Solahart Appointed Tesla Aussie Powerwall Agent (Int'l)
Tesla Energy reports that Solahart, Australia's leading renewable energy solution innovator, has been appointed a Tesla Powerwall authorised reseller, commencing in February, 2016.
Solahart's service will allow Tesla Powerwall batteries to be retrofitted to existing photovoltaic systems or sold as part of an integrated solution when paired with a new PV system. (Source: Solhard, Tesla, 21 December, 2015) Contact: Solahart, www.solahart.com.au
; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com
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EWEB Energy Storage Demo Scores $295,000 Funding (Funding)
The US Department of Energy's Office of Electricity and the Oregon Department of Energy have awarded $295,000 in state and federal funds to the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB) for an energy storage demonstration project.
The project will incorporate 500 kW of electric energy storage in combination with solar PV to provide backup power for the grid. The project will also include electric vehicle charging stations and a community solar installation allowing EWEB customers to buy into a PV system and share the resulting energy cost savings.
EWEB and its development partners, Powin Energy and Green Energy Corp., will receive technical support from Sandia National Laboratories and Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).
(Source: EWEB, GBE, 20 Dec., 2015) Contact: EWEB, www.eweb.org
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Burlington, Ontario Efficient Energy Study Funded (Funding)
In Ontario, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund has awarded the city of Burlington $162,250 in grant funding to study centralized heating system energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction. Additional study costs will be covered by the city and Burlington Electricity Services.
The study will identify the best and most efficient energy options from a list that includes renewable energy, district energy and cogeneration, waste heat capture, energy storage and smart grid technologies.
It will also consider the advantages of a centralized heating and cooling facility -- aka district heating -- over individual building systems.
According to the city, the research aligns with priorities in the Community Energy Plan and its 20-year framework for reducing GHGs while increasing economic competitiveness. (Source: City of Burlington, insidehalton.com, 20 Dec., 2015) Contact: Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund, http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/green-municipal-fund.htm
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Sony Touting Lithium-Sulphur Battery (New Prod & Tech)
Japanese electronics giant Sony reports it is developing a new kind of lithium and sulphur energy storage that will provide 40 pct more life for a given battery volume. Sony plans to create a commercial version of the new laminated lithium-sulphur battery as soon as 2020.
The new battery will
use sulphur at the negative electrode and lithium on the positive terminal to provide an energy density per unit volume of 1000 Wh/L -- conventional lithium-ion batteries have an energy density of around 700Wh/L, according to Sony.
(Source: Gizmodo, Sony, Nikkei, 19 Dec., 2015) Contact: Sony, http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo
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Aussie ARENA Funding 330-MW Pumped Storage Study (Int'l)
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it will help finance a feasibility study for a 330-MW pumped hydro storage hydroelectric power plant (HPP) at an idle mine in North Queensland.
ARENA is contributing as much as AUS$4 million ($2.9 million / €2.6 million) towards Genex Power Ltd's ongoing technical and commercial preliminary work related to its AUD$282-million power scheme, according to a ARENA press release.
The HPP will be designed to make use of existing infrastructure at the disused Kidston Gold Mine, including former mining pits as upper and lower water storage reservoirs. The facility will operate on an off-peak pumping-peak generation cycle, storing excess electricity during periods of low demand and high generation. It may also use variable speed turbines to effectively manage grid stability.
The study results are due in October 2016.(Source: ARENA, SeeNews, 18 Dec., 2015)
Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, 011 +61 2 6243 7773, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://arena.gov.au
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TP Group Joins UK Cryogenic Energy Storage Hub (Int'l Report)
In the UK, Surrey-based high pressure gas expanders and engineering specialist TP Group Plc reports it has joined the CryoHub consortium, a cryogenic energy storage R&D project funded under Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The CryoHub project was established with a £7 million grant in September and is led by London South Bank University's School of The Built Environment and Architecture.
The team will investigate the potential of cryogenic energy storage (CES) to store excess renewable energy. TPG has invested approximately £0.5 million for the integration of its turboexpander technology which has been proven in other commercial systems. The work will be carried out over the next two years with the majority in 2016. (Source: TP Group, CoolingPost, 30 Dec., 2015) Contact: TP Group, +44 (0) 1753 785 810, email@example.com, www.tpgroup.uk.com; London South Bank University, Professor Judith Evans, +44 20 7815 7815, www.lsbu.ac.uk
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