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Battery Resourcers Plans GA. Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Facility (Ind. Report)
Battery Resourcers
Date: 2022-01-17
Worchester , Mass.-based Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and engineered materials company, reports. it plans to open a 154,000-square-foot, commercial-scale, lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Covington, Ga. When fully operational this August, the $43 million plant will be North America's largest battery recycling facility with a 30,000 metric tpy of discarded lithium-ion batteries and scrap processing capacity -- returning battery grade lithium, cobalt and nickel back into the battery supply chain.

According to the company release, the Covington facility marks the first phase of Battery Resourcers' strategic expansion plan which includes an additional facility for precursor and cathode-active material production using the company's patented Hydro-to Cathode™technology. The company's long-term plans include opening additional facilities in North America, Europe and Asia to process up to 150,000 metric tpy of lithium-ion material globally . (Source: Battery Resources, PR, Contact: Battery Resources, Michael O’Kronley, CEO, 206.390.9021, www.batteryresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Resourcers,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  


Econergy Nails Swangate Energy Storage Acqusition (M&A, Int'l.)
Econergy Renewable Energy ,Yoo Enery
Date: 2022-01-17
Israel-based European renewable energy project developer and operator Econergy Renewable Energy reports the acquisition of a 100 pct share of Swangate Energy Storage Ltd, a 50MW storage project located in Yorkshire, Northern England from London-headquartered Yoo Energy.

The 50MW Swangate project, which is fully permitted, is part of a wider pipeline of projects consisting of more than 800MW of storage and 900MW of solar PV for Econergy which expects commissioning and startup in Q1 of 2022 and a total solar+storage UK pipeline to be operational by 2025. (Source: Econergy Renewable Energy, 16 June, 2022) Contact: Econergy Renewable Energy, Eyal Podhorzer, CEO, info@econergytech.com, www.econergytech.com; Yoo Energy, +44 20 7009 0100, www.yooenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Econergy Renewable Energy ,  Solar+Storage ,  


Hawaiian Electric Solar Installations Top 1,000 MW (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2022-01-14
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric is reporting a total of 1,019 MW of solar capacity has been integrated into Hawaiian Electric grids as of Dec. 31, 2021. At the end of 2021, there were 92,504 systems with 1,019 MW of solar capacity and 121 MW of battery storage on the five islands served by Hawaiian Electric. About 312 MW of that solar capacity is from grid-scale facilities with contracts to sell power to the utility.

In 2021, 4,656 private rooftop systems with 51 MW of capacity were added to the company's five island grids, which now have a total of 92,504 systems. This represents an increase of 5.3 pct over the 2020 total of 87,848.

Twenty-one percent of Hawaiian Electric's residential customers have rooftop solar. On the five islands served by Hawaiian Electric, 32 pct of single-family homes have rooftop solar.

With a commitment to cut carbon emissions from power generation 70 pct from 2005 levels by 2030, Hawaiian Electric is aiming to add 50,000 rooftop solar systems with energy storage capacity on homes and businesses over the next nine years, as well as develop community solar projects state wide.

Hawaiian Electric is committed to cut carbon emissions from power generation 70 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 13 Jan., 2022) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric,  Solar,  


Fluence, QuantumScape Partnetship Announced (Ind. Report)
QuantumScape, Fluence
Date: 2022-01-14
Arlington, Virginia-headquartered global clean energy storage specialist Fluence Energy Inc. is reporting a multi-year agreement with San Jose, California-based battery start-up QuantumScape to introduce solid-state lithium-metal battery technology in stationary energy storage applications.

Under the agreement, which reserves batteries produced by QuantumScape's pre-pilot production facility, QS-0, the companies will work together to validate and test QuantumScape's solid-state battery cells for use in Fluence's proprietary stationary storage products. The companies expect to enter into a large-scale supply agreement during their collaboration. (Source: Fluence, PR, Website, Jan., 2022) Contact: Fluence Energy, Samuel Chong VP, Treasurer & Head of Investor Relations, (872) 301-2501, www.fluenceenergy.com; QuantumScape, www.quantumscape.com

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


Yotta Energy, Cal Solar Inc. to Deploy Solar+Energy Storage in California (Ind. Report)
Yotta Energy, Cal Solar
Date: 2022-01-14
As California requires solar plus storage systems for all new commercial and multifamily construction beginning in 2023, Yotta Energy is joining forces with Cal Solar Inc., the leading solar and energy storage design-build engineer and contractor for new commercial and multifamily construction. The companies will work together to deploy statewide renewable energy solutions to meet California mandate requirements.

Yotta's energy storage system will be designed as a virtual-power-plant-ready installation, meaning in addition to battery charging from the solar photovoltaic (PV) system, Yotta's energy storage system provides time-of-use software control. This capability saves users money by allowing the battery to be discharged when electricity prices are high.

The California Building Energy Efficiency Standards will take effect on January 1, 2023, requiring all new commercial and multifamily construction to include solar plus energy storage, and all new residential construction to have energy-storage-ready solar PV systems. The state anticipates adding 280 MW of annual solar capacity and 400 MWh of energy storage with these requirements.

Yotta Energy recently announced a funding raise of $13 million to scale its unique, modular energy storage and microgrid technology, specifically designed to transform buildings into self-generating power plants. Led by WIND Ventures, the Series A round includes follow-on investors Doral Energy-Tech Ventures, Riverstone Ventures, and returning investors, EDP Ventures, and SWAN Impact Network. The round brings the company's total funding to $20 million. This partnership and its collaboration with Cal Solar Inc. represent significant milestones as Yotta Energy looks to move the industry forward with its innovative plug-and-play solar plus storage solution, according to the release. (Source: Yoptta Energy, PR, 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: Yotta Energy, www.yottaenergy.com; Cal Solar, Sean Neman, CEO, 800-784-7612, info@calsolarinc.com, www.calsolarinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yotta Energy,  Cal Solar ,  


Natural Power Touts Renewable Energy Projects (Int'l. Report)
Natural Power
Date: 2022-01-12
UK-headquartered global renewable energy consultancy and service provider Natural Power reports it has delivered technical advisory services on more than 100 GW of renewable energy -- clean power projects in North America.

The projects include 82GW of onshore wind across 547 projects, 50 repowering projects and 13 GW of solar across 971 plants. The company has also worked on 805 MW of energy storage at 11 projects, 4 GW of offshore wind at nine wind farms and 3MW of tidal power across six unique projects. (Source: Natural Power, Website PR, 10 Jan., 2022) Contact: Natural Power UK, +44 (0) 1644 430 008, sayhello@naturalpower.com, www.naturalpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Power,  Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Wind,  


Goldman Sachs Invests in Canadian CAES Specialist (Ind. Report)
Hydrostor
Date: 2022-01-12
New York-headquartered banking giant Goldman Sachs is $250 million in Toronto-based underground compressed air energy storage (CAES) startup Hydrostor. Hydrostor is expected to use the new funds for development, staff expansion and marketing in Europe and the U.S.

