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Energy Efficiency Factored into UK Mortgage Affordability (Int'l.)
Monmouthshire Building Society
Date: 2020-07-01
In the UK, Newport-based Monmouthshire Building Society is touting the VALUER Project, a collection of industry partners led by Monmouthshire Building Society, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Rightmove and zero carbon homebuilder and sustainable energy service provider Sero.

The VALUER Project aims to launch the first mortgages and additional borrowing in the UK that recognizes home energy efficiency in their mortgage affordability calculations. The scheme's new green mortgages and additional borrowing products will be available to new build low energy homes using solar panels, energy storage and smart energy systems as well as existing homes looking to make retrofit energy improvements.

Under the scheme, new home purchasers will be offered pilot mortgage products that include assessments of energy efficiency and other new considerations. (Source: Monmouthshire Building Society, 30 June, 2020) Contact: Monmouthshire Building Society, www.monbs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


EU MEPs Call for Renewables, Energy Storage to Spur Decarbonization (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2020-07-01
In Brussels, Members of the European Union Parliament (MEPs) Industry, Research and Energy Committee the Committee) have outlined their strategy for renewable energy, 'green' hydrogen, and energy storage, all of which play a crucial role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

The Committee calls on the EC and member states to remove regulatory barriers that hamper the development of energy storage projects, such as double taxation or shortcomings in EU network codes. The Trans-European energy networks also need to be revised in order to improve eligibility criteria for those wishing to develop energy storage facilities.

MEPs also highlight the potential of hydrogen produced from renewable sources ("green hydrogen" ) and call on the EC to continue supporting research into and development of a hydrogen economy. The EC should also assess if retrofitting gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen is possible, as the use of natural gas is only of a transitional nature.

The committee also supports the EC's efforts to create European standards for batteries and to reduce dependence on their production outside of Europe. The EU's heavy dependence on importing raw materials from sources where extraction degrades the environment should be reduced through enhanced recycling schemes and by sourcing raw materials sustainably, possibly in the EU.

Finally, MEPs propose ways to boost other storage options, such as mechanical and thermal storage, as well as the development of decentralized storage through home batteries, domestic heat storage, vehicle-to-grid technology and smart home energy systems. The EC estimates that the EU will need to be able to store six times more energy than today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

According to lead MEP Claudia Gamon, "Energy storage will be essential for the transition to a decarbonized economy based on renewable energy sources. As electricity generated by wind or solar energy will not always be available in the quantities needed, we will need to store energy. Apart from storage technologies that we already know work well like pumped hydro storage, a number of technologies will play a crucial role in the future, such as new battery technologies, thermal storage or "green" hydrogen. These must be given market access to ensure a constant energy supply for European citizens." (Source: European Union News, European Commission PR, 30 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement news,  Renewable Energy news,  Energy Storage news,  Hydrogen news,  


EU MEPs Call for Energy Storage to Spur Decarbonization (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2020-07-01
In Brussels, Members of the European Union Parliament (MEPs) Industry, Research and Energy Committee have outlined their strategy for renewable energy and energy storage and their role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

The Committee calls on the EC and EU's 27 member states to remove regulatory barriers that hamper the development of energy storage projects, such as double taxation or shortcomings in EU network codes. The Trans-European energy networks also need to be revised in order to improve eligibility criteria for those wishing to develop energy storage facilities. The MEPs also propose boosting mechanical thermal, and other other energy storage options as well as the development of decentralized storage through home batteries, domestic heat storage, vehicle-to-grid technology and smart home energy systems.

The committee also supports efforts to create European battery standards and battery recycling initiates and reduce dependence on their production outside of Europe.

Finally, the EC estimates the EU will need to be able to store six times more energy than today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

According to lead MEP Claudia Gamon, "Energy storage will be essential for the transition to a decarbonised economy based on renewable energy sources. As electricity generated by wind or solar energy will not always be available in the quantities needed, we will need to store energy. Apart from storage technologies that we already know work well like pumped hydro storage, a number of technologies will play a crucial role in the future, such as new battery technologies, thermal storage or green hydrogen. These must be given market access to ensure a constant energy supply for European citizens." (Source: European Union News, European Commission PR, 30 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  European Union,  European Commission,  Battery,  


EU MEPs Recommend Renewalbes, Energy Storage to Spur Decarbonization (Opinions, Editorials & Aside)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2020-07-01
In Brussels, Members of the European Union Parliament (MEPs) Industry, Research and Energy Committee have outlined their strategy for renewable energy and energy storage and their role in reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate change.

The Committee calls on the EC and the EU 27 member states to remove regulatory barriers that hamper the development of energy storage projects, such as double taxation or shortcomings in EU network codes. The Trans-European energy networks also need to be revised in order to improve eligibility criteria for those wishing to develop energy storage facilities. The MEPs also propose ways to boost other storage options, such as mechanical and thermal storage, as well as the development of decentralised storage through home batteries, domestic heat storage, vehicle-to-grid technology and smart home energy systems. The committee also recommends European battery standards recycling initiates and reducing the EU's dependence on batteries produced outside of Europe. Finally, The EC estimates the EU will need to be able to store six times more energy than today to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

According to lead MEP Claudia Gamon, "Energy storage will be essential for the transition to a decarbonised economy based on renewable energy sources. As electricity generated by wind or solar energy will not always be available in the quantities needed, we will need to store energy. Apart from storage technologies that we already know work well like pumped hydro storage, a number of technologies will play a crucial role in the future, such as new battery technologies, thermal storage or green hydrogen. These must be given market access to ensure a constant energy supply." (Source: European Union News, European Commission PR, 30 June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  European Union,  European Commission,  


TEP Touts Clean Energy Expansion Plan (Ind. Report)
Tucson Electric Power
Date: 2020-06-29
Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035.

