April 10th, 2015
This week’s “Top 5” includes an operational vanadium battery, an update on Ideal Power, a flywheel project in Europe, a microgrid in Texas with batteries from two manufacturers and funds to trial a new business model in Australia.

Foreword
By popular demand we are including again a link to our storage prices analysis that were first published two weeks ago. Clean horizon will update these figures every six months.
So, here they are!

Top 5

1. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman, WA, inaugurated the operation of a 1 MW, 3.2 MWh UNI technologies vanadium flow battery. The project was developed by Avista and cost $7m.

2. Albeit losing money in 2013 and 2014, Ideal Power Converter is looking at a big year in 2015. It could help LG Chem get into the BTM market, and is developing a new inverter based on bidirectional IGBTs with higher efficiency on the entire load spectrum.

3. Ireland’s Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation announced a flywheel based storage demonstrator for Irish TSO EirGrid, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 program with 2.55 m€. The project will be developed by SchwungradEnergie Limited, an Irish company, with some support from Beacon Power.

4. S&C and Schneider built a microgrid for Oncor in Lancaster, Texas. The system has “two solar PV arrays, a microturbine, two energy storage units, and four generators. The system has a total peak capacity of 900 kilowatts.” One battery is from S&C and the other from Tesla Motors, for a total storage capacity of 200 kW.

5. “The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has invested $445,000 in funding for a trial of an on-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) energy storage and trading system.[…] In what it describes as a world first, Reposit Power combines energy storage with access to the energy market; meaning solar households can receive a premium price for their exported energy ”

Best Regards,