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Volta Energy Tech. Launches Energy Storage Fund (Ind. Report)
Volta Energy
Date: 2021-02-19
Warrenville, Illinois-based Volta Energy Technologies today announced an initial closing on its venture fund focused on batteries, energy storage, and related hardware and software required to enable the use of lower-cost electric vehicles and renewable power generation.

The new fund closed with $72.6M of committed capital in December and will continue to accept additional capital commitments through the end of Q1 2021. It is complemented by the firm's pledge fund launched in 2017, with the backing of corporate strategic investors Albemarle, Exelon, Equinor and Hanon Systems. Volta is currently seeking investors to participate in the final close of the new fund in Q1 of 2021 -- with the aim of raising up to an additional $150 million.

The firm expects significant impacts from a pipeline of investible deals aimed at lowering battery cost, improving safety, increasing battery longevity, grid energy storage, battery recycling technology, advanced manufacturing processes and others.

Volta Energy Technologies identifies and invests in battery and energy storage technology after performing deep diligence with the support of unparalleled global research institutions. Seeded by strategic corporate investors, Volta connects innovators with investors and relevant industries that are adopting energy storage technology, delivering strategic returns for all. (Source: Volta, PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Volta, Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, CEO, www.plusvolta.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Volta Energy Technologies,  Energy STorage,  Battery,  


The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-02-19
Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Powe,  Battery,  Energy Storager,  


  • Longroad Picks up 900 MW Solar+Storage Portfolio (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Longroad Energy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Longroad Energy, a US-based renewable energy developer, owner, and operator has announced the acquisition of First Solar's Sun Streams 2, 4, and 5 solar projects totaling 900 MWdc capacity plus the potential for 1-2 GWh of battery storage projects in Arizona.

    Longroad has closed the acquisition of Sun Streams 2. The closing of Sun Streams 4 and 5 is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

    Sun Streams 2 is being constructed by McCarthy Building Companies and is expected to be operational in June 2021. Sun Streams 4 and 5 are development projects targeted for 2022 and 2024 startups respectively. Both projects are currently uncontracted and uniquely positioned to accommodate a variety of offtake structures, with or without storage, according to the Longroad release. (Source: Longroad, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Longroad Energy, Paul Gaynor, CEO , www.longroadenergy.com; First Solar, Georges Antoun, CCO, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Longroad Energy,  First Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


    CleanSpark Launches Residential Microgrid Solution (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Salt Lake City-based diversified software and services specialist CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting the launch of mVoult www.mvoult.com, a stand-alone energy management controller capable of directing the operations of both existing and new energy assets for residential microgrids.

    mVoult will be offered as a smart controller and mobile app specifically designed for residential applications. The Company also plans to launch a fully integrated mVoult branded battery energy storage and controls solution. The home power solution will enable the selection of optional add-ons such as solar integration or back-up generators. The company expects to begin taking pre-orders for both the stand-alone controls and the fully integrated solution in April 2021. Installations of the solution are expected to begin summer 2021.

    CleanSpark, Inc. offers a suite of software solutions that provide end-to-end microgrid energy modeling, energy market communications, and energy management solutions. Offerings include intelligent energy monitoring and controls, intelligent microgrid design software, middle-ware communications protocols for the energy industry, energy system engineering and software consulting services.

    Through its wholly owned subsidiary, ATL Data Centers LLC, CleanSpark also owns and operates a data center that provides customers with traditional on-site and cloud-based data center services. (Source: CleanSpark, Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: CleanSpark, Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, (801) 244-4405, ir@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microgrid news,  Energy Stoarge news,  Energy Management news,  


    Elon Musk Comments on a U.S. Carbon Tax (Notable Quote)
    Elon Musk
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Following up on our 22 Jan coverage -- Elon Musk Offers $100Mn for Best Carbon Capture Tech -- the the battery energy storage, SpaceX and Tesla tycoon announced:

    "I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff," Musk said.

    "If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don`t have a price on it, it is behaving badly," Musk noted.

    "It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better," Musk elaborated. (Source: Elon Musk, DNA, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Elon Musk,  Carbon Tax,  


    $20Mn Battery Storage Project Slated for San Diego (Ind. Report)
    EnerSmart, Eos Energy
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In the Golden State, San Diego-based renewable energy service provider EnerSmart is reporting a $20 million deal with New Jersey-based Eos Energy for more than 10 zinc-based battery storage facilities, seven of which will be in San Diego. These projects will store approximately 3 MW each and will each supply electric power to 2000 homes.

    The electric powere stored in these batteries will go to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The California PUC seeks to add about 2,100 MW of energy storage to the grid by August 2021. . Currently, the peak demand for electricity is at 26,221 megawatts. (Source: EnerSmart, Website, NewsinPaphos, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: EnerSmart, James beach, Partner, www.enersmartstorage.com; Eos Energy, www.eose.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSmart,  Eos Energy,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    Cambridgeshire 50MW Battery Storage Plant Underway (Int'l.)
    SNS plc
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the UK, Glasgow-headquartered smart energy infrastructure company, SMS plc reports construction is underway on a 50MW grid-scale battery storage development in Burwell, Cambridgeshire. Work on a second 49 MW site in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, will get underway later this month. The two projects are the first in an initial 270MW pipeline that SMS seeks to build over the next two years.

