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Missouri campus tests advanced lead microgrids

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
EcoHouse in MUST EcoVillage

Missouri University of Science and Technology (MUST) has installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at its campus EcoVillage, to test advancements in lead battery energy storage for use as a renewable resource in communities of the future.

The microgrids will supply two student-occupied homes in the EcoVillage— a ‘living laboratory’ of homes designed and created by Must students who competed in the US Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon—with stored electricity from the systems, which run off charging algorithms from a 24-hour, cloud-based control system.

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Luminant awarded large-scale Texas storage grant

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Texas-based electric utility Luminant has been awarded a US$1 million grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), to build a battery energy storage system at Luminant’s Upton 2 Solar Power Plant.

Luminant will install a 10 megawatt/42 megawatt-hour lithium-ion energy storage system at the 180MW solar facility— the largest in Texas— near McCamey in Upton County. The battery will capture excess solar energy produced during the day and release it in the late afternoon and early evening periods of peak demand.

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First solar-plus-storage project for Washington State

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Energy Northwest (EN) has committed to building a 1 megawatt energy storage system in Washington— the US state’s first solar-plus-battery plant.

The battery will be combined with a 4MW solar facility to “help the city of Richland meet upcoming state requirements for renewable generation” EN said.

The Horn Rapids Solar Storage & Training Project is being developed with Washington-based Potelco— part of the Quanta Services group— which will finance and build the 20-acre solar PV array, while Energy Northwest will build, own and operate the battery system.

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Caterpillar invests in Fisker for solid-state battery tech.

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The Caterpillar engineering group’s investment arm, Caterpillar Venture Capital (CVC), has invested an undisclosed sum in Fisker— a Californian electric vehicle start-up that is developing solid-state battery technology.

Fisker told BEST Battery Briefing details of the deal were being kept under wraps. However, a spokesperson said the investment, involving “fundamentally different industries”, demonstrated the “mutually recognised importance that electrification solutions will represent to multiple business segments in the future”.

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‘Safer lithium’ start-up Soteria named ‘most fundable’ company

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

South California start-up Soteria Battery Innovation Group has been ranked top of a ‘Most Fundable Companies’ league table launched by a leading US business school.

Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s (PGBS) inaugural list ranked Soteria first for its work to develop and promote materials for lithium-ion batteries that reduce weight, improve safety, and reduce cost.

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Ameresco provides energy reinforcements at military base in Texas

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Chapel at JBSA

US-based energy infrastructure company Ameresco is to deploy battery storage as part of an “energy resilient project” for the US Department of Defense.

Under the US$133.5 million contract with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Ameresco will install a microgrid to integrate 4 megawatts/8 megawatt-hours of battery energy storage with 20MW of onsite solar and 4MW of gas-fired backup generation at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA), Texas.

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LithiumOre bets on metal extraction in Nevada

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

LithiumOre is to form a new division to develop a method of extracting battery-grade lithium from brine.

The division will extract battery metals from LithiumOre’s 26,000-acre Nevada land holdings, as well as marketing its extraction technology to other mining companies.

The Nevada-based exploration and development company said current extraction technology— involving a series of evaporation ponds— can take up to two years to complete and requires a huge amount of water, meaning the process is no longer permissible within the US.

LithiumOre CEO Doug Cole said the new division “simultaneously creates a technology side to our business with an entirely new revenue stream independent of our mining operations and realises our goal of becoming a fully integrated lithium mining and production company”.

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World Bank unveils battery storage finance ‘game-changer’

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
World Bank battery initiative image

The World Bank Group has launched a US$1 billion plan to “accelerate investments” in battery storage for energy systems in developing and middle-income countries.

The ‘Accelerating Battery Storage for Development’ initiative, unveiled at the One Planet Summit in the US, aims to finance 17.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery storage by 2025— more than triple the 4-5GWh said to be currently installed in all developing countries.

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Snohomish PUD takes new approach to energy storage

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:03 -- Paul Crompton
Snohomish PUD and MESA's new approach to energy storage

A Washington-based utilities project using lithium-ion batteries has been unveiled in North America by Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD).

It is the first battery storage system built using the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) – a non-proprietary set of specifications and standards developed by a consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers.

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Batteries give US Navy electric punch

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:46 -- Laura Varriale
K2 Energy secured an $81.4m order from the US Navy

Developer and manufacturer of lithium-iron phosphate battery technology K2 Energy has secured an $81.4m order for an intermediate battery storage system for an US Navy rail gun project.

The lithium-iron phosphate battery is aimed to power the large modular capacitor bank of the electromagnetic rail gun.

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