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Hanwha Launches Residential Solar Battery Pkg (New Prod & Tech)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2019-10-11
Solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells is reporting the Australian launch of Q.Home, a "fully wrapped" home solar and storage package.

The Q.Home combines solar panels, a hybrid inverter, and lithium-ion battery storage scalable from 4-12kWh up to 12kWh. On average, the Q.Home system is expected to generate 355kWh more energy than the industry standard -- which equates to a surplus of 35.5kWh per year for 10 years. The Q.Home's Home Energy Management System (HEMS) allows consumers to monitor and predict household usage patterns and solar energy production. The system can also be paired with either of Q Cells new launched premium panels with 25-year product warranty, the Q.PEAK DUO-G5+ or Q.PEAK DUO-G6+. (Source: Hanwha, Oct., 2019)Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., www.hanwha-qcells.com, www.hanwha.com/en/about_hanwha.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells,  Solar,  Hanwha,  Energy Storage,  


Battery Management Specialist Titan AES Raises $10Mn (Funding)
Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc
Date: 2019-10-02
In the Bay State, Salem-headquartered ultrasound-based battery management expert Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc (Titan) reports the conclusion of a $10-million Series A financing round. The new funds are earmarked for product development, staffing and marketing activities.

Titan's "ionView" technology is used to improve the performance and extending the life-cycle of existing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, including grid energy storage systems.

Schneider Electric Ventures, Energy Innovation Capital, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) participated in the transaction. (Source: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc., Oct., 2019) Contact: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc., 561.206.2324, info@titanaes.com, www.titanaes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-Ion,  Lithium Ion Battery,  Battery,  Energy Stoage,  Titan Advanced Energy Solutions Inc,  


Big storage comes to Ireland

Date: 2019-09-13
A 200 MW storage project is being developed by Hanwha Energy Corporation and Lumcloon Energy. The €300 million facility is intended to stabilize the grid to host more renewable energy capacity. With that tweet, Ireland’s minister for communications, climate action and environment, Richard Bruton, welcomed the beginning of construction of a 200 MW storage project planned in County Offaly, in Leinster province in the east of Ireland. The project consists of two 100 MW lithium-ion storage units near the municipalities of Ferbane and Shannonbridge, Irish broadcaster RTE revealed. The developer is Korea-based Hanwha Energy Corporation, the parent company of module maker Hanwha Q Cells, and Irish company Lumcloon Energy Limited is a partner on the project. The storage facility is intended to secure power supply for the country’s future energy grid, which is expected to accommodate a rising share of renewable energy generation. Lumcloon Energy Limited announced the project with Hanwha in April 2018. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, Ireland had a pumped storage capacity of 292 MW at the end of last year. Its installed hydropower capacity stood at 529 MW while solar and wind had shares of 3,518 MW and 29 MW, respectively. Fossil fuels still meet around half of Ireland’s power demand. (Source: pv mag, 10 Sept., 2019)


Corvus to Intro Battery Power in Carnival Cruise Ships (Ind. Report)
Corvus Energy
Date: 2019-08-26
Cruise ship operator Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, is reporting its German brand AIDA Cruises has inked an agreement with marine battery and energy storage specialist Corvus Energy for the installation of lithium-ion battery storage systems onboard the AIDA Cruises fleet in 2020. The aim is to test stored battery power for emission-free ship operation for an extended period as well as to meet onboard energy needs.

Norwegian-Canadian company Corvus Energy is a pioneer in the development of maritime energy storage systems. The introduction of battery power to ships is the latest in a series of innovations that supports Carnival's "green cruising" strategy, which includes the introduction of new technologies, approaches and investments in sustainability.

In total, Carnival Corporation has 10 next-generation "green" cruise ships on order and is pioneering the use of ship-board Advanced Air Quality Systems "scrubbers" , the CO2-free production of liquefied gas from renewable sources through its "Power-to-Gas" project, and the use of LNG fuels. (Source: Carnival Corp., PR, 26 Aug., 2019)Contact: Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com, www.corvus-energy.com

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


Neoen's Aussie PV-Wind-Battery Hub Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report)
Neoen
Date: 2019-08-09
French renewables developer Neoen reports the South Australian governmentit has approved its planned 125 MW of wind generation, 150 MW solar PV generation and 130MW/400MWh of lithium-ion battery storage project that could also integrate up to 50 MW of on-site hydrogen production capability.

The solar project would incorporate 400,000‐500,000 solar panels mounted on single-axis trackers. The wind farm would utilize 26 turbines and 130 MW/400 MWh lithium-ion energy storage facility connected to the national grid. The energy storage facility will be located on a separate site and connected to the wind park and solar farm via underground transmission cables.

To date, Neoen has invested more than $1 billion in South Australia. (Source : Neoen Australia, PV Mag., 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: Neoen Australis, Garth Heron, Head of Development, +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Renewable Energy,  PV,  Solar,  


Dominion Announces Energy Storage Pilot Projects (Ind Report)
Dominion Energy Virginia
Date: 2019-08-07
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based utility holding company Dominion Energy Virginia is reporting four utility-scale battery storage pilot projects totaling 16 megawatts -- the largest projects of their kind in Virginia.

The four proposed Central Virginia-based lithium-ion projects will cost approximately $33 million to construct and will provide key information on distinct use cases for batteries on the energy grid. Pending SCC approval, the pilots would be evaluated over a five year period once operational as currently expected in December 2020. The projects include:

  • Two battery systems totaling 12 MW at the Scott Solar facility in Powhatan County that will demonstrate how batteries can store energy generated from solar panels during periods of high production and help optimize the power produced by the solar facility.