    SMS, which finances, installs, and manages low-carbon energy assets across the grid, will deliver the projects from initial construction through to ongoing operation, trading, maintenance, and asset management for the expected 40-year lifespan of the batteries.

    The UK currently has over 1GW of storage in operation and an expanding pipeline of projects across the country. (Source: SMS, Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: SMS, Tim Mortlock, COO, +44 0 141 249 3880, www.sms-plc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    Jupiter Power Plans 2021 Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Jupiter Power
    Date: 2021-02-12
    Austin, Texas-based utility-scale energy storage developer and operator Jupiter Power is reporting plans to deploy 652MWh of battery storage during 2021, kicking off a 10GW development pipeline.

    The company, which is backed by energy growth capital investor EnCap Investments, it will construct six standalone battery energy storage projects, including three 200MWh projects and three smaller ones, expected to come online by Q3 of this year in Texas, the eastern seaboard, California and the mid-continent regions of the US. The company has around 10GW of battery storage projects under development that it hopes to construct between 2022 and 2026. (Source: Jupiter Power, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Jupiter Power, Andy Bowman, CEO, info@jupiterpower.io, www.jupiter power.io

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jupiter Power news,  Energy Storage news,  


    Wartsila Supplying Energy Storage for Mexican Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-02-10
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Corporation reports it has contracted to install a 10MW battery energy storage system at the Eolica Coromuel Wind Farm near the city of La Paz, Mexico. The 50MW wind energy project is under construction by San Diego-based by Eurus Energy America Corp. -- part of the Tokyo-headquartered Eurus Energy Group -- which operates wind and solar farms globally.

    Wartsilia will provide a grid-connected battery storage system and long-term servicing to the system including remote monitoring, performance guarantees and replacing and repairing components as needed. Wartsilia will use the Finland-headquartered energy storage system integrator's recently launched GridSolv Max containerised lithium-ion battery storage and run on the company's GEMS energy management software platform.

    Mexico is aiming to reach 30 pct renewables by 2021 and 35 by 2024. (Source: Wartsilia, PR, Energy Storage, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, +81-3-5404-5300 / FAX: +81-3-5404-5301, www.eurus-energy.com; Eurus Energy America, Eurus Energy America, Nick Henriksen, VP, 858-638-7115, 858-638-7125 -- fax; info@eurusenergy.com, www.eurusenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Eurus Energy,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


    Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Slated for 2023 Launch (Int'l.)
    Amazon, Shell, Eneco
    Date: 2021-02-10
    In the Netherlands, the Amazon-Shell HKN (Hollandse Kust Noord) Offshore Wind Project is targeting a 2023 launch. The project will comprise a floating solar park, short-term battery storage, optimally tuned turbines, and "green hydrogen" made by electrolysis as a further storage technique.

    The offshore wind farm will be operated by the Crosswind Consortium, a joint venture between energy companies Shell and Eneco, and have an overall capacity of 759MW, half of which is being purchased by Amazon to power its European operations .

    The project is the e-commerce giant's largest single-site renewables project to date. In December, Amazon announced it will invest in 26 wind and solar projects totaling 3.4GW of electricity production capacity. (Source: Amazon, PR, Energy 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eneco, Kees-Jan Rameau, Strategic Growth Officer, www.eneco.com; Amazon, amazon-pr@amazon.com, www.amazon.com/pr; Shell, www.shell.com/newenergies; Crosswind Consortium, www.crosswindhkn.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Shell,  Eneco,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    LG Touts S. Korea's Largest ESS Installation (Int'l. Report)
    LG Electronics
    Date: 2021-02-08
    In Seoul, LG Electronics Inc. is reporting completion of South Korea's largest energy storage system (ESS) -- 340- MWh -- on Anjwa Island, South Jeolla Province, some 320 kilometers south of Seoul, in cooperation with KCH Group, Korea Western Power Co. and Top Solar Group.

    Considering that a four-person family in South Korea consumes an average 11.7 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day, the company said the ESS can store enough electricity for some 29,000 households to use for a day.

    LG Electronics said it will offer a three-year warranty on all ESS components, including batteries that were manufactured by its LG Group affiliate LG Energy Solution Ltd. The tech firm said a 24-hour monitoring and remote control system is applied to the ESS, as well as LG Energy Solution's battery fire detection and suppression solutions. (Source: LG Electronics, PR, Website, Yonhap. 7 Feb., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Electronics news,  Energy Storage news,  


    TOTAL Purchasing TX Solar+Storage Projects (M&A, Imd. Report)
    TOTAL
    Date: 2021-02-08
    Paris-headquartered french oil and gas giant TOTAL reports it is acquiring four commercial-scale solar+storage power projects in Texas, to meet the electricity demand of its Port Arthur refining and petrochemicals platform and La Porte and Carville petrochemical sites and others. All projects, each with co-located battery energy storage systems, are in industrial areas near Houston with high electricity demand and are expected to come online between 2023 and 2024, according to the release.