The 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, supported by efficient natural gas fired generators and energy storage systems the retirement of TEP's remaining coal-fired power plants over the next 12 years. Key IRP elements include:

  • 2,457 MW of new wind and solar power systems, including 457 MW that will be coming online over the next year.

  • 1,400 MW of new energy storage systems.

  • A proposal to ramp down and ultimately retire two units at the coal fired Springerville Generating Station in 2027 and 2032.

  • Eliminating the use of surface water for power generation and a 70 pc treduction in groundwater use.

  • Continued support for energy efficiency programs to reduce usage and peak power demands.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release.

    Download the TEP 2020 Integrated Resource Plan, HERE. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Renewable Energ,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


  • TEP Plans 80 pct Carbon Emissions Cut by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Tucson Electric Power
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In Arizona, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is reporting plans to provide more than 70 pct of its power from wind and solar resources as part of a cleaner energy portfolio that will reduce carbon emissions 80 pct by 2035. The utility's 15-year 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) calls for a dramatic expansion of wind and solar power resources, increased energy storage systems and energy efficiency and the retirement of TEP's remaining two coal-fired power plants in 2027 and 2032. The changes are expected to avoid more than 50 million tons of CO2 emissions over the next 15 years.

    TEP's CO2 emission reduction goal was developed in partnership with the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment with input from a diverse group of customers, community leaders, local government representatives and environmental advocates. The target represents TEP's fair share of worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius under the 2015 Paris Agreement. TEP's plan would reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 pct, according to the release. (Source: TEP, PR, 26 June, 2020) Contact: TEP, Joseph Barrios , (520) 884-3725, jbarrios@tep.com, www.tep.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


    World's Largest Liquid Air Battery Construction Underway (Int'l.)
    Highview Power
    Date: 2020-06-24
    In the UK, Highview Power is reporting construction is underway on the world's largest liquid air battery at the Tafford Energy Park near Manchester.

    The new 250-MWh liquid air battery is expected to be operational in 2022 and will be able to power up to 200,000 homes for five hours, and store power for many weeks.

    The $106.5 million project is being supported by $12.5 million in government grant funding and a $43.9 million investment from the Japanese machinery giant Sumitomo Highview is developing other sites in the U.K., continental Europe, and the U.S., but the Manchester project will be the first. (Source: Highview Power, PR, Guardian, Grist, 23 June, 2020) Contact: Highview Power, Javier Cavada, CEO

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power news,  Energy Storage news,  Liquid Air Battery news,  


    Amesbury Solar-Plus-Storage Project Completed (Ind. Report)
    CS Energy,Kearsarge Energy
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Edison, New Jersey-based clean energy contractor CS Energy is reporting completion of a 4.5MW solar project installation with a 3.8 megawatt-hour (MWh) lithium-ion battery system on a landfill cap site in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

    The project, which was developed as part of a partnership between the City of Amesbury and Kearsarge Energy, was one of the first solar plus energy storage projects to participate in the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program (Source: CS Energy , renews.biz, 24 June, 2020) Contact: CS Energy, Sean Harrington, Dir. Energy Storage, 732 860 4660, www.csenergy.com; Kearsarge Energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CS Energy news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  Kearsarge Energy news,  


    E1 Completes 8 MW South Korean Solar Plant (Int'l. Report)
    South Korea Solar
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In South Korea, Seoul-based E1 is reporting completion of an 8-MW solar power plant covering nearly 70,000 square meters 93 miles east of Seoul. The power plant includes a 21.2 megawatt-per-hour energy storage system (ESS) and generates sufficient energy for roughly 2,900 households.

    The new solar facility is the company's first megawatt-class solar power plant. (Source: Ei, PR, Aju Business Daily, 22 June, 2020) Contact: E1, + 82-2-3441-4114, www.e1.co.kr/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar news,  Korea Solar news,  Korea Renewable Energy news,  


    Gore Street Snares Ferrymuir Energy Storage (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Gore Street
    Date: 2020-06-22
    In the UK, London-headquartered Gore Street Energy Storage (GSF) reports it will acquire 100 pct interest in Ferrymuir Energy Storage, a 50MW energy storage project in Fife, Scotland.

    All land rights, grid connections and planning consents have been secured. GSF will construct and manage the project which is slated for completion and commissioning in 2022. With this project, GSF's total portfolio size rises to 239MW and is part of the company's previously announced 140MW GB storage pipeline in Scotland (Source: Gore Street Capital, PR, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 (0) 203 826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street news,  Energy Storage news,  


    DOE EERE Funding Battery Manufacturing Innovation (R&D Funding)
    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office is soliciting proposals from the National Laboratories and industry partners that pursue radical innovations for American battery manufacturing leadership. Under this opportunity, DOE will directly fund the National Laboratories to establish public-private partnerships that solve engineering challenges for advanced battery materials and devices, with a focus on de-risking, scaling, and accelerating adoption of new technologies.

    The EERE Advanced Manufacturing Office and Vehicles Technologies Office will jointly invest up to $12 million in projects that address capability gaps for enhanced lithium-ion batteries, next-generation lithium-ion batteries, and next-generation lithium-based battery technologies through the following areas -- materials processing and scale-up; innovative advanced electrode and cell production; designer materials and electrodes; and formation.

    Individual projects awards will range from $500,000 to $3 million over 24 to 36 months. A 50/50 cost-share will be required between DOE and the private partner, which can include an in-kind contribution.

    Download details and contact information HERE .. (Source: DOE EERE, 18 June, 2020} Contact: DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/funding/eere-funding-opportunities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy StorageU.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy ,  


    ITHPP Touts Energy Storage Test Bench (Ind. Report)
    ITHPP
    Date: 2020-06-17
    French energy storage system devices specialist ITHPP is touting a test bench which will produce / simulate an overcurrent (according to customer specifications) to be applied to protection devices in order to determine its behavior and its ability to protect equipment and people. This test bench is designed to assess very high energy / high power protective devices operating at several hundred volts and thousands of amps, such as electric vehicle batteries (EV) and other direct current (DC) applications such as battery energy storage system (BESS) and for distributed energy resources (DER).

