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    1. “Exceptional Step Forward” For Energy Storage In New York City

      “Exceptional Step Forward” For Energy Storage In New York City

      New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is one of the largest single users of energy in the US, and today the agency is officially launching a next-generation energy storage system that is bound to turn heads. MTA has installed three CellCube vanadium flow batteries on the 25th floor setback of its lower Manhattan headquarters to demonstrate how small footprint, high volume on site energy storage systems can shave down peak electricity use and turn a “smart” building into a brilliant one.

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    2. California's Net Zero Energy Building Mandate To Reshape US Construction Industry

      California's Net Zero Energy Building Mandate To Reshape US Construction Industry

      California’s recent revisions to Title 24 put in place ambitious performance goals: all residential buildings must be Zero Net Energy (ZNE) by 2020, and all commercial buildings must follow suit by 2030. The code also applies to retrofit projects that pass certain thresholds. (A ZNE building produces as much energy on-site as it consumes on an annual basis.) These changes promise to reshape the construction industry in significant ways — and not just in California.

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    3. First 3-D Nanoscale Observations Of Structural Changes In Rechargeable Battery Material During Operation

      First 3-D Nanoscale Observations Of Structural Changes In Rechargeable Battery Material During Operation

      The first 3-D nanoscale observations of the structural changes that occur in the anode of a lithium-ion battery during operation (discharging and recharging) were recently achieved by researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory.  This achievement is expected to lead to a much greater understanding of such processes, and, as a result, to the creation of new ways of engineering battery materials to increase the capacity and lifetime of rechargeable batteries.

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      Mentions: DoE Brookhaven
    4. Germany Solar Storage Sector Set To Skyrocket

      Germany Solar Storage Sector Set To Skyrocket

      Sales of residential solar storage systems in Germany are tipped to boom, with new figures projecting roughly 20-fold growth over the next four years. A study by research outfit EuPD, commissioned by investment body Germany Trade & Invest (GTI), has predicted a nationwide market of 100,000 units by 2018, up from 6,000 last year, citing falling PV prices as the “most significant reason” for this “monumental” commercial growth.

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      Mentions: Germany
    5. Next-Gen High-Energy-Density Batteries Moving Closer — Uniform Antimony Nanocrystals Produced For First Time

      Next-Gen High-Energy-Density Batteries Moving Closer — Uniform Antimony Nanocrystals Produced For First Time

      Uniform antimony nanocrystals — capable of storing a great quantity of both lithium and sodium ions — have been created for the first time by researchers at ETH Zurich and Empa.  Such uniform nanocrystals could be of great use in the creation of potential super-high-density batteries thanks to the previously mentioned storage abilities, and a number of other notable qualities.

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    6. The Next Wave Of Utility Innovation

      The Next Wave Of Utility Innovation

      The next energy storage breakthrough will be in efficiency, rather than time. During high-peak-demand times, utilities charge commercial customers a premium (per kW) called “demand charges.” These charges often make up 40% of the total electricity bill and have, on occasion even been as much as 70%. Green Charge Networks developed a demand charge reduction system called GreenStationTM that uses a sophisticated combination of energy storage and software algorithms to predict and counteract power peaks second-by-second. It can shave 15% or more off the average building’s energy bill.

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    7. Port Of Honolulu Will Soon Be Home To State-Of-The-Art Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

      Port Of Honolulu Will Soon Be Home To State-Of-The-Art Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

      The Port of Honolulu will soon be home a state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell auxiliary power system — providing clean low-emissions power to docked and/or anchored ships. The current plan — which follows up on last year’s pre-pilot study and analysis — is for a highly portable, self-contained hydrogen fuel cell unit to be deployed to the dock in 2015. The fuel cell unit will be able to provide power whether floating on a barge or sitting on a dock, and will be easily transportable to wherever power is needed.

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    8. Tesla Gigafactory: Here’s The Plan

      Tesla Gigafactory: Here’s The Plan

      Tesla has released some preliminary plans. The rumours about it looking at sites in New Mexico and Nevada were correct. There are also potential locations in Arizona and Texas. Tesla is making a final site selection and hopes to start construction on the Gigafactory this year. By 2020, it hopes to be producing 500,000 vehicles a year, with its batteries coming from its Gigafactory.

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      Mentions: New Mexico NV TX
    9. NREL To Test Cutting Edge Vanadium Flow Battery

      NREL To Test Cutting Edge Vanadium Flow Battery

      For those of you who know your vanadium, the real question about vanadium flow batteries is: where’s the vanadium going to come from? But for now, let’s start with the company American Vanadium, which has announced that the new commercially available CellCube vanadium-based flow battery is now undergoing tests at NREL, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.

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      Mentions: DoE CO NREL
    10. Where Will Telsa Build Its Gigafactory?

      Where Will Telsa Build Its Gigafactory?

      This week’s Tesla Teaser is the Gigafactory. Everybody’s talking about it. Batteries are the most expensive part of an electric vehicle (EV) and this could be the key that makes Teslas affordable for the masses. “It’s the future of the company,” said Craig Irwin, analyst with Wedbush Securities. “They need to cut the cost of the battery in half in order to make a half-million cars. This is how they are going to do it.”