  • A 2-MW battery at a substation in Ashland will explore how batteries can improve reliability and save on equipment replacement costs by serving as an alternative to traditional grid management investments such as transformer upgrades, necessary to serve customers during times of high energy demand.

  • A 2-megawatt battery at a substation in New Kent County serving a 20-MW solar facility will show how batteries can help manage voltage and loading issues caused by reverse energy flow, to maintain grid stability.

    Dominion notes it expects to cut generating fleet CO2 emissions 80 pct by 2050 and reduce methane emissions from its gas assets 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell, vice president – generation construction www.dominionenergy.com

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


  • NYPA Announces Battery Energy Storage Demo (Ind. Report)
    NYPA
    Date: 2019-08-02
    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports approval and authorization of a $22.6 million, 20-MW, one-hour lithium-ion battery storage demonstration facility to be constructed next to an existing electricity transmission substation in Chateaugay, New York.

    According to a NYPA release, the facility will be NYPA's first large-scale energy storage project and part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's renewable energy and energy storage mandates targeting 3000 MW of Energy Storage in NYS by 2030.

    NYPA is the largest state public power organization in the U.S., operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. (Source: NYPA, NNY 360, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, CEO , Pres., www.nypa.gov

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


    Stora Enso Investing in Hard Carbon Lignin Pilot (Int'l.)
    Stora Enso
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility to produce bio-based carbon materials based on lignin at its Sunila Mill in Finland.

    The investment in making carbon materials for energy storage further strengthens Stora Enso's opportunities to replace fossil-based and mined raw materials as well as to connect sustainable materials to ongoing technology innovations, according to Stora Enso.

    With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin -- the main building block of trees -- into a hard carbon intermediate for electrode materials. This lignin will be converted into hard carbon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Construction of the pilot facility is slated to get underway before the year end for completion by early 2021.

    Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its 50,000 tpy Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.(Source: Stora Enso, Green Car Congress, 28 July, 2019)Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  Lignin,  Hard Carbon,  Energy Storage,  


    Stora Enso Investing in Lignin for Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l.)
    Stora Enso
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility to produce bio-based carbon materials based on lignin for energy storage applications

    With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin -- the main building block of trees -- into a hard carbon intermediate for electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Construction of the pilot facility is slated to get underway before the year end for completion by early 2021. Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its 50,000 tpy Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.(Source: Stora Enso, Green Car Congress, 28 July, 2019)Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso news,  Lignin news,  Energy Storage news,  


    BioSolar Completes Li-ion Battery Prototype Tests (Ind Report)
    BioSolar
    Date: 2019-07-24
    In the Golden State, Santa Clarita-based energy storage technology and materials specialist BioSolar, Inc. is reporting the completion of testing and analysis of key performance metrics related to power and energy capabilities for the first production run of its commercial grade prototype lithium-ion batteries.

    The company tests aim to demonstrate that its technology can improve and exceed performance objectives for next generation power tools.

    BioSolar and its cell manufacturing partner are now working to identify the necessary cell design adjustments and plan to prepare and test additional commercial grade 21700 cells until all performance objectives have been met. (Source: Biocoler, PR, GlobeNewswire, 23 July, 2019) Contact: BioSolar, David Lee, CEO, (661) 251-0001, Fax : (661) 251-0003, ir@biosolar.com, www.biosolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioSolar,  Li-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    SCE Touts Major Energy Storage Resources Acquisition (Ind. Report)
    Southern California Edison
    Date: 2019-05-03
    In the Golden State, Southern California Edison (SCE) reports it has secured seven contracts for 195 MW of battery-based energy storage resources as a means of meeting local capacity requirements in the Santa Clara sub-area.

    SCE noted the resources include demand response and energy storage resources , one of which will become one of North America's largest operational lithium-ion battery systems when it comes online in December 2020. (Source: Southern California Edison, Energy Insider, 2 May, 2019) Contact: Southern California Edison, Colin Cushnie, VP Energy Procurement & Management, www.sce.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Lithium-ion,  Southern California Edison,  SoCalEd,  Energy Storage,  


    Siemens Launches Junelight Home Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Siemens
    Date: 2019-03-01
    German engineering giant Siemens is reporting the German launch of its Junelight Smart Battery, lithium-ion battery-based residential energy storage system aimed at maximizing the use and integration of onsite-generated solar energy.

    The battery system's predictive charging and discharging procedures are coordinated in line with forecasted weather patterns and expected energy demand. Real-time monitoring is available through a mobile app and the system can be configured up to 19.8kWh capacity if six modular units of 3.3kWh are combined, the company notes.

    The Junelight Smart Battery has been certified by VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies for quality and safety, including both manufacturing processes and the system itself. (Source: Siemens, Energy Storage, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Siemens Low Voltage and Products, Andreas Matthe, CEO, +49 (911) 433 78 78, support.energy@siemens.com, new.siemens.com/global/en/products/energy/low-voltage.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium-Ion Battery,  Siemens,  Energy Storage,  Home Energy Storage,  


    Corvus Snares Norwegian Li-Ion Marine Battery Specialist (M&A, Int'l)
    Corvus Energy
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Richmond, British Columbia-based marine propulsion and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) specialist Corvus Energy is confirming an acquisition agreement to purchase all shares in Skien, Norway=headquartered Grenland Energy. Grenland develops and produces lightweight lithium-ion batteries for offshore, maritime and subsea industries.

