Recent NY-BEST News and Notes

News stories and other notes about NY-BEST, New York State and the Battery and Energy Storage Industry beyond New York. Only the last few weeks of news are shown here, to see older news click here.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Irish Firm Selects Rochester for U.S. Expansion
1 week 3 days ago
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Ireland-based NEST iON Limited will expand its operations for the first time into the United States and has selected Rochester to establish its new research and development facility. The company, which produces high-performance lithium batteries, will locate at Kodak's Energy Storage Hub at the Eastman Business Park in the Finger Lakes. The project will result in the creation of at least 17 new full-time jobs over the next three years.
Electric Vehicles Can Benefit All Utility Customers
1 week 6 days ago
Despite the Trump administration’s apparent affection for the fossil fuels industry, individual states are looking at the numbers and coming up with a different conclusion: The future belongs to pollution-free electric vehicles, and the sooner we get them on the road, the better off we’ll all be. And there are some important new studies out that give a hint of just how much everyone will benefit.
Clarkson Professor Creates New Kind Of Battery
2 weeks 3 days ago
Whether it's the little battery inside your cell phone or the large batteries that store power from solar panels, batteries are a big deal. At Clarkson University, Professor David Mitlin has come up with a new kind of battery.
Clarkson Professor Creates New Kind Of Battery
2 weeks 3 days ago
Whether it's the little battery inside your cell phone or the large batteries that store power from solar panels, batteries are a big deal. At Clarkson University, Professor David Mitlin has come up with a new kind of battery. "Specifically for things like grid, municipal energy storage, for things like personal home energy storage where cost is quite important," he said.
Plug Power Ships First Production Progen Engines for Electric Vehicle Range Extenders
2 weeks 5 days ago
Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, has shipped the first production ProGen fuel cell engines for use in electric delivery vehicles. Through this application, Plug Power extends its reach into the on-road electric vehicle market, increasing its served market for fuel cell products and hydrogen fueling stations.
How utility data sharing is helping the New York REV build the grid of the future
2 weeks 5 days ago
New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) docket includes an effort to enhance and spread the knowledge of the utility grid, part of its distribution system planning proceeding. If stakeholders there can agree on a common approach, it could become a model to enhance grid planning and DER collaboration across the country.
Cleantech Venture Capital Roundup: Batteries and Smart Windows Pick Up Millions
3 weeks 6 hours ago
GTM has covered VC investment and IPO activity in cleantech for a decade -- and it's not a pretty story. We've covered the cleantech investment attempts of startup accelerators and corporate investors in cleantech, as well. Still, there's a short list of cleantech IPOs and exits, and an even shorter list of successful long-term company creation. The list includes EnerNOC, SolarCity, Tesla, Silver Spring, Opower, Enphase, Sunrun, SolarEdge, Vivint Solar, eMeter and Nest. Bloom Energy has reportedly filed a confidential IPO registration.
New York ISO releases 5-year roadmap to dispatchable DERs
3 weeks 6 hours ago
The New York ISO last week released an outline of how it expects distributed energy resources (DERs) to integrate into wholesale markets, a goal central to the state's Reforming the Energy Vision initiative. But the grid operator expects to spend three to five years developing market design elements, functional requirements, and tariff language.
Con Edison Demonstration Project with GI Energy to Test Innovative Battery Storage Business Model
3 weeks 3 days ago
GI Energy has been selected by Con Edison, the utility that serves New York City and Westchester County, NY, to participate in an energy storage demonstration project, partnering with Smarter Grid Solutions who will provide an Active Network Management (ANM) control solution. GI Energy will install four 1 MWh/1 MW lithium-ion batteries and one 400 kWh/200 kW zinc-manganese dioxide battery on the properties of Con Edison customers. These customers will receive lease payments. The batteries will be located ‘in front-of-the-meter' (FTM) and the host customers' electric bills will not be affected.