    The ITHPP test bench is specifically sized to replicate the effects of short-circuit in high DC for electrical vehicles and battery energy storage systems (BESS). The test bench operates on several types of current/voltage waveforms. The discharged parameter is modular and a human-machine interface system allows precise indications of the discharge parameters according to the settings. The bench is equipped with a shielded, non-flammable test chamber and includes a smoke evacuation system to eliminate risks linked to a faulty system under test. (Source: ITHPP, PR, Website, June, 2020) Contact: ITHPP, +33 (0 )5 65 33 43 30, www.ithpp-alcen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  


    Sunrun, SCE Launching Virtual Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Sunrun,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2020-06-17
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based home solar, battery storage, and energy services specialist Sunrun Inc. reports it is working with regional utility Southern California Edison (SCE) to launch one of the first residential energy storage virtual power plants in operation in the U.S.

    Beginning this month and continuing through mid-2021, Sunrun and SCE will network up to 300 of Sunrun's Brightbox residential rooftop solar plus battery storage systems across Southern California to demonstrate how clean energy stored in Sunrun Brightbox rechargeable solar battery systems can provide the peaking capacity to the electrical grid for Southern California residents.

    The program unlocks additional value for both Sunrun and Sunrun customers. Homeowners will earn an incentive for participating in the program, and Sunrun will generate revenue by managing and dispatching the networked home solar and battery-stored energy to the grid when SCE calls an event to meet local grid operational requirements. (Source: Sunrun, PR, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Sunrun, Lynn Jurich, Co-founder and CEO., (833) 324-5886, www.sunrun.com; Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Sunrun,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Eversource Battery Energy Storage Project Underway (Ind.Report)
    Eversource
    Date: 2020-06-15
    In the Bay State, Eversource is reporting construction is underway in Provincetown on a lithium ion battery storage facility expected to increase resilience in the utility's grid and provide 10 hours of backup power in the winter and up to three hours in the summer to customers in the Outer Cape.

    The energy storage project broke ground in March and is expected to come online early in 202i, according to am Eversource release. (Source: Eversource, PR, Wicked Local Provincetown, 12 June, 2020) Contact: Eversource, Roger Kranenburg, VP Energy Strategy and Policy, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Energy Storage,  Lithium Ion,  Li-Ion,  Battery,  


    Stem Calif. Top Commercial Energy Storage Installer (Ind. Report)
    Stem Inc
    Date: 2020-06-15
    In the Golden State, Millbrae-based artificial intelligence -- driven energy storage services specialist Stem Inc reports it led commercial storage installations in California during 2019, with 106 sites totaling 26,991 kW, according to a recent analysis from the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA).

    Stem's Athena™ AI analytics platform enables customers and partners to optimize energy use by automatically switching between battery power, onsite generation and grid power. Stem's solutions help enterprise customers benefit from clean, adaptive energy infrastructure and achieve a wide variety of goals, including expense reduction, resilience, sustainability, environmental and corporate responsibility and innovation. Stem also offers full support for solar partners interested in adding storage to standalone, community or commercial solar projects – both behind and in front of the meter. (Source: Sten Inc., PR, June, 2020) Contact: California Solar and Storage Association, www. calssa.org; Stem Inc., John Carrington, CEO, 877-374-7836, www.stem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stem Inc,  Energy Storage,  artificial intelligence ,  


    Neoen to Construct 30MW BESS in Finland (Int'l. Report)
    Neoen
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The Paris-based independent renewable energy asset producer Neoen reports it will construct Yllikkala Power Reserve One , a 30MW / 30MWh grid-connected battery energy storage system (BESS) in Finland to help integrate the growing capacity of local wind energy.

    Yllikkala Power Reserve One will help grid operator Fingrid by supplying fast-acting frequency regulation services to Finland's national electricity system.

    The plant will be sited in the south-east of Finland, near the city of Lappeenranta. Finland is targeting carbon neutrality at a national level by 2035. (Source: Neoen, Energy Storage, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com

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


    Longroad Tapped for Hawaiian Solar Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Longroad Energy
    Date: 2020-06-10
    Following up on our 15th May report, renewable energy project developer Longroad Energy reports it has been selected by the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) to develop and construct two utility-scale solar and battery storage projects with 160MW of solar with 640MWh of battery storage capacities in Hawaii.

    The 120MWac/480MWh Mahi Solar project will be developed in Kunia, Oahu, while the 40MWac/160MWh Pulehu Solar power facility will be built in Pulehu, Maui. The two projects are slated for completion in 2023. Longroad also has plans to negotiate power purchase agreements (PPA) with HECO in the next few months, including beginning the permitting process and virtual public meetings. (Source: Longroad Energy, PR, HECO, PowerTech, June, 2020) Contact: Longroad Energy, Paul Gaynor, CEO, www.longroadenergy.com; HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HECO,  Longroad Energy ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Span, Panasonic Offer Home Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Panasonic,Span
    Date: 2020-06-10
    U.S.-based electric panel manufacturer Span Inc reports it is partnering with Panasonic to offer a combined energy storage and residential energy management product that pairs Panasonic's EverVolt residential battery system, which comes in two sizes: 11.4 kWh and 17.1 kWh , with Span's electric panel.

    Span's electric panel is designed to monitor and control up to 32 circuits, all managed through a smartphone app . The Panasonic systems are intended for indoor usage and are available in DC-coupled or AC-coupled versions and can be retrofitted to existing solar systems. (Source: Span Inc., PV Mag., June, 2020) Contact: Span Inc, Arch Rao, CEO, www.span.io, www.span.io/panasonic-evervolt

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


    Broad Reach Announces TX Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Broad Reach Power
    Date: 2020-06-10
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered utility-scale independent power producer Broad Reach Power reports it will construct 15 utility-scale, 10-MW battery storage plant sites in the Houston and Odessa area by the end of the year.