    The acquisition expands Corvus' existing portfolio of large-scale maritime ESSs into lightweight and subsea batteries, strengthening the company's position in as a seaborne battery supplier. Grenland Energy's current operations will continue as before, and both companies' customers are set to benefit from the merger. The Grenland office in Skien will continue in its current location and Grenland shareholders will continue as Corvus Energy shareholders. (Source: Corvus Energy, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Grenland Energy, Roman Stoiber, +47 948 81758, post@grenlandenergy.com, www.grenlandenergy.com; Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com, www.corvus-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Li-Ion Battery,  Corvus Energy,  Energy STorage,  Battery,  


    Binghamton U. Touts Energy Efficiency, Smart Energy (Ind. Report)
    Binghamton University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Empire State, Binghamton University, part of the NY State University System (SUNY), reports it is retrofitting buildings with energy-efficient technology and building new structures to net-zero energy standards. New net-zero building projects include an environmental research center on the campus' Nut Hollow property.

    The new Nuthatch Hollow building will have a Living Building certification, which means it will produce more energy than it uses. Currently, only 22 buildings worldwide hold a Living Building certification.

    The University is also focused on advancing its academic efforts into clean energy fields and has created a smart energy trans-disciplinary area of excellence. Additionally, the school's smart energy research is centered on lithium-ion batteries and efficient energy storage. (Source: Binghampton Univ., Pipe Dream, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: BU, Harvey Stenger, Pres., 607-777-2000, www.binghamton.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Energy,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  SMart Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Hawaiian Solar-Storage Peaker Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
    AES Corp, Kaua’I Island Utility Cooperative
    Date: 2019-01-14
    In the Aloha State, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and AES Corp. are reporting completion of their joint solar and energy storage project with a "record-breaking photovoltaic peaker capacity" at Lawai.

    The Lawai Solar and Energy Storage Project combines a 28-MW solar PV and 100-MWh five-hour duration energy storage system that meets roughly 11 pct of Kauai islands power needs -- more than 50 pct of Kauai island is powered by renewables, according to AES.

    The project, which got underway last February, is owned and operated by AES Distributed Energy. The project's energy storage system incorporates SunPower's solar panels and 13,000 lithium-ion battery modules from Samsung SDI.

    Hawaii has mandated the use of 100 pct renewable energy by 2045.(Source: AES, PR, Power Eng., 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: AES Corp., Andres Gluski, Pres., CEO, www.aes.com; Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, www.kiuc.coop

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Storage,  AES Corp. ,  


    Fraunhofer Offers PV Energy Storage Alternative (New Prod & Tech)
    Fraunhofer
    Date: 2019-01-14
    In Germany, Hemsdorf-headquartered Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) is touting its newly developed "cerenergy" ceramic high-temperature battery for stationary battery energy storage.

    Cerenergy is a 5 kWh battery with 20 cells which, at the cellular level would cost less than €100/kWh -- about half those of lithium-ion battery cells. Overall efficiency is reported to be more than 90 pct and energy density is 130 W/kg. Storage costs using sodium-nickel-chloride battery cells are said to be 50 pct lower than those of lithium-ion. The Cerenergy battery, which reportedly sets a world record for sodium-nickel-chloride battery cells, is said to be ready for production within the months ahead. (Source: Fraunhofer IKTS, PV Mag., Jan., 2019)Contact: Fraunhofer IKTS, +49 36601 93010, www.ikts.fraunhofer.de/en.html

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


    Luminant Touts Tex. Battery Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
    Luminant
    Date: 2019-01-07
    Texas-based utility Luminant is reporting the launch of its 10-MW/42-MWh Upton 2 lithium-ion battery storage system at its 180-MW Upton 2 Solar Power Plant near McCamey in Upton County Texas. The installation is the largest system in the South Central state, according to the utility.

    Luminant, a unit of Vistra Energy Corp., is currently working on a 300-MW/1,200-MWh facility at its Moss Landing Power Plant in California, which is expected to come online in late 2020. (Source: Luminant, PR, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: Luminant, (214) 812-4600, www.luminant.com

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


    Aussie Tesla Battery Installation Delivers $40Mn Savings (Int'l)
    Neoen
    Date: 2019-01-04
    In the Land Down Under, wind energy developer Neoen is reporting its recently installed Tesla Battery energy storage system at Hornsdale Power Reserve has delivered approximately $40 million in savings over the past year. According to Neoen, the operator of an adjacent wind farm, the battery installation is the largest lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the world.

    The Tesla Powerpack system cost $66 million to build, which is a small number in comparison to the amount of funds saved over a mere 12 months. The Tesla system also eliminated the need for a 35 MW local Frequency Control Ancillary Service (FCAS); decreased the South Australian regulation FCAS price by 75 pct; and helped connect South Australia to the National Electricity Market. (Source: Neoen, Jan., 2019) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Tesla,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Edinburgh Hotel Opts for Li-Ion Battery Power (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-01-04
    In Scotland, the 200-room, Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park is reporting the installation of a five-tonne , 3m cubed lithium-ion battery that is expected to shave £20,000 a year off its energy bill, as well as cut the facility's carbon emissions by half by 2025.