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    11. Giant Solar Battery Made Of Salt (Almost) Ready To Charge Up

      Giant Solar Battery Made Of Salt (Almost) Ready To Charge Up

      It basically runs on salt but nevertheless Crescent Dunes, the new 110 megawatt solar power and energy storage facility near Tonopah, Nevada, is billed as the “most advanced solar plant in the world” on top of laying claim to being the largest facility of its kind in the world. Now that construction is complete, the commissioning phase is under way so this is a good time to catch up and see what all the excitement is about.

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      Mentions: DoE NV SolarReserve
    12. Goldman Sachs Declares The Renewable Sector One Of The Most Compelling

      Goldman Sachs Declares The Renewable Sector One Of The Most Compelling

      Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs has declared the renewable energy sector to be one of the most compelling and attractive markets – and is backing up its talk with $US40 billion ($A46 billion) of made and planned investments. Goldman Sachs is not the first big bank to talk up the renewable energy sector, or even “sustainable” investments. But it is one of the first to put real money behind it.

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      Mentions: CA Japan India
    13. Costs For Small Scale Battery Storage To Drop

      Costs For Small Scale Battery Storage To Drop

      Overcoming the challenge posed by the intermittent nature of renewable energy continues to be a major roadblock to high levels of renewable penetration and a stick with which doubters of clean energy can attempt to hit the sector. Battery and storage technologies are an obvious solution to this, but high prices have seen uptake and projects remain limited.

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      Mentions: Germany Tesla
    14. 110 MW Concentrated Solar Energy Power Plant Being Developed In Chile

      110 MW Concentrated Solar Energy Power Plant Being Developed In Chile

      The noted renewable-energy technology developer Abengoa recently announced its intent to construct a 110 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the South American country of Chile. The project — which represents the first CSP development in the country — recently received the go-ahead from Chile’s Ministry of Energy and government agency for entrepreneurship (COFO) when Abengoa was awarded the tender for the 110 MW molten salt power technology plant.

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    15. Alstom To Build Israeli Hydro Storage Power Plant

      Alstom To Build Israeli Hydro Storage Power Plant

      Alstom announced on Thursday that it had signed two separate contracts to supply two pump-turbines for the 300 MW Gilboa pumped storage power plant in Israel. The company will provide two 150 MW pump-turbines “with the associated balance of plant equipment” as well as Alstom’s Distributed Control System, alongside an 18 year operation & maintenance agreement. The power station will be located 60 kilometres east of Haifa, and is expected to be commissioned in 2018. Upon completion, the power plant will increase the country’s installed power generating capacity by 2.5%.

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    16. DoE Energy Storage Report Praised By ESA

      DoE Energy Storage Report Praised By ESA

      The US Department of Energy has released their Grid Energy Storage report to the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, identifying the benefits of grid energy storage, the challenges to be addressed, and the current efforts being made to meet those selfsame challenges. In response, the Electricity Storage Association has publicly praised the report, “nothing that it affirms that wide-scale deployment of storage technologies in the U.S. and around the world is critical to maintaining a resilient, cost-effective electric grid.”

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      Mentions: DoE U.S. GE
    17. All-in-One Container-Type Energy Storage System From Hitachi Unveiled

      All-in-One Container-Type Energy Storage System From Hitachi Unveiled

      Hitachi, a large, Tokyo-based global electronics company, has unveiled an energy storage system aimed at complementing solar and wind power developments — “CrystEna” (Crystal+Energy). CrystEna incorporates a wide range of electricity grid technologies from Hitachi. It isn’t yet ready for the commercial market, however. Plans are to implement a demonstration project in the United States to evaluate its commercial competitiveness.

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    18. Renewable Energy Barriers Fall With New FERC Order

      Renewable Energy Barriers Fall With New FERC Order

      Energy storage fans are rejoicing all across the country on the heels of a new ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which opens the floodgates to connecting more solar arrays and wind farms to the power grid. FERC adopted the new ruling, Order 792, in order to bring its existing rules for small generators up to speed with new developments in the energy storage field.

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    19. Copper Foam Batteries — Increased Energy Storage, Faster Charge Times, & Decreased Production Costs

      Copper Foam Batteries — Increased Energy Storage, Faster Charge Times, & Decreased Production Costs

      Copper foam batteries — a new, cheaper-to-manufacture, faster-to-charge, and longer-lasting alternative to the batteries in common use today — may soon be headed to the commercial market as a result of the efforts of a new startup created by researchers at Colorado State University. The first prototype will be finished within the year, according to the researchers, with third-party testing following after that.

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      Mentions: China CO
    20. At What Point Will Small-Scale (residential) Solar Energy Storage Become Viable?

      At What Point Will Small-Scale (residential) Solar Energy Storage Become Viable?

      If the dance between the winding back of government and utility incentives for small-scale solar power and the falling price point of energy storage continues without a stumble in the US, Europe, and countries elsewhere, the country will see energy storage smoothly coming in to pick up where feed-in tariffs and 1-for-1 net metering leave off.

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