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    11. Recycling EV Batteries More Cost-Competitive Than Using For Home Energy Storage — Lux Research Echoes Tesla CTO JB Straubel

      Recycling EV Batteries More Cost-Competitive Than Using For Home Energy Storage — Lux Research Echoes Tesla CTO JB Straubel

      It makes more sense from an economic standpoint to recycle old plug-in electric vehicle batteries than to reuse them directly for home energy storage, according to a new report from Lux Research. The primary reason? According to Lux Research, reused plug-in electric vehicle batteries will “deliver questionable returns on account of reduced performance, limiting them to application with less frequent and shallower depth of discharge cycles.”

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    12. GE Forges Ahead With World’s First Wind + Hydro + Storage Project

      GE Forges Ahead With World’s First Wind + Hydro + Storage Project

      Trump or no Trump, the global clean energy train has left the station. A case in point is a new wind, hydropower, and energy storage collaboration between US-based GE and Germany’s Max Bögl Wind AG. The project is on track to connect its four wind turbines to the grid next year, with the hydropower component coming online in 2018. The project represents an innovative combo of two different forms of renewable energy with an energy storage bonus thrown in.  

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    13. Nevada On Track To Get World’s Biggest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

      Nevada On Track To Get World’s Biggest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

      Concentrating solar power tech has faced some withering criticism in the past, but it seems that the CSP industry is just steamrolling right past the doubters. In the latest development, the company SolarReserve let out word that it is eyeballing the construction of a 2,000 megawatt CSP plant in Nevada, to be dubbed Sandstone. The solar behemoth, if it comes into being, will be the world’s largest such facility, with 10 towers and more than 100,000 concentrating mirrors.

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    14. BYD & Parker Hannifin Lead Energy Storage Inverter Suppliers, Says IHS Markit | CleanTechnica

      BYD & Parker Hannifin Lead Energy Storage Inverter Suppliers, Says IHS Markit | CleanTechnica

      More than 900 MW of energy storage grid-tied inverters were shipped globally during 2015, according to new figures by IHS Markit, with Parker Hannifin and BYD leading the global market. A new report from analytics firm IHS Markit earlier this month, Energy Storage Inverter (PCS) Report, analyzed the leading power conversion system (PCS) suppliers. The energy storage grid-tied inverter market has grown in time with growth in the larger energy storage market and the decrease in storage prices, shipping more than 900 MW during 2015. Further, IHS Markit predicts the global energy storage inverter market is expected to surge over the next few years, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 38%, reaching 4.5 GW in 2020, while prices for energy storage inverters will continue to fall an average of 13% per year from 2016 to 2020.

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    15. Energy Storage Mashup Aims Thermal Tech At Fruits And Vegs

      Energy Storage Mashup Aims Thermal Tech At Fruits And Vegs

      The US company Axiom Exergy has been wasting no time getting its new thermal energy storage technology to the marketplace. Just 18 months after nailing a glowing review from the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Axiom has inked a major deal with the New York City utility Con Edison to supply its “Refrigeration Battery” to grocery stores all over Brooklyn and Queens. So, grocery stores. That doesn’t sound too sexy, but when NREL reviewers say things like “the Refrigeration Battery system could provide an economical alternative to electrochemical battery storage systems,” it’s game on for Tesla and other big players in the super-hot energy storage marketplace.

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    16. Smart Water Heaters As Energy Storage Options -- Hawaii Case Study

      Smart Water Heaters As Energy Storage Options -- Hawaii Case Study

      Many know that rooftop PV penetration in Hawaii far surpasses almost anywhere else in the world. Given the state’s 100% renewables mandate by 2045, the pace to explore and quickly implement renewable energy in Hawaii has exposed many challenges and has forced them to the “bleeding edge” of the newest technologies. This forced progress now includes accelerated installation of various forms of energy storage, particularly at the grid-edge. This situation underscores the growing importance of cost-effective and scalable energy storage and its synergy to greater solar generation. Importantly, a draft NARUC Distributive Energy Resources Compensation Manual says: “Energy storage can be used as a resource to add stability, control, and reliability to the electric grid. Historically, storage technologies have not been widely used because it has not been cost competitive with cheaper sources of power, such as fossil fuels. However, given the recent decline in cost as well as improved storage technologies, storage has become an option that is able to compete.”

