NY-BEST Newsletter 1-18-2013


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Battery and Energy Storage Industry

January 18, 2013

Cuomo 2013 Stat of the StateThe year for energy storage has started--and in a big way! In his State of the State address on January 9, Governor Cuomo outlined a number of initiatives of interest to the advanced battery and energy storage community.

NY Gov. Cuomo during his 2013 State of the State Speech “This is the future, my friends,” Governor Cuomo said, referring to clean energy and electric vehicles (EVs). During the speech he discussed the importance of solar and clean energy in the state and introduced Richard Kauffman, a former member of the Department of Energy’s senior leadership, as the new cabinet-level energy czar to run the effort in the Empire State.

“The economy of tomorrow is the clean tech economy,” Cuomo said during the speech. “We all know it, it’s a foot race—whatever state, whatever region gets there first wins the prize, and we want it to be New York.”

NY-BEST joined numerous industry groups in offering praise for the Governor's initiatives. We stand ready to work with the governor and his administration to support and enhance these efforts in the coming months and years. As part of this work, NY-BEST will hold a webinar on February 14th to both review and recap our collective efforts of the past year and to lay out the path and activities that lie ahead. We hope you will join us--both on the webinar and, of course, in the actions that will follow.

I'd also like to remind you that we are but weeks away from our "Capture the Energy 2013" Annual Conference and Member Meeting to be held in Troy on March 6 & 7. Please plan to join us at this premier energy storage event. For more information on the agenda, sponsorship opportunities and to register, please visit our website.

On the subject of our website, many of you have noticed that we have made a number of significant changes and improvements to the NY-BEST web presence, including greatly improved look and feel, smoother navigation and the addition of regular blog entries. Please take a moment to give it a look and let us know what you think.

Best regards,

William Acker
Executive Director

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NY-BEST Member News:
 

NYSERDA Awards $650,000 to Primet Precision Materials of Ithaca to Further Work on Energy-Efficient Battery Materials Process
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has awarded $650,000 to Primet Precision Materials of Ithaca to further the company’s work on developing a more energy-efficient process to manufacture high-end battery materials.

Hope for EVs? Volt sales triple; charging market matures
GM wanted to sell 35,000 to 40,000 of its Chevy Volt electric vehicles in 2012, according to Christian Science Monitor. And though it sold only 23,461, there may be reason for hope. That figure is triple the number sold in 2011.

Turner Construction Company thinking green during construction of USD's Fowler Park
Turner Construction Company, a North America-based international provider of building services, was contracted last year to build Fowler Park at the University of San Diego (USD). The company recently announced that the project is 50 percent complete.

Saft Buys French Battery Factory from Johnson Controls
French battery maker Saft Groupe SA Monday said it acquired a factory manufacturing lithium-ion batteries near Angouleme, Central France, from U.S. Johnson Controls Inc. for a total amount of $145 million.

Cheaper to upgrade than to repair after each storm?
Reeling from the high cost of repairs after Superstorm Sandy and earlier storms that battered the Northeast, utilities, regulators and politicians in the region are taking a hard look at the math on prevention versus restoration, according to The New York Times.

New York ranks third in clean energy patents issued in Q3
Inventors in New York state received 63 clean energy patents in the third quarter of 2012, putting the state in the No. 3 spot in the world behind Japan (212) and California (82), according to the latest Clean Energy Patent Growth Index.

U.S. Government Agency Orders Mobile Renewable Power Station
Arista Power, Inc. announced today that it has received an order for a Mobile Renewable Power Station (MRPS) and extended support agreement from a U.S. Government Agency.

Gov. Cuomo Announces $1B Green Bank, New Energy Czar
There were many topics that New Yorkers were expecting Governor Andrew Cuomo to hit during his State of the State address on Wednesday, including gun regulation, education reform and economic development.

Cuomo praised for calling solar, EV ‘The Future’ in NY State of the State Address
“This is the future, my friends,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, referring to clean energy and electric vehicles (EVs) in his State of the State address Jan. 9. During the speech he discussed the importance of solar and clean energy in the state, going as far as cherry picking a member of the Department of Energy’s senior leadership to run the effort in the Empire State. The efforts were praised by clean energy industry groups.

Electrovaya signs deal with Chinese company for prototype vehicle battery system
Electrovaya Inc. said Tuesday it has signed a deal with a Chinese automaker to produce a prototype battery system to be used in an electric vehicle. The company said DongFeng plans to launch commercially two electric vehicles by late 2013.

Saft Wins $1.2 million DLA Contract to Improve ALPS Battery
Saft has been awarded a one-year, $1.2 million contract by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to make manufacturing improvements to the Advanced Lithium Power Source (ALPS) battery, the compact energy storage unit with integrated charger developed as a portable energy source in the field.

Cadillac combines plug-in power with American luxury in ELR
Plug-in power meets traditional American luxury today as General Motors reveals its Cadillac ELR, a battery-driven coupe based on the same technology in the Chevrolet Volt. GM's investment in the Volt, estimated at more than $1 billion, will now include the iconic luxury brand.

