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Malta, Vistra, SwRi Study Clean Power, Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Enegy Storage
Date: 2021-04-16
Cambridge, Mass,-based thermal energy storage specialist Malta Inc. and retail electricity and power generation company Vistra, in collaboration with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have won US DOE grant funding to study how Malta's energy storage system can improve the environmental and economic performance of a natural gas-powered power plant.

The study will focus on integration of the Malta Pumped Heat Energy System (PHES) with a Vistra owned natural gas-fired plant to optimize its environmental and economic performance. The Malta system will convert and store that energy as heat then convert it back to electricity that can be redistributed on demand and can store eletric power for up to 200 hours. (Source: Malta Inc., PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Malta Inc., Matt Burke, matt.burke@maltainc.com, info@maltainc.com, www.maltainc.com; Vistra, www.vistracorp.com/sustainability; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Research Institute ,  Vistra,  Energy Storage,  


Ameresco Supports Wellesley's Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2021-02-12
In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted to replace Wellesley College's Central Utility Plant to support the College's effort to increase energy efficiency, cut operating costs and reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions 37 pct by 2026, as compared to the school's 2010 baseline.

New energy efficient equipment upgrades and installations at the plant will include 4MW of power generation, paralleling switchgear, 800 ton efficient electric chillers, a 600HP firetube pony boiler, a 5-cell cooling tower and a 4,000 ton thermal energy storage system. The plant's electric generators will operate primarily in "peak shaving" mode for increased cost savings and decreased demand on the local utility during peak times of the year. Construction on the Central Utility Plant began in December of 2020 and is slated for commissioning in May 2021. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com, [www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Wellesley Ccllege, www.wellesley.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


Indian Thermal Energy Storage Firm Scores $900,000 Funding (Int'l)
Inficold
Date: 2021-01-25
Noida, India-based thermal energy storage technology startup Inficold is reporting receipt of $900,000 in grant funding from the Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund, the UK charity Shell Foundation and others to expand its thermal energy storage manufacturing, sales and servicing capabilities.

Inficold has developed inverterless solar integration for refrigeration systems, which reduces the overall system cost and improves solar utilisation. Inficold plans to ramp up production by over 10 times and is developing other sustainable cooling solutions in air conditioning space. (Source: Inficold, PR, Cooling Post, 24 Jan., 2021) Contact: Inficold India, info@inficold.com, +91-782 981 0381, www.inficold.com

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


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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EPRI,  Energy Storage,  


  • DOE Invests $7.6Mn in Energy Storage R&D (Ind. Report, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-12-28
    The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 29 R&D projects to receive nearly $7.6 million in cost-shared federal funding to advance fossil fuel -- energy storage technologies. The R&D will accelerate the development of technology options to manage the energy transition underway to decarbonise and increase the flexibility of fossil power generation and support the grid of the future with increasing variable renewable generation.

    The selected projects include thermal, chemical, mechanical, and other innovative energy storage technologies integrated with a range of fossil assets -- 16 of which will focus on hydrogen and ammonia, which are key low-carbon energy carriers with the potential to enable long-duration energy storage and decarbonise the industrial and power generation sectors.

    Nine projects will focus on thermal energy storage, including mature options such as molten salt that can offer near-term deployment opportunities.

    Energy storage technologies will be integrated with a range of fossil assets, including coal power plants, natural gas combined cycles, and combustion turbines. Applications include power generation utilities, petrochemical complexes, microgrids, university campuses, and repowering retired coal power plants. Many of the applications are envisioned to include fuel switching (hydrogen or ammonia) or carbon capture and storage to mitigate carbon emissions and leverage the energy storage technology to increase flexibility, reduce cycling damage, and time-shift energy to enhance grid support and asset utilisation.

    Anticipated host sites for the near-term projects will be distributed across at least 11 states and many regulated markets including the California Independent System Operator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Southwest Power Pool Inc., Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and New York Independent System Operator. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects. (Source: US DOE, World Coal, 28 Dec., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Hydrogen,  


    Energy Storage Startup Scores First Commercial Order (Int'l.)
    Azelio
    Date: 2020-12-28
    Gothenburg, Sweden-based energy storage specialist Azelio reports it will see its long-duration Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology used at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Complex (MBR) in Dubai, UAE.