As previously reported, Hydrostor's long-duration energy storage system is environmentally low-impact, cost-effective and can store energy for up to 6+ hours. In 2020, Hydrostor's 200 MW A-CAES system was selected by Australia's New South Wales Transmission Network Service Provider, Transgrid, as the preferred option in its Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T) for reliable and secure energy supply. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Hydrostor, PR, 19 Jan., 2022) Contact: Hydrostor, Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO, (416) 548-7880, www.hydrostor.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrostor,  Energy Storage,  Goldman Sachs,  


Dominion Virginia's Grid Plan Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2022-01-12
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy Virginia reports the State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved its $776 million , 10-year Grid Transformation Plan which was designed in response to Virginia's 2018 Grid Transformation & Security Act.

The Plan envisions a restructuring of the electricity grid and the integration of more solar, wind and battery energy storage technology. Under the plan, Dominion would spend as much as $194.4 million in grid technologies, including intelligent grid devices; $27.7 million on grid infrastructure; $198.3 million for advanced "smart "meters; and $203.9 million for a customer information platform.

In August 2021, Dominion Energy filed a $1.5 billion clean energy investment, including up to 1,100 MW of solar, in Virginia, part of a planned $26 billion in spending on emissions reduction technology over five years. The Virginia Clean Economy Act requires Dominion to procure a combined 16 GW of solar and onshore wind by the end of 2035, according to the release. (Source: Dominion Energy Virginia, 11 Jan., 2022) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Charlene Whitfield, VP Power Delivery, Emil Avram, VP Bus. Dev., www.dominionenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Virginia,  


Rabbitbrush Solar+Storage Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Leeward Renewable Energy
Date: 2022-01-10
Dallas-based Leeward Renewable Energy is reporting work has begun on the 100-MW / 50MWh storage Rabbitbrush Solar farm near Rosamond, Kern County, California. When fully operational this coming August, Rabbitbrush Solar is expected to generate sufficient power for 40,000 homes per year, displacing 48,000 metric tpy of COs -- roughly equivalent of taking 10,500 gasoline-driven cars off the road. Central Coast Community Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy have inked 15-year PPAs for the project's power production.

Leeward reports having 21 renewable energy facilities totaling 2,000 MW in nine states and more than 100 new wind, solar and energy storage projects offering 17 gigawatts of power in the pipeline. The projects will be owned by Canadian pension fund giant OMERS Infrastructure. (Source: Leeward Renewable Energy, Jan., 2022) Contact: Leeward Energy, Jason Allen, CEO, 214.515.1100, www.leewardenergy.com; OMERS Infrastructure, Annesley Wallace, Exec. VP, (416) 361-1011, www.omersinfrastructure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leeward Renewable Energy,  Solar+Storage,  


Idaho Power Aiming for 100 pct Renewables by 2045 (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2022-01-10
In Boise, the state regulated monopoly Idaho Power utility reports it has submitted its 20-year Integrated Resource Plan to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The Plan phases out coal-fired power plants by 2028 in favor of renewable energy, battery storage, energy efficiency and additional power that will come with the completion of a transmission line connecting to the Pacific Northwest. The utility is aiming for 100 pct clean energy by 2045 when it expects to serve more than 850,000 customers.

Idaho Power's new 2021 plan calls for 700 MW of wind, 1,405 MW of solar and 1,685 MW of battery energy storage. The plan also considers various climate-related risks and ways of meeting the company's clean energy goal built around hydropower, which is key to the company's long term strategy. Idaho Power presently has 17 hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River and its tributaries. In 2020, company's energy mix was 41.7 pct hydro, 20.9 pct coal, 11.9 pct natural gas, 11.1 pct wind, 4.1 pct solar and 2.9 pct geothermal, biomass and other sources, plus 7.4 pct energy market purchases, according to the company. (Source: Idaho Power, PR, Website, Columbian, Jan., 2022) Contact: Idaho Power,www.idahopower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Renewable Energy,  Coal,  


Doosan Planning S. Korean Hydrogen Fuel Cells Plant (Int]l.)
Doosan
Date: 2022-01-10
In Seoul, Doosan Group subsidiary Doosan Fuel Cell Co. Ltd. is reporting plans to construct a 79,200 square-meter hydrogen fuel cells manufacturing plant near Saemangeum in North Jeolla province, South Korea. The roughly $121.2 plant is expected to be completed and online by 2024.

South Korea began using hydrogen fuel cell power plants to fuel microgrids in 2018, when the army inaugurated its first charging station open for civilians and announces plans for 50 additional sites in the near future. Late in 2021, Doosan inked an agreement to export hydrogen fuel cells to China and partnered with Hyundai to test fuel cell distribution for powering microgrids. (Source: Doosan Fuel Cell Co. Ltd., PR, PetroPlaza, Jan., 2021) Contact: Doosan Fuel Cell, www.doosanfuelcell.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Doosan news,  Fuel Cell news,  Energy Storage news,  Microgrid news,  


Public Power Solutions Announces Solar+Storage JV (Int'l. Report)
Public Power Solutions , Hive Energy
Date: 2022-01-07
Swindon, UK-based Public Power Solutions (PPS) is reporting a co-development agreement with Dubai-based Hive Energy and Ethical Power to develop, fund, construct and manage a pipeline of large-scale solar and battery assets targeting a 250MW pipeline for delivery over the next three years. The first project is a 45MW solar+battery storage project in South Oxfordshire, UK, which is due to be submitted for planning permission in early this year.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swindon Borough Council, PPS will lead on managing the project development, collaborating closely with Hive Energy and Ethical Power to optimise the sites and use the most innovative technologies available. Hive Energy and Ethical Power will take on construction and long-term management of projects, ensuring they operate effectively to deliver the maximum benefits over their operational lifetime. (Source: Public Power Solutions, Website, PR, 5 Jan., 2022) Contact: Public Power Solutions , +44 0 345 209 3470, pps@publicpowersolutions.co.uk, www.publicpowersolutions.co.uk; Hive Energy, +97145232616 , www.hiveenergyinternational.com

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


Univ. of Texas Touts New Battery Technology (New Prod. & Tech.)
University of Texas at Austin
Date: 2022-01-07
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are reporting the creation of a stable battery that replaces lithium and cobalt in lithium-ion batteries and recharges as fast as a traditional lithium-ion battery and has the potential for a higher energy output than current battery technologies.

In order to work, the ions in batteries must travel between the negative charge anode and positive charge cathode while generating electricity. In previously used sodium-based batteries, the anodes can develop something known as dendrites. Lithium dendrites are formed when extra lithium ions accumulate on the anode surface and cannot be absorbed into the anode and can cause short circuits and lead to catastrophic failures and even fires or explosions.

This new sodium-based technology, which resists dendrite growth and recharges as fast as a lithium-ion battery, involves rolling a thin sheet of sodium metal onto an antimony telluride powder, then folding the sheet repeatedly to create a new anode material with a uniform distribution of sodium atoms that can resist the formation of dendrites and corrosion. This new process also makes the battery more stable with a charge rare similar to that of previous lithium-ion batteries and the potential for a higher energy capacity.

Download details HERE . (Source: University of Texas, Austin, National Science Foundation, Contact: University of Texas, Austin, www.utexas.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Texas Austin news,  Battery news,  Lithium-Ion Battery news,  Energy STorage news,  


40MW Energy Storage Slated for N.C. Electric Co-ops (Ind. Report)
North Carolina Electric Cooperatives, FlexGen
Date: 2022-01-07
In Raleigh, North Carolina Electric Cooperatives is reporting it will deploy battery energy storage systems totaling 40 MW in 10 communities across rural North Carolina. The installations will begin in early 2022 for activations this summer. The batteries are being engineered and constructed by Durham, North Carolina-based FlexGen.