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Johnson Controls to unveil Micro Hybrid battery demonstration module at North American International Auto Show
Johnson Controls, Inc., the world's leading supplier of automotive batteries, will introduce its 48 volt Micro Hybrid battery demonstration module as part of its full spectrum of advanced energy storage solutions for automobiles. Power Solutions President Alex Molinaroli will unveil the company's next generation technology Jan. 14 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Analysis: Boeing problems put spotlight on battery technology
An electrical fire on Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner is drawing renewed scrutiny for lithium-ion batteries, an increasingly important component in planes and hybrid cars.

World-Record Battery Performance Achieved With Egg-Like Nanostructures
SLAC and Stanford scientists have set a world record for energy storage, using a clever “yolk-shell” design to store five times more energy in the sulfur cathode of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery than is possible with today’s commercial technology. The cathode also maintained a high level of performance after 1,000 charge/discharge cycles, paving the way for new generations of lighter, longer-lasting batteries for use in portable electronics and electric vehicles.

Lilliputian debuts Nectar Mobile Power, promises two weeks of battery life per cell
Lilliputian's not exactly known for consumer devices, in that the company's created approximately none before today. But tonight at a pre-CES 2013 event, Lilliputian debuted its first entry into the consumer market: the Nectar Mobile Power system. For $299.99, you'll snag the device itself, and any additional pods (with two weeks worth of power, claims Lilliputian) cost an extra $9.99. It'll arrive this summer exclusively at Brookstone retail outlets and Brookstone.com.

Report: Worldwide Electric Vehicle Market 'Expanding Steadily'
Annual worldwide sales of electric vehicles (EVs) will reach 3.8 million by 2020, according to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant's Energy Practice.

Axion Power Notes Certifications For Energy Storage Hub
Axion Power International Inc., the developer of lead-carbon PbC batteries and energy storage systems, says that its Residential Energy Storage Hub has achieved certification to UL 1741, IEEE 1547 and Canadian Standards Association safety standards. According to Axion, the certification will effectively allow the hub to be marketed and installed throughout North America.

A new battery that could revolutionize wearables
A young battery startup called Imprint Energy has designed a new type of battery that uses zinc and can be screen printed. It’s innovation could enable entirely new types of wearable electronics.

Scientific method: The search for a better battery
There's a fair chance you're seeing this on one of your devices that runs on batteries. Not to sneer at your preferences in phones, tablets, laptops...whatever, but your battery sucks. It cost too much, doesn't hold enough power, runs down too quickly. Also, it's bad for the earth, loaded with toxins.

ERCOT Breaks Another Wind Energy Record
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) says it achieved a new wind power integration record of 8.638 GW on Dec. 25 at 3:11 p.m.

Why a Rechargeable Zinc Battery Is Such a Big Deal
Picture a Nike FuelBand that’s just a small ring on your index finger, or a cell phone that’s as slim and pliable as a credit card. Such thin, tiny or just downright unusual shapes could be created if there were batteries slim, flexible and also powerful enough to run the gadgets. The batteries, it turns out, are the main barrier to modern electronics design.

Self-charging battery named one of 2012's top innovations
A breakthrough battery that charges itself has been named one of the top innovations of 2012 by Physics World magazine.

Report: Solar Storage 2013
This report provides a detailed analysis and forecast of the markets for energy storage for the solar industry with coverage of both the photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) sectors. Opportunities are identified for the full range of storage options including batteries, supercapacitors and mechanical systems.

Stationary fuel cell sector growing and restructuring
It’s a mixed bag of results for the stationary fuel cell industry, according to Environmental Expert.  On the one hand, their are a number of players leaving the field, with only a few new entrants – in other words the sector is going through a period of rationalisation.

Obama Push on Advanced Manufacturing Stirs Economic Debate
Before a packed arena at the national convention of the Democratic Party in September, Barack Obama outlined a vision for America’s economic recovery with manufacturing as its engine.

Ford: Our EVs Play Well with Smart Appliances
Ford has orchestrated a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show to show how plug-in vehicles and smart appliances can save money by charging during sleeping hours.

Johnson Controls: New 'micro hybrid' two-battery system will boost mileage
Johnson Controls Inc. is introducing a battery system that combines lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries inside a car to boost gas mileage and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Printable, flexible, rechargeable, non-toxic zinc batteries could challenge lithium
The familiar button battery is the workhorse of small electronics. While it is likely to continue to power our existing watches and calculators for a little while, it has become the limiting factor for many key design points of these devices. Like a shipping container in a world of instant messaging, it has no future. One company, Imprint Energy, has assembled the total assault package which might sound the death knell — a rechargeable, flexible, customizable, and printable battery that is cheaper, safer and more powerful.

Nissan slashing price on Leaf battery car
Nissan will drop the price on a new version of its Leaf battery-electric vehicle by 18 percent, or about $6,000, the maker announced during a North American International Auto Show news conference.

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This news update is provided as a service to members and interested parties of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium. NY-BEST is an industry-led coalition working to build a vibrant, world-class, advanced battery and energy storage sector in New York State.

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