    Including this acquisition, TOTAL is now developing close to 4 GW of renewable power capacity in the US. TOTAL has the largest renewable energy portfolio among European oil majors. (Source: TOTAL, Financial Tribune, 7 Jan., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Solar+Storage,  


    SPARKZ Licenses ORNL Battery Production Technology (Ind. Report)
    ORNL, Sparkz
    Date: 2021-02-05
    The US DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is reporting Knoxville, Tennessee-based battery energy storage start-up Sparkz Energy Systems (SPARKZ) has exclusively licensed ORNL's "fast formation cycling" technology that enables the rapid production of lithium-ion batteries commonly used in portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. The technology reduces production time significantly and also enhances battery performance, which can lead to reduced costs.

    SPARKZ is presently seeking a location for an R&D and prototyping facility to scale their licensed battery technologies to meet the demands of customers in the mobility and grid sectors, according to the release. (Source: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, www.ornl.gov/partnerships; Sparkz Energy Systems, Sanjiv Malhotra, CEO, www.sparkz.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  Battery,  Sparkz,  


    Sunnova Touts New Home Solar+Storage Service (Ind. Report)
    Sunnova
    Date: 2021-02-05
    Houston-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service provider Sunnova Energy International Inc, reports the launch of the industry's first 0 pct APR financing program for home solar and battery storage service.

    Under the program, new Sunnova customers may be eligible to go solar for as low as 0 pct APR and $0 down with the purchase of a new Sunnova SunSafe® solar + battery storage system, or .99 pct APR and $0 down for the purchase of solar-only service, including a 25-year Sunnova Protect™ limited warranty . (Source: Sunnova, PR, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: Sunnova, Alina Eprimian, alina.eprimian@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


    Southern Power Adding Storage at Calif. Solar Sites (Ind. Report)
    Southern Power
    Date: 2021-02-05
    Atlanta-based US wholesale energy provider Southern Power reports it is adding battery energy storage capacity to its 205-MW Tranquillity Solar Facility and the 72-MW Garland Solar Facility, as well as inking 20-year PPAs with Southern California Edison (SCE) for the two sites.

    Both energy storage projects will be owned in partnership with AIP Management and Global Atlantic Financial Group, who already have existing ownership interests in the two facilities. Southern Power will be responsible for operating the storage, building on their operation of both solar sites since they went into commercial operation in 2016. (Source: Southern Power, PR, Feb., 2021)Contact: Southern Power, www.southernpowercompany.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Energy Storage,  


    Enphase, Momentum Solar Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Enphase Energy,Momentum Solar
    Date: 2021-02-03
    Fremont, California-based energy management technology and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems supplier Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting U.S. residential solar contractor Momentum Solar will now promote and install Enphase Energy Storage systems in addition to Enphase Solar systems as their all-in-one home energy management solution.

    Enphase Encharge™ storage systems feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life, safe operation through excellent thermal stability, and a UL9540A fire safety certification.

    Enphase Storage systems are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. Homeowners have insight into their solar and storage systems through the Enphase Enlighten™ mobile app. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Dave Ranhoff, CCO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Momentum Solar, Arthur Souritzidis, CEO, www.momentumsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Momentum Solar news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


    Enphase, Momentum Solar Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-02-03
    Fremont, California-based energy management technology and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems supplier Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting U.S. residential solar contractor Momentum Solar will now promote and install Enphase Energy Storage systems in addition to Enphase Solar systems as their all-in-one home energy management solution.

    . Enphase Encharge™ storage systems feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life, safe operation through excellent thermal stability, and a UL9540A fire safety certification. Enphase Storage systems are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. Homeowners have insight into their solar and storage systems through the Enphase Enlighten™ mobile app, including the ability to go off-grid from the app.. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Dave Ranhoff, CCO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Momentum Solar, Arthur Souritzidis, CEO, www.momentumsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  Solar+Storage news,  


    ALFEN, Centrica Announce Battery Energy Storage Deal (Int'l.)
    ALFEN,Centrica Business Solutions
    Date: 2021-02-03
    In the Netherlands, battery maker ALFEN reports it has been selected by UK-based energy services company Centrica Business Solutions as a preferred partner to supply 10MW battery energy storage solutions. With this three-year framework agreement, ALFEN further expands its collaboration with Centrica after the recent framework agreement to supply charge points for Centrica and its subsidiary British Gas.

    Centrica Business Solutions, a subsidiary of Centrica, is a leader in building and operating energy storage solutions for various business customers across Europe.

    ALFEN offers comprehensive battery energy storage solutions, both stationary and mobile. The Alfen products are tailor-made for different markets and applications but based on the same design principles to guarantee optimal performance, limited installation time on site, flexibility, modularity and longevity. (Source: ALFEN, Website PR, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: ALFEN, +31 36 54 93 400, info@alfen.com, www.alfen.com; Centrica Business Solutions, Distributed Energy Solutions, www.centricabusinesssolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ALFEN,  Battery Energy Storage,  Centrica,  


    Tesla's 2020 Energy Storage Deployments Jump 83 pct (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2021-01-29
    According to its Q4 and FY2020 earnings report, Tesla's energy storage deployments grew by 83 pct from 2019 to 2020 and surpassed 3GWh in a single year.

    The growth is driven by growing demand for the company's utility-scale Megapack and Powerwall energy storage units. Due to backlog, Tesla's energy storage business has been "supply constrained", yet Tesla is aiming to increase its supply chain and production capacity, the report noted.