The energy storage systems will be sited on or near the following electric cooperative substations: Bolivia, N.C. with Brunswick Electric; Maysville, N.C. with Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative; Lillington, N.C. with Central Electric; Rocky Point, N.C. with Four County EMC; Hubert, N.C. with Jones-Onslow EMC; Rockingham, N.C. with Pee Dee Electric; Asheboro, N.C. with Randolph EMC; Fayetteville, N.C. with South River EMC; Goldsboro, N.C. with Tri-County EMC; and Wake Forest, N.C. with Wake Electric (Source: North Carolina Electric Co-op, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: North Carolina Electric Co-op, Amadou Fall COO, 919-872-0800, www.ncelectriccooperatives.com; FlexGen, Kelcy Pegler, CEO, 855-327-5674, www.flexgen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News North Carolina Electric Cooperatives news,  Energy Storage news,  FlexGen news,  Battery news,  


China State Grid Commissions 3.6GW Pumped-Hydro Storage (Int'l.)
State Grid Corporation of China
Date: 2022-01-05
In Beijing, China's largest state-owned grid operator and power utility, the State Grid Corporation of China, reports the commissioning of the 3.6GW Fengning Pumped Storage Power Station, a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station located in Hebei Province. The $1.87 billion facility incorporates 12 , 300MW reversible pump generating sets with a storage capacity of 6.612 billion kWh.

China presently has 30.3GW of operational pumped-hydro stations and plans to grow that capacity to 120GW by 2030, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. (Source: State Grid of China, Website, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: State Grid of China, sgcc-info@sgcc.com.cn, www.sgcc.com.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News State Grid Corporation of China,  Hydro,  Pumped Hydro,  Energy Storage,  Hydroelectric,  


1.5 GW S. Korean Offshore Wind+Storage Project Announced (Int'l.)
G8 Subsea
Date: 2022-01-05
In South Korea, Singapore-headquartered subsea engineering company G8 Subsea Pte Ltd. and South Korean industrial business group Holim Tech are reporting an agreement to develop a 1.5 GW of offshore wind project incorporating lithium-ion batteries from G8's Japanese technology partner 3DOM Inc.

The two companies also plan to use G8's precision cable lay and protection technologies to install the high-voltage subsea power cables for grid connections. (Source: G8, Holim Tech, PR, Various Media, Jan., 2022) Contact: G8, Pascal Cheon, COO, +65 6568 3310, enquiry@g8-energy.com, www.g8-energy.com; 3DOM Inc., www.3dom.co.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind+Storage,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  


PEAK Wind Takes Minority Stake in Hybrid Greentech (Int'l., M&A)
PEAK Wind,ybrid Greentech,
Date: 2022-01-05
Aarhus, Denmark-based PEAK Wind is reporting a strategic equity investment in the battery energy storage management and virtual power plant technology start-up company Hybrid Greentech, with whom a partnership was formed in the beginning of 2021. PEAK Wind acquires a minority equity stake with an option to increase to 27.5 pct, subject to the fulfillment of certain objectives.

Hybrid Greentech's proprietary software system, HERA, enables the company to intelligently size and manage battery solutions in order to leverage the full revenue potential and optimize the lifetime cost of energy storage. The company offers: advisory services and technical evaluation of solutions for battery energy storage, including degradation analysis for sizing of battery energy storage solutions; virtual power plant software for aggregating energy storage and P2X systems in the energy and power markets; and customer segments include shipping, aviation, large scale charge point infrastructure, large energy users and generators. (Source: PEAK Wind, PR, 4 Jan., 2022) Contact: Hybrid Greentech, +45 3127 0300, HybridGreentechrasmus@hybridgreentech.com, www.hybridgreentech.com; PEAK Wind, Lars Nagstrup Conradsen, +45 2325 5070, www.peak-wind.com

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


Fluence Energy Tapped for Taipower Solar BESS (Int'l. Ind. Report)
Fluence Energy
Date: 2022-01-03
Fluence Energy, an energy storage products and services, and digital applications for renewables and energy storage specialist, reports it has been selected by Taipei, Taiwan-based solar specialist and renewable energy IPP, Ina Energy Corp., a subsidiary of the PJ Asset Management Group, to deliver a 6MW / 6MWh battery-based energy storage system (BESS) in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Fluence will cooperate with the Taiwan-based TECO Group and its subsidiary YATEC to offer Automatic Frequency Control (AFC) services to the state-owned utility company Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) (Source: Fluence Energy, Website PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: Fluence Energy, Samuel Chong VP, Treasurer & Head of Investor Relations, (872) 301-2501, www.fluenceenergy.com; Ina Energy Corp, www.inaenergy.com.tw; www.taipower.co.tw: Ina Energy Corp., www.inaenergy.com.tw

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluence Energy,  BESS,  Energy STorage ,  


National Grid Touts Green Hydrogen Project (Ind. Report)
National Grid
Date: 2022-01-03
In the Empire State, National Grid is reporting a joint project with the Town of Hempstead to build one of the first and largest clean hydrogen projects in the country in Point Lookout on Long Island. For the project, National Grid will expand an existing hydrogen distribution system to heat approximately 800 homes and fuel 10 municipal vehicles.

National Grid is also working with the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Advanced Energy and Research Technology Center at Stony Brook University to assess the compatibility of hydrogen blending in National Grid's existing gas infrastructure.

National Grid is also partnering with Standard Hydrogen Corporation to develop the nation's first multi-use, renewable hydrogen-based energy storage and delivery system in the N.Y. Capital region Subject to regulatory approval, the system will have the ability to power fuel cell automobiles, shift energy peaking, provide backup power, and blend hydrogen into the gas network from a single system.

National Grid has joined the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) Low Carbon Resources Initiative to focus on large scale deployment of technologies like hydrogen and RNG. National Grid is also part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) HyBlend collaborative research project. (Source: National Grid, PR, Website, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: National Grid, www.nationalgridus.com; NYSERDA, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 -- fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  Green Hydrogen,  NYSERDA,  Gas Technology Institute,  RNG,  NREL,  


Enlight, Sungrow Ink 430 MWh Israel Energy Storage Deal (Int'l. Report)
Enlight Renewable Energy, Sungrow
Date: 2022-01-03
China's Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd., the global leading inverter and energy storage solution supplier, and Tel Aviv based Enlight Renewable Energy are reporting an agreement under which Sungrow will supply Enlight with 430 MWh of its flagship liquid cooled energy storage system (ESS).

The contract is the largest ESS agreement signed to date in Israel and marks a massive scale-up in installations for the newly launched system.

The Israeli government is aiming to generate 30 pct of the country’s electric power with renewables by 2030 and is currently aiming to develop an advanced solar-plus-storage system to ensure a stable and reliable electricity grid. (Source: Sungrow, PR, Website, 3 Jan., 2022) Contact: Enlight Renewable Energy, www.enlightenergy.co.il; Sungrow www.sungrowpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enlight Renewable Energy,  Sungrow,  Energy Storage,  


Enphase Energy Inc. Completes ClipperCreek Acquisition (M&A)
Enphase Energy,ClipperCreek
Date: 2022-01-03
Freemnont, California-based microinverter-based solar and battery systems specialist Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting completion of its previously reported acquisition of previously announced acquisition of Auburn, California-based ClipperCreek. ClipperCreek offers electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for residential and commercial customers in the U.S. and has sold more than 110,000 Level 2 AC charging stations since 2006.

