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    • April 16, 2014

      Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation

      In support of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation today for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. When finalized, the solicitation is expected to make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be unable to obtain full commercial financing. This draft solicitation represents another step in the Department’s commitment to help overcome the financial barriers to the deployment of innovative, clean energy technologies. 

       

    • April 10, 2014

      National Energy Storage Association Leads Effort in ERCOT

      The Energy Storage Association (ESA) has begun engaging directly in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) stakeholder driven market redesign process. The Texas Energy Storage Alliance (TESA) had convened a group of industry members to work collaboratively; that effort has now been folded into the larger national organization. ESA is the forum for broad industry input that will ensure proposed rules will enable the advancement of utility scale energy storage technologies. 

    • April 10, 2014

      IMechE Urges More Action on Energy Storage for Heat Purposes

      The government needs to place an urgent technological focus on how energy storage could be used for more efficient distribution of heat to homes and business, a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has said. Most thinking around decarbonisation of energy systems and security of supply has been focused on generating electricity capacity to 'keep the lights on'. But with heat accounting for a higher percentage of energy use, the IMechE has called for greater research efforts into technologies such as latent and thermochemical heat storage.

    • April 1, 2014

      Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) Established to Advance International Collaboration

      The newly created Global Energy Storage Alliance (GESA) has been established as an international non-profit organization to bring together many of the world's leading energy storage and clean energy industry associations to advance education, collaboration, and proven frameworks about the benefits of energy storage. Its co-founders are the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), California Energy Storage Alliance (CESA), China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA), Germany Energy Storage Association (BVES), India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE).

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    • April 17, 2014

      Will Utilities Control Behind-the-Meter Solar Batteries?

      Ken Munson, CEO of Stockton, Calif.-based startup Sunverge Energy, doesn’t want you to think of his company’s product as a “battery in a box,” backing up a roof full of solar panels -- even if that’s one very accurate way to describe what it packages up into a closet-sized, UL-certified form. Instead, he’d like you to consider the Solar Integration System as an energy manager for the modern, solar-PV-equipped home -- and, importantly, one that utilities see as an asset, not a threat.

    • April 17, 2014

      Portland Startup Snags $2.1M for 'Limitless' Battery

      A Portland startup has landed $2.1 million to scale up its breakthrough battery technology. Energy Storage Systems, founded in 2011 by former ClearEdge Power executive Craig Evans, received the grant funds from Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy better known as ARPA-E.

    • April 17, 2014

      OutBack Power Steps up Support for Solar Installers with Half-Price Battery Shipping

      OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, backup power and mobile applications, today launched OnSite Direct, part of the company's commitment to supporting installers at the industry's front line by making it much easier to manage delivery of the most logistically challenging system component: the battery bank. With OnSite Direct, battery shipping costs are always cut in half, and fresh batteries always ship within five days of order acceptance.

    • April 17, 2014

      EaglePicher Technologies Closing in on 2 Billion Cell Hours in Space

      EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, (EPT), an OM Group, Inc. (NYSE: OMG) company, and a leading supplier of specialty batteries and energy storage solutions for the defense, aerospace, medical, commercial and grid energy storage markets, announced today that it is merely weeks away from reaching a major milestone. When the United States entered the Space Race in 1958 by launching the Explorer 1 satellite, EaglePicher batteries were on board. Since then, EPT has contributed to every major US space mission, including many manned flights. After fuel cells failed onboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft in 1970, EPT's silver zinc batteries provided power for the life support and guidance control systems that returned astronauts safely. High-profile missions including the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, and Mars Curiosity have all relied upon EaglePicher batteries in recent years.

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