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September 25, 2019

UMass Boston Will Install 1-MW solar/2-MWh Storage Project with EV Charging

Enel X has signed an agreement with the University of Massachusetts Boston to install a 1-MW solar facility integrated with a 500-kW/2-MWh lithium-ion energy storage system, as well as 11 Enel X JuiceBox electric vehicle (EV) smart charging stations at the campus. The project is expected to be operational by the first half of 2020. Through the integration of the PV facility with the lithium-ion energy storage system, UMass will be able to generate and store renewable energy to be used when electricity costs are highest, thereby reducing the campus’s grid dependence and energy spending by more than $1.5 million.

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September 25, 2019

GE Scores California Storage Hat-Trick

GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Convergent Energy and Power to supply of battery energy storage systems for three projects in California with total capacity of 100 megawatt-hours. The scope also includes a long-term service agreement and augmentation guarantees. GE said the project will bring its total battery storage capacity in operation or under construction to 495MWh.

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September 24, 2019

Bolivia in Push to Become Global Battery Industrial Hotspot

Bolivia will try and capitalize on its large lithium reserves to set up an industrial ecosystem around batteries and other storage technologies, according to a top government official. The country’s vice president Alvaro García Linera described the government’s plans for a “lithium industrialization” drive as he attended the opening of a PV project in Oruro, in Bolivia’s west. “Oruro won’t just produce mineral and power but also lithium, lithium hydroxide, cathodes and lithium batteries,” García said as he toured the 50MW first batch of a 100MW PV complex.

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September 24, 2019

Engie Buys 25MW/22MWh Solar-Plus-Storage Portfolio in Massachusetts

Engie North America has bought a four-project pipeline in Massachusetts that comprises 25MW of solar and 22MWh of energy storage. It is one of a “number” of solar-plus-storage portfolios that will be deployed by Engie under the state’s solar incentive program, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART). The new projects are expected to be operational by the second half of 2020 and run for 20 years. The energy storage systems will use Engie’s GridSynergy software platform and operate in the ISO New England wholesale markets.

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September 24, 2019

Holy Cross Looks to Build Energy Resilience Post-Lake Christine Fire

The summer of 2018’s Lake Christine wildfire not only destroyed three homes and torched thousands of acres of forest, it also came dangerously close to taking out the power lines for the upper Roaring Fork Valley. After this close call, Holy Cross Energy partnered with Rocky Mountain Institute to find ways to keep the lights on if there’s another disaster.

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September 24, 2019

Ameresco Completes Energy Storage Project for Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator

Ameresco, Inc. has announced the completion of a comprehensive energy storage project on behalf of Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The project began in 2015 when Ameresco secured two Energy Storage Facility Agreements from the IESO to design, build, own and operate 2 MW, four-hour “Battery Solid” energy storage systems. These recently completed systems provide 16 MWh in overall energy storage capacity. Both systems absorb power during periods of excess energy supply and deliver it back to the grid when energy demand is high.

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September 24, 2019

Coeur d'Alene Energy Storage Company Looking to Site 2000-Employee Battery Factory

KORE Power is developing battery storage technology which could lead to a manufacturing facility being sited in the state with up to 2,000 jobs. KORE Power produces lithium ion batteries using a similar technology to batteries today, but with higher density and less cost, said CEO Lindsay Gorrill. The cells can be used in a variety of products, ranging from an electric bicycle to the massive storage a utility company would use, he said.

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September 24, 2019

UK, France, Netherlands Commit US$350m to Emerging Storage and Solar

A handful of European states have moved to bankroll various World Bank clean energy initiatives, with £200 million (US$250 million) of UK money to back energy storage in middle-income and developing countries. The funding comes as part of the Climate Investment Funds’ Global Energy Storage Program, which runs in collaboration with the World Bank’s Energy Storage Partnership. The program has an aim of financing 17.5GWh of battery storage by 2025, over triple the 4-5GWh installed across all developing countries, the World Bank said.

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September 23, 2019

University Team Developing Novel Low-Cost Energy Storage System

Two Cal Poly Pomona engineering professors have won a $149,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to continue development of a low-cost energy storage system using reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC), the byproduct of water desalinization plants. As droughts increase, more communities, especially in the Southwest U.S., are considering desalinization plants to meet their fresh water needs. However, ROC is harmful to the environment due to its high salt content, biocides, metals and coagulents. At the same time, the energy sector is looking for more cost-effective methods of energy storage.

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September 23, 2019

NEC to Develop Energy Storage Systems with Cells from Ambri Inc.

NEC will employ its proprietary AEROS® energy storage operating system and controls to optimize system performance of the Ambri-based energy storage systems for NEC customers that could include utilities, independent power producers and project developers.

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