Enphase Energy Inc. supplies microinverter-based solar and battery systems that enable people to harness the sun to make, use, save, and sell their own power and and control it all with a smart mobile app. The company revolutionized the solar industry with its microinverter-based technology and builds all-in-one solar, battery, and software solutions. Enphase has shipped more than 39 million microinverters, and over 1.7 million Enphase-based systems have been deployed in more than 130 countries. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, Website 3 Dec., 2022) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Badri Kothandaraman, CEO, Karen Sagot, IR, ir@enphaseenergy.com, www.enphaseenergy.com; Clipper Creek, www.clippercreek.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  BESS news,  


NV5 Global Planning Optimal Energy Acquisition (M&A)
NV5 Global, Optimal Energy
Date: 2021-12-31
Hollywood, Florida-headquartered engineering services company NV5 Global, Inc. reports it plans to acquire Optimal Energy, Inc., effective December 31. Optimal is NV5's fourth acquisition in the energy efficiency sector.

NV5 is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients, delivering solutions through six business verticals: Testing, Inspection & Consulting; Infrastructure; Utility Services; Environmental Health Sciences; Buildings & Program Management; and Geospatial Technology.

With offices in Vermont and Rhode Island, Optimal engages in a full range of consulting services. It specializes in advising state energy efficiency advisory councils on program planning, cost-benefit analysis, and strategic guidance. (Source: NV5 Global, PR, Website , 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: NV5 Global, Dickerson Wright, CEO, 954.495.2112, fax 954.495.2101, www.nv5.com

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


EnerSmart Storage Announces Major Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
EnerSmart Storage
Date: 2021-12-31
In the Golden State, San Diego-based EnerSmart Storage is reporting it will design and operate 44 "smart" battery energy storage systems across 12 counties totaling 165 MWand 336 MWh of battery storage -- sufficient power for 110,000 homes for two hours.

Projects in Chula Vista and El Cajon Counties are slated to break ground in Jan. and to begin commercial operations on April 1, 2022. The projects will help the counties meet the state's environmental standards. California's Renewable Portfolio Standard mandates 60 pct of the state's electric power comes from renewable sources by 2030. (Source: EnerSmart Storage, Website PR, iHeart, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: EnerSmart Storage, James Beach, www.enersmartstorage.com

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


RNESL Acquiring Battery Maker Faradion Limited (Int'l.M&A)
Reliance New Energy Solar,Faradion
Date: 2021-12-31
Mumbai, India-headquartered Reliance New Energy Solar Limited (RNESL) is reporting a definitive agreements to acquire a 100 pct equity stake in Sheffield, UK-based Faradion Limited through secondary transactions for a total value of £94.42 million based on an enterprise value of £100 million. Closing is expected in early January 2022, according to the regulatory filing.

Faradion's patented sodium-ion battery technology is sustainable, low cost, and scalable, has high density at par with lithium-ion phosphate and has patented zero-volt safe transport and storage. Reliance will use Faradion's technology at its proposed fully integrated energy storage giga-factory as part of the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex project at Jamnagar, India.

As previously reported, RNESL has investments in German “green solar wafers” technology company NexWafe GmbH, signed another pact with Danish company Stiesdal A/S for hydrogen electrolyser, acquired 100 pct stake in solar panel manufacturer REC Solar Holdings AS from China National Bluestar (Group) Co, and acquired a 40 pct stake in Sterling & Wilson Power. The company made its first strategic move in the renewable energy sector with a $50 million investment in US-based energy storage company Ambri Inc. (Source: RNESL, Website PR, 30 Dec., 2021); Contact: RNESL:, +91 22) 2278 5000, fax +91 22) 2278 5185, www.ril.com; Faradion Limited , +44 0 114 224 2421, www.faradion.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Reliance New Energy Solar news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  Faradion news,  


Eolian Acquires JV Energy Storage Portfolios (M&A)
Global Infrastructure Partners, Eolian LP,Able Grid Energy Solutions,
Date: 2021-12-29
London-headquartered Global Infrastructure Partners reports its portfolio company Eolian LP now controls the energy storage development portfolios developed jointly with and managed by Able Grid Energy Solutions. The two companies have partnered since early 2017, pursuing the joint development of a 10-GW-plus energy storage portfolio with in the US. They have also collaborated on more than 300 MW of energy storage in Texas and California that are now in operation or under construction. These are now owned by Eolian's unit, Astral Electricity.

GIP presently has roughly $9 billion (€7.96bn) of equity investments and commitments in the renewable energy sector and ownership interests in more than 14 GW of operating renewables and an additional 100 GW of projects under construction or in development. (Source: Global Infrastructure Partners, Website, PR, 26 Dec., 2021) Contact: Global Infrastructure Partners / Eolian, +44 20 7798 0400 , 212-315-8100, www.global-infra.com; Able Grid Energy Solutions, www.ablegridenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolian LP news,  Global Infrastructure Partners news,  Energy STorage news,  


Risen Energy Plans Major Chinese Renewables Complex (Int'l.)
Risen Energy
Date: 2021-12-29
China's Risen Energy Co Ltd reports it plans to invest the equivalent of $7 billion (US) in a new combined 3.5 GW solar and 1.6 GW wind project, with energy storage capacity, in Inner Mongolia.

The project's power production will enable the production of roughly 200,000 tpy of industrial silicon, 150,000 tpy of polysilicon, 10 GW of solar cells and 3 GW of panels annually. The manufacturing section of the complex is expected to take four years to complete, according to the announcement. (Source: Risen Energy, Website PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: Risen Energy Co Ltd., 0086-574-59953588, marketing@risenenergy.com, www.risenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Risen Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Bloom Energy Tapped for Indian Green Hydrogen Microgrid (Int'l.)
Bloom Energy
Date: 2021-12-29
San Jose, California-headquartered hydrogen fuel cell specialist Bloom Energy reports it has been tapped by NTPC Limited, India's largest energy conglomerate and utility, to provide electrolyzer and hydrogen-powered fuel cell technologies for India's first green hydrogen-based energy storage deployment. Thee project aims to explore large-scale, off-grid hydrogen energy storage and microgrid projects at strategic locations throughout the country.

The collaboration will utilize Bloom Energy's solid oxide, high temperature electrolyzer to generate green hydrogen from solar powered electricity. The project is expected to commence in 2022.

Bloom Energy's high-temperature electrolyzer produces hydrogen more efficiently than low-temperature PEM and alkaline electrolyzers. Bloom's solid oxide fuel cells combine ambient air with natural gas, biogas, hydrogen, or a blend of fuels to produce electricity through a non-combustion electrochemical reaction, resulting in reduced carbon emissions, harmful air pollutants, and water use compared to grid alternatives, according to Bloom. (Source: Bloom Energy, PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: Bloom Energy, Edward Vallejo, (267) 370-9717, Edward.Vallejo@bloomenergy.com, www.bloomenergy.com ; www.bloomenergy.com/technology/powering-the-future; NTPC Limited, www.ntpc.co.in

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FuelCell Energy, POSCO Ink Asia Distribution Deal (Ind. Report)
FuelCell Energy, POSCO
Date: 2021-12-29
Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy is reporting an agreement with POSCO Energy Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, Korea Fuel Cell Co., Ltd., to exclusively sell and service its different fuel cell platforms to customers in Asia. The agreement also provides for a firm order for a minimum of 20 SureSource replacement modules to service the existing South Korean operating projects during the calendar year 2020.