    The company owns a 3-GW portfolio of utility-scale solar and energy storage power projects in Montana, Wyoming, California, Utah, and Texas. (Source: Broad Reach Power , Website, 9 June, 2020. Contact: Broad Reach Power , Steve Vavrik, CEO, www.broadreachpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Broad Reach Power ,  Energy Storage,  


    HECO Posts New Renewable Energy Project Details (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Hawaiian Electric (HECO) has posted details of 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone-storage projects selected in the latest phase of the clean energy transition for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.

    The name, location, developer, technology, size and estimated completion dates are listed on the Hawaiian Electric renewable project status board at www.hawaiianelectric.com/statusboard along with as links to each project's individual website. Each developer is responsible for ongoing outreach to their prospective neighboring communities, alerting them to plans and responding to concerns.

    If all projects are completed as planned, nearly seven points will be added to HECO's renewable portfolio percentage by 2025. The company expects to reach the mandated 30 pct renewable energy goal by the end of this year with plans in place to exceed 40 pct by 2030, 70 pct by 2040 and 100 pct clean energy for electricity by 2045.

    Review the Hawaiian Electric renewable project status board HERE. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 2 June, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hawaiian Electric ,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  


    Q Cells Invests in Aussie Energy Storage, Management Tech (Int'l.)
    Q Cells
    Date: 2020-06-03
    In the Land Down Under, Newcastle, New South Wales-based SwitchDin is reporting receipt of a $5 million investment from global solar giant Q-Cells. The investment will help further develop SwitchDin's DER energy management and storage technology while helping Q Cell move beyond rooftops to vertically integrated clean energy solutions.

    SwitchDin gives energy companies -- network operators, electricity retailers and integrated utilities -- the tools they need to securely integrate and manage diverse mixes of small-scale distributed energy resources (DERs) to optimise system-wide outcomes for everyone.

    The company works with players across the energy sector, with clients and partners that include not only utilities, but also equipment manufacturers, solar installers and energy end-users themselves, according to the company website. (Source: SwitchDin, Website, One Stop Off the Grid, June, 2020) Contact: SwitcheDin, Andrew Mears, CEO, +61 2 4786 0426, www.switchdin.com; Hanwha Q Cells, Charles Kim, CEO, www.hanwha-qcells.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Q Cell,  


    UK Energy Storage Capacity Nears 4GW (Int'l. Report)
    Electricity Storage Network
    Date: 2020-06-03
    According to Electricity Storage: Pathways to a Net Zero Future a just released report from Electricity Storage Network (ESN), almost 4GW of energy storage capacity is now connected to the UK network with a further 9 GW in the planning process. The report notes there is a multi-billion pound shovel-ready pipeline of energy storage projects that could form a key part of a green recovery if there is a clear trajectory from government for the role of storage in the electricity system. However, about 5.5GW of projects have been granted planning consent, but are awaiting construction, indicating that there are factors inhibiting progress, the report notes.

    The report calls for the government to set a clear signal for the trajectory of storage over the next decade and to develop a plan for long-duration storage, including revenue mechanisms that would fund such projects beyond the R&D phase. (Source: Electricity Storage Network, rebiz, 2 June, 2020) Contact: Electricity Storage Network (ESN), +44 0 1392 494 399 , eprior@regen.co.uk, www.regen.co.uk/the-electricity-storage-network

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electricity Storage Network ,  Energy Storage,  


    8minute Secures $225Mn LOC for 18GW Solar, Storage (Ind. Report)
    8minute Solar Energy
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Los Angeles-based solar and solar energy storage developer 8minute Solar Energy (8minute) reports it has secured a $225 million Letter of Credit (LoC) facility from a consortium of 5 banks to support its 18GW pipeline of solar and energy storage projects.

    The company will use the oLC for power purchase agreements (PPAs) and interconnection agreements for its projects in California, Texas and the south-western US, according to a company statement. (Source: 8minute Solar Energy, PR, Power Tech, 2 June, 2020) Contact: 8Minute Soplar Energy, Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, Pres., CEO, Katie Struble Director, Corporate Communications, 608 332 2809, kstruble@8minute.com, www.8minute.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 8minute Solar Energy,  Solar,  


    Leclanche, Eneris Ink Battery Energy Storage Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Leclanche,Eneris Group
    Date: 2020-06-03
    Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland-based energy storage specialist Leclanche SA is reporting a strategic reorganization which will convert the company into a market oriented, research-driven, software and systems integration company with expanded production and R&D capabilities based on a partnership agreement with Eneris Group. To that end, the Company and Eneris have signed three interrelated agreements under which:
  • Eneris will provide Leclanche with working capital financing of up to CHF 42 million ($43.6 million) to fully fund the business plan through June 2021;

  • Licensing of Leclanche's technology to Eneris against payment of a royalty fee of up to CHF 32 million ($33.2 million) according to an agreed-upon payment schedule. This licensing is non-exclusive on a right to use basis, with the freedom to carry out future developments. The licensing is applicable worldwide excluding India;

  • Creation of two manufacturing JVs in which Eneris will hold the majority of the share capital thanks to an investment in excess of CHF 53 million ($55 million) for a major capacity expansion programme: one in Germany for the production of cells and the other in Switzerland and Poland for the assembly of modules. A third is being considered for France.

