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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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PATHION offers up license LiRAP electrolyte material

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:40 -- Paul Crompton
PATHION offers up license LiRAP electrolyte material

Californian firm PATHION is offering two international sub-licenses for its Lithium Rich Anti-Perovskite (LiRAP™) solid state electrolyte.

Pathion acquired exclusive worldwide rights of the technology/IP from Los Alamos National Security, a part of Los Alamos National Laboratories.

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Trojan opens R&D centre in Ireland

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 09:18 -- Paul Crompton
Trojan opens R&D centre in Ireland

Californian deep-cycle lead-acid manufacturer Trojan Battery is building a research and development centre in Ireland.

The facility will be known as Trojan Battery Ireland and be located at the Innovation Centre on the campus of the Institute of Technology, Sligo.

Picture: Sligo Innovation Centre

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Imergy to supply flow batteries to US Navy

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:22 -- Laura Varriale
Imergy flow battery

US energy storage firm Imergy Power Systems (Imergy) has been selected by Foresight Renewable Solutions to provide three of its flow batteries to a smart microgrid project in California, US.

The batteries will be deployed at the US Navy’s mobile utilities support equipment facility in Port Hueneme. The project, which focuses on developing applications and use-case scenarios to optimise power consumption at military bases, industrial parks and other institutions is, sponsored by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

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Southern California Edison procures 261MW of energy storage

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 10:04 -- Laura Varriale
Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison (SCE) has selected five energy storage companies to provide 261MW of grid-connected storage by 2021.

STEM will provide 85MW of behind-the-meter-storage, 50MW from Advanced Microgrid Solutions of battery-based "hybrid electric building" projects; Ice Energy 25.6MW of thermal energy storage; while NRG Energy will develop a 0.5MW grid-tied battery energy storage system.

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Maxwell and Corning partner for ultracaps

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:15 -- Laura Varriale
Maxwell ultracapacitors

California’s ultracapacitor firm Maxwell Technologies (Maxwell) and New York-based glass and ceramic material manufacturer Corning have teamed up for ultracapacitor-based energy storage development.

The partnership aims to research energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost of ultracapactiors.

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Imergy launches low-cost flow battery

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:09 -- Laura Varriale
Imergy flow battery

US-based flow battery developer Imergy Power Systems (Imergy), known as Deeya Energy, has introduced a vanadium flow battery that costs $300/kWh.

According to Imergy, the 50kW battery comes with a minimum 20-year cycle life and can store up to 200kWh of electricity. The storage duration can be extended by increasing electrolyte concentration and volume. The ESP30 battery can be used at up to 131°F (55°C).

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