    Electricity company E.ON has supplied and installed the technology at the hotel and will be remotely managing the battery's workload and efficiency from its energy management center in Glasgow. (Source: BBC News, Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON.Energy Storage,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  


    United Power Touts Colorado Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    United Power,Engie North America
    Date: 2019-01-02
    Brighton, Colorado-based electric power cooperative United Power reports it has partnered with Tesla and Houston-headquartered Engie North America for the installation of a 4MW/16MWh battery energy storage system in Firestone.

    The Tesla battery system, reportedly be the largest lithium-ion battery storage project ever built in Colorado, will store sufficient power for power 600-700 homes and help United Power save approximately $1 million in annual operational costs. (Source: United Power, Smart Energy, 2 Jan., 2019) Contact: United Power, Jerry Marizza, Bus. Dev., (303)637-1300, www.unitedpower.com; Engie North America, Luis Felipe Birolini, VP Bus. Dev., (713) 636-0000, information@na.engie.com, www.engie-na.com; Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie North America,  United Power,  Tesla,  Battery Energy Storage ,  


    Kokam Claims 40 MWh Battery Energy Storage Contracts (Int'l)
    Kokam Battery
    Date: 2018-11-30
    Seoul-based South Korean lithium-ion battery cells, batteries and energy storage solutions provider Kokam Co Ltd reports receipt of a supply order for 40 MWh of energy storage systems linked to solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Korea. The capacity is split between two projects totaling 12 MWh and 28 MWh, respectively, and is expected to be put on stream by the end of this year.

    The 28 MWh project was awarded by Korea Midland Power Co Ltd will be installed at nine sites across the country and incorporated with 10 MW of PV systems. Both projects will use Kokam’s high energy lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (HE NMC) battery technology, according to the release. (Source: Kokam, 27 Nov., 2018)Contact: Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kokam,  Battery,  Energy STorage,  


    Hanwha Launches Home Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
    Hanwha Q CELLS,Samsung SDI
    Date: 2018-11-23
    South Korean solar cell and module maker Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd. is reporting the launch of its new scalable and modular energy storage system -- the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 -- in Germany. The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 is a scalable energy storage system (ESS) complete with hybrid (HYB) inverter, integrated with the Q.HOME MANAGER energy management control platform.

    This latest iteration complements Q CELLS' existing All-In-One solution, the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 inverter, battery and management system, and is initially sized at 4.0 kWh but can be scaled up to 20 kWh capacity at increments of 4 kWh each time. Such modularity makes the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 an ideal solution for end-consumers that may wish to start small with their storage, and scale upwards as required.

    By integrating a hybrid bi-directional inverter into the system, the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 battery can rapidly and efficiently adapt to the customer's consumption requirements. The system incorporates lithium-ion battery cells supplied by Samsung SDI. (Source: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., SolarNovus, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. , www.hanwha-qcells.com, www.hanwha.com/en/about_hanwha.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Hanwha Q CELLS,  Energy Storage,  Solar Energy,  


    German Wind Energy Storage Facility Inaugurated (Int'l, Report)
    German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
    Date: 2018-11-12
    In Germany, the City of Hamburg reports the commissioning of a wind energy storage facility at the Curslack wind farm in Hamburg-Bergedorf.

    Built by Vattenfall in conjunction with the Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and the Nordex Group, the lithium-ion battery storage facility links five wind turbines with a new battery storage facility connected directly to the wind farm grid.

    The storage power plant, which was built as part of the major NEW 4.0 -- Norddeutsche EnergieWende project for northern Germany, is intended to enable practical research into the possibilities for the system integration of renewable energies.

    The storage power plant is comprised of 24 batteries featuring the latest BMW technology. These are the same batteries that are also used in electric vehicles. The battery storage unit has an output of 720 kW and a storage capacity of 792 kWh.

    The NEW 4.0 project aims to fully convert the northern German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to green electricity by 2035. The storage power plant is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWii). (Source: City of Hamburg, reve, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, www.bmwi.de/Navigation/EN/Service/Contact/contact.html; Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

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


    Corvus Scores ISO 14001 for Environmental Responsibility (Ind. Report)
    Corvus Energy, ISO 14001
    Date: 2018-11-07
    Richmond, British Columbia-based maritime energy storage systems specialist Corvus Energy reports it has achieved ISO 14001:2015 certification for its Environmental Management System and Processes in its operations in Bergen, Norway. Certification in its Richmond, BC, Canada offices was achieved in March 2018.

    The scope of the ISO 14001 certification includes the environmental aspects of the company's design, manufacturing and service of products Corvus can either directly control or influence considering the life cycle perspective of lithium-ion based energy storage systems (ESS).

    The ISO 14001 standard provides organizations with a framework to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in balance with socio-economic needs. As the leading manufacturer of energy storage systems for maritime applications, Corvus offers the innovative Orca ESS solutions portfolio and has unsurpassed experience from 170+ projects, totaling over 120MWh and two million operating hours. (Source: Corvus Energy, MarEx, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: ISO, www.iso.org/certification.html; Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, Pres. & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, spuchalski@corvus-energy.com, www.corvus-energy.com

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


    SolarEdge Acquiring Korean Battery Maker Kokam (Int'l. M&A)
    SolarEdge
    Date: 2018-10-12
    Smart energy and inverter company SolarEdge will acquire the South Korean lithium battery manufacturer Kokam. SolarEdge has initially taken a 75 pct share for $88 million with the intention of purchasing the remaining shares in the future.

