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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

June 9th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes an upcoming auction for 100 MW of storage in Queensland, a 100 MW project using second life batteries by Renault-Nissan in Europe, a plan to connect a 2 MW battery to an offshore wind farm by Dong Energy in the UK, BlueSky Energy bidding to acquire Aquion’s assets and a new offering for C&I consumers  from Omnio in the UK

Top 5

  1. An auction for 400 MW of renewables and 100MW of storage will be held on H2 2017 by the Queensland government.
  1. The Renault-Nissan Alliance, in collaboration with the Mobility House, will build a 100MW battery storage project in Europe using its second-life EV batteries. The location and application of the system have however not been disclosed.
  1. Dong Energy will connect a 2 MW battery to one of its offshore wind farms located near Liverpool, UK.
  1. Austrian firm BlueSky Energy placed a bid of 2.8 M$ for Aquion’s asset. A total of 190 M$ of VC was invested in Aquion prior to its bankrupcy.
  1. Omnio will offer free battery installations to C&I customers in the UK. Omnio will then aggregate the batteries and provide ancillary services and peak shifting in order to generate revenues and pay back for the installs.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

June 2nd, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes a 1 GWp solar plus storage project in preparation in Argentina, a 1.7 MW / 3.2 MWh project by Younicos in Texas, the inauguration of a 10 MW / 2.5 MWh project in Arizona and of a 1.7 MW / 1.1 MWh project in Spain, and a plan to build a microgrid in Mauritius which includes a 2 MW / 0.5 MWh battery.

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Top 5

  1. The governor of the Argentinian region of Jujuy announced a plan to build a 1 GWp PV power plant that would be able to inject power 24/7, and would therefore include an energy storage component.
  1. Younicos will collaborate with Doosan to provide a 1.75 MW/ 3.2 MWh system to Austin Energy (Texas), as part of a DoE funded initiative.
  1. Greensmith, E.on and Tucson Electric & Power inaugurate a 10 MW / 2.5 MWh battery storage system in Arizona. The system will provide frequency response and voltage control.
  1. Acciona has switched on Spain’s first wind plus storage plant. The plant is composed of a 3 MW wind turbine, a 1 MW / 0.39 MWh battery and another 0.7 MW / 0.7 MWh battery, both supplied by Samsung SDI. The demonstration project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
  1. Carnegie Clean Energy, an Australian company developing a technology allowing to recover electricity from wave energy, completed the design of a microgrid in Mauritius. The microgrid is composed of a 1 MW wave energy plant, a 2 MWp PV plant, a 2 MW / 0.5 MWh battery and will power a desalination plant.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

May 27th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes a very cost-competitive solar-plus-storage project in Arizona, a 40 MW project on the Guam island, Daimler’s new battery manufacturing plant breaking ground in Germany, two 2 MW / 2MWh projects completed in Arizona and a plan to install a 2.5 MW battery in Scotland by Ecotricity.

Top 5

  1. Arizon utility Tucson Electric and Power (TEP) announced a project that consists of a 100 MWp PV farm coupled with a 30 MW / 120 MWh storage system. The facility will be constructed by NextERA, and will apparently sell its energy below 45$/MWh, under a 20-year PPA.
  1. The Guam Power Authority has signed an agreement under which GPA will procure a 40 MW battery system to LG CNS, a subsidiary of Korean group LG.
  1. Daimler begins construction on a 500 M€ Li-ion battery manufacturing plant at one of its sites in Kamenz, Eastern Germany. Batteries produced will be used for both electric vehicles and stationary storage.
  1. Arizona Public Services commissioned two 2 MW / 2 MWh energy storage system provided by AES.
  1. Ecotricity, a Scottish wind developer, announced it will install a 2.5 MW battery at its headquarters.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

May 19th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes the acquisition of Greensmith by Wärtsilä, Enel acquiring a 25 MW storage project in the UK, two projects demonstrating synergies between energy storage and transport financed by the EU, Tesla and Green Mountain Power proposing the Tesla Powerwall at 15$/month in Vermont, and a contract for a 1 MW / 4.2 MWh battery installation for Stem.

Top 5

  1. Finnish provider of energy solutions Wärtsilä has signed an agreement to acquire Greensmith Energy Management for an undisclosed sum.
  1. Enel Green Power acquired Element Power’s 25 MW / 12,5 MWh Tynemouth project in the UK. The project was awarded a four-year contract last year under the Enhanced Frequency Response auction.
  1. Over €12 million in funding will be provided by EU’s Connecting Europe Facility to two projects eploring the synergies between transportation and stationary storage. One will demonstrate power-to-gas-to vehicle, while the other consists in installing stationary storage together with fast EV chargers.
  1. Tesla and Vermont utility Green Mountain Power are offering the Tesla Powerwall for 15$ a month. The batteries are aggregated within a Virtual Power Plant and generating revenues, thus allowing such a low cost for the residential customer.
  1. Stem will add 1 MW / 4.2 MWh to an existing installation of 1 MW / 2 MWh already in place in one of California State University campuses
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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

May 12th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes a tender for a 6 MW / 24 MWh storage system to be co-located with a 17MWp PV plant, a 2 MW / 2 MWh project in Chile by NEC ES and Engie, the launch of a bipartisan initiative aiming at supporting energy storage in the US Congress, Wärtsilä entering the energy storage market with several new solutions and a partnership between Eaton and the football club of Manchester City to launch a limited edition of a residential battery.