  • Leclanche will sign a production offtake agreement with Eneris in which Eneris will reserve the required production capacity for Leclanche in the coming years; and

  • Leclanche will retain full ownership of its technology and continue to invest in R&D activities for cells, modules and Battery Management Systems (BMS). (Source: Leclanche, PR, June, 2020) Contact: Leclanche SA, www.leclanche.com; Eneris Group, www.eneris.pl/en/o-nas/eneris-group

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Leclanche,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Eneris Group,  


  • ITM Motive to Build, Own, Operate H2 Fueling Stations (Int'l.)
    ITM Power
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the UK, Sheffield-headquartered ITM Power reports it is establishing ITM Motive as a separate, wholly owned subsidiary that will own and operate a network of 8 hydrogen refueling stations, which will expand to 11 by the end of 2020. Each station incorporates an ITM Power electrolyzer and a Linde IC90 compression, storage and dispensing system. UK and EU funding to support the project has been arranged, according to the release.

    ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of renewable hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. (Source: ITM Power, Website, Green Car Congress, June, 2020) Contact: ITM Power, +44 (0)114 244 5111, www.itm-power.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ITM Power news,  Hydrogen Fuel news,  


    PG&E Seeking Battery Energy Storage Project Approvals (Ind Report)
    Pacific Gas & Electric
    Date: 2020-05-29
    In the Golden State, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reports it is seeking California PUC approval for seven battery projects totaling 423 MW -- 1.7 GWh of energy storage capacity -- to meet its share of a statewide procurement that must be brought online by late next year to assure statewide grid stability.

    PG&E's proposal represents a major boost to a battery fleet that's already set to be the largest in the world. PG&E's major projects include a 300-MW/1,200-MWh project by Irving, Texas-based Vistra Energy and a 182.5-MW/730-MWh project from Tesla being built near a natural-gas plant in Monterey County.

    PG&E is also adding another 100 MW/400 MWh of battery plant from Vistra and three 50-MW/200-MWh systems to the existing 50-MW Diablo Energy Storage project being constructed by LS Power in Contra Costa County. (Source: Pacific Gas & Electric, gtm, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curt Morgan, CEO, Molly Sorg, Inv. Relations, (214) 812-8004, investor@vistraenergy.com, www.vistraenergy.com; PG&E, www.pge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas & Electric,  Energy Storage,  


    Northvolt Introduces Voltpack Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
    Northvolt,Vattenfall
    Date: 2020-05-29
    Stockholm-headquartered battery energy storage specialist Northvolt is reporting the launch of its new, modular Voltpack Mobile System which was jointly developed with Vattenfall.

    The new Voltpack Mobile System delivers up to 250 kW with a scalable capacity from 245 to 1225 kWh of available energy. The system scales through a central interface hub and can connect in parallel up to five self-contained Voltpacks, each containing three liquid-cooled, industrial-grade battery Voltpack Cores. The hub also serves as an interface for applications and houses inverter and auxiliary systems.

    The final validation of Voltpack Mobile System will be undertaken at Vattenfall's test and certification center in Alvkarleby, Sweden. (Source: Northvolt, InsideEVs, 23 May, 2020) Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO, www.northvolt.com hi@northvolt.com, www.northvolt.com; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, www.corporate.vattenfall.com

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    GZA Solar Energy Portfolio Grows with Mass. Project (Ind. Report)
    GZA
    Date: 2020-05-29
    Norwood, Mass.-based geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services specialist GZA reports it has been retained by Boston-based solar energy developer Kearsarge Energy and the Town of Montague, Massachusetts, for engineering services supporting a 10.3 acre landfill "brownfield" site development for a new 3-MW solar energy farm.

    The project will incorporate more than 7,000 PV panels coupled with battery energy storage capacity through a battery storage system. (Source: GZA, PR, 28 May, 2020) Contact: GZA, Patrick Sheehan, CEO, Angela Cincotta, Marketing and Communications, 781-278-5777, angela.cincotta@gza.com, www.gza.com; Kearsarge Energy, (617) 393-4222, www.kearsargeenergy.com

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    Woody Biomass Power Plant Planned for Offaly, UK (Int'l. Report)
    Newleaf Energy
    Date: 2020-05-29
    Monkseaton, Whitney Bay, UK-based Newleaf Energy Ltd., reports it plans to construct a massive Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generating Biomass Gasification Plant with integrated Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCUS) technology on a 2.45-hectare site at Coolcor in Offaly.

    The proposed development will include: biomass feedstock reception and storage bunkers; offices; gasification control building gasification plant to convert biomass into syngas to RNG; RNG filling area; two bundled thermal energy storage tanks; CHP gas engines; and other related facilities. (Source: Newleaf Energy Limited, Offaly Express, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Newleaf Energy Limited, +44 191 252 9960

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    Juwi Inks Aussie Wind-Solar-Storage Hybrid Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Juwi Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-05-29
    In the Land Down Under, Juwi Renewable Energy Pty Ltd , the Brisbane-based unit of German renewables developer Juwi AG reports it has contracted with Contract Power for the construction of a hybrid wind and solar power plant in the town of Esperance in Western Australia.

    The project, which is expected to be completed early in 2022, will combine a 4-MW solar farm with two 4.5-MW wind turbines, a lithium ion battery system and gas generators. (Source: Juwi Renewable Energy Australia, Website, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Juwi Renewable Energy, Cameron Garnsworthy, Managing Director, +61 7 3107 0908, www.juwi.com.au

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    ITM Power Launches ITM Motive Energy Storage Div. (Int'l.)
    ITM Power
    Date: 2020-05-27
    In the UK, North Yorkshire-based ITM Power Ltd. is touting ITM Motive, a separate new business division to manage the company's refueling and energy storage assets.

    The company received UK and EU funding to support the construction and deployment costs and has signed an agreement with Shell to deploy the technology. (Source: ITM Power, Website, May, 2020) Contact: ITM Power, Dr Duncan Yellen, Managing Dir., +44(0) 114 244 5111, www.itm-power.com

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    Green Mtn. Power Offers Home Energy Storage Programs (Ind. Report)
    Green Mountain Power
    Date: 2020-05-27
    The Vermont Public Utility Commission approved two new home battery power backup programs proposed by Green Mountain Power (GMP) -- the Tesla Powerwall and a home owner supplied devise.