    As reported on Jan. 22, With demand surpassing production, Tesla has increased the price of its home Powerwall battery pack by $500 to $7,500 following an October increase from $6,500 to $7,000. The company installed its 100,000th Powerwall home battery pack in 2020, according to Tesla. (Source: Tesla, Q4 and FY2020 earnings report, Jan., 2021) Contact: Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage,  Powerwall,  


    KiloVault Offers New 1.2-kWh Lithium Batteries (New Prod. & Tech.)
    KiloVault
    Date: 2021-01-29
    In the Bay State, Boxborouh-based KiloVault is reporting the release of two new 1.2-kWh lithium batteries -- the 1200 HLX and 1200 CHLX which can handle 80 A of continuous charging current and 100 A of continuous discharging current.

    The new battery's light weight make them ideal for off-grid energy storage and other applications. The new 1.2-kWh models can be used in 12-V, 24-V or 48-V configurations and feature Bluetooth communication for performance monitoring. Even after 2,000 cycles at 100 pct depth of discharge, a 1200 HLX or 1200 CHLX battery will retain 80 pct or more of its original 1,200 watt-hour storage capacity, according to the company release. (Source: KiloVault, PR, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: KiloVault, www.kilovault.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News KiloVault,  Battery,  Energy Storage Lithium,  


    UK Solar, Battery Aggregator Plans Expansion (Int'l. Report)
    Social Energy
    Date: 2021-01-29
    U.K.-based residential energy aggregator Social Energy reports it is planning an international expansion after receipt of "a significant investment" from Minneapolis-based alternative investment manager CarVal Investors.

    Social Energy offers low-cost energy to residential customers and sells solar and Duracell home battery systems then aggregates their output using an artificial intelligence-based metering system called the Social Energy Hub. Social Energy uses the aggregated capacity to offer services such as demand response and frequency response to U.K. electricity system operator National Grid ESO, and flexibility services to distribution system operators such as U.K. Power Networks.

    About 70 pct of the revenue from these services is split between Social Energy's customers, allowing the energy company to offer a faster payback than residential solar and battery owners would receive with a standard self-consumption model.

    In the U.K., Social Energy claims it can help residential customers save an average of £226 ($310) per year and has 6,300 U.K. customers, according to the company. (Source: Social Energy, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Social Energy, www.social.energy; CarVal Investors, www.carvalinvestors.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Social Energy ,  Solar,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    AES Commissions California Energy Storage Facility (Ind. Report)
    AES Corporation, Fluence
    Date: 2021-01-29
    The AES Corporation is reporting the commissioning of one of the world's largest stand alone battery energy storage systems (BESS) at the AES Alamitos Energy Center in California. The system will provide up to 400 MWh of energy to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 20-year PPA.

    The installation incorporates Fluence Advancion 5 batteries -- Fluence is a Siemens-- AES JV and a leading energy storage and technology provider.

    AES presently manages projects that are operational, under construction and under development, including the operation of approximately 2.5 GW of renewable energy projects and has a contracted 2.6 GW pipeline nationwide. (Source: AES, PR, Website, Saur, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: AES, Andres Gluski, Pres., CEO, www.aes.com; sPower, Ryan Creamer, CEO, Naomi Keller, VP Marketing, (801) 679-3514, nkeller@sPower.com, www.sPower.com; Fluence Energy, Fluence Battery Storage System, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com; Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AES Corporation ,  Fluence,  Battery Energy Storage,  Southern California Edison ,  


    LAVO Offers Hybrid Hydrogen Green Energy Storage System (Int'l.)
    LAVO
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Australia-based LAVO is touting its hybrid hydrogen Green Energy Storage System as a replacement for lithium-ion battery units, which leave a massive carbon footprint during production.

    The Green Energy Storage System for residential solar systems can store more than 40 kWh of electricity which is supposedly enough for days of off-grid power for an average household. Measuring 66 x 49 x 15.7 inches and weighing 714 lbs, the system's Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to monitor and control energy usage remotely. (Source: LAVO, Website, PR, Men Gear, Jan., 2021) Contact: LAVO, Alan Yu, Pres. www.lavo.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Hydrogen news,  Solar news,  


    Hawaiian Rooftop Solar Installations up 55 pct (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) is reporting a 55 pct jump in new customer sited rooftop solar systems in 2020 compared to 2019.

    In 2020, 5,965 new rooftop solar systems were installed across Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui Counties up 55 pct from the 3,840 systems in 2019. Of the new systems, 4,624, or 78 pct include battery storage.

    At the end of 2020, there were 87,848 private customer systems generating 968 MW connected to HECO's five island grids, including 9,751 with energy storage. In total, about 3.7 million panels are in use.

    With this increase, 36 pct of single-family homes on Ohu, 29 pct in Maui County and 21 pct on Hawaii Island have rooftop solar.

    For customers who cannot take advantage of private rooftop solar, HECO will soon launch its shared community solar program to extend the financial and environmental benefits of clean energy to a wider range of residents such as renters and customers with low-to-moderate incomes. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, Peter Rosegg, 808.371.7474, peter.rosegg@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Hawaiian Electric,  Rooftop Solar,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


    Maui College Reaches Net-Zero Energy Status (Ind. Report)
    University of Hawaii Maui College
    Date: 2021-01-27
    In the Aloha State, the University of Hawaii Maui College is reporting its campus in Kahului is now powered by 100 pct renewable energy and has achieved net-zero energy status through a combination of solar photovoltaic energy, distributed energy storage and energy efficiency measures.