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    17. India Issues Tender For 200 MW Solar + Storage Facility

      India Issues Tender For 200 MW Solar + Storage Facility

      India has issued its second solar energy storage tender as it looks to expand its capabilities to efficiently absorb the rapidly increasing solar capacity into the existing grid. The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) issued a tender to set up 200 MW of solar capacity along with a storage facility. The power generation capacity will come up in Karnataka’s Pavagada solar power park. Projects will be auctioned in the size of 50 MW each, with each project having a storage capacity of 2.5 MWh. Pavagada solar power park is among around 25 solar parks approved by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. The planned capacity of the solar park is 5 GW, which would make it among the largest power projects in India.

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    18. Conergy To Build “World First” ‘Islanding’ Solar & Storage Project

      Conergy To Build “World First” ‘Islanding’ Solar & Storage Project

      One of the world’s largest downstream solar companies, Conergy, has started construction on what will likely be a world first ‘islanding’ solar and storage project in Australia’s north. The $42.5 million project is set to be developed in Lakeland, in far north Queensland, and will be the Southern Hemisphere’s first integrated solar, storage, and fringe-of-grid project of this size and scale — and will aim to be a world first demonstration of grid-to-islanding.

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    19. SEIA Applauds Energy Settlement In Colorado

      SEIA Applauds Energy Settlement In Colorado

      A major solar energy battle has reached a settlement in Colorado. The solar industry is pretty happy with the result. The following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the filing of a multi-faceted settlement to resolve energy issues in Colorado: “This settlement, signed by more than 20 parties, represents a turning point in Colorado’s energy future. It was a massive undertaking and Xcel Energy should be praised for their leadership.

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    20. Battery Storage Is Already Profitable For Some Customers

      Battery Storage Is Already Profitable For Some Customers

      There is no shortage of speculation these days about when and in what form battery storage will become economic for consumers. But according to new research from US-based consultancy McKinsey & Company, that time has already come – but only for a chosen few. According to the report, and illustrated in the graph below, battery storage makes economic sense, right now, for a subset of commercial customers in “each of the four most important applications:” demand-charge management, grid-scale renewable power, small-scale solar-plus storage, and frequency regulation.

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    21. Volkswagen In Talks With SMA Solar About Energy Storage Business Collaboration

      Volkswagen In Talks With SMA Solar About Energy Storage Business Collaboration

      Volkswagen has entered into talks with the Germany-based solar energy firm SMA Solar about a potential energy storage business collaboration, according to recent reports. Talks are still in the early phase, though, so it may be that nothing comes out of them. When questioned recently on the matter, an SMA Solar spokesperson commented: “It’s way too soon, there is nothing yet that we can say. When things are ready, we will announce them with VW.” It should be noted here that SMA Solar currently works with both Daimler and Tesla in the energy storage field.

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    22. The Coming Solar PV Revolution Will Be Electrifying

      The Coming Solar PV Revolution Will Be Electrifying

      Poised for massive expansion, the global solar photovoltaics market is ramping up and excitement is sparking. Cost reductions, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), are driving huge increases in solar PV investments.IRENA’s new report, Letting in the Light, explores the coming revolution to global electricity systems in the next big wave of solar PV expansion. Rising from today’s 227 gigawatts, IRENA estimates that “solar PV capacity could reach between 1,760 and 2,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.” This represents a rise from today’s 2% share of global electricity generated by solar PV, to around 13% by 2030.

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    23. Sonnen Announces Commercial Energy Storage Product

      Sonnen Announces Commercial Energy Storage Product

      Shortly after announcing a new residential energy storage product, Sonnen did it again with a commercial one — the sonnenBatterie pro. The system ranges from 18 kW / 24 kWh up to 90 kW / 240 kWh. It employs Ideal Power’s 30 kW Power Conversion System. An Ideal Power inverter is included, as is energy management. Hotels, restaurants, and office buildings are referenced on the Sonnen site as suitable places where the system would be effective. Peak shaving and integration with solar power are two of the main benefits.

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    24. Pipeline Of Grid-Connected Energy Storage Projects Reaches 2 GW, Says IHS

      Pipeline Of Grid-Connected Energy Storage Projects Reaches 2 GW, Says IHS

      The number of grid-connected energy storage projects in the pipeline at the end of the second quarter was in the range of 2 GW, according to research firm IHS Technology. According to a new research note published by IHS Technology this week, the energy storage pipeline is being led by the United States, China, and South Korea. The IHS Energy Storage Company and Project Database — Q2 2016 tracked 2 GW of grid-connected energy storage projects currently in the pipeline, a 20% increase since the end of 2015.

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