    Azelio's TES technology stores energy as heat in a phase change material (PCM) made of an aluminium alloy heated to 600 degrees Celsius, which is then converted to electricity using a Stirling engine. Azelio claims the technology can enable 13 hours' duration of electricity storage as well as provide heat on demand, is effective in hot or cold climates and has an expected system lifetime of 30 years, according to the release.

    Azilio's patent portfolio includes specific components critical to the performance of the company's Stirling engine as well as details in the design and functioning of the energy storage. In total, Azelio has 13 approved patents, 15 patent applications pending and is preparing patent applications for further innovations. (Source: Azelio, PR, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 532 100 20, info@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Energy Storage,  


    DOE Announces $130Mn Funding for Solar Tech. Projects (Funding)
    DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In Washington , the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is reporting the selection of 67 research project across 30 states for a total of $130 million in grant funding to reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation's electric grid.

    Along with advancing research in photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and systems integration, the projects in DOE's SETO Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program include research in artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid plants, and solar with agriculture. The following projects are being funded:

  • PV Hardware Research -- $14 million for eight projects that aim to make PV systems last longer and increase the reliability of solar systems made of silicon solar cells, as well as new technologies like thin-film and bifacial solar cells.

  • Integrated Thermal Energy Storage and Brayton Cycle Equipment Demonstration (Integrated TESTBED) -- $39 million will be awarded to Heliogen, Inc., which will build and operate a supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle that will serve as a test site to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost CSP plants.

  • Systems Integration -- $34 million for 10 research projects that will develop resilient community microgrids to maintain power during and restore power after man-made or natural disasters, improve cybersecurity for PV inverters and power systems, and develop advanced hybrid plants that operate collaboratively with other resources for improved reliability and resilience.

  • AI Applications in Solar Energy with Emphasis on Machine Learning -- $7.3 million for 10 projects that use AI and machine learning to optimize operations and solar forecasting, improve situational awareness on the distribution system and behind the meter, and enable the integration of more solar generation.

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $14 million for 10 research projects that will advance innovative prototypes to a pre-commercial stage, including products that support U.S. solar manufacturing and reduce the cost of installation.

  • Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 3 -- $9.7 million for six research projects that will examine how information gets to stakeholders to enable better decision-making about solar and combining solar with energy efficiency, energy storage, and electric vehicles.

  • Solar and Agriculture: System Design, Value Frameworks, and Impacts Analysis -- $7 million for four projects that will advance the technologies, research, and practices necessary for farmers, ranchers, and others to co-locate solar and agriculture.

  • Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS): PV and CSP -- $5 million for 18 projects that advance innovative, novel ideas in PV and CSP that can produce significant results in one year. (Source: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, Website PR, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  US DOE EERE,  


  • Koolen Takes Stake German Energy Storage Specialist (Int'l., M&A)
    Kraftblock
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Netherlands, clean energy conglomerate Koolen Industries reports it is inventing €3 million in Hengelo, Germany-based thermal energy storage specialist Kraftblock. Koolen is looking to boost Kraftblock's nanotechnology-based energy storage system that captures excess heat -- an inevitable by-product of industrial operations -- and reuse it as energy for production.

    Kraftblock's high-temp storage system is significantly more efficient than other thermal storage systems on the market, which mostly use salt or concrete as a storage medium. The German company's solution uses granules, consisting of 85 pct recycled material, storing temperatures of up to 1,300 degrees. By utilizing a modular structure, the system is cost-effective, easily scalable and has a lifespan of some 15,000 cycles, which compares to lithium battery cells that are limited to a maximum of 8,000 cycles. (Source: Koolen Industries, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Koolen Industries, Kees Koolen, CEO, +31 88 007 6000, www.koolenindustries.com; Kraftblock, +49 6897 936 161, welcome@kraftblock.com, www. kraftblock.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kraftblock news,  energy Storage news,  


    Sunamp Raises £4.5Mn for Expansion (Int'l., Funding)
    Sunamp
    Date: 2020-08-12
    UK-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp Ltd reports it raised £4.5 million in Series A funding led by Chilean venture capital firm Aurus Capital, the Scottish Investment Bank and existing private investors. The funding will support its commercial scaling in the UK as well as international expansion in Central Europe, Asia and North America.