    Distributed energy storage and energy-efficiency were instrumental in the school reaching its goal. The also school installed more than 3,300 photovoltaic modules with 13.93 MWh of battery storage and is part of a partnership with Johnson Controls and Mauo, a subsidiary of Pacific Current.

    The state of Hawaii has committed to achieve 100 pct renewable energy by 2045 and a collective goal for the university system's 10 campuses to be "net-zero" by January 1, 2035. (Source: University of Hawaii Maui College, PR. 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: University of Hawaii Maui College, www.maui.hawaii.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar PV,  Energy Efficiency ,  Renewable Energy,  


    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by ENVIVA Holdings, LP, the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer:
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) -- is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • UK Battery Energy Storage JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Eelpower, SUSI Partners
    Date: 2021-01-25
    In the UK, London-based Eelpower is reporting a JV with Zug, Switzerland-based SUSI Partners to construct and operate a pipeline of new battery storage assets in the UK. The JV's first project -- a new 50MW battery storage project at Dunsinane, near Dundee, Scotland -- is slated to get underway next month.

    Eelpower is investing in lithium-ion batteries from BYD. SUSI purchased 40MW of Eelpower's existing electricity storage assets, which along with the new assets will continue to be managed by Eelpower. (Source: Eelpower, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Eelpower, Mark Simon, CEO, info@eelpower.co.uk, www.eelpower.co.uk; SUSI Partners, Marco van Daele, Co-CEO and CIO, www.susi-partners.com

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    Recurrent Energy Breaks Ground on One of the Largest Solar+Storage Projects in U.S. (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar,
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. reports its wholly-owned utility scale solar project developer subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC has completed the sale of the Slate project to Goldman Sachs Renewable Power.

    The Slate project is a 300 MW solar plus 140.25 MW / 561 MWh storage project located in Kings County, California, and has begun construction.

    Canadian Solar's majority-owned energy storage subsidiary, System Solutions and Energy Storage will provide the project's battery storage integration solution. The project has signed PPAs with five different off-takers -- four solar and energy storage and one solar-only.

    Recurrent Energy, which functions as Canadian Solar's U.S. project development arm, has approximately 5 GW of solar and storage projects in development in the U.S. (Source: Canadian Solar, Website PR, 13 Jan., 2021) Contact: Rercurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com; Canadian Solar, www.canadiansolar.com

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    Generac Beefs-Up Energy Storage with New Division (Ind. Report)
    Generac
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Waukesha, Wisconsin-based US power product manufacturer and supplier Generac is to unite a number of recently-acquired companies to establish a new energy storage business arm. The new division will combine: Maine-based behind-the meter battery storage technologies manufacturer Pika Energy; Enbala Power Technologies, and Neurio Technology -- all of which were previously acquired by Generac -- with Generac's existing connectivity business to create a combined Energy Technology (ET) division to be headed by Russ Minick.

    Generac lauched its PWRCell home energy storage product last Jan. and released a new EX lithium-ion battery module in October, 2020. (Source: Generac, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Enbala Power Technologies, 262-544-4811, www.generac.com; Pika Energy, Ben Polito, CEO, www.pika-energy.com

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    Tesla Powering Up Powerwall Price (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2021-01-22
    With the demand outpacing production, Tesla has increased the price of its home Powerwall battery pack by $500 -- following an October price increase from $6,500 to $7,000 -- to $7,500.

    The company installed its 100,000th Powerwall home battery pack in 2020, according to Tesla. (Source: Tesla, elektrek, 17 Jan., 2021)

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    Recurrent Breaks Ground on Major Solar+Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Recurrent Energy
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Inc. reports its wholly-owned utility scale solar project developer subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC has completed the sale of the Slate project to Goldman Sachs Renewable Power. The Slate project is a 300 MW solar plus 140.25 MW / 561 MWh storage project located in Kings County, California, and has begun construction.

    Canadian Solar's majority-owned energy storage subsidiary, System Solutions and Energy Storage will provide the project's battery storage integration solution. The project has signed PPAs with five different off-takers.

    Recurrent Energy, which functions as Canadian Solar's U.S. project development arm, has approximately 5 GW of solar and storage projects in development in the U.S. (Source: Canadian Solar, Website PR, 13 Jan., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar, Rercurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com; Canadian Solar, www.canadiansolar.com

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    Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Acquires 25-MW Facility (M&A)
    Gresham House
    Date: 2021-01-18
    London-headquartered Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Plc is reporting the acquisition of a 25 MW battery facility from Enel Global Thermal Generation SRL and has completed a 10 MW extension, expanding its portfolio to 350 MW.

    The Tynemouth battery-only project is situated in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, North East England, and was purchased from Enel Global Thermal Generation SRL.(Source: Gresham House, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Gresham House Energy Storage Fund, www.greshamhouse.com

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    Wartsila, Fluence Supplying Battery Storage to AGL (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila, Fluence,AGL
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In the Land Down Under, Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila and Washington, DC-based Fluence Energy are reporting receipt of contracts from Australia's largest private renewable energy investor AGL to supply up to 1000MW of grid-scale battery storage between them.