    The home owner supplied devise tariff program, which was developed in partnership with solar companies and Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), offers up to $10,500 in upfront incentives to customers purchasing their own batteries through local installers. At least 500 customers can enroll each year, up to five MW of stored energy annually.

    With the Tesla Powerwall tariff program, customers can pay $55 per month for two Powerwall batteries in a 10-year lease, which covers standard installation and an optional five more years at no additional cost, or pay $5,500 upfront. Program participants agree to share their stored energy with GMP during peak energy use times, which lowers costs for all GMP customers. (Source: green Mountain Power, PR, Energy Insider, 26 May, 2020), Contact: Green Mountain Power, Mari McClure, Pres., CEO, Josh Castonguay, VP, (802) 770-3392, josh.castonguay@greenmountainpower.com, www.greenmountainpower.com

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    Northvolt Introduces Voltpack Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
    Northvolt
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Stockholm-headquartered battery energy storage specialist Northvolt is reporting the launch of its new Voltpack Mobile System which was jointly developed with Vattenfall.

    The new Voltpack Mobile System is a modular and flexible system envisioned as an replacement to diesel generators as well as for powering remote electricity grids, reinforcing weak grids, supporting electric vehicle charging, and delivering grid services such as balancing power, flexibility, or other ancillary services.

    The Voltpack Mobile System delivers up to 250 kW with a scalable capacity from 245 to 1225 kWh of available energy. The system scales through a central interface hub, which can connect in parallel up to five self-contained Voltpacks, each containing three liquid-cooled, industrial-grade battery Voltpack Cores. The hub also serves as an interface for applications, and houses inverter and auxiliary systems. Multiple Voltpack Mobile Systems can be connected in parallel.

    The final validation of Voltpack Mobile System will be undertaken at Vattenfall's test and certification center in Alvkarleby, Sweden. Vattenfall will be the first to deploy the VMP. (Source: Northvolt, InsideEVs, 23 May, 2020) Contact: Northvolt, hi@northvolt.com, www.northvolt.com

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    £40Mn UK Clean Growth Fund Launched (Int'l. Report)
    UK Clean Growth Fund
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In London, the UK government is reporting the launch of a £40 million venture capital fund for green energy, low-carbon technologies across the power, transport, waste, and building energy efficiency sectors.

    The fund seeks investments in early stage, seed or Series A rounds in 'exciting, innovative clean growth start-ups". Qualifying projects could include: energy storage and smart grid systems to bolster resilience in the power system; renewable heating and ventilation technologies across homes and commercial buildings; and bio-fuels and bio-energy systems.

    Investment parameters for the fund focus on clean growth technologies, hardware, products and services in sectors including power generation, waste, energy networks, buildings management, industries, bioenergy and alternative fuels. The fund will be managed by Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM). (Source: UK Clean Growth Fund, 21 May, 2020) Contact: UK Clean Growth Fund, www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-equity-fund

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    Aussie Climate Change Road Map Introduced (Int'l. Report)
    Australia
    Date: 2020-05-22
    Australia's conservative government on Thursday released a fresh technology roadmap to tackle climate change, targeting the use of natural gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, while avoiding the contentious issue of setting a carbon price.

    The latest proposal, which the government aims to turn into formal policy by September, is based on driving down energy storage costs to back up wind and solar power, electrifying industrial processes and scaling up hydrogen production. . Green groups, mining, energy and other big corporations oppose the plan for its continued reliance on fossil fuels, like gas and coal, and are calling for the imposition of a carbon tax to drive green investment.

    The technology roadmap is designed to help Australia meet its Paris Climate Accord commitment to cut carbon emissions by between 26 pct and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

    Although Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita Angus Taylor, the Minister of Energy and Emissions recently said it is not Australian government policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hindustan Times, Reuters, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor

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    ArcVera Launches Energy Storage Tech. Service (Ind. Report)
    ArcVera Renewables
    Date: 2020-05-22
    Renewable energy project consultant ArcVera Renewables reports it is now providing technical, financial, and independent engineering services for stand-alone energy storage or hybrid projects.

    With over 100-gigawatts of operating renewable energy projects supported across 6 of 7 continents, ArcVera is recognized as one of the top technical consultants in the industry. Leaning on its expertise in both high-frequency time series resource and energy storage, ArcVera will enable a reliable and durable integration of storage capacities into a renewable energy plant design. Evaluations will also include assessments of the manufacture and supply chain to assure the plant can be built and performs as designed. Post-construction, ArcVera will evaluate and advise operations, asset management, software controls, and best-practice maintenance, according to the company release. (Source: ArcVera Renewables, PR, May, 2020) Contact: ArcVera Renewables, Gregory S. Poulos, CEO, David Simkins, Bus. Dev. 720-237-2929, david.simkins@arcvera.com , www.ArcVera.com

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    Quinbrook Announces Primergy Solar Launch (Ind. Report)
    Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Oakland, California-based low carbon and renewable energy infrastructure investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is reporting the launch of Primergy Solar LLC, a new portfolio company to acquire, develop and operate distributed and utility scale solar PV and battery energy storage projects across North America.

    Primergy will continue to pursue Quinbrook's established low-carbon investment strategy in the U.S. power markets, making direct investments from early-stage development through acquisitions of operational assets as both primary sponsor and in joint venture with our family of project development partners, according to the release. (Source: Quinbrrok Infrastructure Partners, PR, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Quinbrook - Primertgy Solar, David Saybrook, www.quinbrook.com

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    SilconAurora Touts Aussie Solar Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Further to our 2nd August, 2019 coverage, Australian energy storage developer 1414 Degrees -- the melting point of silicon -- reports the planned mid-2021 opening of the 70-MW first stage of its molten silicon energy storage technology at its SiliconAurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia. The company plans a 400 MW solar farm and one gigawatt of energy storage to be deployed in a number of stages to reduce risk.

