October 16th, 2014
This week’s “Top 5” includes a large li-ion project in California, Ambri first commercial project, a partnership for McPhy Energy for hydrogen power to power storage, one for Stem for commercial solar storage, and a new energy transition law for France.
1. SCE launched a $54m two-year test storage project with 32 MWh of li-ion batteries in Tehachapi, California, in the Mojave Desert. The batteries are supplied by LG Chem.
2. Ambri got its first commercial order and will supply a 1MW/0.5MWh battery to the Pearl Harbor Military base. Raytheon will be working on the software side.
Also, “A recent article in Nature suggests that Ambri has switched to a lithium-antimony-lead liquid-metal battery materials system for its grid-scale energy storage technology.”
3. McPhy will sell a hydrogen generation and storage solution to Petawatt, who will integrate it with its own fuel cell to make a power to power system using renewable electricity. This product is designed for offgrid or ongrid applications in Australia and Oceania. This first test system (4kg of solid H2 storage and 130 kWh) will be deployed in Queensland.
4. “Stem, Inc. […] announced it has teamed with Kyocera Solar, Inc., a provider of innovative solar power solutions, to offer an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solution for commercial power users.”
5. French articles – French députés have voted the Energy transition law that aims at varying the energy mix and reducing the carbon impact of the energy generation. It includes reducing the share of nuclear in the electricity mix from about 75% today to 50% in 2025.