    As previously reported, AGL, has committed to build 850MW of grid-scale battery storage by FY2024. In 2020, AGL announced plans to build batteries at Loy Yang A power station in Victoria (200MW), Liddell power station (150MW) and Broken Hill (50MW) in New South Wales and Torrens Island (250MW) in South Australia. (Source: Wartsila, Fluence, renews, Jan., 2021)Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, gwest@agl.com.au, www.agl.com.au; Fluence Energy, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

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    Renewables to Generate Most U.S. Electricity in 2021 (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-01-13
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. electric power generators, developers and power plant owners are planning for 39.7 GW of new electric power generating capacity to begin commercial operation in 2021. Of the total, solar will account for 39 pct, followed by wind at 31 pct, natural gas at 16 pct and battery at 11 pct and nuclear about 3 pct of the new capacity.

    Solar PV -- Developers and plant owners expect the addition of utility-scale solar capacity to set a new record by adding 15.4 GW of capacity to the grid in 2021. This new capacity will surpass 2020's nearly 12 GW increase, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and scheduled additions for the last two months of 2020 (5.7 GW). More than half of the new utility-scale solar PV capacity is planned for four states -- Texas (28 pct), Nevada (9 pct), California (9 pct), and North Carolina (7 pct) and an additional 4.1 GW of small-scale solar PV capacity to enter service by the end of 2021.

    Wind -- Another 12.2 GW of wind capacity is scheduled to come online in 2021. Last year, 21 GW of wind came online, based on reported additions through October (6.0 GW) and planned additions in November and December (14.9 GW). Texas and Oklahoma account for more than half of the 2021 wind capacity additions. The largest wind project coming online in 2021 will be the 999-MW Traverse wind farm in Oklahoma. The 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot project off the coast of Virginia Beach, is also scheduled to start commercial operation in early 2021.

    Natural gas -- For 2021, planned natural gas capacity additions are reported at 6.6 GW. Combined-cycle generators account for 3.9 GW, and combustion-turbine generators account for 2.6 GW. More than 70 pct of these planned additions are in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

    Battery storage -- EIA expects the capacity of utility-scale battery storage to more than quadruple; 4.3 GW of battery power capacity additions are slated to come online by the end of 2021. The rapid growth of renewables is a major driver in the expansion of battery capacity because battery storage systems are increasingly paired with renewables. The world's largest solar-powered battery (409 MW) is under construction at Manatee Solar Energy Center in Florida; the battery is scheduled to be operational by late 2021. (Source: US EIA, 11 Jan., 2021)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

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    ENGIE, Neoen Partner on French Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
    Engie, Neoen
    Date: 2021-01-13
    ENGIE and Paris-hardhearted independent renewable energy developer Neoen report they are partnering to construct "Horizeoa", a 1GW solar farm with battery storage capacity at Saucats in the Gironde region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. The facility will supply a green hydrogen production unit and a data centre.

    The Horizeo project is designed as a true low-carbon energy platform combining mature solar energy with electricity storage batteries. The project is intended to demonstrate that it is possible to accelerate the energy transition in France by directly offering competitive renewable energy to companies, according to the release. (Source: ENGIE,rebiz news, Jan., 2021) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com; ENGIE EPS, +39 02 49541830, info@engie-eps.com, www.engie-eps.com

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    SunPower Shuttering Hillsboro, Oregon Plant (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2021-01-11
    SunPower reports it will cease production at its SunPower Manufacturing Oregon solar panel plant in Hillsboro, Oregon by March 2021 and complete the wind-down of the facility in early June. The company is looking into the possible sale of the plant, exploring a joint venture option or assessing potential partnerships.

    As previously reported, SunPower completed the spin-off of Maxeon Solar Technologies last August. The spin-off encompassed international panel manufacturing and associated sales, which is now run by Maxeon. Following the split, SunPower is focused on solar and battery storage system sales and services for customers in the U.S. and Canada, as well as developing downstream energy services products like energy management software. (Source: SunPower, PR, GreenTech, 9 Jan., 2020) Contact: SunPower, Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com

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    Sunnova Offering Enphase's Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Enphase Energy, Sunnova
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Fremont, California-based global energy management and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems specialist Enphase Energy, Inc. reports it is expanding its long-term relationship with residential solar and energy storage service provider Sunnova Energy International Inc. to include Enphase Encharge™ energy storage systems.

    As a power service provider, Sunnova's network of solar dealers in the U.S. will be able to provide a simple upgrade path for existing Enphase homeowners as well as homeowners who are new to solar and storage. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 6 Jan. 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy, Inc., Badri Kothandaraman, CEO, Christian Zdebe, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Sunnova Energy International Inc., John Berger, CEO, Kelsey Hultberg, Kelsey.Hultberg@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

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    Voltalia's Fr. Guiana Woody Biomass Plant Begins Operation (Int'l.)
    Voltalia
    Date: 2021-01-06
    The Paris-headquartered international renewable energy company Voltalia is reporting its Cacao forestry wood waste/woody biomass plant in Roura, French Guiana has begun operation. The €75 million plant has an installed capacity of 5.1 MW and 550 kW/250 Kwh storage capacity and is expected to prevent 28,500 tpy of CO2-equivalent emissions.

