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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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  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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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

March 24th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes two wind plus storage projects in Europe by Vattenfall and BMW, representing a total battery installation of over 25MW, a 12,5MW battery project in Germany by Engie and Siemens, EDF RE launching a new business focusing on distributed solar and storage , a 2.4MW electrolyzer project awarded to Hydrogenics in Germany and French flywheel manufacturer Levisys becoming BYD’s distributor.

Top 5

  1. Vattenfall will add BMW batteries to two wind projects: a 3.2MW battery will be built near a 122MW wind farm in the Netherlands, and a 22MW energy storage system will be installed at a 230MW wind farm in Wales.
  1. “Engie Deutschland has awarded a contract to Siemens to install a 12.5MW/13MWh battery storage unit at its pumped storage hydro power station in Kraftwerksgruppe Pfreimd, Germany. The battery storage will offer additional balancing energy for grid stabilization.”
  1. “EDF Renewable Energy has commissioned a new business unit focused on Distributed Electricity and Storage that will focus on distributed solar and storage projects up to 30 MW in size.”
  1. Hydrogenics has been awarded a contract to deliver a 2.4MW PEM electrolyzer in Germany. The hydrogen produced will be reinjected on the local natural gas pipeline.
  1. French flywheel manufacturer Levisys becomes BYD’s distributor in France, Spain, Italy and Morocco.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

March 17th, 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes Elon Musk’s plan to install 100MW in 100days in Australia, Massachusetts unlocking 10millionUSD to fund energy storage, Swedish start-up Northvolt plans to build a Gigafactory in the Nordics, the possibility that the SGIP funding gets doubled in California and a 100MW/700MWh pumped-hydro project approved in Wales.

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Top 5

  1. Elon Musk met the Australian Prime Minister to discuss his plan to install 100MW in 100days to solve Australia’s grid resiliency issue.
  1. Massachusetts made $10million available to fund storage projects in the form of grants. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, who issued the program, expects to finance about a dozen projects.
  1. Swedish start-up Northvolt (founded by two ex- Tesla executives) unveiled plans to build a Li-ion battery gigafactory in the nordics.
  1. “A CPUC commissioner has issued a proposed decision that would double funding for the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)”
  1. A 100MW/700MWh pumped hydro project in Wales has been given a go-ahead by the UK government. Construction is expected to start next year.

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Top 5 energy storage news of the week

March 10th , 2017
This week’s TOP 5 includes a RFO launched by Southern California Edison for 55MW of distributed energy resources, the selection of NEC ES by VLC Energy to build and operate 50MW/35MWh in the UK, Aquion filing for bankruptcy, ConEdison new 1MW/4MWh “mobile” battery and the acquisition of Nesscap by Maxwell.

Top 5

  1. Southern California Edison issued a RFO for 55MW of distributed energy resources to resolve a local congestion issue at one of its substations.
  1. NEC ES is providing turnkey construction and operation to VLC Energy (the newly created joint venture by Low Carbon and Vitol) on the two projects Low Carbon was awarded in the EFR auction held last year in the UK. This represents 50MW and 35MWh of batteries.
  1. Aquion filed for chapter 11. The company is now working to find a buyer for all of its operating assets.
  1. ConEdison unveiled a “mobile” battery: a 1MW/4MWh system contained in two trailers that will be moved from substation to substation depending on the need of the electrical system.
  1. Ultracapacitor specialist Maxwell will acquire Nesscap in a 24M$ transaction.

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