Environment One Corporation Plans Battery Manufacturing Facility In Niskayuna, New York
3 weeks 4 days ago
Environment One Corporation will invest $10 million to build a new facility adjacent to its current location in Niskayuna, Schenectady County, New York. Expansion in the Capital Region is expected to create 80 high-tech jobs. E/One has established a partnership with Eos Energy Storage,which is dedicated to delivering battery storage solutions that enable safe, reliable, and cost-leading electricity for utilities and their customers.
Zibelman exit interview: How the New York REV is paving the way for transactive energy
3 weeks 5 days ago
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy walloped the East Coast, putting Manhattan underwater for weeks and leaving millions without power. It was then, Zibelman says, that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) decided to act. “Cuomo said, for us, climate change is a reality and we have to go about building a more resilient network and rethinking our energy industry,” Zibelman told the audience at DistribuTECH 2017, the transmission and distribution trade show in San Diego.
Tesla And AES Plug Batteries Into The Grid, But Energy Storage Remains Tangled In Bureaucracy
3 weeks 5 days ago
There are many reasons batteries are appearing across the electrical grid—their price is falling, they may save utilities more than they cost, and they can support solar and wind by capturing peaks in production and saving it for troughs. But their progress has been slowed by a web of regulations at every level, two grid experts said in Chicago last week.
Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass
4 weeks 6 hours ago
Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a powerful one—one that’s been used to help justify the company’s $5 billion factory near Reno, Nev.—but batteries have so far only appeared in a handful of true, grid-scale pilot projects.
Eos Finds a Partner in Siemens to Scale an Unusual Battery
4 weeks 6 hours ago
It's hard enough convincing investors to trust advanced battery technology when it's the increasingly recognizable lithium-ion variety. New Jersey-based battery startup Eos has a different challenge: pitching a technology few have heard of,* because the company was the first to invent it. Its major tool in overcoming that challenge is price. Eos team members say they are already selling their system at $160 per kilowatt-hour for high-volume orders. That's the DC system cost, so it doesn't include inverters or installation, but it trounces the advanced battery competition and has raised many an eyebrow in the industry.

 Beyond New York

U.S. Navy to Develop Solar+Battery at Pacific Missile Range Facility
1 week 4 days ago
The U.S. Navy plans to develop a 44-MW solar farm and battery energy storage system on nearly 200 acres at the 2,134-acre Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands on the west side of the island of Kauai, according to a February 9 report by Pacific Business News.
DBL: 2016 was ‘seminal year’ for energy storage
1 week 5 days ago
Last year was a “seminal year” for energy storage, where the technology moved from “dream to reality”, according to impact investor Nancy Pfund, one of the earliest backers to Tesla and SolarCity.
Halifax professor wins $1-million science prize for Tesla battery research
2 weeks 6 days ago
A Halifax professor who is working with Tesla to make better lithium-ion batteries has won the $1-million Herzberg prize, Canada’s top science award. Dr. Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University was to receive the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering Tuesday evening in Ottawa. The university says Dahn, 60, is one of the world’s leading battery researchers, working on lithium and lithium-ion batteries since 1978.
California’s big three utilities submit proposals to increase access to EV infrastructure
2 weeks 6 days ago
January 20 was an important day for transportation electrification in California. That was the deadline for the state’s three major investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to submit applications for major upgrades to electric transportation infrastructure. California’s Senate Bill 350 (2015) requires the IOUs to establish programs that will increase “access to the use of electricity as a transportation fuel.”
U.S. Solar Jobs Jumped Almost 25% In the Past Year
2 weeks 6 days ago
The U.S. solar industry employed 260,077 workers last year, a nearly 25% increase in the number of jobs from 2015. That jump was largely driven by a massive increase in solar panel installations, according to a report released Tuesday by the non-profit solar advocacy group The Solar Foundation. The rise in installations was caused by a rapid decrease in the cost of solar panels and unprecedented consumer demand, according to Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation.
Alaskan microgrid to pair battery, flywheel storage systems for Anchorage area
2 weeks 6 days ago
Alaska power customers have typically faced high electric bills, the result of tenuously-connected remote communities and the high cost to serve them. Chugach's Anchorage-area project could have implications for more distant villages, but in the meantime, it will be used to test scalability and improve power stability for roughly 300,000 people.