Top 5

  1. “India’s biggest utility, NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) is seeking bidders to add a 6MW / 24MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) to a 17MW PV plant in Manglutan, South Andaman.”
  1. NEC ES has been awarded a contract for the delivery of a 2 MW/ 2MWh energy storage system in Chile by Engie Energia Chile.
  1. Two U.S. Representatives launched the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus in Congress last week. This bipartisan initiative aims at educating the members of Congress to the benefits of energy storage and accelerate job growth and investments in this industry.
  1. Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has entered the energy storage market with the launch of several new solutions, including hybrid engine and storage solutions as well as stand-alone storage.
  1. Eaton partners with football club Manchester City to launch a limited edition of its residential storage system.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

April 27th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes announcements for one hybrid project on a Greek island, a 40MWh project on Long Island to integrate wind turbines, a PV plus storage project in Arizona, a 1MW battery in Brazil and ANESCO that retrofits 10 solar plants in the UK with storage.

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Top 5

  1. Eunice Energy Group to develop a hybrid project on the Greek island of Tilos featuring a 800kW/ 2 880 kWh system alongside wind and PV.
  1. National Grid filed a lease for a 5MW / 40MWh storage system to be installed on Long Island, this asset will enable further wind integration.
  1. Arizona utility Salt River Project awarded the construction of a 10 MW battery coupled with 20MWp PV to NextEra Energy.
  1. Engie announced that they install a 1MW / 4MWh zinc hybrid cathode battery system from Eos in Brazil.
  1. ANESCO agreed to retrofit 10 of Ancala Partner’s PV arrays in the UK with battery units, totaling 12MWh of capacity.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

April 21st, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes the procurement of 83.5 MW by SDG&E in California, plans to develop a 4,000MWh battery project in Australia, a tax credit for storage in Maryland, a 1 MW / 4MWh project by Eos and Engie in Brazil and a 1 MW project by Siemens in Germany.

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Top 5

  1. San Diego Gas & Electric signed contracts for 5 battery projects, totaling 83.5MW and 334MWh. The awardees are AES, RES, AMS, Enel Green Power and Powin.
  1. Nothing’s too big for Australia: Queensland-based developer SolarQ is planning to build a 350MWAC solar plant combined with 4,000MWh of lithium-ion battery storage in Queensland, Australia.
  1. The state of Maryland passed a tax credit for residential and commercial storage. Under this support scheme, the buyer gets a 30% rebate on the purchase cost of the system, up to 5000$ for a residential customer and 75,000$ for a commercial customer.
  1. Engie purchased a 1 MW/ 4 MWh storage system from Eos and Northern Power Systems. The battery will be co-located with a 5 MWp solar plant in the south of Brazil.
  1. Siemens has been contracted by the Stadtwerke Schwäbisch Hall to deliver and install a 1MW / 1.4MWh battery storage system to be used in the German frequency regulation market.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

April 14th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes a 48 MW / 50 MWh project in Germany, Anesco and Limejump aiming at installing 185MW by the end of 2018 in the UK, Electro Power Systems receiving financing by the European Investment Bank, Advanced Microgrid Solutions partnering with Walmart to install 50MWh of batteries in California and some numbers on the observed boom in residential storage in Australia.

Top 5

  1. A 48MW / 50MWh battery will be installed in Northern Germany to provide frequency regulation services to the grid. The project is developed by Eneco and Mitsubishi, and the storage system will be supplied by NEC ES. The 30M€ project received a 2M€ grant from the local government.
  1. Anesco and Limejump aim to bring 185MW of storage online in the UK by the end of 2018.
  1. The European Investment Bank lent 30M€ to French-Italian system integrator and developer Electro Power Systems.
  1. Advanced Microgrid Solutions will install 40MWh of batteries in 27 Walmart stores in California.
  1. The total number of residential installations in Australia should reach 30,000 to 40,000 units by the end of the year.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

April 7th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes a huge solar plus storage project , with a 100MW/400MWh battery launched in Australia, Greensmith upgrading an existing NaS installation on the PJM interconnection, a German fund investing in battery module manufacturer Tesvolt, Susi Partners closing a fund of 66M€ dedicated to energy storage projects and 90M€ grant obtained by Gaelectric to build a CAES project in Ireland.

Top 5

  1. Lyon Group formally launched the Riverland Solar Storage project near Roxby Downs in Australia. It includes 330 MWp of solar and 100MW/ 400MWh of battery (from AES) and will start construction in June.
  1. Greensmith Energy installed its software platform at an existing energy storage site (where 2 NaS batteries are installed), enabling it to offer new services including qualifying for the PJM frequency regulation market.
  1. IBG Risikokapitalfonds III, a Sachsen-Anhalt state fund, announced they invested several million euros in battery module manufacturer Tesvolt.
  1. Susi Partner’ energy storage fund has reached its first closing at 66M€.
  1. Gaelectric secured a 90M€ grant from the EU for its CAES project in Ireland.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

March 31st, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes one flow battery commissioned in Washington, one contracted in China, a pumped hydro to be built in Germany, distributed storage financed in California for AMS and Primus completing a $32M financing round.

Top 5

  1. UET and Snohomish County PUD commissioned a 2MW/8MWh flow battery near Seattle.
  1. ViZn Energy Systems won a contract to provide 1MWh of zinc iron flow battery systems to India’s power grid (PGCIL)
  1. The German state of North-Rhine Westphalia looks set to go ahead with a 200MW pumped hydro energy storage project in a coal mine
  1. AMS will install 50MW of Tesla powerpacks behind the meter in California, the project is financed by Macquarie Capital.
  1. Primus Power announces completion of $32M financing round.

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