    Kokam produces lithium-ion batteries for a variety of applications including aerospace, electric vehicles and energy storage systems. It claims to have more than 700MWh of deployments in the field. As well as serving as system integrator to some of its battery storage projects and delivering turnkey systems, the company has a range of batteries that include high power nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) lithium batteries. (Source: SolarEdge, Energy Storage, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarEdge, Guy Sella, CEO, (510) 498-3200, info@solaredge.com, www.solaredge.com; Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarEdge,  Kokam,  Solar,  Battery,  


    NantEnergy Touts Zinc-Air Battery for Grid Storage (Ind. Report)
    NantEnergy
    Date: 2018-10-01
    Scottsdale, Arizona-based NantEnergy is touting its zinc-air battery which compared to conventional lithium-ion batteries, offer lower cost and longer duration and require no cooling system. The company says its batteries are already at the $100 per kWh level but that the price is expected to drop lower as more batteries are manufactured and deployed.

    The zinc-air battery is simplicity itself: plastic components including the casing, a circuit board, and zinc oxide. In the charging phase, electricity converts zinc oxide into zinc and oxygen. In the discharge phase, the cell oxidizes the zinc with air. The basic battery is little bigger than a briefcase.

    The company says it plans to expand into electric vehicle batteries batteries, grid storage and eventually residential battery storage. (Source: Nant Energy, NYT, CleanTechnica, 28 Sept, 2018) Contact: Nant Energy, 480-966-0242, nantenergy.com

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


    Energy Storage Specialist Lionano Raises $22Mn (Ind. Report)
    Lionano
    Date: 2018-09-24
    In the Bay State, Woburn-based advanced battery energy storage technologies specialist Lionano is reporting the conclusion of a $22 million Series B financing round led by WAVE Equity Partners, Helios Capital Ventures and NXT Ventures.

    Lionano will use the funds to scale up commercial production and global deployment of its high-performance, high-quality cathode materials -- a drop-in technology that significantly improves the key performance metrics of lithium-ion batteries for applications in electric vehicles and consumer electronics.

    Lionano's technology has been scientifically validated to increase the energy density of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Through extensive research and development, Lionano invented a proprietary cathode material that is nano-engineered to create batteries with greater storage capacity and cycle life, enabling lighter and lower cost consumer electronics, and longer range for electric vehicles. (Source: Lionano, PR, 24 Sept., 2018) Contact: Lionano, (617) 315-9733, info@lionano.com, www.lionano.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    SAVe Energy Battery Propulsion System for Ships Launched (Int'l)
    Rolls Royce Energy
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Bergen, Norway-headquartered ship electric propulsion systems specialist Rolls Royce Energy Inc. reports the introduction of its proprietary modular SAVe Energy battery propulsion and energy management system for commercial ferries and ships.

    The system incorporates Rolls Royce's modular, liquid cooled lithium-ion batteries and can be sized to the exact energy storage and propulsion needs of any ship. Combined with an LNG or diesel powered engine in a hybrid solution, the system will increase efficiency and reduce emissions and can be coupled with most types of propulsion units.

    The SAVe Energy system was partially funded by the Norwegian Research Council as part of its ENERGIX program, which supports the efficient use of energy, energy systems, and energy policy, according to the company release. (Source: Rolls Royce Energy Inc., CleanTechnica, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Rolls Royce Energy Inc., Andreas Seth, 740-393-8888 - US Office, www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/marine/product-finder/automation-and-control/automation-and-control/energy-management-systems.aspx#

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    Battery-Backed Solar Planned for Clark County Ariz. (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2018-07-23
    Construction of the largest solar arrays ever built in the state of Arizona, and the first to incorporate battery energy storage capacity, is slated to break ground in Clark County in 2019.

    The proposed Yellow Pine Solar Project, southeast of Pahrump near the California border, would combine PV panels and lithium-ion batteries to generate up to 500 MW of electricity.

    The Gemini Solar Project, 25 miles northeast of Las Vegas, would generate up to 690 MW with some battery storage on about 7,100 acres of public land near the Valley of Fire State Park. Gemini is a joint venture by Australia's Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and California-based Arevia Power, which plan to develop 440 MW of solar capacity for use in Nevada in the first phase of development. Another 250 MW of generating capacity would be added in the second phase, with the power to be sold in Nevada or exported to Arizona and California. (Source: Nextera, Las Vegas Review Journal, 22 July, 2018)Contact: NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, www.quinbrook.com

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    esVolta Selected for PG&E Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    esVolta,PG&E
    Date: 2018-07-20
    Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered utility-scale energy storage project specialist esVolta reports it has been selected by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) to develop, construct and operate the 75 MW/300 MWh Hummingbird Energy lithium-ion battery energy storage project in Santa Clara County, Calif.