    Sunamp batteries store energy from renewable and non-renewable sources allowing more renewable energy to be used both behind-the-meter and in the electricity grid by helping to absorb peaks of renewable generation, deal with intermittency and reduce curtailment. (Source: Sunamp, PR, Solar Power Portal, 11 Aug., 2020) Contact: Sunamp, Andrew Bissel, CEO, +44 1875 610001, www.sunamp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunamp.Thermal Energy STorage,  Energy Storage,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 1414 Degrees,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    NC State Univ. Completes Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2020-02-21
    North Carolina State University in Raleigh is reporting the upgrading of all T12 fluorescent lights to LED light at Biltmore Hall and Pulp and Paper labs. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the school over 400,000 kW of electricity per year for an annual energy cost saving of $30,000.

    Other "green" improvements and upgrades include the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, lighting fixture-integrated occupancy sensors, thermal energy storage and water conservation capacity, and others. (Source: NC State University, Technician, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: NC State University, Kerby Smithson, Energy Project Manager, 919-515-2011, www.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


    $18.8Mn DOE Funding for Low-Temp Geothermal R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE EERE,
    Date: 2020-02-07
    The U.S DOE has announced an $18.8 million funding that will go towards six innovative R&D initiatives aimed towards:
  • Exploration RD&D -- Hidden Geothermal Systems in the Basin and Range; and
  • Advanced Energy Storage Initiative (AESI) -- Bi-directional Energy Storage Using Low-Temperature Geothermal Applications.

    The first topic aims to build on the success of the Geothermal Technologies Office's Play Fairway Analysis (PFA) initiative. The PFA technique is a method for discovering hidden hydrothermal systems in the Basin & Range region of the western U.S using known geologic factors associated with geothermal systems. By reducing the uncertainty of discovering geothermal systems in such settings, development and investment in the area can become more attractive.

    The second topic aims to enhance the resilience of energy systems through the use of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) technology particularly in low-temperature geothermal systems. Deep-Direct Use (DDU) for space heating is being considered as the best application of this technolgoy, as excess thermal energy during summer could be stored as a reserve for winter heating.

    Interested applicants may submit a letter of intent until February 28, 2020, 5 PM. Only those who have submitted the letter will be eligible for full applications, which will be accepted until April 6, 2020, 5 PM. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Office, geothermal@ee.doe.gov, egs@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/geothermal/geothermal-technologies-office-contacts-0

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  US DOE EERE,  


  • DOE Supports Lehigh Bldg. Thermal Battery R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Lehigh University
    Date: 2019-11-27
    According to Carlos Romero, director of Lehigh University's Energy Research Center (ERC) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the addition of renewable energy into the electrical grid is forcing conventional power plants to adapt to new power generation realities. To address the new realities, an interdisciplinary team, promoted by Lehigh's Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE), is launching a project on thermal energy storage (TES) for applications in fossil-fired power plants.

    The team matches the ERC's expertise in power generation and energy with appropriate expertise in civil engineering within Lehigh's Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center.

    Other project partners include: Advanced Cooling Technologies Inc., Dominion Energy-Virginia, Slaw Precast (concrete), Nycon (steel fiber), Hanson Cement and others.

    The research group recently received a three-year, $2 million grant from the US DOE Transformative Power Generation Program to support the design, engineering, optimization, and testing of the Lehigh team's heat Thermal Energy Storage (TCM-TES) concept. (Source: Lehigh University Energy Research Center, PR, Nov., 2019) Contact: Lehigh University, Energy Research Center, Carlos E. Romero Director and Principal Research Scientist, (610) 758-4092, cerj@lehigh.edu, www.lehigh.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    Biodico, Azelio Partner on Plant Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Azelio, Biodico
    Date: 2019-11-20
    Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- energy storage solutions provider Azelio reports it is partnering with Ventura, California-based sustainable biofuel producer Biodico to develop 120MW in thermal energy storage systems for Bioico's planned on-site renewable energy powered biofuel production centers in California by 2024.

