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.

 NY-BEST Member

Gates, Bezos bet on flow battery technology, a potential rival to big bets on lithium-ion
5 days 23 hours ago
ESS, which makes long-duration, iron flow batteries, secured $30 million in a Series C investment round from Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), the group of private investors led by Bill Gates and fellow billionaires Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson and Jack Ma, among others.
Enel Builds New York City’s Biggest Battery, With a Twist
5 days 23 hours ago
Enel X has completed the largest battery storage project in New York City, using an unusual business model to break through in a tough market.
1 week 1 day ago
Orange & Rockland (O&R) has selected Key Capture Energy (KCE), an Albany-based, independent developer of utility-scale battery storage projects, to plan, design, install and operate O&R’s new battery storage project in Pomona.
Alliance For Clean Energy New York Pushes For Carbon Fee On Thermal Generating Stations
1 week 3 days ago
The state of New York has one of the more aggressive renewable energy standards in America. It calls for the state to obtain 70% of its electricity from wind, solar and other renewable sources by 2030. But the Alliance for Clean Energy New York says in a new report the state is unlikely to meet that goal without imposing a fee on carbon emissions created by thermal generating stations.
Jaunt Air Mobility Signs MoU with BAE Systems on Electric Energy Management Systems
1 week 3 days ago
BAE Systems signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jaunt Air Mobility to develop electric energy management systems for their aircraft, which is one of Uber’s six announced partners for its Elevate
Convergent Delivers Biggest Customer-Sited Battery in North America — Again
2 weeks 6 days ago
The storage developer brings online two new systems in Ontario, chopping peak charges for Shell petrochemical facilities.
Lockheed Martin locked onto 2020 flow battery launch
2 weeks 6 days ago
Defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin wants to be the first disruptive company of the flow battery era, with the expectation that its first devices will go into series production before the end of this year.
Cornell research drives NYSEG electric car charging pilot
3 weeks 23 hours ago
NYSEG, in collaboration with Eilyan Bitar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is piloting a new approach to coordinate electric vehicle power use by encouraging owners to delay charging times in exchange for lower prices.
Energy Storage North America names 2019 innovation, champion award winners
1 month 3 days ago
The champions of the day were Martin Adams, general manager and chief engineer of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, along with Alicia Barton, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Adams was the utility champion, while Barton was the policy champion.

 Beyond New York

Electric-car battery prices dropped 13% in 2019, will reach $100/kwh in 2023
1 week 2 days ago
Although electric cars haven’t quite taken off in the 2010s the way some had anticipated, sheer economics are pointing to the 2020s as the time when EVs will find that market fever pitch.
G.M. Venture to Create Ohio Battery Plant and 1,100 Jobs
1 week 3 days ago
General Motors announced plans to build a factory to make electric-vehicle batteries along with a South Korean partner, LG Chem.
How Energy Storage’s Growth Trajectory Differs From the Early Days of Solar
1 week 4 days ago
It's become a cliche to compare today's energy storage market to where the solar industry was a certain number of years ago. But storage's trajectory differs from the early growth dynamics of solar power in a crucial respect: It transcends the geographic boundaries, dictated by sunshine and policy, that constrained solar's rise.
US storage market value to surge 737% by 2024, driven mostly by utility projects: Woodmac
2 weeks 23 hours ago
The U.S. energy storage market continued its growth streak in the third quarter of 2019, with a 93% year-over-year increase in megawatt-hours of storage deployed, but the dollar value of the market is set to explode by more than 700% over the next five years
Battery prices fall nearly 50% in 3 years, spurring more electrification: BNEF
2 weeks 6 days ago
Average market prices for battery packs have plunged from $1,100/kWh in 2010 to $156/kWh in 2019, an 87% fall in real terms, according to a report recently released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Electric school buses are an ingenious solution to help utilities build more battery storage
3 weeks 23 hours ago
The vehicles lower pollution—and since their use is so predictable, energy companies can plan on having the batteries available to help stabilize the grid at night and during the summer.
Report: US Energy Storage Industry Had its Strongest Third Quarter on Record
3 weeks 2 days ago
The United States energy storage sector had it strongest third quarter on record this year, deploying 100.7 MW and 264.6 MWh of storage, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie.
Ford takes on Tesla with debut of powerful Mustang Mach-E
3 weeks 6 days ago
Tesla continues to dominate the electric car market, but Ford has come galloping into the arena with a battery-electric SUV that the Detroit mainstay says is “inspired” by its Mustang coupe.
All The Energy Storage The Grid Needs Will Soon Be Under Our Noses
1 month 3 days ago
If energy and transportation planners stop seeing their sectors as separate markets for batteries—a World Resources Institute researcher argued last week—there will be more than enough energy storage to go around.
What’s Hydrogen’s Future As Transportation Energy?
1 month 3 days ago
Hydrogen is often touted as an important transportation “fuel” in the future, though it has never gotten significant traction. One reason is confusion over what it is – it’s not an energy source, though it is used like a fuel, but rather a form of energy storage.
U.S. auto showrooms need more electric cars, environmental group says
1 month 3 days ago
The Sierra Club on Tuesday urged automakers and dealerships to help cut U.S. carbon emissions and fight the climate crisis by making more electric vehicle available in U.S. showrooms.
In search for cheaper, longer energy storage, mountain gravity could eventually top lithium-ion
1 month 3 days ago
Mountain gravity energy storage could be a viable way to store electricity for longer durations and at larger scales than lithium-ion battery storage can, according to a study recently published in the academic journal Energy
California sees solar+storage domination by 2030 with 11 GW / 44 GWh of batteries
1 month 3 days ago
The state’s 2019 IRP sees just over 11 GW solar power, and at least 11 GW – with up to 19 GW – of energy storage necessary to meet resource adequacy
Vivint Launches Solar-Storage PPA in California, Citing Wildfire-Related Demand
1 month 3 days ago
Vivint Solar will expand its residential storage offerings in California with a new power-purchase agreement that packages batteries and solar into one monthly payment.
Ford Electric Vehicle Chief Sees More Products, Sales Growth
1 month 5 days ago
Next week in Los Angeles, Ford will show off an electric SUV that is inspired by the Mustang performance car. It's the company's first consumer-friendly fully electric vehicle, and it's expected to have a range of over 300 miles per charge.