    The Hummingbird project is slated to be in service by December 2020, subject to California Public Utilities Commission approval. The project will provide an affordable and reliable capacity resource and facilitate PG&E's integration of renewable energy resources. (Source: esVolta, Solar Ind., 19 July, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pg&e.com; esVolta, Randolph Mann, Pres., (949) 330 6300, info@esvolta.com, www.esvolta.com

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    Enel X Providing Energy Storage for Ontario Food Co. (Ind. Report)
    EnerNOC
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Enel Group advanced energy services division Enel X, through its Canadian subsidiary EnerNOC, Ltd., reports it has contracted with Ontario food company Amhil North America to deploy a 2.34 MW/4.7 MWh lithium-ion energy storage system at Amhil's facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

    As per the contract, Enel X will purchase, install and operate the battery energy storage system on behalf of Amhil North America, and share the savings which are expected to be created by Enel X DEN.OS optimization software that will analyze Amhil's energy consumption and implement a control strategy. Enel X will also provide demand management services and enroll the energy storage system in IESO's demand response programme. The storage system, which is expected to save Amhil 20 pct in energy costs, is slated for installation before the year end. (Source: Enel X, 12 July, 2018) Contact: Enel X, +39 06 83051, GMR@enel.com, www.enelx.com/en; EnerNoc, Tim Healy, CEO, (617) 224-9900, www.enernoc.com

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    ADL Pegs Battery Market at $90Bn by 2025 (Ind. Report)
    Arthur D. Little
    Date: 2018-07-05
    London-based accountancy and consulting firm Arthur D. Little's (ADL) just released Future of Batteries: Winner takes all? study notes the battery energy storage sector has seen existing and new players invest more than $13.7 billion over the last two years. The study predicts future trends that will meet growing demands in the electric vehicle (EV), renewable power solutions and consumer electronics sectors.

    The report predicts the battery market will become a $90 billion-plus sector by 2025, and that new innovations, such as solid-state electrolyte lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, will replace existing battery technologies over the long-term.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: Arthur D. Little, PR, July, 2018) Contact: Arthur D. Little, www.adl.com

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    European Energy Storage Capacity Up 49 pct in 2017 (Int'l Report)
    European Energy Storage Association
    Date: 2018-07-05
    Recently released statistics from the European Energy Storage Association and consultants Delta-ee shows a booming market for energy storage technologies in key European regions, fueled by the growth in renewable energy and falling renewables cost reductions.

    The statistics show that since 2015 the energy storage market has almost doubled each year, with a 49 pct rise in installed capacity in 2017.

    The UK and Germany are noted as the two most important markets for energy storage, which is dominated by lithium-ion batteries. Italy is also emerging as a rapidly growing market" in the residential sector, according to the report. A further 45 pct growth rate is expected in 2018. (Source: European Energy Storage Association , Climate Action, 4 July, 2018) Contact: European Energy Storage Association, www.ease-storage.eu

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    Chinese Flexible Micro Capacitors Touted (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
    Capacitors
    Date: 2018-07-03
    Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shenyang City, China, are reporting development of a new lithium-ion micro-capacitor (LIMC)with high energy storage density and excellent thermal stability. The LIMCs are reported to be mechanically flexible without performance degradation under repeated bending, and can operate safely even at temperatures of 80 degrees Celsius.

    The solid-state planar LIMCs can boost high voltage and capacitance and their high cycling stability allows them to maintain almost 99 pct of their capacitance after 6,000 electric cycles. The micro devices are expected to be commercially available in 2022. (Source: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xinhua, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, english.dicp.cas.cn

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    Tesla, PG&E Developing 1.1 GWh Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2018-07-03
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk reports Tesla is working with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on a massive battery system with a capacity of "up to 1.1 GWh" in California.

    PG&E has submitted 4 new energy storage projects to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for approval today. Three are third-party owned projects to be connected to the PG&E grid. The fourth project is a "proposed utility-owned 182.5 MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS). Tesla would supply the battery packs for the giant project while PG&E has the option to increase the capacity to 1.1 GWh. (Source: Tesla, electrk, 29 June, 2018)Contact: Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; PG&E, www.pg&e.com

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    Amsterdam Arena Deploys EV Battery Energy Storage system (Int'l)
    Johan Cruijff Arena
    Date: 2018-07-03
    In the Netherlands, Amsterdam's Johan Cruijff Arena reports it has "gone green" with a giant re-purposed Nissan LEAF electric vehicle battery storage system backed up by a rooftop solar power system.

    The system, reportedly the largest of its type in Europe, delivers sufficient capacity to store up to 2.8MWh of electricity. The system incorporates 148 Nissan LEAF batteries and 4,200 solar panels. (Source: Johan Cruijff Arena, Digital Journal, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Johan Cruijff Arena, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam_Arena

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    Exide, Leclanche Report Indian Li-Ion Battery JV (Ind. Report)
    Exide Industries Limited
    Date: 2018-06-29
    Kolkata, India-based Exide Industries Limited and Switzerland-headquartered energy storage specialist Leclanche S.A. are reporting a lithium-ion cells, modules and battery pack manufacturing JV in the Indian state of Gujarat. The project is expected to be fully operational by Q2, 2019.

    Exide is India's largest manufacturer of lead acid batteries and energy storage solutions. In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), however, Exide will make an initial capital contribution of about $5.4 million for a 74.99 pct stake in the new facility. (Source: Exide, Leclanche,PV Mag, 28 June, 2018) Contact: Exide Industries Limited, www.exideindustries.com; Leclanche, Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0) 24 424 65 00, Fax: +41 (0)24 424 65 20, info@leclanche.com, www.leclanche.com

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    NEC Commissions Europe's Largest Energy Storage System (Int'l)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-06-22
    Boston-based smart energy storage solutions specialist NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) is reporting the completion and commissioning of a 48 MW, 50 MWh energy storage system in Jardelund, Germany, for EnspireME -- joint venture between Netherlands headquartered Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation.

    Eneco and Mitsubishi Corporation will investigate connecting the storage system battery to local wind farms, providing further value for wind farm owners by storing excess electricity generated during periods of curtailment.