    Azelio's systems will feature solar PV, wind, as well as its power storage unit, which will ensure supply of base-load energy. The projects include a 13kWe energy storage that is slated for completion in 2021, followed by other projects including 15MWe in 2022, 35MWe in 2023 and 70MWe in 2024.

    Privately held Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and renewable energy facilities; conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy; and collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to patent and commercialize proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next-generation biofuels. (Source: Azelio, Power Tech, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: Biodico, Russell Teall, CEO, (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, www.biodico.com; Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80, jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Biodico,  Energy Storage,  


    1414 Degrees Touts Thermal Energy Storage Tests (Int'l Report)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2019-08-02
    Following up on our 3rd June coverage, Australian clean-tech start-up 1414 Degrees is reporting a new project that will pair it with sustainable agriculture pioneer Nectar Farms to test "SmartFarm" applications of its thermal energy storage solution (TESS) that stores electricity as thermal energy by heating and melting containers full of silicon. The technology is as much as 10 times less expensive than lithium battery energy storage, according to a company release.

    Since listing on the ASX in 2018, 1414 Degrees has signed up to a $3.2 million pilot project to install a GAS-TESS unit at an SA Water wastewater treatment plant in Glenelg, to store energy by burning gases produced in the treatment process and generate heat and electricity for the plant.

    The company also reports being approached by energy management specialist Ampcontrol and renewables developer BE Power to assess TESS technology for a range of joint projects across Australia. (Source: 1414 Degrees, ReNew Economy, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  1414 Degree,  


    SaltX, Steinmuller Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Int'l Report)
    SaltX
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered energy storage specialist SaltX Technology reports it is partnering with the German engineering firm Steinmuller Engineering GmbH to construct a pre-commercial pilot Thermal Energy Storage facility based on SalX's nanocoated salt.

    The partners are planning their first step during 2020, preferably on the German market. (Source: SaltX, 28 June, 2019)Contact: SaltX Technology Harald Bauer, CEO, +46 (0)708 108 034, harald.bauer@saltxtechnology.com, www.saltxtechnology.com; Steinmuller Engineering, +49 2261 789500, www.steinmueller.com/en/home.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaltX,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    SGRE Launches Seven-Day Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-06-14
    Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) is reporting the official launch of its Electric Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) pilot project in Hamburg, Germany.

    The SGRE system heats volcanic rocks to 750C using a resistance heater and blower, which can be powered by wind turbines. The heat can then be used to generate steam. SGRE notes the pilot can store 130 MWh of energy for up to one week. SGRE claims the technology offers a second-life option to existing power plants as it uses standard components.

    SGRE is partnering with local utility Hamburg Energie -- which will market the stored electricty -- and the Hamburg University of Technology on the pilot, which received funding from the German government. (Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Windpower, 13 June, 2019) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Thermal Energy Storage,  Wind ,  Siemens Gamesa,  


    1414 Degrees Announces Biogas Energy Storage Startup (Int'l)
    1414 Degrees
    Date: 2019-05-03
    Following up on our 1st Dec, 2017 report, Adelaide, Australia-based 1414 Degrees is reporting the startup of its 10MWh thermal energy storage system (TESS) at the Glenelg Wastewater Treatment Plant south of the city of Adelaide. The patented molten silicon storage device converts biogas from the wastewater treatment plant.

    The 10MWh GAS-TESS system was co-funded by the South Australian Government's Renewable Technology Fund and shareholders of 1414 Degrees. (Source: 1414 Degrees, Power Technology, 2 May, 2019) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 1414 Degrees,  Biogas,  


    DOE Offers $47Mn for Flexible Building Technologies (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-24
    The U.S. DOE has announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2019 Funding Opportunity (FOA) for up to $47 million for innovative technologies to make energy more affordable.