The 2020-2025 Asia-Pacific --China, India, South Korea and Japan -- fuel cell market is expected to witness a CAGR of over 17 pct, according to a Mordor Intelligence (Source: FuelCell Energy PR, Zacks, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: FuelCell Energy, Jason Few, CEO, 203-825-6000, info@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com; POSCO, www.posco.co.kr

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Northvolt Produces First Battery Cell on Schedule (Int'l.)
Northvolt
Date: 2021-12-29
Stockholm-headquartered battery specialist Northvolt AB is reporting the production of its first lithium-ion battery cell at its recently commissioned factory in Skelleftea in northern Sweden, meeting its production startup deadline ahead of schedule. The plant's production capacity is expected to increase toward 60 gigawatt-hours per year.

Northvolt aims to shift the balance of battery-making power from Asia to Europe has secured over $30 billion worth of contracts from electric-car manufacturers including BMW AG, Volkswagen AG, Volvo Car AB and Polestar, according to Northvolt. Volkswagen, BMW, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Tesla Inc. are among Northvolt investors. (Source: Northvolt AB PR, Bloomberg 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: Northvolt AB, Peter Carlsson, CEO, hi@northvolt.com, www.northvolt.com

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Photon Offloads 160 MWp Aussie Solar PV Project (Int'l., M&A)
Photon Energy
Date: 2021-12-22
Amsterdam-based Photon Energy N.V. is reporting the sale of its 65 pct stake in its 160 MWp (DC) solar PV power project currently under development in New South Wales, Australia to the global renewable energy group WIRSOL. Photon Energy Group will see a capital gain in the amount of €0.5 million and another two milestone-related payments upon successful completion and commissioning of the project by WIRSOL.

Photon Energy Group plans to fully focus its future project development activities in Australia on large utility-scale projects based on the unique RayGen technology that combines PV Ultra solar co-generation and electro-thermal energy storage technologies. Since its foundation in 2008, Photon Energy has built and commissioned solar power plants with a combined capacity of over 110 MWp and has power plants with a combined capacity of 90.6 MWp in its proprietary portfolio. It is currently developing projects with a combined capacity of over 750 MWp in Australia, Hungary, Poland and Romania and provides operations and maintenance services for over 330 MWp worldwide, according to the company.

(Source: Photon Energy, PR, 20 Dec., 2021) Contact: Photon Energy, Martin Kysly, Marketing and Corporate Communications, +420 774 810 670, martin.kysly@photonenergy.com, www.photonenergy.com; WIRSOL Energy, www.wirsol.com

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NY Lithium-ion Battery Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Magnis Energy
Date: 2021-12-22
In the Land Down Under, Sydney, NSW-headquartered Magnis Energy Technologies Ltd is reporting work on its approximately 22,000sqm , iM3NY lithium-ion Battery Plant in Endicott, New York is well underway and nearing 50 pct completion.

Magnis Energy Technologies Ltd is a vertically integrated lithium- ion battery company with strategic investments in several aspects of the electrification supply chain including manufacturing of green credentialed lithium -ion battery cells, leading edge lithium-ion battery technology and high-quality, high-performance anode materials. "The company's vision is to enable, support and accelerate the green energy transition critical for adoption of electric mobility and renewable energy storage," according to the company release. (Source: Magnis Energy Technologies Limited , PR 22 Dec, 2021) (Contact: Magnis Energy Technologies Ltd., Frank Poullas, Executive Chairman, +61 2 8397 9888, www.magnis.com.au

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Shell Nails Solar, Energy Storage Developer Savion Acquisition (M&A)
Shell New Energies
Date: 2021-12-20
Houston-headquartered Shell New Energies US LLC, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, is reporting the acquisition of Kansas City.-based utility-scale solar and energy storage developer Savion EnergyLLC.

Savion specialises in developing solar power and energy storage projects and currently has more than 18 gigawatts of solar power and battery storage under development for a variety of customers, including utilities and major commercial and industrial organizations. Savion, which has a pipeline of more than 18 GW of solar and energy storage projects with over 100 projects under development in 26 states, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell under its existing brand within Shell's Renewables & Energy Solutions Integrated Power business.

The Savion acquisition complements Shell's existing investments in the U.S. in a range of zero- and lower-carbon assets and technologies and continues Shell's strategy to develop an integrated power business as it moves to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society. (Source: Shell, Savion LLC , PR, 17 Dec., 2021) Contact: Shell New Energies, www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/new-energies.html; Savion Energy, Diana Scholtes, CCO, info@savionenergy.com, www.savionenergy.com

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FPL Builds its Largest Solar+Battery Storage System (Ind. Report)
Florida Power and Light
Date: 2021-12-20
In the Sunshine State, Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) is reporting commissioning of the world's largest solar-powered battery at the FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center.

The Center incorporates 132 energy storage containers comprising a 409-MW battery that can deliver 900 MWh of energy -- sufficient power for roughly 329,000 homes for more than two hours.

In 2018, FPL constructed the then largest combined operating solar and energy storage center at at Babcock Ranch in Charlotte County.

FPL presently operates 42 solar energy centers in Florida and expects to complete eight more solar energy centers by early 2022. By the end of the decade, FPL forecasts that nearly 40 pct of its power will be generated by zero-emissions energy sources -- a more than 65 pct increase from 2020. (Source: FPL, Dec., 2021) Contact: FPL, Eric Silagy, Pres., CEO, www.fpl.com

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Geenex Solar Funds Solar+Storage Projects Pipeline (Ind. Report)
Geenex Solar
Date: 2021-12-17
Charlotte, North Carolina-based solar energy developer Geenex Solar LLC reports it has closed on additional an undisclosed financing from New Energy Capital (NEC) to help advance its 8-GW-plus pipeline of solar and energy storage projects across the U.S. Southeast and the Midwest.

Geenex, which focuses on projects of 20 MW to upwards of 500 MW serving the PJM energy marketplace, is involved in all aspects of the project development process, including site evaluation, real estate procurement, facility and interconnection engineering, environmental analysis, as well as federal, state and local permitting. (Source: Geenex Solar, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: Geenex Solar, 980-237-7926 info@geenexsolar.com, www.geenexsolar.com

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Deere Acquiring Austrian Battery Tech Firm (Int'l., M&A)
Deere,Kreisel Electric
Date: 2021-12-15
Moline, Illinois-headquartered tractor and equipment manufacturer Deere & Company is reporting an agreement to acquire majority ownership in Austrian battery technology developer Kreisel Electric GmbH.