    NEC provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services which included its GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution and its AEROS® proprietary energy storage controls software. The system, Europe's largest, incorporates approximately 10,000 lithium-ion battery modules that are enough to store power for about 5,300 German households for 24 hours. (Source: NEC Corp, 21 June, 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com; Eneco Group, www.enecogroup.com; NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508), 497-7261 rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

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    $1bn BEV Fund Supports Energy Storage Startups (Funding)
    Breakthrough Energy Ventures
    Date: 2018-06-15
    Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), the $1 billion fund launched by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and George Soros in 2016 to create new energy technologies and fight climate change, is making its first investment. Focusing on the area of energy storage, the fund is investing in two startups: Form Energy Inc.and Quidnet Energy.

    BEV will invest $6.4 million along with Evok Innovations in Quidnet Energy and $9 million along with Prelude Ventures in Form Energy. Both startups are developing new technologies to store power.

    Quidnet is developing pumped hydro into underground shale rock wells. Form Energy is developing batteries that can store large amounts of energy for extended time periods and overcome the limitations of lithium-ion batteries that can only store energy for short periods.

    BEV is "risk-tolerant" and will only invest companies that are capable of cutting global carbon emissions by 500 million metric tons annually. The fund aims aims to focus on grid-scale energy storage, zero-carbon liquid fuels, low-carbon building materials, and geothermal energy. (Source: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, PR, NewsBytes, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, www.b-t.energy/ventures; Form Energy Inc., https://www.linkedin.com/company/form-energy; Quidnet Energy, www.quidnetenergy.com

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    India Planning National Li-Ion Battery Production (Int'l Report)
    Central Electro Chemical Research Institute
    Date: 2018-06-11
    In New Delhi, the Hindustan Times is reporting the Indian government has signed a memorandum of understanding for the transfer of technology developed by Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, in partnership with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and others for the country's first locally developed lithium-ion cells. Indian manufacturers at present rely on imports.

    CSIR-CECRI has a demo facility in Chennai that manufactures prototypes of the cells. Indigenously manufacturing the batteries will also bring down the cost. The low cost could also help replace the hazardous lead-acid batteries that are currently in use in many applications. (Source: IOndia Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, HindustanTimes, June, 2018) Contact: Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Vijayamohanan K. Pilla, Director, +91 4565 241 241, www.cecri.res.in

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    SDG&E 83.5 MW Calif. Energy Storage Projects Approved (Ind. Report)
    San Diego Gas & Electric
    Date: 2018-06-08
    Following up on our March 7th coverage, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) reports the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the utility's addition of 83.5 MW of energy storage facilities. The utility will now contract the for the installation of lithium-ion battery storage facilities in San Diego and south Orange counties.

    A 30-MW/120-MWh storage system will be constructed in San Diego by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) America, while Advanced Microgrid Solutions will construct a 4-MW/16-MWh lithium-ion battery in San Juan Capistrano. Both facilities are expected to be online by December 2019.

    The CPUC approval includes a 40-MW/160-MW energy storage project in Fallbrook, proposed by Fluence, and a 6.5-MW/26-MWh facility in Escondido, to be installed by Powin Energy. For the fifth storage project, Enel Green Power will complete a 3-MW/12-MWh facility in Poway by December 2021. (Source: San Diego Gas & Electric , Renewables, 7 June, 2018) Contact: San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com; California PUC, www.cpuc.ca.gov

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    Cadenza Funded for NY Grid Energy Storage Demo (Funding)
    Cadenza Innovation,NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Wilton, Conn.-based energy storage specialist Cadenza Innovation is reporting receipt of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) funding for a demonstration project to further the Empie State's clean energy goals and support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's energy storage target of 1500 MW by 2025.

    The demonstration, which will be located at the New York Power Authority's (NYPA) headquarters in White Plains, will be a stand-alone system that includes a rack-mounted 200kWh, 50kW battery storage unit featuring Cadenza Innovation's Li-ion supercell technology. The project is expected to be completed by fall, 2019.

    Cadenza Innovation plans to initially license its technology platform to utility/grid storage and electric vehicle (EV) markets. The company's recently patented multicore Li-ion battery cell structure provides unparalleled simplification in battery pack design, reduces production and manufacturing costs, overcomes safety issues and improves the energy density of Li-ion batteries.

    , Cadenza Innovation is backed by more than $10 million in oversubscribed Series A funding led by Golden Seeds with additional funding from the U.S. DOE and the states of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. (Source: Cadenza Innovation, PR, June, 2018) Contact: Cadenza Innovation, Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud,CEO, Founder, www.cadenzainnovation.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    Leclanche Investor Increases Stake to $76Mn (Int'l Report)
    Leclanche
    Date: 2018-06-06
    Swiss vertically-integrated battery and energy storage system and equipment maker Leclanche is reporting receipt of a CHF25 million investment from its main existing investor FEFAM. With this additional CHF25 million, FEFAm has invested a total of CHF75 million in the energy storage company to date, according to Leclanche.