    According to the DOE, residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 40 pct of the Nation's total energy demand and about 75 pct of all electric power consumption. In addition, growing peak electricity demands are challenging the electrical grid, exacerbated by stresses from transmission and distribution infrastructure constraints and the increasing number of variable renewable electricity power generation sources. However, integration of more flexible and even dispatchable loads through building automation can optimize energy use leading to decreased energy costs while maintaining occupant preferences. Even greater optimization of energy supply, storage, and demand results in a more resilient and reliable grid that simultaneously improves energy affordability.

    The DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) designed the 2019 BENEFIT FOA to increase energy productivity -- both within and beyond a building's walls -- by supporting the R&D and performance verification of flexible and energy-efficient technologies for residential and commercial buildings across the following topic areas:

  • Flexible Buildings Technologies: This topic supports early-stage R&D that integrates advanced sensing, controls and communication with flexible, energy efficiency technologies to advance the role buildings can play in the modernizing power grid. The subtopics include cybersecurity through adaptive building controls, performance verification for flexible building loads, advanced actuators and thermal energy storage.

  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technologies: This topic supports the development of highly efficient technologies for thermal end-uses in buildings, including space conditioning, water-heating and refrigeration. Subtopics include non-vapor compression heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies and fuel-driven building equipment.

  • Solid-state Lighting Technologies: This topic supports the development of highly efficient lighting technologies and systems to improve lighting energy efficiency. The subtopics address the green gap and droop in LEDs, quantum dot optical down-converters, stable and efficient white OLEDs, light extraction and utilization for OLEDs, and advanced lighting systems.

    The BTO's demand flexibility strategy, called Grid-interactive Efficient Building, is a unique addition to this funding opportunity which has traditionally focused on R&D for the next-generation of energy efficient building technologies. The DOE's vision integrates advanced sensing, controls, and communication with flexible, energy efficiency technologies to advance the role buildings can play in modernizing the power grid.

    Buildings have historically been passive consumers of energy, but next-generation flexible technologies give buildings and equipment the potential to provide a host of grid services that utilities currently receive from other, more traditional grid assets. Further research will help achieve this vision at-scale.

    Download FOA details and application materials HERE. Information on the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Office is HERE. (Source: USA DOE, BLOG, 23 April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


  • Axiom Exergy Touts Cold Storage Grid Services (Ind. Report)
    Axiom Exergy
    Date: 2019-03-22
    Richmond, California-headquartered power management services specialist Axiom Exergy reports it is working with San Francisco-based energy technology company Leap, an aggregator of flexible loads to the California Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) market, to unlock grid services revenue for its customers, including three Whole Foods Market facilities in Northern California.

    Axiom Exergy provides turnkey, fully-financed power management "as-a-service" to portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings with large thermal loads. Its cloud-based platform uses predictive analytics and optional thermal energy storage capacity to intelligently "shape" a customer's load profile by modulating refrigeration, cooling, and/or heating systems. (Source: Axiom Exergy PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Axiom Energy, Amrit Robbins, CEO, www.axiomexergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Axiom Exergy,  


    Sunamp Inks Chinese Thermal Energy Storage Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Sunamp
    Date: 2019-03-13
    In the UK, East Lothian-based thermal energy storage specialist Sunamp reports the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese solar hot water tank manufacturer Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co. for the development of a heat battery water heater for residential applications.

    Sunamp's UniQ batteries store heat from renewable sources, cut fuel costs and carbon emissions, and are four times smaller for the same capacity and four times more energy efficient than the hot water tanks they replace. (Source: Sunamp. The Scotsman, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sunamp, +44 1875 610001, www.sunamp.com; Jiangsu Gomon Renewable Energy Development Co., https://hzguangmang.tumblr.com

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


    Ice Energy SCE Energy Storage Installation Underway (Ind. Report)
    Ice Energy,Southern California Edison
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Costa Mesa, California-based distributed thermal energy storage solutions specialist Ice Energy is reporting completion of the first stage of its Ice Bear systems under a 21.6-MW energy storage contract with Southern California Edison (SCE).

