October 2nd, 2015
This week’s “Top 5” includes promising results of research regarding quinone-based redox-flow batteries by a team at Harvard, NextEra’s plan to invest $100million in storage next year, a new cathode material developed by the University of Austin that could lead to a commercial Sodium-ion battery, a 100MW RFO by SCE that includes storage and a partnership between Imergy and Juno in China.
- A team at Harvard developed, built and tested a new low-cost aqueous organic flow battery based on quinones. According to the team, the system performs as well as vanadium flow batteries, with chemicals that are significantly less expensive, and with no precious metal electrocatalyst.
- « NextEra Energy Inc., the world’s biggest producer of wind and solar power, plans to invest $100 million in energy-storage systems over the next year to back up its fleet of solar and wind energy plants. »
- « The University of Texas at Austin has just let out word that a research team guided by professor John Goodenough (the inventor of Li-ion batteries) has come up with a new cathode material leading to the development of a marketable sodium-ion battery. »
- Utility Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched a Request For Offers (RFO) to acquire 100MW of renewable energy, capacity and load reduction by 2018 from « preferred resources », which includes renewable distributed generation, demand response, energy storage and renewable generation linked with energy storage.
- Imergy Power Systems has signed a two-year deal with China’s Juno Capital Group. Under the terms of the exclusive deal, the partners will develop energy storage systems based on Imergy’s Energy Storage Platform for telecoms base stations across China.