    FEFAM is aggregated from four 'sub-funds': AM Investment SCA, SICAV-SIF, a liquid assets sub-fund; Finexis Equity Fund's multi-asset strategy sub-fund, its renewable energy sub-fund and Finexis' E-money strategies sub-fund, aka Energy Storage Invest. (Source: Leclanche, Energy Storage News, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Leclanche, Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0)24 424 65 00, Fax: +41 (0)24 424 65 20, info@leclanche.com, www.leclanche.com

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    Siemens, Northvolt Building European Li-ion Battery Plant (Int'l)
    Northvolt,Siemens
    Date: 2018-05-30
    German industrial manufacturing giant Siemens reports it is partnering with Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB to construct Europe's largest lithium ion battery plant in Northern Sweden. Siemens will invest €10 million in the 32GWh capacity project and help develop digital software to automate production at the site. (Source: Siemens, Business Green, 29 May, 2018)Contact: NorthVolt AB, Peter Carlsson, CEO, www.northvolt.com

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    SGL Carbon Touts "Strategic Realignment" (Ind. Report)
    SGL Carbon
    Date: 2018-05-30
    The SGL Group - The Carbon Company is reporting a return to its original SGL Carbon moniker as its new company name.

    SGL Carbon is a technology-based company and a leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions. Its high-quality materials and products made from specialty graphite and composites are used in the automotive, aerospace, solar and wind energy, semiconductor and LEDs, as well as in the production of lithium-ion batteries and other energy storage systems sectors.

    In 2017, SGL Carbon generated sales of around €860 million. The company operates 34 locations in Europe, North America, and Asia. (Source: SGL, Inside Composites, 29 May, 2018) Contact: SGL Carbon, Dr Jurgen Kohler, CEO, www.sglcarbon.com

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    BioSolar Touts Energy Storage Commercialization Plan (Ind Report)
    Biosolar
    Date: 2018-05-23
    Santa Clarita, California-headquartered energy storage technology and materials specialist BioSolar has outlined its commercialization plan that includes the development of its prototype and joining with the right development partners to help scale its lithium-ion battery technology.

    The company is developing a breakthrough technology to increase the storage capacity, lower the cost and extend the life of lithium-ion batteries. With the goal of creating the company's next generation super battery technology, BioSolar is currently investigating high capacity anode materials recognizing the fact that the overall battery capacity is determined by combination of both cathode and anode.(Source: BioSolar, PR, 22 May, 2018) Contact: BioSolar, Dr. David Lee, CEO, Tom Becker, IR, (877) 904-3733, ir@biosolar.com, www.biosolar.com

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    Gore Street Raises £30.6Mn for Energy Storage M&As (Int'l)
    Gore Street Capital
    Date: 2018-05-23
    Following up on our May 4th coverage, London-based UK investment firm Gore Street Capital reports it raised £30.6 million via an energy storage fund share issue for the acquisition of battery energy storage projects. The 100 million share offering was priced at £1 per share.

    The fund's initial 18MW portfolio will include three lithium-ion battery projects sites worth approximately £11.2m. The seed portfolio will include the operational 6MW Boulby plant in North Yorkshire and a 49 pct share of the online 4MW Cenin facility in Wales and the pre-construction 10MW Lower Road development in Essex. (Source: Gore Street, renews, 22 May, 2018)Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 20 3826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

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    ARENA Touts $7Mn Renewables, Grid Stability Initiative (Int'l)
    ARENA
    Date: 2018-05-18
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting the launch of a $7 million funding initiative designed to test and prove how renewable energy technologies can better provide grid stability and security services.

    States like South Australia and Victoria have begun ramping up their renewable energy capacity, and grid managers are beginning to focus on integrating energy storage -- i.e. the mammoth Hornsdale Power Reserve, a 129 MWh Tesla lithium-ion energy storage facility in South Australia, which was turned on for the first time towards the end of 2017.

    The new $7 million ($5.23 million US) in funding seeks to further develop new technologies that can provide grid stability and security services as well as support projects such as system strength provision, frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), fast frequency response (FFR), inertia provision and measurement, and other services that may enhance system security. The Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia was a beneficiary of funding from ARENA to trial frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) (as was the 168 MW Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania which is still underway) and is now registered for six of eight FCAS markets in Australia. The project will provide valuable insights into the cost-benefit of using pre-curtailment to provide FCAS services from a new technology source. (Source: ARENA, CleanTechnica, 16 May, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

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    NextEra, SRP Complete Arizona Solar+Storage Plant (Ind. Report)
    NextEra Energy Resources,Salt River Project
    Date: 2018-05-18
    Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) are touting the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a 258,000 panel, 20-MW integrated PV solar plant equipped with a battery energy storage system. PCSEC, Arizona's largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system, will generate sufficient solar energy to power 5,000 homes and will store excess energy in a state-of-the-art 10-MW lithium-ion battery storage system.

    SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

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    Kokam Deploys 30-MW Energy Storage System in Australia (Int'l)
    Kokam,Alinta Energy
    Date: 2018-05-18
    Seoul, South Korea-headquartered lithium-ion/polymer battery specialist Kokam Co., Ltd is reporting the installation of a 30-MW/11.4-MWh energy storage system (ESS) for Australian utility Alinta Energy. This is the largest lithium ion battery deployed for industrial application in in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, according to a Kokam statement.

    The system, which incorporates Kokum's Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide battery technology and consists of five 2.2-MWh Kokam Containerized ESS (KCE) units, operates in conjunction with Alinta Energy's existing 178-MW open cycle gas turbine Newman Power Station. Kokam delivered the ESS and served, alongside UGL Pty Ltd, as the system integrator on the project, the company said. Contact: Alinta Energy, Jeff Dimery, CEO, www.alintaenergy.com; Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., Vice President of Kokam Co., Ltd., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com

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