Kreisel, which develops immersion-cooled electric battery modules and packs for high-performance and off-highway applications, developed a charging infrastructure platform (CHIMERO) that utilizes this patented battery technology. The company serves a global customer base across multiple end markets, including commercial vehicles, off-highway vehicles, marine, e-motorsports, and other high-performance applications. (Source: Deere & Company, PR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: Kreisel Electric GmbH, +43 7949 21400, www.kreiselelectric.com; John Deere, 309-765-8000, www.corporateofficeheadquarters.org/john-deere

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Sembcorp UK Plans Major Battery Storage System (Int'l. Report)
Sembcorp
Date: 2021-12-15
Singapore-headquartered energy company Sembcorp Industries is reporting plans to deploy Europe's largest battery energy storage system at the Wilton International industrial complex on Teesside in northeast England. The 360MW lithium-ion system is expected to supply short-duration storage of around two hours, capable of providing fast-response balancing services to the UK's National Grid transmission system.

According to Sembcorp UK CEO Andy Koss, "Now, more than ever, flexible energy sources play an increasingly important role in maintaining secure and reliable energy supplies. With a growing reliance on renewables, the UK energy system needs to be flexible and able to respond quickly to changes." (Source: Sembcorp Industries, PR Contact: Sembcorp Industries, www.sembcorp.com

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BIRD Investing in Battery, Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
BIRD Energy
Date: 2021-12-13
In Tel Aviv, Israel's Ministry of Energy (MoE), the Israel Innovation Authority and the US DOE are reporting six battery, energy efficiency, and energy storage, projects will receive $5.48 million under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. The projects include:
  • AGM Communication & Control (Mitzpa, Israel) and Element 16 Technologies, Inc. (Glendale, CA) will develop sulfur thermal energy storage for industrial applications.

  • E.V.R. Motors Ltd. (Petach Tikva, Israel) and Continuous Solutions L.L.C. (Portland, OR) will develop "IMP" -- an Integrated Miniaturized Powertrain.

  • Environmental Services Company (Neot Hovav, Israel) and 374Water (Durham, NC) will develop energy and resource recovery systems from hazardous organic waste using supercritical water oxidation technology.

  • Kinetics (Airport City, Israel) and UAV Turbines, Inc. (Miami, FL) will develop an ultra-portable turbogenerator system.

  • An Israeli Company and Imprint Energy, Inc. (Alameda, CA) will develop safe, sustainable, and high-power zinc printed batteries and will manufacture and integrate them into thin and flexible cellular Internet of Things (IoT) smart tags for tracking packages, improving logistics processes, and reducing supply chain waste.

  • Synvertec (Herzliya, Israel) and Rhombus Energy Solutions (San Diego, CA) will develop the Synchronverter -- a dynamic and autonomous inverter utilizing a unique control algorithm -- allowing 100 pct of renewable generation by providing grid stability solutions for inverter-based applications.

    Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include one U.S. and one Israeli company or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research institution from the other. The partners must present a project that involves innovation in the area of energy and is of mutual interest to both countries. BIRD Energy has a rigorous review process and selects the most technologically meritorious projects along with those most likely to commercialize and bring about significant impact. Qualified projects must contribute at least 50 pct to project costs and commit to repayments if the project leads to commercial success.

    BIRD Energy was launched in 2009 under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, supporting research and development, benefiting both the United States and Israel. The program focuses on commercializing sustainable energy technologies that improve economic competitiveness, create jobs, and increase energy security. To date, BIRD Energy has funded 60 cooperative Israel-U.S. clean energy projects totaling $47.5 million and approximately $62 million in funds matched by the private sector to commercialize clean energy technologies. (Source: BIRD Energy, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development & BIRD Energy, +972-3- 6988-315, limorn@birdf.com, www.birdf.com

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  • SCF Partners Invests in Power Resiliency, Energy Efficiency Technology Specialist Powerstar (Ind. Report)
    SCF Partners , Powerstar
    Date: 2021-12-13
    Houston headquartered energy services industry investor SCF Partners is reporting an investment in UK, Sheffield-headquartered Powerstar EMSc (UK) Ltd. , a global provider of power resiliency, microgrids, and energy efficiency technologies and equipment.

    Powerstar designs and manufactures behind-the-meter hardware and software technologies for voltage optimization, power resiliency, energy storage, EV charging, and transformer equipment that help commercial and industrial customers reach their net zero carbon goals.

    Founded in 1989, SCF provides equity capital and strategic growth assistance to build leading energy service, equipment, and technology companies that operate throughout the world. SCF has invested in more than 70 platform companies and made more than 400 additional acquisitions to develop 17 publicly listed energy service and equipment companies over its history. The firm is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and has offices in Calgary, Singapore, and Aberdeen, according to the company website. (Source: SCF Partners, PR, 13 Dec., 2021) Contact: Powerstar, Dr. Alex Mardapittas, Founder and CEO, alex.mardapittas@powerstar.com, www.powerstar.com; SCF Partners, Garrett Jackson, 713.227.7888 – Houston TX, gjackson@scfpartners.com; www.scfpartners.com.

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    Northvolt, Volvo Joint Battery R&D Centre Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Northvolt, Volvo
    Date: 2021-12-13
    Following up on our Oct. 10 coverage, In Sweden, Volvo Cars and Stockholm headquartered Northvolt is reporting a binding agreement with automaker Volvo to open a joint battery research and development center in Gothenburg, Sweden, as part of a SEK 30 billion ($3.3 billion) investment in battery development and manufacturing.

    The new R&D center, which is expected to open in 2022, will be followed by the construction of a new manufacturing plant, at an as yet undetermined European location, for the production of next-generation state-of-the-art battery cells, specifically developed for use in next-generation pure electric Volvo and Polestar cars. The plant, which will have a potential annual capacity of up to 50-GWh, will break ground in 2023 for large-scale production in 2026. (Source: Northvolt, PR, Dec., 2021)Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO, Northvolt, hi@northvolt.com, www.nortvolt.com

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    Powin Touts New Battery Energy Storage Platform (New Prod. & Tech.)

    Date: 2021-12-10
    Tualatin, Oregon-based battery energy storage specialist Powin LLC is touting its new "Centipede" battery energy storage platform.

    Centipede is the company's first fully modular design, complete with pre-integrated segments containing batteries, thermal management equipment, and essential safety systems. Centipede requires 50 pct less time and reduces lifecycle costs and provides superior reliability. Centipede's simplified design offers enhanced scalability, supporting more than 200 MWh-AC per acre on solar installations and can accommodate a wide range of system configurations and energy specifications, with immediate room to grow.

    With safety validation completed, first deliveries of the Centipede are scheduled for Q2 2022 To date, Powin has secured more than 2 GWhs in contracted and awarded Centipede orders from multinational independent power producers and utilities. Powin has constructed more than 1200 MWh of systems supporting 54 projects in 10 states and eight countries and has a contracted pipeline to supply over 4,500 MWh of energy storage systems globally over the next three years. (Source: Powin, PR . Website, Nov.-Dec., 2021) Contact: Powin,, Geoff Brown, Pres., www.powin.com


    Powin Touts New Battery Energy Storage Platform (New Prod. & Tech.)