    The company operates three solar, two biomass, and one hydroelectric, as well as battery storage units with a total installed capacity of 30 MW renewable energy facilities in French Guiana. (Source: Voltalia, PR, Website, Bioenergy Insights, 5 Jan., 2020) Contact: Voltalia, Sebastien Clerc, CEO, +33 (0)1 81 70 37 00, www.voltalia.com

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    Vt. State House Installs Battery Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Green Mountain Power
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Montpelier, Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services is reporting the Vermont State House is the nation's first state house to install a battery backup power system. The system replaces a 1960 vintage fossil fuel powered generato back power system.

    The Vermont State House project was the result of a partnership between the Vermont Legislature, the Buildings and General Services team, Grenn Mountain Power utility and private sector businesses. The state appropriation for the project was $450,000. (Source: Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, 10Boston, 5 Jan., 2020) Contact: Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, 802-828-3314, www.bgs.vermont.gov; Green Mountain Power, Mari McClure, Pres., CEO, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392, josh.castonguay@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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    Vt. State House Installs Battery Backup Power System (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-01-06
    In Montpelier, Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services is reporting the Vermont State House is the nation's first state house to install a battery backup power system. The system replaces a 1960 vintage fossil fuel powered generato back power system.

    The Vermont State House project was the result of a partnership between the Vermont Legislature, the Buildings and General Services team, Grenn Mountain Power utility and private sector businesses. The state appropriation for the project was $450,000. (Source: Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, 10Boston, 5 Jan., 2020) Contact: Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, 802-828-3314, www.bgs.vermont.gov; Green Mountain Power,


    Ecolohas Building Smart, Green Homes in Taiwan (Int'l. Report)
    Ecolohas Energy Technology
    Date: 2021-01-04
    Taiwan-headquartered energy efficiency solutions specialist Ecolohas Energy Technology reports it is delivering smart energy storage systems, smart microgrid systems, and distributed microgrid energy storage systems that allow homes to generate their own power, cut energy costs and decrease carbon emissions.

    The smart microgrid system consists of three main elements: renewable energy power generation system, independent small-scale energy storage system, and centralized large-scale energy storage system. Moreover, the system integrates battery and energy management systems providing better quality and improvement on efficiency.

    The "social enterprise" company combines solar power, home energy storage, and concentrated energy storage technologies to build a microgrid system to substitute utility power. The company also introduced its residential Wolf ZE hybrid energy storage system to the Japanese market and has developed various energy storage systems for different applications. (Source: Ecolohas Energy Technology, PR Saur News , 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Ecolohas Energy Technology, Kevin Yang, Pres., www.ecolohas.com.tw

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    EPRI Scores Energy Storage R&D Funding (Funding, R&D)
    EPRI
    Date: 2020-12-30
    The Palo Alto, California-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) reports receipt of $600,000 in funding from the US DOE for projects to study innovative, non-battery solutions to bulk energy storage integrated with fossil assets, supporting a cleaner integrated energy network. The three EPRI-led projects include:
  • A pilot-scale liquid salt combined-cycle unit. -- The study will develop a design for the system to be integrated into a natural gas power plant and evaluate its costs and performance to potentially advance it closer to commercial deployment.

  • Sand thermal energy storage. -- The project will perform a feasibility study for integrating this storage technology into a coal power plant and to explore how this technology can work in conjunction with any fossil source, as well as nuclear, solar thermal, and electrical heating from renewables.

  • Crushed rock as a cost-effective medium. -- The project will perform a feasibility study for the integration of a pilot-scale crushed rock thermal energy storage system with a natural gas power plant. The pilot represents a next-to-last demonstration before the technology can be commercially ready.

    EPRI is collaborating with nine industry organizations to lead these studies, three of which are major U.S. power generators providing potential host sites for the design assessments.

    Not-for-profit EPRI conducts research and development relating to power generation, delivery and use of electricity. EPRI's members represent more than 90 pct of the electricity generated and delivered in the U.S. and international participation extends to 40 countries. (Source: Electric Power Research Institute, PR, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: EPRI, Neva Espinoza, VP Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Tim Leljedal, (980) 229-5964, tleljedal@epri.com, www.epri.com

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  • Gresham House Snares Scottish Energy Storage Project (Int'l., M&A)
    Gresham House
    Date: 2020-12-28
    London-headquartered Gresham House Energy Storage Fund Plc is reporting a conditional agreement to purchase Bryers Brae, a 30-MW/30-MW battery storage project near Wester Dechmont, Livingston, Scotland. The project is slated for commissioning in Q2, 2021.

    The project, to be sold by developers Gresham House DevCo Limited and Noriker Power Ltd, is part of the fund's pipeline announced in November. The purchase will bring Gresham House's portfolio to 345 MW. The fund also has a 25-MW project in advanced stages of due diligence and plans to expand the capacity of its Glassenbury project by another 10 MW. (Source: Gresham House, PR, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: Gresham House Energy Storage Fund, www.greshamhouse.com; Noriker Power Ltd., www.noriker.co.uk

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    Eos Energy Wins CA Hospital Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy Enterprises
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Edison, New Jersey-based zinc-based energy storage systems specialist Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc. is reporting receipt of a firm order from Lake Dorest, California-based renewable energy microgrid specialist Charge Bliss, Inc. (CGI) to provide a critical care hospital with 2 MW of energy storage using its Znyth®battery. The deal is valued at $2 million.