    According to SiliconAurora CEO Marie Pavlik, "the Aurora project is in a unique position to demonstrate thermal energy storage at large-scale and prove it to our global market." Pavlik noted the first stage of the project would be 70MW of solar PV opened in mid-2021, to be followed by a pilot TESS-GRID storage system utilizing the company's TESS molten silicon technology. (Source: 1414 Degrees, AuManufacturing, 18 May, 2020) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au, www.1414degrees.com.au/siliconaurora

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    ITM Power Launches ITM Motive Energy Storage Div. (Int'l.)
    ITM Power
    Date: 2020-05-20
    North Yorkshire-based ITM Power Ltd. has launched ITM Motive, a separate new business division for the management of the company's energy storage and network of eight publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations, which will expand to 11 by the end of 2020.

    ITM Power has received UK and EU funding to support construction and deployment costs and has signed an agreement with Shell to deploy the technology on its forecourts. (Source: ITM Power, Website, May, 2020) Contact: ITM Power, Dr Duncan Yellen, Managing Dir., +44(0)114 244 5111, www.itm-power.com

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    ADB Supports Thailand Wind, Battery Energy Storage Project (Int’l.)
    Asian Development Bank
    Date: 2020-05-19
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is reporting an agreement to lend Lom Ligor Company Limited, a subsidiary of Thailand-headquartered renewable energy development company BCPG Public Company Limited (BCPG), $7.2 million for the construction of the Southern Thailand Wind Power and a 1.88 MWh Battery Energy Storage Project to be added to an existing 10MW wind turbine power plant. (Source: ADB, Energy Storage News, 18 May, 2020)Contact: Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, Pres. +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

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    UK Energy Storage Specialist Gravitricity Raises £500,000 (Int'l.)
    Gravitricity
    Date: 2020-05-19
    In the UK, Edinburgh-based energy storage specialist Gravitricity, LTD, reports it has secured more than £500,000 from roughly 1,000 investors through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube.

    Gravitricity is developing a grid-scale mechanical energy storage technology that shares many of the best attributes of lithium batteries and pumped storage, which the company claims is offering fast, versatile electricity storage, which may be located exactly where it is required. "[The storage] will appeal to network-constrained users and operators, distribution networks and major power users and has potential to provide significant network benefits including reduced overall costs," according to the company. Gravitricity is now offering 11.31 pct in equity at a £4,053,090 pre-money valuation. (Source: Gravitricty, CrowdFund Insider, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Gravitricity, Ruth Apps, Business Dev., +44 131 554 6966, info@graitricity.com, www.gravitricity, com

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    HECO Selects 16 Solar, Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric
    Date: 2020-05-15
    Honolulu-based Hawaiian Electric Power (HECO) is reporting the seclection of 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects on three islands as part of its transition to using 100 pct renewable energy to generate electricity by 2045.

    The projects, part of the largest renewable energy procurement ever undertaken in Hawaii, could produce 460 MW of solar energy and nearly 3 gigawatt-hours of energy storage on O'ahu, Maui and Hawai'i Island, increasing HECO's total solar megawatts by 50 pct or more. The projects include:

  • On O'ahu -- eight solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 287 MW of generation and 1.8 GWh of storage;

  • On Maui Island -- three solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 100 MW of generation and 560 MWh of storage;

  • On Hawai'i Island -- two solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone storage project totaling approximately 72 MW of generation and 492 MWh of storage.

    Although possible COVID-19 related disruptions make time lines uncertain, the timeline for these projects assumes the first will become operational in 2022. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR 11 May, 2020) Contact: HECO, Jim Alberts, Snr. VP, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, andrfi@hawaiianelectric.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com

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  • Form Energy, Great River Energy Storage Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
    Form Energy, Great River Energy
    Date: 2020-05-11
    Somerville,Mass.-based grid energy storage specialist Form Energy reports it is partnering with Minnesota-based utility Great River Energy to jointly deploy a 1MW / 150MWh pilot project in Cambridge, MN. Great River Energy is Minnesota's second-largest electric utility and the fifth largest generation and transmission cooperative in the U.S.

    This system will be the first commercial deployment of Form Energy's proprietary grid-connected aqueous air battery system.

    In preparation for the pilot, Form Energy conducted a portfolio optimization study of Great River Energy's unique system characteristics with Formware™, a proprietary software analytics platform design to help energy planners model future grids. Formware™ was purpose-built to model high penetration renewables at the system level and determine how all types of storage enable cost-effective renewable energy integration.

    Since its 2017 founding, Form Energy has raised over $50 million in funding. (Source: Form Energy, PR, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Form Energy, Mateo Jaramillo, CEO, www.formenergy.com; Great River Energy , Vice President and Chief Power Supply Officer Jon Brekke. www.greatriverenergy.com

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    Eguana Technologies Scores $2.4Mn in New US Orders (Ind. Report)
    Eguana Technologies
    Date: 2020-05-11
    CALGARY, Alberta, May 05, 2020 -- Calgary, Alberta-based high performance residential and commercial energy storage systems developer and manufacturer Eguana Technologies is reporting receipt of $2.4 million in new orders, predominantly for Hawaii and California, which are expected to ship over the next 2-3 months.

    The Company has also notes it has expanded its relationship with CED Greentech branches throughout Southern California -- San Diego, Riverside, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Coachella Valley. Over the next 90 days, Eguana will launch its Evolve into Northern California with a focus on regions that were heavily impacted by the forest fires.

