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US states ramp up battery storage

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:20 -- Xuan Zhong
US states ramp up battery storage

Nevada and California have announced moves to expand battery energy storage facilities across the two states.

In Nevada, utility NV Energy is asking regulators to back plans to build six solar energy plants with three related BESS facilities with a combined storage capacity of 100 megawatts.

 

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Golden State to grill lead batteries

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:36 -- News Editor
Golden State to grill lead batteries

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) last week published its 2018-2020 Draft Priority Product Work Plan that will put pressure on lead battery manufactures to see whether there are “safer alternatives” to the existing products.

The much-anticipated plan identifies the product categories that DTSC will evaluate over the next three years as potential "priority products" under California's green chemistry programme.

 

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PG&E seeks 165MW California Li-ion storage go-ahead

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
PG&E seeks 165MW California Li-ion storage go-ahead

US electric utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is asking regulators in California to approve proposed deals for six new lithium-ion battery storage projects.

Contracts for the projects, which would see an additional 165MW of energy storage capacity built in the state, were drawn up following a request for offers for new storage issued by PG&E a year ago.

 

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Battery makers take safety case for lead to regulators

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 11:09 -- Xuan Zhong
Battery makers take safety case for lead to regulators

Lead industry leaders in California are to hold talks with regulators as part of a review of lead-acid batteries under the state’s ‘safer consumer products’ (SCP) initiative.

State governor Jerry Brown (pictured) ordered the review last year in the wake of the closure of Exide Technologies’ troubled Vernon lead-acid battery recycling plant.

 

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Wood you believe it?

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:51 -- Xuan Zhong
Wood you believe it?

Sharp Electronics and CivicSolar are teaming up to prove they can knock thousands of dollars off Californian businesses’ energy bills.

US solar equipment distributor CivicSolar is now offering Sharp’s SmartStorage energy storage system through its network of solar PV installers.

 

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US firms team up to provide ‘all-American’ solution

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 10:23 -- Xuan Zhong
US firms team up to provide ‘all-American’ solution

US lithium-ion energy storage firm Sunverge Energy and San Francisco-based solar installer PetersenDean Roofing & Solar are teaming up to provide an “all-American” energy solution to Californian homes.

Sunverge’s lithium-ion battery energy storage systems (BESS) allows Californian residents to capture the power they generate from their rooftops as well as automatically use it when demand and energy prices are highest. By integrating Sunverge’s energy management platform with each storage system, PetersenDean can offer backup power during electric outages.

 

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SDG&E seeks storage plans go-ahead to boost reliability

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:21 -- Xuan Zhong
SDG&E seeks storage plans go-ahead to boost reliability

US utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is asking regulators to give the green light to contracts it has signed for five new local lithium-ion battery storage facilities with a combined total of 83.5MW.

If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), two of the five four-hour energy storage facilities will be owned and operated by SDG&E.

 
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Batteries natural replacement for gas in California energy crisis

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:55 -- Paul Crompton
Batteries natural replacement for gas in California energy crisis

Speed of deployment and rapid demand response functions at grid-scale has seen California embrace battery energy storage systems in the face of potential blackouts.

Just over a year since a gas leak in the Aliso Canyon region of the US state utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has been busy tendering projects to tackle the threat of blackouts in the area.

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Pb-A recycling start-up establishes new HQ

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 10:09 -- Paul Crompton
Pb-A recycling start-up establishes new HQ

Green recycling start-up Aqua Metals, Inc. has established its new global headquarters in Alameda, California,US.

The facility will include engineering and design laboratories, offices and an assembly line for AquaRefining modules, due to start production in Q4 of 2015.

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ZBB Energy name change reflects new business model

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:10 -- Paul Crompton
ZBB Energy name change reflects new business model

Californian Energy Management firm ZBB Energy has undergone a rebranding and changed its name to EnSync Inc to signify its business evolution.

The name change reflects its current business development that synchronises energy storage equipment with microgrids and electric utility providers.

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