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    1. NREL Names FAST Prize Concept Stage Winners

      NREL Names FAST Prize Concept Stage Winners

      Nine pumped-storage hydropower concepts today were named winners of the latest stage in the FAST Commissioning for Pumped-Storage Hydropower prize competition. The FAST Prize—which stands for “Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time”—is part of the American-Made Challenges series, designed to accelerate the commissioning times of pumped-storage hydro projects from 10 years to five, while reducing both cost and risk.

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    2. GE Renewable Energy to Implement DC-Coupled Solar and Battery Energy Storage Hybrid System in Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy to Implement DC-Coupled Solar and Battery Energy Storage Hybrid System in Upstate New York

      GE Renewable Energy today said is has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar / Energy Storage project in Lenox, NY. The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020.

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      Mentions: GE New York
    3. Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

      Storage ITC Bill Gains Key Industry Backers

      Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House that would expand the federal solar investment tax credit to energy storage technologies has gained the backing of major trade groups representing the solar, hydropower, and wind sectors. The Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act (H.R. 2096), introduced on April 4 by Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), would amend Section 48 and 25D of the Internal Revenue Code to add all forms of energy storage of more than 5 kWh, including batteries, compressed air, pumped hydropower, hydrogen storage (including hydrolysis), thermal energy storage, regenerative fuel cells, flywheels, capacitors, superconducting magnets, and others.

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    4. Off-Grid Microgrid: Solar + Batteries + Thermal Generation

      Off-Grid Microgrid: Solar + Batteries + Thermal Generation

      Today’s microgrid installations showcase a variety of configurations and control systems. Commercial and industrial sites are finding innovative ways to power their operations, particularly those in remote locations off the traditional grid. Glasgow, Scotland-based Aggreko recently signed a deal with Gold Fields Australia to deploy a solar-plus-batteries-plus-thermal-generation off-grid microgrid, designed to save fuel, reduce emissions, and boost power reliability.

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    5. Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center - Power magazine

      Innovative Microgrid Will Power Finnish Distribution Center - Power magazine

      A distribution center in Finland is installing what is being called the country’s largest industrial microgrid, a system that will use 100% renewable energy coupled with energy storage. The system is being built by Schneider Electric in Järvenpää and is expected to come online in 2019. It will be used by Lidl, a grocery store chain based in Germany. The microgrid is designed to cut the center’s energy costs in half and also serves the region’s electric grid via its battery storage system. The system also heats the facility—it recovers heat from the distribution center’s refrigeration equipment—and supplies hot water to about 500 nearby homes. 

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    6. Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

      Enel and EnergyNest Explore Thermal Energy Storage Opportunities

      Among innovative technology providers developing a thermal energy storage system, Norway-based cleantech company EnergyNest is currently one of the partners selected by multinational energy provider Enel for the analysis of the benefits and impacts of the integration of its technology in one of Enel’s numerous power generation assets. According to EnergyNest, impressive economic and climate-relevant figures could be achieved by the company’s latest thermal energy storage technology when integrated in full-scale: annual CO2 reduction of up to 45,000 tons, 14 million liters of fuel oil saved per year and project payback in less than three years.

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      Mentions: Norway Enel
    7. Greensmith Energy Unveils Standardized Energy Storage Solution

      Greensmith Energy Unveils Standardized Energy Storage Solution

      The technology group Wärtsilä has released a new solution, GridSolv, the company’s first standardized energy storage solution. GridSolv is an advanced energy storage solution that is designed to offer maximum flexibility and speed of deployment. This innovative and standardized architecture supports both standalone energy storage deployments as well as integrated hybrids with thermal or renewable generation assets. Coming in three sizes, the GridSolv solution is typically housed in an ISO 40-foot container and contains: batteries, power distribution, safety, fire suppression, and air conditioning systems.

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    8. Six Forces Disrupting the Power Sector

      Six Forces Disrupting the Power Sector

      Another key marker of disruption, according to Ghosh, is the rapid—“rapid being the code word here”—advancement of technology. Since 2007, the cost of wind and solar power has fallen dramatically as capacity factors have soared, contributing to their quick uptake across all markets, including as offshore and distributed sources, he said. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), variable renewable energy penetration is approaching a 20% to 30% share in many markets, and the wider industry is already seeing repercussions. In Germany, for example, conventional thermal plants—and particularly coal plants—have adopted equipment, software, and operational modifications to be more flexible in order to achieve higher ramp rates, more starts and stops, and much lower minimum generation.

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    9. Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Announces Name Change to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

      Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) Announces Name Change to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

      Brooklyn, NY: Women of Wind Energy (WoWE) announced a new name and logo today during a live, virtual event held before hundreds of supporters across the country. Under the new name, Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), the organization will continue to build on over 10 years of success working to advance women across the renewable energy spectrum.

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    10. Greensmith Energy Selected by American Electric Power to Expand Use of Existing Energy Storage System

      Greensmith Energy Selected by American Electric Power to Expand Use of Existing Energy Storage System

      HERNDON, Va.–Greensmith Energy, one of the largest providers of energy storage software and integration services, announced today that American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) has selected Greensmith as the software provider for a 2 megawatt/14 megawatt hour energy storage system in West Virginia. For the last five years, this battery system has been used as backup system for AEP’s distribution network in the region. Leveraging Greensmith’s industry-leading software, AEP will expand the use of this system into a revenue generating asset—performing Frequency Regulation in the PJM market.