    Home Energy Storage Systems Evolve is a fully-integrated residential energy storage system that includes the company's proprietary power electronics system, LG Chem low-voltage battery modules, and a comprehensive user interface. The system is rated at 5KW AC output with a modular battery design based on a 6.5 kWh battery, which is scalable from 13 to 39kWh in storage capacity. (Source: Eguana Technologies, PR, 7 May, 2020) Contact: Equana Technologies, Justin Holland CEO, (416) 728.7635, Justin.Holland@EguanaTech.com, www.EguanaTech.com

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    Dominion Quadruples Clean Energy Generation Targets (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2020-05-11
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy is reporting it will quadruple its renewable energy generation targets as part of a newly-announced 15-year plan. The plan also calls for the addition of roughly 24,000MW of renewable energy and storage capacityand the installation of 5,000MW of offshore wind energy as well as 16,000MW of solar capacity and 2,700MW of solar energy storage by 2035/ (Source: Dominion Energy, Future Net Zero, May, 2020) Contact: Future Net Zero, www.futurenetzero.com: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

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    Clean Energy Trust Invests in Energy Storage Startups (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Trust,Renewance,
    Date: 2020-05-08
    The Chicago-based Clean Energy Trust is reporting recent investments in two early-stage cleantech startups -- Renewance Inc., a software platform and services (software-as-a-service, SaaS) for battery lifecycle management and silicon photonics technology specialist Iris Light Technologies, Inc.

    Renewance provides lifecycle management solutions to the battery energy storage and electric vehicle industries. Services include enabling clients with defect or end-of life batteries to compare, select and contract with battery recyclers on the Renewance Connect platform; turnkey recycling solutions; and several other software solutions and services to ease management of battery energy storage assets throughout the full life cycle.

    The investment in Renewance was made from the Illinois Clean Energy Innovation Fund. As part of the support Clean Energy Trust offers their portfolio, they will also provide both companies with access to resources and programs that have helped current portfolio companies raise more than $140 million of follow-on funding.

    Since 2014, Clean Energy Trust has invested in 33 companies in states located across the Mid-Continental region of the United States. (Source: Clean Energy Trust, PR, Website, May, 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Trust, 312.487.4000, info@cleanenergytrust.org, www.cleanenergytrust.org

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    Nottingham U. Invests in Cheesecake Energy Storage Tech (Int'l)
    University of Nottingham
    Date: 2020-05-08
    In the UK, the University of Nottingham reports it has invested in compressed air energy storage startup Cheesecake Energy Ltd (CEL). The funding comes from the University's Nottingham Technology Ventures (NTV), which manages the University's spin-out portfolio.

    Cheesecake Energy is developing energy storage at 30 - 40 pct lower cost than lithium ion batteries, the current market leader. Cheesecake's system uses compressed air and thermal energy storage to achieve high efficiency, long lifetime and dramatically lower environmental impact.

    In Cheesecake Energy's system, electricity is safely and inexpensively stored as zero emission thermo-mechanical energy. The company is currently designing a 150 kW / 750 kWh prototype system for completion in Q4 2020. (Source: Univ. of Nottingham, Business East Midlands, 7 May, 2020) Contact: Cheesecake Energy Ltd, Mike Simpson, CEO, www.cheesecakeenergy.com

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    Dominion RFP Quadruples Renewables, Energy Storage (Ind Report)
    Dominion Energy Virginia
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based Dominion Energy Virginia has issued its largest ever request for proposals (RFP) for up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and onshore wind generation and up to 250 MW of energy storage in the Commonwealth.

    Projected expansion of offshore wind, solar, and energy storage development amounts to approximately 24,000 new megawatts of renewable energy and storage capacity over the next 15 years. The long-term IRP includes:

  • More than 5,000 MW of offshore wind is planned by 2035, including the 2,600 MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project already announced by Dominion Energy. This offshore wind deployment -- the largest in North America -- has a 2026 target in-service date.

  • Dominion Energy's solar fleet, already the 4th largest among US utility holding companies, is projected to grow significantly as the Dominion Energy Virginia long-term IRP calls for the development and procurement of approximately 16,000 MW over the next fifteen years.

  • Energy storage capacity is projected to expand to approximately 2,700 MW meeting the most ambitious targets in the country set in the VCEA. This includes battery storage pilots already approved and scheduled to be online in Virginia next year.

    Also included in this year's filing is a significant increase in energy efficiency programs to meet the 5 pct energy sales reduction target by 2025 set by the VCEA.

    Bidders information is at www.dominionenergy.com/2020SolarWindRFP (Source: Dominion Energy, 1 May, 2020) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Keith Windle, VP Business Development and Merchant Operations, www.dominionenergy.com

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  • SCE Grows Renewables, Energy Storage Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Edison
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In the Golden State, Rosemead-based Southern California Edison (SCE) reports inking seven contracts totaling 770 megawatts of battery-based energy storage resources to help enhance the region's electric system reliability needs. The recently conducted solicitation and the resulting contracts make up one of the country's largest energy storage procurements.

    Most of the projects are co-located projects since the battery project will use an adjacent solar power plant to charge the battery over the term of the contract. These projects will be located at the same point of interconnection and will be the first of their kind on the Golden State's grid. (Source: SCE, Yahoo, 1 May, 2020) Contact: SCE, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

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    SoCalEd Grows Energy Storage Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Edison
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In the Golden State, Rosemead-based Southern California Edison (SoCalEd) reports inking seven contracts totaling 770 megawatts of battery-based energy storage resources to help enhance the region's electric system reliability needs. The recently conducted solicitation and the resulting contracts make up one of the country's largest energy storage procurements.

    Most of the projects are co-located projects since the battery project will use an adjacent solar power plant to charge the battery over the term of the contract. These projects will be located at the same point of interconnection and will be the first of their kind on the Golden State's grid. (Source: SCE, Yahoo, 1 May, 2020) Contact: SCE, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

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