    The two-year project will ultimately incorporate over 1,200 Ice Bears, providing the utility with greater flexibility to reduce electricity load during peak demand periods.

    Ice Energy's contract with SCE enables qualifying Southern California businesses to receive free, fully installed Ice Bears. The Ice Bear "thermal battery" system is connected to standard 5-20 ton rooftop commercial AC units.

    Approximately 100 Ice Bear systems, including the newly available Ice Bear 40 model, have been installed at businesses across SCE's service territory to date. (Source: Ice Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232, info@ice-energy.com, www.ice-energy.com; Southern California Edison, www.sce.com/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Ice Bear,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    Viking Cold Offers Refrigeration Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Constellation
    Date: 2019-02-06
    Houston-headquartered thermal energy storage specialist Viking Cold Solutions reports it will work with energy provider Constellation to offer its commercial and industrial refrigeration customers access to Constellation's unique Efficiency Made Easy® (EME) energy conservation program.

    The EME program helps businesses implement optimal energy conservation measures, such as Viking Cold's TES systems, with no upfront capital expenditure. The cost for the upgrades is included in the monthly charges that appear on their Constellation power and gas supply bills.

    In 2018, Constellation EME customers collectively saved 80,000 MWh of electricity and prevented the emissions of 36,000 metric tons of CO2, according to Constellation.

    Viking Cold's application of Phase Change Materials combined with intelligent controls and 24/7 remote monitoring increases energy efficiency an average of 26 pct and adds time-of-use flexibility to avoid demand-based pricing for up to 13 hours. (Source: Viking Cold, Constellation, PR, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Viking Cold, James Bell, CEO, Collin Cooker, VP Sales, ccoker@vikingcold.com, (281) 687-0919, www.vikingcold.com; Constellation, Dave Snyder, (410) 470-9700, david.snyder@constellation.com, www.constellation.com

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    Ground-Breaking Thermal Energy Storage at Newcastle Univ. (Int'l)
    Newcastle University
    Date: 2019-01-11
    In the UK, the Newcastle University Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is reporting the world's first grid-scale pumped heat energy storage system is now up and running at the university's National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage.

    The system, which has a maximum power output of 150kW and a storage capacity of 600kWh, could offer a low-cost method of storing large volumes of excess renewable electricity. (Source: Newcastle University, Utility Week, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: Newcastle University Swan Centre , Tony Roskilly, Dir., +44 191 208 6000, Andrew Smallbone, Newcastle University National Facility for Pumped Heat Energy Storage, www.ncl.ac.uk/energy

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    Malta Raises $26Mn forThermal Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Malta Inc.
    Date: 2019-01-04
    Boston-based electro-thermal energy storage specialist Malta Inc.reports it has raised $26 million to commercialize a heat pump energy storage system invented by the Nobel Physics laureate Professor Robert Laughlin of Stanford University, California.

    Malta Inc. is looking to commercialize the heat pump energy storage system that uses electricity to drive a heat pump which converts the electrical energy into molten salt thermal energy by creating a temperature differential.

    Malta Inc. will work with industry partners including Sweden-based heat exchange manufacturer Alfa Laval, Hong Kong-based Concord New Energy Group and US-based Breakthrough Energy Ventures LLC (led by Microsoft founder Bill Gates), to make this technology cost-effective. (Source: Malta Inc., Hudrocarbons 21, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: Malta Inc., https://x.company/projects/malta

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    SolarReserve Scores $2Mn to Advance CSP Thermal Tech. (Funding)
    SolarReserve
    Date: 2018-10-26
    In the Golden State, Santa Monica-based commercial-scale solar specialist SolarReserve reports it has been selected for $2.0 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to advance concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) R&D. The award was part of the DOE's FY2018 SETO funding for new projects that will lower solar electricity costs and support a growing solar workforce.

    SolarReserve's project aims to develop a best-in-class next generation heliostat design, optimized for CSP technology projections.