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    11. Duke Energy Renewables Control Center Crosses 3,500-megawatt ...

      Duke Energy Renewables Control Center Crosses 3,500-megawatt ...

      CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy Renewables today announced its control center now serves more than 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy plants across the U.S. since it opened in its new location in 2015. As a result of this rapid growth, the center is further enhancing its cyber security and other capabilities. “The expanded Renewable Control Center (RCC) is at the heart of our growing renewable operations across the U.S.,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables & Distributed Energy Technology. “The enhanced RCC increases our ability to safely and reliably operate wind and solar plants across the country and maximizes the performance of our assets and those of our third-party customers.”

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    12. Caterpillar Launches Cat® Microgrid Technology Suite, Integrating Renewable Energy Sources with Traditional Power ...

      Caterpillar Launches Cat® Microgrid Technology Suite, Integrating Renewable Energy Sources with Traditional Power ...

      PEORIA, Ill., May 3, 2016 – Caterpillar Inc. today announced the launch of Cat® Microgrid technology, an innovative suite of power systems that adds environmentally friendly solar panels, state-of-the-art energy storage, and advanced monitoring and control systems to Caterpillar’s traditional line of reliable power generation equipment, including Cat generator sets, switchgear, uninterruptible power supplies and automatic transfer switches. Ideal for a broad range of applications such as telecommunications towers, industrial facilities, mining installations, and remote villages, islands and rural communities, the Cat Microgrid technology suite is designed to reduce fuel expenses, lower utility bills, offset carbon emissions, and reduce the total cost of ownership while increasing energy efficiency in even the most challenging environments.

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    13. Europe's Largest Energy Storage Project Begins Construction

      Europe's Largest Energy Storage Project Begins Construction

      AES has begun construction of what will be the largest energy storage project in Europe when it comes online later this year in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. The 10-MW/40-MWh Kilroot Advancion Energy Storage Array is being added to the AES UK & Ireland Kilroot Power Station in County Antrim along the country’s east coast. The grid-connected lithium-ion storage facility, which will help balance supply and demand and support the island-wide grid via system operator SONI, is expected to begin operations by the end of 2015. It will also enable more efficient dispatch of existing generation and increase the ability to integrate renewable power sources.

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    14. Exelon: The Utility of the Future Views Change as Enabling, Not Disruptive

      Exelon: The Utility of the Future Views Change as Enabling, Not Disruptive

      Integrating more variable generation and storage, but no new nuclear units, are among the characteristics Exelon sees in the utility of the future, as outlined by Chief Strategy Officer William A. Von Hoene Jr. at the MIT Energy Conference, held Feb. 27–28. He began his Saturday address by saying that innovation is “absolutely indispensible.” Von Hoene’s keynote address on “Building the Utility of the Future” echoed the company’s general attitude, as expressed by CEO Christopher M. Crane, that there is no disruptive technology—we must see them as enabling, Von Hoene said. 

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      Mentions: U.S. MIT DTE Energy
    15. Japan Mulling $800 Million Stimulus for Battery Storage and Efficiency

      Japan Mulling $800 Million Stimulus for Battery Storage and Efficiency

      The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) is considering a proposal for a stimulus package that would allocate ¥93 billion (about $779 million) to support installations of energy storage systems by industrial, commercial, and residential customers, as well as a variety of energy efficiency measures, according to a report in Bloomberg. The METI proposal, which is not yet final, would be included in a supplementary budget measure for the year ending March 31. The budget still needs to be approved by the Japanese parliament. The amount would dwarf the $300 million allocated for storage initiatives last year.

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      Mentions: Japan
    16. The Year Energy Storage Hit Its Stride

      The Year Energy Storage Hit Its Stride

      “Just-in-time” delivery has become an ideal for many industries looking to optimize their efficiency and responsiveness. For the power sector, though, it’s been the business model for well over a century—and that’s the problem. The North American grid is the largest distribution system on earth, yet it’s one with virtually none of its product in reserve. For the most part, electricity needed by customers and the system must be produced at the moment it’s required. At the end of 2013, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) and Department of Energy (DOE) data, the United States had about 1,200 GW of installed generating capacity and a miniscule 21.1 GW of grid-connected, utility-scale storage (counting projects larger than 1 MW). 

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    17. Law firm explains FERC energy storage for ancillary services ruling

      Law firm explains FERC energy storage for ancillary services ruling

      A final rule issued last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to foster competition and transparency in ancillary services markets creates new opportunities for energy storage technologies to help transmission customers self-supply their own Regulation and Frequency Response service requirements while opening up certain ancillary services markets to all generators selling at market-based rates.

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      Mentions: ESA FERC
    18. Germany: Methanation of CO2 with storage in a gas distribution system

      Germany: Methanation of CO2 with storage in a gas distribution system

      (The Methanation of CO2) is being developed as part of a project promoted by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, its acronym in German). In this project, Outotec is responsible for the methanation process. The project partners are Fraunhofer ISE, Engler-Bunte-Institut (KIT-EBI), the DVGW test laboratory at the Engler-Bunte-Institut of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DVGW-EBI), IOLITEC, h-tec Wasserstoff-Energie-Systeme, and EnBW Trading.

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      Mentions: Germany Fraunhofer
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