Government Tightens Battery Inspection Regulations Following Galaxy Note 7 Probe
3 weeks 6 hours ago
Announcing the results of an investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco Monday – which backed Samsung’s ruling that the problem phones had faulty batteries – the government also introduced plans to improve safety measures to prevent similar catastrophes from recurring. 
Advanced Battery Market for EVs and Storage Exceeded $5 Billion In 2016
3 weeks 1 day ago
According to Navigant Research’s Advanced Battery Tracker 4Q16, the first three quarters of battery shipments globally amounted toL more than 323.5 million individual battery cells 16.1 GWh of energy capacity 61.4 GW of power capacity $3.8 billion in sales
EV Battery Makers 2016: Panasonic And BYD Combine to Hold Majority Of Market
3 weeks 1 day ago
In 2016, sales of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles increased by some 66%, up from 12.3 GWh of capacity to 20.4 GWh according to recent data compiled by the EV Sales Blog. The pace of battery production growth is even faster than the growth of EVs themselves (up ~40% worldwide last year), as average battery capacity inside those sales is growing at the same time. Also adding to the uneven split between produce capcity gains and EV sales, is the ratio of larger battery all-electric vehicles (BEVs) to smaller battery plug-in hybrids (PHEV), with BEVs growing faster in 2016.
BAE Systems, Gillig Battery-Electric Buses Deployed in Walnut Creek
3 weeks 3 days ago
In a recent update, BAE Systems announced that four buses powered by BAE’s electric propulsion and accessory systems were delivered to the City of Walnut Creek, Calif., introducing “the first zero-emission transit solution for the area.” As reported, Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, which provides transportation service to Walnut Creek, introduced the all-electric Gillig buses to the community with a ribbon-cutting event on Nov. 5, 2016.
Berkeley Lab Researchers Provide Key Insights on Battery Cathode Particles
3 weeks 4 days ago
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have used advanced imaging techniques to observe what happens within a cathode particle while lithium-ion batteries are charged and discharged. In a research project headed by Guoying Chen, a Berkeley Lab materials chemist, the investigators revealed important insights into reactions in cathode materials, including the finding of particle cracking as the cathode is charged, which can decrease battery life and capacity. The research article titled, “Phase Transformation Mechanism in LiMn1.5Ni1.5O4 Cathode Particles Revealed by Single-crystal Hard X-ray Microscopy”, was published today in the journal Nature Communications.
Tucson Electric Power Turns To Energy Storage
3 weeks 5 days ago
Tucson Electric Power (TEP), a utility that provides electricity to approximately 417,000 customers in southern Arizona, says it is enhancing the resiliency of the local electric grid with three large-scale energy storage facilities. According to the utility, a subsidiary of Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources recently completed construction of a 10 MW lithium nickel-manganese-cobalt energy storage system at a TEP substation near Interstate 10 and West Grant Road. The system is now helping to maintain reliable service for customers during periods of high energy demand by supporting stable voltage.
The Source: Stakes Are High In The 'Search For The Super Battery'
3 weeks 5 days ago
The quest is on for a “super battery,” and the stakes in this hunt are much higher than the phone in your pocket. The future is all about batteries and storage — in our devices, our homes, electric cars and the grid. A NOVA documentary premiering tonight on local station KLRN, “Search for the Super Battery,” looks at innovations that may someday power our world and the people at the cutting edge who are helping to develop them.
Making a better battery
4 weeks 1 day ago
“We don’t have a shortage of electricity; we have a shortage of electricity at certain times, and we have an abundance of it at other times,” said Mike Hopkins, an expert on the national power-storage problem, and CEO of a company that hopes to solve it. “I’m sure you know the electricity system has huge surpluses in it at nighttime, actually, that have to be literally wasted. It has terrible deficits at other times of day, peak hours,” said Hopkins. “How do you know that? Blackouts.”