    Date: 2021-12-10
    Tualatin, Oregon-based energy storage specialist Powin LLC (Powin), a global leader in the design and manufacture of safe and scalable battery energy storage solutions, announced its new Centipede battery energy storage platform. Centipede is the company’s first fully modular design, complete with pre-integrated segments containing batteries, thermal management equipment, and essential safety systems. Centipede requires 50 pct less time to procure and deploy and 30 pct less space onsite, while also reducing lifecycle costs and providing superior reliability. The Stack750E will be the first modular Stack purpose built for the Centipede platform and is well-suited for 2-hour to 4-hour applications, including solar and storage use cases. Centipede’s simplified design offers enhanced scalability, supporting more than 200 MWh-AC per acre and a simple augmentation strategy. Centipede can accommodate a wide range of system configurations and energy specifications, with immediate room to grow.

    With safety validation completed, first deliveries of the Centipede are scheduled for Q2 2022 To date, Powin has secured more than 2 GWhs in contracted and awarded orders for Centipede from multinational independent power producers and utilities. Powin has built over 1200 MWh of systems, supporting 54 projects in 10 states and eight countries. Powin has a contracted pipeline to supply over 4,500 MWh of energy storage systems globally over the next three years. (Source: Powin, PR . Website, Nov.-Dec., 2021) Contact: Powin,, Geoff Brown, Pres., www.powin.com


    Scout Clean Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy Ink Gonzaga Ridge Wind PPA (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy and California-based Community Choice Aggregator Peninsula Clean Energy are reporting a 15-year PPA that will provide Peninsula Clean Energy customers in San Mateo County and city of Los Banos with 76.35 MW from the Pacheco Pass Wind Farm in Merced County. ,

    Scout purchased the wind farm from International Turbine Research in 2018, and plans to repower the roughly 40- year old, 162-turbine facility from 18.4 MW to 147.5 MW with 50-MW battery energy storage capacity. Construction is slated for late 2023 and compoletion in October, 2024, when the facility renamed Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm, LLC (GRWF) will generate sufficient power for roughly 44,000 homes. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, PR 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Chad Thompson, 901-331-0779, chad@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com; Peninsula Clean Energy, Jan Pepper, CEO, www.PenCleanEnergy.com

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    Maine Agrivoltaic Community Solar Project Touted (Ind. Report)
    CS Energy,Navisun
    Date: 2021-12-08
    Edison, NJ-headquartered solar and energy storage specialist CS Energy is reporting the 4.2 MW Rockport Maces Pond Agrivoltaic Community Solar Project in Maine has been recognized with Solar Builder Magazine's 2021 Project of the Year Award. The project, owned by Hingham, Mass-based Navisun LLC and developed by Boston-based Blue Wave Solar, is co-located on a blueberry farm, and will generate 5.7 million kWh per year of clean electricity -- sufficient power for 500 homes annually.

    CS Energy designed and managed three control areas -- extremely cautious construction, moderately cautious construction, and standard construction -- within a 5-acre site -- in order to mitigate damage to, and maintain productivity of, underlying blueberry bushes, according to the release. (Source: CS Energy, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Blue Wave Solar, Alan Robertson, Managing Director, 844-786-4100, www.bluewave.energy; CS Energy, Eric Millard, CEO, Chris Ichter, Director of Business Development, 732 860 4660, www.csenergy.com; Navisun LLC, www.navisunllc.com

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    DRAX Plans Double Pellet Production, Biomass Sales by 2030 (Int'l.)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-12-03
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX CEO Will Gardner has announce: "Drax has made excellent progress during 2021 providing a firm foundation for further growth. We have advanced our Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) project -- a vital part of the East Coast Cluster that was recently selected to be one of the UK's two priority CCS projects. And we're now setting out a strategy to take the business forward, enabling DRAX to make an even greater contribution to global efforts to reach net zero.

    "We believe DRAX can deliver growth and become a global leader in sustainable biomass and negative emissions and a UK leader in dispatchable, renewable generation. We aim to double our sustainable biomass production capacity by 2030 -- creating opportunities to double our sales to Asia and Europe, where demand for biomass is increasing as countries transition away from coal.

    "As a global leader in negative emissions, we're going to scale up our ambitions internationally. DRAX is now targeting 12 million tonnes of carbon removals each year by 2030 by using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). This includes the negative emissions we can deliver at Drax Power Station in the UK and through potential new-build BECCS projects in North America and Europe, supporting a new sector of the economy, which will create jobs, clean growth and exciting export opportunities", according to DRAX CEO Will Gardiner. To that end, DRAX has announced:

  • New woody biomass pellet production and sales targets -- increased biomass pellet production targeting 8Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.4Mt) and biomass pellet sales to third parties targeting 4Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.2Mt)

  • Continued progress with UK BECCS and biomass cost reduction -- BECCS at DRAXPower Station -- Biomass cost reduction -- continuing to target biomass production cost of $100/t

  • £3 billion investment in 2022-30 growth opportunities -- investment in pellet production, UK BECCS, pumped energy storage, and construction of new BECCS facilities.

  • Targeting 4Mt pa of negative CO2 emissions outside of UK by 2030. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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  • Altus Power, Shell Collaborating on Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    Altus Power,Shell New Energies US
    Date: 2021-12-03
    Stamford, Conn.-based clean electrification specialist Altus Power, Inc. and San Francisco-headquartered Shell New Energies US LLC are reports plans to collaborate on integrated renewable energy and energy storage solutions to cut carbon emissions and lower energy costs.

    For the collaboration, Altus Power will bring its experience in creating clean electrification ecosystems, which includes solar generation, storage and community solar, while Shell will add its capabilities in electric mobility, stationary battery storage, load management and renewable power supply to develop fully integrated renewable energy supply and onsite energy services. (Source: Altus Power, Website, PR,Dec., 2021) Contact: Altus Power, Lars Norell, Co-CEO, (203) 698 0090, www.altuspower.com; Shell New Energies US LLC, Elisabeth Brinton, Exec. VP Renewable & Energy Solutions, www.shell.com/res

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    Wartsila Supplying Solar Energy Storage in Chile (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-12-03
    Helsinki-headquartered technology group Wartsila reports it will supply a 8-MW / 32-MWh energy storage system to Santiago, Chile-headquarterd power producer Colbun, one of the country's largest power generation companies, to accelerate its transition to renewable energy.

    Wartsila will supply the energy storage system on an "engineering and equipment delivery "(EEQ) basis to Colbun's 230 MWp Diego de Almagro solar PV facility in the Atacama region. The system will provide frequency response and firm capacity to ensure adequate energy supply during peak periods to approximately 80,000 Chilean households.

    The project, Wartsila's first energy storage project in South America, is expected to become operational in Q4 of 2022. Chile is aiming for carbon neutral status by 2050. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: Colbun,(56 2) 2460 4000, www.colbun.cl; Wartsila Energy, Mirja-Maija Santala Manager, Marketing & Communications, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/energy

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    Quinbrook Snares Energy Storage Specialist Habitat Energy (M&A)
    Quinbrook Infrastructure
    Date: 2021-12-03
    Oakland, California-based global low carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is reporting the acquisition of Oxford, UK-based energy optimisation and trading platform Habitat Energy Limited. Habitat uses advanced machine learning and algorithmic capabilities to optimize battery storage assets within deregulated power markets, both stand-alone and co-located with renewables.