    Heliostats are the dual-axis solar tracking mirrors that concentrate and focus the sun's energy onto an energy collection receiver atop a central tower. Within the receiver, fluid flows through piping that forms external walls; this fluid absorbs the heat from the concentrated sunlight. In SolarReserve's technology, the fluid utilized is molten salt, which is used both as a heat transfer fluid as well as a thermal energy storage medium.

    SolarReserve will partner on the project with South Africa's Stellenbosch University and Sandia National Laboratories to leverage their complementary innovations and testing facilities. (Source: SolarReserve, PR, Business Wire, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274, mary.grikas@solarreserve.com, www.solarreserve.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , (202) 287-1862, solar@ee.doe.gov, energy.gov/solar-office

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    Ameresco Inks San Antonio AFB Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco,Mission Solar Energy
    Date: 2018-10-24
    Framingham, Mass.-headquartered renewables and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting receipt of a self-funding Energy Savings Performance Contract that includes ongoing operations and maintenance (O&M) services, from the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy for the implementation of a $133.5 million energy resilient infrastructure project at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) in Texas.

    Under the terms of the contract, Ameresco will provide solar, energy efficiency and reliability upgrades to 900 buildings across five military installations. The company will build a microgrid integrating 20 MW of new onsite energy photovoltaic (PV) assets, 4 MW of gas fired backup generation and 4 MW/8 MWh of battery energy storage.

    Under the ESPC contract, more than 14.7 million square feet of buildings will receive; energy and water conservation upgrades designed to cut building energy consumption by 24 pct annually; HVAC management control systems; over 2 million gallons of thermal energy storage; more than 140,000 new LED lighting systems and building envelope improvements. To support energy assurance, Ameresco will install new onsite distributed energy assets capable of islanding from the electric utility, including a combined heat and power (CHP) system comprised of nine microturbines for a total capacity of 585 kW, 4-MW of natural gas-fired standby generation and an 11.7-MW groundmount solar PV array at the Security Hill Landfill at Lackland Air Force Base and over 5 MW of roof-mount PV at Fort Sam Houston.

    Ameresco selected San Antonio-based Mission Solar Energy to manufacture and provide over 54,200,370 W of "Buy-American" compliant solar modules to be used in the project. The ESPC is guaranteed to provide $8.7 million in annual energy savings to JBSA. (Source: Ameresco, Solar Power, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, Nicole A. Bulgarino, Exec. VP GM Federal Solutions, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, www.dla.mil/Energy/Contact

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    RWE, Carbon-Clean Investigate Thermal Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    RWE Power,Carbon-Clean
    Date: 2018-10-19
    The Essen, Germany-headquartered electrical utility RWE Power AG and Cologne, Germany-based Carbon-Clean Technologies GmbH report they are investigating the potential of an innovative energy storage system for power and heat generation in a feasibility study.

    Carbon-Clean's high- temperature thermal system technology stores large quantities of electrical energy in the form of heat, and delivers this energy on demand to the power plant process. This enables thermal power plants to better meet their role as flexible partners in an energy mix which is increasingly based on renewables. (Source: RWE Power AG, Carbon Clean Technologies, PR, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Carbon Clean Technologies, Dr. Robert Pfab, +49 221 355 7550, info@carbonclean.de, www.carbonclean.de; RWE PowerAG, www.group.rwe/en/the-group/organisational-structure/rwe-power

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    Ameresco, USAF Ink $143Mn Energy Conserv. Contract (Ind. Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has secured a 22-year, $143 million contract to support energy conservation efforts within Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.

    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) Civil Engineer Center said Friday the contract covers the installation of 20 MW of renewable energy systems within JBSA's fence line and modernization of energy security through microgrid control technologies. The company will also modernize heating, ventilation, air conditioning energy management control systems and additional HVAC thermal energy storage, among other things, at 900 buildings across the military installation.

    The work is expected to reduce energy consumption in JBSA facilities by 24 pct. (Source: Ameresco, GovCon Wire, 1 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

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    Global Thermal Storage Market Hits $5.7Bn by 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Thermal Energy Storage
    Date: 2018-08-10
    Zion Market Research's recently released Global Thermal Storage Market Set for Rapid Growth, to Reach $5.7Bn by 2022 research report highlights trends and requirements of the industry related to products and services, capacity and technology. It also highlights the uneven structure of the Global Thermal Storage Market. The report also delivers a concise estimation and detailed explanation of the key factors affecting the Global Thermal Storage Market.