    Eos will provide up to 2 MW of continuous power delivery upon installation, which is slated for Q2, 2021. The project agreement comes after Eos recently announced that it increased its projected pipeline by 30 percent in a 30-day period, as a result of increased demand for long duration -- 4 hours of discharge). (Source: Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc., PR, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: Eos Energy, www.eose.com; CBI, Jon Harding, COO, 844-321-4909, info@chargebliss.com, www.chargebliss.com

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    Ormat Snares Texas Energy Storage Asset (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Ormat Technologies, Viridity Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-12-21
    Ormat Technologies Inc, an Israeli geothermal firm, is reporting acquisition of a shovel-ready energy storage asset in Upton County, Texas, from Con Edison Development.

    Ormat's (ORA) Philadelphia-based wholly owned subsidiary Viridity Energy Solutions Inc will design, build, own and operate a 25 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project at the site and Ormat is targeting commercial operation of the BESS by the end of 2021. The company stated that the BESS facility will provide ancillary services and energy optimization to the wholesale markets managed by the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). (Source: Ormat,PR, NASDAQ, 20 Dec., 2020) Contact: Ormat Technologies, www.ormat.com; Viridity Energy Solutions, 484-534-2222, www.viridityenergy.com

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    Posey County Indiana Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Arevon Energy
    Date: 2020-12-18
    Global solar energy developer Arevon Energy Management is reporting their planned 2,500 -- 3,000 acre solar farm project in southern Posey County, Indiana is underway and awaiting regulatory and permitting approvals. Construction is slated to begin in 2022 with the project going online in 2023.

    Arevon is North America's leading renewable energy company, offering comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure solutions to institutional investors and long-term owners that maximize value across the entire lifecycle of assets. Arevon is an affiliate of Capital Dynamics, benefiting from the global scale and extensive market insight of the global Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) platform.

    Arevon's global fleet of PV Solar and Onshore Wind assets now exceeds 6.5GWdc, representing over $9 billion in invested capital. Arevon operates the 2nd largest portfolio of operating solar assets in North America, with over 3.5 GWdc of commercially operating utility-scale, commercial/industrial, distributed generation, and Battery Storage assets, according to the company website. (Source: Arevon Energy, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Arevon Energy Management, Tiago Sabino Dias, CEO, 480-653-8450, www.arevonenergy.com

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    ConEdison Announces First Battery Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
    ConEdison,174 Power Global
    Date: 2020-12-16
    New York utility Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc (Con Edison) -- one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies -- is reporting a deal with Irvine, California-headquartered Hanwha Group subsidiary solar project developer 174 Power Global Corp. to construct the first utility-owned battery in the state storing enough solar and wind energy to power 800 homes and businesses.

    The facility along the East River in Ozone Park, Queens, will store sufficient green energy to power 16,000 customers for several hours, or the World Trade Center for a day.

    According to ConEdison, "facilities like this one are necessary to help the state meet its goal of 70 pct renewable energy use by 2030." (Source: ConEdison, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: ConEdison, Mohamed Kamaludeen, Energy Storage Project Manager, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com; 174 Power Global Corp., (833) 461-7474, info@174powerglobal.com , www.174powerglobal.com

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    Korean Battery Maker Pledges 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    LG Chem
    Date: 2020-12-14
    South Korean chemical and battery manufacturer LG Chem is reporting an energy supply deal with Chinese solar and wind electric power company Jiangsu Runfeng New Energy for 140GWh per year of renewable energy -- sufficient power for 30,000 households for over a year and to fully power LG Chem's Leyou New Energy materials cathodes plant in Wuxi, a city in Jiangsu province, China. The plant's switch to 100 pct renewable energy will also eliminate 100,000 tpy of carbon beginning in 2021.

    LG Chem aims to become over 90 pct carbon neutral within its electric battery materials operations in China and to achieve Carbon Neutral Growth by 2050, according to the company. (Source: LG Chem , PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

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    Siemens, Clemson, Duke Research Hydrogen Storage (R&D Report)
    Siemens Energy, Duke Energy, Clemson University
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Siemens Energy, Duke Energy and Clemson University have teamed up to study the use of hydrogen for energy storage and as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to produce energy at Duke Energy's combined heat and power plant located at Clemson University in South Carolina.

    The US DOE awarded Siemens Energy a $200,000 grant for the "H2-Orange" research pilot to be launched in March. 2021. The project will include studies on hydrogen production, storage and co-firing with natural gas as well as evaluate multiple forms of hydrogen production, including green hydrogen, which has the potential to store larger quantities of energy more efficiently and for longer durations than lithium-ion battery technology.

    Duke Energy has actively evaluated hydrogen as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to help meet its net-zero carbon goal by 2050, as have Siemens Energy and Clemson University as they aim for net-zero carbon by 2030. (Source: Siemens Energy AG,Website PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Siemens Energy, www.siemens-energy.com; Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Clemson University, 864-656-3311, www.clemson.edu

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