    The acquisition bolsters Quinbrook's flexible energy solutions and storage capabilities and builds on its previous acquisitions of Flexitricity and Velox Power -- both platforms in the UK that specialize in demand side response -- and support its expansion into Australian and the US, where it will focus on the ERCOT market in Texas, followed by other US independent system operators (ISOs) shortly after, according to the release. (Source: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, www.quinbrook.com; Habitat Energy, Andrew Luers, co-founder and CEO, +44 1865 261470, www.habitat.energy

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    Cummins Invests in Sion Lithium Metal Battery Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Cummins,Sion Power
    Date: 2021-12-01
    Tucson, Arizona-headquartered rechargeable battery specialist Sion Power is reporting Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins has invested in the company and agreed to participate in a multi-year development program to design and supply large-format lithium metal battery cells for use in Cummins battery packs. The battery cells are based on Sion Power's proprietary Licerion® Electric Vehicle (EV) lithium metal technology for commercial electric vehicle applications.

    Sion Power's LicerionYreg; technology is an advanced approach to lithium-metal batteries containing twice the energy in the same size and weight battery, compared to a traditional lithium-ion battery. Based on Sion Power's proprietary lithium-metal anode technology and incorporating its patented manufacturing process, the cell provides a robust, long-lasting rechargeable battery for Cummins' demanding applications, according to the company release. (Source: Sion Power, Website, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Sion Power, Tracy Kelly, CEO, Angela Kliever Director of Marketing, akliever@sionpower.com, www.sionpower.com; Cummins, Tom Swenson, Bus. Dev, Mgr, 909-396-2647, www.cngvp.org

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    AFFECT Energy Efficiency, BESS Funding Announced (Funding)
    Federal Energy Management Program
    Date: 2021-12-01
    In Washington, the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is reporting the selection of federal agency projects to receive a combined total of $13 million in Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) funding. The grants, which are expected to lead to more than $737 million when leveraged with energy performance contracts from private industry, include the following:
  • U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) -- USCG will implement the agency's first microgrid control system (MCS) coupled with solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) resilience energy conservation measures (ECMs), to provide 10 days of off-grid operation during a power disruption event.

  • Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Atlantic -- The project will provide a comprehensive approach to enhancing its climate change adaptation-resilience posture and energy efficiency across eight NIWC Atlantic sites located in South Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana. NIWC will deploy solar PV and an MCS to enable renewable back-up generation while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

  • Internal Revenue Service -- Internal Revenue Service is pursuing a near-net zero, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project that will empower up to 30 days of off-grid operation in the event of utility power disruption, amplify energy efficiency to substantially reduce baseload energy use and corresponding GHG emissions, and deploy solar PV coupled with an MCS, BESS.

  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst -- A large-scale, wholistic energy efficiency and climate change adaption-resilience project will deploy 40 MW of solar PV combined with a 12-MWh BESS and two unique MCSs alongside a wide range of key energy efficiency and resilience ECMs.

  • DoE, Office of Science -- A new project will bundle comprehensive traditional energy efficiency ECMs and resilience technologies such as lighting, water fixtures, simple HVAC controls, solar PV, BESS, and pumped water storage to reduce energy use and GHG emissions.

  • U.S. DoD, Pentagon -- Project will implement improvements to energy and water efficiency, as well as resilience to climate change-attributed severe weather events, via a comprehensive list of ECMs that will reduce baseload energy and water use and GHG emissions while adding renewable energy technologies. The project will achieve a net GHG reduction cost-effectively via combined reductions in baseload electricity (49 pct), water (8 pct), and sewer costs (40 pct).

  • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall -- The project will deploy an advanced, hybrid geothermal heat recovery chiller system coupled with energy efficiency and resilience ECMs to simultaneously reduce GHG emissions and address climate change adaptation-resiliency.

  • Eglin Air Force Base -- Within this integrated, comprehensive energy efficiency and resilience project, Eglin Air Force Base will implement various resilience ECMs including solar PV, an MCS coupled with a BESS, and natural gas generators while replacing aging chillers that serve critical loads such as data centers.

  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest -- A new project to integrate a cybersecurity-compliant MCS and 150-kW/600-kWh BESS with a total of 1.1 MW of solar PV to augment climate change adaptation-resilience, increase energy efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions, while allowing for full, continuous mission-critical operability of essential facilities and systems in the case of power disruption events.

  • GSA Region 4, Valdosta and Brunswick -- The project will deploy and demonstrate an advanced solar PV technology utilizing bifacial modules at two federal sites in Georgia, directly reducing GHG emissions and assisting GSA in meeting its internal agency commitment of achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2025. The project will also build out capabilities for these sites to consider implementing complementary resilience ECMs such as a MCS or BESS in the future. It will also validate an advanced, bifacial module solar PV technology, which if successful could be replicated and scaled throughout not only GSA Region 4 and the Southeast, but also more broadly across all GSA Regions nationwide.

  • GSA Region 7 -- This project will implement resilience ECMs including an MCS and BESS to boost climate change adaptation-resiliency, reduce GHG emissions by 47 pct, and provide the means to demonstrate GEB concepts such as advanced energy load-shifting and management, and demand response at sites in Laredo and Houston, Texas.

  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis -- This project will augment the capacity of a BESS to 1MW/4MWh, which will be coupled with a recommissioned energy management control system, cybersecurity-compliant MCS, and 1-MW solar PV array to meet the U.S. Air Forces' resilience requirements for energy performance contracts, allowing the base to shed noncritical energy loads and support mission-critical operations should climate change-induced severe weather such as hurricanes or other external forces result in an extended power disruption event.

    The project will also allow the joint base to reduce GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency, and provide peak shaving, demand response, energy time-of-use-shifting, dynamic frequency, and voltage regulation to reduce overall base electricity demand and energy costs.

  • Federal Aviation Administration -- A novel project to directly address federal building energy efficiency and load management, in coordination with their serving utility, to bundle electric vehicle supply equipment with a range of other energy efficiency and resilience ECMs including ground-mounted solar PV, LED lighting, HVAC upgrades, and variable frequency drives.

    The project will reduce GHG emissions by 89 pct by coupling electrification of buildings and transportation, which are key priorities of the Administration's decarbonization goals. (Source: US DOE Federal Energy Management Program, PR 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE, Federal Energy Management Program, www.energy.gov/eere/femp/2021-assisting-federal-facilities-energy-conservation-technologies-affect-federal-agency

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  • CBRE, Altus Power, CBRE Partner on Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
    CBRE, Altus Power
    Date: 2021-11-29
    Dallas-headquartered commercial real estate giant CBRE Group, Inc. and Stamford, Conn.-based Altus Power Inc. are reporting a partnership to develop an advanced proprietary tool that leverages CBRE's commercial real estate data platform, advanced analytics and proprietary algorithms to identify and model clean energy opportunities for commercial and industrial properties, community solar projects and electric vehicle charging stations.

    CBRE collects and analyzes billions of data-points on more than 100 billion square feet of commercial real estate ranging from property information to transaction detail to rooftop sizes to energy consumption information. The application can accurately model building energy demand, potential power generation and identify opportunities where solar energy and/or battery storage can be deployed. . (Source: Altus Power Inc., Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: Altus Power Inc., Greg Felton, Co-CEO, (203) 698 0090, (203) 661 2797 –fax, Gregg.felton@altuspower.com,www.altuspower.com; CBRE Acquisition Holdings, www.cbreacquisitionholdings.com

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