    The report includes prominent players, dealers, and the sellers in the Global Thermal Storage Market, along with individual growth rate, capacity, market share, price, consumption, production, cost, capacity use rate, price, export, gross margin and other pertinant information.

    Report details are HERE. Request Free Sample Report HERE. Review report detail HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, Energy News, 8 Aug., 2018)Contact: Zion Market Research, (855) 465-4651, zionmarketresearch.com

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    Battery Storage VC Funding Hits $539Mn in H1, says Mercom Report (Ind. Report)
    Mercom Capital Group
    Date: 2018-07-25
    Mercom Capital Group LLC consultancy's report on funding, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the battery storage, smart grid and energy efficiency sectors notes that venture capital (VC) funding for battery storage companies grew to $539 million in the first half of 2018, marking a 12 pct year-on-year rise. The data covers the second quarter and first half of 2018.

    According to the report, corporate funding in battery storage came from 34 investors, with the top dealan $80-million Series D financing round of behind-the-meter battery startup Stem Inc. Germany's Sonnen GmbH, raised $71 million in a financing round led by Shell Ventures. Massachusetts-based materials technology company Ionic Materials raised $65 million and Durapower raises $40 million while thermal energy storage provider Ice Energy also raised $40 million.

    The number of battery storage-related M&A transactions in the six months was eight, only one of which was with a disclosed value. This compares to two such deals in the first half of 2017, according to the Mercon report. (Source: Mercom Capital Group Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, info@mercomcapital.com, www.mercomcapital.com

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    Ice Energy Reports Argo Infrastructure Partners Funding Agreement (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Ice Energy,Argo Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2018-06-27
    Costa Mesa, California-based Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, reports it has entered into a long-term funding agreement with private equity manager Argo Infrastructure Partners LLC.

    The investment establishes a strategic relationship that begins with $40 million in funding for Ice Energy and its current projects, which are supported by long-term utility contracts to manage peak power demand and load shifting.

    Argo Infrastructure Partners is an independent investment manager that invests in high-quality regulated and contracted infrastructure assets, targeting returns through sustainable cash yields and long-term capital appreciation.

    With over $2 billion in assets under management on behalf of institutional investors, Argo manages an investment portfolio that includes a 330 MW ISO-interconnecting bi-directional power transmission system; power generation assets that provide the majority of electricity demand load for Pueblo, Colorado; Duquesne Energy, the regulated electric transmission and distribution utility serving over 500,000 customers in the Pittsburgh area; and two water utilities, including one serving the city of Bayonne, NJ.

    Ice Energy's thermal energy storage products deliver behind-the-meter energy storage for commercial and industrial HVAC, refrigeration and process cooling systems, as well as for home AC, providing peak capacity to over 40 utility service territories nationwide. The company has installed 15 MW) of energy storage, has contracts to install another 30 MW, and has a pipeline of over 400 MW. The company is expanding quickly in the U.S. and internationally. (Source: Ice Energy, PR 26 June, 2018) Contact: Argo Infrastructure Partners, Hugh Au, Senior VP, info@argoip.com, www.argoip.com; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, Pres, (877) 542-3232, info@ice-energy.com, www.ice-energy.com

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    Azelio Touts Low-Cost Solar Energy Storage (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Azelio
    Date: 2018-06-18
    Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- is reporting the recent launch of a demo unit of its solar energy storage technology. Based on Stirling Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with multi-hour Thermal Energy Storage (TES), Azelio modular technology is suitable for small to very large installations with maintained low cost and high efficiency.

    Azelio's technology uses aluminum alloy as a storage media that does not need refilling to maintain its efficiency, as opposed to common storage technologies using salt or water.

    Initially, Azelio is targeting projects in 500 kW to 20 MW range and plans to construct a verification project in Moracco in partnership with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. (Source: Azelio, TradeArabia , 17 June, 2018) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80 jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

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