February 28th, 2014
Clean Horizon’s Top 5 is six-month old. We welcome your feedback on what you like and dislike about it!
This week’s “Top 5” is a Top 7, including two pieces of information about Clean Horizon, as well as news from Tesla about a very large factory, announced storage projects and partnerships in the storage industry.

Foreword
0. Clean Horizon is launching its 2014 ESS pricing Survey for storage manufacturers.
With this questionnaire we aim at establishing a picture of the state of the industry as it is today, with a technical and price approach. What is the most common product offering? What is the average MW price? What kind of warranty can clients obtain or purchase? Here is a sample of the questions addressed in this study that we will answer with your help.
The study will allow the participants to benchmark themselves against the storage industry.
The results will be shared among participants who complete the entire study under an aggregated format, without disclosing company names.
We crafted the questions so as not to consume too much of your valuable time.

0bis. Clean Horizon will teach a masterclass on energy storage sizing at the Energy Storage World Forum in London on March 31st. The Forum lasts the whole week and Clean Horizon offers you a discount by entering the code CH14 here.

Top5

1. Tesla unveiled plans about its future Gigafactory, to manufacture lithium ion batteries for EVs and stationary storage (Tesla partnered with SolarCity to offer residential and commercial PV/storage systems) directly in the US. $4.5 billion will be invested to build the plant, $2 billion of which by Tesla. Battery production is due to start in 2017. Apple, Panasonic and Sanyo are potential investors partners. The factory is expected to bring down lithium ion batteries costs by 30%, and to produce in 2020 more li-ion battery cells than globally in 2013.

2. NREL will test and demonstrate Gildemeister’s CellCube flow battery, which is already commercialized outside the US and will be distributed in the USA by American Vanadium.

3. “AES Philippines Power Partners Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of US firm AES Corp., plans to build a 40-megawatt battery storage project” in the Philippines. Project should be completed by March 2015.

4. Beech Reed LLC requested the approval of the West Virginia Public Service Commission to install 32.4 MW of li-ion batteries on its 100.5 MW wind farm, for ramp rate and frequency regulation supply to PJM.

5. “EnerVault, (…) and NORAM, a specialized engineering and process design firm, have reached a collaborative agreement to scale production and commercialize EnerVault’s iron-chromium redox flow batteries.”

Best Regards,