October 3rd, 2014
This week’s “Top 5” includes a new battery for the University of California microgrid, Stem deploying its distributed systems for a hotel chain, funding for Aquion, an update on HECO 200 MW RFP in Hawaii and a partnership between Areva and Schneider Electric.
1. The University of California will install a 2.5 MW / 5 MWh BYD battery on its microgrid, which generates 92% of the power consumed on the campus. “Once the [battery] is installed in spring 2015, UC San Diego will be eligible for up to $3.25 million in financial incentives through the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)”
2. The Hotel chain Extended Stay America announced this week that it will install Stem’s lithium-ion batteries and control systems in 68 of its hotels in California.
3. – Aquion, the saltwater battery start up, received $25m in its latest funding round, coming from eight investors.
“Aquion is already producing 1.5-kilowatt-hour S10 Battery Stack units, as well as an 18-kilowatt-hour system that combines twelve of its S10 units, for its early customers”
4. “Hawaiian Electric Co., which is negotiating with three battery energy storage developers to provide up to 200 megawatts of renewable energy storage on Oahu, received more than 60 proposals in response to a request for proposals earlier this year”
5. “AREVA and Schneider Electric have signed an R&D agreement to develop a new energy storage solution, called the flow battery in order to produce and store electricity by combining hydrobromic acid and hydrogen. Funded by the European Union, the project aims to optimize the existing 50 kW flow battery prototype designed by EnStorage to a 150 kW demonstration module. ”